Day 2 of Sail Melbourne saw crazy gale force winds shut down racing for the day, with kiteboarders the only ones who were able to get out on the water.
No racing at Sail Melbourne today
Germany’s Florian Gruber is currently leading the race in the men’s class, scoring four first places over the first two days and took advantage of the 25 knot winds yesterday to stay on top of his competitors. In second place we have New Zealand’s Torrin Bright and Germany’s Dirk Hanel.
Kiteboarding at Sail Melbourne
In the women’s competition, French kiteboarder Ariane Imbert is in first place with three wins, with Lisa Hickman from Australia and our own Aussie Marine Sudre from Sydney behind her.
Once the day’s kiteboarding had ended, our Olympic sailors got all spruced up for Official Sailing World Cup Dinner at the spectacular Sandringham Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed a very entertaining speech by Andrew Plympton of the Australian Olympic and Sports Commission who shed some light on the future of sailing for Australia, along with speeches from the Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Hugh Delahunty MP and Sail Melbourne Chairman Bruce Griffiths.
Guests enjoying Glenn Ridge's speech at the Official Dinner
The highlight of the evening was definitely the Q&A session with my favourite sailors including Mal Page and Mat Belcher, Olivia Price and Lucinda Whitty, and Brendan Casey and Krystal Weir. It was incredible to hear about their Olympic experiences, what it felt like for Malcolm to carry the flag for Australia at the Closing Ceremony, and just how hard it was for Olivia to get back on her boat during that infamous knock out race!
After an inspiring speech from the Medal Maker himself Victor Kovalenko, guests ended the night on a high, and with a delicious chocolate desert.
Today the kiteboarding is scheduled to begin at 12.00pm again and the rest of the sailing classes will hopefully kick off at 2.00pm. Keep updated on the action by following me on Twitter @VickyBoat.