The Australian Sailing Team, including its Olympic medallists, will head to Melbourne at the end of November for the 2017 edition of the Sail Melbourne International Regatta. This year, the event will be hosted out of the newly renovated Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 27 November to 3 December 2017.
The Australian Sailing Team (AST), including Rio 2016 Olympic Champion and 2017 World Championship silver medallist in the Laser Tom Burton (NSW) and 2017 World Championship bronze medallist Matt Wearn (WA) as well as Nacra 17 Olympic silver medallists Jason Waterhouse (NSW and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) have confirmed their participation and will race at Sail Melbourne International on their road to Tokyo 2020.
Entries are still open, 2017 World Champion in the Finn Class Max Salminen from Sweden spearheads the group of international sailors, who are expected to compete at Sail Melbourne. Other international competitors will include multiple boats from Hong Kong, Bermuda, Canada and New Zealand, with Sail Melbourne International the first regatta of the inaugural leg of the new Asia Pacific Circuit.
Sail Melbourne International is a World Sailing 100 points graded Olympic sailing event and as such ranks as one of the major international events on the World Sailing event calendar.
The Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Youth Team’s participation raises the competition bar among the Olympic classes and will give other competitors a rare opportunity to mix it up with world champions and medallists from the last Games on the Port Phillip racetrack. Competing along side their Olympic heroes offers an aspirational pathway for up and coming young sailors in the Invited, Junior and Youth classes.
“We are looking forward to starting the Australian sailing summer at Sail Melbourne International, which is a fixture on our Australian Sailing Team’s international racing calendar. Sail Melbourne always provides our current team members and up and coming youth sailors the chance for some high quality racing on home grounds and it’s a great opportunity for Australia’s aspiring sailor to challenge their heroes,” Australian Sailing’s newly appointed Performance Director Iain Murray said about the event
Sail Melbourne International 2017 offers a full program for Olympic and Invited classes and includes the Inaugural Victorian Foiling Kites State Championships. The event will be raced in a split format with four days of racing for the Olympic Classes (Wed 27th to Sat 2nd Dec) and three days (Fri 1st to Sun 3rd Dec) for the majority of the Invited Classes.
The event has also included the International Contender to the regatta with the class World Championships and Australian Nationals to follow at McCrae Yacht Club 16 – 25 January 2018.
Entries for Olympic and Invited classes close 27 November 2017. A late entry fee applies from midnight 31 October 2017.
Online entries can be made here: http://www.sailmelbourne.com.au/online-entry-view-entry
Volunteer registrations can be made here: http://www.sailmelbourne.com.au/volunteer-registration
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About Sail Melbourne International
Sail Melbourne is Australia’s premier Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, held annually in the waters of Port Phillip, Victoria. Established in 1992 it has become the largest annual ‘Off the Beach’ regatta in the southern hemisphere and is critical to the growth and success of junior and youth sailors, enabling them to race alongside their Olympic heroes.
Sail Melbourne attracts and conducts numerous World Championship Regattas each summer, with over 30 hosted to date. Sail Melbourne also played host to the Oceania leg of the Sailing World Cup from 2012 to 2015 and hosted the Sailing World Cup Final in 2016.
The Sail Melbourne Regatta now known as the ‘Sail Melbourne International’ (SMI), will this year be run from Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 29th November to 3rd December as the inaugural leg of the new Asia Pacific Circuit.