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In the Laser 4.7 fleet Jack Littlechild (NSW) beat the field. Not to be shown up by his older brother, Ryan Littlechild (NSW) won the Opti Open fleet from 44 starters.
“I like regattas when they have both light and windy days, because it really challenges all the sailors. It’s not just who’s the biggest or the lightest,” said Jack. “My ultimate goal is to get to the Olympics one day - I don’t mind what boat. And I guess just always meeting the small goals that I set, because if I meet them I can get to where I want in the future.”
Jack’s hero in the sport is Rio 2016 gold medallist Tom Burton, who happened to be unrigging in the park after his own Laser Medal Race. The talented brothers were introduced to their hero, putting the finishing touch on an already big day for the awestruck Sydney pair.
420 maestros Nick Joel and Hugo Llewellyn (VIC) wrapped up their Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final with the gold medal result in the Invited class presented by Line 7 Marine.
“We got together 15 months ago as a crew, it hasn’t been a very long campaign but we’re feeling pretty confident going into the nationals and youth nationals in Adelaide,” said Joel. “We’re just trying to stay very consistent and level-headed up until then.
“This is my fifth Sailing World Cup in Melbourne. It’s really good here at St Kilda, I think there’s a great atmosphere and it’s amazing to get involved with the top sailors in the world.”
Nick Sharman and James Grogan finished behind the dominant Victorians with a seven point deficit and third went to Alex Higgins and Joal MacKenzie.