Two Aussie Teams in Gold Racing at Hyeres
Mat Belcher & Will Ryan chase France in the Men's 470 at Hyeres
Hyeres, France: Australia has two chances of a podium finish in round four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at Hyeres â€“ the Menâ€™s 470 team of Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan and the Womenâ€™s Match Racing team of Katie Spithill, Nine Curtis and Amanda Scrivenor.
In the Men’s 470, Belcher and Ryan finished seventh in the morning’s final qualification race; and then posted a sixth in the afternoon’s Gold Fleet race which didn’t start until 5pm with approximately five knots of breeze. They are now placed fourth overall, with possibly three races to be held tomorrow.
Belcher said the persistent light conditions are tiring to sail well in but the experience being gathered against competitors is valuable.
“We’re feeling good about our results even though the focus at this regatta has always been more about getting in practice against our usual competitors,” said Belcher.
“Will’s sailing well, it’s good experience for him and he’s enjoying racing near the top of the fleet.”
In the Women’s Match Racing, the final eight teams for the Gold Fleet are now finalised, with France and Spain making the cut. Australians Katie Spithill, Nina Curtis and Amanda Scrivenor had a day off the water today with their place already booked in the Gold Fleet. The top eight will go straight into quarter finals tomorrow with Spithill and crew facing the Russian team.
Lucinda Whitty, Stacey Jackson and Angela Farrell unfortunately did not make it past the repecharge stage today and finish the regatta 11th overall.
In the Men’s Laser division, Australian Sailing Development Squad member Tom Burton won a race today which is a great achievement for the 19 year old from Belmont Sailing Club on the NSW Central Coast. The difficult conditions are producing a mixed bag of results for all competitors and he finished eighth and 39th in the next two races of the day. He sits in 16th position overall in a fleet of 141 entrants with finals due to be raced tomorrow.