Mat Belcher and Will Ryan at 470 World Championship 2016 
©Matias Capizzano
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan at 470 World Championship 2016 ©Matias Capizzano

Defending World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan jump up the ranks at 2016 470 World Championships

Defending World Champions Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) claimed a race win in the one and only race of day two at the 2016 470 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina to jump up the ranks from 33rd into 11th. With this result Mat Belcher and Will Ryan move on from yesterday’s (Monday, 22 Feb local time) UFD penalty and double-digit result and a start of the event that they would rather forget. See media release here:

The three-time World Champion pair showed their experience and mental resilience on Tuesday, 23rd February to lock in the race win and change their scoresheet for the better. After the fleets had a late start waiting for the breeze to fill, only one race was completed.

“We managed to get off the line well and sail our own race. We were really happy with our performance and are now slowly trying to crawl our way back up to the top. It is really tight racing so it will be a long week for all,” Mat Belcher said at the end of a long day.

And about the challenging conditions he added: “Once again it was a long day on the water. They delayed the start until two p.m., but unfortunately could not start until five p.m. in a slowly building sea breeze. It was pretty light, around four to six knots with over a knot of current and a lot of weed in the water.”

Sailing out of Club Nautico in San Isidro and on the Rio de La Plata the silt from the delta turns the water brown, making it very hard to physically see the breeze on the water and to see where the breeze will come next.

In addition, the water is quite flat with more than one knot of current and a lot of weed at the moment, which makes racing complicated for the crews trying to not run over anything.

A total of three Australian Sailing men’s crews are competing in Buenos Aires with Australian Sailing Squad’s Patrick and Alexander Conway (NSW) posting a 21st and Victorians Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah a 28th to finishing day two in the Men’s 470 fleet in 25th and 34th respectively.

In the women’s fleet Australian Sailing Team’s Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) climbed up one spot into overall 16th after posting a 19th in Tuesday’s racing. Sasha Ryan (QLD) and Ella Clark (WA) finished right behind them in 20th and after a UFD on day one move up into 23rd in the 39-boats fleet.

Three races are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 23 February local time starting at 12 p.m. (2 a.m. AEDT).

2016 RS:X World Championships
In other World title events, two days have been completed at the 2016 RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Eilat Israel with Australian Sailing Squad’s Joanna Sterling (QLD) ranked 32nd after posting a 15th and 13th on Tuesday.

After light conditions on both days only four races have been completed out of the six races planned, which wraps up the qualification races. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 will be a rest day.

Australian Sailing Squad’s Joanna Sterling (QLD) is the only Australian participant at this event. She qualified Australia a spot in the women’s RS:X Windsurfer class for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Al Mussanah, Oman in October last year and will be vying for selection over the next couple of months.

The RS:X World Championship takes place in Eilat, Israel with racing scheduled from 22 – 27 February 2016.

For more event information see here:

2016 470 World Championships Australian Sailing Team & Australian Sailing Squad entries:
As of Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M
Mathew Belcher (QLD/QAS) & Will Ryan (QLD/QAS) – AST: UFD, 21, 1 – 11th
Alexander Conway (NSW) & Patrick Conway (NSW) – ASS: 18, 18, 21 – 25th
Tom Klemens (VIC/VIS) & Tim Hannah (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 31, 39, 28 – 34th

Australian Sailing Team athlete profiles:
Mat Belcher:
Will Ryan:

Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
Carrie Smith (WA/WAIS) & Jaime Ryan (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 28, 8, 19 – 16th
Sasha Ryan (QLD/QAS) & Ella Clark (WA) – ASS: UFD, 19, 20 – 23rd

See all 470 results here:

2016 RS:X World Championships:
Joanna Sterling (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 5, 29, 15, 13 – 32nd

See all RS:X results here:

Australian Sailing at the 470 World Championships
The 470 World Championships in Buenos Aires are the season highlight in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Current World #1 and defending World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan won the 2015 470 World Championships in Haifa, Israel in October last year, which was an historic, record-breaking sixth successive title for Olympic gold medallist Mat Belcher and a record 18th World Championship title for Australian Sailing Team’s ‘medal maker’ head coach Victor Kovalenko.

They have been a winning combination ever since getting together post the London 2012 Games and have continuously finished on the podium at every sailing regatta they have competed in.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan wrapped up a successful 2015 with a win at the Copa Brasil de Vela mid-December after winning the 2015 Rio Test Event there in August and also kicked-off the Olympic year with win at the South American Champs, which was regarded the warm-up event for the World Championship.

After winning both the 2014 and 2015 Rio Test Events as well as the 2014 and 2015 Copa Brasil de Vela the pair remains undefeated on Rio Olympic waters.

While Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have already been selected to represent Australia in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the men’s 470 class, the women’s crew is yet to be selected. Australian Sailing Team’s Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) are vying for the spot and their selection over the next few months.

The pair got back in the boat just before the 2015 World Championships after extended medical issues sidelined 2013 ISAF Youth World Champion Carrie Smith for most of last year. They finished the 2015 World Champs in overall ninth and secured Australia a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The top ten position at the World Championship also qualified the young duo, who are coached by Australian Sailing’s Olympic gold medallist Nathan Wilmot (NSW), for the Australian Sailing Team.

The new combination of Sasha Ryan (QLD) and Ella Clark (WA) complete the Australian contingent in the 40-boat women’s fleet.

Racing at the 2016 470 World Championships runs from Monday, 22 February through to Saturday, 27 February with the world’s best Olympic 470 class sailors racing out of Club Nautico in San Isidro over six days. The format for the 470 World Championship is 11 fleet races, followed by a top-ten double-points medal race on Saturday, 27 February for the top ten teams advancing from the fleet race series.

Qualifying and Final series will be followed by Saturday’s top-ten Medal Races and prize giving.

See preview media release here:

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Participating Nations
Teams from 6 Continents / 27 Nations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, USA

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Up coming events on the Road To Rio
Key Australian Sailing regatta dates on the Road to Rio

2016 470 Men’s and Women’s World Championships
, San Isidro, Argentina
Racing dates: 22-27 February

2016 RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships, Eilat, Israel
Racing dates: 22-27 February

2016 Laser Radial European Championship,
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
Racing dates: 28 February – 4 March

2016 Finn European Championships, Barcelona, Spain
Racing dates: 7-12 March

2016 Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Racing dates: 28 March – 2 April

2016 470 European Championship,
Palma de Mallorca, Spain,
Racing dates: 7 – 12 April

2016 49er and 49erFX European Championship, Barcelona, Spain
Racing dates: 11 – 16 April

2016 Laser Radial World Championships, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Racing dates: 14-20 April

Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France
Racing dates: 26 April to 1 May

2016 Laser World Championships
, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Racing dates: 12-18 May

EUROSAF Garda, Italy,
9-12 May

EUROSAF Delta Lloyd Regatta & Para World Sailing Championships, The Netherlands,
24-28 May 2016

Sailing World Cup Weymouth
, United Kingdom
Racing dates: 8-12 June

2016 Rio Olympic Games,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Racing dates: 8-19 August

2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Racing dates: 7–18 September

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