It was the mid-point at the 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 local time and race officials tried to make up for lost time on the first two days with a light breeze in the 6 to 10 knot range enabling the Olympic and two Paralympic events to complete their scheduled races.
Leader boards in all of the fleets are starting to shape up and for the 49er and Laser qualifying is over with the fleets now being split into Gold and Silver fleets for the next two days and with all Australian Sailing’s crews proceeding to the Gold fleet.
Australian Sailing Team’s Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) remain the top ranked Australian crew in second place in the Nacra 17 with another two race days to go before the top-ten medal race on Saturday, 30 January 2016.
A number of protests are on going ensuring a late night for the jury with a number of scoring changes possible. View the protest summary web page here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/protest-summary.php
After moving into the lead on day two of the regatta, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had a challenging third day, dropping back into second after posting 11-2-22-8 in the four races of the day. They lost the lead to Dutch crew of Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning who have a four point lead over the Australians.
“We had a really tough day out there. Every inch was counting on that race course. It wasn't a great day but it could have been a lot worse. The wind was tricky to see today but we got punished off one start and really struggled to fight back through the fleet,” Lisa Darmanin said. “It’s been a challenging regatta so far and we are ticking boxes and learning lots so will keep fighting it out over the next few days!”
Miami is a training regatta in the lead up to the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida in February (7-14 February 2016) for the pair, who has already qualified for the Australian Olympic Team.
Australian Sailing Squad’s Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) sit in 23rd.
The 49er qualifying series concluded with three further races on Wednesday ahead of the fleets separating into Gold and Silver for the duration of the World Cup.
David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD), who most recently won the 49er nationals, are still the highest ranked Australian crew after posting a tenth, second and 13th place and hold on to their seventh place after three days of racing.
All three Australian crews managed to qualify in the top-30 and will continue racing in Gold fleet from Thursday, 28 January 2016 local time (EST, AEST minus 16hrs).
“It was pretty light and hot out there, around eight knots. It was the last day of qualifying and we did what we needed to do, nothing spectacular, but we got into gold fleet racing and have a little bit to work on for finals,” David Gilmour said.
“It’s obviously going to be a lot more difficult in gold fleet racing and we are not really sure what wind to expect. It will almost be a new regatta now and everyone is pretty close on points so it’s going to come down to the next few days.”
It was a challenging day on the 49er course, which saw several black flags across the fleet, including one for Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) who dropped from 12th into 17th after posting a second place, a 32nd (BFD) and tenth.
“Quite a few boats even had double black flags. I think there was a little bit of current pushing up wind and also it was pretty congested at the start line with everyone trying to start at one end at the left favoured track. We were pretty cautious about it and trying to be conservative that’s why we got away with no black flags,” David Gilmour explained.
Australian Sailing’s third crew of Queenslanders Joel Turner and Tom Siganto finished the qualifying series in 28th.
Four races were completed in the women’s skiff with Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis (NSW) sitting in 13th as the top-ranked Australian crew.
Tess Llloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) as well as Olympic silver medallist Olivia Price (NSW) and crew Eliza Solly (VIC) sit in 23rd and 31st respectively.
With qualification completed, the Laser fleet will be split into a gold and silver grouping and with two race days to go ahead of Saturday’s top-ten medal race both Australian Laser sailors Tom Burton and Matt Wearn are still in contention for a podium spot.
World #1 Tom Burton had a consistent day posting a ninth and third in the two races of the day, which sees him move into fourth place. World #2 Matt Wearn (WA) finished the day with a third and 12th and moves up into eighth.
After the Finn class was limited to just one race over the first two days, Australian Sailing’s Finn sailor Jake Lilley (QLD) made the most of the first day of proper racing with three races completed in the Finn class and a total of four races now in the books.
After a black flag in the first race, Jake won the second race and finished second in the third, which sees him in overall third. Points are tight in the top eight with only one point separating Jake from second and two points from first.
“So far at this regatta we’ve experienced a lot of light winds, in fact we didn’t do a lot of racing, but today we got three races in. And I had a pretty successful day moving into third place,” Jake Lilley said.
“For the rest of the week, I’m just looking to keep building on my light wind performance, which is steadily improving and see where we get to at the end of the week. After my bronze medal last year, another medal would be nice but in the end I just want to sail well and this is the best training we can do before Rio, so this is perfect.”
After a challenging day two, including a black flag and OCS, Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) had a better day three posting a seventh, tenth and 13th place, which sees the pair sitting in 14th overall.
In the men’s 470 Victorians Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah dropped into tenth after a 9-16-17 series.
Paralympic classes – Sonar
A jam packed day of Paralympic racing saw three races in the Sonar fleets completed.
Australian Sailing Team’s Sonar crew of Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) posted two second places and a seventh and with a third place overall hold on to a podium spot with two race days to go.
Racing resumes on Thursday 28 January at 10:00 local time (EST)
Australian Sailing Team & Squad athletes at Sailing World Cup Miami
Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 19, 3, 3, 4, 3, 11, 2, (22), 8 – 2nd
Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 8, 37, 24, 21, (44), 12, 31, 8, 6 – 23rd
Men’s Skiff – 49er
David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) & Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 11, 1, 7, 7, (21), 9, 10, 2, 13 – 7th
Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (24), 10, 9, 12, 3, 5, 2, 32, 10 – 17th
Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) & Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 8, 17, 14, 15, 6, 15, (20), 18, 15 – 28th
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/AST): 6, (18 STP), 8, 16, 15, 13, 2, (34), 21 – 13th
Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 18, 20, 15, 28, 6, 35 (DNF), 28, 18, 19 – 23rd
Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 9, 25, 29, 18, 31, 30, (33), 33, 27 – 31st
Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser
Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 34, 4, 2, 12, 9, 3 – 4th
Matt Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 2, 23, 20, 1, 3, 12 – 8th
Men's Two Person Dinghy – 470M
Tom Klemens (VIC/VIS) & Tim Hannah (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 3, 8, 12, 9, 16, (17) – 10th
Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
Carrie Smith (WA/WAIS) & Jaime Ryan (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 10, (18 BFD), 18 OCS, 7, 11, 13 – 14th
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 9, 47 (BFD), 1, 2 – 3rd
Paralympic Boat Classes
Three-Person keelboat – Sonar
Colin Harrison (WA/WAIS), Jonathan Harris (NSW/NSWIS), Russell Boaden (WA/WAIS) – AST: (6), 3, 2, 2,2, 7 – 3rd
Australian Sailing at the Sailing World Cup Miami
Sailors from 64 nations are competing at the Sailing World Cup Miami in what is the first big showdown of Olympic and Paralympic sailing in 2016. 711 athletes feature across the ten Olympic and two Paralympic events from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 January.
In the Olympic classes, 23 Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Squad (ASS) athletes represent Australian Sailing in 13 boats across seven classes (49er/FX, Nacra 17, Laser, Women’s 470 and Finn). Australian Sailing Team’s Sonar crew is the only Paralympic boat competing in Miami.
While Australian Sailing has already qualified all of the three Paralympic classes as well as the nine Olympic classes it aimed to qualify for Rio 2016, final selection is still open in all but the 49er, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17.
Of those already selected by the Australian Olympic Committee in December to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (see AOC media release here: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/news/first-sailors-selected-include-three-defending-champions ), 2012 Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) are racing at Miami.
For the sailors with a confirmed spot in the Olympic Regatta this event is about sharpening the tactical game, refining equipment, and testing the opposition. Others have a more immediate focus as they are in the midst of a selection series.
For the 49er/49erFX crews Miami also is a welcome test event with the 49er/49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships following in Clearwater, Florida in February (7-14 February 2016).
Whilst the Paralympic racing wraps up on 29 January, the Olympic competitors will be fighting it out to appear in Saturday's live television broadcast of the Medal Races.
Medal Races on Saturday 30 January will bring the Sailing World Cup Miami to a close with the races to be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv
See media release day one & two here: http://www.australiansailing.org/jason-waterhouse-and-lisa-darmanin-take-lead-at-sailing-world-cup-miami/
See AST video preview here: https://youtu.be/TpYJ8uF_C_s
How to follow
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Entries for Sailing World Cup Miami are available to view here - http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registrant_list.php?regatta_id=11442&custom_report_id=66 and results will be available throughout when racing commences on 25 January here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
LIVE RACING & TRACKING
Live Medal Races will be available from 11:00 EST on Saturday here:
URL - https://youtu.be/_V2YQYar0IU
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.
Click here to download the iOS Application - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailviewer-3d/id912801278
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The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
The hashtag of Sailing World Cup Melbourne is #SWCMiami16
Sailing World Cup
The Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2016 Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup champions will be crowned
2016 Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-13 December 2015
Miami – 23-30 January 2016
Hyères – 25 April – 1 May 2016
Weymouth and Portland – 6-12 June 2016
Qingdao – 12-18 September 2016
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – 24-28 October 2016