Mat Belcher and Will Ryan at 2016 470 World Championship in San Isidro, Argentina - 
Photo Credit:  ©Matias Capizzano
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan at 2016 470 World Championship in San Isidro, Argentina - Photo Credit: ©Matias Capizzano

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in podium spot ahead of 2016 470 World Championships Medal race

It will all come down to the Medal race with defending World Champions Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) wrapping up fleet racing at the 2016 Men’s and Women’s 470 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday, 26 in third.

Two races were completed on the penultimate day of the regatta with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan posting an eighth and a second to hold on to third overall after a total of ten races and ahead of tomorrow’s, Saturday, 27 February 2016, Medal race.

On another tough day with lots of weed obstructing the way of the sailors, Croatia moved to the top of the lead board and now hold a sixteen points lead over Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in third, with three points separating Australia and New Zealand, who are in second.

“Again it was a tough day with plenty of weed. It's just bad sailing. Like everyone else, we’re spending all our time clearing the weed to actually sail the race. But we’re still in with a chance. We closed the gap to second so looking forward to tomorrow,” Mat Belcher said.

And recapping Friday’s racing he added: “The first race we were forced to do an outer loop with the girls as there wasn't any chance to get back down to the start because of the weed. We raced it well but got caught up in a few weed islands, which hurt a bit.”

“In the second race it became too shallow as we were hitting the bottom with our boards so we had to move the course again which proved better. It was heavily shore influenced which made it tricky but we managed a good race. Apart from the first day's racing we were really happy with how we came back. Looking forward to a good rest and fight for tomorrow.”

It has been a long week for the pair and despite a challenging start to the regatta and coping with a ‘weed-obstacle course’, the pair had a strong come back from 33rd on the first day to third on the penultimate day.

Leading Croatians Fantela/Marenic were the last team to win a 470 World title, before the six year run of World title success by Mat Belcher, three golds with Malcolm Page and three with Will Ryan. Saturday’s Medal race will be ultimate decider on who will come out on top, but the Croatians are in a great position.

“It’s been really hard racing here having only the one fleet and with the conditions we’ve had, the regatta has become a bit of a marathon. The weed has made it very difficult to race our normal style and after not a great day one, we have been happy to survive each day. We are in medal contention and still have a small chance to win and it's never over until the end. So as always we will go out there and try our best,” Will Ryan said.  

On the last day of fleet racing, Australian Sailing Squads Patrick and Alexander Conway (NSW) posted a 17th and 22nd to finish the event in overall 22nd. Victorians Tom Klemens (VIC) and Tim Hannah (VIC) wrapped up the regatta with a 15th place to finish the event in 34th.

In the Women’s fleet, two races were completed on the penultimate day with Australian Sailing Team’s Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) posting a 24th and 27th to finish the regatta in overall 18th.

Australian Sailing Squad’s Sasha Ryan (QLD) and Ella Clark (WA) posted a 32nd and 24th and finish ranked 27th.

The top-ten Medal race is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 27, 2016 February local time starting at 11 a.m. (1 a.m. AEDT).

2016 RS:X World Championships
In other World title events racing continued 2016 RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Eilat Israel withAustralian Sailing Squad’s Joanna Sterling (QLD) posting a 9-12-25 series in Silver fleet. This sees her sit in 7th place in Silver fleet and 36th overall with one race day to go.

Joanna Sterling 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:
As of Friday, 26 February 2016 local time

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M

  • Mathew Belcher (QLD/QAS) & Will Ryan (QLD/QAS) – AST: UFD, 21, 1, 6, 3, 7, 4, 6, 8, 2 – 3rd
  • Alexander Conway (NSW) & Patrick Conway (NSW) – ASS: 18, 18, 21, 32, 7, 21, 26, 27, 17, 22 – 22nd
  • Tom Klemens (VIC/VIS) & Tim Hannah (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 31, 39, 28, 23, 35, 16, DNC, 32, 25, 15 – 34th

Australian Sailing Team athlete profiles:
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Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W

  • Carrie Smith (WA/WAIS) & Jaime Ryan (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 28, 8, 19, 23, 25, 8, 10, 24, 27 – 18th
  • Sasha Ryan (QLD/QAS) & Ella Clark (WA) – ASS: UFD, 19, 20, 24, 13, 13, 31, 32, 24 – 27th

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2016 RS:X World Championships:

  • Joanna Sterling (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 5, 29, 15, 13, 9, 12, 25 – 36th

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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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