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Friday, June 10, 2016

Mixed Day For Aussies at World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland

Foggy, light conditions made for a mixed day of racing at Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland overnight. While the breeze started at around 10-12 knots, this dropped to 5-6 knots as the day progressed, and a shroud of fog created difficult sailing conditions.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
The Aussies had mixed results in the conditions, with Tom Burton leading the way for the Aussies in the Laser Fleet. Burton is currently first overall, after coming second and first in the day’s first two races, then a tougher third race saw him cross the finish line in 17th.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“There was a lot of fog and some breeze when we arrived at the venue this morning,” said Burton at the conclusion of racing. “We started out with around 10 knots but this dropped as we got out to the race course, and the last race of the day we sailed in around 5 knots. Most of the top guys are here, so competition is high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Men’s 470 event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are currently third overall, after they too had a mixed day of racing. The Aussies crossed the finish line with a 7th and 14thin the first two races of the day, but came back in the final race to win.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was a pretty tricky day,” said Belcher as he came off the water. “We had 5-8 knots at times, really shifty and a lot of fog in the morning, making the visibility really low. We just tried to get a free lane and stay out of everyone’s way. We won the last race, which was really good and I think as the day went on we certainly adjusted pretty well and we had good speed at the end.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“For us it’s not so much about the result, it’s always been about our performance. We are just trying to race as well as we can and get ourselves into good racing shape.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, Queensland’s Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.

“It was looking pretty promising this morning, with a lot of fog and a fair bit of wind, but by the time we got out there the wind had dissipated and we were left with a lot of sea-state and light winds,” said Lilley at the end of the day. “The top six or seven guys who are here are of a really high standard and definitely players in terms of the Olympic Games. So, the quality of racing is super high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan are currently in eighth overall, after posting results of 9, 13, 4 in today’s three races. With only 15 competitors in their event, scoring is quite close amongst the top crews.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Nacra 17 class, Sydney-siders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are lying ninth overall. Their fleet finished four races today, with the Aussies scoring 9, 6, 6, 8. The Canadian team of Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke is currently leading that class.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the 49er FX Olivia Price and Eliza Solly are currently in tenth position overall. Their fleet sailed four races today, and an incident in the first race saw them carry a ‘discretionary penalty imposed’ result of 11.8; however they came back to finish with 14, 4, 11 in the final three races of the day.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 today. In the 49er Men, Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Cameron Seagreen are 22nd overall, having scored 4, 24, 24, 23 today.

Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

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