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Friday, June 10, 2016

RQYS Olympic Team Members - Update - World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland, UK

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
In the Men’s 470 event, RQYS members 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 14th in 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. 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,” Belcher said.
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,” added.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, RQYS member Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“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. 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,” Lilley said.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (RQYS) 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: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 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

Australian Sailing Media

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