Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Australian Sailing Team and Squad announced

by Craig Heydon on 13 Mar 2013
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan are named members of the Australian Sailing Team 2013 Jeff Crow/Sail Melbourne http://www.sportlibrary.com.au
Australia’s sailors have begun their Rio 2016 Olympic Games campaign with the naming of the 2013 Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Squad.

Last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games was Australian sailing’s most successful ever, with three gold and a silver medal sitting the team on top of the sailing medal tally, with sailing also Australia’s most successful sport, both for the first time.

Rio 2016 presents a number of challenges for Australia’s sailors, a new continent for most, different conditions to those in Weymouth and two new classes; the women’s 49erFX and the mixed Nacra 17 multihull.

The Australian Sailing Team begins the new Olympic cycle with a team brimming with experience, with Olympic gold and silver medals, and multiple World Champions, throughout the team.

'It was great to see our crews stand out on the sport’s biggest stage at London 2012,' said Australian Sailing Performance Director Peter Conde. 'The results at the Games were the culmination of years of hard work for the entire team, including the athletes, coaches and support staff.

'We know that we can’t rest on those achievements, if we do the rest of the sailing world will pass us by,' he said. 'The team is now fully focused on Rio 2016, we’ve got new classes and new conditions which will present plenty of challenges but we have the team to remain at the top.'

London 2012 gold medallist Mathew Belcher begins a new Olympic campaign with a new crew, teaming up with Will Ryan following the retirement of dual gold medallist Malcolm Page. Belcher and Ryan have made the perfect start to their new campaign, winning their first four regattas together, including the opening round of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Sail Melbourne.

Gold medallists Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby have all qualified for the Australian Sailing Team but will spend the majority of 2013 focused on a different goal, the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. Outteridge and Jensen are working with Artemis Racing while Slingsby is a part of the Oracle Team USA crew.

Outteridge and Jensen will spend time training on a 49er in San Francisco while Slingsby is waiting until his America’s Cup commitments have come to an end before deciding on his next move.

With Women’s Match Racing not a part of the Olympic schedule for Rio 2016 Australia’s silver medallists Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have all switched classes, with the sailors looking forward to the challenge of a new class for a new Olympic campaign.

All three will embark on separate campaigns for Rio 2016, with Price steering a 49erFX, Curtis juggling a season in both the 49erFX and Nacra 17, while Whitty will try her hand at the mixed catamaran.



Price and Curtis will both sail alongside Australian Sailing Squad members in the 49erFX, with Price racing with former Laser Radial sailor Caitlin Elks and Curtis with Haylee Outteridge, younger sister of Nathan Outteridge.

Beijing 2008 gold medallist Elise Rechichi has her eyes on a third straight Olympic Games appearance in the 470 women’s class, competing with Squad member Sarah Cook. Cook, a dual Olympic Rower, has made a successful transition to sailing, with the pair recently winning the women’s trophy at the 2013 Australian 470 Championship.

Brendan Casey will be out to put his London 2012 experience to good use in the Finn class, while Laser sailor Tom Burton has secured his spot in the team for another year following a strong 2012 where he finished in the top six in every regatta he contested. Burton has a busy 2013 ahead of him, juggling a Laser campaign and his role with the Objective Australia team in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

The Australian Sailing Squad has been designed to provide a pathway for Australia’s future Olympic and World Champions, with sailors receiving support to compete against the best on the world stage. For 2013 there are 27 members in the Squad, competing in eight classes.

For 2013 a Youth Bridging Program has been added to the Australian Sailing Squad, designed to bridge the gap for those who have either recently represented Australia at youth level or have been close to that honour, have top international results and a clear plan to make their way into the Australian Sailing Team.

Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Squad representatives in the three Paralympic classes, Skud 18, 2.4mR and Sonar, will be announced in the coming months. There is plenty of activity in the Paralympic classes, with the Skud 18 and 2.4mR fleets in particular, continuing to grow and the level of competition is increasing.

2013 Australian Sailing Team

Mathew Belcher – QLD
Olivia Price – NSW
Tom Burton – NSW
Elise Rechichi – WA
Brendan Casey – QLD
Will Ryan – QLD
Nina Curtis – NSW
Tom Slingsby – NSW
Iain Jensen - NSW
Lucinda Whitty - NSW
Nathan Outteridge - NSW

2013 Australian Sailing Squad

Ashley Brunning – NSW
Ryan Palk – QLD
Amelia Catt – TAS
Luke Parkinson – WA
Sarah Cook – VIC
Tessa Parkinson – WA
Matthew Crawford – NSW
Will Phillips – VIC
Robert Crawford – NSW
Sam Phillips – VIC
Lisa Darmanin – NSW
Sasha Ryan – QLD
Caitlin Elks – WA
Jaime Ryan – QLD
Angus Galloway – QLD
Ashley Stoddart – QLD
Jacqui Gurr – VIC
Oliver Tweddell – VIC
Tim Hannah – VIC
Jaspar Warren – WA
Kate Lathouras – WA
Jason Waterhouse – NSW
Jake Lilley – QLD
Jared West – QLD
Rhys Mara – NSW
Matthew Wearn – WA

2013 Australian Sailing Squad – Youth Bridging

Lewis Brake – QLD
Madison Kennedy – QLD
Ella Clark – WA
Tess Lloyd – VIC
Lucy Copeland - NSW
Carrie Smith – WA
Paul Darmanin – NSW
Eliza Solly – VIC
Luke Elliott – WA
Mark Spearman – WA
Louise Evans – QLD
Joel Turner – QLD
David Gilmour – WA
Tom Vincent – VIC
Ella Giudice – Australian Sailing Team

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Fremantle to Bali Race 660x82Raja Muda 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
52fter Worlds - Another level of excellence
Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points From a difficult, and at times confusing second day of racing at the 52 World Championship 2016 on the beautiful waters off Menorca, Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points at the top of the high calibre 12-boat fleet.
Posted on 16 Sep
New Sailing World Cup strategy snub to Southern Hemisphere
Australian Sailing expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy/format for Sailing World Cup Australian Sailing has expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy and format for the Sailing World Cup released earlier this week.
Posted on 16 Sep
Gladwell's Line - Cup Decision all but officially confirmed
At least four unconnected international sources have confirmed to Sail-World that our story is correct Since we published the updated editorial commentary on the Arbitration Panel Decision on the now no more Auckland Qualifier Series for the 2017 America's Cup, at least four unconnected international sources have confirmed to Sail-World that our story is correct, and the Decision has indeed gone the way of the Kiwis.
Posted on 13 Sep
Sailing World Cup 2017-20 - Australia and China lose. Japan wins
Miami will host first Round of the upcoming 2017 series which will be shortened to allow a switchover to a new calendar. As World Sailing's Sailing World Cup goes in for modification to become SWC v4.0, it is clear the big losers are Australia and China who lose their rounds of the oft-stalled event. Japan gains a round in the lead up to Tokyo, with Europe retaining preeminence. A while ago, one commentator said of the now defunct v3.0, and most specifically Melbourne's final, 'Has the smell of failure about it.'
Posted on 13 Sep
Rolex Swan Cup 2016 – Tradition meets innovation
In celebrating this historic occasion, the Swan world has responded with its customary enthusiasm. Even the famous pontoons of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo have rarely paid witness to such a flurry of activity and vibrant sense of anticipation.
Posted on 12 Sep
America's Cup - Outteridge says communications secret to Artemis win
Artemis Racing became the second team to win three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regattas Artemis Racing became the second team to win three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regattas with a resounding victory in Toulon. With practice cancelled on Friday due to light winds, the teams came into racing on Saturday with little opportunity to get a feel for the shifty local conditions in Toulon.
Posted on 12 Sep