Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

470 World Championship - Strong day 2 for the Aussies

by Craig Heydon on 8 Aug 2013
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan racing at the 2013 470 World Championship Thom Touw © http://www.thomtouw.com
On the second day of the 470 World Championships, Australian sailors have enjoyed a strong day in La Rochelle, France, with crews recording wins in both the men’s and women’s competition.

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan recorded a third win in the men’s fleet to ensure they would finish the qualification series first overall while Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook picked up their first World Championship race win as they continue to work their way up the leader board.

Belcher and Ryan’s win in the opening race on Tuesday put them in the unique position where they didn’t have to complete the last qualification race to hold onto their top position heading into the finals series

'It's not every day that you get to miss a race at a major championship,' said Belcher. 'It's now the third time we've missed a race with the new scoring format and it still feels a little strange to sail home when the teams are racing but we decided to rest and get ready for tomorrow's racing.'

Ryan said that the pair feel that they’re in a good position heading into the finals series and are looking forward to the challenge of lining up against all the top crews for the first time.

'It was good to get through the qualification and be in the best spot possible,' said Ryan. 'We had two very different days conditions wise which was good for our understanding of the venue. It was also very good to get back into regatta mode as the Europeans was our last event almost two months ago.

'The Worlds is always a long event so the opportunity to sit out the final race was very good,' he said. 'It's good for the bodies and good for the confidence as well, but the real racing starts tomorrow and the regatta virtually starts again, just three times harder as we have all the top boats in the same fleet now.

'Tomorrow we’ve got two races in the afternoon again but it's very much about taking each race as it comes for Mat and I. I think we're comfortable with how we're sailing but the next few days will be about continuing to adapt to the tricky conditions, trying to be consistent and hopefully by Friday we'll be in a position to fight for the win,' said Ryan.

Alexander and Patrick Conway finished the day in 24th position, qualifying for the gold fleet following a 14th and a 24th.

Matthew and Robert Crawford are currently 39th overall, with Scott Cotton and Tom Potter 83rd.


Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook got their second day of World Championship racing together off to a perfect start, winning the day’s opening race.

The pair then finished 10th in race two to end the qualification series in 12th overall, progressing through to the gold fleet for the finals.

'We're feeling happy about where things finished up at the end of qualification,' said Cook. 'The main task was to make gold fleet, but then obviously with as high a ranking as possible to start off the finals series with fewer points in the 'carry-forward' race. So 12th overall is a reasonable place for us to begin.

'We were happy with the win in race one and enjoyed the conditions we faced today which were considerably lighter than yesterday,' she said. 'We were a little too conservative though in the second race and really paid for it off the start. It made it a real battle to work our way back up to finish 10th. We're looking forward to starting the finals series tomorrow and racing a bit more aggressively. The conditions forecast look like they should play to our strengths, so I'm excited to see what we can do over the next seven races.'

Rechichi and Cook will be joined in the gold fleet by fellow Australians Jacqueline Gurr and Amelia Catt who ended day two in 24th.

Gurr and Catt were 13th in race one on Tuesday and 11th in race two in their first World Championship together.

Sasha and Jaime Ryan ended the qualification series in 31st overall, with Lucy Shephard and Aurora Paterson 46th.

Racing continues in La Rochelle on Wednesday with the medal races to be held on Saturday. Full results are available here.

www.australiansailingteam.com.au" target="_blank">Australian Sailing Team

Barz Optics - Melanin LensesSafety at Sea - Baltic - 2Festival of Sails 2017 660x82

Related Articles

18ft Skiffs - Season 2016-2017 preview
The Australian 18 Footers League’s 82nd consecutive season of 18ft Skiff Racing will begin on Sunday 9 October The Australian 18 Footers League’s 82nd consecutive season of 18ft Skiff Racing will begin on Sunday 9 October when the club will conduct the R. Watt Memorial Trophy 3-buoys race on Sydney Harbour.
Posted today at 6:40 am
'The best day of my life' - Auckland On the Boat Show - Day 3
Despite the forecast of dicey weather, visitors to the Auckland On the Water Boat Show were rewarded with a good day Despite a less than optimist forecast of more inclement weather, visitors to the Auckland On the Water Boat Show were rewarded with a good day to be at the Show – overcast skies, but no rain and plenty to see and do. Held for the first time in the school holidays, the kids – who get free entry – had a great day.
Posted today at 4:55 am
Auckland on the Water Boat Show - Showers don't deter crowds on Day 2
A tsunami of boating fans of all persuasions swept through the gates of the Auckland On the Water Boat Show this morning A tsunami of boating fans of all persuasions swept through the gates of the Auckland On the Water Boat Show when they opened this morning. Whether it was a result of the morning weather forecast or Friday was just a convenient day - who knows?
Posted on 30 Sep
2016 B14 World Championship - Wrap-up Video
The B14's enjoyed champagne conditions at their 2016 World Championships hosted at Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda. The B14's enjoyed champagne conditions at their 2016 World Championships hosted at Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda.
Posted on 30 Sep
Auckland On the Water Boat Show opens full of the Joys of Spring
The Auckland On the Water Boat Show enjoyed a beautiful Spring day for its opening. Despite the inclement weather that has been the New Zealand's daily fare for too long, the Auckland On the Water Boat Show enjoyed a beautiful Spring day for its opening. Today was the first of the four-day show and is also the first time that the Show has been held in the school holidays.
Posted on 29 Sep
Sail Sydney entices Olympic Gold medalist
Tom Burton has confirmed he will be competing at Sail Sydney this December 15 to 18 at Woollahra Sailing Club. Rio Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Burton has confirmed he will be competing at Sail Sydney this December 15 to 18 at Woollahra Sailing Club.
Posted on 29 Sep
Entries open for Adelaide Laser Nationals 2017
Following on from a successful Rio Olympic campaign, laser sailors around the country are now gearing up Following on from a successful Rio Olympic campaign, laser sailors around the country are now gearing up for their class nationals this summer, which will be held at the Adelaide Sailing Club, South Australia from 28 December 2016 - 4 January 2017.
Posted on 26 Sep
Sailing Raceboats Spring Sale - brought to you by Brexit!
Your chance to SAVE! 52% of UK Residents vote to lower the price of RS Sailboats in Australia! Your chance to SAVE! 52% of UK Residents vote to lower the price of RS Sailboats in Australia! Save $4000 on RS100s & RS200s. Save $1000 to RS Aeros and either $1000 or $2000 on the RS rotomoulded range.
Posted on 26 Sep
Knowing Harken takes years and years (Pt.II)
We looked at how Grant Pellew became the MD here in Australia, and how they rigorously go about testing their gear In Part One of getting to know Harken, we looked at how Grant Pellew became the MD here in Australia, and how they rigorously go about testing their gear. We also looked at some of the other brands Harken distributes in Australia and so we move on to the last category.
Posted on 25 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep