Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Australia´s Price and Elks move up the 49erFX Europeans leader board

by Craig Heydon on 6 Jul 2013
Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis at the 49erFX Europeans © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk http://sailingpix.photoshelter.com/
The 2013 49er and 49erFX European Championships are reaching the business end of the events with crews jostling for positions in the medal races.

The 49erFX gold fleet was first in action on day four in Aarhus, Denmark, with the top 16 boats taking part in four races close to shore.

Australia’s Olivia Price and Caitlin Elks went into the day in 16th position, needing some good results to move themselves up the leader board towards the all-important top eight for Sunday’s finals.

Price and Elks began the day with an eighth and a seventh before winning race three and finishing fourth in Friday’s final race. The results moved the pair up to 12th overall, with one day of fleet racing ahead of the finals remaining.

'Today was pretty tricky but we were happy to have some nice breeze,' said Price. 'The racecourse was close to the club making it easy for spectators to watch but not easy to read the shifts. We had a positive day and took a lot from the larger fleet racing of the previous days into the smaller fleet.

'We did have a good race win, where we were able to sail our own shifts and didn't worry too much about the other boats around us,' she said. 'It was so shifty that we had to stay in phase and in pressure.'

Elks said that they took a lot away from racing against the top crews in a smaller fleet.

'Racing in the gold fleet has provided a good opportunity to test our skills and knowledge against the leading sailors in the FX fleet,' said Elks. 'We have one more day of fleet racing tomorrow before the top eight split off for the medal races, we’re sitting in 12th so cracking the top eight tomorrow is still possible.'

The silver 49erFX fleet also completed four races with promotion to the petit final up for grabs for the top placed crew at the end of Saturday’s races.

Two Australian crews have put themselves in the box seat heading into the penultimate day of racing with Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis currently leading the silver fleet, with Tessa Parkinson and Chelsea Hall one point behind in second.

Outteridge and Curtis started the day fifth in the silver fleet, with a pair of fourths, a third and a second moving them into the lead.

Parkinson and Hall are right behind them following a third, a second, a sixth and a ninth. The points are close behind the leading two crews and with another full day of fleet races scheduled for Saturday plenty of movement is still possible.

Ella Giudice and Kate Lathouras are currently eighth in the silver fleet after a 15th, 16th, 14th and a third on Friday.

The 49er gold fleet returned to the water for their second day of finals racing with two Australian crews in the top 32, Will Phillips and Rhys Mara, and Joel Turner and Lewis Brake.

Phillips and Mara started the day in fifth position but a 24th, 19th, 27th and an 11th saw the pair drop to 16th position.

While it may not have been the best day on the water for the pair did secure themselves a spot in the semi finals, claiming the 16th and final spot on a count back.

Joel Turner and Lewis Brake are 30th overall following a 17th, 24th, 31st and 29th. The 32 boat gold fleet will split on Saturday, with the top 16 and bottom 16 racing separately.

David Gilmour and Sam Phillips are third in the 49er silver fleet after a third, a second, a 16th and a 24th.

Just behind them is Peter Kendall and Harry Bethwaite who ended the day in fifth position, with Luke Parkinson and Fang Warren 17th. George Davies and Jack Lloyd are fifth in the bronze fleet.

In Brest, France, competitors at the 2013 RS:X European Championships were back on the water after Thursday’s rest day.

Joanna Sterling is currently in 15th position in the women’s competition after a 15th and a 19th on Friday, with fellow Australian Paris Stowell 37th.

In the youth women’s event Annalise Gilbert is 33rd, while in the youth men’s Jock Calvert is 48th.
InSunSport - NZPacific Sailing School 660x82 1Ensign 660

Related Articles

2016 Groupama Race - Start for the fifth edition
19 sailing yachts (32-100 feet) took the departure at 10am on Sunday 25 September from Baie des Citrons, in Noumea. 19 sailing yachts (32-100 feet) took the departure at 10am on Sunday 25 September from Baie des Citrons, in Noumea. More than 100 boats, stand up paddles, catamarans and a thousand of people attended the departure, under an unusually west wind around 10 to 12 knots.
Posted today at 2:08 am
Extreme Sailing Series - Lisbon joins the race to restore ocean health
Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.
Posted today at 1:36 am
Melges 32 World Championship – Previewing the podium
13 teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island. Thirteen teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island for the eighth edition, hosted by Sail Newport, launching out of the Newport Shipyard.
Posted on 26 Sep
Another Foiling Week to be held next month
The public attention is no longer limited to the competitive sailing community since the market is offering more options The attention of the public is no longer limited to the competitive sailing community since the market is offering more and more options for recreational and cruising vessels. Newport is the first overseas edition of the Foiling Week: the genuine passion shown by the participants reminds of the first ever edition in 2014 on Lake Garda.
Posted on 26 Sep
Strong finish for Armin Strom at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
With Norauto and Team Tilt secure in first two positions, Armin Strom headed into the last day vying for third position With Norauto and Team Tilt secure in the first two positions, Armin Strom Sailing Team headed into the last day of competition vying with Team ENGIE, Realteam and Malizia for third position
Posted on 26 Sep
Alinghi pull off incredible comeback to take Act 6 in Madeira
Swiss team Alinghi came back from a dismasting to win Act 6 of Extreme Sailing Series™ in extraordinary circumstances Swiss team Alinghi came back from a dismasting to win Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in extraordinary circumstances on the waters of Portugal’s Madeira Islands.
Posted on 26 Sep
It’s Chuck’s fault!
The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz The blame rests squarely with the much venerated, and truly celebrated US sports photographer, Chuck Lantz. Had he not shown me this image he took during the recent Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay, then this editorial would not have come to pass.
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
Oman Air stay top of Extreme Sailing Series table with podium place
Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six and shifted focus to the next Act. Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six in Madeira and immediately shifted their focus to the next Act in Lisbon, Portugal, in two weeks.
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