Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Zhik Australian 9er Championship dripping with world class talent

by David Price on 25 Dec 2013
ISAF Gold AUS 49erFX Medallists Olivia Price and Eliza Solly David Price
The prestigious Zhik 2013-2014 Australian 9er Championships regatta will comprise the two 2016 Rio Olympic skiff classes, the men’s 49er and the women’s 49erFX, together with the ISAF Youth Skiff 29er class. The event is being held from 28 December to 3 January and hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

As the 2016 Olympic 'Road To Rio' sailing campaigns ramp up another notch, following this season’s first ISAF World Cup in Melbourne earlier this month, the event will see Australia’s top Olympic and youth skiff sailors competing in a sixteen race series on Port Phillip Bay. It’s going to be a beauty - the long range forecast features plenty of wind and seaway over the week of competition. Many of these top campaigners will then head back overseas in the new year for further international competition in the USA and Europe.

This year’s Zhik Australian 9er Championships has attracted almost 80 teams from WA, VIC, NSW, QLD and TAS, and a number of top international teams from NZL. Adding to the event interestingly are plenty of brothers and sisters all having a shot at each other this year.

On the back of her latest 49erFX gold medal world cup performance two weeks ago will be London 2012 Olympic Women’s Match Racing skipper and silver medallist Olivia Price with her new crew Eliza Solly lining up against fellow Australian Sailing Team member Caitlin Elks now crewing with local ace skipper Tess Lloyd.

Also in the 49er FX class will be 2008 Olympic gold 470 medallist Tessa Parkinson sailing with 2006 ISAF Youth Sailing 420 Women’s World Champion Chelsea Hall and our latest 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing 420 Women’s World Champion Ella Clark crewing with Haylee Outteridge, our London 2012 Olympic gold 49er medallist younger sister.

Along with the impressive women’s Olympic campaigners pedigree in the new 49er FX class will be Olivia’s younger brother and 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing Team members Harry Price and Angus Williams debuting in the open class as an all-male team.

These two 2013 29er class graduates will be showcasing the Yachting Australia and Australian 9er pathway program, graduating from the youth classes (in this case the 29er) through to the two Olympic classes utilising the innovative FX rig which lends itself to skilling up sailors far quicker and more efficiently, allowing up to 70% more time on water than using the 49er rig in the past.

In fact, the FX rig is so popular in its first year that the FX class worldwide are increasingly attracting more mixed and male teams at the 49er/FX events bar the ISAF World Cups where only Olympic campaigners are permitted entry.


The Olympic men’s 49er class will see multi-World 29er Class Champion Steve Thomas sailing with his 2008 World 29er Champion crew Jasper Warren up against a formidable world class fleet including local team skipper Will Phillips and Rhys Mara, competing against his brother Sam Phillips with skipper David Gilmour, one son of famous AC sailor and multi-world champion match race skipper Peter Gilmour.


One of the most competitive Australian 49er teams will be 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing Team member and skipper Joel Turner with fellow Queenslander and 2012 29er graduate Lewis Brake, this team impressing the world on their debut appearance at the 2013 Europeans making it into the coveted Gold Fleet together with Will and Rhys. NZL’s debut 49er young guns team of Logan Beck and Jack Simpson the current #2 world ranked 29er crew will be out there too stamping their mark on this regatta, only their second event together since Jack graduating from the 29er class successes this season in Europe.


The largest fleet by far at this year’s Zhik Australian 9er Championships will be the Int. 29er Class, the fleet now predominately being sailed by youth sailors after the introduction last year of the 49er FX rig.



Australia boasts arguable the best fleet of youth skiff sailors in the world, and with the current 29er world ranked fourth Kurt Hansen with Harry Morton, fifth Charlie Wyatt with 2012 ISAF Youth Team’s Scott Siganto and sixth Jim Colley with Sean Connor the vanguard of Australians competing against world ranked #2 NZL 29er skipper Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie, current ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion SL16 skipper, this fleet will be absolutely riveting to follow throughout the week.

As you can see the Zhik 2013-2014 Australian 9er Championships is just dripping in talent with some of the world’s best Olympic and youth skiff sailors in town, all on show in what undeniably will be a very exciting robust and challenging series.

T Clewring CruisingDoyle Sails NZ - Never Look BackPantaenius - Fixed Value

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Hoisted on their own petard
Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear... Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear in World Sailing’s premier event, the Sailing World Cup. In that time, a flurry of material has espoused all manner of joyous points including travel grants and prize money. That’s terrific and the hope is that somehow this will overcome the tyranny of distance for Melbourne
Posted on 9 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May