News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : `Oi, Oi, Oi' for Aussie 29er sailors in Denmark
`Oi, Oi, Oi' for Aussie 29er sailors in Denmark

'Start line action from the 29er Worlds. - World 29er Championships'    29er Class

At the 29er World Championships, France, NZ and Spain deservedly took centre stage with podium results in that order in Aarhus, Denmark, but it is time the Australian success was trumpeted in this neck of the woods.

How about an 'Oi, Oi, Oi’ for fourth, fifth and sixth spots to Aussies in a starting fleet of 216 including the current ISAF Youth World Champions from France and many other elite 29er sailors.

Finishing in fourth place overall has been an awesome thrill for Aussie’s best, Kurt Hansen from Davistown on the NSW Central Coast and his Belmont crewmate Harry Morton.

And in fifth place were early leaders fellow Aussies Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto, followed in sixth spot by Jim Colley and Shaun Connor.

A Baltic storm brewing ... it happened on three days of the competition - World 29er Championships -  29er Class  

The two 16-year-old Aussies, Kurt and Harry, came very close to a podium finish after a week of tough and keenly contested sailing with the gold going to Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros of France, both 17, followed by Kiwis Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson and Spaniards Marti Llena and Oriol Mahiques.

Asked how the fourth placing compared with his Australian national titles wins in the Sabots and Flying 11 classes, Kurt Hansen said it was 'Up there’ adding that those title victories, 'were fantastic and a big part of how we came to be competing on the waters of Aarhus, Denmark.’ Kurt, who attends Gosford High School, has been sailing since he was eight, beginning in Sabots at Gosford Sailing Club.

Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton - World 29er Championships -  29er Class  

'It was a nail-biting end to the series,’ said Kurt.

'The pressure was on with the French guy being the current World Youth Champion and the Spanish also ranked highly in the world, so they were going to be tough to beat.’

Asked about his pre-regatta expectations Kurt said when the number of entries reached 216 'we had to be realistic with our goals’.’

'Harry and I have only been sailing together for six months so our goal was to make the Gold Fleet Series, which is the top 53 boats after the elimination racing series is finished.

The championships series was an open event, with competitors ranging in age from 14-26. 'The elimination series was great, we nailed some of those early elimination races finishing the elimination rounds in fifth place, which safely got us into the Gold Fleet Finals Series,’’ Kurt said. Conditions varied from light to heavy winds, with some pretty wild Baltic Sea thunderstorms hitting the fleets on three separate days.

Australians Harry Price, Gus Williams, Harry Morton, Kurt Hansen. - World 29er Championships -  29er Class   Click Here to view large photo

While Kurt focused on steering the fastest course, crewmate Harry leaned out on the wire during the racing to maintain speed. Kurt said Harry was 'Pretty calm about it and just worked really hard every race to get us through to a fourth place.'

The pair are now focusing on the Australian 29 and also the Australian Youth Championships, both of which will be raced on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, in December.

'Before those regattas we will race in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and continue training as members of the Yachting NSW Youth Sailing team,' Kurt said.

Other Aussies giving it their all were Harry Price and Angus Williams (30th) and the three 29ers from the Western Australian Team’s 'JESS’ program also had promising results building a strong platform for the WA Team for next year’s 29er Worlds.

by Peter McIntosh


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

2:37 PM Mon 5 Aug 2013GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,

470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,

ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race   
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target   
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage   
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years   
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified   
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt   
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander   
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT