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470 Australian Championship - Belcher and Page on form and in the lead

by Craig Heydon on 23 Nov 2011
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page racing at the 470 Australian Championship 2011 © Victor Kovalenko
In the 470 Australian Championship, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page continue to lead the way after three days of racing. In the strongest fleet seen at an Australian 470 Championship for many years, both sailors head into the final two days with a nine point lead on the Dutch pairing of Sven and Kalle Coster with Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl a point further back in third.

Racing on Tuesday was held on the medal race course for the upcoming Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, giving all of the crews a taste of what they could face if they make it through to the final race on December 11.

'Today was quite good to get some experience on the medal race course,' said Belcher. 'It was certainly a little congested for 40 boats, but nice to get some understanding of the conditions and environment in that area.'

After dominating the first four races of the regatta with four straight wins Belcher and Page found themselves back in the pack a bit in race one on Tuesday, crossing the line 22nd before bouncing back with an eighth to round out the day.

'We started the day off in a gusty easterly 12-15 knots, with the top mark only about 100 meters from the beach,' he said. 'The conditions changed throughout and eventually the sea breeze came in. We were only about 100 metres from the finish in first in the opening race before the committee abandoned the race and waited for the sea breeze to steady.'

'The two races were close and intense, we made some good decision and some mistakes but a positive day and some good lessons coming into the worlds,' he said.

Fellow Australians Sam Kivell and Will Ryan are fifth overall following a fourth and a seventh on the course in Bathers Bay.

The Bronze medalists from the recent Sail Melbourne regatta are in the middle of a tight group of boats and head into the final four races just two points off second place.

Brothers Matthew and Robert Crawford are the leading junior crew, ending the day 10th overall in the strong international fleet.

New Australian pairing Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell continue to recover from gear breakages on the opening day and are currently 31st overall and the ninth placed female crew.

The West Australians have only had limited time in the boat since teaming up a few weeks back and are competing in just their second regatta together, following their Gold medal at the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne.

Tuesday 22 November 2011 - Overall - Race 6:

Rank
Nat
SailNo
HelmName
CrewName
Division
Race 1
20/11/2011
Race 2
20/11//2011
Race 3
21/11/2011
Race 4
21/11/2011
Race 5
22/11/2011
Race 6
22/11/2011
Total
Nett
1st
 
AUS
11
Mathew
Belcher
Malcolm
Page
Men
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
(22.0)
8.0
34.0
12.0
2nd
 
NED 1
Sven Coster
Kalle
Coster
Men
8.0
4.0
3.0
(10.0)
3.0
3.0
31.0
21.0
3rd
 
USA
1713
Stuart
McNay
Graham
Biehl
Men
2.0
3.0
2.0
5.0
(17.0)
10.0
39.0
22.0
4th
 
JPN 4
Ryunosuke
Harada
Yugo
Yoshida
Men
4.0
2.0
14.0
(21.0)
2.0
1.0
44.0
23.0
5th
 
AUS
13
Sam Kivell
Will Ryan
Men
3.0
(18.0)
5.0
4.0
4.0
7.0
41.0
23.0
6th
 
NZL
212
Paul Snow- Hansen
Jason
Saunders
Men
5.0
5.0
8.0
(22.0)
1.0
6.0
47.0
25.0
7th
 
 
ESP 9
Onan Barreiros Rodriguez
Aaron Sarmiento Padilla
Men
6.0
(23.0)
17.0
7.0
14.0
5.0
72.0
49.0
8th
 
NED
11
Lisa
Westerhof
Lobke
Berkhout
Women
9.0
7.0
21.0
8.0
6.0
(41.0 DNS)
92.0
51.0
9th
 
NZL
75
Jo Aleh
Polly
Powrie
Women
12.0
11.0
13.0
23.0
5.0
(41.0 BFD)
105.0
64.0
10th
 
AUS 5
Matthew
Crawford
Robert
Crawford
Men & Junior
15.0
9.0
11.0
14.0
(16.0)
15.0
80.0
64.0


Racing continues in Fremantle on Wednesday and full results are here. For more information on the Australian Sailing Team visit their website and follow the team on Twitter.
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