sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : On a winning streak - Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win their first major
On a winning streak - Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win their first major


'Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win their first major'    .

London 2012 470 Gold Medalist Mat Belcher has won 16 regattas in a row. Hi and his crew Will Ryan report ´'After winning our first major title in the form of the European Championships, it is exciting to be able to share with you all our progress as we take another step forward as a team.

As Will's first European Championship win, this is Coach Victor Kovalenko's 10th European Title, and extends Mathews unbeaten streak to 16 regattas in a row! We were not declared official European Champion's as Australia is just invited as a nation to compete, but we should really be eligible as we spend enough time over here!


The event was held from Formia, Italy on the coastline halfway between Rome and Naples. It was certainly a pleasant contrast to enjoy the warm blue waters and sunshine with temperatures in the high 20's after the last cold event in Holland. The local seabreeze made for really interesting racing with the ability for many different teams to be 'looking famous' at various intervals in each race not that dissimilar to a game of snakes and ladders.

Predicted to be a light wind venue, we were lucky to enjoy a well developed seabreeze for the first few days of racing before it gradually lightened with only one race being completed on the final day of Finals Series.

After finishing qualification in first place we did our best to sail simple to avoid any high scores, and at the same time it gave us the opportunity to work on our lighter wind fleet sailing and speed. As a team we had not raced much in these conditions so it was very positive to feel that we were improving together.

The French team of Mion and Bouvet had a great final series and coming into the last race of the final series we were tied on points, but with the French team having a worse discard score than us and an 8-boat medal race being trialled for the event, it opened the tactical game a little. But as we prepared for the race the wind died away and it was left to a deciding medal race of who-beat-who the following day.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan win their first major -  .. .  


It felt like a longer than usual wait before the seabreeze finally arrived; but after watching the girls medal race the breeze continued to slowly build to 8/9knots allowing open pumping for our turn. We executed a nice start to windward of the French team, but they immediately began to engage us in the hope to gain a penalty with a slow luff.

After tacking out to gain a little separation it became a bit of an upwind pumping race but Mat did a great job linking together a few of the narrow pressure lines to allow us to round the first windward mark in second place. From there we were able to protect our position against the French team, and on the second upwind we actually managed to pass the leading British boat to give us the race win and the open title by 10 points!

Thank you again to all for your support and messages. The continued support of the Australian Sailing Team, ABeam Consulting, Wyndham Harbour, Southport Yacht Club, Royal Queensland Yacht Club, Audi, Omega, Maersk, Revium, 2XU, Maui Jim, Hamilton Island, our friends and supporters, campaign godfather Marcus Blackmore and of course the time and care of Coach Victor Kovalenko are invaluable.

For now Mathew returns home to Australia for university exams, with the next being the 470 World Championships and 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the 470 in La Rochelle, France.

Full results from the European Championships are at website

With video of the final medal race viewable here

You can also follow our daily updates on our Facebook page here
or on our team website here


by Mathew Belcher

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=110946

8:43 AM Tue 18 Jun 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


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







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

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.
X6XL NEW US