sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Perth 2011 - Australia’s next Sailing Golden Girls?

Perth 2011 - Australia’s next Sailing Golden Girls?

'Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell'    Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

In Olympic sailing history there have been two sets of Australian Womens Gold medal performances. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both came in the 470 dinghy class in which super-coach Victor Kovalenko guided teams to victory.

Now just nine months before the 2012 London Olympics, a new Australian 470 Womens pairing, which has never raced at elite level, has sailed into the frame with a stunning first day at Sail Melbourne 2011, the ISAF World Cup Regatta being sailed on Port Phillip Bay.

Back in 2000 Western Australian Belinda Stowell crewed with Jenny Armstrong to win Olympic Gold and in 2008, another 'sand-groper' skipper Elise Rechichi, along with Tessa Parkinson, won the 470 Olympic Gold on the Qingdao course.

Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell in action -  Sail-World.com -AUS?nid=90451 ©  
Yesterday the 25-year-old Rechichi and the 40-year-old Stowell, after just four weeks of training together, sailed their first event.

It was an amazing first day. Sailing in a mixed Mens and Womens fleet of 21 boats, they were third across the line, ahead of the leading Australian Men’s team – Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page, the 470 Mens World Champions and World Cup Champions – in the first race and finished with two first places in the Womens fleet.

They lead the Japanese duo of Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata, the world’s top-ranked team, who are on six points, one point ahead of two American crews, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar, the number two team in the World and the team of Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan.

Everyone in Australian sailing had hoped Rechichi and Parkinson would campaign again after their Beijing win, but after the 2009 Olympic test event, they decided to take a break from high-level sailing and come back fresh to campaign in the new skiff class for Brazil 2016.

Stowell, who started sailing with the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA, is the WAIS Head Sailing Coach (she has been coaching Rechichi and Parkinson since their junior days) and has been heavily involved with the organisation of Perth 2011 and the Emerging Nations Program for that event.

But the urge to return to competitive sailing was pulling at her. Stowell explained ‘Early this year, back in May 2011, Tessa and I, both 470 crew, started a campaign for London with Tessa as helm and myself as crew. We sailed in a number of major regattas, including the Olympic Test event in Weymouth in July.

Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi - Beijing Olympics 470 Class gold medallists -  Sail-World.com -AUS?nid=90451 ©  
‘Tessa began to form the view that she was not progressing fast enough, to meet her own targets ahead of the Perth 2011 470 World Championships, the major qualifying event for the 2012 Olympics as a helm. I felt Tessa had made excellent progress. She is very dedicated, very talented, but it is a complex role. She felt that she’d rather take the longer term view aiming for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, and she persuaded Elise to come back to sailing with me.

‘Elise and I have been training together for four weeks. So we’ve both been back in boat focusing on teamwork, training and now racing. There are some things you don't forget, you just need to sharpen.

'Well it’s been a positive start; it’s been a gift to have Sail Melbourne, then soon the 470 Nationals in Perth ahead of the Perth 2011 Worlds, all in our own backyard.

‘What we are doing here we know is a big ask – four weeks of training before our first World Cup event. We are working hard and focusing, just want to qualify Australia if we can and see what happens from there.'

The Royal Perth Yacht Club sailor Rechichi was smiling this afternoon. ‘Tessa and I last raced at Sail for Gold in Weymouth (GBR) in 2009. We did not want to shut the door on Olympic sailing. Brazil had been announced as the venue for 2016 and we decided we would take a break for a few years and then come back with the aim of doing the skiff in Brazil.

‘I think I underestimated how hard it would be sitting out on the sidelines, and for the first year or so I was quite happy with my decision. Then this time last year I started to realise that I was given the opportunity and I missed competing and I would like to be back competing.

‘As it was Tess decided she would like to helm which I supported and then she ended up sailing with Belinda so it wasn’t until, I guess very late in the piece in September, when Tessa decided she wanted to focus on helming for Brazil.

‘Over the last few seasons I’ve been heavily involved in triathlon. I did a half ironman in Western Australia in May. You have to be super fit for triathlons so cardiovascular and running and cycling .. very fit. It’s quite different when you are in a boat and then hiking and you think completely differently.

‘It has taken me a little bit to get back into the sailing fitness but having done the triathlon has given me a really high base level fitness and my body is a lot more resilient than it was four years ago. It’s certainly been a positive thing.

‘Sailing fitness-wise, it’s funny which muscles actually hurt. My ankle hurt and my neck hurt from hiking. That passed after the two-week mark.

‘You know, I think for us in terms of speed and boat handling, all the signs are positive for us training-wise.

‘We expect that while things are promising, just purely because we haven’t had the time in the boat, things will break down so results-wise don’t expect too much this week.

‘If some things fall apart, it is not the end of the world. It just means we need to work on the areas where it is falling apart. You need to have those positive signs. For us this week we will be looking at establishing how exactly we work together in a more, I guess, realistic pressured race environment.


‘There are certainly areas in the racing where we are still getting used to each other and in some instances when you need to have great confidence in your boat handling to throw a tricky manoeuvre. At the moment we don’t have it, so we are still limited by our lack of time in the boat, but at this point only four weeks in, we are finding things promising.

‘I have to do my University of WA Commerce exams in between Sail Melbourne and the Nationals so a little bit tricky trying to balance that, but it is what it is, I go well with lots of things on my plate.

‘Belinda and I are quite a lot heavier than Tessa and I were when we won in the light weather venue in Qingdao. I am still on the smaller side of helm but four years on, I am a lot more robust and the triathlon, although you have to be super lean to be a triathlete, has helped me develop a lot more muscle mass. That will be important for Perth 2011 because indications in training in heavy wind in speed testing are good and that we are certainly not far off the money.

‘We have tried to keep it pretty quiet and just focus on what we had to do. I guess we understand that it is pretty late in the Olympic cycle to start together. It’s one thing to make a big announcement and to not deliver so we hope that we’ll last.

‘But after today, two wins, we are really happy. First of all nice to be out racing and nice to be racing amongst the gang.

‘When we are boat handling the lack of time together shows, but on the whole we played our strategy pretty safe and we didn’t let small mistakes become massive ones. We actually sailed pretty conservatively.

‘We are serious about this effort. Belinda being the gold medalist in Sydney and me from Beijing, we certainly know what it takes and I didn’t come back to be a tourist, so there is a long way to go from here but at this stage all the indications are pretty positive. ‘

If day one of the 2011 World Cup is an indicator, Australia may have found its next 470 Golden Girls.

www.sailmelbourne.com.au

www.perth2011.com




by Rob Kothe

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=90451

1:15 AM Tue 8 Nov 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Perth 2011

2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup

Related News Stories:

03 Nov 2013  Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
20 Aug 2013  Mat Belcher – 17 in a row - 'The harder I work, the luckier I get'
22 Jul 2013  2012 Olympic Games - Stevie Morrison one year on
22 Jul 2013  2012 Olympic Games - Lucy Macgregor one year on
03 Jun 2013  Ainslie: Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
31 May 2013  A Tribute to Bart
29 Dec 2012  Ainslie knighted in New Year Honours, five others recognised
28 Nov 2012  2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
21 Nov 2012  London Paralympic Games debrief to start in Rio
02 Nov 2012  2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

2014 International Masters Regatta - Anyone heading out to San Diego Bay this weekend is likely to witness some of sailing’s most legendary skippers show exactly why they’ve earned the reputation as the best in the business. Established in 1975 by Don Trask, the International Masters Regatta features the best master sailors from around the world and is being hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club ... [more]  

Join the crew of the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing as they slash 20 minutes off their previous record for the PIC Coastal Classic on Friday. The Coastal Classic is a 119nm course from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands. Originally conceived as a drag race between multihulls and monohulls ... [more]  

2014 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Stamina and determination were key factors for the competitors racing in day two of the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup today. The 14 international guests and 26 young Bermudians finished five races on Bermuda’s Great Sound. This is a test of endurance for any sailor especially young ones. ... [more]  

With less than a day left to reach the turning mark at Fernando de Nonoha, 220nm off the coast of Brazil, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has retained the lead she built in the Doldrums. She is unlikely to be headed, although the second boat on the water, Team Brunel is projected to be less than an hour behind at Fernando ... [more]  

One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats. The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson. ... [more]  

What could be better than racing for three days with over 2000 of the world's best sailors? How about racing for four days! The St.Maarten Heineken Regatta is proud to announce that their pre-event, the Gill Commodore's Cup, is accepting entries in all boat categories (excluding Lottery Class). ... [more]  

The seventh day of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the light winds continue, despite a promising forecast for today. In the late afternoon a few of the sailors took part in a tow-in training session as there is scope to run a tow-in contest tomorrow, with the forecast looking glassy. ... [more]  

Picture postcard perfect conditions returned to Bermuda for the third and final day of Qualifying at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the sixth stage of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After yesterday’s torrential rain, Hamilton Harbour was bathed in glorious sunshine and breeze that by lunchtime was gusting up to the mid-teens. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leaders pass Fernando and head for Cape Town *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Volvo Ocean Race Control reports that the lead boats in the 40,000nm race have rounded, or rather passed, the turning point off Fernando de Noronha. They are now proceeding down the Brazilian coast, to round the back of the South Atlantic high pressure zone , and have what is expected to be a fast ride to the Leg 1 finish in Cape Town. ... [more]  

Melges 32 Gold Cup on the horizon by International Melges 32 Class Association
With a fleet and sailors as diverse as the nightlife on Ocean Avenue, the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club kicks off in just two weeks, featuring eighteen ultra-high performance Melges 32 teams from nine different countries. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Keeping a good watch by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Peter Dimech, Principal Race Officer and Race Chair spoke about the storm that raged through the Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet. “The remaining yachts racing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race are expected to arrive at the Royal Malta Yacht Club by today and tomorrow. Whilst the wind speed has decreased, the sea state is still significant and we are keeping a close watch on the yachts still at sea. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Onboard Team Alvimedica. I’d hate to come across as being impossible to please but after days of wanting out of the doldrums, days of struggling with routines, with sleep, with a lack of regularity and consistency to our schedules, and of course--predictability to the weather—we’re 'out' and still trying to find it ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 13 onboard Team SCA. I’m unsure if I should be nervous, excited, stressed, or thrilled today. As today I get to have fish guts smeared over me only to then become officially apart of King Neptune’s kingdom. ... [more]  

There was a shakeup at the top on day three of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater, Florida! Fully recharged thanks to the lay day yesterday, all competitors were eager to enter the final stretch of the competition in Clearwater, and the planing conditions in the forecast certainly contributed to the excitement on the beach. ... [more]  

The opening day of the 105-boat China Cup International Regatta saw old rivalries renewed in the Beneteau 40.7 class, as Vatti Sailing stole victory from Vanke Longcheer in the opening Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica Navigational Strategist, Anderson Reggio, explains the issues ahead of the crews in the remaining half of leg 1 of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. After the Equator and Fernando, the weather looks to be shaping up to be pretty standard for the South Atlantic. The St Helena High which typically dominates this body of water is the main driver for breeze in the short term. ... [more]  

The next landmark, or ‘sea mark’ if you will, for Leg 1 is crossing the Equator, as Team Alvimedica continue to make their way south to round Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil. Crossing this latitude is not like crossing any other on their way around the world, but has special significance for sailors who have never crossed the 0° parallel of latitude. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Mapfre cruzará el Ecuador hacia las 13:00 aproximadamente. ... [more]  

Argo Group Gold Cup - A front slowly crossing Bermuda brought with it an overcast sky and rain squalls. Nonetheless, despite squelching their way ashore completely soaked, the Group 2 crews enjoyed the morning’s stronger breeze, the wind less shifty having veered into the southwest overnight, blowing down Hamilton Harbour rather than across it. ... [more]  

RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - In second place, Adam Larson of Bermuda has seven points and had a great day on the water today. Larson, whose family is still without electricity after Hurricane Gonzalo, said he has been getting to bed a lot earlier these days and feels that the conditions also favored his performance today. ... [more]  

As predicted in last night's preview in Sail-World, the ORMA 60 TeamVodafone Sailing has set a new course record for the 119nm course in the PIC Coastal Classic. ... [more]  

Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in day one of racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the number two skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. ... [more]  

The forecast for day six at the La Torche PWA Grand Slam offered a slight possibility of producing some racing, but unfortunately the wind never really materialised meaning the sailors spent another day on hold. Throughout the day there were gusts of up to 10 knots, but the wind failed to improve beyond that. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team SCA. This morning the boat was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, shortly after sun up we were hooning along in 20kts in a torrential downpour, by late afternoon we were sailing backwards, and who knows what tonight will bring. ... [more]  

The push and shove of 12 knots of Atlantic breeze – things are looking up in the Volvo Ocean Race. On board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, things are looking up. First in the fleet, and out of the Doldrums, they’re heading fast towards the Equator, trade winds blowing gusts of encouragement around their ears. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Day 12 for Team Alvimedica by Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 12 onboard Team Alvimedica. There is no question as to the origins of the phrase 'down in the doldrums;' the monotony of these days is painfully apparent. It’s a pattern too familiar: a night of variable conditions—torrential rain and 20 knots of wind one minute, no wind and starry skies the next. Feast or famine. ... [more]  

With only nine days remaining until the close of entries, one of the smallest, most audacious and memorable yachts in the history of the CYCA’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, appropriately became the 100th entry. A mere 10.5 metres, James Cameron’s Hick 35, Luna Sea, will again do duty as one of the pintsized yachts in fleet for the 70th edition of the 628 nautical mile race. ... [more]  

Today was the last day of competition at the Student Yachting World Cup. Even though England’s victory was already for sure, the top-5-ranking could change a lot with two more races: Italy was second with 46 pts, Ireland third with 47 pts, Norway fourth (52 pts) and Switzerland fifth (58.2 pts)… the USA followed with 59 pts! ... [more]  

A varied and international fleet ranging from 40 to 100ft (12.19 to 30.48m) will set off for Grenada on Saturday 29th November from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

The United States will be the second most heavily represented nation at the Star Sailors League Finals when they take place at Nassau in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. Reflecting the consistency, quality and number of sailors involved in the Star class, the United States has the largest representation in the Star Sailors League with 294 skippers and 376 crew. ... [more]  

Airbus and Oracle Team USA have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, Airbus will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the Oracle Team USA design team. ... [more]  

Thursday has proved another dramatic day in the story of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race. While yesterday (Wednesday) was a day of seamanship and survival as yachts battled storm force winds, it was also a day of arrivals as the same winds pushed competitors to the finish. ... [more]  

The Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come. ... [more]  

Argo Group Gold Cup - Near perfect start for GAC Pindar
Volvo Ocean Race - A nightmare for sailors
The 2014 Severne Starboard Aloha Classic is coming...
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Artie's heroic return
Argo Group Gold Cup - Slender lead for Marek Stanczyk
Ben Ainslie Racing foiling on the Solent + Video *Feature
METS names DAME Award nominees
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A day of rest for wave sailors
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A day of reckoning for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Playing the Doldrums lottery
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team takes on the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica, somewhere in the windless ITCZ
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Artie gunning for glory
Volvo Ocean Race - Another perspective from Team SCA
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Success in San Francisco
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship - Intense racing + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Big breeze and lumpy seas
The first sail that changes lives
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 10 plus Videos *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums *Feature
34th Student Yachting World Cup La Rochelle 2014 - Fifth race day   
2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Match racers defy Gonzalo   
Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature   
Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying Groups set   
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Kids breeze past Hurricane Gonzalo   
DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Groupe Beneteau sponsors US Sailing Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - The bright side of the Doldrums   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Vestas Wind contemplates the tropics + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dull day, crazy night for Dongfeng Race Team   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA ready for equator crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Tough challenge for Brunel's Pablo Arrarte Elorza   
RS:X Youth Worlds - Hard work on day 1 + Video   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - NoR released, entries open for 2015   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - A turning point for the fleet   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg one – Doldrums for dummies   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish   
Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video   
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT