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

 

Sail-World.com : Open European Championships – Belcher and Page lead the way

Open European Championships – Belcher and Page lead the way

'Australian 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in Finland'    © Victor Kovalenko

At the 2011 Open European Championships in Helsinki, Finland Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page continue to lead the way in the 470 class after three days of racing. The reigning World Champions and world number ones finished the day with an eighth and a sixth to head into the finals series with a four point lead over the second placed Israeli team.

'We had some really tough racing today,' said Belcher. 'We went out on time for a 12pm start and the conditions were quite variable with a dying breeze so the committee wasted no time to get us underway.

'We started really well in the race but as we approached the top mark the wind shifted 35 degrees to the left and caught out the majority of the contenders,' he said. 'We rounded the first mark around 17th and fought back to eighth in about three to five knots of breeze before the breeze totally died out.

'After an hour ashore, we were back out for the last qualifying race,' said Belcher. 'In very similar conditions to the morning race we managed a sixth, so are happy with where we are at, we?re at the front so we must be doing things right.

'It was a long day in tough conditions so happy to come away with not too many points and we?re looking forward to gold fleet racing tomorrow,' he said.

In the 49er fleet Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen finished the first day of gold fleet racing fourth overall, following a ninth and a 15th in the day's two races in the extremely light conditions.

The pair had a tough start to the opening race, finding themselves right at the back of the pack in the first five seconds after being rolled by fellow Australians Will and Sam Phillips on the start line.

Outteridge and Jensen fought back well to cross the line ninth with passing lanes difficult to find due to the super light winds and short legs.

In the second race of the day Outteridge and Jensen got off to a good start and were third in the opening stages before being forced to tack by their British competition and eventually rounding the top mark almost last. Outteridge and Jensen fought their way back to 15th in a strong finish where the passing options were almost non-existent.

Fellow Australians Will and Sam Phillips ended the day 15th overall following a 21st and a ninth in the gold fleet.

Steven Thomas and Nick Brownie are 18th overall picking up a 23rd and a 14th in the day?s two races.

In the 470 fleet Sam Kivell and Will Ryan are 18th with a 22nd and a final race third on Monday.

Sydney based brothers Alexander and Patrick Conway are 54th, just ahead of fellow Australians Max Taylor and Tim Hannah who are 58th.

Australia Sailing Team website




by Craig Heydon

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85812

2:41 AM Tue 12 Jul 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,


























470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,




































PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems   
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious   
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4   
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories   
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate   
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing   
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Day 3 images by Sail-World.com   
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo   
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos   
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature   
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds   
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT