-- Australian Gold medallist takes regatta winning streak to thirteen

Australian Gold medallist takes regatta winning streak to thirteen    

'Belcher and Ryan in action at the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma de Mallorca.'    Thom Touw ©

The Sail-World Team has been in Palma de Mallorca, Spain this week, at the first European Olympic class regatta.

It was a controversial event, with Victor Kovalenko, one of many unhappy with the experimental new format, unleashing a serious spray, aimed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup organisers, because the event discounts the first three days of the competition, reducing the qualifying rounds scores to just a single number value.

Under sunny skies - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2013 - ©?nid=108206   Click Here to view large photo

In spite of this, the 30 year old Mathew Belcher has extended his amazing event winning streak to 13, by taking victory with his new 2012-2013 crew 24 year old Will Ryan.

Belcher has won every event he sailed in since November 2011, including two World championships and last year's London Olympic 470 dinghy competition with former crewmate Malcolm Page. We talked at length to Mat, Will and their British rivals in Palma.

Tom Burton in the Laser fleet in Palma - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre -!©_Jesus_Renedo_- Sofia Mapfre  

Brendan Casey in action during the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma -  ©   Click Here to view large photo

Not a great medal round for two other Aussie sailors. Tom Burton was OCS and turned his regatta lead in a third place and Brendan Casey also OCS, finished ninth in the Finn Class.

We interviewed the ISAF World Cup organiser, as you will see below and will have more on the World Cup format debate in the coming days.

Elliott 7 Class during the 2012 Sail Port Stephens Regatta hosted by Corlette Point Sailing Club. -  Matt King /Sail Port Stephens 2012   Click Here to view large photo

Ian ’Stripey’ Grant -  Jessica Statham  

Sail Port Stephens is just a week away, now it its sixth year, this must do regatta runs from Monday 15th April and there is still time to enter

After single digit temperatures in Mallorca, we are looking forward to spending this weekend in Nelson´s Bay with temperatures of 28 forecast for both days.

Sadly, an icon of the sailing media, Ian ‘Stripey’ Grant and his bride Marie both died in recent days. Our tribute to Stripey is below, along with the details of his funeral and wake upcoming.

Zoe - Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013 -  Ash Evans   Click Here to view large photo

The 2012 Hempels Gosford to Lord Howe race is mid-race in soft conditions and we have the latest reports. The 2013 Melbourne to Osaka fleet are heading north at the same time.

America's Cup - Richard Gladwell has been on the interview trail, we have the latest.

Check back with us every day for all the latest news.

by Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy
- 4:33 PM Sun 7 Apr 2013 GMT

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