Please select your home edition
Edition
Jeanneau AUS 2019 SO410 Leaderboard

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussie Women's Match Racers on form

by Craig Heydon on 4 Dec 2011
Olivia Price of Australia and Tamara Echegoyen of Spain compete during the Womens Match Racing Group B Heat of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Paul Kane /Perth 2011 http://www.perth2011.com
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day two continued with the Women's Match Racing competition in Fremantle, Australia. Australia’s Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have made a solid start to their campaign with three wins and two losses from their opening five races.

After spending Saturday onshore watching their fellow match racers in action the Australian trio got their chance to open their account today, with tricky conditions and stifling heat again challenging all of the crews.

'We had our first race at 10am this morning and didn’t get off the water until 5.30pm, making it a long day for five races,' said Price. 'The wind was shifting all over the place today, really up and down pressure and a really tricky day for everyone.'

Price, Curtis and Whitty had a winning start to the day, taking the points in their first race against Tamara Echegoyen of Spain by the narrowest of margins.

The Aussies then lost against Mandy Mulder of the Netherlands, with the race including a collision between the two crews, before bouncing back in style with a win against Great Britain’s Lucy MacGregor. With the breeze softening on Fremantle Harbour Price and crew picked up another win, this time against Silvia Roca of Spain before a loss to France’s Claire Leroy.

'Overall today we won three and lost two, with one of the losses in a drifter of a race which was a little disappointing,' said Curtis. 'But nevertheless on a day like today with all of the shifts and carry on and everything else that came our way we’re really, really happy with the results.

'After today it’s anyone’s first round, there were wins and losses across the board with the conditions mixing up the fleet so it’s all good for us, bring it on,' she said.

Price, Curtis and Whitty will now have Monday off, with fellow Australian Women’s Match Racing Team members Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill returning to the water to resume racing in group A.

Monday also marks the start of competition for the 470 men’s, RS:X women’s, Laser Radial and Finn fleets with Australian crews in action in all four classes.

The Australian Sailing Team’s 470 men’s crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page will be out to defend the World Championship they won in the Netherlands in 2010 and also qualify Australia for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

'Our preparation has gone really well, we feel like we’re sailing well and are in good shape heading into the regatta,' said Belcher. 'The build up has been good with racing at Sail Melbourne and then our nationals here in Perth and we got everything done that we wanted in terms of equipment selection and testing so we’re in a good position.

'Going into the first day of racing we’re confident with our speed and now it’s up to us to go out there and get the job done,' he said.

Jessica Crisp headlines the Australian entries in the RS:X women’s fleet as she continues on her path towards a fourth straight Olympic Games appearance.

Krystal Weir is the highest ranked Australian in the Laser Radial fleet while Brendan Casey will represent the Australian Sailing Team in the Finn class.

Full results, live blog, tracking and news is available on the event website.
Australian Sailing Team website
Click&Boat 2019 FooterBandG AUS Zeus3 FOOTERRolly Tasker Sails 2019 728x90 Footer

Related Articles

Laser Europeans at Porto day 4
Burton remains top of the open rankings After eight races completed, Australian Olympic champion Tom Burton remains in first place in the Laser Standard category, followed by British and best European Lorenzo Chiavarini.
Posted today at 8:35 am
Australians at the Laser Europeans day 4
Stransky in overdrive as Burton streaks away It's Day 4 at the 2019 Laser European Championship in Portugal and Australia is firing with Mara Stransky moving up to eighth place in the Laser Radial and Tom Burton streaking away in the Laser.
Posted today at 6:57 am
Medemblik Regatta Nautical Festival day 3
Olympic future of windfoil surfing tested at the Medemblik Regatta The third day of the Medemblik Regatta had all the ingredients for a happy day of sailing. Nice wind conditions, lots of sun and exciting racing. A perfect day to start two new classes at the regatta
Posted today at 6:38 am
Race Yachts Premium Brokerage
When only the best will do... High Spirit is a Custom Build BOTIN 65, built by Spanish yard King Marine and launched at the end of 2015. There was no expense spared in building this magnificent racer.
Posted today at 5:33 am
First Yacht 53: 17 metres of sheer sensation
Set to make her preliminary series of tacks early this autumn Benefiting from the "First" legacy of 40 years at sea, the eagerly awaited First Yacht 53 will make her preliminary series of tacks early this autumn. The First Yacht 53 is a high-end sailing yacht marrying luxury and performance
Posted today at 5:21 am
Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 3
A tight fit at the top: one point separates top three On an uncompromising, very much one-sided race course off Mahón, Quantum Racing proved the top scoring boat at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to take the overall lead at the first circuit regatta of 2019 by one single point.
Posted on 23 May
GC32 Villasimius Cup day 1
First win to Ben Ainslie and his INEOS Rebels UK team The opening day of the GC32 Villasimius Cup, the first event on the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour saw a stiff southwesterly buffeting the ten GC32 catamarans while moored in the Marina di Villasimus as their crews prepared for the season's first encounter.
Posted on 23 May
Maxi Edmond de Rothschild returns to the ocean
Time to take the plunge at her Lorient base There is no doubt that the large offshore multihull season is up and running! Following on from Actual Leader last week, Macif yesterday, today was the turn for the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to return to the ocean this at her Lorient base.
Posted on 23 May
Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
Marine Auctions have three vessels on display at SCIBS Well here we are on the first day of the "Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show" (SCIBS) and it looks like we are going to be busy for the four days.
Posted on 23 May
Laser Europeans at Porto day 3
Exciting fight for the European title with gold fleet already defined The wind returned to make matters better for the organization, and once again, the planned regatta schedule was fulfilled in full, with the addition of two more regattas.
Posted on 23 May