Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius 2022 - SAIL & POWER 2 LEADEBOARD AUS

ISAF Sailing World Championships - Match Racers qualify Australia

by ISAF on 14 Dec 2011
Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty match racing - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Richard Langdon /Perth 2011 http://www.perth2011.com
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships after 80 flights and 320 Women’s Match Races, it all boiled down to the last race of the Round Robins for the eighth and final spot.

With eight race wins Goncalves occupied the final nations place ahead of the final flight. Silja Lehtinen (FIN) was one point behind her and required a victory in her final race against Nicky Souter (AUS) to finish level with Goncalves. And after beating Goncalves earlier on in the regatta it would have been Lehtinen who took the final spot.

But in the last race Lehtinen was comprehensively defeated by Souter sparking celebrations in the Portuguese camp as the girls qualified their country. Holding back the tears after the news, a near speechless Goncalves said, 'My dream was to go to the Olympics and I think it came true.'

Rival Australian skippers Olivia Price and Nicky Souter both qualified Australia for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition as they finished second and third in the second Round Robin and advance to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Price said, 'I can’t really describe it, we are so stoked with how things went today. Qualifying the nation is predominantly what we came here to do and tick, achieved. I guess it hasn’t really sunk in that much.'

Souter added, 'Not only did we qualify the country but we’ve made the Quarter Finals which was a big goal. We found out we qualified with two races to spare so it was a big relief.'

Stephanie Hazard qualified New Zealand and Anna Kjellberg made sure that a Swedish match race team will be on the start line at London 2012 after a steady day on the water. But the big celebrations will be within the Portuguese camp tonight.

The four nations today will join France, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA as teams who have qualified from Perth 2011.

As hosts Great Britain directly qualify for one quota in each event with the 2010 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship winning trio of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor already named as part of British squad for next year.

The Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta at Key Biscayne Yacht Club (KBYC), Florida, USA from February 1-5 2012, will be the final chance for the final three Women's Match Racing teams to qualify their country for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships website

Navico AUS Zeus3S FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERupffront 2024 February soft attachments BOTTOM

Related Articles

Spicare Omaezaki Japan World Cup overall
Buzzer beater finishes in final day In the final day of the Spicare Omaezaki Japan World Cup, junior winners edged out their competitors with multiple, buzzer beater moments.
Posted today at 1:41 pm
Celebrating 25 years of Rooster!
We speak with founder Steve Cockerill at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show Mark Jardine speaks with Steve Cockerill, founder of Rooster, on the 25th Anniversary of the innovative sailing clothing and chandlery company.
Posted today at 10:58 am
OK Worlds opening ceremony & practice race
The largest OK event to ever be held south of the equator The largest OK Dinghy event to ever be held south of the equator is all set to proceed after 112 sailors from seven nations completed equipment inspection and registration ahead of the start of the 2024 Tan Lines OK Dinghy World Championship.
Posted today at 10:51 am
Australia take first win of SailGP Season 4
First ever SailGP race win for Erik Heil's Team Germany Tom Slingsby and his Australian crew have been crowned champions of the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix I Sydney, flying home in front of an ecstatic and vibrant 'Genesis Island' crowd and a jam-packed Sydney Harbour to clinch the win.
Posted today at 9:25 am
SailGP Sydney 2024 - Next series of videos
Crosbie Lorimer from Bow Caddy Media brings you the latest Crosbie Lorimer from Bow Caddy Media brings you the latest from the Tech Centre at SailGP Sydney, recapping on yesterday's racing and taking a look at what is ahead today.
Posted today at 8:41 am
Arkéa Ultim Challenge-Brest day 50 morning update
The long road home Less than 1000 miles from the Brest finish line of the ARKÉA ULTIM CHALLENGE-Brest, Charles Caudrelier is closing the final miles carefully on the Ultim Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.
Posted today at 7:51 am
Day 1 action-shots of Sail GP Sydney racing
The gusty and shifty southerly kept everyone foiling most of the time The high winds originally forecast for Day 1 of Sail GP Sydney racing on Saturday did not eventuate; but the gusty and shifty southerly kept everyone foiling most of the time.
Posted today at 7:41 am
Two 18ft Skiff series conclude on Sydney Harbour
Club Championship and Season Point Score titles decided The Yandoo and Fisher & Paykel 18ft skiff racing teams took out the two major club racing championships conducted over the 2023-24 season by the Australian 18 Footer League, which concluded on Sydney Harbour today.
Posted today at 5:00 am
Millennium Cup: Perseus^3 makes her presence felt
The New Zealand Millennium Cup is underway and Perseus^3 has taken the win on Day 1 The New Zealand Millennium Cup is underway and Perseus^3 has taken the win on Day 1. The big Perini Navi was unstoppable as she took to the Hauraki Gulf course, with blue skies and a breeze filling in to welcome her to racing in Auckland.
Posted today at 2:41 am
Arkéa Ultim Challenge-Brest day 49
The Big Saturday Interview, François Gabart "We have definitely seen that going around the world in less than 40 days is not impossible."
Posted on 24 Feb