Please select your home edition
Edition
38 South - Sun Fast 3300 - LEADERBOARD - Sept2021

ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Three medals to Australians

by Craig Heydon on 8 Apr 2012
Belcher and Page in the 470 Mens medal race - Sofia Mapfre Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre http://www.sailingstock.com
On the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Palma, Spain Australian sailors have won three medals.

The 470 men’s crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page won Gold, with Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty claiming the Bronze medal in the Women’s Match Racing competition and Tom Burton finishing third in the Laser class.

Belcher and Page went into the final, double point, medal race with a 14 point lead over the second placed Israeli crew with the Australians guaranteed at least a Silver medal. The current World Champions and world number ones didn’t rest on their laurels, pushing hard in the 10 boat medal race, eventually finishing second to take the win by 18 points, the first time they had won this regatta together.

'It was nice to be able to finish things off today,' said Belcher. 'We ended up second in the medal race but had some good opportunities to come away with the win, we were racing with the Greek crew the whole way and eventually they just got us at the line. 'We’re really happy to be able to come away with the win in our first event back in Europe, it shows that all of our hard work back home in Australia has paid off,' he said. 'We’re in a good rhythm now and know where we are against the rest of the fleet.

'Mal and I have improved in the lighter conditions, it’s good to know that we can hang in there and then capitalise in our preferred conditions, like today,' said Belcher.

Australia’s Women’s Match Racing crew of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty has made it back-to-back World Cup medals with Bronze on Saturday following their Silver in January in Miami. Price and crew came up against hometown sailor Tamara Echegoyan in petit-final with the Australians getting out to an early lead.

The Spanish hit back to level the best of three Bronze playoff before the Australian trio took the win and the final place on the podium. The Australian trio sailed well all week in the variable conditions, topping their pool early in the week and then winning their way through to the semi finals.

Price, Curtis and Whitty fell at the semi final stage to eventual Gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe of the USA but rebounded well to win the Bronze medal.

Tom Burton won Bronze in the Laser class, leading the medal race from start to finish to end up just two points behind Great Britain’s Paul Goodison with Simon Grotelueschen of Germany winning Gold. 'Today was probably the breeziest day of the event with around 20 knots and big waves popping up,' said Burton.

'I had a really good start with some good speed, popped out and was first to the right hand side towards the top mark. From then I was first around the top and held on the whole way around.'

Burton was at the head of the fleet all week with the 21 year old sailing well in the light conditions that tested the best of sailors as well as the strong breeze on Saturday. 'I expected to be good in the breeze with all the breeze training we do in Sydney,' he said.

'Although we haven’t sailed in breeze for a while and I’m a little bit lighter at the moment so I’m very happy to be up to speed with the top guys. 'I’m really happy with how my preparations are going for the rest of the year as this was supposed to be a warm up event,' said Burton.

'As a preparation for the upcoming World Championships I don’t think it could be better, I feel I’m sailing really well and have the same if not better boat speed than most. So it’s all looking positive for me.'

In the 470 women’s fleet Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell finished fourth overall, just two points off the podium.

Rechichi and Stowell went into the medal race third overall in their first European regatta together, eventually crossing the line seventh in a close fought race.

The pair next head to round four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France, before returning to Spain for the 2012 470 World Championships in May.

Krystal Weir finished the week fifth in the Laser Radial fleet with the Victorian sailor eighth in the medal race. Weir had a strong week in the tricky conditions picking up two race wins and another three top 10 finishes from the 10 fleet races.

Sam Kivell and Will Ryan were 10th overall in the 470 men’s, finishing the medal race in the same position.

The final race didn’t go quite to plan for Kivell and Ryan, with the pair breaking their main halyard on the second upwind, but they fought on until the finish and will take many positives away from a strong week’s racing.

The Australian Sailing Team next heads to France for round four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres with racing between April 22 and 27.

Full results from Palma here
Australian Sailing Team website
Hyde Sails 2021 - Basic FOOTERBIA Discover Boating 2021 FOOTERVetus-Maxwell 2021 v2 FOOTER

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race Day 15
Scarlet Oyster dares to dream Two weeks into the RORC Transatlantic Race, three more French teams have crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina.
Posted today at 4:34 pm
ILCA NZ Nationals - Day 3: Leaderboard unchanged
In the ILCA 7's it was again a two out of three bullet day for reigning World Champ Tom Saunders Patience was the name of the game for the beginning of day 3. The fleet was on course for a 1pm start as scheduled, with a light easterly blowing.
Posted today at 11:28 am
Extasea wins Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race
The Cookson 50 from Royal Geelong Yacht Club took line honours There was a mixed bag of boats making the most of the sensational wind conditions as they left Williamstown with 50ft monohulls to 24ft multihulls leading the charge towards Geelong in the early stages of the race.
Posted today at 10:44 am
2022 GKA preliminary event schedule
We're stoked to have some awesome events lined up We're stoked to have some awesome events on the schedule in 2022. Despite ever-evolving global challenges, the GKA celebrated an awesome 2021 season.
Posted today at 10:12 am
C-foils to be fitted to Nexans - Art & Fenêtres
In refit since December with foils acquired from Alex Thomson Racing In refit since December, Fabrice Amedeo's monohull is undergoing a complete transformation as she's equipped with C-shaped foils.
Posted today at 7:42 am
2022 Australian Windsurfing Championships day 2
Smiles all round with costumes and tandems on show in freestyle event The 2nd day of the Australian Windsurfing Championships began with clear skies, light winds and 25 degree-heat - and while some riders were warming up still sore from the previous day of racing, the flat water was the perfect set up for freestyle action.
Posted today at 2:54 am
AUS O'pen Skiff Championships on Lake Macquarie
The vibe was positive and lots of sailors were keen to get back into some competitive racing This year's AUS O'pen Skiff titles took place at Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club, a superb location backed up by an even better group of club members that made it happen.
Posted on 21 Jan
Ryan Finn sets off on solo journey to San Fran
The current record for this trip is 81 days, and Ryan plans on making it in just 70 days! Ryan began his solo journey to San Francisco via Cape Horn on Tuesday, January 18th. He will be attempting the word record for the fastest single handed route to San Francisco.
Posted on 21 Jan
RORC Transatlantic Race Day 14
The 15 teams still racing have seen a rapid rise in boat speed The latest teams to finish the RORC Transatlantic Race are Volvo 70 HYPR (ESP) skippered by Jens Lindner and Halvard Mabire's ORC50 GDD (FRA) racing Two-Handed with Miranda Merron.
Posted on 21 Jan
RORC Transatlantic Race - I Love Poland video
The VO70 team is composed of young talented Polish sailors Skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, the team is composed of young talented Polish sailors. OBR Robert Hadjuk's great imagery shows what it's really like to race across the Atlantic in a Volvo 70.
Posted on 21 Jan