Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resources 2017 728x90

Women’s Match Racers ready to battle for Olympic gold

by Craig Heydon on 28 Jul 2012
Olivia Price and crew in Weymouth Thom Touw http://www.thomtouw.com
At this year’s Olympic Games in London, Women’s Match Racing will make its debut along with the Australian team’s three youngest sailors. Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty will all be getting their first taste of the Olympic Games when the Women’s Match Racing competition kicks off in front of a packed crowd on the Nothe spectator course in Weymouth on Sunday.

Price, Curtis and Whitty, aged 19, 24 and 22 respectively, know what it takes to be successful at the Olympic venue, having won gold at last month’s Sail for Gold regatta, the final event held at the venue before the Games.

With supplied equipment, allocated training blocks and limited time in the boats before racing begins on Sunday the buildup for the 12 countries taking part in the Women’s Match Racing competition is quite different to the other nine Olympic classes but the Australian trio have taken it in their stride.

'After several intensive training blocks in Weymouth the team had an opportunity to relax in London last week before having their first opportunity to practice with the Olympic equipment on Thursday,' said Australian sailing High Performance Director and Sailing Section Manager Peter Conde. 'The girls will have a second opportunity to get out on the water with the official practice races on Saturday before competition begins on Sunday.'


The Women’s Match Racing competition is unique at London 2012 with the 12 crews taking part in a round robin of short, intense, races with the top eight progressing to a multi-race knockout round.

'The team faces a long program that starts on the first day of sailing competition and is the last sailing event to finish on August 11,' said Conde. 'With all three girls making their Olympic debut, the experience within the Aussie team, especially Beijing first time Gold medallist Elise Rechichi, has been invaluable.

'The team is quietly confident based on their preparation and recent regatta form including their Sail for Gold win in June on the Olympic course,' he said.

The competition for medals is set to be fierce and with London 2012 the one and only Olympic appearance for Women’s Match Racing the 12 crews will be doing all they can to stand on the top step of the podium on August 11.
Australian Sailing Team website

WindBot-COACH-660x82Marine Resources BOTTOMZhik 2018 Dongfeng 728x90 BOTTOM

Related Articles

Normandy Channel Race day 6
The unbearable sprint finish The competitors are on the home straight. With all the Class40s now sailing in the English Channel bound for Ouistreham via the Cotentin Peninsula, it is impossible to announce the future champion of this anniversary edition.
Posted today at 4:28 pm
DF95 Nationals at Eastbourne
A bumper entry of 60 boats representing six nations With a bumper entry of 60 boats there were several key points for this weekend, be there in plenty of time for breakfast otherwise the amazing catering ladies will run out of eggs and the other thing is you'll need a comfy chair.
Posted today at 3:09 pm
Supernovas at Bolton
Noble Marine Travellers' Series event The forecast wasn't looking brilliant for the 2019 Supernova Open held on 18th May at Bolton Sailing Club, but nonetheless 21 enthusiastic sailors turned up to the club to have some exciting and close racing in whatever conditions that would follow.
Posted today at 3:03 pm
Midland sailors invited to celebration event
At Draycote Water on Saturday 22nd June It's only one month to go till the Midlands Champion Race at Draycote Water Sailing Club and we are calling on sailors from all over the region to come and help us celebrate the club's 50th anniversary in style.
Posted today at 2:59 pm
Eurosaf Club Sailing Europeans day 2
Wind, sun and great sailing on Lake Maggiore The thermal wind brought the sailors to the starting line on time. 12 races were conducted until late in the afternoon.
Posted today at 2:20 pm
Anna and Ian join line-up for Midsummer Match Cup
Williams and Östling: a part of elite match racing for over a decade Anna Östling is one of the biggest names in Swedish sailing and has led her team to two Women's World Championship victories, 2014 and in 2016. This year her team Team Anna has a chance at going for the hat-trick.
Posted today at 1:49 pm
Classics class announced for Rolex Big Boat Series
The July 31 deadline to enter is fast approaching The July 31 deadline to enter Rolex Big Boat Series is fast approaching, and a whole new class of boat is now invited to attend. The crown jewel of St. Francis Yacht Club's racing calendar since its inaugural 1964 event.
Posted today at 12:33 pm
National 12 vintage/open racing at Trent Valley
Pursuit handicaps: a black art fuelled by tea and cake Saturday 18th May was the Derwent Handicap for vintage N12s and Sunday 19th May was the Vintage Championships and Midland Area N12 Open Meeting combined; all events were kindly hosted by Trent Valley Sailing Club.
Posted today at 10:09 am
Lymington XOD Wednesday Series race 4
In such sublime conditions it was unsurprising that 20 boats attended The Wednesday afternoon XOD race was sailed in the most beautiful weather with a 10/11 knot breeze. In such sublime conditions it was unsurprising that an impressive fleet of twenty starters came to the line.
Posted today at 9:19 am
HD Sails Scottish Solo Championships at Largo Bay
Congestion at the pin resembled Cairo in rush hour Everyone that arrived on a dreich Saturday morning for the 2019 HD Sails Scottish Solo Champs was greeted with the familiar refrain "Och, you should have been here yesterday, it was a braw day!"
Posted today at 9:05 am