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Australian Sailing Team members heading to Medal Races at Princess Sofia Trophy

by Di Pearson 5 Apr 15:26 PDT 29 March - 6 April 2019
An up and down day for Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - Princess Sofia Trophy © Sailing Energy

Australian Sailing Team members, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (Nacra 17) and Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (470 Men's), are heading to the Medal Races at the 50th Princess Sofia Trophy Iberostar in Palma, Spain.

Retaining top place in the Nacra 17 at the end of racing today, Waterhouse and Darmanin are well-positioned to claim their second gold medal for 2019, following victory at January's Hempel World Cup Series in Miami. They are 14 points clear of Italian rivals, Vittorio Bissaro/Maelle Frascari (ITA), and a further point clear of third placed John Gimson/Anna Burnet (GBR).

"Today was an up and down day," Darmanin said. "We started with a shocker, hooking the pin end at the finish, and we were really unhappy with our downwind speed. We changed a few things between races and sorted our downwind speed out, so had a much better last two races."

Darmanin said the wind on their course area was light to medium for the first two races and a bit choppy. "The wind kicked in for the last race and the waves came," she commented.

"Jason did a great job managing the fleet today. We're really happy to be leading ahead of tomorrow's Medal Race," she ended.

Belcher and Ryan have made it into the 470 Men's Medal Race, but their 23rd place in Race 10, the last of the day, has left them vulnerable. They are precluded from winning the gold medal, as the Swedish leaders are 35 points clear of the Australians, who will have their work cut out to claim a medal.

Teams from Great Britain (10 points ahead), China (8 points) and Spain (6 points) are the stumbling blocks for Australia's 2016 Olympic silver medallists, who looked solid after finishing seventh in Race 9 for third place overall, until things went pear-shaped in Race 10.

"It was a tricky day, today; 9 to 11 knots with pressure up and down," Belcher explained.

"We were a little disappointed with our last race, but we're learning heaps and are happy with where things are at. We're looking forward to tomorrow," he said.

In other results for the Australian Sailing Team on Day 5, Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland, finished 21st in the Nacra 17, while Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson had a stronger day in the 470 Men's to finish 17th overall on scoring 11th and ninth places in Races 9 and 10.

In the 49er Gold fleet, the Gilmour brothers, David and Lachy, turned the tables on their team mates again. The West Australians sailed to 16, 8, 22 results to move back up to 23rd, while Thomas Needham and Joel Turner reverted to 24th after scoring 14th and 16th places, a UFD in the middle their undoing.

In the 49er Silver fleet, Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman were back to the good form they showed on the opening day. The NSW team end their regatta 10 places up on yesterday, scoring sixth, ninth and seventh places today. Sam and Will Phillips moved up three places, despite not competing in Race 12. The brothers' other scores were 15th and 13th.

West Australians Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries sailed to 32nd and 28th places in the 470 Women's, ending the Olympic classes regatta 25th overall.

Jake Lilley moved up one place in the Finn, finishing the event with 25th and 18th places for 32nd overall.

Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan have ended best of the Australians in the 49erFX, but dropped down to 17th overall following 17, 22, 12 results today. Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot finished three places behind them in 21st overall. In the Silver fleet, Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks finished 27th overall.

There are 1225 sailors from 67 nations at the Princess Sofia Trophy. The Australian Sailing Team was represented in the 470 Men's, 470 Women's, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn classes.

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Australian results after Day 5:

470 Men's Gold fleet 10 races (one drop)

5th Mat Belcher/Will Ryan: (DSQ), 1, 22, 6, 7, 7, 1, 6, 7, 23, 7, 23 = 80 points
17th Chris Charlwood/Josh Dawson: 8, 4, 22, 16, 12, 11, 22, (35), 11, 9 = 115

470 Women 10 races (one drop)

25th Nia Jerwood/Monique de Vries: 23, 15, 13, 28, (BFD), 17, 27, 16, 32, 28 = 199 points

49erFX Gold fleet - 12 races (one drop)

17th Tess Lloyd/Jaime Ryan: 3, 19, 7, 14, 16, 2, (23), 6, 9, 19, 12, 22, 17, 22, 12, = 180 points
21th Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot: 1, (DSQ), 3, 19, 20, 10, 18, 24, 15, 15, 16, 7, 21, 20, 18 = 207

49erFX Silver fleet - 12 races (one drop)

27th Amelia Stabback/Caitlin Elks: 10, 13, 21, 12, 18, 7, 7, 9, 5, 1, 5, 8, (22), 4, 6 = 126 points

Nacra 17 Gold fleet - 12 races (one drop)

1st Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin: 2, 5, 3, 9, 1, 7, 4, 3, 12, 5, 10, 3, (25), 4, 1 = 69 points
21st Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland: 26, 11, 12, 8, 11, 12, 27, (29), 16, 19, 3, 21, 23, 10, 18 = 216

Finn Gold fleet 10 races (one drop)

32nd Jake Lilley: 14, 24, 20, 17, 38, 15, (BFD), 7, 25, 18 = 178 points

49er Gold fleet 12 races (one drop)

23rd David and Lachy Gilmour: 16, 2, 7, 4, 13, 9, 23, (23), 23, 16, 8, 22 = 143 points
24th Tom Needham/Joel Turner: 10, 10, 1, (30), 25, 2, 10, 17, 18, 14, UFD, 16 = 148

49er Silver fleet 12 races (one drop)

33rd Kurt Hansen/Simon Hoffman: 6, 1, 2, 18, 22, 25, 25, 23, (33), 6, 9, 7 = 144 points
54th Sam and Will Phillips: 27, 26, 12, 13, 32, 13, 8, 33, 17, 15, 13, (DNC) = 148

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