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Australian Sailing Team arrives in Genoa for World Cup Series

by Di Pearson 10 Apr 19:10 PDT 16-21 April 2019
49er pair Thomas Needham and Joel Turner in Palma - Princess Sofia Trophy © Beau Outteridge

The Australian Sailing Team (AST) and coaches are in Italy, ahead of the second European Olympic classes regatta for the season, the Hempel World Cup Series – Round 3, Genoa being held from 16 to 21 April.

Last week the AST competed at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Spain, the first European event for the season. Coming away with range of results, the best performed were Rio Olympic silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, who took Gold in the Nacra 17 multihull.

Next best were fifth placed Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 Men's class. The two are the Rio Olympic silver medallists, while Belcher previously won Gold in the class at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The pair will be looking to up the ante in Genoa.

At the end of Palma, Australian Sailing's Performance Director Iain Murray said, "We hope we can take away the hard lessons we learnt this week and put them into better practice in the next weeks and regroup."

Murray, who represented Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Star class, will be on the water each day in Genoa to assess the Team's performance: "Genoa will be a testing event, just as Palma was," he said.

The Team in Genoa will face most of the same competition they did in Palma, and with that regatta under their belts, better results are the aim.

Genoa is the penultimate stop of the 2019 Series with the event the last opportunity for sailors to book a spot at the Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille, France at the start of June.

The Australian squad of 25, representing across six classes, has enjoyed a short break since Palma and returns to the water for pre-event training today. Courses will use the entire area of Fiera di Genova, the same venue that hosts the International Boat Show every year.

This campaign and others this year are crucial for selection for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Australian Team in Genoa comprises:

470 Men's

  • Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
  • Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson
470 Women's
  • Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries
49er
  • David and Lachy Gilmour
  • Sam and Will Phillips
  • Thomas Needham and Joel Turner
  • Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman
49erFX
  • Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan
  • Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks
  • Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot
Nacra 17
  • Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin
  • Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland
Finn
  • Jake Lilley

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