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Australian Sailing Team at the 2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 World Championships - Day 3

by Australian Sailing Team 12 Feb 01:51 PST 9-15 February 2020
David Gilmour and Lachy Gilmour - 2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 World Championships, day 3 © Beau Outteridge / Australian Sailing Team

Day Three of the 2020 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships saw the 49ers hit the water early for the morning shift at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Corio Bay. They completed the last three races of their truncated qualification series to have six races with one drop included.

Australian Sailing Team members, brothers Will and Sam Phillips made the best of it, keeping it clean and moving in to the top ten on the back of a second, fifth, and first place for the day.

Will (Skipper) said, "The shortened series put more pressure on us, and it meant the stakes were higher on each race as we went along. We're pretty happy with the way we came through it. We have qualified in the top ten, but it really is another regatta starting tomorrow for the final series. It all begins once more in a different fleet situation."

Sam added, "We had a tough day yesterday, as we probably did not manage the seaweed really well. It was really good to finish with a bullet (first place) today. Along with a second and fifth it just feels good to perform better."

Will continued with, "It was still quite shifty, which is generally the case here at Corio Bay, as a result of all the land around it. We were able to read it more easily today than yesterday, and I think that helped us." The Mornington Peninsula pair know these waters well. "This is nearly home waters, and even though we are inland a bit, we can still smell the coast, so it is not too bad."

Qualifying in 23rd place for the 49er (top 25 go into Gold Fleet) are Thomas Needham (Skipper) and Joel Turner (Crew). Needham said, "I think it is really good fun out there. The closer the racing the better it is. It can be a bit tedious if it is a soldier's track."

Turner commented, "Yes it was a bit shifty. We were on the close course so we had really nice flat water, so the racing is really fast, and all the boats are going really quickly."

"The short series makes every race count, and a good enough day yesterday means we are in the hunt." Darren Bundock, the coach of the Nacra 17 crews, "After yesterday the squad performed really well. We had the Outteridges win a race and also collect a second place, too. Jason (Waterhouse) and Lisa (Darmanin) also came out with two third places, as well. So in the lead up to the Olympic Games, they are both pushing each other. We still have plenty of racing to go, so it is going to be very interesting to see it all unfold, and hopefully the Aussies keep pushing."

The entire fleet races on to Saturday morning before the top ten shoot it out in the medal races. "As it gets close to the Olympics a lot of countries are sending less teams, so we are racing in just the one fleet, which is great, because you are out there against all your competitors in exactly the same conditions. Everyone who is going to be at the Olympics is here, so we are really seeing exactly what the level of competition is", Bundock concluded with.

Four of the 49er FX crews have qualified for the Gold Fleet there, with Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan finishing in the top five. In the Nacra 17, Nathan and Haylee Outteridge collected a pair of second places, as well as a 17th in the first race, which becomes their drop. Reflecting on this, Nathan commented, "We did not think we had that much weed on our foils early on in the race, but it ended up being around 50% of yesterday's level. So once we started to clear it, our results improved dramatically. Hopefully by tomorrow it will have subsided even more."

The Australian sailors are all set to continue their journeys in their pursuit of Olympic glory in these exciting classes. The all-important Gold Fleet racing for the top 25 crews in both 49ers begins tomorrow, with the medal races (top ten) for the skiffs and the Nacra 17 on February 15.

Australian Sailing Team (AST), Australian Sailing Squad (ASS) and other Australian entries (AUS) at the 2020 49er and Nacra 17 World Championships at Geelong:

Nacra 17 (34 entries - medal race Saturday)

Nathan and Haylee Outteridge (AST) 2nd: 1, 2, 10, (17), 2, 2 - 17 points
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AST) 6th: 17, 3, 3, 3, (15), 9 - 33 points
Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland (ASS) 23rd: (29), 13, 18, 12, 14, 25 - 92 points
Steven Brewin and Karma Randall (AUS) 28th: 21, 25, (30), 23, 27, 24 - 120 points
Emma Jones and Hugo Hamilton (AUS) 31st: 26, 29, 27, (30), 29, 29 - 104 points
Jake Liddell and Bec Hancock (AUS) 34th: DNF, DNF, DNC, 33, 31, 31 - 165 points
Miles Davey and Dervla Duggan (AUS)

49er (80 entries - qualifying now complete, then finals and medal race - correct at time of entry and pending any protests)

Will and Sam Phillips (AST) 7th: (13), 3, 11, 2, 5, 1 - 22 points
James Grogan and Simon Hoffman (ASS) 21st: 6, 11, 3, (19), 11, 9 - 42 points
Tom Needham and Joel Turner (ASS) 23rd: 7, (20), 7, 5, 12, 11 - 42 points
David Gilmour and Lachy Gilmour (ASS) 40th: 19, 6, 11, (20), 3, 14 - 53 points
David O'Connor and Fang Warren (AUS) 47th: 3, 14, 11, 17, 20, (22) - 65 points
Oliver Manton and Jack Lloyd (AUS) 49th: (17), 17, 14, 12, 13, 12 - 68 points
Jim Colley and Shaun Connor (AUS) 51st: 11, 19, (UFD), 21, 16, 6 - 73 points
John Cooley and Thomas Cunich (AUS) 57th: 20, 19, 13, (22), 13, 19 - 84 points
Matt Jerwood and Max Paul (AUS) 60th: (25), 18, 12, 24, 21, 18 - 88 points
Harrison Sly and Thomas Dwyer (AUS) 69th: 25, 17, 23, 13, 25, (26) - 103 points
Hayden Harding and Casey Bates (AUS) 72nd: (24), 24, 21, 24, 24, 19 - 112 points
Beau Junk and Alexander Marinelli (AUS) 75th: 18, (26), 25, 26, 23, 25 - 117 points
William Bridge and Joshua Sloman (AUS) 76th: 25, 21, 21, 25, 25, (26) - 117 points
Hayden Brown and Mackenzie Bird (AUS) 77th: 23, (26), 21, 26, 23, 24 - 118 points
Dylan Janus and Conor Hay (AUS) 78th: 22, (DNF), DNC, 26, 26, 24 - 125 points

49erFX (45 entries - qualifying now complete, then finals and medal race)

Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan (ASS) 5th: 6, 3, 1, (12), 8, 5 - 23 points
Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks (ASS) 17th: 14, (16), 3, 5, 7, 14 - 33 points
Tessa Parkinson and Ella Clark (AUS) 19th: 6, 13, 5, (17), 6, 15 - 43 points
Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot (ASS) 25th: 11, 11, 4, 14, (15), 9 - 49 points
Chloe Fisher and Ella Grimshaw (AUS) 41st: 20, 21, 13, 12, 18, (DNF) - 84 points
Laura Harding and Laura Thomson (AUS) 42nd: 17, (22), 21, 22, 20, 19 - 99 points

For more information visit 49er.org/event/2020-world-championship

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