West Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour got the Australian Sailing Team (AST) efforts off to a flying start at the Hempel World Cup Series – Round 3, Genoa being held from 15 to 21 April.
The Gilmours, one of four Australian teams competing in the 49er skiff, sailed to second and seventh places in the two races completed. They sit third overall behind Germany’s Tim Fischer/Fabian Graf and the New Zealand pair of Isaac McHardie/William McKenzie.
“We did the first race in an unstable and shifty offshore breeze,” Lachy said ashore. “It was up and down and died off to a very light breeze. The second race was more stable in direction and strength.
“We feel pretty good after today. We started well and are hoping to continue this form through the qualifying round. We are slowly working on things throughout our European season, which is in the early stages,” he said, admitting: “There are always things we need to be working on.”
Going back to the Princess Sofia Trophy, held in the first week of April, the Gilmours’ mixed results culminated in 23rd overall. “When we’re not on, it’s frustrating and we keep working on those things,” Lachy said.
Of the conditions, he commented, “We’re training in a lot of light breeze lately (Princess Sofia was mainly light), but we feel comfortable in all wind strengths.”
The remaining 49er pairs scored varied results. Victorian brothers Sam and Will Phillips ending the day with 9, 15, Thomas Needham and Joel Turner 10, 21, while Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman scored 27, 12.
In the 49erFX it was a similar story. Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks are best placed in 34th overall after 11, 19 results. Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan scored 12, 22, while Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot finished with a pair of 19th places before racing was called to a halt for the day.
The 470 Men’s and Women’s competition will get underway from 2pm Tuesday local time.
Today marked the Opening Series at the Italian event. It was a long day’s work and a game of patience for all. Light breezes pervaded all course areas, causing delays and slow racing, the wind petering out to 3 knots for periods of time. By all accounts, more light weather is on the way for the next few days.
Originally, the ASTs Nacra 17 teams were to compete in Genoa, but a change of plan has them back in Australia for specialised training. Meanwhile, Finn coach Rafael Trujillo has Jake Lilley at a training regatta in Athens where all the big names will be, “Before we go to the European Championship, starting from 22 April,” Trujillo, said.
Laser coach, Michael Blackburn, has elected for a training camp in New Zealand for his charges before they compete at Hyeres from 27 April to 4 May, where the best Laser and Laser Radial sailors from around the world will compete.
The Genoa campaign and others this year are crucial for selection to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Full results: www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
Results (overall place/name/results/points):
1: Tim Fischer / Fabian Graf (GER) 1 1 = 2 pts
2: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) 1 2 = 3 pts
3. David and Lachy Gilmour 2, 7 = 9 pts
20. Sam and Will Phillips 9, 15 = 24 pts
33. Thomas Needham and Joel Turner 10, 21 = 31 pts
44. Kurt Hansen and Simon Hoffman 27, 12 = 39 pts
1: Julia Gross / Hanna Klinga (SWE) 3 1 = 4 pts
2: Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA) 2 6 = 8 pts
3: Victoria Jurczok / Anika Lorenz (GER) 4 4 = 8 pts
34. Amelia Stabback and Caitlin Elks 11, 19 = 30 pts
39. Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan 12, 22 = 34 pts
42. Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot 19, 19 = 38 pts
Nacra 17 (45 boats)
1st=: Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1 - 1 point
1st=: Lorenzo Bressani / Cecilia Zorzi (ITA) 1 9 - 1 pt
3rd= Rasmus Rosengren / Ida Svensson (SWE) 2 12 - 2 pts
3rd=: Ravi Parent / Caroline Atwood (USA) 2 - 2 pts
Yet to sail:
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson
Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries
By Di Pearson/Australian Sailing Team media manager
49erFX (50 boats)
1st: Julia Gross / Hanna Klinga (SWE) 3 1 - 4 pts
2nd: Martine Grael / Kahena Kunze (BRA) 2 6 - 8 pts
3rd: Victoria Jurczok / Anika Lorenz (GER) 4 4 - 8 pts