Outteridge and Jensen lead 49er fleet at ISAF Sailing World Cup

Day five at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne saw the final day of qualifying races for the Men’s and Women’s 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Men’s and Women’s RS:X ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday, 13 December) medal races for the top ten in each class.

Australian Sailing Team’s Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) go into the first medal race of the regatta in the lead as does 49erFX duo of local Tess Lloyd (VIC) and crew Caitlin Elks (WA).

With only one more race to go this afternoon and three race wins today, Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) have a lead in the Nacra 17 fleet after 14 races and ahead of tomorrow’s medal race. Darren Bundock (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) sit in overall second. (Final Nacra results still to be published: http://bit.ly/1wm4Ydk)

Paralympic class sailing concludes on Saturday with Australian Sailing Team’s Paralympians Daniel Fitzgibbon (NSW) and Liesl Tesch leading the SKUD18 and Matt Bugg (TAS) the 2.4mR.

The qualification series continued today in the Laser/Radial, Finn and Men’s and Women’s 470.

Friday’s program was rejigged including additional races to make up for yesterday’s shortfall when the original schedule was cut short for some classes and others did not leave shore due to the conditions, the sea-state being the main concern.

Saturday’s medal races are scheduled to start from 12:00 hours on the Stadium course directly off the host club, Sandringham Yacht Club.

Men’s Skiff – 49er

Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen had an average final day of qualifying racing but will go into Saturday’s medal racing 24 points in the lead:

“We had a bad day today with two thirds, a fourth and a seventh. It was a bit shifty and the boat didn’t feel quite right at times. We were lacking a bit of pace and missing some shifts. The other boys Joel and Lewis had two wins, and David and Rhys and the Austrians had a good one also, which brings the results closer. The battle for second is going to be really tight,” Iain Jensen recapped the day’s results. “We’ll have to have a counter tomorrow to still win the regatta,” he added. “

They are chased by teammates and recent Australian Sailing Team qualifiers David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (NSW), who are ranked overall second as well as Australian Sailing Squad’s Joel Turner (QLD) and Lewis Brake (QLD).

Turner and Brake had two race wins today and will aim to make it three AST/ASS crews on the podium tomorrow.

“We are in fourth now and tomorrow the aim will be to get onto the podium. The points are really close going into the medal race and being a double points earner there’s a bit of pressure on. We’ll see what can do tomorrow,” Joel Turner said after racing.

“Our first two races today were pretty average. We made a few errors but you just can’t make little errors in a quality fleet like this. The last two races we kept it simple, we were fast and went where we wanted to go, which made it easy.”

Women’s Skiff — 49erFX

Tight racing is expected in the medal race of the women’s skiff, which has seen a close battle between Melbourne local and Australian Sailing Squad’s Tess Lloyd (VIC) and crew Caitlin Elks with the two Norwegian crews chasing.

“I suppose we kept everyone nice and tight today and it wasn’t as good a day for us compared to the other days this week. We have the medal race tomorrow and double points make it super important. We just have to go out and win like we have been throughout the week.”

“It’s going to be light tomorrow and we like it when it’s light – that’s probably our favourite condition to sail in. We will just have to go out and have good starts. It's going to be short racing tomorrow and the start is going to be really important. We’ll go home and go to recovery now, have a good night’s sleep and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

“It will be exciting to race in front of a home crowd and my whole family will be down watching. I think it will be good racing, it will be nice and close to shore so everyone can watch and cheer.” 

Australian Sailing Team’s Olivia Price (NSW) and crew Eliza Solly (VIC) won the last race of the day and have moved back into fourth. The pair dropped into fifth earlier in the regatta when they had to abandon racing on Wednesday after breaking a mast following a capsize.

Paralympic classes

2014 IFDS World Champions Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have had a great run in the SKUD18 this week, winning all but one out of eight races this week. The have two more races on Saturday to decide the medals.

“We had another two wins today again so it looks pretty good ahead of tomorrow’s final two races,” said Daniel Fitzgibbon.

“It would be nice to finish off here with a win, but the aim for us at this World Cup is mostly to get better as sailors. And I think we are getting better everyday, we are sailing well, we are gybing well and we do the boat work well.”

“It’s just the little things to work on, but we’re getting better and that’s what we want to do every day.”

Thirteen Olympic and Paralympic Australian Sailing Team (AST) athletes and 30 Australian Sailing Squad (ASS) members are currently battling it out on home waters on Port Phillip in nine Olympic and in two Paralympic boat classes at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne (8-14 December 2014) amongst 185 Olympic boats and 306 Invited class boats from a total of 34 countries.

Melbourne kick starts the ISAF World Cup series before the sailors head to the USA, France, Great Britain and an Asian venue.  The series will culminate in the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi.

Held at Sandringham Yacht Club, racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne started on Monday, 8 December 2014 with Medal Races scheduled for Saturday, 13 (49er/FX, RSX, Nacra 17, Paralympic classes) and Sunday, 14 December 2014 (470M/W, Laser/Radial, Finn).

Medal Race Schedule for Saturday, 14 December 2014:

49er — 12:00

49erFX – 12:40

Women’s RSX – 14:00

Nacra 17 – 14:40

 

Medal Race Schedule for Sunday, 15 December 2015”

Men’s 470: 1200

Women’s 470: 1240

Finn: 1320

Laser 14:00

Laser Radial: 14:40

Results are available here – www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne Australian Sailing Team & Squad Entries (as of 11 December 2014):

Men’s Skiff – 49er

–      Nathan Outteridge (NSW)  & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: 1, 2, 2, (16 BFD), 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 7, 3 – 1st

–      David Gilmour (WA) & Rhys Mara (VIC) – AST: 5, 1, 1, (16 BFD), 1, 6, 2, 7, 16 DSQ, 1, 2, 3, 2 – 2nd

–      Joel Turner (QLD) & Lewis Brake (QLD) – ASS: 2, (16 OCS), 5, 3, 6, 7, 7, 3, 1, 5, 7, 11 – 4th

–      Harry Price (NSW) & Harry Morton (NSW) – ASS Bridging: 3, (16 OCS), 5, 3, 6, 7, 16, 10, 7, 10, 8, 10, 8 – 10th

 

Women's Skiff – 49erFX

–      Tess Lloyd (VIC/ASS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/ASS): 1, (6), 1, 1, 4, 1, 6, 2, 3, 5, 4, 3, 3 – 1st

–      Olivia Price (NSW/AST) & Eliza Solly (VIC/ASS): 2, 2, 4, 3, 6, 7, 3, (9 RET), 9 RET, 2, 5, 2, 1 – 4th   

–      Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Sarah Cook (VIC): 5, 5, 3, 6, 2, 5, 7, 6, 6, 7, 6, 7, 5 – 6th

 

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn

–      Oliver Tweddell (VIC) – ASS: 2, 4, 3, 1, 1, 3, 1  – 2nd 

–      Jake Lilley (QLD) – ASS: 3, 2, 2, (4), 3, 2, 4 – 3rd 

 

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M

–      Alexander Conway & Patrick Conway (NSW) – ASS: 1, 1, 2, (3), 2, 1, 1 – 1st

 

Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W

–      Sasha Ryan (QLD) & Amelia Catt (TAS) – ASS: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 – 1st

–      Jeni Lidget-Dansk & Jaime Ryan (QLD) – ASS: 2, 2, (3 UFD), 2, 2, 2, 2 – 2nd

 

Women's One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial (final results not available yet at issue of release)

–      Ashley Stoddart (QLD) – ASS: 2, 2, (9), 8, 3, 3, (13), 6 – 4th    

–      Anna Philip(VIC) – ASS Bridging: 18, 15, 14, 10, 16, 15, 14, 17 – 16th

 

Paralympic Boat Classes

Skud 18

–      Daniel Fitzgibbon (NSW) & Liesl Tesch (NSW) – AST: 1, 1, (3), 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 – 1st

–      Amy Barnbrook (NSW) & Brett Pearce (NSW) – ASS: 2, 4, 2, 4, 4, (5), 4, 3 – 3rd

 

2.4mR

–      Matt Bugg (TAS) – AST: 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3 – 1st 

–      Neil Patterson (TAS) – ASS: 8, 6, (10), 6, 3, 8, 10 – 8th

 

Friday, 12 December outstanding results – to be updated after p.m. race session:

 

Mixed Multihull – Nacra17 (one race outstanding)

–      Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, (3), 3, 1, 2, 1, 1 – 1st

–      Darren Bundock (NSW) & Nina Curtis (NSW) – AST: (3), 2, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2 – 2nd

–      Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 2, 3, 2, (4), 3, 2, 3, 2, 1, 3, 6 (DNF), 2, 2, 3 – 3rd

–      Paul Darmanin (NSW) & Lucy Copeland (NSW) – ASS Bridging: (4), 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4 – 4th

 

Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser

–      Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 2, 2, 1, (5), 4, 2, 4 – 1st  

–      Matthew Wearn (WA) – ASS: 3, (10), 2, 1, 5, 1, (11) – 2nd  

–      Ryan Palk (QLD) – ASS: (14), 7, 6, 10, 8, 7, 1 – 5th

–      Luke Elliott (NSW) – ASS: 17, (20), 5, 3, 6, 3, 17 – 8th 

–      Mitchell Kennedy (QLD) – ASS: 11, 12, 13, 9, 7, (15), 2 – 10th

–      Mark Spearman (WA) – ASS Bridging: 29, 22, 22, 12, 10, 11, 19 – 17th  

 

Women's Windsurfer – RS:X

–      Joanna Sterling (QLD) – ASS: (7 OCS), 4, 3, 3, 2, 1, 4, 3, 4, 3 – 3rd  

– Cora Zillich/AST

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