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Melbourne turned on its best day at the
Sailing World Cup Final for the close of the
Olympic and Invited classes competition
on 11 December that drew sailors from
around the world aged eight to 79.
In the Finn class, Jake Lilley continued
his strong form, winning the medal race
and taking Gold at the event. Lilley had an
impressive week, and apart from a start
line disqualification, has finished in the
top three in every race. Fellow Aussie Oli
Tweddell finished in fifth place.
In the 470 Men’s event, Rio 2016 Silver
medallists, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan
finished the regatta with a win in the medal
race, to take Australia’s second Gold medal
of the day. Belcher and Ryan also had a
strong week, finishing every race in the top
two, bar one start line disqualification.
In the 470 Women’s event, Australia’s
Rio 2016 crew of Carrie Smith and Jaime
Ryan also continued their good form. The
Aussie girls crossed the line in second
place in the medal race to hang onto Silver.
They were beaten by the Austrian team of
Vadlau and Ogar.
In the Laser class, Australia’s Matt
Wearn was knocked out of Gold medal
contention after finishing the medal race in
fourth place. London 2012 Silver Medallist,
Pavlos Kontides won the medal race and
in doing so secured Gold. Rio 2016 Silver
medallist, Tonci Stepanovic took the
Bronze while Aussie Tom Burton finished
in fourth place overall.
In the Laser Radial, Australia’s
Finn Alexander (NSW) finished first,
carrying a penalty. The boats duelled
bow to bow on the upwind with Malcolm
rounding first but Boulden being able
to complete his penalty on the upwind.
This took the racing to a match
point where Parker started evenly with
a penalty off the line. The teams stayed
close on the upwind, Parker rounding
just ahead of Boulden at the top mark
and then completing his penalty and
staying ahead on the next upwind. The
final downwind was a testament to the
high level of competition seen at this
year’s Harken, where Boulden managed
to close the gap between the boats and
Malcolm was given a double penalty just
metres from the finish line.
h Stephen Collopy
Alex Negri, James Farquharson, Mark
Wong and Will Boulden.
Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing
Team from Perth win Harken Youths
Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing
Team from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht
Club in Perth have taken out the 2016
Harken International Youth Match Racing
Championships after four days of racing
at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
from 16-20 November. His team of Mark
Wong, Alex Negri and James Farquharson
faced off against local sailor Malcolm
Parker and his RPAYC team in some of
the closest match racing that we have
seen at the Harken.
Boulden is ranked 46th in the ISAF
Open rankings and is just 20 years of
age, making him one of Australia’s rising
youth match racers to watch in the future.
Third placed skipper was the RPAYC’s
Sarah Parker and her all female team who
were up against the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron’s Matthew Hughes.
Racing went to three flights with a score of
2-1 in favour of the girls. Sarah accredited
her team’s ability to work together as one
of the major contributing factors to her
success at this event.
Racing was close in race three with
both Parker and Boulden fighting hard for
the championship title and $1,000 prize
money for first place. The pressure stayed
on with a split tack start and Boulden
Melbourne turns on spectacular
Sailing World Cup finish
New Zealand’s Josh Porebski struggles to control his 49er.
14pts ahead of Zac Littlewood. Caelin
Winchcombe was third overall.
In the Laser 4.7 fleet Jack Littlechild
(NSW) beat the field. Not to be shown up by
his older brother, Ryan Littlechild (NSW)
won the Opti Open fleet from 44 starters.
420 maestros Nick Joel and Hugo
Llewellyn (VIC) wrapped up their Sailing
World Cup Melbourne Final with the gold
medal result in the Invited class. h
Andrew and Matthew Mollerus (USA)
grapple to overcome an additional
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