AUSTRALIAN 470 TEAMS DOMINATE AT WORLD CUP MELBOURNE14 Dec 2015
St Kilda's usual foreshore and beach buzz on a warm summer Sunday grew louder when the Sailing World Cup Melbourne reached its peak.
The eight Olympic classes racing peeled off their Medal Race one by one straight off the main beach, St Kilda Baths and pier, to the delight of visitors and sailors whose competition had already concluded.
Light morning northerlies moved around to the local sea breeze then tried to settle, swinging between south-east and south. By the time the men's 49er skiff teams went hunting gold at 14:30, 15 knots was the reading on the track, the most finals day would deliver.
To the end twin brothers Alexander and Patrick Conway (AUS) remained untouchable, determined to achieve the perfect tally even though their overall win was already locked in.
"We are happy with the result because our series was about being consistent in all conditions,” Patrick said. "The lessons from this event are for us to trust our speed and our decisions on the race course. We know what we are doing is working; now we need to keep the momentum going.”
The Conways will return to training in Sydney for the next two months before they head to Argentina for the 470 World Championships.
Second overall was Thomas Klemens and Timothy Hannah (AUS) and in third, Angus Galloway and Joshua Dawson (AUS).
Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (AUS) fought hard to keep pace with the leading men's team in the final mixed fleet race. They finished second over the line, locking in their first Sailing World Cup gold medal and leaving silver to Sasha Ryan and Aurora Paterson (AUS). Third overall went to Pip Pietromonaco and Amelia Catt (AUS).
"Sailing in a small fleet was tricky, you have to work a little bit harder to keep your top position,” Smith said. "We are learning to work at the top of the fleet and being a team, plus risk management.”
"We've had a pretty tough year with illness that kept us out of the boat for a while,” Ryan added.
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Results will be available throughout when racing commences on 9 December here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.
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The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
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