OLYMPIC CLASSES DECIDED AT SAIL SYDNEY08 Dec 2018
Olympic class racing at Sail Sydney 2018 came to an end on Sydney Harbour on Thursday in fresh summer breezes 13 to 19 knots.
In the 470 men's class the AST's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan saved their best for the second half of Sail Sydney, capitalising on the fresher NNE winds to record two more bullets which was sufficient to relegate the dominant Japanese team of Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura to second on a countback.
"We've got some high-level teams here and we are fortunate to have them in Australia for our summer," Ryan said. "We haven't sailed since the World Cup in September; it can be tough to jump back into the boat after a break. For me it's great to get back on Sydney Harbour, where it all started."
The women's 470 team of Nia Jerwood and Monique des Vries just needed to finish one race to out-sail their German counterparts on points and though they ticked that box it was an unceremonious regatta finish. "We went for a swim, which is not how we like to finish an event," said de Vries. "Freddy and Anna found another gear today - we couldn't keep up with them," the skipper chimed in.
Friday December 7, 2018 is the changeover between the Olympic and the Youth and Invited classes who now take the stage for the remainder of the six-day series while those contesting Sail Melbourne pack-up their sailing kit and head south to Port Phillip.
Source: World Sailing