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Summer Blast In Melbourne
Summer arrived for the first day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne as a hot northerly wind from Australia's outback blasted across the city and onto Port Phillip Bay.
In the early morning the breeze driven by temperatures in the mid to
high 30's, gusted to 25 knots but had eased to a more pleasant 15 knots
by the start of racing. Being an offshore breeze, the water was flat and
conditions were perfect for sailing.
2013 ISAF Youth World Champion in the 420, Carrie Smith (AUS) has teamed
up with former Olympic rower, Sarah Cook to compete in the Women's 470
event at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne. Placing first and second in
the two races sailed they are three points ahead of a second Australian
crew Jacqui Gurr and Amelia Catt.
In third overall are Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao (CHN) just one point
ahead of team mates Nan hang and Yixiao Lv. Chen and Gao placed sixth in
the first race of the day and then came through in the lighter more
challenging conditions to win the second and are only one point behind
Tall timber populates the Finn class at the top level and 20 year old
Jake Lilley (AUS) is no exception. Standing two metres tall he has
elevated his height by six centimetres in course of the last sailing
season and is deemed a rising talent. Securing two race wins over Bjorn
Alansson (SWE) and defending ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne champion,
Brendan Casey (AUS) he tops the leaderboard with a perfect score.**"I'm
very pleased with today,"** Lilley reflected,**"the conditions suited
me, downwind is my strength."**
ISAF World #1 Laser sailor Tom Burton (AUS) was impressive with two wins
ahead of Ryan Palk (AUS) and Tom Saunders from New Zealand. Just back
from the World Championship in Oman, Burton said,**"The emphasis for me
is more speed. So it was good sailing today."**
In the Laser Radial, the Sailing World Cup battle that started in
Qingdao in October continued with Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) scoring two
wins over Dongshuang Zhang (CHN). Drozdovskaya enjoys a handy five point
margin at the end of the first day's racing.
2012 regatta winner and London Olympian Krystal Weir (AUS) also sits on
7 points tied with the Chinese sailor, but drops back to third on a
Racing continues on Tuesday, with all Olympic classes competing.
Racing in the Men's and Women's 470, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial and
Paralympic events continues on Tuesday 3 December through to Saturday 7
The 49er, 49erFX, Men's and Women's RS:X and Nacra 17 fleets start
racing on Tuesday 3 December through to their Medal Races on Sunday 8
The Invited Classes are Laser Radial Men, Laser 4.7, Men and Women's
Kiteboard, Viper, 420, 29er, Optimist, OK dinghy, 2.4R, SKUB18, Liberty
Access and Cadet Dinghy.