St Kilda’s usual foreshore and beach buzz on a warm summer Sunday grew louder when the Sailing World Cup Melbourne reached its peak. Eight Olympic classes 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.
Melbourne’s 2015 World Cup, which drew more than 900 competitors representing 23 nations across nine invited, nine Olympic and three Paralympic classes, was the Oceanic qualification event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. As of this week the Olympic campaign begins for Cook Islands sailors Teau McKenzie (Laser Radial) and Taua Henry (Laser) who gained entry for the Pacific island nation.
The winner of each Olympic class at the World Cup also qualifies for the 2016 Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi in November 2016.
Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Laser results
Singapore’s Colin Cheng SIN romping four-day performance pre Medal Race in the biggest Olympic division contesting the World Cup (35 boats) gave him a comfortable 13 point advantage before the fleet lined up this afternoon.
I didn’t have too much pressure but I still wanted to go out and have a good race, and get the fundamentals right. Everyone had up and down races and I was able to have a good buffer after stringing some good races together. Every single race all week was difficult.
Second was Thomas Saunders NZL and third was Jeremy O’Connell AUS.
Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Laser Radial results
Australian Sailing’s Ashley Stoddart AUS straightforwardly beat New Zealand’s Susannah Pyatt NZL over the eight race series.
I just came back from our worlds a week ago so I was tired but warmed-up. I enjoyed the variety of conditions and it’s been cool having the final day where people could have a nosey.
Third was Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR.
Sailors will now turn their focus to the 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami which takes place at the end of January 2016.