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AustrAliAn sAilinG tEAM 014 VictorKoValenKo/FranciscoVignale©2014/www.FranciscoVignale.comFranciscoVignale©2014/www.FranciscoVignale.com their main rivals and won the overall count by a clear margin of 23 points ahead of greece and France in third. “it was quite close with the croatian team on the line,” said mat Belcher after the medal race. “But for us it was just a matter keeping in check with the greeks who were the only boat that could have passed us for today. we tried to stay out of trouble. like with every medal race, it’s complicated, you make one mistake and you find yourself at the back. we’re pretty happy with what we did. we had quite a clean race, did what we needed to do and are happy with the outcome.” crew will ryan added: “it wasn’t our best race. the conditions were quite tricky and we had to stay in control of the greeks and the French. But we’re happy how we sailed all week. coming down to the medal race and not having too much pressure has been quite a nice way to do it.” “i think it’s always been a really close event and even though we had a couple of really good races, we’re still trying to find our feet in some of the other conditions. it’s been really good that in the end we were able to put our best foot forward. we’re enjoying the moment but the big one is santander this year.” the australian sailing team raced to two olympic class gold medals in the 470m and laser classes. laser sailor tom Burton repeated his gold medal win from the isaF sailing world cup in Palma while mat Belcher and will ryan returned to their winning ways too. the australian medal count was lifted to a total of five by bronze medals wins in the nacra 17 by Darren Bundock and nina curtis as well as in the 49er fleet by nathan outteridge and iain Jensen. the Paralympic sonar crew of colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and russell Boaden won australia’s first medal when they took out bronze in the Paralympic fleet. australian sailing squad’s ashley stoddart who came fourth in the laser radial completed a successful regatta for australian sailing. 470M the Day at the French riviera kicked- off well for the australian sailing team when olympic champion mat Belcher (QlD) and world champion crew will ryan (QlD) brought home the first gold medal for australia in the 470m fleet. after consistently strong results throughout the week the duo went into the 10-boat medal race with a 17 point lead where they finished fifth ahead of the duo will have a bit of time out of the 470 over the next couple of weeks before they return to europe for Kiel week and european championship. Belcher, who is managing an america’s cup campaign as the skipper of team australia with his olympic 470 campaign, believes it’s just a matter of timing to combine the two. “For us the timing is important. the focus is the worlds and obviously the test event in rio is quite important. we’re trying to use these events to develop our team and ourselves individually and this week we ticked off a few boxes and are pretty happy on where we’re at. we’ll have a bit of time out of the boat now and i’ll be doing some ac45 stuff in australia during may. But we’re looking forward to our preparations in the lead up to the europeans, the test event and then the worlds later in september.“ after mat Belcher and will ryan picked up two gold, silver and a bronze during the 2013-2014 isaF sailing world cup series of four regattas they sailed, the pair retain their world #1 status. Laser the second gold medal for the australian sailing team was won by tom Burton (nsw), who made it his second sailing world cup win in a row after having won the world cup event in Palma sailed a couple of weeks earlier. new Zealander andy maloney (nZl) led tom Burton (nsw) by three points going into the medal race and it was Burton who came out on top in a thrilling conclusion. “it was a bit surreal,” said an ecstatic Burton after racing. “i think that was one of the closest races i’ve done in a long time, if not ever. it was pretty exciting.” Burton finished fifth to maloney’s seventh, which handed him the gold. “i’m pretty stoked,” he said. ‘i won here last year and the goal was to come and win again after winning last week in Palma. it was a close race but i’m happy to take the win.” sEAs of Gold Above: Mat Belcher and Will ryan. Below: Tom Burton in Hyéres. Opposite page: 49er Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. isaF sailing worlD cUP HYéres Two gold and three bronze More than 1,100 sailors from 59 nations raced at the final ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2013-2014 series in Hyères, France and were treated to superb weather conditions and exceptional race action.
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