Winners decided at Sail Melbourne
The final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne has been completed.
The weather finally warmed up but produced a strong northerly wind which saw races for earlier fleets held shore. The Liberties and SKUD's headed out to the course at their scheduled time, with winds gusting around 27 knots. By the end of the racing, in a typical Melbourne weather pattern, the wind had dropped away to nothing, leaving several other fleets unable to complete their medal races.
The results for the Liberty and SKUD18 fleets were not really in doubt, with Stewart Cathie holding a commanding lead going into the final day's two races. Stewart again won the day's two races, giving him an impressive scorecard of 8 wins from the 10 races in a variety of conditions.
Western Australia's Genevieve Wickham sailed consistently across the week to take second place by 4 points from NSW sailor, Lachlan Clear.
Full results for the Liberty field are available here.
Similarly in the SKUD18 fleet, AUS pair Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch dominated the fleet and, like Stewart, picked up the day's final two races, to convinving win the regatta. NZL Paralympic hopefuls Dempsey and Fletcher won on a countback from another AUS team - Barnbrook and Pearce, after the Aussie pair retired after finishing race 9. The SIN team of Tan & Lim - long time supporters of the Sail Melbourne regatta - finished in 4th.
Full results for the SKUD18 fleet are available here.
Canadian sailor, Tracy Schmitt, sailing in her firstSKUD18 regatta, was a featured story on the Sail Melbourne website - you can read the story here.
This year's Sail Melbourne regatta has seen sailors in the Liberty & SKUD18 from Australia, Canada, UK, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
Sail Melbourne 2015 will be held at Williamstown Yacht Club, folllowing the IFDS Sailing World Cup in December.