GSC SAILORS COMPETE AT SAIL MELBOURNE!
Sail Melbourne dished up some wild weather for our GSC representatives this year, with extreme heat followed by severe thunderstorms throughout the regatta. The event was held out of Royal Brighton Yacht, Victoria from 29th November-3rd December, with many sailors training in the lead up to the event. Gosford Sailing Club’s 4 representatives may have been small in numbers, but their results across the board showed Gosford’s might, yet again.
Olympic Gold Medallist and GSC legend Tom Slingsby took on a new challenge from his usual America’s Cup racing as he competed in the Finn class. After 6 races against some of the world’s best sailors including 2 world champions, Slingsby finished up 2nd overall in the strong field of 18 boats; second only to Rio Olympian Jake Lilley. His recent facebook post summed up his excitement in the class “I've really enjoyed the last few weeks learning about the Finn class. They have a great camaraderie and the fleet is full of good people who just enjoy sailing and racing”.
Meanwhile, in the 49er class Kurt Hansen had a great performance, finishing up 5th overall in the 14 boat fleet. Hansen also had some tremendous individual race results, posting a 1st and 2nd in back to back races. Hansen gave a strong challenge to winners of the 49er class, Australian Sailing Team athletes Joel Turner and David Gilmour.
In the 470 class, a rare siting occurred, where both Mens/Womens fleets combined racing. Sophie McIntosh gave the guys her best shot throughout the regatta, finishing 7th overall, 1 point in-front of the Hong-Kong men and placing 3rd female team. The overall winners were Olympic Silver Medallists and world champions Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan. McIntosh recently posted on facebook that it was a good start to the Aussie season of 470 sailing and that she is looking forward to Sail Sydney starting next week.
Our final GSC representative was Bridget Conrad, who sailed in the Optimist Open class. Bridget came away 13th overall in the 61 boat fleet. Not only was this a fantastic result, but to top it off Bridget was also the best placed female in the Optimist Open class.
Congratulations! The Optimist’s had a total of 3 races completed in their series after strong winds made for challenging conditions throughout the event. Some invited classed were reduced to 2 races, if any due to the severe and dangerous weather. For full results please head to: http://sailingresults.net/site/event/80163/default.html
Congratulations to these four GSC representatives. Many will now be heading back up to Sydney for some training before the start of the next 100-point regatta Sail Sydney, starting in a week’s time. Over 300 sailors are set to compete in the event, including sailors from New Zealand, Malaysia, Macedonia, Hong Kong and Holland, as well as Australia. Well done and Goodluck to our GSC sailors!