29er Worlds ⛵ Aussies WIN Top Female Team
by 29er World Championships
Australia’s Annabelle Davies, 18, and Madison Woodward, 17, were tied for 18th place going into the last day, clinging to hopes of winning the top female team award; with Tania Bonilla and Nuria Miro (ESP) just three points behind.
But their first race today was “a shocker” Davies said. “Everyone’s finding its hard to be consistent,” in the big fleets and variable breeze. After finishing 26th, their coach approached with a pep talk. “He said, ‘Just don’t worry about it – tough it out. Every race is a new race.’”
It was apparently just what the doctor ordered. At the next start, the Aussie gals sprinted off the line, trading leads with Bonilla and Miro, with Catherine Lindsay and Jana Laurendeau (USA) just astern – all the way around the course.
It was ‘ladies day’ as the gals’ teams finished in places 1-2-3, proving “sometimes it pushes you to want to do your best,” having tough competition, according to Woodward. “You learn a lot.”
Woodward and Davies had been friends but racing rivals until four months ago, when they teamed up on the 29er. Finishing 18th, and the top girls team, they plan to continue on to Hong Kong for the 29er Worlds next year. Second place in the all-female division, sisters Freja and Astrid Frykman had a stellar day of 5-8-5, and tied for 23rd, in Gold fleet. Spaniards Bonilla and Miro were awarded third place girls team.
Fellow Australians, Lachie Brewer and Max Paul finished 6th overall with Archie Cropley and Simon Murnaghan 11th overall.