2016 Australian Championships
The 2015/16 Australian Championships will be held from 5-7 December at Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria.
Click here to access the notice of race.
Also note that the Australian 470 Association is putting together some sessions in 470s kindly supplied by Yachting Australia. If you or someone you know would like to try out a 470 click here for details.
Nationals wrap up
The Nationals were held from the 19th to the 23rd of February at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. The regatta was the first of Mat and Will's new winning streak. They won every race of the regatta until deciding to skip the last one. That race was taken out by Angus Galloway and Tim Hannah who came second overall, ahead of brothers Alexander and Patrick Conway.
Sarah Cook has now won both the Australian Championships she has competed in, winning last year with Elise Rechichi and this year with Carrie Smith. The pair won on countback from new combination Lucy Shephard and Emma Barton, ahead of Jacqueline Gurr and Amelia Catt.
A highlight for all the teams was having the presentation made by America's Cup winning skipper John Bertrand AM, including the presentation to the winners of a "Victor's Dream Team" hat. Victor had these hats embroided in the year 2000 and so far everyone who has been given one has gone on to win Olympic Gold.
You can follow the links below for more detailed day to day reports, photos and the full results. Also a big shout out to Doi Kazuto and Imamura Kimihiko from Japan who competed in the regatta and placed 5th.
Some changes were made to the association were made following the AGM. The new line up is as follows:
President: Mark Klemens
Vice President : Peter Hannah
Secretary: Patrick Conway
Treasurer: Alexander Conway
QLD state rep: Mat Belcher
NSW state rep: Mal Page
VIC state rep: Jacqui Gurr
TAS state rep: Richard Scarr
ACT state rep: Sarah Cook
WA state rep: Carrie Smith
The Nationals start on Wednesday the 19th and most of our teams are down in Sorrento training for the event. All the info for competitors can be found on the website of the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club here.
Three of our teams competed in the Miami Olympic Class Regatta during the end of January. The competitors faced some of the lightest conditions with long days on the water and barely any racing. This regatta will be remembered as the first in over two years that Mat Belcher has competed in but hasn't won. Mat and Will came in a close second, but keep their number one spot in the ISAF rankings.
End of 2013 update
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan finished off 2013 with a win at Sail Melbourne, the fourth of a series of successes for Australia's top 470 team after being named the AIS Team of the Year, Mat winning ISAF World Sailor of the Year and Victor being inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. The 470s didn't end up racing in the Sail Middle Harbour Regatta, instead spending the time doing some training before taking a break over Christmas.
With Elise Rechichi unable to compete in Melbourne current 420 ISAF Youth World Champion Carrie Smith stepped up to sail with Sarah Cook. The pair were leading after the first day but by the end of the week the regatta was taken out by a Chinese team with sisters Sasha and Jaime Ryan being the first placed Australian boat coming in at second.
The Nationals will be held at the end of February from Sorrento in Victoria. Preliminary details can be found below.
Sail Melbourne Approaching
Australia's largest dinghy regatta will once again be held at Sandringham Yacht Club from the 1st to the 8th of December. The event includes all the Olympic as well as other invited classes, with Australia's top 470 sailors as well as a few internationals set to compete against each other not only for the regatta itself, but as part of the cumulative points that go towards determining the outcome of the ISAF World Cup.
Sail Melbourne also presents itself as another important milestone opportunity for Mat Belcher, who hasn't lost a regatta since coming second at Sail Melbourne in 2011. If Mat and Will win this time, it will be Mat's eighteenth straight regatta win, and he will have been undefeated for two years.
Click here to visit the event website.
Click here to find out more about the ISAF World Cup.
Don't forget about Sail Middle Harbour replacing Sail Sydney on the way home!
Mat and Will win the Worlds
Making it four World Titles in a row for Mat, continuing his winning streak and remaining undefeated as a new team. Visit belcherryan2016.com to read their thoughts on the regatta.
Also in the mens division we had Matt and Robert Crawford finishing in 29th, followed closely by Alexander and Patrick Conway in 30th, with both teams making their debut in the World Championship Gold Fleet. Scott Cotton and Tom Potter finished 80th, second place in the Bronze Fleet.
Another success story are our Australian Women's Champions, Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook. Competing in their first worlds the pair finished 8th and even won a race on the last day of Gold Fleet racing. Three other women's teams represented Australia in La Rochelle, with Jaqueline Gurr and Amelia Catt finishing 29th, sisters Sasha and Jaime Ryan 41st and Lucy Shepard and Aurora Paterson 46th.
The Championships were held as part of the 470 Class 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Part of the festivities included a Legends Trophy, decided over six races. Elise Rechichi and Malcolm Page finished 5th in the fleet of seventeen, Olympic, World and European Champions and Medalists.
The 470 facebook page is full of pictures from the event, click here to check it out.
Coming back to Sorrento, Victoria in February next year.
Click here for preliminary details.
50th Anniversary World Championships
Running from the 27th of July through the 10th of August the 470 Class will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the form of combined World, Junior World and Masters World Championships. The Masters and Junior Worlds will take place prior to the 2013 World Championship regatta, with an Open regatta being held at the same time for those who want to race but are not eligible to compete as Juniors or Masters. The two week long mega regatta will also include a long distance race for the "50 Year Cup" and a Legends Trophy race, featuring past Olympic, World, European, ISAF Games and ISAF World Champions including our own Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page! Click the link to visit the event website and find out more.
Belcher/Ryan win Europeans
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan continued their winning streak taking the 2013 European Championships, held in Formia, Italy. This is the pair's first major regatta win, continuing Mat's victory streak and putting the team in good stead for the upcoming World Championships in July.
Seven Australian teams travelled to Italy to compete, click here to visit the regatta website and check out their performances.