Aussie Stars Lead The Way At Sail Sydney
The big names of the Australian Sailing Team have lived up to their star billing after the opening three days of racing at the Sail Sydney regatta. Sometimes even the experts get it wrong and that was the case today when a beautiful northeaster filled in on Sydney Harbour just after lunch, turning aside the earlier shifty light nor-westerly, which made a brief appearance on day three of the Sail Sydney regatta, organised by Yachting NSW.
Due to unstable and at times non-existent breeze, Principal Race Officer Tony Denham held sailors ashore until a light north-westerly prevailed, the first classes getting away at 11:20, instead of the planned 10:00.
General recalls in some classes held up racing further, but the increasing northeaster made sure the pace was kept relatively fast and all enjoyed a much better sail on the Harbour minus all the weekend traffic. Triple Olympian Jessica Crisp (AUS) has taken over the RS:X windsurfer lead held by Yasuko Kosuge (JPN) since day one. Crisp cites coaching from ex-windsurfer, Sean O’Brien, as the reason for her improved performance in higher winds.
Crisp, who has finished just outside the medals at the last two Olympic Games, racked up three wins from three races to take a two point lead from the petite Japanese sailor who admitted yesterday she struggled in conditions over 15 knots, and although conditions did not go over, it was quite gusty on the Harbour.
“I finally got my act together,” Crisp laughed. “Everything went well; it couldn’t have gone better. I’m getting better in the higher end of the wind scale – it’s all about technique, rather than strength,” she said.
Crisp’s long-term training partner, Jannicke Stålstrøm (NOR), has taken over third overall, a second and third place holding her in good stead this afternoon, with only three races remaining.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 07 December 2009 11:50 )