Sitting at almost exactly 6 months out from the Opening Ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Sail Melbourne finished up on Tuesday, January 21, after 5 days of sailing on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia. The event attracted over 300 competitors from 25 different countries competing in Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes.
Over the 5 days, sailors saw a bit of everything including high winds, big swell and rainy conditions to light winds, flat seas, and beautiful sunshine.
Canada was represented by some of our Canadian Sailing Team (CST) and Canadian Sailing Development Squad (CSDS) athletes in both the Radial and the Finn class. In the radial, Sarah Douglas (CST) and Clara Graveley (CSDS) battled it out in the Gold fleet against some of the world’s best with Sarah putting up some strong top-10 finishes. Maura Dewey and Coralie Vittecoq, both members of the CSDS were also sailing and represented Canada in the Radial fleet.
In the Finn fleet, Tom Ramshaw (CST) fought hard with the top of the fleet, finishing with all of his results inside the top 4. Tom wrapped up the event by winning the final race and finishing just 2 points off the podium.
Tom Ramshaw – 4th
Sarah Douglas – 27th
Clara Graveley – 38th
Maura Dewey – 48th
Coralie Vittecoq – 59th
Full results available here – https://bit.ly/30LhhSK
Sail Melbourne is part of Melbourne’s ‘Summer of Sailing’ which started with the 2019 Finn Gold Cup and 2019 49er/FX/Nacra 17 Worlds and also includes the Laser Standard World Championships (February 9-16) and the Laser Radial World Championships (February 21-28). Additionally, the 49er & 49erFX World Championships (February 9-15) are being held in Geelong, an hour down the highway