SKUD 18 Winners Podium at Sail Melbourne 2014
SKUD 18 and Liberty racing in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne has been completed.
The weather finally warmed up but produced a strong northerly wind which saw races for earlier fleets held shore. The Liberties and SKUD's headed out to the course at their scheduled time, with winds gusting around 27 knots. By the end of the racing, in a typical Melbourne weather pattern, the wind had dropped away to nothing, leaving several other fleets unable to complete their medal races.
The results for the Liberty and SKUD18 fleets were not really in doubt, with Stewart Cathie (AUS) holding a commanding lead going into the final day's two Liberty races. Stewart again won the day's two races, giving him an impressive scorecard of 8 wins from the 10 races in a variety of conditions.
Western Australia's Genevieve Wickham sailed consistently across the week to take second place by 4 points from NSW sailor, Lachlan Clear.
Full results for the Liberty field are available here.
Similarly in the SKUD18 fleet, AUS pair Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch dominated the fleet and, like Stewart, picked up the day's final two races, to convincingly win the regatta. NZL Paralympic hopefuls Dempsey and Fletcher won on a countback from another AUS team - Barnbrook and Pearce, after the Aussie pair retired after finishing race 9. The SIN team of Tan & Lim, long-time supporters of the Sail Melbourne regatta, finished in 4th.
Full results for the SKUD18 fleet are available here.
Canadian sailor, Tracy Schmitt, sailing in her first SKUD18 regatta, was a featured story on the Sail Melbourne website - you can read the story here.
This year's Sail Melbourne regatta has seen sailors in the Liberty & SKUD18 from Australia, Canada, UK, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.
The Sailing World Cup for the Paralympic Classes at Sail Melbourne 2015 will be held at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown in December following the 2015 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships in late November. The Liberties will most likely sail at Sandringham Yacht Club with the Olympic and Invited Classes.