An intense fifteen days of contest for an international pack of Paralympic sailors came to an end today with the finish of the Sailing World Cup Melbourne race fixture in light southern winds at the top end of the Port Phillip.
Athletes just had a little break between ending Para World Sailing Championships as well as setting out their World Cup schedule earlier on Wednesday at the same place – the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.
Celebrations went on for Damien Seguin of France in 2.4mR as well as SKUD18 sailors Liesl Tesch and Dan Fitzgibbon who summed up World Cup Melbourne gold to its medal haul, having secured the world championship honor only over a week back.
In the Sonar, Jonathan Harris, Russell Boaden and Colin Harrison have made up for their letdown of silver at Para Worlds to beat a competitive fleet, taking the gold. In the meantime, on St Kilda side of the bay, the top 20 sailors in apiece Olympic class qualified themselves for Medal Races tomorrow on a chill but magic summer’s day in Melbourne, in contrast to cold and ugly blast of yesterday. The breeze was 10-12 knots on average and remnant confused 1.5m seas made the going jolty.
The officials now have the scope of utilizing 2 courses for tomorrow’s Medal Races, though the 2nd would just come into play if Mother Nature could not offer enough dependable wind to pass through eight class finals in flying succession.