Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90
Product Feature
Zhik Avlare®
Zhik Avlare®

470 Australian National Championships at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club

by Megan McKay 13 Feb 2017 07:17 GMT 10-12 February 2017

Rio Silver Medallists, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have won the 470 Australian National Championships held at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie from 10-12 February. The Women's title was won by 2016 Olympian Carrie Smith and crew Amelia Catt.

As NSW sweltered in the heat, the sailors enjoyed some mixed conditions over the regatta, with strong seabreezes coming in across the weekend.

"We've had some really good seabreezes," said Ryan at the conclusion of racing on Sunday. "It was really warm, but the racing was very close and quite interesting and we all really enjoyed it."

For Belcher and Ryan it was the first time they had sailed together in a 470 on Ryan's home waters of Lake Macquarie.

"It was a really good week for us," said Belcher. "We didn't have a lot of preparation, but to come away with another national championship win was a good achievement.

"We're really enjoying how the 470 fleet is progressing, and it's great to be able to spend some time with some of the younger sailors. That's our focus this year."

Meanwhile Rio 2016 Olympian Carrie Smith teamed up with Amelia Catt for the event. The pair finished second overall, and won the women's national title.

"It was a great event," said Smith. "Unfortunately I didn't have Jaime crewing with me, but I had a great time with Amelia. We came away with a second overall and the national title for the girls, which we were pretty happy with."

2017 AUS 470 Nationals - WrapPosted by Australian Sailing Team on Sunday, 12 February 2017

The event attracted a fleet of 10 boats, and included several Australian Sailing Team and Squad members including the Conway brothers, Patrick and Alexander (fourth place), and Victoria's Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah (fifth place). Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson were the first juniors and finished third overall. Olympic 470 coach, 'medal-maker' Victor Kovalenko was also at the event working with the athletes.

The Sailor Girl gets sailing too! (from Nic Douglass)

I took part in the 470 Nationals over the weekend, sailing with my Dad. We were not as prepared as the coached squad of nine boats, but we were keen. Dad was possibly double the age of any other sailor, and had never crewed, and I had not been on a 470 for five years. We were seriously under done, but we were on site to support the class that continually gives back to Australian Sailing.

I have to say that I was seriously impressed by the quality of the squad from around Australia that were taking part to push the winners in the Men's, silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, and Australian Olympic representative Carrie Smith, with stand in crew, Amelia Catt in the women's.

I caught up with both the men and female winning skippers, and gave Emma Baillie, a crew from the Queensland Academy of Sport the chance to interview me (as promised).

Thanks to all for having us, for the camaraderie, and the tips all weekend. My boat is still for sale, and I have to say she performed brilliantly this weekend keeping us in touch even when we were so under prepared.

Cheers, Sailor Girl

Related Articles

2020 Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères preview
A last test in France before the great summer rendezvous in Japan From April 18th to 25th 2020, just three months away from Tokyo Olympic Games, Hyères will welcome once again the world's best Olympic sailors. Posted today at 1:27 pm
Officials announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
60 International Race Officials from 31 nations World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, is pleased to announce the names of the Race Officials who have been appointed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Posted on 5 Dec
Hannah Mills on the shortlist for award
Olympian may be BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year Olympic gold medal winning sailor Hannah Mills has been nominated on the shortlist for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award. She is one of eight Welsh sports stars nominated. Posted on 27 Nov
Two weeks to go to the start of Summer of Sailing
Melbourne Finn Sailor Oliver Tweddell keeps Olympic hopes alive after comeback from injury It will be a home affair for Melbourne's world class Finn sailor Oliver Tweddell when the Finn Gold Cup – the World Championships of the Olympic Finn class – starts in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. Posted on 27 Nov
International sailors arrive in Melbourne
For Summer of Sailing 2020 & Olympic Sailing Series The Sail Melbourne - Summer of Sailing 2020 count-down is on with only three weeks to go to the start of an exciting series of world-class sailing in Australia this summer. Posted on 20 Nov
Gladwell's Line: In the aftermath of Bermuda
A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup A look at some of the issues of the past week or so, including the America's Cup and particularly Emirates Team New Zealand's progress with their first AC75, plus the World Sailing Annual Conference's wins and fails, and more. Posted on 10 Nov
TJV drama, Mini Transat update, Paris 2024 updates
Latest Sail-World USA newsletter from David Schmidt If you're an ocean-racing junkie, November can be a thirsty month in North America. Fortunately, this year's fix comes in the form of the biennial Transat Jacques Vabre, which involves doublehanded racing aboard IMOCA 60s, Multi 50s and Class 40s. Posted on 5 Nov
Leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series 2019-20
A 'not to be missed' event on the international youth dinghy scene HKSF in conjunction with co-organiser RHKYC are pleased to announce the the 7th edition of Hong Kong Race Week. HKRW 2020 will run 4-9 February 2020, being leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series for 2019-2020. Posted on 3 Nov
Entry open for Hong Kong Race Week 2020
The week has positioned itself amongst the best racing events in the world The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organiser the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are pleased to announce the the seventh edition of Hong Kong Race Week. Posted on 23 Oct
Mills and McIntyre nominated for Team of the Year
British Sailing Team up for Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards have been running since 1988 and celebrate Britain's female sporting heroes from grassroots sports to elite competition. Posted on 23 Oct