Please select your home edition
Sailingfast 2018 728x90
Product Feature
Gul Hydroshield Pro Waterproof Thermal FL Longjohn
Gul Hydroshield Pro Waterproof Thermal FL Longjohn

Australians move into top ten on penultimate day of ILCA 7 World Championship

by Lisa Darmanin / AST 10 Nov 2021 06:05 GMT 3-10 November 2021
2021 ILCA 7 World Championships © ILCA

It was moving day at the ILCA 7 World Championship, with a pair of Australian Sailing Team athletes making their way into the top ten on the penultimate day of the event in Barcelona, Spain.

Racing was finally able to stick to schedule following another early start on the fifth day of the racing, as three races were completed for Gold fleet and two for Silver fleet.

It was another impressive start to the day by Zac Littlewood in the 7 to 12 knots of wind and sloppy sea state, as he finished second in the opening race. The ILCA Under 21 World Champion attributes his promising performance to a learning focus and keeping things simple as he goes into the final day of racing in fifth overall.

"I have just been trying to build on each day," Littlewood commented. "I didn't have a really good start to the event so I'm trying to focus on one or two key points each day and make that part of the race better and not focusing too much on results or regatta.

"It's my second senior Worlds so I'm still trying to get better and learn as much as I can."

Fellow Western Australian Luke Elliott had a solid three races on the tricky Spanish waters. The sailor from Esperance moved up to 10th in the overall standings after a testing week of racing.

"This Worlds has probably been one of, if not the most challenging events I've ever done," Elliott noted. "I've never had as many half races, abandoned races, double sailing day races, or shortened races as I've had here. All in a large swell and up to 30 meters per minute of current.

"I'm looking forward to having some strong breeze tomorrow and can hopefully end the event on a high."

With a promising forecast, the last day of racing will commence at 11:00am Barcelona local time for the final three races of the Championship.

Australian Results:

5th Zac Littlewood (ASS) - 17,4, 1,15, 25, 2, 38, 11
10th Luke Elliott (AST) - 1, 11, 17, (30), 24, 5, 23, 9
24th Finn Alexander (ASS) - 11,6, 13, (38), 12, 30, 35, 30
81st Ethan McAullay (ASS) - (BFD), 34, 19, 32, 54, 32, 13

Full results available here.

Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Australian Sailing Squad (ASS) entries:

Related Articles

Matt Wearn assured of Tokyo 2020 Laser Gold
Continuing Australia's legacy of success in the class Matt Wearn has continued Australia's legacy of success in the Laser class at the Olympic Games, with the Western Australian assuring Australia's third straight gold medal in the class. Posted on 30 Jul 2021
Australian Sailing Team at Coffs Harbour (video)
Joining the whales at Coffs Harbour recently has been the Australian Sailing Team. Joining the whales at Coffs Harbour recently has been the Australian Sailing Team. We went there when the Men's Laser, 470 and Finn squads were training vigorously, and applying that strong work ethic they are so well known for. Posted on 9 Jul 2020
For when might is right
470 Dynamic Duo, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, have been treated to some spectacular times... At an Australian Sailing Team camp currently being conducted off Australia's East coast at Coffs Harbour, 470 Dynamic Duo, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan have been treated to some spectacular times. Posted on 30 Jun 2020
AOC plans for postponed Olympic Games
Believing athletes now need to prioritise their own health The AOC says Australian athletes should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021, following the IOC's announcement of a potential postponement of this year's Games and changes in public health landscape across the globe. Posted on 23 Mar 2020
Lilley joins Sailing Section
Of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team Finn sailor Jake Lilley will make his Olympic debut in Rio, after being named in the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, joining 10 sailors already selected. Posted on 17 May 2016
Ashley Stoddart turns to Hyères
To win over Olympic selectors A couple of days to refresh the mind and body after a huge week at the Radial Worlds in Mexico is just what Australian Olympic hopeful Ashley Stoddart needs prior to her last chance to convince selectors she is worthy of the country spot she created. Posted on 22 Apr 2016
Big week at Barcelona
For Australian skiff sailors Olympic class skiff sailors, including seven Australian pairings, will be on the grid for the 49er and 49erFX European Championships at Barcelona, Spain, April 11 -16, 2016. Posted on 11 Apr 2016
Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR overall
Australian Sailing Team take a Gold and a Silver Australia's finest Olympic class sailors made an impression at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR regatta in Palma, qualifying for the final medal race in six of the 10 divisions and locking up a gold and a silver medal. Posted on 4 Apr 2016
Burton gets his Olympic chance
After tough selection battle Four years ago Tom Burton was training alongside Tom Slingsby striving to secure Australia's one laser London 2012 Games spot, only to miss out as Slingsby went onto win Olympic gold. Posted on 18 Mar 2016
Fitzgibbon & Tesch crowned
NSW Sports Team of the Year with a Disability Paralympic and World Champions Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch were crowned the NSW Sports Team of the Year with Disability Award at Thursday night's NSW Sports Awards Night. Posted on 20 Feb 2016