The ISAF Sail Melbourne has hit town and is now on the road to Miami. The regatta saw a mixture of winds from strong northerly winds to light shifty conditions. There were some long days with some fleets not starting until 7.00pm and even to coaches getting stressed or was that bored. One 420 crew when asked why they let the fleet go one direction and they took a massive flyer by their coach replied “well we figured the race would be abandoned and our strategy was to be first to the dock and out of here”.
The 49ers were amazing to see and the regatta looked close between Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen, the Kiwi’s and the Phillips Boys. The dominance of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (fresh from the Masters Games) still continues in the 470’s. Full results are at http://www.sailmelbourne.com.au/results
Again Sail Melbourne had many of the sailing elite present and this was inspirational for the junior classes especially the Optimists who had twice the fleet this year with competitors getting ready for the Oceania Optimist Regatta in Adelaide in January 2010.