Silver Medal for Australia at World University Match Racing Championships

Silver Medal for Australia at World University Match Racing Championships

A tough, light wind venue has seen Neptune Racing place second at the World University Match Racing Championships. Lake Ledro, Italy was home to 25 teams as they competed for top honours at this years championship.


 


Neptune Racing went under the banner AUS 1 for the regatta, representing the University of Western Australia. As soon as we had arrived to the event venue, we could tell it would be a tough regatta in small, difficult to sail boats on top of an extremely light wind race course.


 


With a six day race schedule, there was plenty of down time. This meant a number of hobbies taken up, including a great deal of speculation about the FIFA World Cup, and international bragging rights coming from a foosball challenge. Safe to say, the Australians involved were happy it was a sailing event and nothing else.


 


On the water, we saw a huge amount of tough races. We eventually finished the round robin with a scorecard of 7-1, giving us the top spot, and a position straight into the quarter finals, along with teams from USA, Japan and Singapore 2. following a repechage round robin, we faced Singapore 1 in a quarter-final, narrowly defeating them 2-0. 


 


After another night off, which included a trip down to Lake Garda (one of the world’s best sailing lakes) we took on the French in an extremely light wind semi-final. This proved to be some of the closest racing we had all regatta, managing to overcome them 2-1, though only by a matter of metres!
 


A tough, light wind venue has seen Neptune Racing place second at the World University Match Racing Championships. Lake Ledro, Italy was home to 25 teams as they competed for top honours at this years championship.


 


Neptune Racing went under the banner AUS 1 for the regatta, representing the University of Western Australia. As soon as we had arrived to the event venue, we could tell it would be a tough regatta in small, difficult to sail boats on top of an extremely light wind race course.


 


With a six day race schedule, there was plenty of down time. This meant a number of hobbies taken up, including a great deal of speculation about the FIFA World Cup, and international bragging rights coming from a foosball challenge. Safe to say, the Australians involved were happy it was a sailing event and nothing else.


 


On the water, we saw a huge amount of tough races. We eventually finished the round robin with a scorecard of 7-1, giving us the top spot, and a position straight into the quarter finals, along with teams from USA, Japan and Singapore 2. following a repechage round robin, we faced Singapore 1 in a quarter-final, narrowly defeating them 2-0. 


 


After another night off, which included a trip down to Lake Garda (one of the world’s best sailing lakes) we took on the French in an extremely light wind semi-final. This proved to be some of the closest racing we had all regatta, managing to overcome them 2-1, though only by a matter of metres!
 


Meanwhile team USA, skippered by Nevin Snow overcame Japan in the other semi-final, we knew we would be up for some tight racing in the final series and with a grim forecast for the final day of racing it seemed like there could be an unpredictable end to the regatta. 


 


Fortunately the wind gods were smiling and the final got underway in 3-7 knots of wind. Ultimately, Snow and his team displayed some impressive form, really showing us how to sail these J22’s. They led us all the way around the course both races, taking out the final 2-0. The team is really happy to have jumped up on the podium again, and the result here puts us in good stand for the next event- the OM Match Race held out of the same yacht club! A few days rest here before we get back into racing, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates.


 


We have to thank all of our supporters who helped us get over and compete at the event, in particular the University of Western Australia, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Zhik and the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation!


 


 

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