Craig Heydon, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 

Breezy conditions have again tested the sailors at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with Australia’s Women’s Match Racing and 49er crews have strong days.

After narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-finals, Australia’s Women’s Match Racing crew of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty took on Great Britain’s Lucy Macgregor in the first round of the fifth to eighth sail off. 

The Australians started exceptionally well against their higher ranked opponents and quickly raced out to a two-nil lead, with the first team to get to three wins progressing to the fifth and sixth sail off. The Brits fought back well, winning the next two and forcing a fifth and final race. Price and crew found themselves on the back foot in the fifth race but stormed home to take the win and a well deserved spot in the sail off against Mandy Mulder of the Netherlands. 

The first race in the match up against the Dutch took place in the early evening on Monday with Price, Curtis and Whitty again forced to come from behind, taking the win on the final downwind to lead one-nil. 

The final races will be sailed on Wednesday. “Today was tough, with really tricky conditions,” said Price. “The breeze was shifty all over the place, with the pressure being up and down but we had a good day, we came up against the British team and won the first two, lost the next two but came back well to take the overall win. “To us today felt like a semi-final,” she said. “We were racing against really tough competition and we’re happy to get in such good racing in a great venue like this,” she said. 

Crew member Nina Curtis said that the trio pushed hard in the final race of the day to get the one-nil lead over their Dutch opponents. “We came from behind on that last downwind which was really good for us,” said Curtis. “We were strong downwind which is a massive leap forward for us compared to the other day and we’re continuing to learn all the time and are loving the racing here.” 

For more information on the Australian Sailing Team visit www.australiansailingteam.com.au and follow the team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AusSailingTeam
 


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    NAME Olivia PRICE
    TEAM ONLY Racing AUS
    BORN  August 1992
    GENDER Female
    NATIONALITY Australia - AUS
    HOME TOWN Sydney, Australia
    YACHT CLUB Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
    LANGUAGES English
    Member of the Australian Women's Match Racing Team.
    I sail an Elliott 6m  - a new women’s match racing boat that makes its Olympic debut at London 2012.  The Elliott 6m is a high performance keelboat which accelerates quickly and manoeuvres easily.   In each race two identical Elliott 6m keelboats will compete head to head.  
      
    WORLD RANKING  #6 @ June 2012 (best ranking 6)
     
    KEY RESULTS  LATEST RESULTS

    Jun 2012: ISAF World Championship, Gothemburg, SWE (5th)
    Jun 2012: ISAF World Cup Final Sail For Gold, Weymouth, GBR (1st)
    Apr 2012: ISAF World Cup SOF Hyeres, FRA (9th)
    Apr 2012: ISAF World Cup Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre, Palma SPA (3rd)
    Mar 2012: St Quay WMR Regatta Grade 1 - St Quay, FRA (5th)
    Jan 2012: ISAF World Cup Miami OCR - Miami, USA (2nd) 
    Dec 2011: ISAF World Championships - Perth, AUS (8th)
    Sep 2011:  ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final - Sheboygan, USA (3rd)
    Aug 2011:  Buddy Melges Challenge - Sheboygan, USA (6th)
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    London 2012 Test Event - Weymouth, GBR (5th)

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