Craig Heydon, Thursday, 4 August 2011Australia’s Women’s Match Racers have gotten off the mark at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with two races wins on the second day of racing.
The Australian trio of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty put a tough opening day behind them and started day two in style with a win over Tamara Echegoyen of Spain.
Price and crew lost their next two races against teams from Russia and Great Britain before bouncing back in the final race of the day, beating Rita Goncalves of Portugal. Even in the two losses the Australians were well in the mix, being beaten by the Russians by just six seconds and the British by nine. “Today was a better day than yesterday,” said Price. “We had variable conditions in the morning resulting in us finishing three races where we won one and lost two, then we had another race this afternoon in about 15 knots and we won against the Portugese so it was a better day. “It was really good to take the new boats for a spin in some heavier air,” she said. “After today we should be about mid fleet and with four more races tomorrow to finish off the round robin they’re all pretty important, we’ve just got to go out and show them what we’ve got. “There’s a lot to play for tomorrow and still heaps that could go wrong for the other teams so we’re just going to take it as a brand new day,” said Price. After the opening seven races the Australians find themselves in a three way tie for eighth position with two wins and five losses. With the final four round robin races scheduled for Thursday Price, Curtis and Whitty will be pushing hard to book themselves a place in the quarter-finals.
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) Aug 2011: London 2012 Test Event - Weymouth, GBR (5th)