We had a tough day of finals racing today at the Miami OCR. Lost 3-1 to the gbr girls to take out the silver medal. Have some team goals to achieve for the next couple of months training at home :) thanks so much for all the support!!!
“We’re happy with our progress throughout the regatta however we are disappointed we came short of winning Gold, losing the final 3-1 against Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain,” said Whitty. “It was a hard fought final and we came back after being two-nil down but unfortunately they got the win in the fourth race.”
“We have plenty more to improve on and are really looking forward to the coming months and working hard to reach our final goal,” she said. “Our support network and our coach have been a major help in constantly helping us achieve our goals as a team.”
Half a leg in front on run to finish and breeze died loosing by 1 boat length to GBR - character building after comeback from 2 down in first to 3 wins. We are very proud of our team.
In the Women’s Match Racing competition, which features all of the top crews preparing for London 2012 Olympic Games, Australians Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have won their way through to the Gold medal race following a hard fought semifinal victory.
In their semifinal, Price and crew came up against American skipper Sally Barkow, who had only lost one race during the series to that point. The Australians came back from a race down to win 3-1 in the best of five match-up and progress to Saturday’s final against Great Britain’s Lucy Macgregor.
Having combined for the first time just six months ago, the final will be the first time that this Australian trio have contested the Gold medal final on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit and they’re looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“We had a great day on the water today with a 3-1 win over American Sally Barkow,” said Whitty. “In the first race we had an issue with seaweed which was hard to overcome but we came back to win the next three very tight matches.
“Tomorrow we’re up against Lucy Macgregor with the first crew to three wins getting the Gold medal,” she said. “Today we had some great racing and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s final.”
Watch us tonight go for GOLD
Craig Heydon, Friday, 27 January 2012
Australian sailors have celebrated Australia Day in style in Miami with race wins aplenty on day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup’s North American leg.
The Australian Women’s Match Racing team crew of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty won their way through to the semi-finals.
Price and crew went into day four with one round robin race remaining, knowing that they had to get the win to secure themselves a position in the quarterfinals.
The Australian trio got the job done in the morning with a win over their Argentinian opponents, setting up a quarterfinal against Russia’s Ekatrina Skudina.
Price, Curtis and Whitty swept past the Russians with a three-nil win, and now will face American Sally Barkow in Friday’s semifinal.
“We had one race early up this morning and got a win against the Argentinians which left us second overall in our group,” said Whitty. “Things went well in the quarterfinal and we managed to beat the Russians three-nil and make it through to the next stage.
“We’re continuing to learn each day out on the water and are looking forward to tomorrow’s racing against American Sally Barkow and her crew,” she said.
Big day on the water today! ONLY girls finished equal 1st in the round robin, 2nd on count back to Lucy Macgregor. This progressed us through to the Quarter finals where we raced Skudina from Russia, where we won 3-0. Semi finals tomorrow.
Rolex Miami OCR: Friday's Women's Match Racing semifinal pairings:
Barkow (USA) vs. Price (AUS)
Macgregor (GBR) vs. Lehtinen (FIN)
Craig Heydon, Thursday, 26 January 2012Australian sailors have enjoyed a strong day on the water at round two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, Florida.
Day three highlights included 470 crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page extending their lead at the front of the fleet, Brendan Casey moving into third overall in the Finn class and Women’s Match Racers Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty putting themselves in the box-seat to qualify for the quarter-finals.
In the Women’s Match Racing competition Australian’s Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have moved a step close to the quarterfinals with just one race remaining in the round robin.
Price and crew are currently second in their group, siting on seven wins and three losses.
“We had another solid day with two wins and just one loss against Lucy MacGregor of Great Britain,” said Whitty. “The race against Lucy was a solid one however she just managed to get us on the finish line.
“We’ve still got one more race tomorrow, it’s very tight on the score board so we’ll have to wait and see but we’re really enjoying sailing here and looking forward to the next few days,” she said.
Tomorrow is another day racing for us!
Today we had 4-10kts, we won 5 races (SWE, FRA 1, CAN, NED 2 & USA) and 2 Losses (ESP, FRA 2). We had lots of fun and looking forwards to more racing tomorrow!!!
We've had time to celebrate Nina's fabulous birthday (with our favourite Italian cook Luca showing us how to really cook..)
We will be racing tomorrow afternoon (morning Sydney local time!!) Stay tuned or follow the updates as they happen on the links to the website!!