Follow the Women's Radials in Melbourne
Day 6 - the final day
28 February 2020
A 12th place overall for Annalise Murphy Sailing at the 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championships in Melbourne with only one race sailed due to lack of wind. Once again the wind started off well but quickly died down. Gold fleet went into sequence for the first race, but a big wind shift caught a number of the top sailors for being over the line. The wind then continued to die and back to the south-east and at 3pm, the deadline for racing meant the championship was over.
Aoife Hopkins Sailing finished in 40th. In the silver fleet Aisling Keller Sailing finished in 10th place, with Eve McMahon in 25th.
The Championships was won by Rio Olympic gold medallist Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands.
Full results here: http://sailingresults.net/?ID=80330
27 February 2020
Annalise Murphy Sailing in 8th place overall today at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championship in Melbourne. Three races were completed in moderate winds (8-14 knots) that were patchy and shifty. Despite finishing the first race in 10th place, she was deemed over the startline so scored a UFD. She came 2nd in both the second and third races. Aoife Hopkins Sailing is sitting in 45th place. Aisling Keller Sailing finished the day at the top of the silver fleet in 8th place, with Eve McMahon in 23rd. For full results: http://sailingresults.net/sa/results/overall.aspx?ID=80330.4
Racing concludes tomorrow (Friday).
26 February 2020
All six qualifying races are now completed and Annalise Murphy Sailing and Aoife Hopkins Sailing are into the Gold Fleet at the 2020 Laser Radial World Championships in Melbourne. Three good results today (9,7,2) and a discard means that Annalise moves up to 5th place overall. Aoife Hopkins places 31st . The top 53 sailors qualify for the Gold Fleet.
Aisling Keller and Eve McMahon are in 57th and 66th place respectively.
Three races were sailed today after Melbourne’s fickle weather made life difficult on the first three days. Sunday and Monday were super light, while yesterday’s sailing was interrupted by a thunderstorm, complete with lightning. Today saw southerlies of 14-18 knots blowing consistently from the south all afternoon. Big waves however made even the most hardened campaigners feel the effects by the end of the day. While a small gap has now opened between the three leaders and the rest of the field, there is still just 14 points between third and tenth.
25 February 2020
Thunder storms and lightning didn’t deter Annalise Murphy Sailing from scoring first place in the only race at the ILCA Laser Radial World Championships earlier today (Tuesday 25 February). Once again the weather played havoc in Melbourne with the storms forcing sailors to abandon racing before the course became dangerous.
Annalise won her Yellow Fleet race and was described as being in an “ebullient mood” when she came off the water: “The waves were awesome, everyone was having so much fun downwind. Upwind, not so much,” she laughed. She lies in 21st place overall. Aoife Hopkins Sailing in 37th, Eve McMahon and Aisling Keller Sailing in 62nd and 64th respectively. Full results here: http://sailingresults.net/sa/results/overall.aspx?ID=80330.4
Qualifying will continue tomorrow for the Gold Fleet, with at least one race needed to complete the qualifying series. The first discard comes into effect after four races, and that could shake up the leaderboard considerably. The earliest sailors can be split into Gold and Silver fleets is Thursday, the penultimate day of the regatta. If possible, three races will be sailed on each remaining day.
Picture below of the fleet on the bay by Laser coach Rory Fitzpatrick.
24 February 2020
Another frustrating day for our team at the 2020 ILCA Laser Radial World Championships in Melbourne where for the second day in a row, only one race was possible. Light and variable winds rarely rose above 5 knots.
23 February 2020
Update from the first day of the ILCA Laser Radial Women’s World Championships in Melbourne. It was a day of light and fluky conditions in which only one race could be sailed. The fleet has been divided into two groups – Yellow and Blue, with the Yellow Fleet seeing the better weather, getting away shortly after the scheduled start time in six knots of breeze and managing to finish before the wind began swinging wildly.
The Blue Fleet had a frustrating day, with their race abandoned at the first mark owing to a 30-degree shift. 12 races are scheduled for the regatta.
2020 ILCA Laser Radial World Championships in Melbourne- 11 hours ahead of Ireland