Kiel haul for Aussies

Australian crews have dominated the 470 and 49er events at Kiel Week, one of Europe’s premier sailing events.

Photography by Australian Sailing

27 June 2017


News that will get Aussie hearts thumping, Olympian Matt Bugg has finished second in the 2.4mr class at the Para World Sailing Championships held in Kiel.

In the 49er class, the young Aussie crew of David Gilmour (WA) and Joel Turner (QLD) came second in the medal race, but had an unassailable lead of 20 points going into the final day, ensuring the overall win at the regatta.

“It’s a pretty nice feeling going into the medal race unable to be overtaken and it gave us a bit more practice for the Europeans here next month,” said Gilmour.

“The competition here has been pretty good, as this is our first international event of the quad there are a lot of new faces, but still the top 15 guys have been around for a while and maybe 5 or 6 top teams are missing who will be at the Europeans.”

Victoria’s Will and Sam Phillips finished third overall after finishing the medal race in fifth place.


In the 470 event, Rio Olympics medalists Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan won the medal race and clinched the overall win. The Aussies also had a strong week, going into the medal race with an 18 point lead. Chris Charlwood (WA) and Josh Dawson (NSW) finished eighth overall after an impressive fourth placing in today’s medal race.

At the Para World Sailing Championships, Bugg won the final race of the regatta, finishing on equal points with Heiko Kroger of Germany.

In the 470 women’s event, Rio Olympians Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan finished just off the podium in fourth place overall. The Aussie girls finished the medal race in eighth place, while Nia Jerwood and Monique De Vries of Western Australia took sixth in the medal race and finished in fifth overall. Dana Tavener and Katherine Shannon of NSW finished 14th, and Shellee White and Emma Baillie of Queensland 15th overall.

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