Aussies in Europe - Palma, Spain on the winding Road to Rio

Australian Oliver Tweddell leads Finn fleet in Miami
Sail-World is in a cold and wet Palma, Mallorca, ahead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, which starts tomorrow and runs until next Saturday.

This is the start of the European Olympic class regatta season. Ahead is Hyères in France, then a host of European championships, then the Australian's will head to Rio for the Test Event thence to Santander, Spain on the Bay of Biscay for the 2014 ISAF World Championships, the first Rio Olympic qualifying event.

Boat Park pre ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2014

This is the kind of regatta that the Asia Pacific can only dream about, almost 900 teams, 1200 Olympic class sailors from 60 countries - Aussie teams must sail the European circuit to be exposed to the very best competition.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014

Sail-World has so far talked to Australia's 470 Men, with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan red hot favourites on the Road to Rio and the Crawford Brothers who are following the path trodden by both Mat and Will as training partners.
Robert and Matthew Crawford - Australia - ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2014


We've talked top our Finn sailors too, today we've published our interview with Finn World number one Oli Tweddell and coach John Bertrand, the other one.

Medal race - Finn / Jake Lilley (AUS) BRONZE - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne

We talked to Jake Lilley who has grown an inch since we last saw him here in Palma a year ago, he is now a towering six foot seven inches.

Across the week we will talk to many of our key sailors, we trust you enjoy our coverage of this vital event for our high performance squads.

Lots more news from the local and the international team.

Enjoy, while we have a glass of Syrah and some tapas for you, looking out over the misty Bay of Palma.