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27 Jan 2014
Australia Day Medals and Contender Melges – A Hobie kind of Day
The final race of the Contender Worlds 2014, sailed out of Belmont 16 foot skiff club on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney Australia. A good day for the big boys with a 25 knot south east wind gusting to 30.
Contender Worlds 2014 Jono Neate leads fleet downwind Jantine Vogel
Jono Neale appeared to clinch the title with a second in today's race despite not being one of the heavy weights. Mark Bulka finished third.
However drama ashore, a protest from Mark Bulka against Jono Neate.
Jono Neate Jantine Vogel
Bulka protested Neate for an incident on the first reach in race 10. Neate was the windward boat. Contact claimed between end Neate's boom and Bulka's back. Bulka won the protest with member of the jury having witnessed the incident.
Mark Bulka is the 2014 Contender World Champion. Second is Jono Neate, third is Matt Mulder.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had a great 2013. Right now they are attempting to win their 19th event in a row, this time Miami OCR. Looking ahead their focus has turned towards September 2014 and the ISAF Worlds to be held in Santander, Spain. This event will offer competing teams the first opportunity to qualify their country for the Olympics!
Tomorrow is the start of 25th annual ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. US Sailing's premiere racing event gets underway this Monday with 580 of the best Olympic and Paralympic class sailors in the world representing 50 countries.
This year's participation total is the sixth highest in event history. The six-day regatta marks the third stop on the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and the lone event held in North America.
With the Australian Honours Awards yesterday many Australian sailors received accolades, congratulation to them all:
A big week ahead... check out current stories below.
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