Calm­ness nets gold

COOGEE SAILOR WINS NA­TION­ALS

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FRE­MAN­TLE Sail­ing Club has two new na­tional cham­pi­ons and a num­ber of medal win­ners among its ranks fol­low­ing two re­cent com­pe­ti­tions.

Jaime Ryan and Coogee’s Car­rie Smith were crowned Aus­tralian 470 Women’s Cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing the 2015 Aus­tralian 470 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, which were held in Vic­to­ria.

Over two days of rac­ing, Smith and Ryan showed off their abil­ity to stay calm and sail through tricky con­di­tions, one of the big rea­sons they were able to se­cure Aus­tralia a spot at next year’s Olympics in Rio.

There was very lit­tle time to cel­e­brate, with both women jump­ing back in the wa­ter just two days later to com­pete in the ISAF Sail­ing World Cup event.

The Fre­man­tle Sail­ing Club per­formed well at the ISAF Sail­ing World Cup, snar­ing more than half a dozen medals in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Ryan and Smith con­tin­ued their win­ning ways, tak­ing out gold in the 470 women, while Caitlin Elks also picked up a gold along­side Vic­to­rian coun­ter­part Tess Lloyd in the 49erFX Women cat­e­gory.

Youth team sailors Nia Jer­wood and Lisa Smith also took home gold in the In­ter­na­tional 420.

Also making the medal podium were Laser Ra­dial sailors Alis­tair Young and Caelin Winch­combe, who fin­ish sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, and Laser 4.7 sailor Hai­ley John­son who won a sil­ver.

Car­rie Smith and Jaime Ryan at the 2015 Aus­tralian 470 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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