Sail Melbourne 2011
Matt Bugg blitzed the fleet to win with 9 points from 10 races!
7th November 2011 - Australians start strongly at home World Cup The first round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup has kicked off at Sail Melbourne, with a number of Australian Sailing Team crews enjoying a strong opening day on Port Phillip Bay. Tasmanian and Australian Sailing Squad member Matt Bugg had a great day on the water in the 2.4mR class, winning both of the day’s races, to lead the trailing pack by five points with fellow Squad member Greg Hyde in third.
8th November 2011 - Light winds slow down racing at Sail Melbourne Light winds have dictated racing on day two of Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, with a number of Australian Sailing Team crews having standout performances in the tricky conditions. Due to the light conditions the RS:X, Skud 18 and 2.4mR classes were unable to get any racing in.
9th November 2011 - Extreme conditions cancel racing at opening Sailing World Cup Strong, gusty, winds have ended day three of Sail Melbourne early, with only a handful of classes able to get in racing at the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. After two days of light conditions Melbourne upped the ante on Wednesday with winds gusting above 30 knots forcing the race committee to cancel racing mid-afternoon. Only the RS:X, 470 and Paralympic class fleets were able to complete any racing, with a number of solid performances for Australian crews. The 2.4mR class also completed one race with Matt Bugg continuing to lead the class following a second place finish on Wednesday morning. Bugg is currently sitting on four points, four ahead of fellow Australian Sailing Squad member Greg Hyde.
10th November 2011 - Australian sailors on top as World Cup heats up Australian sailors lead the way in four classes after four days of racing at Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Crews were greeted by steady winds and choppy seas on Thursday, allowing for a full schedule of racing on Port Phillip Bay. Australian Sailing Squad member Matt Bugg continued his great run in the 2.4mR class, with three race wins on day four giving him a nine point lead over New Zealand’s Brett Willcock. Bugg has now won five of the six races contested, with his worst result a second.
11th November 2011 - Gold for Bugg at Sailing World Cup with a day to spare Australian Sailing Squad member Matt Bugg has claimed the 2.4mR class with a race to spare following a dominant week where he won eight of the nine races, with a second his worst finish. “I’ve been training a lot at home recently, working on all the things I did wrong in Europe this year and trying to put those things right,” said Bugg. “I’m really happy with the approach we’ve taken to this regatta and am thrilled with the result.”
12th November 2011 - Medal haul for Aussie sailors at home World Cup event Australian sailors have dominated the final day of the ISAF Sailing World in Melbourne with the home team claiming 16 medals across the eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes. Matt Bugg finished the 2.4mR regatta in the same way as he started it with a race win to claim the Gold medal. Bugg won nine of the 10 races to secure himself the Gold medal by a massive 21 points from fellow Australians Greg Hyde and Michael Leydon.2011 2.4mR Sail Melbourne Sandringham Yacht Club, 6-12 November 2011Sail Melbourne News by Craig Heydon (reprinted from http://www.yachting.org.au