Team Ronstan’s Mat Belcher & Will Ryan win 2010 Marseille Spring Cup
Team Ronstan sailor and AST member Mat Belcher, with “stand-in” crew Will Ryan (ADT) have put in a stunning performance to take out the ISAF Grade 2 XXXVth International 470 Spring Cup in Marseille, France.
Apart from an OCS in race 3, they raced a great event with predominantly top 10 finishes in the mostly light to medium conditions
With long days on the water and mostly light to medium conditions the racing was extremely close. Coming into the last day of this ISAF Grade 2 event, Mat & Will were 2 points ahead, with another 5 points back to 3rd. The top three crews had managed to separate enough points from the remainder of the fleet to be able to fight it out for the medals. Looking at the numbers the Aussies needed to watch the top Argentinean team (Bronze medallist from Sydney Games 2000) and finish in the top 10 in the final race. After a modest start they were able to come back from an early 20’s position to secure 7th position and take the overall win by a few points.
Commenting after the regatta, Mat said “Even though there was an unusually large number of boats for this event - 61 competitors from 26 nations! - the organising committee decided to race everyone in the same fleet. This resulted in lots of black flag recalls and large separation across the fleet, as well as some pretty high scores for many teams! The result is pleasing as we managed to get back the upper hand on some of our main competitors.”
“ I’d like to thank Will Ryan for doing a great job for this event and filling in for Mal while he is competing in the Farr40 worlds; as well as Sam Kivell for letting me borrow his crew. We are also pleased to report that Mal was busy himself, winning the pre-worlds in the Dominican Republic aboard Farr40 Estate Master. Fingers crossed for their worlds coming up in a week’s time.”
The boys are now enjoying a few days rest before resuming training again, 100km further east along the French Cote d'Azur in Hyeres, the venue for the next ISAF World Sailing Cup Event.
The Aussie 470 team’s boats are powered by a full Ronstan Orbit Block™ fitout and Ronstan is proud to be a supporter of the Australian Sailing Team and Australian Development Team.