Finally every class racing at the Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne made it out onto Port Phillip Bay on the penultimate day in conditions very different to the previous two days. Flat seas and sou’west winds struggling at 5 knots in fact made the going hard for the Invited and Olympic opening session that began at midday.
Olympic classes are selected to compete at the Olympic Games; Invited classes are a multitude of other classes including the junior Optimists, Minnow and BIC plus the 420 and all-age Sabre and Viper multihull. All are important to the all-inclusive, all-age annual regatta supported by the Victorian state government and commercial partners.
Eleven Invited classes competing with the support of Line 7 Marine enjoyed beautiful sunshine and cool Melbourne winds up to 10 knots by mid-afternoon. Ashore a music festival at Catani Gardens and the first day of Olympic medal racing on the Stadium Course drew large crowds to St Kilda’s foreshore. “Port Phillip Bay has outdone itself as a premiere sailing location, and Melbourne proves again why it is the sporting capital of Australia," said Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren.