Annalise Murphy's heavy air prowess is to the fore at Sail Melbourne this week where the Rio Olympic silver medalist is enjoying her second regatta since her return to the Radial for a Tokyo 2020 bid.
The National Yacht Club's Murphy won the one and only race today and moved up into fifth place overall and third-ranked female.
Despite a huge storm front battering Port Phillip in the early afternoon, most classes were able to complete a full slate of racing on day three of the 2020 Sail Melbourne International Regatta today.
The thick squall carried a sheet of small hailstones and hit the bay just as most of the racing was wrapping up with the Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7s the only fleets restricted to one race. Two days remain in most of the fleets with only the Tasar fleet deciding the winners today.
Rio Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester continues to lead the female rankings after an eighth-place today with Italy’s Rio Olympian Silvia Zennaro following in second after posting a second.
“It was a nice day, but it took a bit long to get started. I think it took them an hour and 15 minutes to get the guys on the way, and then even the 4.7s had a general recall so it was a long day on the water for only one race and that was a shame. But it was good and it’s nice to be here and get some racing in,” Bouwmeester said.
Ireland's three other competitors in Melbourne are Aoife Hopkins 22nd, Aisling Keller 39 and Eve McMahon 56. Results are here