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14 December 2012, 09:01 am
Seventeen Consecutive Race Wins For Belcher And Ryan
Undefeatable pairing
Undefeatable pairing

Sail Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) have made it 17 race wins in a row since pairing up as the second day of Sail Sydney concludes.
Bringing their winning ways in from ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, the duo made it a clean sweep at the first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2012-2013 series. After three opening day races and four on the second day of Sail Sydney they are breaking records for winning streaks.

The pair had their usual modest attitude when asked how they felt about the wins. "Seventeen is a good number, I can't complain," said Ryan laughing. "We have trained together for a long time, and winning like this certainly helps reinforce our partnership," commented Belcher.

Their coach Victor Kovalenko was equally as happy though in his indomitable style he did not show it. "I think this must be a new record," he said. His quiet smile gave away his thoughts but he of all people knows that there is always more to be done.

Matthew Crawford and Robert Crawford (AUS) hold second place in the Men's 470 class on 18 points, with Alexander Conway and Patrick Conway (AUS) in third on 28 points.

In the Women's 470 Sasha Ryan and Rike Belcher (AUS) are first on nine points after the first two days, Elise Rechichi and Sarah Cook (AUS) are second on 15, and Jacqueline Gurr and Georgie Turner (AUS) round out the top three on 24 points.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne 49erFX Champions Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) are impressing once again in the nine boat fleet with six consecutive race wins to hold a commanding 11 point lead over Ella Giudice and Caitlin Elks (AUS).

Molly's brother, Sam, is impressing in the Laser fleet and is three points ahead of World #1 Laser sailor Tom Burton (AUS). Ashley Stoddart (AUS) holds a joint lead in the Laser Radial with Louise Evans (AUS) on seven points.
Sail Sydney (As Amended by ISAF)
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