They are grateful that Gianfranco will be able to compete at the Sail Melbourne Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta starting January 11 at Sandringham Yacht Club.
Four races were sailed today to complete the Australian Championship in south-westerly breezes in the 7-9 knot range that built throughout the afternoon to around 17 knots from the south-south-east.
In good form, former three-time World 49er champion, Chris Nicholson, with crew, Gary Boyd (NSW), won the championship convincingly with 28 points, from Mark Turnbull/Nick Partridge (Vic), with 46 points and Ben and Marcus Tardrew, who sailed exceptionally well to finish third with 57 points.
A multi-talented sailor, Nicholson also recently won the 505 World Championship with brother, Darren, and recently finished second on line aboard Grundig in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. He also competed in the recent Volvo Round the World Yacht Race, so has been off the 49er track for a while.
All competitors will leave Geelong tonight to head to Sandringham for the Sail Melbourne Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta.
Overall Top Ten (After 13 Races/2 Discards)