Olivia Price and Evie Haseldine in action during French Olympic Week. Photo: Beau Outteridge/Australian Sailing Team

Price and Haseldine leave Europe with plenty of positives for Paris 2024 campaign

CYCA Members and Youth Sailing Academy Alumni Olivia Price and Evie Haseldine will head back to Sydney buoyed by a positive block of racing in Europe.

After finishing 32nd in the 49erFX class at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Mallorca in early April, the pair backed up with a 25th-place finish at French Olympic Week in Hyeres.

The two regattas have kickstarted Olivia and Evie’s campaign for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

They will now return home and continue their preparations for the 2022 World Championship, held from 31 August – 5 September in Canada.

Congratulations to CYCA Honorary Member Matt Wearn OAM, who finished fifth in the ILCA 7 class (formerly Laser).

Wearn qualified for the top 10 medal race, where he finished third to move up a place on the overall standings.

“The wind shut off in the medal race and we had to wait around before we eventually got quite a soft race in,” Wearn told the Australian Sailing Team. “We had around three to five knots with a persistent right shift throughout making it quite tricky.

“The last bit was a bit disappointing this week. Finishing the qualifying series in first or second place overall and then basically falling down to fifth is obviously not great. But at the end of the day, I can’t be too upset with a fifth.

“I had two pretty solid results with a second in Palma and a fifth here, so we are not too far away from where we want to be. There is still a lot to work on, but I think we are walking away from this little stint with our heads held high and hopefully come back later in the year and get in a couple more events.”

YSA Alumni Jake Liddell was 15th in the Nacra 17 Mixed, alongside Lucy Copeland.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin were fourth in the same class.

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