Sailing Soon at the London Olympics

Listening to John Bertrand on the radio the other day singing the praises of the Australian Sailing Team, and in particular Victor Kovalenko, it inspired me to put pen to screen and both remind all the TackTracker owners why we are so successful and more importantly acknowledge this great team and the many opportunities it has to stand on the podium in less than two week's time at the London Olympics.

TackTracker has been associated with the Australian Sailing Team for three years now and feel honoured in playing a small part in the team's quest to win gold at the London Olympics. The coaches headed up by Victor Kovalenko focussing on coaching the 470 class in both mens, with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page and womens, with Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell look very strong.

Victor Kovalenko is working with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page as they work towards the goal of defending Page's 2008 gold medal. Under Kovalenko's guidance Belcher and Page have won the last three 470 World Champions and have been world number ones for almost three years, defeating all-comers along the way.

Elise Rechichi has been an Optimist girls champion and missed gold by one point in the 2002 Youth Worlds in a 29er skiff. In 2003 she won gold in a 420 at the Youth Worlds and in 2004 with Tess Parkinson won both Open and Youth Titles. Belinda Stowell won Gold in her first Olympics in Sydney in 2000 in a 470. Belinda not only competes at Olympic level but also joined the West Australian Institute of Sport as a coach and uses TackTracker in her training program. Good luck to Belinda Stowell and Elise Rechichi.

Along with Belinda Stowell many other high profile coaches including Michael Blackburn, Emmett Lazich, Mike Fletcher, Greg Omay, Johnny Rodger, Eric Stibbe, Adrian Finglas, Brendan Todd and Richard Scarr have also been exposed to TackTracker through our association with the Australian Sailing Team.

More incredibly, high profile chances for gold continue to grow with household names such as Tom Slingsby - 5 out of the last 6 World Laser titles, Tom Burton and Ashley Brunning in the Lasers along with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (long achievement CV) won Worlds, Sail for Golds and European Championships in the 49ers.

TackTracker wishes all members of the Australian sailing team including Krystal Weir in the Laser Radial - 2005 World Champ, Jessica Crisp in the Women's RS:X - 15 World Championship Titles, Brendan Casey in the Finn class - twice World Laser Radial champ, the Women's match racing team comprising of Olivia Price, Lucinda Whitty and Nina Curtis, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch in the Skud 18 and Colin Harrison, Stephen Churm and Jonathon Harris in the Sonar the very best in London.

The TackTracker Team looks forward to continuing our association with the Australian Sailing Team after a successful Olympics in London. Go AST!!

Greg Seers