Olympic champion on board Maritimo Racing


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Olympic champion on board Maritimo Racing

by Maritimo Nov 11 12:18 PM PST

Team Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan win gold in the men’s 470 class on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Enoshima Marina on August 4th in Fujisawa, Japan

Mathew ‘Mat’ Belcher, officially Australia’s most successful Olympic sailor, has been accepted into Maritimo Racing’s sailing program and his commitment has already proven to be successful.

Mat has been a dominant force in the Olympic 470 dinghy class for the last three Olympics. The humble Gold Coaster, 39 years old, won his first Olympic gold medal with Malcolm Page in London in 2012.

In 2016 he won a silver medal in Rio with his new sailing partner Will Ryan, and the successful duo won a gold medal at the Tokyo Games earlier this year.

Mat successfully piloted Maritimo’s 54-foot racing yacht to win Division One of the Queensland Yachting Championships hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Moreton Bay over the weekend.

Mat’s involvement with Maritimo Racing was his first regatta with large boats. The results show that it has made a seamless transition from its 470 dinghy class.

The five-race regatta, Maritimo 11 got off to a slow start, finishing sixth and 18th on a day that was dominated by the smaller boats of the 21-man fleet.

Team boss Michal Spies announced that due to the stronger wind on Sunday, Maritimo was able to take two first and one third place in the three races, which meant that the weak 18th place from the previous day could be removed from the points list.

Mat enjoys the cut and the thrust of the big boat races. “It was great to join such a well-rehearsed team as Maritimo and to help keep this fantastic yacht in good shape,” he said.

“The team made me feel very welcome and made it easy for me to find my way in this racing class,” he said.

“I am delighted that Bill Barry-Cotter gave me the opportunity to be there.”

Spies said Mat’s love of sailing and his success at the Olympics were valuable additions to the skills of the Maritimo Racing program.

He said that 13-year-old Addison Newland, one of Australia’s up and coming youngsters, also competed on Team Maritimo in the weekend’s races.

She was trained by Mat and has her sights set on the 2032 Olympics.

Spies said Maritimo would next compete in the 220-nautical mile Wolf Rock Race, which starts in Moreton Bay, goes to Wolf Rock near Doble Island Point, and then ends on the Gold Coast.

This event will be Maritimo’s mandatory qualifying race for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

He said Mat will make his Overnight Long Race debut at the event but will not be on the crew of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race due to the impending birth of his fourth child.

“After the cancellation of last year’s event, we are very pleased to be preparing for this world-class and internationally renowned event again and are confident that Maritimo Racing will make the Gold Coast proud,” he said.

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