Victorian Institute of Sport

Race for Olympic selection hots up

Sunday, 14 February 2016

The race for Olympic selection in the women’s 49erFX has hotted up between VIS scholarship holders Tess Lloyd and Eliza Solly.

Lloyd and her West Australian partner, Caitlin Elks continued to hold the top spot amongst the Australian boats after three Gold fleet races at the 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, USA.

The pair moved up into 14th after posting an 11-8-17 series. 
 
“We had a bit more breeze than yesterday and racing in Gold Fleet is at a much higher level and much tighter than the previous days. We managed to have a pretty consistent day, apart from the last race,” Tess Lloyd said.
 
“The first race was a bit of a speed race before it started to get shiftier and you could play the shifts and make some gains. All the points are quite close and we want to try and make it into the Medal Race.”
 
Chasing them down are Eliza Solly and NSW crewmember, Olivia Price, who won the first Gold Fleet race, followed by a 15th and 16th. They are ranked 16th going into the final day of racing with only three points separating them from Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks.

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