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ILCA 7 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUM BATTLE HEATING UP IN ADELAIDE

The breeze is up, and so is the competition, in this Olympic year.

The ILCA 7 World Championship at Adelaide Sailing Club in Australia has gathered the world’s best men’s singlehanded sailors, in his major test ahead of the Paris 2024 Games.

Australian Matt Wearn maintains his lead going into last two gold fleet races of the 2024 ILCA 7 Men World Championship (c) Jack Fletcher / Down Under Sail
Australian Matt Wearn maintains his lead going into last two gold fleet races of the 2024 ILCA 7 Men World Championship (c) Jack Fletcher / Down Under Sail

Australia and Great Britain have had a long rivalry in the Laser / ILCA 7 class, with Ben Ainslie’s win at Sydney 2000 and Paul Goodison’s gold in Beijing 2008, then three in a row by Australia: Tom Slingsby’s gold at London 2012, Tom Burton’s win at Rio 2016 and Matt Wearn being the reigning Olympic champion after winning at Tokyo 2020.

Great Britain haven’t medalled since 2008, but the new sailing superstar Micky Beckett is hoping to change all that.

British sailor Micky Beckett had a strong day with a second and a third on day 4 of the 2024 ILCA 7 Men World Championship (c) Jack Fletcher / Down Under Sail
British sailor Micky Beckett had a strong day with a second and a third on day 4 of the 2024 ILCA 7 Men World Championship (c) Jack Fletcher / Down Under Sail

After day 4 of the World Championship, Matt Wearn is leading on 16 points with Micky Beckett just a point behind. Neither though can discount Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard, who is a further 3 points back.

The forecast for the final two days is for more wind, so all is set for a battle-royale in the final two gold fleet races, and then the top ten medal race.

For more information head to ilca2024adelaide.ilca-worlds.org