Seventh win for Ashby at the A-Class Worlds


Left to right: Jack Benson, Glenn Asbhy, Steve Brewin
Left to right: Jack Benson, Glenn Asbhy, Steve Brewin
Glenn Ashby spills the beans
After several months contributing to his pension fund at BMW Oracle Racing where he was one of the main coaches, Australian sailmaker Glenn Ashby has now returned to his roots and last weekend managed to earn himself a seventh World Championship win in the singlehanded A-Class catamaran in Cesanatico on Italy’s Adriatic coast. This was Ashby’s fourth consecutive A-Class World Championship win. “I feel quite fortunate,” he told thedailysail this morning. “They have all been very very different regattas in different conditions. Obviously sailing in the really light breeze down there I was really happy to come away with a win, but it felt like I sailed the boat as accurately as I could.” According to Ashby the windiest it got last week was 8 knots and typically it was 3-7... “so just on trapeze or fully stretched on trapeze upwind at times and other times you were sitting on the hull, just crouching in and out on trapeze upwind and basically sailing flat downwind. There was only one race where a few of the guys flew a hull downwind. I went flat for the whole regatta. You only need 7-8 knots to fly the hull downwind on the A-Class...” Due to other commitments Ashby says he didn’t get as much training in as he usually might – instead he did a single two to three week long session just before the regatta. This achieved the desired objective: in eight races he discarded a 17th and had no other result out of the top four. Despite this impressive scoreline his win was not uncontested – another Australian, Steve Brewin, finished just four points behind him – but these two dominated the regatta with third placed Jack Benson (yet another Australian) more than 40 points adrift of Ashby. With Australians claiming half the top 10

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