From US to AUS and back to US - CYCA Member Matthew Ramaley in strong form ahead of Etchell Worlds

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 08 Sep 2017 12:56:43
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With a background in ocean racing, CYCA member Matthew Ramaley has been making waves in the local Etchells regattas.

This past weekend the US-born sailor was performing strongly on Sydney Harbour, and in the coming days he’ll be on a plane to San Francisco with his Corinthian crew to compete on the global stage at the Etchells World Championships.

Racing in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Mini-Regatta last Saturday as a training run, Ramaley took the win in Race 1 and finished fourth in Race 2 out of 19 boats. A disappointing OCS in the final race meant that the team were out again on Sunday morning to make up for lost time as they look to be at their best for the elite competition.

Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, Matt has been in Australia for the over 13 years and held CYCA membership for more than a decade. After testing himself in the Southern Ocean, the residential construction group CEO has been diversifying his sailing credentials, once again at the highest levels.

“I’m a passionate ocean racer and have done the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race seven times but got into Etchells mainly because of how pure the class is. It was an appeal to be a part of that one-design competition since the races are very well attended by Australia’s top sailing talent.”

“The top professional guys are very supportive and keen to help everyone out, it’s a warm and welcoming class with a healthy Corinthian membership.”

Competing mainly on Sydney Harbour but also out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Ramaley will travel with his team to represent Australia at the Etchells Worlds in his country of his birth and face a new challenge in the form of San Francisco Bay.

“I understand that the big change is that the water is ice cold at 17 degrees. Like summer on Sydney Harbour, we’re expecting strong thermal breezes with a much stronger tidal current. That said ocean racing has prepared us pretty well and we’re looking forward to a solid Aussie performance on the Yanks’ home turf.”

Ramaley’s tone is one of focus for the upcoming challenge but he already has an eye on next year’s Etchells World Championships which will be held in Brisbane Queensland.

“This year will be my first worlds as a skipper after crewing in two prior World Championships, so it’s a big moment but the aim is to get some experience, perform to the best of our abilities and carry that on to Brisbane next year, where we get the home ground advantage.”

“Traditionally, the Australians sail very well in the Etchells Worlds and Bertrand’s win at Cowes last year backed that up.  We are pretty excited to be a part of another strong Australian representation in San Francisco and I look forward to seeing the Etchells World Championship trophy retained here in Australia ahead of next year’s Brisbane Worlds.”

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