Taylor sailing into second at Sydney

MORNINGTON sailor Graeme Taylor said finishing second in the Etchells World Championship in Sydney last week was his finest achievement in the sport.

The 37-year-old, who started sailing at the age of five at Sorrento, was among elite company.

Sydney Olympic gold medallist Tom King was in the winning crew.

And finishing third was John Bertrand, who famously skippered Australia II to victory in the 1983 America’s Cup.

Also in Bertrand’s crew was Tom Slingbsy, who is widely tipped to win a gold medal in the laser class at the London Olympics this year.

“We were in good company,” Taylor said.

“A gold medallist and a brace of Olympians – the quality showed.”

Taylor said he and his crewmates, Steve Jarvin and Grant Simmer, gave it their all, but fell just short.

The world titles were decided over nine races and 75 boats were in the fleet.

“It came down to the last race,” he said.

“We needed to have a glamour race and they needed to have a shocker.

“We realised after they had a good start that was not going to happen and if we battled with them John Bertrand might slide past us, because we knew he’d sail up through the fleet, he always does, so we decided to consolidate our second spot.

“It’s a great result.”

Taylor is setting his sights on next year’s world championships in Tuscany, Italy.

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