Belcher, Ryan set new race wins record

When Olympic sailing gold medallist Mathew Belcher teamed up with his new crewmate Will Ryan in mid-November, he vowed to rewrite the record books.

Little did either man know it would take just 15 days.

They set a new record on Friday - extending their unbeaten run at the Sail Melbourne World Cup regatta to nine races and assuring themselves of the 470 dinghy gold medal.

No men's 470 crew had won nine races in a row at an ISAF World Cup event and Belcher's previous best was six - with former crewmate Malcolm Page.

"It's pretty cool," Belcher said of the achievement.

"The competition here is actually pretty good - we've got two teams that went to the Olympics here."

Belcher, 30, and Ryan, 23, joined forces after Page retired from elite sailing having won the 470 gold medal with Belcher at the London Olympics.

And the new duo could extend their winning streak on Saturday by winning the 470 medal race in Port Phillip Bay.

Only one other crew is believed to have completed an entire World Cup regatta winning every race.

German sailors Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy won all of the Star class races at the Kieler-Woche World Cup regatta in Germany earlier this year.

Belcher and Ryan need only to finish Saturday's race in last place to secure overall victory.

It would be Belcher's ninth regatta win in a row and he insisted they are aiming to win the medal race.

Former world champion Krystal Weir is also on the verge of wrapping up the Laser Radial gold medal at Sail Melbourne.

The Melbourne-based sailor holds an almost unassailable 18-point lead over her nearest rival heading into the Laser Radial medal race on Saturday.

World No.2-ranked Laser sailor Tom Burton takes an 18-point lead into his medal race.

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