Anthony Nossiter - Australian Olympic Profile

'Anthony Nossiter (2008 Sail Melbourne Finn)' Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library &copy Click Here to view large photo

With the Finn Class starting their Olympic sailing competition in tomorrow, we bring you this profile on Anthony Nossiter, Australia's competitor in the class. Anthony is lining up for his third Olympics in the Finns.

Sailing is in Anthony Nossiter's blood. He began sailing as an eight-year-old. And he grew up in a family for who sailing was a part of life.

His grandfather Harold Nossiter was the first Australian to sail around the world in a yacht he had built himself. His father Ben Nossiter is another famous sailing name.

Beijing 2008 will be Anthony Nossiter's third Olympic Games. At the 2004 Athens Games the certified practicing accountant from Sydney placed an impressive 6th in the Finn Class in which he has sailed since 1997.

At the Sydney 2000 Games he finished 13th. The former Volvo Ocean Racer is on track for another successful Olympic campaign. Shortly after racing in the America's Cup as part of Italy's +39 Team, Anthony clinched 10th place at the 2007 ISAF World Sailing Championships followed up by a 12th at the 2008 Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne.

About Anthony:

Job/Business/Study:Professional yachtsman and Certified Practising
Accountant (CPA)

Yacht Club/s: Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Started sailing and competing at: Age 7 in a Manly Junior

First event competed in & first event won: Hunters Hill Sailing Club Racing

Amusing Sporting Episode: Sailing naked around Cape Horn during
2001/2002 Volvo Ocean Race

Best Sporting Achievement: Finished 6th at Athens 2004 Olympic Games

Sporting Relatives: Great grandfather and his three sons were first Australians to sail around the world in an Australian boat in 1937

Most Influential Person In Career: My father - he has supported by sailing and
sport interests from an early age

Ambitions: More Olympic Games, more America's Cups and more Volvo Round the World Ocean races

The toughest thing about competitive sailing is: Making the right decisions
My training and preparation includes:Ocean racing and match racing

Before I compete I always: Have eggs for breakfast

Other sporting interests - both those I take part in and those I like to watch:
Ocean racing, windsurfing, surfing, road cycling and watching rugby

Apart from sailing, I relax by: Watching movies, reading and having massages
When travelling to compete, I miss: Surfing in the morning

Personal motto: Go hard or go home

1 thing people don't know about me: I cycled across Tasmania - from Hobart to
Devonport - to lose weight and I actually put on 2 kg.

Career Highlights

2008 Finn Delta-Lloyd Regatta (formerly Holland Regatta) NED 8th
2008 Finn European Championship ITA 15th
2008 Finn Hyeres Regatta FRA 7th
2008 Finn Finn Gold Cup AUS 12th
2008 Finn Sail Melbourne AUS 9th
2007 Finn Sydney International Regatta AUS 7th
2007 Finn Australian Championship AUS 3rd
2007 Finn ISAF World Sailing Championship POR 10th
2007 Finn Kiel Week GER 4th
2006 Finn European Championship ESP 9th
2006 Finn Finn Gold Cup CRO 14th
2005 Finn Finn Gold Cup RUS 17th
2004 Finn Olympic Sailing Competition GRE 6th
2004 Finn Finn Gold Cup BRA 13th
2003 Finn ISAF Sailing World Championship ESP 8th
2000 Finn Olympic Sailing Competition AUS 13th

Anthony Nossiter(during 2008 Sail Melbourne) - Jeff Crow- Sportthe Library &copy Click Here to view large photo

Finn Technical Details:

Type - Centreboard Boat
No. Of Crew - 1
Designer - Rickard Sarby
Hull Material - Grp (Classic Boats Wood)
Year Designed - 1949
Number Of Trapeze - 0
Hull Length - 4.5 M
Beam Length - 1.5 M
Mainsail Area - 10.2 M2
Hull Weight - 107 Kg
Event: Men's Heavy-Weight Dinghy

The Finn is a single-handed vessel raced exclusively by Men. It was designed in 1949 by Finn Richard Sarby,
hence the name, and was first sailed as an Olympic Event in Helsinki 1952. The high sailo of the Finn,
balanced against a fairly broad beam, requires a hefty and athletic sailor to achieve optimum performance.
The Finn is the oldest continuous class in Olympic sailing.

The Finn dinghy fills the slot for the Heavyweight Dinghy in the Olympics. More information at

To view the History of the Finn Class click here

For more information on the Australian Sailing Team click here

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