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Applications for Entry into the 2017 Harken Int. Youth Match Racing Championship 2017!

Applications are open for the the 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship.  The Championship will be held over the week of the 22nd – 26th of November, with up to 12 teams competing for the prestigious Rockin’ Robin Trophy on beautiful waters of Pittwater, NSW, Australia. Boulden 2016 Winning Team

The 26th annual Harken will bring in some of the world’s best under 23 youth match racing teams. Previous champions include James Spithill currently competing for his third win in the current America's Cup as well as Michael Dunstan, Seve Jarvin, Torvar Mirsky, William Tiller and Chris Steele who have since become rising stars on the World Circuit and more recently the winner from 2016, William Boulden.

‘The Alfreds’ as it’s known by locals and members, has a long and colourful history and is one of Australia's most successful and prestigious yacht clubs, celebrating its 150th year. The Club boasts one of the finest yachting histories in Australia with many Olympic medallists, Volvo Ocean Race sailors, America's Cup sailors and World & National Champions amongst its members. The Alfred’s is approximately 40 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 50 minutes from the International airport.

The Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta is a particularly special event to RPAYC members as Robyn Wiltshire presented the Club with a perpetual trophy named the ‘Rockin’-Robin Trophy’. Robyn presented the trophy in memory of her husband Grant and son Robert, Andrew Young & Jeff Smith, all Club members who tragically lost their lives at sea aboard the yacht ‘Rockin’ Robin’ whilst on passage to Fiji in 1990. 

The Club’s hospitality is recognised throughout the community. During the youth match racing event, RPAYC families will billet and house competitors from around the world providing them with great Australian hospitality. The week’s activities include breakfast in Halyards café, dinner, guest speakers and social functions each evening as well as an awards ceremony and dinner, giving competitors the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and develop everlasting new ones.
 

The Notice of Race is now available 

Website:  http://intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HarkenYouthMatchRacing

 
 

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team Crowned Champions

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Takes the Trophy & Prize Money

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth have taken out the 2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships after four days of racing at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club! The team of Mark Wong, Alex Negri and James Farquharson faced off against local sailor Malcolm Parker and his team from the RPAYC in some of the closest match racing that we have seen at the Harken!

Boulden thanked the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Harken for putting on the event. He is ranked 46th in the ISAF Open Rankings and is just 20 years of age, making him one of Australia’s rising youth match racers to watch in the future.

Third placed skipper was the RPAYC’s Sarah Parker and her all female team who were up against the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Matthew Hughes. Racing went to three flights with a score of 2 to 1 in favour of the girls. Sarah accredited her team’s ability to work together as one of the major contributing factors to her success at this event.

Semi-finalists announced on Day 3!

2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships – Boulden, S Parker, M Parker and Hughes to semi-finals!

A shifty 10-15 knot southerly tested sailors on day three of the 2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships with semi-finalists decided. Race Officer Ted Anderson pushed through to complete the Round Robin, Quarter Finals and 9th- 12th place sail offs ahead of tomorrow’s light North-Easterly forecast.

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team from Perth took out first place in the round robin and elected to compete against Jelmer Van Beek from the Netherlands. Boulden continued his strong performance to secure a place in the semi-finals after convincingly winning three from three races.

Second ranked team into the Quarter Finals was Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Malcolm Parker who chose to sail against Oakley Marsh from Wellington. Parker dropped one of four matches after trawling his kite but finished the day with a convincing lead on Marsh to take out the second place in the semi-finals.

Racing Heats Up on Day Two of Racing

Will Boulden from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club has maintained his consistency from day one to finish up undefeated on the second day of HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships with a scorecard of nine from nine. 

“We had a good day out there, we had some good moments but there were a few areas which we will need to work on but in the end we got across the line.” Said Will Boulden.

With fickle winds from the west shifting to the north caused some headaches for the race managers but the wind eventually settled to a steady 8 to 12 knot northeaster presenting a similar racetrack to day one.

Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) has also maintained his consistency coming in second followed closely by George Anyon (RNZYS.) Both are sitting on two losses however Malcolm has won one more race which has pushed up his percentage.  RPAYC Coach Tom Spithill was very happy with both Malcolm and Anyon’s progress and is excited coming into the final days.

Sunny Skies And Fresh Sea Breezes Has Opened Day One Of Racing

Sunny skies and steady sea breezes welcomed the 12 international teams for the start of the 2016 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater.

With the wind strengthening from the east to northeast throughout the day it showed the new comers what they were up against sailing in Pittwater’s shifty conditions.

Matthew Hughes from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron coming into his first HARKEN as a skipper shined on the first day finishing the day with six wins from seven races.  

Local sailor and HARKEN veteran, Malcolm Parker from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club showed off his local knowledge and experience in the first day with five wins from six races having lost one race to George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Racing starts tomorrow!

Racing kicks off tomorrow with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand, USA and the Netherlands who are competing for the $2000 prize purse along with the Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy.

George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is looking to the top of the podium after three HARKEN events as skipper. Anyon will start outright favourite for the event with the highest ISAF ranking amongst the skippers following a consistent year on the podium at various youth match racing events.

However, he will face tough competition from the other 11 teams including a separate brother and sister team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Malcolm Parker will skipper one team and the other will be skippered by sister, Sarah Parker.

Club coach, Tom Spithill tips that the sibling rivalry will bring out the best in them.

“It’s like with anything, siblings always want to be better than one another. Sarah’s been progressing really well leading up to the HARKEN and Malcolm, well he’s got more experience. It’s going to be a great showdown when they are up against each other.” Said Tom.

Harken Int Youth MR Championships - Prize Money Announced

2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships - Prize Money Announced 

Newport's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will again welcome top international youth sailors to its doors for the 24th HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater starting Wednesday 16 through to Sunday 20 November.

An exciting new addition to the event Harken is offering a prize purse of $2000 to support and  grow youth match racing in Australia.  Harken Australia’s Managing Director, Grant Pellew, is excited with the introduction of prize money to this well-established international event.

“To not only support the longest standing youth match racing event in Australia, but to now provide a cash prize for this event is a good reflection on how match racing is growing in Australia, and such a positive move forward for our upcoming youth sailors.” Said Grant Pellew.

2016 NoR & Applications for Entries Open

Invitation

The 24th annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the continuing support of HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor.The Championship is scheduled to be held from Wednesday 16 November to Sunday 20 November 2016.

Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliot 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age. This years event will provide on water competition and post race activities and meals for those teams visiting Pittwater. 

The 2016 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships marks the 18th consecutive year with HARKEN Australia as naming rights sponsor. Their ongoing commitment to the development of youth match racing is a credit to this leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories. Visit the Harken website at www.harken.com.au

"The HARKEN" as it is known in youth sailing circles worldwide stands out as one of the premier events for youth on the international match racing calendar and has during its 23 year history served as a launch pad for a number of local yachting stars including dual Harken winning skippers James Spithill (and America's Cup dual skipper winner), Michael Dunstan, Steve Jarvin, Torvar Mirsky and more recently William Tiller who has since become a rising star on the World Circuit.

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Harry Price Has Won the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships

Harry Price has skippered his team, Ben Robinson, Murray Jones, Alex Chittendento victory in the 2015 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship and takes home the Rockin Robin Trophy to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA)


It’s not since 2005 that a team from the CYCA have won the HARKEN International, they got close last year with Harry being narrowly beaten by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s, Milly Bennett in the final the race.  

“It feels great! After the loss to Milly last year I wanted to step it up this year. The boys put in a really good effort and I’m really happy with it. ” Said Harry.

“It was all over the place today with some good wins and a few losses but we were able to get it together for the final” Harry added.

The win didn’t come easy for Harry with his opponent, George Anyon from The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and his team who gave it their all during the finals making it a classic ANZAC battle.

In the finals George showed everyone that he wasn’t just the “Round Robin King” (known by his peers for his ability to do well in the round robin and struggle in the finals.) He sailed extremely well matching up to Harry and was very happy with the result.

“ I’m really happy, at the end he just came at us and a few small mistakes cost us, we were fast and we came really close at times but it was definitely some of the best match racing I’ve ever done.”  Said George.

3rd place went to RPAYC’s Will Dargaville and his team who raced very well with 13 wins and 2 losses in the round robins but unfortunately had a few to many errors and missed wind shifts during the semi finals against George and couldn’t progress into the finals but just held on to defeat Lachy Gilmour from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (Perth) in the petit final so secure 3rd place.

The event tested all competitors with scorching heat, cold southerlies and windless summer afternoons. With racing being delayed during Friday’s heatwave, Race Officials managed to roll out 60 plus races on Saturday and to accommodate a record number of 16 teams in a youth match racing championship over 130 races were conducted over 4 days of competition.

“All the Race Officials and Umpires just kept things going on Saturday it was like clockwork, the wind stayed steady and they (Race Management) just rolled out race after race.” Said Katie Spithill, event co-ordinator.

Harry and his team not only get their name on the HARKEN Trophy but also have a unique opportunity to go out for a training day on 33 South Racing Team’s Extreme 40 High Performance Racing Catamaran on Sydney Harbour.

Below are the overall standings:

1st Harry Price – Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Ben Robinson, Murray Jones, Alex Chittenden

2nd George Anyon – New Zealand Yacht Squadron Leonard Fry, Josh Wijohn, Cameron Moss

3rd Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Will Dargaville, Harry Hall, James Farquharson, Sarah Parker, Rachel Bower

4th Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club – Lachy Gilmour, Ryan Donaldson, Alex Negri, Cameron Seagreen

5th  Sunshine Coast Sailing Team – James Hodgson, Hayden Johnson, Leroy McAvoy, Fergus Gillanders

6th  Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club – William Eastman, Angus Adamson, Stuart Williams, Callum Pritchard

7th Cercle Nautique Calédonien – Lucas Chatonnier, Kim Goetz, Mathew Hughes, Thomas Andrews

8th  Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron – Matthew Kempkers, Logan Andresen, Jacob Willis, Matt Kelly

9th  Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Milly Bennett, Alice Talnawski, Chelsea Connor, Jessica Russell, Seldon Coventry

10th  Cruising Yacht Club of Australia – Lauren Gallaway, Caitlin Tames, Rosie Lee, Nicola Bradley, Tara Blanc-Ramos

11th Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Clare Costanzo, Tom Vincent, Evelyn Foster, Nick Connor, Meghan Bouman

12th   Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania – Zac Pullen, Alec Bailey, Sam Tiedemann, James Brewer

13th  Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club – Will Boulden, Douglas Campbell, Sam Monkhous, Damian Garbowski

14th Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club – Zoe Bennett, Polly Wright, Amy Anderson, James Ayr, Jaymin Southee

15th  Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron – Nick Rozenauers, Fergus Abbot, Zac Quinlan, Claudia Thackray, Charlotte Alexander

16th  Canberra Yacht Club – Eliot Bassili, Jules Kirk, Kelsey Hanrahan, Jaidan Stevens

For more information visit:

Website: http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/

The 2015 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships marks the 17th consecutive year with HARKEN Australia as naming rights sponsor. Their ongoing commitment to the development of youth match racing is a credit to this leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories. Visit the Harken website at www.harken.com.au

About the Regatta

The 23rd annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the continuing support of HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor.

This year, the RPAYC will be showcasing its fleet of Elliot 7s for this premier event held on the magnificent waters of Pittwater.

Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliot 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age.

By Stephen Collopy

Marketing Coordinator The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

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Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

The 26th annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the continuing support of HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor. Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliot 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age. 

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