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New Zealand successfully defends Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship title

A Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) team skippered by Alastair Gifford has won the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s (RPAYC) Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater this weekend, successfully defending the title won by fellow club member Jordon Stevenson last year. 

In the final, Gifford’s team of Henry Angus, Chester Duffett, Hunter Gardyne and Seb Lardies defeated the world ranked No. 20 team from Wales, skippered by Matthew Whitfield from Penarth Yacht Club. It means that Gifford pockets the $1200 winner’s cheque, with $800 going to Wales as runner-up.

 

It did not go all Gifford’s way. He had to fight back from a deficit of two down in the final, but the Kiwis fought back to win the next three matches in the best of five, to take the title.

 

Gifford said this afternoon: “The standard of competition was pretty high; so overall, it was a pretty hard-fought event.”

 

On defending the title won by Stevenson last year, Gifford said, “We take pride in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. We have a good group of guys and girls there - and good program. The Club backs us.

 

“We knew it was going to be tight competition, so we’re very happy with how we went, especially coming up against the Welsh who are number 20 in the world,” ended Gifford, whose crew went in world ranked 117. 

 

Gifford, though, has plenty of racing experience across the board, including representing New Zealand at the 2014 Youth Olympics, and has raced internationally in anything from Optimists, Bytes and Laser Radials apart from match racing.

 

Of his team, the confident skipper said: “We had a little bit of practice before we came here, but it’s the first time we’ve raced together.” 

 

Throughout the event, the winners lost only four matches, two in the round robin, and two in the final. In the semi-finals, they took on the RPAYC all-female team skippered by Juliet Costanzo and beat them 3-0, while Whitfield’s Welsh team sailed against the other RPAYC team skippered by Alistair Read. The Welsh team won 3-1.

 

Tom Spithill, the RPAYC’s head coach, commented: “The regatta went very smoothly. The breeze got up to 22 knots on the first day, and really tested everyone’s boat handling. It was light to moderate for the rest; a good all-round package. It showed who can sail well in all conditions.”

Spithill continued, “We’re very pleased with the standard of the competition. Even the world number 20 had matches taken off him, so it shows how competitive all the teams were - they all come from established yacht clubs with good youth programs in place. 

 

On the efforts of the RPAYC teams, Spithill said, “We are absolutely thrilled we had both RPAYC in the semis. It’s the first time and shows the depth of talent we have. Both teams had the potential to have a crack at this event.

 

Ten international teams took part in the 27th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship. Clubs represented were: RPAYC, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (Jed Cruickshank), Darwin Sailing Club (Finn Niemeier) and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, (Hugo Stoner). 

The international line-up was completed by Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in New Zealand (Jonathon Barnett) and Ireland’s Royal Irish Yacht Club (Niall Malone).

A Sportsmanship award of $250 went to Jed Cruickshank’s team, while the Social Media prize of $250 was awarded to the team from Wales.

The Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship could not be made possible without the assistance of some two dozen volunteers, local members, as well as the international and national umpires.

 

Special thanks to Harken, a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories, which continues to support this event for a 22nd year.

 

For all the results, please visit the official website: www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

By Di Pearson/RPAYC media

 

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Semi Finalists Decided in Season Opening Match Race Event

After two round robins of racing at the Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta on Pittwater, the top four teams have been identified. 

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's teams skippered by Alistair Read and Juliet Costanzo have snared two of the four spots in the semifinals, finishing tied 3rd and 4th  respectively on 12 wins.
Top ranked seed (World Sailing open ranked 20) Mathew Whitfield representing Penarth Yacht Club (Wales) is ranked 2nd on 14 wins, behind regatta leader Alastair Gifford representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZL) on 16 wins.

On getting into the top four a happy Costanzo commented “We (the girls), are really enjoying sailing together. We are not phased on who we get paired up to race against tomorrow, as we feel like we have a good shot at the three higher placed teams!”
“We are hoping that our fellow club members come out and cheer loud for both Alfred’s teams, so we can capitalize on the home team advantage!” commented a spirited Costanzo.
The semifinals and finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow (Sunday 24th November), with racing getting underway at 1000hrs.
Tonight Alastair Gifford, as regatta leader will have the luxury of picking his opponent for the semi finals.

The finals will be available on live stream through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/royalprincealfredyachtclub/

Live Results can be followed throughout the day at: https://www.matchracingresults.com/2019/harken-international-youth-championship/

For further information contact:
RPAYC Marketing & Communications  - Katie Pellew
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Next generation inspired by AUS SailGP Champions

A fantastic welcome ceremony got underway for the 2019 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. The star-studded line-up of 10 youth (under 23) teams from both local and international clubs came together to socialize, meet each other and members of the club at the pre regatta official welcome function before the competition starts today.

Commodore Michael Lockley welcomed competitors, members & guests to the event before handing over to Harken's National Sales & Technical Manager Callum Cecil who reiterated Harken's support of the event and Harken's ongoing commitment to sailing from the youth & dinghy level all the way through to the Grand Prix & Americas Cup.

World number 20 and the bookies favourite Matt Whitfield representing Penarth Yacht Club, Wales, said he was confident his newly established team could come together to get the top prize “We are really looking forward to getting out on the water, being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt at this time of year is amazing”.

The highlight of the evening was special guests from Australian SailGP Team, skipper Tom Slingsby & Trimmer Ky Hurst; who brought along their newest piece of silverware to add to their ‘poolroom’, the magnificent ‘Sail Grand Prix Championship Trophy (Sail GP).

After both kids and adults alike managed to snap a picture with Tom, Ky and the trophy, they were all inspired by both of their unique challenges and accomplishments as they listened to the top sailors in not only Australia but the world.

The winner of the 2017 Harken, Leonard Takahashi subsequently went on to sail for the Japanese SailGP team. MC Tom Spithill asked both Tom & Ky whether he sees these kinds of high-profile events, particularly the Harken, as a breeding ground for future emerging stars stepping up into the big league, to which Tom Slingsby commented “Absolutely, Kinley Fowler our teammate on SailAus GP is a good example, he has now got his name on both the Sail GP and the Harken ‘Rockin Robin’ Trophy”.

The in-depth Q & A style session was a valuable asset to all the sailors present, with the key points of setting a goal and never ever giving up, combined with the more hours on water the more an athlete will develop their skills.

SailGP is not just about racing at high speeds in 50 footers, they have launched their ‘Inspire” Program for grassroot sailors. Slingsby proudly announced that for Sydney in February 2020 the Waszp Class dinghy will be involved in a pre-race event on Sydney Harbour followed by the SailGP event. SailGP believes that sailing should be truly accessible to all, which is a mentality the RPAYC also believes in. Through SailGP Inspire Learning, young people can get a real taste of the sport with hands-on lessons, mentorship and team building. This is learning by doing, and a step towards skills that last a lifetime, regardless of experience. Inspire learning introduces students at local host venues to sailing as well as the science behind the sport. 

For the 50 Harken Competitors out on Pittwater, NSW today, all are chomping at the opportunity to compete in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7 Keelboats and get their names engraved on the trophy.  Day 1 of racing kicks off at 1000hrs in what should be a typical spring day with a building Northeasterly seabreeze forecast for the afternoon.

Live Results can be followed at: https://www.matchracingresults.com/2019/harken-international-youth-championship/

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Countdown on and special guests for Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                             19 November, 2019 

 

Countdown on and special guests for Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

An international cast will take to the race course on Pittwater for the 27th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, to be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) from 20-24 November, 2019.

An even split of Australian and international teams will be in line for a cash price of $1200 to the winning team, $800 for the runner-up, while $500 will go to the most improved.

A Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team, skippered by Jordon Stevenson, took the trophy home last year. Be warned, the home of the America’s Cup is back to compete with two teams whose skippers are Robert McCutcheon and Alastair Gifford.  

However, the top ranked crew is that of Wales’ Penarth Yacht Club. Matthew Whitfield’s team is 20th in the official World Sailing Match Racing Rankings, followed by an Australian team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, skippered by Hugo Stoner, ranked 103rd.

Other clubs represented include two from the host, RPAYC, to be skippered by Juliet Costanzo and Alistair Read respectively, with one each from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (Jed Cruickshank) and Darwin Sailing Club (Finn Niemeier).

The internationals line-up is completed by a team each from Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in New Zealand (Jonathon Barnett) and Ireland’s Royal Irish Yacht Club (Niall Malone).

In a major coup for the event, after registration and practice racing on Wednesday 20 November, special guests Tom Slingsby and Ky Hurst will put in an appearance at the Welcome Function where they will take part in a Question and Answer session on SailGP.

Slingsby and his Australian SailGP crew, including Hurst, won the inaugural SailGP this year and the pair is looked up to by sailors around the world for their various sporting achievements.

The event highlights where this current group of youth sailors can end up down the track. It also supports the importance of encouraging youths to continue on with competitive sailing and to dream big, as did previous competitors who have gone on to carve a name for themselves.  

The function will be held at the RPAYC from 6-9pm and is open to members and guests. Bookings can be made via the Club’s Reception on: 9998 3700.  

Harken’s Australian Managing Director, Grant Pellew, says: “We’ve sponsored the regatta for a long time now. For me personally, I’ve always enjoyed being out there watching all the racing, even before I started at Harken and I feel it is a privilege to be a sponsor of it.

“I like watching all the young sailors coming through; a lot have gone on to bigger things, such as the America’s Cup, SailGP, Volvo Ocean Race, offshore racing, Olympic Games, or joining the World Match Racing Tour. It’s not just the sailing side either; a lot of others have gone on to work in the marine industry and made a name for themselves in the top jobs,” Pellew ended.

The Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship could not be made possible without the assistance of some two dozen volunteers, local members, as well as the international and national umpires.

Special thanks to Harken, a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories, which continues to support this event for a 22nd year.

For all details, please visit the officialwebsite: www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

 

By Di Pearson/RPAYC media

 

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Sail GP AUS Athletes join for Harken Welcome Dinner

 

Wednesday 20th November - BOOK NOW with Reception 02 9998 3700 

RPAYC  will be hosting a welcome function for the running of the 27th Harken Youth International Match Racing Regatta.

The regatta will see 10 teams from local to international competitors come and compete on the waters of Pittwater in competition for the prestigious “Rockin Robin Trophy”.


As well as hearing from our competing teams introduce their sailors a Q & A will be held with Team Skippers and our special guestsTom Slingsby (Skipper Aus SailGP) and Ky Hurst (Crew AusSailGP). Tom and Ky recently sealed the deal in the final stage of the SailGP tour in Marseille France, with a final victory over team Japan, earning them the a historic first win in the SailGP series and also the US$1 million prize money!
We are excited to confirm that we will have the trophy here as well!!

Members and guests will be seated by the event organising committee amongst the teams. 
A night not to be missed - BOOK NOW as spaces are limited. Members and their guests welcome. 

  • Date - Wednesday 20th Nov
  • Time - 6pm 
  • Cost - $35 per head (Main & Dessert)
  • Bookings Essential - 9998 3700
  • Dress - Smart Casual 

 

 

That's a Wrap - See you in 2019

 
Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship Wrap

Congratulations to Stevenson and his team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) on their win at the Harken Int Youth Match Racing Championship 2018 this week! Check out the wrap of the finals day right here including guest commentary with Tom Spithill and plenty of drone footage (before "Tinkerbell" decided to fall from the sky!) - or you can see all of the live coverage (including the drone crash) right here on my Facebook page! Enjoy - Nic :)

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass on Sunday, November 25, 2018

RNZYS defend the 2018 Harken International and break deadlock

Event: Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and sailed on Pittwater November 21 - 25, 2018

 

New Zealand broke the deadlock between themselves and the host Australian club for the greatest number of Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships won in the event’s 26-year history, and successfully defended the strong sailing nation’s 2017 title in a dramatic final race on Sunday November 25, 2018.

 

Whittled down from the 12 teams which began their Harken International campaign four days earlier, Jordan Stevenson’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team sailing five-up and James Hodgson’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia crew of four earned the right to a first-to-two sail-off on Pittwater in Sydney’s north.

 

A large spectator fleet and the minor-placed teams watched the duelling pair go into the decider one race apiece (watch live replay flight 1 and flight 2) and the result be determined metres from the finish when the two Elliott 7s came in contact and Stevenson cleverly forced the winning penalty then crossed first, leaving the CYCA team to rue the loss and replay those final seconds in their heads over and over.

 

Full results & final video highlights thanks to Nic Douglass – Adventures of a Sailor Girl.

 

“We needed to close the gauge up on the final downwind and we adjusted in time – we had them locked in and it felt good just sitting inside them,” said the victorious skipper back at the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. His crew included Mitch Jackson, George Angus, Jake Erson and Celia Willison.

 

On the all-sorts they faced this Harken, from winds 15-25 knot WNW on day one, a blown-out day two with blasts of 50 knots, lighter spring westerlies allowing a 10-hour catch-up day three and finally NW-SE 8-11 knots on day four, Stevenson added, “we just tried to be as consistent; that’s all you can do, just adjust to what’s coming…. especially today.”

 

“It was a super tough end, but that’s sailing,” Hodgson remarked of the frustrating final encounter and resulting second overall. Reflecting back on the closing day’s events he commented “we didn’t sail the conditions as well as we could have.”

 

Stevenson and Hodgson met in the semi-finals at the CYCA’s Australian Open Match Racing Championship last month.  That time Hodgson, the former Opti and 420 sailor from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland who has moved to Sydney to attend university, and his crew of Ryan Wilmot, Harry Hall and Charles Gundy had the last say. 
 

Third overall in the Harken International, a long-established youth regatta for teams aged 23 and under, was the second RNZYS team, skippered by Frankie Dair. 
 

Stevenson and his crew now return to Auckland having defended last year’s win by Kiwi clubmate Leonard Takahashi while Hodgson and a few other Harken teams shift their focus and belongings to the CYCA for the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship which starts today, Monday November 26,  and runs through to Friday November 30.
 

Robyn Wiltshire, who donated the main Harken International Rockin’-Robin Trophy, and Harken Australia’s managing director Grant Pellew were both on hand at the final prize giving, Pellew confirming another three years’ support in addition to the company’s 21-year association with the longstanding youth regatta.
 

The RPAYC thanks Harken Australia, PRO Ted Anderson, the umpire team and all the volunteers plus club families who billeted visiting sailors representing Balboa Yacht Club in the USA, the Cercle Nautique Calédonien in Noumea, RNZYS and Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Clubs in New Zealand plus Darwin Sailing Club and the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club for collectively staging another world-class Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship.
 

The RNZYS now proudly holds the record for the greatest number of Harken International wins - eight - one more than the host club.

 

Video wrap of the finals:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/videos/359377351295076/

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Socials:

·         www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

·         Facebook @ RPAYCYD @Harken

·         Twitter @RPAYCYouthMatch @Harken #AtTheFront #Harken

·         Instagram @rpayc @Harken_inc

Further information:
 

Nick Elliott, regatta director
m. 0468 300 070 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Lisa Ratcliff, Harken International media/OCC
m. 0418 428 511 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

Mammoth but rewarding day for competitors and volunteers alike

Congratulations to competitors, race officials, mark layers, umpires and volunteers on what was a mammoth day for everyone. A solid day of 10+hours on the water which saw breeze which showed on most points of the compass today. A further 9 flights were sailed today to complete the round robin.
 
At the conclusion of the round robin CYCA's James Hodgson is on top with 10 wins and 1 loss, followed closely behind by RNZYS's Jordan Stevenson. Sitting in 3rd is fellow club member Frankie Dair also from RNZYS.
 
The plan for tomorrow is to get straight into the quarter finals with a full schedule of sailing to complete including Semi's & Finals are contested in the fight for the Rock'n Robin Trophy and $2000 cash prize purse.
 
Full Results can be viewed here
 
 

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About Event

The 27th annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the 22nd year of support from HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor. Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliott 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age. 

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