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Anniversary Harken International Championship to Japanese representative team

In a first for a Japanese representative team, rising match racing talent Leonard Takahashi and his crew claimed the 25th anniversary 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship convincingly and in unique style on finals day, Sunday November 26, 2017.


North-easterly sea breezes 14 gusting to 18 knots on Pittwater paired with bright spring sunshine capped off four days of similarly ideal conditions for the 12 competing teams, eight of them international.

Over the four-day knockout round robin format Takahashi’s Pacific Racing Team and their training partners, James Wilson’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team, proved round after round they had the pace, flair and match racing nous to deserve a finals berth.

The finals were definitely a balancing act for RNZYS coach Reuben Corbett who trains both teams, thereby requiring him to carefully divide his loyalty when two sets of protégés ended up squaring off.

Overseen by race officer Ted Anderson and his highly polished race management and umpire team

s, Pacific Racing Team wrapped up the series 3:1, then added their own unique and ummeditated post-match celebration.

Finals aerial video plus commentary here

Just What the Race Officer Ordered – Day 3 Summary

Just what the Race Officer ordered - another day of blue skies, good vibes and fantastic sailing on Pittwater for day 3 of the 2017 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Regatta. Teams were greeted by a 15-18kt steady NE Breeze to finish off the quarter finals, 9-12 sail offs and semi-finals, allowing our race management team to fire through the draw and determine the 2017 finalists. 

Leonard Takahashi (JAP) continued his dominating streak to win the quarter finals against Royal Port Nicholson team Callum Radford (3-0) and then elected to race against 4th placed skipper Jelmer Van Beek in the semi-finals. With clean pre-starts and tidy corners he then won the semi-final 3 – 0 to progress to the finals. Takahashi has made the finals, dropping only one race from the beginning of the regatta in stage 1, an impressive feat amongst elite competitors.

Finn Tapper of the C.Y.C.A sailed a closely matched semi-final against kiwi sailor James Wilson from the R.N.Z.Y.S. In their first match, a penalty was given to Wilson after a port – starboard collision. Tapper then stayed in phase with the breeze and sailed cleanly around the track to take the win. In their second match, Wilson evened the score, winning the pin and sailing to the favored side of the course to maintain his lead to the finish. He then continued his clean sailing in matches 3 and 4, to maintain the lead in both matches and take the second place in the finals against training partner Takahashi (JAP).

Not to be discounted, the 9 – 12 round robin sail offs showcased the talent of all of this year’s competitors with some of the closest finishes seen in the regatta so far. This year’s youngest team Eliott Quintin from Cercle Nautique Caledonien turned heads with their impressive boat handling skills and strong pre-starts. Local Sydney team from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron sailed a fantastic 9th to 12th round robin, winning all three matches and jumping from 12th to 11th in the final standings.

With yet another great weather forecast for tomorrow’s petite and finals day our finalists are gearing up in contention for the Rockin Robin. Spectators are welcome to bring their vessels out to the race course to watch the racing live, with further coverage for international followers via the Facebook live drone!

For full results: http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/results
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RPAYCYD

Current standings:

1.       Leonard Takahashi (JAP) – Pacific Racing Team

2.       James Wilson (NZL) – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

3.       Finn Tapper (AUS) – Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

4.       Jelmer Van Beek (NED) – Team Dutch Wave

5.       David Wood (USA) – Balboa Yacht Club

6.       Callum Radford (NZL) – Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club

7.       William Curtiss (USA) – Chicago Yacht Club

8.       Porter Killian (USA) – Balboa Yacht Club

9.       Sarah Parker (AUS) – The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

10.   John Lynch (AUS) – Darwin Sailing Club

11.   Charlotte Griffin (AUS) – The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

12.   Eliott Quintin (New Cal) – Cercle Nautique Caledonien

 

Sailing Illustrated Live Take 5 Saturday 0800hrs

Live Show: Join us for a Take Five with TFE, Friday at 1300 Pacific / 2100 UTC on Facebook Live featuring the 25th anniversary Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship in Australia

 

Friday, November 24, 2017

 
 

Day 2 Decides Top 8

Day 2 Action. Credit: Tom Vincent

After another day of perfect match racing conditions, the round robin has been completed and our top 8 quarter finalists for the 25th Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta have been determined. Race Officer Ted Anderson has made the most of the building north easterly breeze to complete the round robin and start the quarter finals ahead of the weekend.

                Today’s racing saw a jump in competitor confidence and boat handling skills as teams settle in to the RPAYC’s fleet of Elliott 7’s and breeze patterns typical for sailing on Pittwater, often unpredictable. First placed skipper Leonard Takahashi and his Pacific Racing Team from Japan had a strong round robin with 10 wins and 1 loss. Takahashi’s only loss was to second ranked skipper, Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia who has finished the round robin on 9 wins and 2 losses.

Close behind Tapper in 3rd place is James Wilson from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Youth Training Program on 8 wins. RNZYS coach Reuben Corbett who is also coaching Takahashi and his Pacific Racing Team, commented “I hope both my teams finish on the podium this year, it’s great to see them on track at the end of the round robin”.

                Takahashi noted that he’s feeling confident going into the quarters against chosen skipper Callum Radford from the RPNYC, New Zealand. “We have had some beautiful racing in outstanding conditions. I myself put the team in some sticky situations but my team kept the boat going fast and we were always able to pull the opponent back, so full hats off to the boys for their help. We have a few things to work on, but for now, we’re happy and looking forward to the next few days ahead. Thanks to the RNZYS PP, looking forward to racing and finishing the job off”.

With a similar forecast again for tomorrow it is likely that quarter finals will be completed with time for the semifinals and finals on Sunday. Places 9th to 12th will sail a consolation round robin, carrying points from stage one forward.

For full results see http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/results
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RPAYCYD

Standings after the Round Robin:

1. Takahashi, JAP

2. Tapper, AUS

3. Wilson, NZL

4. Wood, USA

5. Van Beek, NED

6. Radford, NZL

7. Curtiss, USA

8. Killian, USA

9. Lynch, AUS

10. Parker, AUS

11. Quintin, New Cal.

12. Griffin, AUS

Quarter Final Results after Flight 1:

Takahashi V Radford: 1 win to Takahashi              

Tapper V Curtiss: 1 win to Tapper

Killian V Wilson: 1 win to Wilson

Van Beek V Wood: 1 win to Van Beek

 

Welcome to the Twelve Nations - Day 1 Report


Photo: Tom Vincent Photography

Day 1 of the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships has kicked off with blue skies and a building nor-easterly wind, perfect conditions for the 25th anniversary of the prestigious event. Head race officer Ted Anderson powered through today’s racing, getting 10 flights (40 races) completed and making the most of the fantastic conditions.

The high caliber of this year’s competitors has led to tight racing with skippers currently in close contention for the lead. New Zealand skipper James Wilson from the RNZYS is currently sitting in first place with 7 wins and 1 loss. He is closely followed by Japanese skipper Leonard Takahashi on 6 wins, 1 loss and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s skipper Finn Tapper on 5 wins, 1 loss.

Last evening, at the official opening ceremony, Australian Sailing Coach of the Year Thomas Spithill got an insight into each team’s strategies and goals for the week ahead. Pacific Racing Team skipper Leonard Takahashi from Japan mentioned that he and his team are keen to take the title home, backed by hours of  on the water not only in the RNZYS fleet of Elliott 7’s but fleet racing his 49er internationally. Highest ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek of Team Dutch Wave compared his experience on the European Match Racing Circuit to his expectations for the HARKEN, noting that ‘everyone is in it to win it’. Today, teams certainly proved Van Beek’s expectations true, hungry for the Rockin’ Robin and accompanying prize money.

With the forecast for tomorrow looking similar to today’s building nor easterly there is hope to complete the round robin and move onto the quarter finals by the weekend.

For full results see http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/results

Photos of the opening ceremony here: http://rpayc.fotomerchant.com/rpayc-racing/harken-international-youth-match-racing-championship/harken-int-youth-match-racing-championship-2017-1 

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Anniversary Harken Championship draws international line-up aiming for cash prizes

The countdown is on for the best line-up of shortlisted international teams in many years about to contest the 25th anniversary Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater over November 22-26, 2017. 

‘The Harken’, as it’sbest-known, is one of only two top-tier Australian youth events that offer prizemoney. The other stipulates the prize be taken as a travel grant whereas Harken Australia offers the winning teams $1000 cold-hard no-strings-attached cash for first place, $750 for second and $250 for third.

Not only is 2017 the regatta’s notable silver anniversary, it also marks 20 continuous years of Harken’s naming rights sponsorship, which is considered a milestone in the sport.

Entry is based on rankings and from 30 team applications The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has whittled the number down to the maximum 12 teams. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Royal Perth Yacht Club are fielding an U23 squad as part of a longstanding agreement between the clubs to support each other’s youth programs.

A Japanese team made selection, one of the few times the island nation has been represented in the event’s 24 year history. Called Pacific Racing Team, skipper Leonard Takahashi has a world match racing rankingof 43 reflecting his recent podium finishes at the New Zealand National Championships and 2017 Governor’s Cup. Takahashi also campaigns a 49er skiff.

Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. Currently ranked 42nd in the WS Open Match Racing Rankings, the team has been busy contesting various match racing and keelboat events across Europe.

12 teams are competing in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships

Only a day to go before 12 teams desend on Pittwater for the tile of 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Champion and have their names added to the Rock'in Robin Perpetual Trophy. 

The 12 teams competing in this years event are. 

 Jelmer van Beek, Rutger Vos, Jorden Van Rooijen, Henry Rochford – Verening Watersport de Twee Provincieen

 Leo Takahashi, Josh Wijohn, Tim Snedden, Taylor Balogh – Japanese Sailing Federation

 Finn Tapper, Tom Grimes, Jess Grimes, Harry West, Eric Sparkes – Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

 Porter Killian, Jeffrey Peterson, TBA, TBA – Balboa Yacht Club

 James Wilson, Sam Barnett, Zac Merton, Bradley McLaughlin – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

 David Wood, Max brennan, Catherine Reynolds, Robert Garrett – Balboa Yacht Club

 Sarah Parker, Nial Powers, Harley Walters, Nathan Weis, James Farquharson – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

 John Lynch, Kieren Schorts, Kyle Bonney, Jed Cruickshank, Finn Niemeier – Darwin Sailing Club

 William Curtiss, RJ Porter, Wade Wagner, Steven Lever – Chicago Yacht Club

 Charlotte Griffin, Nick Rozenauers, Charlotte Alexander, Angus Olding, Fergus Abbott – Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

 Eliott Quintin, Chloée Poudewa, Emilie Bouchet, Mahina Dauris, Robin Chantrelle – Cercle Nautique Caledonien

 Callum Radford, Lachlan Grimwade, Jaymin Southee, Cameron Wright, Bryn Bennett – Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club

Eligible Skippers Finalised!

Follow the RPAYC on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the 2017 HARKEN.
http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/

Harken are proud of our involvement of this event over the past 26 years, we believe youth sailing is one of the most important forms of our sport. We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas. The Harken family wish everyone taking part the best of luck in the regatta, may the best team win. – Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director

The 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands and interstate Australia. This year’s event is being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, setting it up to become one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.

With 6 of 12 teams ranked within the world top 150 and four remaining competitors in the top 300, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy will be fierce.

Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. They are currently ranked 42nd in the ISAF Open Match Racing Rankings. Van Beek and his team have recently been competing across Europe in various match racing and keelboat events, gaining valuable experience and a competitive ranking as they work towards their goals of competing in the World Match Racing Tour. 

Van Beek is closely followed by Leonard Takahashi and his Pacific Racing Team, with a ranking of 43 reflecting his recent podium finishes at the New Zealand National Championships and 2017 Governor’s Cup. Leonard has been campaigning in the international 49er class and competing at Grade 1 events including the 2018 World Cup Series - Round 1 held in Gamagori, Kaiyoh Yacht Harbor, Japan.

Closer to home is growing talent Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia ranked 99th off the back of winning the 2017 CentrePoint International Youth Match Racing Championships in February (Wellington, New Zealand). He will be supported by mainsail trimmer Tom Grimes who has competed at the Harken previously and currently has his own ranking in the top 50.

Other top ranked teams include international guests Porter Killian from Balboa Yacht Club (USA), James Wilson and team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (home of the America’s Cup), David Wood from Balboa, William Curtiss from Chicago Yacht Club (USA), Callum Radford from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (Wellington, New Zealand) and Eliott Quintin on behalf of Cercle Nautique Caledonien (New Caledonia).

Not to be missed are interstate and local competitors including John Lynch and team from Darwin Sailing Club who in 2017 hosted their first international match racing event in their new fleet of Elliott 7’s. Sarah Parker from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be returning to the Harken in 2017 following her podium finish in last year’s event. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s team features female helm Charlotte Griffin and her mixed team of new and experienced sailors. Charlotte had her match racing debut at this year’s Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta held by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Racing starts November 23rd at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in the clubs polished fleet of Elliott 7’s.

2017 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Regatta Umpire Team:

·         Chief Umpire: Ben Fels (International Umpire)

·         Garry Deane (International Umpire)

·         Gary Manuel (International Umpire)

·         Damien Boldyrew

·         Peter Bracken (NT)

·         Rob Armstrong

·         Robyn Tames

·         Simon Barrington

Competitor List: 

 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

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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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