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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:

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·         www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

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·         Twitter @RPAYCYouthMatch @Harken #AtTheFront #Harken

·         Instagram @rpayc @Harken_inc

Further information:
 

Nick Elliott, regatta director
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Lisa Ratcliff, Harken International media/OCC
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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
 
 

Squally forecast for first half of Harken International 2018

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

Racing in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship is underway on the narrow waterway of Pittwater to the north of Sydney, Australia, in westerly winds forecast to increase to a squally 30 knots by the afternoon on the opening day, Thursday November 22, 2018. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated a dust storm is possible for Sydney as gusty breezes blow across the state’s dry interior to the coast Thursday and Friday before conditions are expected to ease over the weekend, when the regatta’s second-half plays out climaxing in finals on Sunday November 25.

Follow the live results

Twelve teams sailing for New Caledonia, the USA, New Zealand and Australia met at the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Wednesday afternoon for an official welcome and team introduction hosted by Commodore Michael Lockley and head coach Tom Spithill.

Leonard Takahashi, sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, took out last year’s Harken International and this week it was announced he has joined SailGP’s Japanese team led by Australian 49er Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge. Spithill says, “once again the Harken has proven an important step in the career development of the world’s most promising young sailors.”

Managing director of the youth series’ long-time naming rights sponsor Harken Australia, Grant Pellew, added at the official welcome: “In this room we could have the future leaders of this sport, possibly the next James Spithill.”

Match racing is a complicated boat-on-boat round-robin competition where pairs try to out-manoeuvre and force penalties on each other, to stay on the right side of the judging team and gain the advantage to win the match or flight. 

Coming into the 26th edition of the annual regatta for 23 year-olds and under is a mixture of those starting out on their match racing path to the winner of this year’s Australian Open Match Racing Championship, James Hodgson and his Cruising Yacht Club of Australia crewmates and Juliet Costanzo, defending Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship skipper competing for the host club.

Hodgson is the highest ranked skipper on the starting list, currently 35th in the world, and best-placed for a tilt at the $1000 prizemoney for first place offered by Harken Australia. Jordan Stevenson sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is ranked 68th and brings the pedigree of that club’s well-established youth program which has sailors training both Saturdays and Sundays almost year-round, plus gym time. 

Furthest travelled are the two Balboa Yacht Club teams from Newport Beach in the USA and nationally Darwin Sailing Club is represented as are three Sydney clubs, the RPAYC, CYCA and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Among the 12 skippers are two women, Juliet Costanzo and Charlotte Griffin, and many teams are sailing with a mixed crew with the choice of four or five per boat.

 

Teams list: Skipper, home yacht club, city/country:

David Wood - Balboa Yacht Club - Newport Beach, USA

  • Jeffrey Petersen - Balboa Yacht Club – Newport Beach, USA
  • Tom Picot - Cercle Nautique Calédonien - Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Jed Cruickshank - Darwin Sailing Club - Darwin, Australia
  • Thomas Steenson - Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club - Newcastle, Australia
  • Frankie Dair, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jordan Stevenson - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Lachlan Grimwade - Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club - Wellington, New Zealand
  • James Hodgson - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Sydney, Australia
  • Charlotte Griffin - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron – Sydney, Australia
  • James Farquharson - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Sydney, Australia
  • Juliet Costanzo - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Sydney, Australia

Grant Pellew sent his welcome message to be read out to the assembled competitors, while he enjoys the rare opportunity to race himself - in Queensland at the A-Cat Worlds, but promised he’d be back in Sydney for the finals. “The Harken International is one of the longest running sailing sponsorships in Australia and testament to the RPAYC, it’s hardworking volunteers and competitors. I’m excited to announce that Harken has just signed on for another three years’ event sponsorship.”

“Those from New Zealand will know the ‘Gully breeze’,” said RPAYC Commodore Michael Lockley. “Well westerlies on Pittwater are going to be just as challenging as the direction moves around a fair bit. Our staff have been working diligently to make sure you have the best gear available,” he added, referring to the club’s immaculately prepared Elliott 7 keelboats that were used recently at the Invictus Games.

To follow the racing visit:

·         www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

·         Facebook @ RPAYCYD @Harken

·         Twitter @RPAYCYouthMatch @Harken #AtTheFront #Harken

·         Instagram @rpayc @Harken_inc

Further information:

Nick Elliott, regatta director
m. 0468 330 070 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lisa Ratcliff, Harken International media/OCC

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2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Line-Up Confirmed

 

The 2018 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, New Zealand, New Caledonia and interstate Australia. This year’s event is again being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, continuing its place as one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.

With 6 of the 12 teams ranked within the world top 100, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy and Grade 3 ranking points will be fierce. RPAYC Head Coach Tom Spithill commented ‘Not only has ‘The Harken’ got a big reputation in Australia as being one of the feature events of the year, we now have worldwide reach’.

Current Australian Open Match Racing Champion James Hodgson, who is representing The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, joins as the highest ranked competitor currently ranked 35th on the World Sailing Open Rankings. As the RPAYC teams have been worldly renowned for with strong mixed and female teams, this year emerging talent Juliet Costanzo is coming fresh off her win at the Australian Women’s Match Racing Nationals. “Growing up watching this event I have always had aspirations to one day sail in it, so to be able to skipper a team for the Harken this year is really exciting’, commented an excited Costanzo before she hit the water for training.

View the full list of Competitors here.

Racing for the Grade 3 International Youth Match Racing Regatta starts November 22nd at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in the clubs polished fleet of Elliott 7’s.

Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director commented: ‘We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas and have been extremely proud of our involvement in this event over the past 26 years. On behalf of Harken Worldwide we wish everyone Good Luck and may the best team win’.

For further information contact:
RPAYC Marketing & Communications  - Katie Pellew
(02) 9998 3700 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regatta Website:  http://http://intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/
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Follow the RPAYC on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the 2018 HARKEN

 

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 

Alice Tarnawski

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About Event

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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