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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.

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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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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

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

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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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