Kiwis Win NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup

Published on February 28th, 2016

Auckland, NZL (February 28, 2016) – Twenty year old George Anyon representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Youth Training Programme, with his team of Logan Andresen, Josh Wijohn and Patrick Haybittle, have won the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup.

Anyon defeated Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Murray Jones 2-1 in the best of three series. The Race Committee had to cut racing short today after no breeze forced the crews to stay at the docks until well after lunch. The racing between Jones and Anyon was very close all regatta and at the last start either team could of walked away with the win.

In the petite final or ‘battle of the Wills’, William Eastman of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club won 3rd place from William Dargaville – Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club two races to one.

Anyon describe the win today as down to “the boat handling, keeping it simple and effective” big thanks go the the teams regatta coach and graduate of the Youth Training Programme Chris Steele.

Anyon, Wijohn and Andresen also won the Centerport Youth International Regatta last weekend, but Anyon seemed apprehensive that they’ll be able to take three wins in three weeks with the Red Bull Foiling Generation held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron next week.

1. George Anyon – RNZYS YTP
2. Murray Jones – CYCA
3. William Eastman RPNTC
4. William Dargaville – RPAYC
5. Clare Costanzo – RPAYC
6. Matthew Hughes – RNZYS YTP
7. Cyril Fortin – CNC
8. Tom Picot – CNC
9. Stephanie Kirkman – RNZYS YTP
10. Zoe Bennett – RPNYC
11. Claudia Thackray – RSYS

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Background: The 2016 Nespresso Youth international Cup, the most prestigious youth match racing cup in New Zealand, was raced at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Elliott 7 keelboats on February 25-28. Teams from three different countries and six yacht clubs competed in Auckland Harbour.

Report by Georgia Derrick, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

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