Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup 2017

Published on February 19th, 2017

Malcolm Parker won the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup 2017, held February 16 to 19 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Advancing to the semi-finals was Will Boulden who picked Will Eastman in the semi-finals. In the battle of the Will’s, Eastman (RPNYC) took the first match against Boulden (RFBYC) after winning the prestart, but Boulden took the following three matches to earn his place in the finals.

The second set of trans-Tasman semi-finals saw Matt Hughes (RNZYS) competing against Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). While Hughes won all of the starts, Parker sailed well around the track and went on to win the semi-final 3 – 0.

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Petit-finals saw Eastman (RPNYC) and Hughes (RNZYS) battling it out for third place. In the first race Hughes took an early lead, but after trouble with his gennaker Eastman snuck through to take the win. Eastman went on to claim the petit 2 nil to secure 3rd place. RNZYS skipper Matthew Hughes finished 4th.

It was an all Australian final between Will Boulden (RFBYC) and Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). In what turned out to be an incredibly tight final, Will Boulden took the first race with Malcolm Parker taking the next two “He definitely had his skates on in those final two races,” said Boulden at prizegiving

2017 champion Parker, thanked his competitors and crew for the close regatta. “It was a tough final day, thanks to all my crew for getting me out of a few tricky situations”- Parker.

2017-02-19_7-37-08Overall Placings:
1. Malcolm Parker
2. William Boulden
3. Will Eastman
4. Matthew Hughes
5. Tom Picot
6. Frankie Dair
7. Tom Grimes
8. Nick Rozenauers
9. Celia Willison
10. Sarah Parker
11. James Jennings
12. Zoe Bennett
13. Henry Wilson

Additional information: http://www.rnzys.org.nz/category/youth-training-programme

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Source: Georgia Witt, Sailing Coordinator, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

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