Good start for HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship
Published on November 23rd, 2017
Sydney, AUS (November 23, 2017) – Day 1 of the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship 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.
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.
The 25th annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sydney, is scheduled from November 23 to November 26, 2017. Twelve teams will be competing for the Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy in the RPAYC’s Elliot 7 performance keelboats, with a crew of four or five, all of whom must be under 23 years of age.
Source: Alice Tarnawski, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club