USA leads at Youth Match Racing Worlds

Published on December 11th, 2023

Twelve teams will seek the title at the 2023 Youth Match Racing World Championship on December 11-15 in Sydney, Australia. With qualifying racing scheduled over the first three days, USA’s Jeffrey Petersen leads the opening round undefeated with six straight wins and no losses.

As a light and shifty breeze built from 7-10 knots from the east in sunny conditions, PRO Denis Thomson led to the east end of the Harbour with racing taking place in picturesque Double Bay, with Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop.

Day one completed seven flights of the opening round-robin stage, with Petersen and his team of Justin Callahan, Enzo Menditto, Daniel Pegg, and Marbella Marol in strong form as they look to defend their 2022 World Championship crown.

Australian Will Sargent and and France’s teams led by Timothee Rossi and Ange Delerce finished their opening day with 4 points, but the French sailed one more race than the Australian team. Sargent is no stranger to the Elliott 7 boats being used at the regatta as a member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Youth Sailing Academy, host of the 2023 World Championship.

From the qualifying round-robin stage, eight teams will advance to the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Finals held on December 14-15.

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