The 2004 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship, being held at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, is beginning to heat up as the series moves in to the semi-finals.
As day two of competition continued on Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, the youth teams did not fail to impress on the water. While on land, spectators enjoyed the perfect view of the exciting racing from the RYCV marina, which is only a short distance from the race course.
Yesterday the completion of Round Robin One was completed, with NSW 2 (Nathan OUTTERIDGE, Iain JENSEN, Ayden MENZIES) dominating the field and winning all 11 of their races. NSW 1 (Seve JARVIN, Tom CLOUT, Sam NEWTON) scored 9 points to rank second, whilst VIC 1 (Reagan BURDON-BEAR, Adrian KAMER, Robert SCRIVENOR) were ranked third with 8 points.
All three Western Australian teams went through to Pool A in the second Round Robin, along with VIC 1, NSW 1 and NSW 2. The top four will qualify for the semi-finals, which are in progress today (Tuesday).
Racing yesterday began in a 10 knot northerly. The teams battling it out in the semis are:
NSW1 (Jarvin, Clout, Newton) - finished RR2 on 5 points, winning all flights
NSW 2 (Outteridge, Jensen, Menzies) - finished RR2 on 3 points, defeating WA 1 in their flight
WA 1 (Torvar Mirsky, Tim Castles, Chris Jacob) - finished RR2 on 3 points, defeating WA 2 in their flight
WA2 (Keith Swinton, Rob Senior, Steve Oliver) - finished RR2 on 3 points, defeating NSW 2 in their flight
Racing is very intense between this highly talented group, featuring Australia's best youth match racers.
Many incidents and Y flags are keeping the umpires on their toes. At the end of the semi-finals the top two will continue into the finals. Racing concludes today, with the Presentation ceremony at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at 1900hrs this evening.