The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's successful combination of Seve JARVIN, Tom CLOUT and Sam NEWTON have notched up a back-to-back win in the Australian Youth Match Racing Regatta in Victoria.
A win in the recent Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Regatta guaranteed Jarvin's team a start in the Australian titles while his victory in this regatta last year with Sam NEWTON and Robert BELL as crew had them as regatta favourites.
Day 1 of the three-day regatta, which was sailed out of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria at Williamstown from 18-21 September, saw light to moderate sea breezes prevail with the CYCA recording 9 wins to qualify for the second stage round robin. With 5 wins on Day 2, Jarvin's team qualified first for the semi finals, which allowed them to pick their semi final opponent. They chose the Western Australian team and in the fresh 15-20 knot northerlies on Port Phillip Bay, they finished convincingly 2-0 over the WA team. In the all NSW five-race final, the CYCA won the first two races comfortably but in the third race, the lead changed several times with Nathan OUTTERIDGE'S team finally pipping the CYCA team by a few seconds. This result pushed the teams into a fourth race that sealed the regatta for Jarvin, Clout and Newton. CYCA coach Euan MCNICOL, who accompanied the team to Victoria, said: "The boys worked extremely hard to achieve this result. They have been sailing very consistently at a high level over the past two years and continue to win when it counts. We look forward to further challenges ahead over the coming months including the CYCA's Accord Logistics International Youth Match Racing Regatta in November."
The CYCA has enjoyed extraordinary success in the past two years on the international youth match racing circuit largely due to its own significant contribution to youth match racing in Australia with the establishment of the NSW and Australian Youth Match Racing Championships.
"It is very encouraging that these regattas have been adopted by Yachting Australia as permanent fixtures on the racing calendar,"
says CYCA Youth Sailing Academy coach/manager Jenni BONNITCHA, who has been instrumental in establishing these regattas. "The sport of match racing and sailing in general will continue to be further enhanced by the promotion of these pivotal youth events"
, she adds Jarvin (who has just returned from sailing overseas with the Oz Boys America's Cup Challenge) plans to compete in the upcoming Accord Logistics International Youth Match Racing Championship to be held at the CYCA from 18-22 November, before going on to the Warren Jones U25 Regatta in WA in January. He and his team plan to move into skiffs for the summer, with Clout and Newton aiming to team up in a 49er, and Jarvin possibly sailing an 18ft skiff or a 49er.