The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has confirmed that the next Hardy Cup will be sailed on 7-10 February 2005. This prestigious event is an ISAF Grade 3 match-racing contest for sailors under the age of 25.
Now in its fourth year, the 2005 Hardy Cup will be conducted once again on spectacular Sydney Harbour, with the world famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the backdrop, using the RSYS fleet of six Elliot 6 sports boats, a three crew keelboat with spinnaker.
Sir James HARDY, the former America's Cup, World Champion, Olympic yachtsman and prominent RSYS member, donated the Hardy Cup to promote the match race helming and tactical skills of young sailors.
The 2004 Hardy Cup attracted a high calibre of competitors, including two teams from the USA, three from New Zealand, one from Japan and Australian entries from Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team, helmed by Laurie JURY won from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron team helmed by Michael DUNSTAN.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is one of Australia's premier yacht clubs and boasts a proud history of involvement in international sailing, including challenges for the America's Cup. More recently, the Squadron has had a significant involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and various World, National and State Championships, including the 2004 Open Yngling World Championship and the Prince Philip Cup for the International Dragon class.
In late December/early January, the RSYS will conduct the World Championship for the International 5.5 Metre class and later in January the NSW State Championship for the International Etchells class.
Notice of Race and Application for Invitation for the Hardy Cup is available on the RSYS website at the address below.