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30 March 2005, 12:48 pm
Sydney's Hottest Sailing Talent
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Mount Gay Rum Top Jocks Regatta
Sydney, Australia

This year's Mount Gay Rum Top Jocks Regatta is shaping up to be the hottest display of Sydney sailing talent since its inception - and that's without the two-time winner and recently crowned Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Richard PERINI's regular entry.
Cameron MILES, Chris LINKS, Matt HAYES, Michael SPIES, Nathan WILMOT and Steve and Seve JARVIN. These are just some of the big names lining up for the ultimate showdown on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's fleet of 10 Elliott 6s on Sydney Harbour this Sunday, 3 April, 2005.

'There is no other regatta like it,' says Bryan NORTHCOTE from Team Clarity. 'It is a very tactical regatta because each crewman has to steer twice so the team has to decide when to put their best helmsman forward.

'It is also very hard on the body, particularly if it's windy which it has been for the last two years,' admitted Northcote, who will sail on Sunday with former Soling Olympian Matt HAYES and David HARDY.

Some of the crew from the Sydney Mooloolaba Race line honours winner, Wild Joe, will team up again for some thrilling one-design racing including Wild Joe's helmsman Chris LINKS, Cameron MILES and Nathan WILMOT.

The 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race overall winner and champion 12 foot skiff sailor Michael SPIES has joined forces with Carl CRAFOORD from Harken Australia and Stuart BROOM from Workforce Marine to form a team.

The heavy hitting father and son combination of Steve 'Mothy' JARVIN, a former Etchells, Olympic and World Champion and son Seve, who recently led the CYCA team to victory in the International Youth Match Racing Championship and was part of the winning J.J. Giltinan International 18 foot skiff Championship crew, will also prove formidable.

A crew from the Beneteau 44.7 Prime Time will downsize to three for the Mount Gay Regatta - Olympian David GILES, well known Laser sailor Andrew YORK and all round yachtsman Peter LOWNDES.

At this stage, eight of the ten available places have been filled and the CYCA is confident of receiving two more entries before the end of the week with interest shown today by the Sydney Mooloolaba Race overall winning crew from the Mumm 30 Tow Truck.

'It's that time again when Sydney's top yachties gather for some hard core fleet racing on the one-design Elliott 6s to establish which team is worthy of 'The Champion of Champions' title and the coveted Top Jocks trophy,' said regatta organiser Jenni BONNITCHA.

The first race of the six-race regatta will start in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay at approximately 10:45 on Sunday 3 April, 2005.

Lisa Ratcliff (As Amended by ISAF
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