The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron may have lost the America's Cup, but it has ample young match racing talent for future challenges, judging by their performances in Australia of the past two weeks.
In Perth last week young New Zealander Minoprio, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, won the inaugural Warren Jones Youth Regatta, beating Australia's Michael DUNSTAN from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
Today on Sydney Harbour, another young Kiwi, Laurie JURY, pushed Dunstan back into second place in a frustrating end to the RSYS's Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 International Match Racing Regatta.
Dunstan and his crew, Richard RYAN and Andrew HUTCHINSON, finished top team in the round-robin, but Jury and his crew, Dan MCLEAN and Sam TUCKER, went on to be the most successful team in Pool A to decide the semi-finalists.
In today's semi-finals, the RNZYS team beat the Mark DORLING'S RSYS2 team 2-1 while Dunstan's RSYS1 team had a 2-0 win over the Kings Harbour Yacht Club team from California.
In the final, Laurie JURY from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the first of five scheduled match races to decide the 2004 Hardy Cup winner, with Michael Dunstan winning the next match for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
However, race officials were forced to abandon the next three matches, leaving the Kiwis as the winners of the Hardy Cup. In the petit final, Kings Harbour Yacht Club won from the RSYS2 team, 2-1.
1. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL
2. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 1, AUS
3. King Harbour Yacht Club, USA
4. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2, AUS
5. Mission Bay Yacht Club, USA
6. Landmark Travel Yachting, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, NZL
7. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, AUS
8. Royal Perth Yacht Club,AUS
9. Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, AUS
10. Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, AUS
11. Waiheke Boating Club, NZL
12. Team Bambino, Japan Yacht Match Race Association, JPN