Frustrating changes in wind direction and strength on a hot (35C degees) and humid summer's day enabled less than half the scheduled flights to be sailed in yesterday's opening day of the prestigious Hardy Cup on Sydney Harbour.
Twelve teams, six from overseas and six Australian, are contesting the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's annual Hardy Cup, an Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 International Match Racing Regatta. Each team comprises a crew of three, sailing one-design Elliott 6 sports boats.
Two overseas teams dominated the flights completed, with the Mission Beach Yacht Club from California and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron teams each winning four of their five flights.
Australia's Royal Perth Yacht Club scored three wins and two losses, as did the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2 team.
With the wind barely rising about 8 knots and changing direction up to 180 degrees, race officials had to move the course area three times before finally abandoning racing in late afternoon.
Helming the Mission Bay Yacht Club team is David HOCHART, an experienced 21-year-old who has sailed in the Governor's Cup in California and the Harken Cup in Australia and also sails Solings, Stars, Melges 24s, J24s and Laser dinghies. His crew comprises his elder brother Steven Hochart (bow) and Payson Infelise (middle).
Laurie JURY from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is contesting the Hardy Cup after placing third to fellow RNZYS member Simon MINOPRIO and RSYS representative Michael DUNSTAN in last week's Warren Jones Youth Regatta in Perth.
Jury and his crew, Dan MCLEAN (middle) and Sam TUCKER (bow), are all experienced international match racing sailors, although all three are only 20 years of age.
Hardy Cup favourite and defending champion Michael Dunstan (RSYS) sailed only one flight yesterday, losing to Troy Tindall, helming the Landmark Travel Yachting team from New Zealand's Buckland's Beach Yacht Club.
Results after Day 1:
Mission Beach Yacht Club, USA - 4 wins, 1 loss
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL - 4 wins, 1 loss
Royal Perth Yacht Club, AUS - 3 wins, 2 losses
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, AUS - 3 wins, 2 losses
King Harbour Yacht Club, USA - 1 win, 0 loss
Landmark Travel Yacht, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club, NZL - 1 win 0 loss
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, AUS - 1 win, 0 loss
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, AUS - 1 win, 4 losses
Waihike Yacht Club, NZL - 0 wins, 1 loss
Team Bambino, Japan Yacht Match Race Association, JPN - 0 wins, 5 losses