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21 November 2004, 08:25 am
East Coast Teams Dominate
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Bavaria Youth Match Racing Championship
Sydney

A fresh southerly change provided a strong breeze for Day 2 of the Bavaria International Youth Match Racing Championship yesterday, conditions well-suited to the current Australian Youth Match Racing Champion Seve Jarvin and his CYCA Blue team which commanded the top position at the end of the day's racing.
Jarvin's team finished with 15 wins from 18 races in Round Robin 2 as the remaining Australian east coast teams contested 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

Following a count back, teams from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the second Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Yellow Team advanced to the semi-finals. The South Perth Yacht Club team was unlucky to miss out on a place, having finished the first day's sailing as the pointscore leaders.

'The highlight of Day 2 was the high calibre of match racing demonstrated by all the teams, which resulted in a number of upset results that defied the form guide,' said regatta organiser Jenni Bonnitcha last night.

'Pre-starts were fast and furious and numerous times the start boat crew felt giddy watching the circling combatants.

'The intense battles saw the Elliott 6's repeatedly forced over the line at race starts. During Flight 2, the Italian team was pushed over the start line early but managed to return around the committee boat with exceptional skill and speed to regain control with a perfect time-on-distance start,' she added.

Even the busy Saturday afternoon traffic of yacht, dinghy and modern and traditional 18-foot skiff fleets did not distract the Race Committee, who reeled off a total of 50 matches. Chief Umpire Richard Slater commented that this was a new record for him in a day's match racing.

With the regatta now ahead of schedule, the remaining two days will place a somewhat lighter load on weary sailors and officials. Today's racing will be a round robin to determine places 5th to 10th, with the semi-finals and finals to be conducted tomorrow, Monday 22 November.

Jenny Bonchita
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