Jay Griffin (AUS) and his crew of Henry Kernot, Hamish Hardy and Will Parker sailed well in the light airs that presented themselves on Auckland Harbour to win the 2011 HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championship.
(AUS) faced David Hazard
(NZL) in a first to three final with Josh Porebski
(NZL) and Jordan Reece
(AUS) going in a first to two Petit-final. But only one race in each could be completed due to the light winds.
Griffin beat Hazard by five seconds and Reece beat Porebski by 43 seconds. Race two was started and then abandoned and after much discussion between the Umpires and Race Committee the knock out series was terminated due to a lack of wind.
Meaning Griffin won the 2011 HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championship. Griffin, who qualified for the final in fourth place, commented, "We won the first race and were pretty happy with that. It hasn't really sunk in yet that we have won.
"Coach Rob Bell helped a lot and did a good job, the Umpires and Race Committee did really well. It was a good regatta with really tight racing and we were happy to be anywhere in the top four."
Hazard's crew Callum Jones
(NZL) said, "At the end of the day we did what we could. We were leading, then we got a big shift and he got into puff and we couldn't get back into them.
"All the team are continuing for another year in the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme."
Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Ross Masters commented at prizegiving, "We are really pleased with the work-out the teams have given the new Elliott 7's and we have received so much great feedback that they continue to far exceed our expectations."
1st Jay Griffin (AUS), Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
2nd David Hazard (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
3rd Jordan Reece (AUS), Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
4th Josh Porebski (NZL), Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
5th Codie Banks (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
6th Valerio Galati (ITA), Lega Navale Italiana Trani
7th Adam Middleton (NZL), Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
8th Stephanie Doyle (AUS), Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club