Five international teams have been nominated for one of Australia’s most prestigious sailing events, the Hardy Cup, revived by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as an ISAF Grade 3 international match racing contest.
Sydney's magnificent Harbour will once again be the backdrop from November 27-30 for the new Hardy Cup, sailed in an exciting match racing format by talent sailors under 25 years of age from throughout Australia and overseas.
The five overseas teams to have accepted invitations will represent the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Buckland Beach Sailing Club in New Zealand, the Circolo della Vela Erix in Italy, the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Britain and the University of Hawaii Sailing Club from the USA.
Seven Australian teams will make up a dozen talented teams of young sailors sailing the high-performance Elliott 5.9 sports boats, with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron team to be decided after trials on November 4.
The other Australian teams will represent the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (NSW), Fremantle Sailing Club (WA), the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (Qld), Sandringham Yacht Club (Vic) and the South of Perth Yacht Club (WA).
Patron of the 2001 Hardy Cup is Sir James Hardy, the former America's Cup, Admiral's Cup, World Champion and Olympic yachtsman and prominent RSYS member.
Sir James originally donated the Cup to promote the match race helming and tactical skills of champion young Australian sailors from all States.
The Royal Australian Navy conducted the event for many years, but due to changes in the Navy training structure the Hardy Cup competition had lapsed in recent years.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, as one of Australia's premier yacht clubs, has taken on the 2001 Hardy Cup as part of its expanded program of promoting match racing and other international competition.
Hardy Cup team nominations are:
Buckland Beach Yacht Club - New Zealand (helmed Patrick Leach)
Circolo della Vela Erix, Lerici - Italy (helmed by Luca Antonini)
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - NSW (helmed by John Winning)
Fremantle Sailing Club - WA (helmed by Simon Sutherland)
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - New Zealand (helmed by Aimee Famularo)
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - NSW (helmed by Nick Garland)
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron - QLD (helmed by Matthew Chew)
Royal Thames Yacht Club - England (helmed by John Greenland)
Sandringham Yacht Club - VIC (helmed by Scott Walton)
South of Perth Yacht Club - WA (helmed by Courtney Lawrence)
University of Hawaii Sailing Club - USA (helmed by Steve Brown)
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, to be determined after trials on November 4.