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4 December 2005, 06:09 pm
Jarvin Defends Title
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HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship 2005
Newport, Australia

The team of Seve JARVIN, Sam NEWTON, Evan WALKER and Jamie WOODS from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have won the ISAF Grade 3 event in Sydney today defeating Stu POLLARD, Nathan OUTTERIDGE, Ian QUARTLEY and Ben RARZACH from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on a tie-break.
Third place went to Western Australia's Torvar MIRSKY.

The day began with the remnants of Saturday's fresh westerlies which became quite hot and eratic as they faded before giving way to a pleasant north easterly sea breeze during the afternoon.

The best of three finals produced a one all draw as the official time limit of 1645 hours was reached. The Race Committee offered a sail-off as an alternative to the countback tie-break if this was the wish of both competitors. Not surprisingly, given the fading conditions, JARVIN was quite content with the textbook method which resolved the tie based on the higher score in the previous Round Robin phase, collecting his 7th major title in international youth match racing, and joining the likes of Mike DUNSTAN and James SPITHILL in the HARKEN 'dual winners club'.

In the first match of the finals, POLLARD collected a pre-start penalty but won the favoured boat end in a split tack start and took the first cross before bouncing JARVIN repeatedly to the left. POLLARD led in to the top mark just below the port tack layline and as he tacked to starboard in the zone JARVIN accelerated below him before coming back inside on starboard where he hooked POLLARD as he went onto port to round the mark, inflicting a second penalty and certain defeat onto POLLARD.

The pre-start of the second finals match was penalty free and POLLARD again won the boat end in another split tack start but came off the line dead slow after having to tack to clear the Race Committee boat. This time JARVIN won the all important first cross but as they traded tacks up the eastern shore in a fading 5 knot north easterly breeze POLLARD eked out a 12 second advantage around the top mark which he held down the run. JARVIN clawed his way back up on the second beat and looked as if he would lead around the mark but this time it was POLLARD's turn to sneak clean inside as JARVIN tacked in the zone. JARVIN's protest was greened and POLLARD sailed away with the match to level the score 1-1 at stumps, necessitating the tie-break.

The Regatta leaders all noted the complete absence of any 'easy' matches and umpires also agreed the standard was the highest they had seen at a youth event. At the presentation dinner which followed at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, HARKEN Australasia pledged continued support for the event, which is the longest running youth match series in Australia.

Final Placings
1. Seve JARVIN (AUS)
3. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS)
4. Kieth SWINTON (AUS)
5. Hamish ROUGHLEY (AUS)
10. Josh JUNIOR (NZL)
11. Jonathan RANKINE (NZL)

Arthur Spithill (As Amended by ISAF)
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