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10 December 2007, 11:35 am
Kiwis Clean Up At Harken Youth Event
James WILLIAMSON leads Adrian SHORT into the top mark
James WILLIAMSON leads Adrian SHORT into the top mark

HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship 2007
Sydney, Australia

RNZYS' James WILLIAMSON, William TILLER, Bradley FARRAND and Michael EDMONDS have won the 2007 ISAF Grade 3 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
James WILLIAMSON (NZL) and his team defeating fellow Kiwis from Sandspit Yacht Club Adrian SHORT, Jed MARTIN, Reuben CORBETT and Matthew RANDELL 3-0 in the best of five final in a 8-10 knot NE breeze on Sydney's Pittwater. Commenting on the team's mentor Roy DICKSON (father of AC skipper Chris DICKSON), WILLIAMSON said "He has been to three events with us now and has taught us heaps, he knows so much"

WILLIAMSON took the first match comfortably but in match two, SHORT attacked vigorously from behind on the run to the finish forcing WILLIAMSON to reach back and forward across the bay under spinnaker to defend his lead and avoid being rolled. In the third match the pair came off the line relatively even with WILLIAMSON two boatlengths to windward in a right hand phase. Thirty seconds later the breeze moved back to the left and SHORT closed up and moved ahead bouncing WILLIAMSON away repeatedly to the right. Towards the top SHORT decided to take his stern to get across to the right and gain the starboard inside advantage coming in to the mark but it proved his undoing as two tacks later WILLIAMSON led around the mark and extended to take the race without further challenge.

In the petit-final Josh JUNIOR (NZL) from Royal Port Nicholson defeated the other RNZYS crew led by 2007 "Coke Cup" winner Phil ROBERTSON (NZL) from RNZYS.

At the presentation function event patron Robin WILTSHIRE-NEWMAN awarded the "Rockin Robin" memorial trophy to the RNZYS team whilst Harken Australia CEO Carl WATSON announced that they would be back again for their 11th year of sponsorship in 2008.

HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship - www.raceaboat.com/events/harken_mr07/index.htm

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