Tim Coltman and his crew of Emma Berry and Matthew Clough have won the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship, defeating the defending champion Jay Griffin from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
It was a replay of last year's grand final but with a different outcome for Coltman this time round. Coltman needed only four matches to defeat Griffin, getting the lead early in the grand final winning the first two matches and forcing Griffin to fight for his life.
"That was an epic battle,"
Coltman said as he stepped on the dock this afternoon. "It was reminiscent of last year - we both came into today with a bit to do."
Both Coltman and Griffin started the day, each down one match in their respective semi-final matches. Both went on to win their next two races and make their way to the Championship final.
"The showdown was set and the battle began. I was pretty happy to get two race wins on the scorecard. Jay fought back - as he always does - and took the third match.
"It really was a case of deja-vu in the fourth (and last) match. Jay had the lead up to the top mark and got a penalty for going inside us at the mark. He then also managed to get another penalty which meant he immediately had to wipe off one,"
"We had to fight hard to hold Jay out on the downwind leg and my bowman Matt and I were freaking out as we were in exactly the same position last year and lost. We'd learnt from last year and managed to take the win by a kite puff.
"I'm stoked with the final result and looking forward to the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship that starts tomorrow,"
"I couldn't be happier that Tim won after finishing second last year,"
runner-up Griffin said. "We had a pretty good day; we got back on with the job and really pulled together as a team. I didn't expect to make it to the final.
"We had a really tough semi-final against Chris Steele (RNZYS) who's a great talent and I was pleased that we made it through to the final,"
"In the first two matches of the grand final Tim just beat us - he had better crew work and was better around the course than we were. We got the win in the third match and only really lost the last match by the smallest of margins.
"It was tough getting a double penalty at the top mark; we had to do one penalty turn immediately. After completing the turn we extended out to the left hand side of course as there was lots more breeze and managed to gybe back in front of Tim.
"We still had one penalty on us so it was a gybing duel and we tried to luff Tim out. We dropped our chute right inside the finish line to undertake our penalty turn and then set off for the finish line and there was really only one puff of breeze in it,"
Officially, Coltman won the fourth match by two seconds and was crowned the 2011 Musto International Youth Match Racing Champion.
Earlier in the day the Petit Final and minor placing sail-off were conducted. Jordan Reece (RSYS) would only need two matches to defeat Chris Steele and secure the final podium position.
Sydney did not turn on its best weather this week for the ten competing teams and today was another cloudy day with rain showers. "It was fitting that the finals were sailed in the rain,"
said Race Officer Denis Thompson this evening. "It was another shifty day with mostly light easterly breezes that swung from north north east to just east of south east, when the rain showers came through."
Final Results: (Skipper/Club)
1. Tim Coltman, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
2. Jay Griffin, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
3. Jordan Reece, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
4. Chris Steele, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL
5. Jamie Dawson, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL
6. Ashlen Rooklyn, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
7. Ryan Davidson, Balboa Yacht Club, USA
8. Tim Forbes-Smith, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
9. Nicholas Howe, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
10. Carla Sexton, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
For final results log on to http://www.cyca.com.au/sysfile/downloads/Stage2and3_Musto_11.pdf