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CentrePort Wellington International Youth Match Racing Championship 2006
Wellington, New Zealand

Four teams from New Zealand and four from Australia battled out a Trans Tasman rivalry in the ISAF Grade 3 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championships in Wellington, New Zealand this week. Kiwi Logan SUTHERLAND came out on top, defeating Australian rival Torvar MIRSKY in the final.
Racing began with two round robins, which ended with Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) and his crew from Fremantle Sailing Club lead with ten wins followed by Logan SUTHERLAND (NZL) and crew from Royal Akarana Yacht Club and Stuart POLLARD (AUS) and crew from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on nine wins. A tie break was required to split Phil ROBERTSON's (NZL) team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Josh JUNIOR's (NZL) Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club team, who both had eight wins. In the end ROBERTSON progressed to the semi-final round leaving JUNIOR to sail off for fifth and sixth place against Tom SPITHILL (AUS) and crew from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Exciting Final Day

After a light start in the morning of finals day a ten to twelve knot breeze built to provide the sailors with ideal match racing conditions. MIRSKY's team continued their good form from the round robins to beat ROBERTSON's team in two straight races and proceed to the finals. POLLARD's and SUTHERLAND's teams had three tight matches in the other semi-final with SUTHERLAND eventually progressing to the finals with a 2-1 record against POLLARD.

The stage was set for a best of five final between SUTHERLAND and MIRSKY. The finals were upstaged for half an hour as ABN AMRO ONE and movistar had their own private match race to the finish of leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race. With that out of the way a series of close matches followed with SUTHERLAND managing to win three straight matches and emerging as winner of the 2006 CentrePort Wellington International Youth Match Racing Championship.

In the petit finals JUNIOR beat SPITHILL 2-1 to take out fifth place while Jamie WOODS' (AUS) team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had two straight wins over Jonathan CLOUGH's (NZL) team from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club to fill seventh place.

New Zealand Success

This year's Trans Tasman rivalry was won by the New Zealand teams with first, third, fifth and eighth places compared to the teams from Australia with second, fourth, sixth and seventh places.

CentrePort Wellington International Youth Match Racing Championship Final Standings

2. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS)
4. Stuart POLLARD (AUS)
5. Josh JUNIOR (NZL)
7. Jamie WOODS (AUS)
8. Jonathan CLOUGH (NZL)

Dean STANLEY (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Wellington:© Chris COAD
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