The Hardy Cup will be sailed on Sydney Harbour from 6-9 February, with teams from Australia, France, Germany and New Zealand competing.
A place in the fleet became available this week with the late withdrawal of the Italian team of skipper Matteo SAVELLI and the RSYS invited SWINTON and his crew from the South of Perth Yacht Club to compete in the series.
SWINTON headed the leaderboard after the first day of racing in the ISAF Grade 3 Warren Jones Youth Regatta sailed on Perth's Swan River, winning six straight match races and after day two was equal second with eight wins and three losses in the round robin series. For the Hardy Cup he has nominated Adam MARTIN as his bowman and David SWETE as his middleman to sail in the RSYS's fleet of Elliott 6s.
Six of the twelve helmsmen invited to compete in the Hardy Cup are sailing in the Warren Jones Youth Regatta, an event hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in memory of the man largely responsible for Australia's victory in the 1983 America's Cup. They include new series leader Graeme SUTHERLAND (NZL) from New Zealand's Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland and Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) from Fremantle Sailing Club, who is in fifth place after two days of racing on the Swan River.
Seve JARVIN (AUS), from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and pre-event favourite for the Warren Jones Regatta, has moved up to equal second with SWINTON and is expected to again be a strong contender back in his home waters for the Hardy Cup.
Other Warren Jones Regatta competitors also sailing in the Hardy Cup are Mark DORLING (AUS) from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, currently tenth in standings, and the French representative Alexis LITTOZ-BARITEL, currently eighth.
Defending Hardy Cup champion Michael DUNSTAN, from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, is not contesting the Perth event, but is expected to start favourite for what will be his final Hardy Cup because of the age limit. DUNSTAN won the Cup last year from JARVIN and New Zealander Simon MINOPRIO.
Eminent Australian yachtsman Sir James Hardy donated the Hardy Cup to promote the match race helming and tactical skills of young sailors. This will be the fifth year that the RSYS has conducted the Hardy Cup on the Harbour.
Hardy Cup Entrants
( - ISAF World Match Race Ranking)