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7 February 2005, 01:28 pm
Michael Dunstan Unbeaten After Day One
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Hardy Cup
Sydney, Australia

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's crack young match racing sailor Michael DUNSTAN and his crew are the only unbeaten team after day one of the prestigious Hardy Cup ISAF Grade 3 youth match racing series on Sydney Harbour.
Dunstan, a past Hardy Cup winner with an ISAF World Match Race Ranking of 29, sailed with a mixture of aggression and tactical skills in beating three of his major four rivals in the opening round robins, winning seven out of seven flights.

His most significant win was against New Zealander Simon MINOPRIO who last week beat Dunstan in a hard-fought final of the Warren Jones Youth Regatta in Perth.

Dunstan also beat two of his Australian rivals, Seve JARVIN sailing the CYCA 1 boat, and fellow Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2 team with skipper Mark DORLING.

Apart from Dunstan, the best results today have been four wins from five flights by Seve JARVIN (CYCA 1) and four wins from seven flights by American Brian ANGEL from the King Harbour Yacht Club.

Jarvin's wins included beating Brian ANGEL and the Kiwi Simon MINOPRIO, sailing for NZ's Vision Yachting. Angel's wins including beating Minoprio and Nick CHERRY from the Royal Yachting Association in Great Britain.

Neither of the New Zealand teams did well today, Minoprio finishing with only two wins from five flights, while defending Hardy Cup champion Laurie JURY from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron had three wins from his five flights.

Six of the teams have completed seven flights, the others five, after a frustrating day on the Harbour where the race committee had to postpone racing when the westerly wind died away, to be replaced later in the morning by an easterly at seven knots, increasing to an excellent sailing breeze of 10-13 knots from the north-east.

Once the breeze settled in, the Hardy Cup produced some close and exciting racing between the Elliott 6s, with two on-the-water claims for redress. The umpires rejected one, upheld the second, which saw a resail between the RSYS 2 team and the CYCA 2 team.

The result was reversed, going to the CYCA 2 team. However, the CYCA 2 team, skippered by Evan WALKER, was also black-flagged in another incident, the team finishing the day with three wins out of five flights.

'We are ahead of schedule, despite the delay this morning and hope to maintain that schedule tomorrow,' RSHYS sailing manager Susan ETHERINGTON said this evening. 'Half the fleet have sailed seven flights and we hope to bring them up to seven in the morning.'

The 36 young sailors contesting the Hardy Cup spent more than nine hours on the water after race officials struggled to make up time lost by lack of wind this morning.

With high temperatures and little wind this morning, conditions were torrid, but a cooling sea breeze brought relief from the heat and allowed Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron race officials to set fair courses.

Tomorrow's forecast is for the northwesterly to northeasterly winds, reaching 20 knots, freshening on Wednesday to 25 knots before the predicted 15/25-knot southerly change.

Teams from Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and the USA are contest the Hardy Cup, a trophy donated by Sir James Hardy to promote match racing helming and tactics among sailors under the age of 25.

Progress results and news releases on the 2005 Hardy Cup will be available on the RSYS website via the link below.

Peter Campbell (As Amended by ISAF)
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