Young Sydney sailor Seve JARVIN heads the leaderboard after a day of destruction at the Warren Jones Youth Regatta match racing series, being sailed on Perth's Swan river. Jarvin has chalked up five wins, and only one defeat in a day that saw the race start boat holed, two of the competing yachts seriously damaged, and another pair of yachts clash masts.
It was Swedish skipper Emil WIBERG, who lost control of his boat during a pre-start joust, and rammed the race committee boat, putting an 8 inch triangular hole in it, fortunately above the waterline.
But is was the full on T-bone with Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Michael DUNSTAN, ramming Torvar MIRSKY of the Fremantle Sailing Club, that bought racing to a standstill late in the afternoon.
The legendary Fremantle Doctor seabreeze had built to over 20 knots by late morning, and the racing was fast and furious in the Foundation 36 yachts used for the event.
Seve JARVIN has only recently started sailing as a skipper in match racing, having crewed for other skippers for several years, but has risen rapidly up the ranking this year.
Revelling in the conditions he commented at the end of the day, 'the crew worked really well together today, they were quite fresh and shifty conditions, if it's windy it'll be good fun tomorrow.'
On the Swan River's Matilda Bay, he demonstrated why he is making such a name for himself, by sailing fast and smart in the blustery conditions, starting well, and consolidating on his early advantages in all races but one.
The only skipper to get the better of Jarvin, who is representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, was a local team sailing for the regatta hosts, Royal Perth Yacht Club, skippered by Jackson DIGNEY.
Also on five wins, but having suffered two defeats, are South of Perth Yacht Club's Keith Swinton, and Emil Wiberg of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club.
The regatta in memory of Warren Jones, who was the mastermind behind Australia II's victory in the America's Cup in 1983, has attracted five overseas teams, with New Zealand, Britain, Sweden and the United States all represented.
Leaderboard at the end of day 1:
wins - losses
1 Seve JARVIN, CYCA 5 1
2= Keith SWINTON, SoPYC 5 2
2= Emil WIBERG, GKSS 5 2
4 Laurie JURY, RNZYS 4 2
5 Simon MINOPRIO, RNZYS 4 3
6 Jackson DIGNEY, RPYC 4
7= Michael DUNSTAN, RSYS 3 3
7= Murray GORDON, RPAYC 3 3
9 Alistair HALL, RYA 3 4
10 Torvar MIRSKY, FSC 2 4
11 Adam GARNAUT, RFBYC 1 5
12 Brian ANGEL, KHYC 1 6