Susannah Pyatt (RNZYS) and her team of Jenna Hansen, Olivia Powrie and Heather Trudgen, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, have won the New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship 2013.
About the win Pyatt commented, "We are pretty ecstatic actually; I can't stop smiling, we did it!"
With her victory Pyatt claims the Leith Mossman Memorial Trophy for 2013.
Pyatt won 2 out of 3 races against Melinda Henshaw (RNZYS) in the Semi Finals, despite losing the first race to Henshaw by 40 seconds; the biggest margin of the semis.
On a day of little to tricky winds, Pyatt came from fourth position after Round Robin One to steal the regatta from Samantha Osborne (RNZYS) who had dominated throughout the event.
On the final day of racing, and with Auckland's breeze being difficult, the leaderboard - which had been relatively consistent to this point - had a massive shift. In second place Henshaw, also representing the RNZYS, came from behind to steal the second spot from Pyatt.
After dominating the regatta Osborne was relegated to third spot. Osborne was unsure how to sum up the lack of fortune she had today, "What I'm thinking you can't really write down; we messed up, it was a tricky day."
In the Petit Finals Osborne won 2 of her 3 races against Pierce by relatively slim margins.
In fourth spot Pierce (RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme), who has been consistent in her position throughout the regatta, commented, "Our result was good overall but our lack of training showed through in these tough conditions; however overall I'm happy."
PRO Mike Best summed the day up as frustrating, "We had 60-70 degree wind shifts and 0-15 knots."
The RNZYS congratulates Pyatt, her crew and the all the other competitors who took part in this fantastic regatta and looks forward to welcoming everyone back for next year's event.
So after a tough final day of racing the final placing's look like this:
1st Susannah Pyatt Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
2nd Melinda Henshaw Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
3rd Samantha Osborne Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
4th Claudia Pierce RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme
5th Hannah Osborne RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme
6th Michelle Tait Buckland's Beach Yacht Club
7th Genevieve Kayat New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club