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23 November 2002, 11:33 am
Day Two Report
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Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

Racing was delayed until midday as winds were non-existent until then but the race committee were extremely organised and managed to get 12 flights finished to begin the repechage today.

What looked to be a slow start to the day turned out to be perfect sailing conditions with north easterlies gusting up to 15 knots at times during the late afternoon.
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's Matthew Chew steered his team to a victory today and will go head to head with the CYCA's team tomorrow for the first repechage. Only a few competitors have sailed in a repechage like this before and this sort of event gives the less experienced ones a chance to test their skills at an even deeper level.

The score sheet is extremely close and there is not much room for error as competitors realise at the end of the day after chatting to one another. The comradery and friendship between all youth teams goes to show the professionalism of the sport and dedication to their crewmates and home clubs.

This style of racing is not only fast and exciting but it is also mentally tiring on all crews, especially the helmsmen. Time, wind speed, decision making and even crew weight is all rolled into one in match racing and a single win today could mean qualifying for the repechage tomorrow as Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron found out today. With a total of five wins yesterday and being in the lead, to have two wins today they are still able to qualify for the repechage.

It wasn't apparent who was going to qualify for the repechage until the last flight of the day as the Royal Yachting Association from Great Britain were knocked out by Fukuoka Yacht Club from Japan. The Japanese had come into this event with little or no practical experience in match racing and to pick up the tactics and manoeuvring to be able to beat such an experienced team as the RYA, spectators were overjoyed and gave a huge cheer. The Japanese are now starting to build unbridled confidence.

Mark Dorling Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's helmsman was in much happier spirits today as he led his team into 3rd place in the repechage. With only two wins on the first day and gaining six wins today Mark, Stuart and Charles are is back in top form.

Both American teams were unlucky with missing out in qualifying for the repechage. Had the Royal Yachting Association lost their last match, Mission Bay Yacht Club would have made it into the next stage. Mission Bay Yacht Club tackled the gustier breeze but might have been disadvantaged with a lighter crew in the 15-knot winds.

Today sees see the following six teams compete in the repechage and this is where experience and teamwork will prevail.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (AUS) 10 wins 1 loss
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (AUS) 9 wins 2 losses
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (AUS) 8 wins 3 loss's
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZ) 7 wins 4 losses
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (AUS) Blue team 6 wins 6 loss's
Royal Yachting Association (UK) 6 wins 6 loss's

The other six teams that didn't qualify for the repechage will go into a single round robin to determine their final placing from seventh to twelfth.

Balboa Yacht Club (USA)
Fukuoka Yacht Club (Japan)
Mission Bay Yacht Club (USA)
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (NZ)
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Red team (AUS)
South Perth Yacht Club (AUS)

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