Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Victorious after defeating the Royal Yachting Association 3-1 in the final
It took 4 races to find the winner of the four-day International youth event held on the Pittwater, Sydney Australia. Laurie Jury, Daniel McLean and Sam Tucker RNZYS all 19 years of age and showed exceptional crew work.
Conditions were sunny, hot and perfect for sailing with increasing north easterlies gusting up to 15 knots in the afternoon making the final races of the day a spectacle to watch.
Laurie Jury and crew showed awesome boat control today but had some extremely tough competition from the Royal Yachting Association (UK). It was head to head for the whole four races, one up, one down, one down, one up…
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won the first and second race. The second race saw some gutsy moves by Paul Campbell-James helmsman for the RYA. It was either now or never and Paul decided to give it a try. After two penalties and ending the race with a Black Flag Paul said it was worth a try. The RYA comes back with a vengeance, which carried them down wind to finish first place in the third race. It was then in the final race that RNZYS used powerful strength and manoeuvred their way to a victory.
Dan Corlett, Martin Trembath and Alex (Chuck) Anderson all graduates from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Youth Development Program excelled and came in fourth place after the Royal Queensland Yacht Club's Matthew Chew, David Chew and Dean Horton in third place.
By the end of the round robin the scorecard saw Balboa Yacht Club (USA) finish seventh followed by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Red team), South of Perth Yacht Club coin ninth place, Mission Bay Yacht Club (USA) tenth, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club eleventh and Fukuoka Yacht Club (JPN) come in twelfth.
Chief Umpire David Tallis said, "Over the four days of racing there were some spectacular moves and teamwork. The standard of racing was excellent and the most competitive and technically demanding match-racing youth event I've done. The whole event was extremely well run and I am proud that a competitive event like the Harken is held in our own back yard."