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22 November 2002, 04:39 pm
Tight Racing Going into Day One
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Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

Lourie Jury, Daniel Mc Lean and Sam Tucker from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron did extremely well leading with five wins.
Laurie said the team had been practising up to three times a week leading up to the event so their performance today is evident of that.

The southerly sea breeze stayed at a constant 10 knots throughout the majority of the day and the strong umpire team were very consistent with their decisions and were kept busy with one Black Flag (disqualification) and numerous protests.

It was a close affair with three teams consisting of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Yachting Association from the UK all equal with four wins each and six clubs consisting of both Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club teams, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in NZ, Mission Bay Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club both in the USA all with two wins behind them.

Paul Campbell-James, from the Royal Yachting Association in the UK said he was weary of having such a light crew but today they showed their stuff and sailed very consistently.

It was quite a gaggle of teams that are on two points but at less than half way through the round robin stage that will change.

Tomorrow we expect east to northeast winds and with all competitors getting ride of those first day jitters, jetlag and a little disappointment from some teams there is still plenty of time to show their stuff over the next three days.

Day one results

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 5 wins
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 4 wins
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron 4 wins
Royal Yachting Association 4 wins
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Blue team 2 wins
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Red team 2 wins
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2 wins
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club 2 wins
Mission Bay Yacht Club 2 wins
Balboa Yacht Club 2 wins
South of Perth Yacht Club 0 wins
Fukuoka Yacht Club 0 wins

Match racing ceased for the day after completion of 10 flights.

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