West Australian skipper Torvar MIRSKY became the first Australian to put his name on the Warren Jones Youth Regatta trophy for a second time, when he beat New Zealandâ€™s Adam MINOPRIO in the final on the Swan River.
This was the battle of the two immediate previous winners, with Torvar MIRSKY
defending the trophy of the ISAF Grade 2 regatta, while Adam MINOPRIO
had won in 2006.
The young skipper who was in fifth place at the end of the first day, admitted to being surprised he'd been able to come back and win, because of the high standard of the competition.
"At the start of the event we lost a few races, we were still finding our feet, but towards the end we stepped it up and really put everything we had into it, and we weren't making so many mistakes,"
In the best-of-three race final series the local skipper stamped his authority on the game in the first confrontation, decisively winning the start, and controlling the race throughout.
The Kiwis took the second race after MIRSKY misjudged the start, and despite several strong challenges could not break through to grab the lead.
In the decider the two boats came off the starting line evenly, but MIRSKY and his team seemed able to squeeze a fraction more speed out of their boat, and quickly established a small advantage, which they managed to defend to the finish.
MINOPRIO had dominated the regatta through the early stages, while MIRSKY only claimed his place in the final at the end of the qualifying series, but carried the momentum of his improving form through into the final.
In the petit-final, another New Zealander, Laurie JURY
, beat Perth skipper Robert GIBBS
(AUS) 2- 0 to take third place.
The last day of the regatta produced yet more testing conditions for the young crews, with strong and shifty easterly winds, and at times torrential rain.
MIRSKY, from Fremantle, is the top ranked youth skipper in the world, lying at #11 in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings
after a successful season last year in Europe.
The regatta is organized by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation, and was hosted this year by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
Results - click here
Warren Jones Youth Regatta - www.wayachting.com.au/warrenjones.asp
ISAF World Match Race Rankings - www.sailing.org/mrrankings