Seve JARVIN (aged 17), Robert BELL (aged 16) and Sam NEWTON (aged 18) representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia won the ISAF Grade 3 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship adding a fifth title to their resumes in as many months.
The lads surviving a spirited challenge from runners-up the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who caused a major upset by displacing the host Royal Prince Alfred crew after having themselves just scraped into the repechage round in eighth place on countback!
Sailing in perfect conditions, Jarvin made a horror start to the best of five final round when he incurred three pre start penalties at the hands of RNZ's Andrew PHILLIPS and was consequently black flagged from that match. Jarvin settled down to win the next match confidently levelling the score at one all and in the third match Phillips appeared to be in the box seat at the start when a broken fitting allowed his spinnaker pole to drop to the deck where it dislodged the jib halyard jammer right on the start gun.
Having misplaced his red flag, Phillips was unable to even seek redress for his untimely misfortune. Jarvin was quick to capitalise and with flawless crew-work soon extended his small advantage into a winning margin in the steady 15 knot south-easterly breeze.
Principal Race Officer Denis THOMPSON then realizing that insufficient time remained to complete two further matches and not wishing to end up with a drawn result, declared it a day with CYCA 2-1. The Kiwis were quick to congratulate their Aussie rivals and put aside their bit of tough luck. Phillips just shrugged it off with a smile... "that's sailing, were pretty happy with how we went,"
Earlier in the afternoon RPAYC's Nicky SOUTER, Nina CURTIS and John DAHLENBERG made a surprise exit in third place at the hands of the fast improving New Zealanders despite winning the first match comfortably. The long and exhausting knockout round was starting to take its toll on weary minds and bodies after five days of hiking in winds ranging from 5-25kts.
Speaking at the presentation dinner which followed, 'old' Harken hand James SPITHILL commented on the quality of the umpires "this is the level of umpire team you would see at a Grade 1 event".
1. Cruising Yacht Club Australia AUS
2. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron NZL
3. Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club AUS
4. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron AUS
5. South of Perth Yacht Club AUS
6. Royal Yachting Association GBR
7. Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron AUS
8. Fremantle Sailing Club AUS
9. Royal Perth Yacht Club AUS
10. Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club NZL
11. Hamburger Segel Club Women GER
12. Hamburger Segel Club Open GER