Seve JARVIN, Robert BELL and Sam NEWTON have taken out their fourth consecutive youth match racing title in as many months with a convincing win over the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Sydney Harbour today.
As always, Seve was well supported by his sheet hand and bowman and this teamwork is one of the main reasons they have yet again finished proudly holding the winners' trophy," said regatta organiser Jenni BONNITCHA tonight.
Following a delayed start due to lack of wind, Fremantle Sailing Club beat Seve's team convincingly in a re-sail from an upheld protest awarded yesterday. Speaking after the regatta, Seve said his team relaxed into it as the day progressed and the nor'easter filled in to peak around 12 knots
The CYCA's second team of Jeremy WILMOT, Even WALKER and Tom CLOUT, sailing together for the first time in this regatta, was the lightest crew on the course and while this made handling difficult in the heavier breezes on the first day, they managed to demonstrate some superb control downwind to finish third overall.
At the end of Day 1 and 2, Fremantle Sailing Club was at the top of the pointscore but they were unable to hold that advantage in today's semis and finals and finished up in fourth place overall.
This afternoon, Jenni acknowledged that the success achieved by this team from Western Australia is largely due to the talent of the for'ard hand Tess Parkinson.
"Tess' boat work was phenomenal and she should do well in her campaign to compete at the next Australian Youth Worlds in the 420 class.
"The standard of all the teams produced such close racing and so many nail-biting finishes. I'm sure I didn't have this many grey hairs before the regatta,"
"In the end, it was the teams that had their eyes outside the boat today that were able to gain the advantage by using the different pressure on the race course as a passing lane,"
Four Sydney, two interstate and three international teams contested the Under 20 ISAF Grade 3 ranked regatta over three days, sailing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's fleet of Elliott 6s.
Jarvin's team, which only began sailing together during winter, convincingly out-sailed the competition in the 2003 Governor's Cup in the United States in August followed by the Harken NSW Youth Match Racing Championships and the Club Marine Australian Youth Match Racing Championship.
Tonight the three teenagers from Sydney are clearing more space on their mantelpieces for the miniature Joy Ride trophies that were presented at this evening's prize presentation by Mary Ann Maxwell, who donated the magnificent perpetual Joy Ride trophy in memory of her late husband Gary McPike.
Regatta sponsor Herman Heiligers presented trophies to the remaining competitors.
"It was wonderful to see so much talent over the last three days,"
he said at the presentation.
"Any one of the crewmembers here can skipper my boat anytime,"
The final stop on the youth match racing calendar for this year is next week 's Harken International and many of the teams that took part in the Accord Logistics International Youth Match Racing Championship, including the winning team, will be fighting it out again in a few days time.
1st place - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Team 1 (skipper Seve Jarvin),
2nd place - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (Stuart Pollard), NSW
3rd place - CYCA Team 2 (Jeremy Wilmot), NSW
4th place - Fremantle Sailing Club (Torvar Mirsky), WA
5th place - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Tom Spithill), NSW
6th place - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (Jessica Smyth), NZ
7th place - Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (David Chew), QLD
8th place - Royal Yachting Association (Nick Cherry), GBR
9th place - Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Squadron (Theo McDonnell), NZ