The first race of the second day of the Under 20 Accord Logistics International Youth Match Racing Championship set the scene for close competitive match racing in steady 10-15 knot southerly breezes on Sydney Harbour today.
Yet again, an upheld red flag protest has meant the two leading boats, Fremantle Sailing Club and CYCA Team 1, skippered by Seve JARVIN, have been awarded a re-sail, which will be the first race off the start line tomorrow, the final day of the three-day regatta.
"It was close and exciting all day with most matches split by less than a couple of boat lengths,"
said regatta organiser Jenni BONNITCHA. "Three matches saw the leading boat commence the final leg with an outstanding penalty and both boats in these matches chose not to set spinnakers but rather tactically luff and gybe continually to 'burn off' their penalty.
During the final flight of the day, CYCA Team 1 and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron were locked in tight luffing duels under spinnaker with numerous penalties awarded. As the RNZ team struggled to exonerate their second penalty, un-poled spinnakers were left flapping in the moderate breezes.
The winner today was match racing with the young sailors demonstrating incredible tactical and strategic skills and a comprehensive understanding of the rules that govern this sport,"
In another full day on the water, forty-one matches were completed by all of the nine teams that are representing three Australian states as well as New Zealand and Great Britain.
Volunteer ISAF International Race Office Doug TALTY gave his constant attention to running back to back races that allowed such a full schedule of racing to be achieved.
All umpires, race officials and competitors agreed that today was rewarding but exhausting, however they were pleased to be greeted back at the Rushcutters Bay club this afternoon by some warm Sydney weather after two cold and wet days on the water.
Results After Day Two
||CYCA Team 1
||Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
||CYCA Team 2
||Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
||Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
||Royal Yachting Association
||Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Squadron
||Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron