Youth teams from Queensland, the ACT and Victoria will join their NSW counterparts on Sydney Harbour this weekend for the Under 20's Club Marine Australian Youth Match Racing Championships.
Following on from the Schools and the State Match Racing Championships recently run by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the three-day Club Marine Championships are expected to produce some outstanding match racing displays for those enjoying the long weekend on the harbour from Saturday October 3 through to Monday October 5.
Local talent competing includes the successful combination of Seve Jarvin, Robert Bell and Sam Newton, winners of the Harken Regatta two weeks ago and a major international trophy in August. A second Sydney team of Elizabeth Walsh, Marcus Jones, who has spent the Australian winter match racing in Europe with Michael Dunstan, and Jeremy Wilmot, who executed some exciting manoeuvres in the last regatta, has also entered. David Chew, brother of the well-known Olympic squad sailor and match-racing sailor Matt Chew, and his crew will represent Queensland while a strong squad led by David Barnes will sail for Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria. The ACT team of Iain Davidson, Josh Paine and Martin Cox hail from the successful Canberra Yacht Club sailing school and are highly regarded as fleet racers.
"It is great to see interstate clubs giving their promising young match racing sailors the opportunity to compete at a national level,"
said the CYCA's Youth Sailing Academy coach/manager Jenni Bonnitcha.
"From the quality of the line-up I can guarantee there will be three days of action packed match racing for those enjoying the long weekend on the harbour,"
On Sunday evening following the completion of two full round robins, semi finals and finals over three days, competitors, regatta organisers and sponsors will enjoy a presentation BBQ at the CYCA in Rushcutters Bay. Club Marine, Australia's largest insurer of pleasure craft is a long-term sponsor of the Youth Sailing Academy and taking up the naming rights of this national regatta further demonstrates its commitment to youth sailing.