Tuesday 13th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Leonard Takahashi and his RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team crew of Josh Wijohn, Taylor Balogh, Ibuki Koizumi and George Lee Rush have taken out the 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Skippers were greeted by another rainy Auckland day this morning, which was fitting seeing as the majority of the regatta was sailed in wet weather, but this didn’t stop our four keen semi-finalists from taking to the water.
James Wilson from the RNZYS Youth Training Programme was the top seed heading into the finals so it was his choice on who he would sail against in the Semi-Finals. Wilson selected Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which left Takahashi taking on Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) in the other semi-final.
Wilson, who came back from being two-nil down in the quarterfinals, found himself in another ding dong battle - this time against Tapper - that saw some extremely tight racing and provided another nervous final that came right down the final match. With the scores tied two each, it was all on in the final match but the local boy Wilson managed to find his form and keep his composure to win and book himself a spot in the grand finale. “I was pretty worried aye, it was almost a repeat of our quarterfinal. We were doing well in the pre-starts but we kept making mistakes up the course. In the fourth match we could have really finished it off but we didn’t, then the fifth race was really close, there were heaps of penalties and flags flying up and down but we were stoked to get over the line and make the final.”
Make Your Mark Down Under is ready to launch. To ensure success we need your help!
When: Sunday 18 February 10:00 to 14:00
Where: Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park
Join Invictus Games Sydney 2018 ambassador Curtis McGrath as we celebrate the launch of Make Your Mark Down Under. Make Your Mark Down Under is our answer to Prince Harry’s call to action.
The Make Your Mark Down Under launch is a family oriented fun day featuring a simple activity to encourage people to be active and connect with their support network “walk and talk”. The event also celebrates Australia’s tradition of volunteering and community involvement. This is a chance for our partners and their family and friends to come together for a fun day out. Our Walk and Talk will cover a 3km parklands route. It can be as easy or hard as you want to make it and it’s accessible to all ages and abilities.
Through support from our partners there’ll be activities to keep the kids entertained with face painting, balloon artists, storytelling and lots of space for them to run around. There’s barista coffee and a sausage sizzle on site or bring your own picnic. Our media friends are coming along to help us kickstart the campaign and all our ‘walk and talkers’ will receive a launch souvenir. There is a role for everyone in Invictus Games Sydney 2018 so join us on 18 February to Make Your Mark Down Under.
Please help us spread the word and encourage your staff, family and friends to join us on the day by registering at www.invictusgames2018.org/mym
Monday 12th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
The semi-finalists were decided on Day three of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup with James Wilson (RNZYS Youth Training Programme), Leonard Takahashi (RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team), Finn Tapper (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) and Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) - all booking their tickets to semi-final showdowns on Tuesday.
Crews were met with clear skies and 10-15 knot winds when they arrived on the water to complete the remaining round robin races, a nice reprieve from the severely wet and windy first two days of racing. The biggest winner of the round robin racing this morning was Stevenson who won his remaining three races to sneak into the top 8, as well as Costanzo and Farquharson who both won races and a spot in the finals.
Trent Turigliatto from the Long Beach Yacht Club, John Lynch from the Darwin Sailing Club, and Tom Picot from Cercle Nautique Caledonien were all very unlucky not to make it into the finals after all three teams finished the round robin with six wins – one win away from potentially clinching a spot to race in the afternoon session.
Once round robin racing was completed our eight quarterfinalists were decided and the business end of proceedings could begin. The matchups included; Wilson (RNZYS YTP) v Farquharson (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club), Tapper (CYCA) v Costanzo (RPAYC), Takahashi (RNZYS PP) v Dair (Kerikei Cruising Club) and Egnot-Johnson (RNZYS PP) v Stevenson (RNZYS YTP).
NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup
Sunday 11th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
James Wilson from the RNZYS Youth Training Programme is wielding the best record after two days of Round Robin racing at the 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup.
It was an even wetter day than yesterday on the water outside the RNZYS with limited visibility and gusty winds between 15-25 knots but this didn’t affect the RNZYS YTP skipper. Wilson, who set the pace on day one, continued where he left off by notching up six more wins and finishing the day with an impressive 12-2 scorecard to complete his round robin campaign, handing him the top seed heading into the finals.
Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is the next best skipper in the fleet after claiming four more wins today to finish the round robin with an 11-3 scorecard. It has been an impressive performance by Tapper in trying conditions, and he and his crew have placed themselves nicely before the business end of the regatta.
RNZYS Performance Programme skipper Nick Egnot-Johnson picked up where he left off on Saturday by claiming three more race wins t
RNZYS day 1 report,
The Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta is run annually by the RNZYS on the waters of Auckland harbour.
There are 15 youth teams competing in the event, including teams from USA, Japan, New Caledonia and Australia.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht a club is being represented by two teams. Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma Rankin, Hannah Lanz and Juliet Costanzo. Skippering the second team is James Farquharson, Niall Powers, Harley Spreadbury-Key, Ruby Scholten and Cam Whiteside.
RPAYC returns as the defending yacht club, having won the 2017 edition of this regatta, when Malcolm Parker became the first club member since James Spithill to win this prestigious event.