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.”
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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.
Saturday 10th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
PRESS RELEASE: Persistent rain and ‘silly mistakes’ shape day one of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup
With persistent rain falling all day on the Waitemata Harbour it wasn’t the best day for yachting, but the breeze was steady and allowed our Race Management team to get through 11 flights of racing. This year the event has 15 teams entered and with only 10 Elliott 7’s in the fleet, we are yet to see all teams have a decent crack.
James Wilson (RNZYS YTP) has a very slender lead over the teams who saw a good amount of race time today, winning six of his eight races and putting his hand up as one to beat over the next three days. Wilson had good wins against the regatta favourite Leonard Takahashi and his YTP comrade Jordan Stevenson, as well as dispatching Clare Costanzo (RPAYC), James Farquharson (RPAYC), John Lynch (DSC) and Finn Tapper (CYCA).
Takahashi isn’t far behind with five wins and two losses for his RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team. With wins against Farquharson and Tapper, Takahashi might be rueing a few mistakes that led to two losses – one of them the match of the day against RNZYS YTP skipper Jordan Stevenson. “Yeah we have new crew so we’re still adjusting and working things out. We made a few silly unforced errors on the course - especially in that race against Jordan - but we’re looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”
Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) is 3-3 after today’s racing, but the team were pretty stoked with their big match of the day win over Takahashi. James Jennings is on main for Stevenson this week and he was happy with how the day went “We went three for three but we beat Leonard which was pretty good and we manged to win two others. The three we lost were down to silly mistakes but I’m pretty happy with how the team sailed and I think we have a good day ahead of us tomorrow.”
Friday 9th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
PRESS RELEASE: Takahashi headlines youth teams from around the globe for the biggest RNZYS Nespresso Youth Match Racing Cup on record
A record amount of teams from all over the world have descended on the home of the America’s Cup for the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron from February 10th – 13th 2018.
This year we have 15 teams entered, making this the biggest NYIMRC ever and setting up a bumper four days of match racing in the Elliott 7’s. These teams all have a great chance of success this week which is testament to the strength of Youth Sailing today, and we can’t wait to watch the excitement unfold on the Waitemata Harbour.
RNZYS are well represented with four official teams in this year’s regatta, including Leonard Takahashi’s RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team, Jordan Stevenson’s RNZYS Youth Training Programme (YTP) Team, James Wilson’s RNZYS YTP Team and Nick Egnot-Johnson’s RNZYS Performance Programme Team.
Leonard Takahashi is the early favourite heading into this regatta as he has the highest world ranking of #25. After winning both the Musto & Harken Youth International’s in Australia at the end of 2017, the team are riding a nice wave of form. “Winning those two regattas in Australia was a really good confidence boost for the team but we know there are still plenty of teams who can challenge us.” This week they have a slight team change, with Tim Snedden being replaced by Leonard’s 49er sailing partner Ibuki Koizumi, and our youngest competitor to ever compete in this event, 12 year old George Lee Rush – described by Leonard as their “secret weapon” - has also joined the team in what will be an awesome learning experience for the young sailor from Wakatere Boating Club.
This is Takahashi’s first time helming in his home regatta, and he is very much looking forward to the challenge – “It should be really cool sailing at home in our home boats, I haven’t helmed in this regatta before so we are really pumped to get into it.” Asked whether the team are feeling the pressure of having the top ranking, Takahashi said-“Yeah there is obviously a bit of pressure coming in with the top ranking but the whole team knows we are just here to do a yacht race and we’ve still got plenty to work on. We know every team coming down is coming to win so we need to treat each race like it’s the final.”
James Wilson, representing the RNZYS YTP, is also coming off some good results, notably his 2nd place finish (behind Takahashi) at the Harken Youth International at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
Speaking of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, they have two quality teams competing this week including Clare Costanzo’s all girl team who won the Hardy Cup in Sydney yesterday. It is great to see an all-girl team doing so well and we hope they have more success here in Auckland this week. The other RPAYC team is helmed by James Farquharson. Both teams are coached by Tom Spithill who arrived with a smile on his face after his team’s success over our RNZYS PP skipper George Anyon on Sydney Harbour yesterday “It was a really good win for Clare! Both teams have had a few crew changes for this event but they’re both looking forward to getting into it. The RNZYS always puts on a good show!”
Pittwater will be alive with activity this weekend with regattas inside and offshore. The newly formed Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta will see a strong fleet of 20 boats compete offshore under IRC and PHS on a grand prix course whilst inshore the second round of the One Design and Sports Boat Regatta will see a fleet of 25 boats sprinting across the waterways.
Palm Beach Yacht Club are also hosting their Multihull Regatta and RPAYC will see round 12 of the Summer Centreboard Series held.
With a focus on IRC windward leeward racing offshore Nine Dragon's DK46 skipper Bob Cox is looking forward to the challenge of Broken Bay and taking on Quest MAT11.80, skippered by Bob Steel over the 1.5-2nm course area.
As a new event in the offshore program for Club's MHYC regular offshore fleet are currently racing up the coast from Sydney in a passage race to Pittwater before heading to the start line off Barrenjoey tomorrow morning for an 1100 hr start and up to three windward leeward races.
Saturday afternoon will see the Club fire up its famous Chef Cooked BBQ to welcome crews back to Halyards for a great meal and post race analysis. Live music will also commences from 1700hrs. Non competitors are invited to attend and enjoy the regatta atmosphere. Halyards bistro will also be open.
Sunday will see racing commence at 1100hrs with the post race presentation schedule for 1700hrs. Metro Mirage Hotel Newport have also offered a prize for the Winner on IRC. The perfect location for your next visit to The RPAYC.
The Club has also rededicated two perpetual trophies for the Pittwater Regatta. The Pittwater Bowl was first awarded in 1955 and will be award to the winner on IRC and the Petrel Cup which was first awarded in 1905 will be award on PHS.
Summer One Design and Sports Boat Regatta
Inshore will see the Summer One Design and Sports Boat Regatta, the second Series of four schedule events throughout the year. The event is ideal for one design classes like Etchells, 5.5m, 11ms, Vipers, VxOnes, Melges 20/24s as well as Sport Boat Classes like the new on the scene Fareast28R.
The regatta will see these classes compete on a windward leeward course of approximately 1nm resulting in some fast paced racing on Pittwater. For the Etchells class this weekend is also their World Qualifying event to see who will represent the Pittwater Fleet in Brisbane in October.
Entry is open for Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s 13th Sydney Harbour Regatta and competitors will have an opportunity to win the grand prize – a return trip for two to Auckland inclusive of a $500 accommodation voucher courtesy of Air New Zealand.
To be held over the weekend of 3-4 March on Sydney Harbour and its surrounds, entry and Notice of Race for the Sydney Harbour Regatta are available online now.
Winners of each division will receive a divisional prize and go in the draw for the grand prize donated by Air New Zealand. Second placed yachts in each division will also receive a divisional prize and go into the draw for a voucher for one month free berthing at Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands.
For third placegetters in each division, there is a divisional prize and a draw for two nights’ accommodation for two people at the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley, including breakfast.
To be eligible for all prizes, there must be six or more entrants in each class/division. Divisional winners names will be added to the significant perpetual trophies commissioned for this event and prizes will include Helly Hansen apparel.
The Yngling keelboat class will hold its NSW Championship at the Sydney Harbour Regatta, ahead of Yngling Worlds to be held on Lake Garda in July. Some of Australia’s most decorated names have graced and won in the class, among them Olympians Nicky Bethwaite, Karyn Gojnich, Krystal Weir, Neville Witty and Melanie Dennison.
“The Ynglings really enjoy racing at the Sydney Harbour Regatta and being involved,” triple Olympian Karyn Gojnich said of NSW’s largest keelboat regatta. “Our team (on Evie) are doing the event and we’re hoping to have a strong fleet to sail against,” added, Gojnich, a Vice President of the Oceania Sailing Federation (OSAF).
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