Nine teams, representing five Yacht Clubs and two States were competing for the title of NSW Youth Match Racing Champion over the two-day event held at the CYCA on the weekend.
This was the first event for the Australasian Youth Match Racing Circuit for 2018/19 and an opportunity for our RPAYC Youth Development Sailors to send two teams. With a fresh influx of first time participants in The Club’s world renowned Youth Development Program, this regatta provided a perfect opportunity to introduce some of these sailors to their first match racing regatta.
Niall Powers hopped on the helm for his first go as skipper, after having a tough first day with no wins on the board, Powers and his team came out the next day and showed great improvement winning 3 out of their 4 races.
James Farquharson skippering the second RPAYC team had a tough and bloody day on the water. During the RPAYC V RPAYC match, Farquharson had amassed a handy lead against sparring partner Powers. Farquharson was gybing into the bottom mark when crewmember Zoe Whitlock got her pinky finger caught between the spinnaker pole and the mast. At first Zoe thought it was a slight pinch, however on closer inspection it was quite a serious cut with blood spilling over the foredeck. Farquharson immediately showed good seamanship , calling over the umpire and safely transporting Zoe off the boat to receive medical treatment.
Whilst Farquharson is more accustomed to finishing further up the scoreboard, he showed great patience and team spirit, helping his team of newcomers learn the ins and outs of Match Racing.
“This was a great opportunity to introduce some new faces into the mix, and “Bleed” them into the sport of match racing (No pun intended!), I was really impressed with some of our senior squad members who showed great maturity helping their new squad members getting up to speed”
“Going forward now we have the luxury of developing some intense in house training as we prepare for the upcoming regattas” commented a insouciant Tom Spithill (Head Coach).
Thank you to the CYCA for once again hosting the NSW Youth Match Racing Championships. Congratulations to the winners Tom Grimes & Team.
The next event for the RPAYC Youth Development Program will be the David Lukins Memorial Regatta 15-16 September hosted here at The Club.
Full results here