Two RPAYC Youth Development teams competed over the weekend at the Captain John Piper Match Racing Regatta at the CYCA.
Cameron Whiteside (Skipper) Antony Hawke, Tom Quarrie, D’arcy Kemp
Juliet Costanzo (Skipper) Emma Rankin, Jemma Hodgson, Thomas Rees, Jasmine Bridge.
Reserve: Alistair Read.
With lots of events having been cancelled or postponed because of COVID, the sailors were keen to get out and line up against the different teams.
9 teams representing three clubs; CYCA, RSYS and RPAYC competed at this two-day regatta.
Close racing was had in the round robin, as the teams fought to get a spot in the semi finals. By the end of the round robin both Finn Tapper (CYCA) and Jed Cruickshanks (RSYS) sealed the first two spots, however it was a 5 way battle for the remaining spots with both Alfreds teams tied on 4 wins with three other teams.
Costanzo had the tie go her way, unfortunately knocking out her fellow RPAYC team from the top four. Whiteside continued to build up experience finishing in 6th place.
As the winner of the round robin, Cruickshank (RSYS) picked Littlechild (CYCA) as his opponent.
This left Tapper to race Costanzo in the other semis.
Whilst Costanzo was able to match Tapper with pace, she was unable to get the upper hand off the start line, leaving tapper to win both races of the semis.
After winning all of his races in the round robin, Cruickshanks lost his semis 2 nil, and thus would square of with Costanzo in the petit final.
Costanzo managed to win both her starts and had a clear speed advantage upwind on her opponent in the bow 16 knot North easterly breeze. Defeating Cruickshank 2 nil.
Finn Tapper also went onto win the finals 2 nil.
Commenting on the Alfreds team results, squad coach Tom Spithill has the following things to say “We haven’t been focusing on match racing as much with our training, instead working on fleet racing and boat handling. This served us well as we used our speed to get out of some tough scenarios” “Eventually some of the old match racing golden rules came flooding back”
“I think the teams are going to be a force to reckon with next month for the RPAYCs exciting fleet/match racing event in the elliotts” Commented a pleased Spithill.
Thank you to the CYCA and their volunteers for hosting an event during these challenging times. Also thank you to our other competitors and clubs for the great racing.
RPAYC YD Coach