The Alfreds will be represented by two teams this week over in New Caledonia, for the Air Calum Match Racing Regatta, held out of the New Caledonia Yacht club (CNC).
Youth Development Squad Members Niall Powers will lead his youth (under 23) team with Antony Hawke, Jasmine Bridge and Cam Whiteside.
Club yachtsman of the year Chris Way also decided to have a bit of a dabble, trying his hand at match racing, after enjoying it so much in the clubs prestigious David Lukins Me
morial Regatta in 2018.
Crewing for Chris is Thomas “Tom” Brewer and Andrew “Rob” Hudson.
Day 1 got underway in a 18 knot south easterly.
Ted Anderson, (the race officer) made it clear to be prepared for a long day, and it certainly ended up being the case. With 26 flights in the round robin, the racing continued from 1000 throug
h to 1730, with 13 flights been completed.
Powers and his team had a pleasing day with 3 wins and 2 losses. The last race of the day proved to be a nail biter with Powers and his crew undertaking a penalty turn right on the finish line to win by the smallest of margins. “Not a faultless day for us, but all in all it’s been very encouraging the way we have started to build as a team” Commented a reflective Powers.
Chris Way and his team were exciting to watch, with sudden strokes of brilliance and some other “interesting” manoeuvres. One such moment was receiving his first ever Black Flag, when Tom Picot CNC got three penalty turns on him in the prestart.
However Chris managed to then produce an upset in the next match by beating the top ranked youth crew from the RNZYS to finish the day with 3wins and 3 losses.
Full results can be followed here: https://www.matchracingresults.com/2019/aircalin-match-racing-cup/