In a gripping display of determination, 17 year old, Finn Tapper has won his first international youth match racing regatta this week in Wellington, at the CentrePort International. Representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the young team of Tom Grimes, Nick Thyne & Paddy Dawson held a 17 race consecutive winning streak after only losing their first two matches throughout the four day competition.
On the final day, they sailed higher and faster to take out the finals 3-0 over local hero Ben Caundle from host club Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Again, racing was conducted in Evans Bay, east of the yacht club in a steady 14-18 knot southerly breeze.
In Race 1, Tapper controlled the pre-start, pushing Caundle below the pin layline on approach. Yet, an unforced error allowed Caundle to speed build better on port and hook Tapper as the gun went, forcing the CYCA to the left side of the course. It was their superior boat speed and height that saw the boys climb back into contention by the top mark, where they extended around each mark to take an early lead in the series.
Race 2 saw Caundle take the windward start, but again, better speed from the CYCA allowed Tapper and his team to sail around RPNYC to take the second win of the three match series.
The final race saw Tapper in full confidence, as he shut out Caundle at the Race Committee boat end as the start gun went, to again lead around every mark and cross the line as 2017 Champions.
“It has been an amazing week here in Wellington. The boys, the competitors and officials did a great job all week and we are stoked to come away with the trophy,” commented Tapper post racing.
“I would like to thank CentrePort for sponsoring the event, and of course the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for their continued support and allowing us to compete here in Wellington this week,” he finished.