YSA champions at Shelving Systems Match Cup

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 26 Jun 2017 09:33:27
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Tom Grimes, Charlie Gundy, Dante Olivieri & Zach McNamee secured their first match win for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, taking victory in the Shelving Systems Match Cup over the weekend.

With ideal conditions on Sydney Harbour, the Race Committee, led by Steve Merrington, were able to complete the full regatta format consisting on a round robin and finals series.

Now in their second year in the CYCA Advanced Squad program, Grimes, Gundy and Olivieri were able to get their 2017 season started on a high note. They represented one of three CYCA teams and were joined by Clare Costanzo (RPAYC), Mitch Evans (RSYS), Thomas Steenson (NCYC) and Fergus Abbott (RSYS) for the Shelving Systems sponsored event.

For Grimes the weekend’s Match Cup was an opportunity to get as much match racing regatta experience as possible before his team travels to Darwin later next week for the inaugural NT match racing event, the Darwin International Youth Match Racing Championship. Meanwhile his team mate Costanzo got in valuable time before next month’s Governor’s Cup and Youth Match Racing World Championship in Los Angeles, CA.

Both teams had an incredible fight in each of their four matches. Costanzo got the better of Grimes in the final flight of the round robin to top the leader board, scraping off her penalty seconds before taking the gun. The all-female team carried this momentum into the finals and won Race 1 after inflicting a penalty on Grimes in the pre-start.

The CYCA team, with Zach McNamee competing in his first ever match race regatta, bounced back to penalise the RPAYC team in Race 2 of the finals to take a comfortable win. The final, winner-takes-all race, again saw a penalty on the RPAYC team but a tight windward leg with the CYCA leading, confusion on what top mark to round then saw RPAYC sail the wrong course, gifting the CYCA the win and Grimes, his first match racing title.

The umpire team lead by Simon Barrington and the Race Committee lead by Stephen Merrington both worked together well to keep up with the shifts and course changes, keeping the races rolling to get all flights completed before the 1530hrs deadline.

The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy extends its thanks for the ongoing support of Phil Tomkins from Shelving Systems who has taken on the sponsorship of this regatta for the last three years. 

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