CYCA's YSA wins Darwin's inaugural Australian Maid Youth Match Racing Championship

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 10 Jul 2017 11:32:41
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The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Youth Sailing Academy has won Darwin’s inaugural match racing event, the Australian Maid Youth Match Racing Championship in decisive style, dominating the finals 3-0 over the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

After acquiring four Elliott 7m keelboats, Darwin Sailing Club set an ambitious 2017 calendar by hosting their first match racing regatta ever within 2 months of commissioning their new fleet. Teams from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the CYCA made the journey north for the inaugural event and were joined by two local teams from Darwin Sailing Club.

The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy entered one team into the competition with Tom Grimes as helm with Dante Olivieri, Cam Gundy & Eric Sparkes joining as crew. Over the four day event, the CYCA won the qualifying triple round robin stage by 3 points and chose to race Mitch Evans (RSYS). However Race 1 of the semi-finals didn’t go to plan, with the CYCA not only losing their opening race but were also docked a point after a collision on the final run to the finish.

In the first-to-two points semi-finals, the CYCA team dug deep to win the next three races, turning their -1 : 1 scorecard to a 2 : 1 and advancing to the finals.
The RPAYC team led by James Farquhason won their semi-finals 2-0 over local team helmed by John Lynch.

The CYCA were untouchable in the finals, leading around every mark to win the first Australian Maid Youth Match Racing Championship 3-0. The youth team praised the race management and DSC committee for their fantastic efforts on their opening event and presented a CYCA Burgee to the DSC Commodore as the first CYCA Youth Sailing Academy team to compete in Darwin.

CYCA YSA team in action in Darwin Image:

CYCA YSA team in action in Darwin

The youth team presented a CYCA Burgee to the DSC Commodore Image:

The youth team presented a CYCA Burgee to the DSC Commodore

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