Australia’s top match racing teams will converge on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and take to Sydney Harbour next week for the back-to-back Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship and the Australian Match Racing Championship.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, Australian Sailing appointed the CYCA as host of all match racing national championships for 2018 with the women’s event kicking off proceedings on Monday 17 September. The Australian Match Racing Championship will then directly follow the event from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September.
The two regattas will see teams from all around Australia and New Zealand compete for the top spot on the CYCA’s fleet of ten identical Elliott 7s. With previous winners including Katie Spithill, Nicky Souter, Evan Walker, Seve Jarvin, Matt Jerwood and more, this year’s entrants will be eager to etch their names on the trophies.
Of the five female skippers, Charlotte Griffin from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will head into the womens event as the highest ranked skipper, closely followed by New Zealand’s top female skipper, Celia Willison. Willison will be looking for a strong performance this week having recently made the trip to Sydney for the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta earlier this month. There, Celia finished second to Australian Olivia Price.
India Howard will lead the CYCA’s team of Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Dana Tavener, Katherine Shannon and Jaime Swavley. Howard, who is part of the CYCA Advanced Squad and only started helming this season, put up an impressive performance at the CYCA Women’s Match Racing regatta, were she was the only skipper to take a race from 2012 Olympic Silver medallist, Olivia Price.
Olivia Price will also be competing in the Australian Match Racing Championship where she will match up against her brother, World No.8, Harry Price. With Harry competing as a Tour Card holder in the 2018 World Match Racing Tour and many events in previous years, he will be coming in to this event as the top ranked skipper and the competitor everyone will be looking to beat.
Previous Women’s National Champion, Clare Costanzo and her team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be returning with their eyes set on her first open match racing national title in 2018. After returning from their last sailing tour competing in match racing events in USA and Europe they will be eager to get back in to racing on home waters and familiar boats.
Racing will be conducted in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay with the round robin commencing on Monday 17 September at 1000hrs.
Racing can be followed live via the CYCA website cyca.com/live-results.
Images and video wrap-ups are available on the YSA Facebook page.