The semi-finalist have been decided on the penultimate day of the Bollé Australia Match Cup. Only one upset fell in the quarter finals when Steve Thomas upstaged Cole Tapper for the final semi-final spot.
Heading into the day, five teams took to the water to complete the repechage round. Jed Cruickshank staged an impressive round, winning all four of his matches with Steve Thomas closely following. Jack Littechild and Cam Whiteside managed to secure the final two quarter finals spots in 7th and 8th position respectively.
Having topped the table after the qualifying round, Tom Slingsby’s Sail Racing chose Cam Whiteside’s Team RPAYC. Slingsby was able to make light work of his opponent, dispatching the young RPAYC team in two matches to move into tomorrow’s finals series.
DownUnder Racing also managed to complete their quarter finals in two matches, defeating Jed Cruickshank’s Squadron One. For the crew of DownUnder Racing, it has been a welcome return to a CYCA Youth Sailing Academy event, with all crew members of the Youth Sailing Academy earlier in their careers.
The third quarter final pairing saw two CYCA Youth Sailing Academy teams pipped against one another, with Will Sargent and Jack Littlechild both joining the advanced squad this year.
As with so many others who have experienced challenges this year, Will Sargent was forced to return to his home state of Tasmania earlier this year due to border closures. Not wasting any time sitting on the shores and waiting to return to Sydney, Sargent began training with his home team in Tasmania who have joined him this week. Their winter training has paid off well, taking out both races in also move into tomorrow’s racing.
The final quarter final pairings was the closest and exciting for the day. Having beaten Steve Thomas in both their races during qualifying, Tapper heading into the series as favourite. However, Thomas was able to nab the opening race, with Tapper inflicting a penalty in the pre-start.
In Race Two, Thomas was on the receiving end of the penalty flag, colliding into Tapper during a misjudged tacking duel. Tapper was able to sail away convincingly during the race to level the series. More penalty flags flew in the final race, with the result mirroring Race 1 with Tapper penalised and Thomas taking the victory.
Tomorrow will see the final day of the competition with racing commencing at 1230hrs.