Harry Price, Taylor Balogh, Niall Morrow & Josh Wijohn have claimed the 2020 Hardy Cup, outshining the defending champion, Nick Egnot-Johnson from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in a 3-1 Final series.
The talented young crew gave a master class in match racing techniques and exhibited some of the best quality racing seen in the Hardy Cup. Time and again, Price’s clean starts and superior boat speed allowed him to get away and maintain the lead.
Price was one of two CYCA entries in the Hardy Cup, with James Hodgson finishing in 4th position after a hard-fought final day.
After a difficult week which saw the Race Committee struggle to complete the event format, both Price and Hodgson topped the round robin alongside New Zealand’s Egnot-Johnson. Unfortunately for our teams, they were relegated to second and third on countback respectively in the final round robin placings.
Heading into the Quarter Finals, both CYCA teams made light work of their competition winning both series’ 3-0. Moving into the Semi-Finals, for the second week in a row, our two teams were left to race each other.
In a shortened series, first-to-two points, Price overcame Hodgson in three fiercely contested races. In the Finals, Price and Egnot-Johnson exchanged penalties throughout the series which was sailed in light east-north-east winds just off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Egnot-Johnson won the first race but then Price took the next three to claim the 2020 Hardy Cup. While Price has previously contested the Hardy Cup as crew, this was his first win in the event as skipper.
This was Price’s second regatta title in a matter of weeks, having reclaimed the Warren Jones Memorial Regatta trophy in Perth, a title he first claimed in 2018. Price’s team, representing the CYCA has now become the first team in its 20-year history to win both the Warren Jones U25 Memorial Regatta and the Hardy Cup in the same year.