Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
SEAMARK 010 The 11th Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship conducted by the CYCA in November saw plenty of high quality competitive racing, eventually won by Chris Steele and his crew of Stewart Dodson and Rawiri Geddes, representing Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Steele faced the CYCA's Ashlen Rooklyn in the grand final having defeated Harry Price in the semi-finals 2-0. It would only take three matches for Steele to be crowned the 2012 Musto International Youth Match Racing Champion. "I'm very relieved to win -- the final included some of the toughest matches of the week," Steele said. "It felt good going into the final match with the two wins on the board. We got a good start, grabbed the advantage and with no real passing possibilities we fought to keep the lead right up to the last beat." In the first match of the grand final, Rooklyn was given a penalty early on and couldn't put enough distance between himself and Steele, leaving his penalty turn until the last moment. Rooklyn scored another two penalties in the pre-start of the second grand final match, wiping off one penalty shortly after the start and carrying his remaining one throughout the match. In the third and final match, it was all clear in the penalty count and Steele got the jump from the start and never looked back. "Ash (Rooklyn) was excellent competition," said Steele, "the score line didn't really reflect how close the racing was. I look forward to the Hardy Cup where we'll be going head to head again," he added. Rooklyn and his crew of Jack Breislin and Henry Kernot progressed into the grand final by defeating Sam Gilmour 2-0. "The grand final was as tough as expected against Steele -- he sailed exceptionally well. The result was disappointing as we made some mistakes and we received penalties -- making a comeback almost impossible," Rooklyn said. "We will take away a lot from this regatta for our next competition and hope to have an equally good performance and a better result." Sam Gilmour (representing Royal Fresh Water Bay Yacht Club) finished third overall in the regatta, beating Harry Price (CYCA) 2-1 in the petit final and losing to Rooklyn (0-2) in the minor YOUTH SAILING ACADEMY Tight racing as Steele wins the day Two of the country's hottest up and coming sailing talents Ashlen Rooklyn and Chris Steele went head to head in a tight final. KEY DATES YSA in 2013 The Youth Sailing Academy will celebrate 20 years of operation in 2013. Key activities planned to mark this special anniversary include the launch of a new fleet of Elliott 7s in September 2013, hosting the Australian Youth, Open and Womens Match Racing Championships and an alumni party. If you or someone you know is a past participant in the YSA programs and would like to keep up to date with the celebrations please like us on Facebook http://www.facebook. com/CYCA-Youth-Sailing- Academy-Alumni or email your contact details. firstname.lastname@example.org Key dates February 9-10 Marinassess Womens Match Racing Regatta 20-24 International Womens Match Racing Regatta May 4 Winter Squads commence July TBC Launch of the new ten Elliott 7m boats August 3-4 Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship September 20-24 Australian Open & Womens Match Racing Championships 25-29 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship TBC YSA Alumni Party School Holiday Courses will be conducted in April, October and December www.cyca.com.au/youth semi-final. Race Officer Denis Thompson described the competition as "Very tight close racing -- some of the best I've seen in a long time. It was very competitive with some great sportsmanship displayed in the acceptance of penalties. Duncan Curnow, Managing Director of Musto Australasia congratulated all competitors on their performances. "From what I witnessed throughout the week, all teams showcased great match racing skills and fierce competition. Congratulations to Chris Steele and his team and to all competing teams." NERVES OF STEELE Rawiri Geddes, Stewart Dodson and Chris Steele were near-faultless in the tense final.
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