Hardy Cup - David Gilmour victorious

David Gilmour (boat 3) wins the Hardy Cup in a nail biter finish over Josh Junior - Hardy Cup 2012
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Hardy Cup 2012, an ISAF Grade 3 under 25 match racing regatta, final day of racing got underway on Sydney Harbour. David Gilmour today became the first West Australian yachtsman to win the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s prestigious Hardy Cup.

Gilmour, from Perth’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, and his crew of Ted Hackney (middle) and Luke Payne (bow) sailed with great skill and tenacity in scoring a 3-1 victory over New Zealander Josh Junior from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington.

The finalists turned on a great spectacle of match racing in Elliott 6 sports boat with the start and finish almost directly in front of the Squadron clubhouse. Members were given a great spectacle of match racing: aggressive starts, protests and penalties and classic luffing and gybing matches.

On the water, the eminent yachtsman Sir James Hardy watched with pride an event that has produced many champion match racing sailors over the past decade.

Position change in Finals as David Gilmour (boat 3) gets rolled by Josh Junior - Hardy Cup 2012
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The spectators saw the Hardy Cup 2012 virtually decided in the final 50 metres of heat four of the final, sailed in a 12-15 knot but shifty easterly breeze.

With the two teams one-all, Gilmour came from astern in race three, picking a gust that carried him to an eight second win and a 2-1 lead.

Bottom mark split pays off for David Gilmour on starboard tack over Josh Junior in Grand Final - Hardy Cup 2012
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The final looked likely to go to a fifth race when the Kiwi team rolled the Australians as they sailed downwind under spinnakers, but Gilmour quickly gybed away towards the other end of the finish line, crossing just five seconds to clinch the final.

'I guess it was some revenge for being beaten by Josh in the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in Perth last week,' said Gilmour, son of former America’s Cup helmsman and world match racing champion.

'In Perth, we finished at the top of the round-robin scoreboard and lost the final; in Sydney, Josh won the round-robin but we won the final and Cup,' Gilmour added, and moments later was tossed into Sydney Harbour by his elated crew.

Paying tribute to Gilmour and his crew at the end of the regatta, Junior said: 'He was a little bit quicker and slicker.' Sailing with Junior were Matt Stevens and James Sandall.

Gilmour said that by today’s racing he and his crew had got a real feel for sailing the Elliott 6s and this was clearly shown by their tacking and gybing skills in the semi-finals and the finals.

Gilmour also appeared to read better the shifts in wind direction and strength. He certainly picked the gusts to his advantage in both the semi final and finals.

David Gilmour advances to the Final as Jordan Reece (boat 4) fails to clear his penalty - Hardy Cup 2012
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In the semi-finals defeated, Gilmour comfortably defeated Jordan Reece, representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 2-0, with Reece incurring several penalties for rule infringements.

Josh Junior (boat 2) in gybing duel with Jay Griffin in Semi Final - Hardy Cup 2012
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In the other semi-final, Junior also had a 2-0 win, beating Jay Griffin from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

In the petit final to second third and fourth places overall, Griffin won 2-0.

RFBYC David Gilmour (boat 3) leading the NZL team of Josh Junior to the top mark - Hardy Cup 2012
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Semi Finalist L to R David Gilmour - Jay Griffin - Jordan Reece - Josh Junior - Hardy Cup 2012
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Winners are grinners - 2012 Hardy Cup winners David Gilmour-Ted Hackney-Luke Payne - Hardy Cup 2012
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