Harken Match Racing: Aussies and Kiwis lead morning of Day 1

RNZYS Codie Banks - RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships
Sara Roberts

The 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships has begun with lots of close match racing action on the Waitemata Harbour this morning.

The scene is set for some excellent match racing between the eight youth teams. With the excitement of the new Elliott 7’s, a fresh 15 knot easterly and flooding tide the air was electric as the boats left the dock this morning.

Last year’s winner (and also the 2009 winner) Josh Junior from Wellington’s Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club is now over the Under 21 years of age limit so has passed on all his knowledge to two teams helmed by Josh Porebski & Adam Middleton.

Porebski is currently ranked 182nd and came fourth at this event last year so was keen to start strong this morning and he has done just that. Porebski is currently first equal overall with wins 3 wins and 1 loss including a win over Middleton.

Italian Valerio Galati is the highest ranked entrant in the series at 71st on the ISAF Open Match Racing Rankings and this being his first regatta ‘down under’ the team is eager show-case their match racing skills. Galati and team started well this morning with two straight wins over Stephanie Doyle & David Hazard and was leading Porebski in race three but had a penality and didn’t have enough of a lead on the final run to complete it before Porebski crossed the line to take the win.

Italian skipper Valerio Galati (Boat 6 Western Mailing) - RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships
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Jay Griffin representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is next on the rankings at 82nd which includes an impressive second placing at the World University Match Racing Championships held in Greece in July 2010. Griffin and team are also in the top four, after four flights, with 3 wins over Middleton, Reece & Doyle and 1 loss to Codie Banks.

Rounding out the top four are the two Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron teams helmed by Codie Banks & David Hazard who have used their experience in the Elliott 7 metre Youth Training boats to their advantage this morning with 3 wins and 1 loss each. When these two teams met in Flight Four it was Hazard who snuck through on the finish line giving Banks a penality in doing so and took the win by 28 seconds.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Jordan Reece has come off a bumper year, finishing in the top four in the last six events he has competed in, including the Hardy Cup U25 Match Racing at his home club in Sydney, an event that finished one day before the practice day of this event. Reece however has had a slow start this morning grabbing just 1 win over the Italian team and 3 losses.

2011 RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships competitors - RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships
Sara Roberts

The Championship’s only female skipper, Stephanie Doyle representing the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is sailing with a mixed crew, of three female and two male crew members. Unable to get a win this morning they are looking forward to the afternoons racing.

The level of match racing at the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships is always intense and exciting, as this is the event everyone wants to win! Past winners of this event include their sailing hero’s such as Gavin Brady, Ian Williams, Cameron Appleton, James Spithill, Adam Minoprio, Torvar Mirsky & Phil Robertson, just to name a few!

Fantastic spectator viewing can be found along the Westhaven Marina seawall. Daily results and photos will be published on our website www.rnzys.org.nz.
Unfortunately the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron website www.rnzys.org.nz is currently down but everything is being done to try and fix the error as soon as possible.

Today’s Results
Flight One

Galati beat Doyle by 1m 22s
Hazard beat Reece by 1m 17s
Banks beat Porebski by 1m 2s
Griffin beat Middleton by 1s

Flight Two
Galati beat Hazard by 6s
Middleton beat Doyle by 1min 2s
Porebski beat Reece by 49s
Banks beat Griffin by 35s

Flight Three
Hazard beat Doyle by 1m 33s
Griffin beat Reece by 40s
Porebski beat Galati by 6s
Banks beat Middleton by 1m 29s

Flight Four
Porebski beat Middleton by 10s
Hazard beat Banks by 28s
Griffin beat Doyle by 47s
Reece beat Galati by 2m 31s

Current Standing – End of Flight Four
Porebski 3 wins /1 losses
Banks 3 / 1
Griffin 3 / 1
Hazard 3 / 1
Galati 2 / 2
Middleton 1 / 3
Reece 1 / 3
Doyle 0 / 4

RPNYC Adam Middleton (9 Doyle Sails) v RNZYS Codie Banks (4 Harken) in pre-start - RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships
Sara Roberts

RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships 2011 Entry List
1. Lega Navale Italiana Trani Trani, Italy
Helm Valerio Galati
Main Francesco Mastrogiacomo
Trim Marco di Domizi
Bow Francesco Mauro Manzi

2. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Sydney, Australia
Helm Jordan Reece
Main James Shannon
Trim Arnau Farras-Knowles
Mid Anousha Fluck
Bow Kate Brown

3. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney, Australia
Helm Jay Griffin
Main Henry Kermot
Main Hamish Hardy
Bow Will Parker

4. Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Sydney, Australia
Helm Stephanie Doyle
Main Elyce McClelland
Trim Gemma Rasdall
Mid Jack Nairn
Bow James Johnston

5. Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club Wellington, New Zealand
Helm Josh Porebski
Main Tim Coltman
Trim Michael Cook
Bow Stuart Williams

6. Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club Wellington, New Zealand
Helm Adam Middleton
Main James de Lisle
Trim Will Eastman
Bow Mackenzie Taylor

7. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Auckland, New Zealand
Helm David Hazard
Main Rawiri Geddes
Trim Callum Jones
Bow Sam Molesworth

8. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Auckland, New Zealand
Helm Codie Banks
Main Daniel Pooley
Trim Benny Butcher
Bow Jamie Dawson

Italian skipper Valerio Galati (Boat 6 Western Mailing) locked in close battle with Wellingtons Josh Porebski (Boat 5 Whiting Power Systems) - RNZYS HARKEN Youth International Match Racing Championships
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Event Schedule
Date Time Event Room

Saturday 0800 Breakfast Ballroom
12 0845 Briefing Dinghy Locker
1000 Racing Starts
1600 (approx) Debriefing Dinghy Locker

Sunday 0800 Breakfast Ballroom
13 0845 Briefing Dinghy Locker
1000 Racing Starts
1600 (approx) Debriefing Dinghy Locker

Monday 0800 Breakfast Ballroom
14 0845 Briefing Dinghy Locker
1000 Racing Starts
1600 (approx) Debriefing Commodores Room

Tuesday 0800 Breakfast Ballroom
15 0845 Briefing Dinghy Locker
1000 Racing Starts
1600 (approx) Debriefing Dinghy Locker
1700 Prizegiving & BBQ Dinghy Locker


For further information including crew lists, honour board of past winners and daily results, please visit the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s website: www.rnzys.org.nz