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Landmark Hardy Cup win to Clare Costanzo

For the first time since its inauguration in 2001, a female led all-women crew brilliantly captured the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta trophy at the end of four days of intense Hardy Cup winners Credit Darcie C PhotographyHardy Cup winners Credit Darcie C Photographycompetition on Sydney Harbour.

Finals day video https://youtu.be/4vNLWgv0vpM thanks to @mikemcloughlinmoments

Last year Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club teammates finished bridesmaids at the same event. On Thursday February 8, 2018 the RPAYC’s five-strong youth team beat George Anyon’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team 3-0 in the finals, sailed in 20+ knot nor’easters off the host club at Kirribilli.

In doing so Costanzo broke an 18-year run of gun male skippers taking out the grade 3 youth event, and with an all-female crew.

Costanzo, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz, Ruby Scholten and Celia Willison celebrated with a swim and some champagne then official photos before three of the five dashed to the airport for a 7.30pm flight to New Zealand, where training for the final youth match racing regatta in the series of three begins today, Friday 9 February.

“We’ll have to celebrate our win at the end of the next regatta, the Nespresso Cup,” the 21-year-old winning skipper said from the airport, flanked by Angus and Lanz and a change of teammates for New Zealand’s premier youth match racing event.

“We were aiming for a podium finish; to win is amazing. The results are a credit to the crew, we won by out-sailing the boys in terms of our crew work. On the last morning we said to our coach Tom (Spithill), ‘where’s our motivational speech?’ and he said, ‘you don’t need it!’ A big thank you to Tom, who never stopped believing in us, and the RSYS race management team,” Costanzo added.

Spithill has spent the week on-water supporting his two RPAYC crews, the other helmed by Clare’s younger sister Juliet. Today he’s waking up in Auckland where he will coach and mentor two different teams fielded by his club for the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 9 - 13.

RPAYC Win the Hardy Cup and create history with the first Female Helm and all female team to win the Regatta

Hearty congratulations to Clare Costanzo of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC, who this afternoon claimed the RSYS Hardy Cup on Sydney Harbour, becoming the first woman and leading the first all-female crew to win the prestigious event! Costanzo finished runner-up last year, but sailed brilliantly through the final today to defeat pre-regatta favourite George Anyon of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS). ️🥇👏

The Team was: Clare Costanzo, Celia Wilson, Ruby Scholten, Jess Angus and Hannah Lanz. 

Event Patron Sir James Hardy will make the trophy presentation this evening at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.Media release and further photos to follow.

Hardy Cup Youth Match Racing Regatta

Some of the best Trans-Tasman youth match racing teams will traverse the continent to be part of the Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta to be sailed February 5 - 8 on Sydney Harbour. 

Twelve youth teams of males and females aged 18 to 25 will represent two nations, three Australian states plus the Northern Territory and eight different yacht clubs in Australia and New Zealand at the Grade 3 Hardy Cup the RSYS first hosted back in 2001.

America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying “It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.”

George Anyon from the RNZYS, and ranked number 14 in the world starts the Hardy Cup as favourite. The CYCA’s Tom Grimes is another high-ranking skipper expected to be among the finalists.

Clare Costanzo is one of three female skippers, two of those from the RPAYC’s Youth Development program including her younger sister Juliet who is following in her match racing wake. Clare is ninth in the women’s world rankings and finished the Hardy Cup runner-up in 2017, behind DBSC’s team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Ben Robinson, Pete Langman and Chris Steel.

The third female skipper competing at Hardy Cup 2018 is Charlotte Griffin from the Squadron. The cup will be Charlotte’s third youth match racing event. Previously Charlotte has competed at the Harken International Youth Championships and the Marinassess Women’s Matching Racing Regatta where her skill and speed on the water drew a lot of attention from other competitors. Coming from a dinghy background Charlotte has competed in 420’s for several years and recently competed at the 420 World Championship in Perth.

The five-stage Hardy Cup competition is as follows: stage 1 - a single round robin, stage 2 - a single round robin, stage 3 - quarter final knockout & semi-final knockout, stage 4 - petit final knockout and lastly, stage 5 - the final knockout.


For plenty of information on the Hardy Cup including all regatta documents, list of competing teams and live results once the regatta begins go to https://www.rsys.com.au/sailing/hardy-cup and https://www.facebook.com/hardycup/

History of the Hardy Cup
The Squadron's youth sailing program commenced in 1960 and in 2001 the club hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup, the trophy donated by longstanding regatta Patron Sir James Hardy who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. Prior to 2001 the Royal Australian Navy conducted the event for many years but due to the changes in the Navy training structure the competition lapsed until the RSYS picked it up. The Hardy Cup has been won by the following helmsmen who in later years went onto success at the World Match Racing Tour and other professional roles in the sport: Michael Dunstan RSYS, AUS (2002, 2005, 2006), Adam Minoprio RNZYS, NZL (2007), Evan Walker CYCA, AUS (2008, 2010), David Chapman RSYS, AUS (2013).

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By Lisa Ratcliff
On Course Communications

City of Perth Festival of Sail,The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta

Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February 2018 Rick Stewart from Perth Sailing PhotographyRick Stewart from Perth Sailing Photography


A really tough day for Race Management on day 3 of the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta with shifting light winds all day on Perth Waters. PRO Kim Laurence and his team were fully tested as the faint breeze flicked around from East to South and back playing havoc with course setting. This coupled with high and low tides due to the new full moon provided a new test for the 12 teams.

The crews have been bashed by two days of medium to strong breezes which bene-fitted the bigger stronger teams however the lighter crew combinations added a new dynamic to racing today. A number of teams have mixed male / female crews and two teams have very young tacticians learning from the best of youth skippers.

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team from Royal Freshwater Bay YC continues to tick off the wins in Round 2 with 14 year old Will Drew riding as after-guard. The two Will’s stand at 4 wins and no losses in Round 2.

Jelmer van Beek and Team Dutch Wave have Arienne van de Loosdrecht working the pit and 13 year old Jared Clark on the back of the boat. Jelmer’s team won all three matches raced today to be in the mix for a semi-final spot.

Harry Price and his Down Under Racing team from Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney continue to add to his win tally today with a very experienced match racing crew. His four from four races means he is breathing down the neck of Will Boulden at the top of the leaderboard.

Nick Egnot-Johnson, one of the teams from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Performance Programme, has a team of teenagers onboard including Charlotte Porter on trim. Nick’s team have progressed in Round 2 with 3 more wins on the board.

Also improving in the lighter airs is female skipper Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred YC team including Jessica Angus as floater. Clare’s team took two scalps in James Wilson and Conor Nicholas today.Rick Stewart from Perth Sailing PhotographyRick Stewart from Perth Sailing Photography

James Hodgson who comes from Mooloolaba in Queensland but sails with the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, holds a 57% win rate in Round 2 leav-ing him in contention for a semi-final position. James won a real classic match race against Conor Nicholas and his South of Perth YC team in a real nail bitter in the soft conditions.
Sailors and volunteers then retired to the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for a BBQ and watch the full blood, blue moon set over the City of Perth skyline, whilst the event sponsors and other iconic Perth businesses took to the Perth Waters to battle it out for the title of the 2018 Corporate Cup, which was won by the boat sponsored by Spices Catering.

Round Robin 2 matches continue on Thursday with a start time of 1230hrs (local time). 

Full Standings: https://www.swanriversailing.com/warrenjonesregatta-results/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarrenJonesRegatta/

by Jonny Fullerton on behalf of Swan River Sailing

 

 

 

Hardy Cup Sydney International set to illuminate the harbour

Some of the best Trans-Tasman youth match racing teams will traverse the continent to be part of two hotly contested Australian match racing regattas, one of those the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International 

2017 Hardy Cup winners DBSC Ashlen Rooklyn credit: Raoul di Ferranti2017 Hardy Cup winners DBSC Ashlen Rooklyn credit: Raoul di Ferranti

Match Racing Regatta.

Perth is hosting the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta January 29 to February 2 then a coast-to-coast flight later some of those teams will arrive in Sydney to join the rest of the field preparing for the Hardy Cup, to be sailed February 4 - 8 on Sydney Harbour.

The competition then switches to New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 9 - 13.

175th Festival of Sails part of Victorian long weekend sporting bonanza

Victoria proved to be the country’s sporting capital over the 2018 Australia Day long weekend and Geelong took on the host role for two of three major events. 

Royal Geelong Yacht Club successfully staged the 175th anniversary Festival of Sails and for the first time the sailing regatta coincided with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, both events bringing a huge influx of competitors, media and visitors to the region.

Across the other side of Port Phillip at Melbourne Park the countdown to the Sunday night Australian Open men’s final is on.

Conditions for the closing day of the festival, supported again by local business Rex Gorell Land Rover, were very warm but the 300-boat fleet kept moving in 8-14 knots of E-NE breeze.

Full results in every division at available at http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2018/fos/index.htm and plenty of video recaps thanks to VR Sport TV on the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Festival.of.Sails/

Dates for next year’s Festival of Sails are set down for Saturday 26 to Monday 28 January, 2019.

About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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