The 2017 World Sailing Youth Match Racing Worlds commenced yesday 1 August and will run till the 5 August with nine countries represented.
After promising signs from last weeks regatta, The Governors, where Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz placed 6th place out of a strong international field of 13 competitors, the team are hungry to improve on this result as they get ready to compete in the Youth Match Racing World Championships.
The Balboa Yacht Club, who hosted the Governors Cup last week, will also host the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club enjoyed success in this event previously when Youth Development squad members Will Dargaville, Josh Dawson, Sarah Parker and James Farquharson won the 2016 world championships, which was held in New Caledonia.
If there is any pressure pointed Clare's way, she certainly doesn't feel it. "We feel really privileged to represent Australia as well as the RPAYC. I'm proud of the hard work that the team has put in to allow us to have a decent crack at the title. We have been very lucky to have Will Dargaville and other YD (Youth Development) squad members to put us through our paces before coming over to the USA. We have been juggling Work and Uni, getting out on the water at 0600 hrs, or pretty much when there was enough daylight!".
"We certainly wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the support of the RPAYC and our families. We would like to thank everyone for their support, and assure you that we will give it our all!" Commented a determined Costanzo.
Also representing Australia is CYCA Harry Price, who goes in as the favourite, ranked #6 in the open Match Racing World Rankings.