On the other side of the world, saw the World Sailing Youth World Match Racing World Championship in action hosted by the Baloba Yacht Club, USA. Representing Australia and RPAYC was Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz (supported by Club Coach Tom Spithill). The team have finished in a creditable 7th place at their first World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship. This Championship brings together the best youth match racers from around the world, acknowledging their skills and offering a pathway to senior match racing competition.
In its fourth year, the Youth Match Racing Worlds provided a pathway for the best young match racers to test themselves against the best in their age group. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) claimed the inaugural title in 2014, followed by Sam Gilmour (AUS) in 2015 and our own Will Dargaville representing RPAYC (AUS) in 2016.
The 2017 Worlds featured a record number of participating countries including two skippers from each of the USA, New Zealand, and Australia, and one each from the Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Denmark. Furthermore, the 2017 edition welcomed two all-female crews with our own Clare Costanzo leading an Australian team, and Johanna Berqvist heading up a Swedish entry.
With 12 teams from 9 countries, the girls had some very tough & strong competition to contend with and had a very rewarding regatta with many lessons consolidated and new lessons learned.
The girls would like to thank the RPAYC & its members for their support, their coach Tom Spithill, their USA Billeting Family Don & Doris Stroughton & the Balboa Yacht Club for their hospitality.
Now it’s time for the team to return home and join the rest of the Youth Development Squad in training for the upcoming season of Match Racing Regattas including the RPAYC Hosted David Lukins Memorial Regatta (16th & 17th September) & Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships (22nd – 26th November). Whilst for Club Coach Tom Spithill its time for some washing, a quick bag repack and off to New Caledonia with our next team for the Noumea Youth Match Racing Championships.
Full Results can be found here: http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/
8/5/174:21:00 AM---On the water action photos of the World Sailing Youth Match Racing Championships Match regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club | Photo Tom Walker
8/5/174:21:00 AM--2017 Youth Match Racing Championships, July 31 to August 5, 2017, Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Bach, California, USA, Sailing GovCup 22 One Design Boats | Tom Walker