Saturday 10th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
PRESS RELEASE: Persistent rain and ‘silly mistakes’ shape day one of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup
With persistent rain falling all day on the Waitemata Harbour it wasn’t the best day for yachting, but the breeze was steady and allowed our Race Management team to get through 11 flights of racing. This year the event has 15 teams entered and with only 10 Elliott 7’s in the fleet, we are yet to see all teams have a decent crack.
James Wilson (RNZYS YTP) has a very slender lead over the teams who saw a good amount of race time today, winning six of his eight races and putting his hand up as one to beat over the next three days. Wilson had good wins against the regatta favourite Leonard Takahashi and his YTP comrade Jordan Stevenson, as well as dispatching Clare Costanzo (RPAYC), James Farquharson (RPAYC), John Lynch (DSC) and Finn Tapper (CYCA).
Takahashi isn’t far behind with five wins and two losses for his RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team. With wins against Farquharson and Tapper, Takahashi might be rueing a few mistakes that led to two losses – one of them the match of the day against RNZYS YTP skipper Jordan Stevenson. “Yeah we have new crew so we’re still adjusting and working things out. We made a few silly unforced errors on the course - especially in that race against Jordan - but we’re looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”
Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) is 3-3 after today’s racing, but the team were pretty stoked with their big match of the day win over Takahashi. James Jennings is on main for Stevenson this week and he was happy with how the day went “We went three for three but we beat Leonard which was pretty good and we manged to win two others. The three we lost were down to silly mistakes but I’m pretty happy with how the team sailed and I think we have a good day ahead of us tomorrow.”