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.
There are a total of 9 nations and 12 competitors competing for the Championships.
The girls are also excited that there is another female skipper and all female team to compete against with Johanna Bergqvist representing Sweden, also sailing in a four up combination on the Gov Cup 22 keelboats designed by Allen Andrews.
The team has been enjoying the the wonderful hospitality provided by our wonderful host Don and Doris Stoughton, who are hosting the team for both events. The Stoughtons have hosted RPAYC teams at their lovely Corona Del Mar residence for over 25 years.
The team notched up some more on water time over the two practise days, as they keep building experience in the boats and the conditions off Newport Beach California.
Last night was the official opening ceremony. Clare had the honour of leading the opening parade and carrying the Australian flag, an emotional and proud moment for Clare and the team.
For those who want to re watch the opening ceremony. You can watch the replay along with pre race commentary here https://m.facebook.com/BalboaYachtClub/
Up to date results can be followed here (we are Australia 2): http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/