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16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

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.

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 placed fourth at the 2017 Warren Jones and the world ranked number 14 is now in Perth with his team endeavouring to better that result. His crew will start the Hardy Cup as favourites.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Tom Grimes, helm of the CYCA’s 2017 Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship winning team, is another high-ranking skipper expected to be among the finalists.

Clare Costanzo is one of three female skippers, two of those from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’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 Double Bay Sailing Club’s team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Ben Robinson, Pete Langman and Chris Steel.

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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NB. Images will be distributed to media on day two and four & will be available in hi res on request.

Further information:

Locky Prior (Hardy Cup info)
RSYS Youth Sailing & Training Administrator/Head Coach
m. 0408 247 571 e. locky.pryor@rsys.com.au

Lisa Ratcliff (Hardy Cup media info)
On Course Communications
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

 

 

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