Day 2 of the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship 2022. Race Officer Ted Anderson was certainly pleased to get racing underway on time with a building 8-15knt, SSE breeze, but, amazingly, the day’s racing ended with a BLACK FLAG, in the very last Match of the day.
As it currently stands at the end of Day 2, it is Ethan Prieto-Low and Max Brennan that are shaping up to be the hot contenders for the finals, but they have a challenge ahead of them, with the in-form Max Paul and Josh Hyde, both displaying outstanding boat skills today on the water too. Day 3 will clearly need all teams to be at the top of their game, to ensure they will be in contention for the finals.
By the end of Flight #17 though, at which point all teams had raced the same number of matches, the scoreboard highlighted the top three skippers, as the day headed into Flight #18. At that point, the top three skippers were in a very tight battle;
- 11 wins – Ethan Prieto-Low (RFBYC)
- 10 wins – Max Paul (RSYS)
- 10 wins – Max Brennan (BYC)
“I’d say that’s looking pretty close!” said Race Director Nick Elliott.
However, as the day closed out and on the other side of the draw, it was an unfortunately tough day for Brayden Hamilton (RNZYS), as he was issued with a BLACK FLAG, which equated to a double penalty prior to the start, not being cleared. He’ll have to reflect on that one, shake it off, then front up again tomorrow.
Apart for the drama at the end, it was another sensational day of racing with beautiful conditions. 37 matches were chalked up, to have a large portion of the double Round Robin nearly completed, as the second day of racing wrapped.
Ending the day’s racing saw the youngest of the Kemp brothers, Daniel Kemp (RPAYC) beat Kevin Le Dréau (CNC), to have 8 wins from his 14 matches.
As the twilight sun appears over Pittwater, the teams have a well-earned meal awaiting them, alongside the Umpires and Race Officials, back at the Club on the sun drenched terrace.
It was another truly massive day of persistence from Race Officer Ted Anderson and his team, plus, Ben Fels and his team of Umpires too. All credit as well to the competitors, for swift change-overs to keeping things rolling, plus racing seriously hard but fair.
Racing will again commence from 1000hrs tomorrow, Saturday 19th November, with the weather forecast looking to provide a solid N’ Easterly of about 10-15kts, which will likely see the completion of Round Robin 2.
The event continues through to Sunday 20th at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, Australia.
Full Competitor List
- Ethan Prieto-Low, Adam Brenz-Verca, Raff Torre, George Angus – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
- Marcello Torre, Owen Ready, James Hackett, Nathan Gulliksen, Riley Evans – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
- Josh Hyde, Jack Manning, Zach Fong, Cody Coughlan, Ryder Ellis – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- Chelsea Williams, Nick Drummond, Hugo Leeming, Hamish Vass, Audrey Scheu – Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
- Max Paul, Zac West, Brooke Wilson, Jameson Prescott, Abigail Gilbert – Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
- Brayden Hamilton, Chloe Salthouse, Crue Ellis, Kahurangi Nepia, Luc Gladwell – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- Max Brennan, Peter Sangmeister, Morgan Pinckney, Mark Murray – Balboa Yacht Club
- Kevin Le Dréau, Emmy Verge, Samuel Peyrard Obry, Esteban Guilbert, Achile Rozand – Cercle Nautique Caledonien
- D’Arcy Kemp, Louis Tilly, Joshua Paulson, Hugo Butterworth, Annabelle Connery – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
- Daniel Kemp, Charlie Verity, Lachlan Wallace, Hannah McCutcheon, Sophie Aitken – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
2022 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship Umpire Team:
• Chief Umpire: Ben Fels (International Umpire, AUS)
• John Rountree (International Umpire, NZL)
• Kohei Imazu (International Umpire, JPN)
• Katie Maxim (National Umpire, USA)
• Richard Slater (International Umpire, AUS)
• Robert Armstrong (National Umpire, AUS)
• Robyn Tames (State Umpire, AUS)
• Simon Barrington (State Umpire, AUS)