HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship

HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship
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Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November 2024

The HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship, a Grade 3 Youth Match Racing event, will be held from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November 2024. Consisting of four days of match racing, youth teams under age 23 will compete for the Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy, racing on the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Elliott 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five. 

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is pleased to welcome the continuing support of HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor. 

Established in 1992, the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship has grown into a world-renowned international youth event. The event has proven to be a fine training ground for outstanding young sailors who have gone on to sail in the America’s Cup, World Match Racing Tour, Volvo Ocean Race, World Championships and Olympics. It goes without saying the climate, the pristine waterways, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s vision to be at the forefront of Youth Development and the match racing discipline, attracts many of the most talented youth crews from around the world. The event’s popularity is reflected in the demand for places in the team line-ups and in the ever-broadening geographic spread of competing nations. 

Regatta Information & Documents

Ten (10) skippers will be invited, at the discretion of the OA. Skippers wishing to receive an invite may register their request with the OA by completing the online ‘Application for Invitation’ form. Applications for Entry for 2024 will be available soon. 

Only skippers invited by the OA, and who confirm acceptance of the invitation, as detailed in the letter of invitation, will be eligible to enter this event. Successful applicants will be notified by a date listd in the Notice of Race.

Competitor & Officials List

2023 Skipper List

  • Daniel Kemp (AUS), Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
  • Ben Tylecote (GBR), Rutland Sailing Club
  • Hugo Butterworth (AUS), Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
  • Jack Frewin (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
  • Mia Lovelady (AUS), Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
  • Nicolas Bernal (BRA), Yacht Club Santo Amaro
  • Richard Rychlik (CAN), Oakville Yacht Squadron
  • Tom Higgins (IRE), Royal Saint George Yacht Club
  • Zac West (GBR), Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
  • Rory Sims (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Race Officials

  • Ted Anderson (AUS), Principal Race Officer


  • Richard Slater (AUS), Chief Umpire
  • Ryan Parkin (NZL), Umpire
  • Kotan Imazu (JPN), Umpire
  • Phillipe Mazzard (FRA), Umpire
  • Robyn Tames (AUS), Umpire
  • Simon Barrington (AUS), Umpire
  • Jen Richardson (AUS), Umpire
  • Katie Maxim (USA), Umpire

Competitor Information

Billeting may be offered to teams visiting from outside of the Sydney area. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate teams, either in homes or onboard boats owned by members of RPAYC, the club cannot guarantee that accommodation will be provided to all teams. Billeting will come on a first served basis for teams who have completed entry requirements, including payment of entry fee. 

Meals & Functions
RPAYC will provide breakfast and lunch on race days (Tue-Fri), as well as dinner on Tuesday (Welcome Function) and Friday (Presentation). These meals will be free of charge for crews, officials and coaches for the duration of the regatta. Teams will need to arrange their own meals outside of the regatta schedule. Note Tuesday and Wednesday window deli post race food only.

Travel Arrangements
It is the responsibility of each competing team to arrange travel to Sydney, and to Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. There are many options to get from Sydney Airport to RPAYC, including shuttle bus, public transport, or Uber/Taxi.

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2023 Championship Results

Hover your cursor over the yellow results box and scroll down to view all results.