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2021 Youth America's Cup

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has had significant interest from yacht clubs all over the globe entering teams into the revamped 2021 Youth America’s Cup. 

With the initial entry period closing Saturday 29th February, the RNZYS can confirm that ten teams have already officially entered the event and it is shaping up to be a melting pot of global youth sailing talent. Since the event was announced, there have been over forty high quality expressions of interest received.  Many of these clubs or teams are still in the process of getting their entry completed so the event is looking to be fully subscribed as planned.

Whilst entries remain open past this initial entry period, those entering 1 March – 30 September 2020 will incur a late entry fee.  Teams receive preferences to training periods pending the order in which the entries were received so the earlier the entry the better. 

Teams that have entered so far span from countries all over the world, with confirmed entries from; New Zealand, China, Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland(2), Russia, Argentina and the Netherlands.

The first Australian team to enter so far is from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, a club who has a strong alliance with the RNZYS when it comes to youth sailing.  The team is sponsored by Objective Racing.  Tony Walls from Objective Racing is excited about the event and said. 

“There are many so parallels between the format of the 2021 Youth Americas Cup as a club based challenge and our values in developing youth that it’s only fitting we again campaign for the Youth America’s Cup as Objective Australia.  For more than a decade Objective has been creating opportunities and community role models through youth sailing. Throughout our program we have always maintained our values of remaining club based, youth oriented, talent nurturing and gender equal.”

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Commodore, John Woo, said “we are thrilled that our RHKC Team Agiplast has mounted a challenge for the Youth America’s Cup.  Whilst the Club has a rich and colourful history stretching back 170 years, our eyes are firmly focused on the future in nurturing our youth and the sailors of tomorrow and doing our part for the environment; this the crux of the synergy we have with our sponsor, Agiplast, who regenerates plastics for a more sustainable world and have been doing so for over 25 years.”

 

One of the most exciting aspects of the 2021 Youth America’s Cup is the new AC9F foiling mono-hulls that the racing will take place in in. These boats have been developed by Yachting Developments with some input from the Emirates Team New Zealand design team and the first boat is due to be launched in the next two weeks. Yachting Developments owner and RNZYS Commodore Ian Cook is thrilled with the progress so far. 

“It’s been a big project and taken a lot of work to get the first boat ready, but we are nearly there as the first yacht heads into the paint shop today and  plan to be in the water testing by the end of next week.  It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see all the hard work pay off when the boat splashes into the water. There is no doubt that these boats are going to be thrilling to watch, and the young sailors who will be racing them are guaranteed to have a lot of fun, but they will also be testing themselves and pushing their sailing ability right to the maximum.”

RNZYS CEO Hayden Porter, who has been tasked with managing and receiving the entries, is over the moon with the interest he has received since the event was announced late last year.    

“Having daily contact with a large number of the original EOI’s we are now very confident of high numbers attending this event.  Some nations have several clubs looking to enter which is great to see.  The event has been priced so that it is achievable for most clubs to get an entry in and secure their spot, and then focus on the fundraising and sponsorship elements as they prepare with the next entry instalment not due until June.”

The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th – 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th – 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’.  Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age.  To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

RNZYS are hopeful that further teams will see the value of entering early before the close of the initial entry period to secure their spot.  An entry memorandum can be found here. A notice of race can be found here.

The RNZYS is confident they will be in a position to host an epic event in Auckland 2021.

Entries can be emailed to:  challenger@youthamericascup.com  

For more information on this event;

RNZYS PR & Communications Manager Andrew Delves: adelves@rnzys.org.nz

 

RNZYS CEO Hayden Porter: hporter@rnzys.org.nz

Soldier on Sailing & Family Days

Last Friday, the 21st of February, saw the first Soldier On Day without our superhero Tommy Spithill and his amazing organisational skills – managing to ensure the event goes ahead no matter how short notice and doing the jobs of many. Our colourful Mr. Bob Bennett and Scott Reynolds took the reins in ensuring a smooth transition from Tommy’s command in the hope of making the Soldier On Sailing Day a continued aspect of RPAYC’s community support. Following the veteran’s sailing day Friday, we also had the Soldier On Family Day on Sunday the 23rd where veterans and their families cruise to Portuguese Beach for a BBQ and mess about on the club’s Hobie Waves, kayaks and some swimming on the beach.
 
As you may be aware, Soldier On aims to support our current- and ex-serving military and first responders by expanding meaningful connection with family, community and employers. Our Soldier On Sailing Day supports this mission by providing participants the opportunity to come together in a safe and supportive environment, connect with great people in a beautiful location, have a go at sailing and get the opportunity to follow sailing pathways within the club if they desire. This has a ripple effect, making a significant difference to their rehabilitation and integration back into the community. 
 
Comments from one participant who initially didn’t feel like turning up on the sailing day: ‘A couple of hours on the water with Linda will definitely make [wounded, injured and ill veterans] reassess their own situation…. then they will turn that wall of adversity into a ladder and climb out of whatever doldrum they are in…. The very next day my focus shifted from where I may fail my family to I know I have to be there for them.’
 
These latest two sailing days would not have been a success without the fantastic support from our volunteers: Bob Bennett and the Enigma crew; Bruce Killingsworth, Tim Watcyn-Jones, Phil Smith, Lindy Smith, our resident veterans Scott Reynolds, Nick Johnson, Craig McGrath, Natahsha Fox, Glenn Armstrong, John Mudge, and our members Julia and Chris Hornsby, Pete Berry, Bob Rayner, Rod Walton and John Ewing.
 
Many thanks go out to all the members who add to the fantastic community and support that Alfred’s provides. 
If you are interested in contributing to the success of these events in any capacity – positively impacting the lives of our wounded warriors – or would like any more information about our Soldier On Sailing Days, please feel free to contact Brendan Rourke in the sailing office, Bob Bennett or any of our veteran members.
 
‘I have seen some amazing transformations over the past few years with the sailing…. So I wanted to let you know how significant your program is having in the lives of those who feel they have lost everything and to say thank you to yourself and all involved in the sailing day.’ 
- A health professional at the St John of God trauma wing.
 
Article with thanks to Natahsha Fox 
 
 

YD Teams finish at Harken Youth Int MR Cup

Well we had the last of the Flights today to decide the top eight boats to advance to Quarter Finals. Pressure was on both Juliet Costanzo and Niall Powers teams to get a couple more wins under their belt to advance. Nial Powers did just that but after being penalised 0.5 points on Day 1 for damage sustained to a boat cost them after winning four races. Juliet Costanzo had trouble getting off the line today but finished in 9th position and Niall close behind one tenth. The competition was very formidable and our RPAYC teams can hold their heads high putting it to a lot of the top ranked teams. The top teams just were more refined in all their manoeuvres and just a bit better in their boat handling and boat control.

It was is a pleasure to be able to support this fine group of sailors. They are well respected by their peers and they all have had an amazing time and experience here in NZ.

I would like to acknowledge the other members of the teams. Jemma Hodgson Emma Rankin Antony Hawke Alistair Read Cam Whiteside Tom Quarry Ruby Scholten and Jasmine Bridge. We would like to thank the Royal Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington and RNZYS in Auckland for being fantastic hosts for both regattas.

Rob Brown Coach 
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Harken Youth Int. Match Racing Championship - NZL

Well we had the last of the Flights today to decide the top eight boats to advance to Quarter Finals. Pressure was on both Juliet Costanzo and Niall Powers teams to get a couple more wins under their belt to advance. Nial Powers did just that but after being penalised 0.5 points on Day 1 for damage sustained to a boat cost them after winning four races.

Juliet Costanzo had trouble getting off the line today but finished in 9th position and Niall close behind one tenth.

The competition was very formidable and our RPAYC teams can hold their heads high putting it to a lot of the top ranked teams. The top teams just were more refined in all their manoeuvres and just a bit better in their boat handling and boat control. It was is a pleasure to be able to support this fine group of sailors. They are well respected by their peers and they all have had an amazing time and experience here in NZ.

I would like to acknowledge the other members of the teams. Jemma Hodgson Emma Rankin Antony Hawke Alistair Read Cam Whiteside Tom Quarry Ruby Scholten and Jasmine Bridge.

We would like to thank the Royal Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington and RNZYS in Auckland for being fantastic hosts for both regattas.

Rob Brown Coach

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