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Posted on 10 October, 2018

Australian Youth Match Racing Championships 2018

The Darwin Sailing Club team finish on 3-3 after day 1 of racing at the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship.

Racing started with a light westerly breeze with the race committee starting on time and getting one race through before the wind died. The DSC team convincingly won the start and first upwind but were not able to capitalise on the downwind, rounding just behind the CYCA team. Another close upwind and the DSC team were able to get control of the favoured right-hand side and maintain the lead to the top mark. Teams exchanged gybes on the run to the finish but as the wind died it was the CYCA team that drifted across the line to take the win.

After a short postponement the NE breeze settled in allowing for some great match racing conditions. The DSC Youth Development Team had a number of tight races with two convincing wins against RSYS and SYC, showing good boat speed in the light wind conditions. Meeting many of the higher ranked teams in the later stages of the day proved difficult for the young DSC team, not being able to keep their early winning form.

Jed and his team put their boat in some great positions against the more experienced teams, often leading into the start line, only to lose the starts by very small margins. The team will take a lot from today’s racing and the valuable umpire debrief held after racing.

Racing continues tomorrow with the race committee looking to finish round robin one and push into round robin two.

Thanks to supporters of the Darwin Sailing Club