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Posted on 09 November, 2016

Darwin Youth @ Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships

Newport's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will again welcome top international youth sailors to its doors for the 24th HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater starting Wednesday 16 through to Sunday 20 November. For the first time DSC has secured an entry for its youth match racing team of John Lynch, Paris van den Herik, Jed Cruickshank and Tom Vincent.

You can help our sailors by bidding for items at the silent auction, held at the DSC Presentation Night on Saturday 12th November.

The "Harken" is the longest standing youth match racing event in Australia and its popularity is a good reflection on how match racing is growing in Australia, and such a positive move forward for our upcoming youth sailors.” Said Grant Pellew - HARKEN Australia .

Racing in the club’s fleet of identical Elliot 7 keelboats, 12 teams from the United States of America, Netherlands, New Zealand & Australia will be competing for  being named on the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Champion honour board alongside the likes of 2 x America’s Cup winning skipper, James Spithill.

With a field of talented sailors all eyes will be on event veteran, George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Coming into this event, George is the highest ranked international skipper, finished runner up in last year’s HARKEN and being his third event as skipper he will be tipped to take out the event.

However, this year he is up against strong international competition with the 12 teams & over 54 competitors. Confirmed skippers are:

  • RNZYS - Auckland, NZ– George Anyon - 32
  • RFBYC -Perth, AUSTRALIA– Will Boulden – 46
  • DFYC - NETHERLANDS – Jelmer van Beek - 82
  • RPAYC - Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Malcolm Parker – 90
  • RNZYS - Auckland, NZ – Mathew Hughes – 130
  • RPNYC - Wellington, NZ – Will Eastman – 154
  • CYCA - Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Tom Grimes - 180
  • RPNYC - Wellington, NZ – Oakley Marsh - 192
  • RPAYC - Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Sarah Parker - 197
  • BYC - California, USA – Porter Killian - 316
  • RSYS - Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Nicholas Rozenauers - 419
  • DSC – Darwin, AUSTRALIA – John Lynch - NR

The 2016 HARKEN will have an extensive media coverage which can be found via the website and social media pages.

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Thanks to supporters of the Darwin Sailing Club