News from the Darwin Sailing Club
Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
SYDNEY, NSW– Twelve teams gathered for the 2018 Hardy Cup at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Darwin Sailing Club’s team of John Lynch, Jed Cruickshank, and Finn Neimeier were joined by Sam Barnet and Jake Erson of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Competitors found themselves waiting out calm mornings for the wind to fill. Once the breeze came up, races were contested in a shifty northeasterly sea-breeze. The Darwin team went undefeated on the first day of racing, going 6-0 and leading the pack in the round robin stage. The second day saw some difficulties for the Territory sailors, and after three losses, they ended up second place in the round robin, having amassed an 8-3 race record.
The Darwin team chose Patrick Harris of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to face in the quarter-finals. Racing was extremely tight with the young Kiwi squad, both teams trading series leads. In the end, the New Zealanders prevailed, edging out Lynch by a record of 3-2. The DSC team rounded out their event by beating James Hodgson of the CYCA 2-1 to take fifth place in the event.
This was a breakout event for the team from Darwin. A year ago, DSC finished ninth out of ten boats, having won only one race in the round robin stage. This year, DSC finished second in the round robin stage and fought hard for a spot in the semi-finals. The lessons the team has learned are starting to accumulate, specifically in the prestart and boat handling aspects of the game. We have clear race goals going forward and will seek to build on this momentum heading into the Nespresso International Youth Match Racing Championships at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, New Zealand.
It has been great to see the team progress and become a force to be reckoned with on the youth match racing scene. Darwin Sailing Club should be proud of the Youth Race Team and all they have accomplished in the short time they have been active in youth keelboat racing.
The team would like to thank their family and friends who helped with the fundraising to make this regatta program possible.
Their next challenge is the Nespresso Cup at RNZYS. Auckland, with competition commencing on Saturday.
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