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Posted on 24 November, 2017

Harken Youth Regatta Day 2

Harken Youth Regatta Day 2

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Day 2 Report

Another good day on Pittwater. The team had a game plan of leading into more starts in order to win the pin, which has been favored most of the regatta. This was executed perfectly on the first race against RPAYC and they came away with a nice win against the home team.

The team continue to learn against some of the best youth match racers in the world. With six countries, the Netherlands, Japan, France, USA, New Zealand and Australia represented and six skippers inside the top 150 ranked Open match racers world-wide, the Harken is a tough event to do well at, and a great way to learn.

One of the pre-start foci was timing acceleration to the line in order to get bow out, which John steadily improved with, however their relative inexperience allowed them to tend to lose controlling positions due to errors in boat handling and boat positioning during circles.With a team that has been sailing keelboats less than a year, more practice with symmetric spinnakers is needed. 

The team also had a close finish with the CYCA, where the boys ran into a situation leading into the pin end of the finish, where they could have gybed once they got to the 2 boat length circle and won the race , but let themselves get pinned out due to insufficient rules knowledge.

The team is steadily improving and is sailing well enough to get out of the bottom of the leaderboard. Had a few little things gone the other way, they would would have made the quarter finals, but the first day's competition was expensive. The DSC team will be sailing for the 9th/10th round tomorrow.

The kids keep improving and will take what they’ve learned into tomorrow.

Thanks to supporters of the Darwin Sailing Club