RNZYS HARKEN YOUNG 88 NATIONALS – WILLIAMS TAKES THE LEAD ON DAY ONE

RNZYS HARKEN YOUNG 88 NATIONALS – WILLIAMS TAKES THE LEAD ON DAY ONE

Media Release: Saturday 9 April 2016

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The Harken Young 88 Nationals 2016 started today in minimal wind off. The Young 88’s are a competitive fleet with a rich racing history.

Leading the fleet is RNZYS skipper Nathan Williams and his crew on Slipstream III, Williams finished 1st on the North Sails Young 88 Sprint series host by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron over the summer. Williams sailed a consistent day with a 3rd, and two 4th’s.

Second place with a 7th, 4th and 3rd is the youngest crew on the water. RNZYS Skipper Dave Hazard and his crew on Skitzo.

Third place is also representing the RNZYS Mike Sanderson’s Flash Gordon, taking one gun, a 2nd and a ‘U’ flag disqualification.

Fourth place and current leading the handicap scores is RNZYS Skipper Edward Massey on Undercover.

The fleet started out in the East Coast Bays behind Rangitoto Island, after one abandoned race the Race Committee lead by Celia Carson upped anchor in search of the wind. Travelling back to Norther Leading Area and completing 3 races before heading back to the dock. Celia Carson described it as a ‘trying’ day but that with the help of her team will hope to compete more races tomorrow.

The Young 88’s by Kiwi yacht designer Jim Young are 8.8 meter yachts and have always been a staple for weekend warriors and professional sailors alike, and this regatta is no exception.

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Young 88 Association Contact: http://www.young88.org.nz/

RNZYS Sailing Office: gwitt@rnzys.org.nz

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