BOULDEN, HUGHES, PARKER AND EASTMAN MAKE THE SEMIFINALS
Day three of the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup ended with the completion of the round robin and quarter finals with the sun coming out and the wind finally turning up after lunch.
First to qualify for the quarter finals was Will Boulden (RFBYC/Alpha Racing) with his crew of Alex Negri, James Farquharson and local RNZYS YTP member Josh Wijohn. Boulden finished the round robin with 10 wins and 2 losses. The losses came from William Eastman (RPNYC) and Malcolm Parker (RPNYC). Boulden chose to race Thomas Grimes (CYCA) in the quarters and won 2 – 0. “We’ve had a good regatta so far, taking only two losses due to silly mistakes, which we learnt from and took forward with us.” – Boulden
There was a three way tie for second place with 9 wins 3 losses, between Malcolm Parker, William Eastman & Matthew Hughes. Hughes (RNZYS) qualified in second, choosing to race Nick Rozenauers (RSYS) and winning 2 – 0. “We had a good day on the water finishing off the round robin in 2nd place. We chose to race against Nick Rozenauers from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron who proved to be a challenging opposition but we managed to scrape away with 2 wins” – Hughes
Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) qualified in 3rd place and chose to race Frankie Dair (KKCC) winning his match 2 – 0. “Today was more challenging losing two crew to illness, having to source local RNZYS YTP graduate Logan Andresen to sail with us. Frankie Dair was an extremely tough competitor and we’re really looking forward to seeing more of him at future regatta’s.” – Parker
Qualifying in 4th is William Eastman (RPNYC) who also had a crew change today. Eastman sailed against Tom Picot (CNC) in the quarter finals for the second year in a row, Eastman managing to take the win 2 – 1. “The new team worked really well together, and we are happy with the results. I sailed Tom (Picot) in the quarters last year as well, he’s a great sailor and great competition.”- Eastman.
Overall, it was a long day for both sailors and race committee, returning after 7pm, but Race Officer Colin Lucas was extremely pleased to have caught up on the programme. Tomorrow will see the semi-finals and finals take place.
Will Boulden 2 Wins / 2 sailed
Malcolm Parker 2 / 2
Matt Hughes 2 / 2
Will Eastman 2 / 3
Tom Picot 1 / 3
Frankie Dair 0 / 2
Tom Grimes 0 / 2
Nick Rozenauers 0 / 2
Will Boulden RFBYC / Alpha Racing 10 wins / 12 sailed
Malcolm Parker RPAYC 9 / 12
Matthew Hughes RNZYS 6 / 12
Will Eastman RPNYC 6 / 12
Tom Picot CNC 7 / 12
Frankie Dair KKCC 7 / 12
Thomas Grimes CYCA 6 / 12
Nick Rozenauers RSYS 5 / 12
Celia Willison RNZYS 5 / 12
Sarah Parker RPAYC 4 / 12
James Jennings RNZYS 3 / 12
Zoe Bennett RPNYC 3 / 12
Henry Wilson MBYC/WBHS 1 / 12
Tomorrow there will be prime viewing and live commentary of the finals from the RNZYS members bar.
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