Takahashi still undefeated after Day 2 of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship
Day 2 of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship yet again tested the 15 teams from seven nations with not only a tricky Easterly breeze settling in on Sydney Harbour but with rain in the morning, and a congested Sydney Harbour in the afternoon as regular Sydney racing yachts took to the harbour for their racing.
Overnight there was drama for one of the American teams with a late evening injury to Porter Killian’s crew. A substitute sailor was rushed onboard with the team now having 2 Australians, a New Zealander and two Americans on-board. The new dynamics proved to gel well though, with the American team jumping up three places.
Rain greeted the fleet and quickly evaporated any wind on the race course with the Race Committee forced into a 30-minute delay to racing. After this, the CYCA Race Management team completed another 40 races with two-thirds of the round robin now complete – RNZYS Performance Programme’s Leonard Takahashi holding onto the top spot. The team is now one of only two guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals with only one more win to lock in the top spot after qualifying.
Western Australia’s Will Boulden from Alpha Racing Team, who is also safely into the quarter-finals had a successful day on the water shooting up to second overall on 9 wins followed by the all-female team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club led by Clare Costanzo in third with 8 wins and two losses.
With only five flights left to complete the qualifying stage, all eyes will be on the remaining quarter-final spots with a flurry of teams still fighting for their spot in the next stage. Currently the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Tom Grimes is a strong contender but still not safe on 8 points with 3 more teams on 7 points and a further two on 6 points.
With 88 matches from 105 now complete, tomorrow’s focus for the race committee will be to complete both the round robin and quarter-finals.
Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, this World Sailing Grade 2 event features 15 of the World’s best youth sailors with nine of the fifteen skippers ranked inside the Top 100 World Rankings. Racing will continue Wednesday 29 November at 1000hrs in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay with live results via the CYCA website.