Pacific Racing Team (RNZYS PPro) 1-0 up in Semi-Final at CYCA Musto Youth Internaitonal

Final Four decided at Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2017

RNZYS Performance Programme/Pacific Racing Team’s Leonard Takahashi and Australia’s Harry Price head into the final day of the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship in the strongest possible position with both teams taking the early lead in semi-finals over their opponents.

With 105 matches completed, there was a huge tussle for the quarter-final positions, with Takahashi leading the charge on an impressive scorecard of 13-1. Leonard Takahashi recorded his first loss of the regatta in his opening race of the day, with Jelmer Van Beek ruining the Japanese/Kiwi team’s winning streak to be the only team to defeat them throughout the round robin.

The all-female team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club led by Clare Costanzo finished in second on 10-4, then a flurry of teams on 9-5 with Harry Price coming out on top in the tie-break to break into third, followed by Porter Killian (USA), Will Boulden (WA) and Tom Grimes (CYCA) dropping down to 6th.

Royal New Zealand’s George Anyon, the second seed competitor just managed to hold on in 7th with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s third and final team led by James Hodgson finishing 8th. This left a near impossible task for the top teams to choose their opponent.

Takahashi and Price were the first two to confirm their spot in the semi-finals, both only taking three matches to advance to the next stage. Next to join them was Tom Grimes who out performed against George Anyon, fighting back in 3 out of his 4 races on the final run to advance. The final tangle between Costanzo and Boulden took all 5 matches to decide after Boulden took an early 2-0 lead. Costanzo battle her way back into a winner takes all race, and led into the final top mark, but was unable to complete a pre-start penalty before Boulden would pass and take the quarter finals 3-2.

It might have taken two and a half days for Price to get his mojo back, but today he showed just why he is ranked fourth in the world, winning all 6 sixes to bounce back from laying mid-fleet after the first two days, to scramble up to third place after the round robin, before dispatching American Porter Killian 3-0 in the quarter-finals and now leads Western Australian, Will Boulden 1-0 in the semi-finals.

The other semi-final between Takahashi and Grimes looks set to be another tightly fought battle with Takahashi winning the opening race by only 7 seconds. 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. The semi-finals will continue Friday 1 December at 1000hrs in the vicinity of Rushcutters Bay, before the Finals at 1400hrs with live results via the CYCA website.

 
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