Frankie Dair (RNZYS YTP) leads after a mammoth Day One at the Musto
Frankie Dair and his RNZYS YTP team are in the lead after a mammoth opening day at the 2018 Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta with the entire round robin completed.
With a beautiful ENE 8-15 knot breeze filling early yesterday morning, a monster 66 races were sailed throughout the day, setting a new record at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The Organising Authority had no real choice but to push on as a Gale Warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for today, which has paid off as racing has officially been cancelled today.
At the end of Stage 1, it is our RNZYS YTP sailor Frankie Dair who leads the way with a 9-2 record, only breaking away from our RNZYS Performance Programme sailor James Wilson & CYCA’s James Hodgson due to his result against the current Australian Youth Match Racing National Champion, Tom Grimes.
Both Dair & Wilson will be looking to win another regatta title for the RNZYS this week, after Jordan Stevenson claimed the Harken International over the weekend.
“We had a really long but solid day on the water. It was a great effort by the OA to get all that racing in. We are happy with where we are at as a team and on the leaderboard but know there is a long way to go still.” commented Dair back at the dock. “I have been living in New Zealand recently and training at the RNZYS which have a great program led by Reuben Corbett.” Dair continued.
From there, the host yacht club teams are chasing hard, with current Australian Open National Champion James Hodgson sitting in third, Tom Grimes in fourth and Finn Tapper in 5th.