by Shane Smith
Match Racing crew, Ash Rooklyn, Tim Austin and Byron White teaming up SYC's Ezra Pritchard have continued the unbeaten record for CYCA to win the 2011 Australian Match Racing Championships on the Gold Coast this week.
Ash Rooklyn celebrates his finals win - Australian Match Racing Championships
Host club Southport Yacht Club had three teams contest the event with all teams making the finals but all were no match for the CYCA team. Sailing the Blazer 23's for only the second time, Rooklyn's team was tested in all the races by the local crews with most races won on the last gybes to the finish.
Team Rooklyn on way to finals finish line in race 3 - Australian Match Racing Championships
The team from CYCA won the final over the recently crowned Women's Match Racing Champions Jessica Hansen, Stacey Jackson, Georgia Cronin and Mellissa Turner in the best of five final, 3-0 but they only took the lead on the last leg in both races one and two in the final stages. In race three they won the start and controlled the race to lead start to finish to win by 15 seconds.
In the petit final Jack Sherring and his crew, Coen Comadira, Fletcher Sewell and William Bates won the final podium position over Sophie Lahey's team of Ali Blundell, Kodey Sherring and Georgie Toner.
Spectators enjoy prestart action in Finals - Australian Match Racing Championships
CYCA vs SYC in Final Race - Australian Match Racing Championships
Results can be found at www.southportyachtclub.com.au