Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing victory to David Chapman

by Peter Campbell on 8 Feb 2013
2013 Hardy Cup champions David Chapman, Ollie Nicholas and Daniel Nixon Raoul de Ferranti
At the Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member David Chapman deservedly won the prestigious title on Sydney Harbour at his fifth and final attempt.

He will be outside the age limit next year….'what a way to sail your final Hardy Cup,' an excited Chapman said after a final day of incredibly close match racing in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 6 sports boats.

Chapman and his crew sailed 11 flights on the last day, five to complete round-robin 3, two in winning their semi-final and four in the final, in which they won a hard-fought match, 3-1, against West Australia David Gilmour from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

The winning crew comprised three sailors from three different clubs, David Chapman (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron), Ollie Nicholas (Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania) and Daniel Nixon (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club).

The regatta was the first time they had sailed together, but their collective skills in helming, tactics and sail handling gave them victory on a final day of competition in a fresh to strong Sydney nor’easter that reached 22 knots.

While the 24-year-old Chapman has a long experience in Elliott 6s and Hardy Cup competitions, for Nicholas and Nixon it was their first time crewing in the Elliott 6 sports boats in this elite event.


Tomorrow, it will be back to big boat sailing for Chapman and Nicholas, who have been invited to crew aboard the Tasmanian yacht Cougar II in sailing’s new Formula 1 circuit on Port Phillip when Sandringham Yacht Club hosts the first round of the inaugural Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup.

Cougar II, skippered by Tony Lyall, also from the RYCT, is one of seven TP52s and one RP52 competing over the weekend on the bay.

'We’re flying down to Melbourne tonight after the trophy presentation for the Hardy Cup,' a delighted Chapman said after beating West Australian David Gilmour in the final of the Hardy Cup, 3-1.

'Then on Monday I will be in Hobart to be tactician aboard the Farr 40 Voodoo Chile in the Combined Clubs harbour race that will be part of the 175th Royal Hobart Regatta,' he added.

Later in the month, Chapman and Nicholas will be aboard opposing Farr 40s in the Australian championship in Sydney, Chapman tactician on Andrew Hunn’s Voodoo Chile and Nicholas bowman on Craig Clifford’s POW.

The final flights of round-robin 3 today saw a major upset when RSYS novice helmsman Nick Howe scored his first win the regatta, beating overall leader David Chapman by just one second. It was one of Chapman three losses from eight matches in the third round-robin this morning.

However, Chapman still finished at the top of the leader board after stage one with a total of 18 points, as did the third RSYS team led by Jordan Reece. Reece had an outstanding third round-robin winning seven of the eight matches he sailed.


Also qualifying for the semi-finals were New Zealander Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who finished 17 points, also winning seven out of eight matches in the third round-robin, and West Australian David Gilmour.

Gilmour, winner of last week’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in Perth, had six wins in round-robin 3 to qualify for the semi-finals with a stage one total of 14 points.

Missing out were Ashlen Rooklyn (CYCA) 12 points, Jay Griffin (CYCA) 11 points, Sam Gilmour (RFBY) 10 points, Adam Middleton (RPNYC) seven points and Nick Howe (RSYS) one point.

Heading the standings, Chapman had the choice of opponents in his semi-final, picking Jordan Reece and beating him 2-0. David Gilmour had a tough opponent in the other semi-final in Chris Steele before winning 2-1.

Then followed the Petit Final, with Steele beating Rees in a hard-fought series, winning 2-1 to claim third overall in the regatta.

In the final, Chapman won the first flight, but Gilmour and his crew of Will McKenzie and Luke Payne fought back to level at 1-all. However, Chapman proved superior in the next two to take the best of five final 3-1.


Penalties were a key factor in the first and third flights of the final and in the deciding fourth flight the two boats were never more than two boat lengths apart.

'Apart from the fact that we won, this has been the best Hardy Cup I’ve sailed in, with an exceptionally high standard of competition and excellent race management and umpiring,' Chapman added.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignAncasta Ker 33 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted today at 11:39 am
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted today at 11:25 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted today at 11:17 am
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted today at 8:11 am
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted today at 4:09 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
Team France Jeune selects its group for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare From 5 to 9 September, the city of Toulon played host to the second phase of the selection process launched by the Filière d’Excellence Team France (TF Excellence Network). After five days of events, Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau (the French Sailing Federation’s Technical Director) reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep
Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race - Top Kiwi racer takes line honours
TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race. The New Zealand ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Calendonie Race. She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning, local time.
Posted on 27 Sep