sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : International Youth Match Racing Championship - Steele defends title
International Youth Match Racing Championship - Steele defends title


'Chris Steele holds his nerve in the finals - Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013'    Andrea Francolini    Click Here to view large photo

The Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship concluded on Sydney Harbour today. New Zealander Chris Steele has held his nerve and successfully defended his title, defeating American Christophe Killian 3-0 in the grand final.

Steele, and his crew of Connor Mashlan, Dylan Wichman and George Brasell representing Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, dropped one match throughout the entire regatta, which was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and contested on the fleet of Elliott 7s.

Stating at the beginning of the week, he wanted to finish his youth match racing career on a high, Steele was ecstatic to have achieved his goal.

'It’s great to have defended the title,' Steele said. 'I’ve had six podium finishes in ten events and we’ve won the last two - finally!'

The win wasn’t easy for Steele – he had to tough it out with CYCA’s Harry Price in the semi-final sail-off. 'It was a tough first race of the day. We inflicted a penalty on him in the pre-start and the first beat was very tight – lots of lee bow tacks plus a few dial downs.

'We managed to bounce him out to the port lay line and rounded the top mark four to five boat lengths in front of him and then had to fight the rest of the race to keep the lead. It really was worthy of a grand final match,' Steele added.

With one match of the semi-final completed yesterday, Steele moved through to the Grand Final, with Price meeting Rawiri Geddes, from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, in the Petit Final.

In the grand final, pre-starts made all the difference for Steele. 'In our first match against Killian, we lead off the line after getting a penalty on him. The second match we lead off the line again and in the third match we had him (Killian) over the line early,' Steele recalled.

'It was pretty hard for Killian to comeback from that, however we had a few issues in the last race when the breeze was on. We had a horrible first run – got a knot in the kite and it took us half of the leg to get it out. He also tried a couple of manoeuvres which didn’t work out.'

Chris Steele and crew celebrate their win - Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

So what now for the man of Steele…'I’ll be competing in the Warren Jones International and the Hardy Cup in early 2014 and then do some World Match Racing Tour events throughout the year. I’ll also finish up with the RNZYS’s youth program in January but I’d also like to give a bit back to the program in some way.

'I’ll also be trying to work out a plan to get into the next America’s Cup through competing in the Extreme 40s or World Tour events,' Steele concluded.

Christophe Killian and crew celebrate their second place - Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

Christophe Killian and his crew of Harrison Vanderwort, Jack Martin, Andrew Lutrell and Megan Roach, representing Balboa Yacht Club, were the most improved team of the regatta finishing in second place and achieved their goal of making the finals.

'We’re really happy even though we only won one race today. It was the match we needed to win to get us into the grand final match,' Killian said.

Christophe Killian was pleased to achieve his goal of reaching the grand final - Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

Describing the match, Killian recalled 'It was a pretty even pre-start and we managed to get the side of the line we wanted. We picked a couple of shifts extending our lead and walked away with the win.'

'Chris (Steele) was a tough opponent and with the windy conditions we didn’t quite have the right handling ability,' Killian added.

Kite problems cost Price one match in the petit final - Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 -  Andrea Francolini   Click Here to view large photo

Harry Price and his crew of Angus Williams, Louis Collins and Matt Stenta, representing the host club, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, finished the regatta in third place.

'I’m a little disappointed I missed out on the grand final. We lost our semi to Chris (Steele) at the start of the race and couldn’t get into a position to take the lead. In the first match of the petit final against Geddes, we lost the pre-start after controlling him. We managed to pick a few shifts and get the lead and hold onto to take the win,' Price said

'In the second match, we had a few kite problems and he (Geddes) was able to get in front and build a good lead to take the match. There were still some control issues in the third and final match. We started to windward and picked up a nice shift that put us into the lead.

'We had another horrible spinnaker drop and went out right to tack to pick up the breeze for the downwind run. At the bottom mark, we cross tacked underneath him and gained 50 metres and it was game over from there,' Price added.

Rawiri Geddes and his crew of Alex Dyet, Josh Salthouse and George Anyon, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, finished in fourth just out of podium places and was content with his performance.

'We made a few mistakes but learnt quite a bit throughout the course of the regatta,' Geddes said.

'In our semi against Killian we had control in the pre-start right until the last 20 seconds. We both wanted the boat end of the line, but he got there first and it was pretty much race over from there.

'Price and his team had really good boat speed downwind in the petit finals. It was good to take one match off him (the second of the three match petit final). We had a strong pre-start and lead off the line, ensuring that there was tight cover all the way up to the top mark. We didn’t give him any breathing space to overtake if he picked a shift. We had good downwind speed and lead the whole way home,' Geddes added.

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson got racing underway on time in an 8-9 knots southerly breeze, which built to 20 knots by the time the last match finished. 'With the forecast winds predicted to reach 30-35 knots by midday, I wanted to try and finish the program before it got blown out,' Thompson said.

'The breeze did flick left and right throughout the day requiring some course changes. I’d like to compliment the entire team that worked throughout the regatta. They handled the course changes quickly and cleanly, which assisted in getting through the entire program,' he added.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Howard Piggott congratulated all competitors on their performance throughout the regatta. 'Congratulations to Chris Steele and his team from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on their win. The standard of competition was high with great camaraderie shown with fellow competitors.

Final Placings
1st – Chris Steele (RNZYS)
2nd – Christophe Killian (BYC)
3rd – Harry Price (CYCA)
4th - Rawiri Geddes (RNZYS)
5th - Murray Jones (CYCA)
6th - Sam Mackay (RPNYC)
7th – Milly Bennett (RPAYC)
8th - Lucas Chatonnier (CNC)
9th - Dylan Gore (RYCT)
10th – Carolyn Smith (NHYC)


by Jennifer Crooks

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117143

11:18 AM Fri 29 Nov 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

Touch2Play had the great fortune of participating in what would be the largest yet gathering of J88’s to date. Quantum Key West Race Week would serve as a chance to see how boats lined up against one another in conditions that covered the full range. For this event we had Rob and Sandy Butler, Steve Leibel, Keven Piper, Coleen Walsh and myself, Larry Huibers. ... [more]  

As the Barcelona World Race leaders race to the Crozet Islands, once again their paths have diverged – Neutrogena around 200 miles to the south-west of first-placed Cheminées Poujoulat on the water, and gaining around 40 miles in the past 24 hours. ... [more]  

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce on Saturday (31 January) at 10:00 CET the final line-up of sports. ... [more]  

On a high octane first day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Monday (26 January) Giles Scott, Alison Young and the Paralympian Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas saw the best possible start to their 2015 sailing seasons with double race victories. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

RC44 World Championship Leg 1 gets underway on 24th March until 29th March 2015. The RC 44 Class is unlike any 40 foot sailing yacht ever designed, and the reason for that is simple. She is a high performance one design yacht created for top level racing in international regattas. If one was to compare this concept to racing cars, then we would be talking about the F1, NASCAR or similar. ... [more]  

On Day 1 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) said last week that he hoped his unbeaten run would continue, and based on Monday’s form at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2014 World and European Finn Champion is giving it a pretty good shot ... [more]  

ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

The finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China just before noon on January 27, 2015 marked an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place ... [more]  

Winner of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng, have released footage taken from a drone launched from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, as she sails in light airs on the last days of Leg 3 of the race. It is believed to be the first time a drone, launched from a competitor, has been used in a major ocean race. ... [more]  

World sailing history was created earlier today when Dongfeng Race Team became the first Chinese yacht to have a win in a premier trans-ocean racing event. Her win was also a first in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 1131hrs UTC the Chinese flagged entry emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall leadin the 40,000nm event with six stages to go. ... [more]  

On the morning of the 26th of January, the Maersk Line ship MV Stockholm delivered the Team Vestas Wind's damaged VO65 to the port in Genoa, Italy. From here she will be taken to the Persico building facilty where the rebuild of the wrecked boat will be undertaken. The team's goal is to rejoin the race in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2015. ... [more]  

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is considering backing Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid, in a move that would propel the fortunes of the Olympic gold medallist yet further. Sir Ben is believed to have asked the Virgin billionaire to consider backing the venture when he and his new wife, Georgie Thompson, spent time on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in January. ... [more]  

To the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race significant changes have been made in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly. ... [more]  

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview by Alpari World Match Racing Tour
The final event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup Malaysia, is to take place in its new home of Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia, over 10th-14th February. In addition to being the grand finale of the Tour, the event will also see the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. ... [more]  

In the Barcelona World Race the two lead boats are preparing for a gruelling 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia. ... [more]  

Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA. During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. ... [more]  

40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race. The northerly drag race continues, with the stable light wind forecast to drop slightly. The boats have all remained in position, if anything cementing their places with gaps between them increasing slightly through the night. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Sailing in a straight line was never supposed to be as tense as this. We’ve been pointing at Sanya for almost a day now and fortunately, Alvimedica, MAPFRE, and Brunel far enough back to not be in AIS range anymore. The problem is they’re not in AIS range anymore. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - After what can only be described as a frustrating few days of wind and current conditions in the Malacca Strait, the shipping lanes we had to pass were a bit more entertaining as it was upwind which meant some tacking. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Tune in here to see the finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean race in Sanya. Will sailing history be made? Can Dongfeng become the first Chinese flagged yacht to win a Leg in a Round the World Race? ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Bigger than ever in 2015, with an atmosphere crackling with adrenaline, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, was ground zero on Sunday as competitors from 63 countries made their final preparations. ... [more]  

The Chinese entry Dong looks set to create sailing sailing history when she finishes first on Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya in two days time. Includes video Currently Dongfeng is 250 nm to the finish line in Sanya and the chasing pack with ADOR ahead in second place 55+ nm behind the Chinese team. ... [more]  

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. ... [more]  

The Classic 18fters were racing again on Saturday on Sydney harbour. Michael Chittenden caught the action from a shore vantage point. ... [more]  

When race leader Dongfeng rounded Singapore 60+ nautical miles ahead of the chasing pack, it looked like the final 1200 miles of Leg three would be a procession but over the last day, the Volvo Ocean race leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya China appears to have tightened incredibly. ... [more]  

US Sailing and Rolex USA announced last week that the 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year is Stephanie Roble. Her accomplishments on the water last year were recognized by the selection panel for her versatility; her accomplishments as a skipper and as a crew; and her competitive successes on a variety of platforms, sailing against both men and women. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - The first of the Great Capes is fast-approaching, with the leading boats in the Barcelona World Race expected to pass the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of South Africa tomorrow. As they pass 20°E, the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its verdict – did Cheminées Poujoulat’s east-bound track or Neutrogena’s southerly gamble pay off? ... [more]  

Mardi Gras may not be for another month but US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) kicked it off early for Oakcliff Sailing this year. This evening, Oakcliff received The Captain Joe Prosser Award, given to an organization that has made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. ... [more]  

20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online
Currently doing scheduled maintenance.
Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage
America's Cup: Italy to host first America's Cup World Series regatta
Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week   
Images of the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 1:   
2015 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – Three records broken   
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simplified logistics and fun themes   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery   
Millennium Cup: Racing in the picturesque Bay of Islands   
Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away   
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'   
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Jack Bouttell onboard Dongfeng   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Game time!   
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 – Ninth year ready to rock!   
Foiling GC32s Key West Race Week images by Ingrid Abery   
Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race - Crews prepare for big race   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - A challenging day   
America's Cup: Spithill leads Oracle reconnaissance team in Bermuda   
Extreme Sailing Series announces new teams and venues for 2015   
Barcelona World Race - Leaders enter the fastest section of the course   
Martinique Surf Pro - Must attend event in the world surfing circuit   
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT