Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Warren Jones Regatta - Walker expecting tough competition

by John Roberson on 31 Jan 2011
Evan Walker, the winner of Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta 2011 Swan River Sailing
Warren Jones Regatta 2011.

Evan Walker, the winner of last week’s Colin Mullins International Youth Regatta sees a tough job ahead if he is to repeat the success in this week’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, with more hot young teams arriving he sees a step up in the level of competition.


Talking after his Colin Mullins Trophy victory on Saturday afternoon, he said, 'the guys who are coming next week, that didn’t race this week, Seve (Jarvin), (William) Tiller, Peter Nicholas and Dave Chapman, they are going to slot in up near the top, so with the two guys we had close racing with today, that’s six teams that could be in the top four, so it’s not going to be easy.'

However his win last week has certainly boosted his confidence, 'we’re glad we came over early because we’re a whole level ahead of where we would have been, if we get some consistent winds I think we’ll be comfortable.'

Though most of his sailing at the moment is on 18 Foot Skiffs in Sydney Harbour, he would like to further his match racing career with a season in Europe.

New Zealand skipper William Tiller won the Warren Jones Regatta last year, and the previous year was on the winning crew with skipper Phil Robertson, so is no stranger to the boats or the location, and has had a swift rise up the world rankings in the past twelve months, now sitting at 35th place.

Close behind Tiller on the ranking ladder is Sydneysider David Chapman who is currently 37th in the world, he will be desperate to improve on his ninth place in last year’s event.

Seve Jarvin, another 18 Foot Skiff sailor from Sydney, has twice finished third in the Warren Jones Regatta in 2005 and 2006, and although well down the world rankings will be a tough competitor.

Peter Nicholas, from Perth’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, has skippered a boat in the event three times before, with eighth places in ’07 and ’09, but finishing a hard fought fourth last year, he is keen to keep moving up.

The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta was created in memory of the man who did so much to motivate the crew of Australia II, when they won the America’s Cup in 1983, he was also a live-wire in the Perth business community, and a great supporter of youth programmes of all sorts.

The event is being hosted this year by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, and sailed in the Swan River’s Matilda Bay, using Swan River Sailing’s fleet of Foundation 36 yachts.

Competitors:

Skipper
Country
Club
Ranking
William Tiller
NZL
RNZYS
35
David Chapman
AUS
RSYS
37
Peter Nicholas
AUS
RFBYC
63
David Gilmour
AUS
RFBYC
95
Evan Walker
AUS
CYCA
110
Matthew Steven
NZL
RPNYC
126
Tristan Brown
AUS
RFBYC
190
Kosaku Yoshida
JPN
JYMA
302
Seve Jarvin
AUS
CYCA
649


Warren Jones International Youth Regatta website
Swan River Sailing website
RS Sailing 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Thriller around Antigua - Peters and May Round Antigua Race
The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race with an unbelievable finish. The Peters and May Round Antigua Race produced a spectacular match race between two magnificent ocean greyhounds with an unbelievable finish. Sir Peter Harrison's British ketch Sojana and Jean-Paul Riviere's French sloop, Nomad IV battled it out for the 52 miles, just a few minutes apart for the duration of the race.
Posted today at 2:15 am
FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Hitchhiker comes out fighting
Hosted by Royal Southern Yacht Club, the first day of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta produced some highly competitive racing Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the first day of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta produced some highly competitive racing. Just a few weeks ago, Bas de Voogd's Hitchhiker was blown off its cradle and they were not sure if they would even make their debut in the class at the FAST40+ Spring Regatta, but it was the opposition that was blown away in the first two races.
Posted today at 1:51 am
Team Aqua takes control of RC44 Sotogrande Cup
With racing cancelled yesterday due to severe conditions, the fleet ventured out today in marginally improved conditions Once again the wind, although shifty, was less of an issue than the sea state, which was initially so massive that the RC44s were disappearing up to their spreaders in the troughs.
Posted on 29 Apr
Skiff success in first Hyeres World Cup finals day
Fletcher and Bithell held on tightly to the silver spot going in to the 49er finale to secure a third straight podium The French Riviera venue served up perfect conditions for the first of the event’s two medal race days, with bright sunshine and winds averaging 15 knots providing the ideal playground.
Posted on 29 Apr
All on for Team Oman Air in second half of Extreme Sailing Series
Team Oman Air have everything to play for going into the back half of the second round after racing in Qingdao Skipper Phil Robertson's men spent almost three hours poised for action as they waited for the breeze to materialise but, unlike yesterday's opener when a 15-knot wind appeared halfway through the afternoon, it wasn't to be.
Posted on 29 Apr
World Sailing Show - Video news - May 2017 - Volvo 65, America's Cup
May 2017 edition of World Sailing News, which this month features Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and more May 2017 edition of World Sailing News, which this month features: Winding the clock back on a Volvo 65 and taking a race boat that already has over 40,000 hard miles under its keel might not be your idea of a perfect start for another lap of the planet. But the newly refurbished fleet of Volvo 65s are better than new. We went to Portugal to find out how this can be so.
Posted on 29 Apr
Top Chinese sailor aims to inspire in hometown of Qingdao
24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as Extreme Sailing Series™ returns The 24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to China’s Olympic Sailing City for an incredible seventh time.
Posted on 29 Apr
Sailing World Cup - Medal races on LIVE NOW - Day 1
Live coverage of the first day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST Live coverage of the first day of Medal Racing at Sailing World Cup Hyeres starts at 12:00 CEST . First up is the Mens 49er skiff
Posted on 29 Apr
Annapolis to Newport Seminar - Navigation, Routing and Weather
Navigation, Routing and Weather, being held at the AYC Clubhouse, wraps up the popular and informative seminar series. Navigation, Routing and Weather, being held at the AYC Clubhouse, wraps up the popular and informative seminar series. There are few sailors anywhere in the United States who have logged as many ocean miles as Tarry Lomax and Tom Schubert.
Posted on 29 Apr
Comanche on the warpath for Transpac record
Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche has joined fleet of 62 entries preparing for Transpacific YC’s biennial LA-Honolulu race Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche has recently joined the fleet of 62 entries currently preparing for the 49th edition of the Transpacific YC’s biennial LA-Honolulu race, with one goal: to set a new race record. This 100-foot carbon fiber ocean greyhound designed by VPLP/Verdier and built by Hodgdon Yachts in 2014 was created to be quite simply the fastest sailing yacht in the world
Posted on 29 Apr