Scott Barnes (RNZYS) and Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) still hold the lead with 8 wins each on day two of the RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships 2013. After another day of impressive close racing on the water, the duo hold a two point advantage over the four next placed skippers all tied on 6 wins each.
Both Barnes and Gilmour won 2 out of 2 races today; all of them within a margin of seconds, with the exception of Gilmour’s Flight 13 race against Stephanie Doyle by 2 minute 55 seconds, a margin that is unusually large in this extremely tight competition.
The four teams tied on 6 wins each are Malcolm Parker (RPAYC), Claudia Pierce (KIYC), Charlie Lalumiere (PYC) and Adam Middleton (RPNYC), although Parker and Pierce have the advantage with one further race to sail.
USA v Canada - couldn't be closer! Killian v Minielly - HARKEN Youth InternationalMatch Racing Championships 2013 - Amber Roberts Click Here to view large photo
Pierce took 2 wins out of 3 races today, including a hard fought win against George Anyon (BBYC). Anyon led for the first three legs until, on the downwind, Pierce kept her cool and overtook to catch spectators by surprise and take the race by 5 seconds. Smiling as she crossed the finished line Pierce looked at the media boat and said 'it ain’t over till it’s over!'
Lalumiere commented about the day; 'It had its ups and downs', finding his first race against Hannah Osbourne (RNZYS) tough due to the tricky Auckland Harbour tides.
Christophe Killian (BYC) had a very successful day with 4 wins from 4 races and made a significant jump up the leader board from yesterday. Killian described the day as very light and very shifty; 'If you had one bad shift it was all over, but we were lucky enough to be on the right side of the shift for all of them'.
In the battle of North America, USA vs Canada; Killian (BYC) and Richard Minielly (RVYC) were side by side going into the bottom mark rounding, and to complicate things, Middleton and Lalumiere were beside the bottom mark in their pre start. Killian had the inside, touched the bottom mark, Minielly failed to give buoy room and umpire Collette Kraus gave them both penalties. Killian was the one able to gain the advantage and take the win by 43 seconds.
Shifty, patchy and fickle are words that summed up the day from all skippers; Middleton summed it up nicely as; 'It was tough', followed quickly by 'And you can quote me on that'. Needless to say he is looking forward to some decent breeze tomorrow.
Race Officer Megan Kensington also commented 'Getting four flights completed today was more than I expected given the day’s forecast'.
Racing is scheduled to commence at 10am tomorrow with Flight 14. At the conclusion of Round Robin One the top eight ranked skippers will go through to the Quarter Finals.
At the conclusion of day two with four flights completed the point’s table looks like this:
Claudia Pierce KIYC wins by 3 seconds over george Anyon BBYC - HARKEN Youth InternationalMatch Racing Championships 2013 - Amber Roberts Click Here to view large photo
Points Table Scott Barnes – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) 8/1/9 Sam Gilmour – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (RFBYC) 8/1/9 Malcolm Parker – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) 6/3/9 Claudia Pierce – Kawau Island Yacht Club (KIYC) 6/3/9 Charlie Lalumiere – Portland Yacht Club (PYC) 6/4/10 Adam Middleton – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht club (RPAYC) 6/4/10 Will Holz – Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) 5/4/9 Christophe Killian – Balboa Yacht Club (BYC) 5/5/10 Nick Howe – Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) 4/5/9 George Anyon – Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC) 4/5/9 Hannah Osborne – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) 3/7/10 Hampus Appelgren – Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) 2/7/9 Stephanie Doyle – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) 2/7/9 Richard Minielly – Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC) 0/9/9
Day 2 Results Round Robin One Flight Ten Holz beat Lalumiere by 31s Anyon beat Minielly by 33s Killian beat Osborne by 33s Howe beat Parker by 43s Barnes beat Pierce by 20s
Flight Eleven Gilmour beat Lalumiere by 9s Parker beat Minielly by 43s Killian beat Anyon by 26s Applegren beat Osborne by 1min 29s Middleton beat Howe by 15s
Flight Twelve Holz beat Doyle by 1m 5s Killian beat Minielly by 43s Howe beat Osborne by 37s Lalumiere beat Middleton by 10s Pierce beat Anyon by 5s
Flight Thirteen Gilmour beat Doyle by 2m 55s Parker beat Appelgren by 8s Barnes beat Holz by 47s Lalumiere beat Osborne by 1m 25s Killian beat Middleton by 52s
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Adam Middleton RPNYC and Charle Lalumiere PYC rounding the bottom mark. Christophe Killian BYC and Richard Minielly RVYC in the background - HARKEN Youth InternationalMatch Racing Championships 2013 - Amber Roberts Click Here to view large photo