Some of the best Trans-Tasman youth match racing teams will traverse the continent to be part of the Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta to be sailed February 5 – 8 on Sydney Harbour.
Twelve youth teams of males and females aged 18 to 25 will represent two nations, three Australian states plus the Northern Territory and eight different yacht clubs in Australia and New Zealand at the Grade 3 Hardy Cup the RSYS first hosted back in 2001.
America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying “It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.”
George Anyon from the RNZYS, and ranked number 14 in the world starts the Hardy Cup as favourite. The CYCA’s Tom Grimes is another high-ranking skipper expected to be among the finalists.
Clare Costanzo is one of three female skippers, two of those from the RPAYC’s Youth Development program including her younger sister Juliet who is following in her match racing wake. Clare is ninth in the women’s world rankings and finished the Hardy Cup runner-up in 2017, behind DBSC’s team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Ben Robinson, Pete Langman and Chris Steel.
The third female skipper competing at Hardy Cup 2018 is Charlotte Griffin from the Squadron. The cup will be Charlotte’s third youth match racing event. Previously Charlotte has competed at the Harken International Youth Championships and the Marinassess Women’s Matching Racing Regatta where her skill and speed on the water drew a lot of attention from other competitors. Coming from a dinghy background Charlotte has competed in 420’s for several years and recently competed at the 420 World Championship in Perth.
The five-stage Hardy Cup competition is as follows: stage 1 – a single round robin, stage 2 – a single round robin, stage 3 – quarter final knockout & semi-final knockout, stage 4 – petit final knockout and lastly, stage 5 – the final knockout.
For plenty of information on the Hardy Cup including all regatta documents, list of competing teams and live results once the regatta begins go to https://www.rsys.com.au/sailing/hardy-cup and https://www.facebook.com/hardycup/
History of the Hardy Cup
The Squadron’s youth sailing program commenced in 1960 and in 2001 the club hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup, the trophy donated by longstanding regatta Patron Sir James Hardy who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. Prior to 2001 the Royal Australian Navy conducted the event for many years but due to the changes in the Navy training structure the competition lapsed until the RSYS picked it up. The Hardy Cup has been won by the following helmsmen who in later years went onto success at the World Match Racing Tour and other professional roles in the sport: Michael Dunstan RSYS, AUS (2002, 2005, 2006), Adam Minoprio RNZYS, NZL (2007), Evan Walker CYCA, AUS (2008, 2010), David Chapman RSYS, AUS (2013).
By Lisa Ratcliff
On Course Communications