Hardy Cup sailors put on display for Squadron members

Hardy Cup competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore today turned on a great display of match racing for members of the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, who were watching from the historic clubhouse at Kirribilli.

With a steady south-easterly breeze of 12-15 knots, race officers were able to set the course off Kurraba Point, within a few hundred metres of the club. The  11 teams responded with a day of close, tactical match racing in this Under 25, ISAF Grade 3 event.

It was another good day for the RSYS’s Estate Master team,  skippered by Jordan Reece, who came through the near completed Round Robin 2 unbeaten in nine match races today.

His wins in Round Robin 2 again included beating his nearest opponents,  New Zealander Chris Steele, who had seven wins and two losses today, and West Australian David Gilmour who had eight wins and two losses.

Overall, Reece has now had 18 wins out of 19 races and seems certain to be the leading team going into the quarter finals tomorrow.   David Gilmour has a 15/19 score, Chris Steele 14/19 while Jay Griffin and his team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is 13/18, today scoring seven wins in an uncompleted Round Robin 2.

Estate Master (Jordan Reece) leads Team Gilmour (David Gilmour) on Day 3 - photo: Raoul de Ferranti

Griffin lost to David Gilmour, but beat Chris Steele and Sam Gilmour but has yet to meet Jordan Reece in Round Robin 2.

 

One of the most impressive performances today came from Singapore’s Justin Lui with six wins and two defeats, including beaten the WA brothers,  David Gilmour and Sam Gilmour. Overall, Lui has had 10 wins from 19 matches, equal fifth with WA’s Matthew Jerwood.

Event Patron, Sir James Hardy enjoying racing at the 2014 Hardy Cup - photo: Raoul de Ferranti

Provisional positions in the near completed Round Robin 2 are:

1. Jordan Reece (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW) 18/19
2. David Gilmour (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA) 15/19
3. Chris Steele (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZ) 14/19
4. Jay Griffin (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW) 13/18
5=. Matthew Jerwood (South of Perth Yacht Club, WA) 10/19
5=. Justin Lui (Singapore National Sailing Centre, Singapore) 10/19
7. Sam Gilmour (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA) 8/19
8. Adam Middleton (Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, NZ) 7/18
9. Sam Ellis (Gosford Sailing Club, NSW) 4/20
10. Andy Green (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW) 3/19
11. Malcolm Parker (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club) 1/19.

Peter Campbell

RSYS crew maintain Hardy Cup lead on a fresh day

Steele v Liu Prestart - Raoul de Ferranti

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Jordan Reece and his Estate Master team continue to head the leader board in the Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 match racing event after a day of sailing in fresh to strong weather on Sydney Harbour.

After the completion of Round Robin 1 today, Reece had notched up nine wins from ten flights, his only loss being to New Zealander Chris Steele and his 36 Degrees Below team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Today’s racing was curtailed late this afternoon after the completion of the first round robin and one flight of the second, with the south-westerly breeze kicking at close to 30 knots, providing some spectacular downwind kite runs in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Elliott 8 sports boats.

Steele and West Australian David Gilmour, winner of last week’s Warren Jones Youth Regatta in Perth, today emerged as Reece’s main opposition to a Hardy Cup win at his fifth attempt.

Steele was able to sail in only one race yesterday after a collision with his opponent in the second flight of the day, but he had a day’s hard work on the water today to make up the lost flights.  

He came out well with eight straight wins, but the record shows seven wins out of 10 because of a penalty point from day one.

David Gilmore finished Round Robin 1 with eight wins out of 10, with wins today against Steele and his younger brother Sam and his Neptune Racing team,  also representing Perth’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

Fourth overall is the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Jay Griffin with six wins in Round Robin 1, including beating David Gilmour.

The Squadron 'redshirts' looking after the competitors - Raoul de Ferranti

The fresh to strong breeze proved ideal today for Chris Steele (21) and his crew, David Hazard on main and Jay Prestt on the bow, the trio have been match racing together for two years.

“We had a big day on the water today, lots of wind and tough competition in sailing nine races,” Steele said after the racing back at the RSYS.

“The strong breeze suited us…we were really strong on the downwind legs with David trimming the main and Jay call tactics.”

Steele said his best races of the day had been against top rivals David Gilmour and Jordan Reece, his only loss of the Hardy Cup so far. 

“We had trailed Jordan for most of the race,  but managed get through him on the final downwind leg,” Steele said. “The match against Gilmour was decided on the calls of umpires.”

Overall placings after Round Robin 1:

1. Jordan Reece (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW) 9/10
2. David Gilmour (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA) 8/10
3. Chris Steele (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZ) 7/10
4. Jay Griffin (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW) 6/10
5. Sam Gilmour (Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA) 6/10
6. Matthew Jerwood (South of Perth Yacht Club, WA) 5/10
7. Justin Lui (Singapore National Sailing Centre, Singapore) 4/10
8. Adam Middleton (Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, NZ) 4/10
9. Sam Ellis (Gosford Sailing Club, NSW) 3/10
10. Andy Green (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW) 2/1
11. Malcolm Parker (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club) 0/10

Peter Campbell

As Close As It Gets!

Etchells Milson Silver Goblets –Twilight Regatta 2014.

Etchells racing is known for close competition- but the 5 evenings of racing on Sydney Harbour from Monday 27th January to Friday 31st was about as close as it gets.

Sydney Harbour was at its best with fresh to very fresh NE breezes ranging from 16-27 knots. We had very strong interest with 31 entries and after the 5 races, 4 boats finished equal on 12 points. The next two placegetters were also on equal points and in one race 9 boats finished within 36 seconds.

After countback Michael Coxon’s “North Star” took first place, successfully defending his last season’s title. In the hard conditions, Jeanne-Claude Strong in “Yandoo XX” edged out Mothy Jarvin’s  “Magpie” with Tom Slingsby steering for the first two races and Graeme Taylor (GT) coming up from Melbourne to steer in the last three. Also on 12 points was Tom King in “Iron Lotus”.  In 5th place on a count back was “Fifteen +” (Dave Clark) from “Umami”(Matt Whitnall).

The 31 boat fleet included boats from Melbourne, Brisbane, Cronulla and Pittwater as well as from the Sydney Fleet .

All agreed it is not often you have to compete against two Olympic Gold Medallists, a handful of other Olympic sailors plus several other Etchells World and National Champion crews.

The wet regatta meant that boats stayed in the Squadron pond on trot moorings, so there was no rush to the crane each night.  Many of the crews used the time saved to get some refreshment and enjoy the finger food put on by the Squadron.

Individual Race winners were:

Races 1 and 2 North Star- Michael Coxon

Race 3 Roulette- Mark Johnson

Race 4 Yandoo XX –Jeanne-Claude Strong

Race 5 Magpie- Steve Jarvin

Full results are available at http://www.rsys.com.au/index.php/sailing/results

Richard Hammond

‘Bluebird day’ on Sydney Harbour for Hardy Cup opener


Hardy Cup 2014 Day 1: Competitors on Sydney Harbour - Raoul de Ferranti

“A bluebird day on Sydney Harbour,” was how Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron event organiser Mitch Watkins described conditions for the opening day of the prestigious Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 match racing regatta.

Eleven teams from Sydney and Gosford in NSW,  Perth in Western Australia, Singapore and from Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand are contesting the regatta through to Thursday.

Today produced a classic north-easterly seabreeze,  building throughout the day from 10 knots to 20 knots, with gusts of 24 knots late in the afternoon with the temperature each 29 degrees.

Unfortunately,  the competition began with a collision between New Zealander Chris Steele  and Sam Ellis from Gosford Sailing Club in the second match of the day.  The outcome:  a black flag penalty for Steele and the Elliott 8 being towed ashore with a broken shroud.

Down one boat, race officers had to re-jig the order for the first round-robin, limited racing for the day.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Jordan Reece had a good day with four wins from four flights, including a hard-fought win over West Australian David Gilmour that saw race positions change and penalties interchanged. 

Four is not the greatest of numbers in Hardy Cup regattas for Reece. He has sailed in the last four Hardy Cup and finished fourth in each event.

“I’m confident of a lower number this year, although I have an all new crew in Max Vos, Milly Bennett and Jaiden Stevens,”  Reece said after today’s racing. “However, we certainly got it together for the first day.”

Reece was pleased with his win over David Gilmour who last week won the Warren Jones youth match racing event in Perth. “A good one to have under my belt and after a break of two months from being on the helm,” said Reece, who recently has been racing in Australia and overseas as a tactician aboard Farr 40s and TP52s.

At the end of the day, David Gilmour’s Team Gilmour from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club came out at the top of the leader board, winning his next four flights to have a score of five wins from six flights.

His younger brother Sam’s Neptune Racing team,  whom he beat in the final of last week’s Warren Jones Regatta,  scored four wins from six flights, while Jordan Reece’s Estate Master team from the RSYS had a 4/4 result, including that win over David Gilmour.

Also scoring four wins on the day, out of five flights, was the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia team skippered by Jay Griffin, with a significant win over Sam Gilmour.

However, because of the delays caused by the damage to one boat early in the day, the overall results to date are somewhat inconclusive.

Other results after day one were:

Matthew Jerwood (South of Perth Yacht Club, WA) 3/6
Sam Ellis (Gosford Sailing Club, NSW) 2/6
Justin Lui (Singapore National Sailing Centre, Singapore) 2/5
Andy Green (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW) 1/5
Adam Middleton (Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, NZ) 1/4  
Chris Steele (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) 0/2
Malcolm Parker (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club) 0/5

Peter Campbell

 

 

Gilmour brothers set for another match race duel

West Australian brothers David and Sam Gilmour are set for another duel when they each skipper a team in the prestigious Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 match racing event on Sydney Harbour, starting tomorrow.

The brothers last week fought out the final of the Warren Jones Youth Match Race Regatta in Perth, with elder brother David winning a tightly fought title in three straight races.

Sons of former America’s helmsman and world match racing champion Peter Gilmour, the brothers and their crews arrived at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron today where the eleven teams for the Hardy Cup had a day of practice racing on the Harbour.

The Hardy Cup, an initiative of America’s Cup helmsman and Squadron member Sir James Hardy,  has over the past 12 years proved a significant stepping stone to national international yachting for many young sailors from throughout Australia,  New Zealand and other overseas countries.

This year’s Hardy Cup fleet represents yacht clubs in Sydney, Perth,  Gosford, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand and Singapore and includes the four top placed skippers from last week’s Warren Jones Regatta:  David and Sam Gilmour from WA, New Zealander Chris Steele and Matthew Jerwood, also from WA.

David Gilmour, a member of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, has an ISAF match race ranking of 33. He won the Hardy Cup in 2012, last year finishing second to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s David Chapman who has now reached the age limit.  

David Gilmour’s team is Team Gilmour,  brother Sam’s is Neptune Racing,  also from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

Chris Steele, who finished third to Chapman and Gilmour last year, is representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron with his 36 Below racing team.

Representing the RSYS is the experienced match racing helmsman Jordan Reece, his Estate Master team comprising Max Vos, Milly Bennett and Jaiden Stevens.

Other teams competing are:

Youth Scheme, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington, New Zealand. Skipper: Adam Middleton.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney. Skipper: Jay Griffin,

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Pittwater.  Skipper: Malcolm Parker.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney.  Skipper: Andy Green.

Singapore National Sailing Centre, Singapore. Skipper Justin Liu.

Redline Racing,  South of Perth Yacht Club,  Perth.  Skipper: Matthew Jerwood.

Gosford Sailing Club, Gosford.  Skipper: Sam Ellis.

Starting from tomorrow morning, the 11 teams will contest a double round robin, then a single round robin to qualify the top placed the top four skippers and their teams.  A semi final knockout will see a petit final knockout and the then final knockout to decide the winner of the 2014 Hardy Cup.

Peter Campbell