28 November 2023
This year’s HARKEN International Youth Match Racing ChampionshipHARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship has attracted competitors from across the world, including UK and Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Brazil, as well as a strong representation from across Australia.
After receiving over 20 applications from teams to compete, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport, NSW, had a tough decision to select the final 10 teams.
The 2023 line up sees an exciting mix of developing and experienced Match Racing teams, looking to have their name etched on the Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy.
The 2023 edition sees five skippers taking part in their first event at RPAYC.
International entrants include Nicolas Bernal from Santo Amaro Yacht Club in Brazil, Ben Tylecote from Rutland Sailing Club in Great Britain, Jack Frewin from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Tom Higgins from Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Ireland, and Richard Rychlik Jr from Oakville Yacht Squadron in Canada.
RPAYC’s Senior Head Instructor commented on the line up of teams for this year’s Championship, saying “The excitement is building as we look forward to welcoming emerging youth match teams from all over the world to Pittwater.
“To have six different nations, and nine clubs represented is a testament to the global recognition of this world class event.”
Leading the local talent competing at this year’s are two teams from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Daniel Kemp finished in 5th position in the 2022 edition of the HARKEN Youth Match Racing Championship.
“After competing last year, it is awesome for myself and the team to have the opportunity to once again represent our home club RPAYC at this prestigious event – we cannot wait for the racing to begin!” he said.
Hugo Butterworth, also from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, was a crew member in last year’s event, but is now stepping up to lead a team.
He said, “This year’s HARKEN will be my first Grade 3 event as a Skipper, and the suspense is very intense! As a team we are super excited for the fierce competition and experience that lies ahead of us.”
Not only will the 2023 HARKEN Championship attract sailors from across the world, but RPAYC is also thrilled to once again welcome an experienced Race Management and an international cast of Umpires, with club stalwart Ted Anderson returning as Race Officer, and Richard Slater heading up the Umpire team.
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is delighted to maintain the longstanding support of title sponsor HARKEN Australia.
Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australasia Managing Director said he is looking forward to seeing the teams compete this year.
“This year we have a huge range of international teams from around the globe, which is great to see,” said Grant.
“The HARKEN global family looks forward to this long-standing regatta each year as we are very committed to youth sailing both locally and globally.
“We wish all competing teams the best of luck and look forward to seeing a new name etched onto the trophy alongside the previous winners who have gone on to become America’s Cup Sailors, Olympians and World Champions.”
The regatta commences with official proceedings on Monday 4 December, with four days of Match Racing on the RPAYC’s fleet of Elliott 7 yachts from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 December.