In the final, White and his crew of Ashlen Rooklyn and Jack Breislin defeated fellow Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Youth Sailing Academy member Tim Forbes-Smith and his crew of Jack Dawson and Daniel Caine in two straight matches.
The Cruising Yacht Club of
Australia's Byron White, sailed away to a convincing victory in
the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
In the final, White and his crew of
Ashlen Rooklyn and Jack Breislin defeated fellow CYCA's Youth
Sailing Academy member Tim Forbes-Smith and his crew of Jack Dawson
and Daniel Caine in two straight matches.
After impressive sailing over the first two days of competiton,
the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's Chris 'George' Jones and his
crew faltered at the last hurdle to finish third overall.
White and Jones had been tied going into yesterday third
round-robin, but dropped back in
the qualifiers and then lost their semi-final against
Forbes-Smith. The Tasmanians finally finished third overall on a
countback from fellow RYCT skipper Zac Pullen.
White and his NSW champion crew came out on top after the three
round-robins, then comfortably won their semi-final against
Tasmanian Zac Pullen before winning the final against Forbes-Smith,
Overall, Pullen placed fifth, with Milly Bennet and her crew from
the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, fifth in the
Today's matches were sailed in demanding conditions for all the
crews, with the northerly gusting to over 20 knots.
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From the Coach's perspective (Will
Byron White along with crew members Ash Rooklyn and Jack
Breislin put on a stunning display of crew work and tactics to
secure the title with a 2-0 win over fellow club members Tim
Forbes-Smith, Jack Dawson and Daniel Caine.
The championship was held at Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, on
the same waters of the Derwent River where the Rolex Sydney to
Hobart race finishes each year. Over the 3 days of racing, sailors
were met with conditions ranging from 2 to 25 knots, temperatures
well down in single digit territory, and an intense race schedule
which saw them complete two round robins on individual days. The
championship certainly ensured that the best all round sailors came
to the fore-front!
While fleet numbers were down, the skill level was not, and the
regatta organiser Chris Oh and Chief Umpire John Middleton did a
fantastic job to execute an event of a very high standard. It came
down to a countback to decide the events semi-finalists, with White
placing top spot earning him the opportunity to race RYCT local
team, leaving Forbes-Smith and crew to race another local team of
Chris Jones who had been the early leader in the event setting up a
trans-Bass-Strait match off.
As the regatta came to the pointy end; both CYCA teams turned on
the goods, with White comfortably winning 2-0; while Forbes-Smith
found form at the right time to secure his teams spot in the finals
with a 2-1 win in testing conditions! Setting up an all CYCA
One of the biggest challenges the teams noted was the
unfamiliarity of the Elliott 5.9 boats. The bowman definitely had
their work cut out for them, and as the pressure increased, the
crews became all too familiar with the Elliott 5.9's tendency to
become more like a submarine as the bows tried to dig down into the
water; resulting in quite a few spectacular wipe-outs!
As the temperature began to drop again in the afternoon, the
race committee pushed to finish the finals series a day ahead of
schedule. Conditions became more unpredictable with big pressure
changes and wind-holes in the course area, but the race committee
did a great job to pre-empt these, signalling many a course change
to keep the racing fair. White and his crew showed their experience
as they exhibited near faultless crew work to keep their cool and
link the varying pressure lines together to secure the championship
White commented post victory "It was a great week for the boys -
this is my first match racing regatta back steering in a long
while. I was nervous at the beginning of the event, but by today I
felt comfortable and I think our sailing today really showed that.
Thank you to the RYCT for hosting the event and thank you to the
CYCA. We are really fortunate having the support of the Club and
its Youth Sailing Academy"
Most of the team now travels to Melbourne to compete in the
Australian Open and Womens Match Racing Championships which start
on Thursday 27 through to Sunday 30 September.
Image: CYCA YSA Coach
Winning crew of Jack Breislin, Ashlen Rooklyn and Byron White
Image: CYCA YSA Coach
Tim Forbes Smith and Crew in action at the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship