26 Jun 2017
The 2017 Youth Interclub Series in Sydney has been won by a team from the CYCA. The series was created in 2001 as a way to help identify & build youth sailors experience in fleet racing events. Youth sailors participate in sailing programs at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. It consists of four regattas at each club with up to 2 teams from each club competing in a maximum of 24 races throughout the series.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club kicked off this year’s series with the locals dominating the opening regatta to set the early pace, taking out 1st place for the day and lead the series into the Sydney events. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the second event, with RSYS claiming the ‘boat of the day’ prize but the consistency of the two CYCA teams, rounding out the two final podium places, saw them take the ‘Club of the Day’ award as well as the overall lead in the series. Regatta two saw the CYCA backing up strongly although it was the RSYS who took out the top spot for the day. With another powerful performance by the RSYS teams, they also claimed the ‘Club of the Day’ award and snuck into the overall lead in the series by a single point from the CYCA who finished 2nd and 4th on the day.
The final round at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron entailed a thrilling battle not only for overall victory but also the regatta title between the RSYS, CYCA and NCYC.The last race saw the CYCA and NCYC tied on equal points with a winner takes all final race. The RSYS took out the final race but the CYCA managed to control NCYC to also win the top spot at the end of the day.Finishing 1st and 3rd, the CYCA took out the 2017 Interclub Series by 18 points. The RSYS finished in 2nd overall with NCYC in 3rd and RPAYC in 4th