30 Nov 2015
CYCA Director and Chairman of the Training and Development Committee, Anthony Dunn said that the club are thrilled to see the Youth Sailing Academy thrilling on and off the water. "Our YSA representatives have had fantastic results this year on the water and to see it all culminate over the course of this week during the Musto Regatta has been phenomenal,” Dunn said.
“Investing in the new Elliott 7s has paid off and we are pleased to offer a program that is producing some of the best youth sailors in the country.
Harry Price from the CYCA has topped off a superb year of match racing, for both himself and the club, winning the 2015 Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship.Not since Seve Jarvin in 2005 has a Youth Sailing Academy Representative from the CYCA won the Harken International and the Musto International events in one year.Having competed in the Musto event four times, Price was thrilled to finally score the top honour. “I have to thank Pam Scrivenor for believing in me over the journey to be selected to represent the CYCA at all of the events this year, also Jay Griffin who has been my coach for the whole year and from whom I have learnt an incredible amount.
Price won all three matches in the final against the strong finishing William Boulden from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Western Australia. The regatta was held in a mix of conditions including gusts of up to 30 knots, 30 plus degree heat and light flukey winds. Competition from the teams representing 8 clubs from Australia, NZ & New Caledonia was extremely tight as the young sailors demonstrated their exceptional match racing skills.
Sponsors Musto Australasia, representative, Sam Miles from was full of praise for the young sailors and their achievements throughout the regatta.“It is great to see all of these young sailors showcasing their skills on the Sydney Harbour over the past four days and we are proud to support such a fantastic event,” Miles said.
The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, launched their new fleet of Elliott 7 yachts in 2013. Over two thousand students have graduated from the CYCA’s Learn to Sail course which can lead on to Talented Sailor, Development Match Racing, and Advanced Sailing Courses that are also offered. The Elliott 7 metre sports boats carry a crew of 3 to 5. These boats allow the CYCA to offer internationally recognised youth match racing regattas and provides those learning to sail with fast, stable and fun open skiff style keel boats, which are easy to sail and great for teamwork development. YSA members are selected to attend top level international youth regattas where they gain experience and opportunity to test themselves against top international sailors.
Photo courtesy Andrea Francolini