15 Feb 2017
Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta set to take off with 14 teams from across Australasia
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) is hosting its premier Youth Match Racing Regatta, the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup, from the 15th-19th of February at RNZYS, Westhaven, with competitors from all around Australasia.
Teams representing Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, will all be vying for that top spot. This year there will be a total of six foreign teams who will travel to Auckland to compete, combined with two travelling up from wellington and five local teams giving us 13 teams competing in total.
Racing in the RNZYS Elliott 7 yachts this regatta has been a breeding ground for young sailors to hone their skills before going on to compete in other prestigious events such as the World Match Racing Tour or the America’s Cup. Previous finalists have included America’s cup sailors and World Match Racing champions such as Gavin Brady (WMRT, Prada, Oracle), Chris Steele (WMRT), James Spithill (Oracle), Paul Campbell James (BAR), Adam Minopiro (Groupama), Josh Junior (ETNZ), Ian Williams(WMRT) and Phil Robertson (WMRT).
RNZYS is excited to welcome back Nespresso as the headlining sponsor.
Among this year’s skippers are Malcolm Parker from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), fresh off his win of the 2016 Harken Youth International. Sarah Parker, also representing RPAYC, will be competing with the only all girls team. She recently placed 3rd at the 2016 Harken Youth International.
Other talent returning to compete this year are female helms Zoe Bennett and Celia Willison. This takes a total of three female skippers in the competition.
Local teams include RNZYS Youth Training Program skippers James Jennings and Matt Hughes, who will both be looking to use their local knowledge of the conditions, harbour and Elliott 7 yachts as they head into the regatta.