The RPNYC Youth Scheme Team consisting of Adam Middleton, Basil Connor, Will Eastman, Josh Cook and Mackenzie Taylor have finished second in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta in Auckland.
The team finished second behind Scott Barnes from RNZYS, after being beaten by only three seconds in the final match of the finals. Earlier in the day the team beat Sam Gilmour from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth who last week (with Adam as crew) won the CentrePort Regatta here in Wellington.
Here is the report from the RNZYS website regarding the final race:
Barnes took the first race by 36 seconds, and in the second Middleton came back on the second beat. The wind was shifty and Middleton did really well to keep the game close. Barnes had a 2 length lead going around the top mark for the second time; both had fantastic hoists around the off-set mark, with kites up and set within 1 length of the mark. Barnes was doing a good job defending his lead and coming in to the finish Middleton gybed onto starboard, Barnes delayed and then gybed. The pin was slightly favoured so the margin got even closer, but Barnes held on to take the race by just 3 seconds and claim victory and the 2013 Harken Cup!
Congratulations to the Team on a great result to finish off another great season of regattas!