Will Sargent of CYCA wins Hardy Cup 2023

After a week of intense racing on Sydney Harbour, Will Sargent and his team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have prevailed with the winning title of the Hardy Cup Sydney International Match-Racing Regatta 2023.
Sargent has an impressive record of back-to-back Hardy Cup wins, competing in Tapper’s team last year, bringing the CYCA’s total to four regatta titles in a row.

Photo by Darcie Collington. Will Sargent and his team awarded the Hardy Cup at presentation evening
Photo by Darcie Collington. Will Sargent and his team awarded the Hardy Cup at presentation evening

Max Paul and his team claimed second place representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the final. Josh Hyde and his team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron claimed third overall after winning the petite final against Robbie McCutcheon.

Photo by Darcie Collington. Max Paul (RSYS) battles Will Sargent (CYCA) in the Hardy Cup Finals
Photo by Darcie Collington. Max Paul (RSYS) battles Will Sargent (CYCA) in the Hardy Cup Finals

Max Paul (RSYS) battles Will Sargent (CYCA) in the Hardy Cup Finals. Photo by Darcie Collington.
Yesterday afternoon’s temperamental weather made for challenging racing, with a thunderstorm wreaking havoc just after the finals. Sargent and his team looked relieved to be back on dry land.
“Today went pretty well for us. We came in with the goal of trying to win the regatta, which we’ve managed to pull off back-to-back. It was pretty tough out there, but we are happy to come away with a win,” he said.
“A big thank you to RSYS for hosting the event and our coach Jordan Reece for supporting us throughout the regatta.”

Photo by Darcie Collington. Sargent says a few words at the RSYS Hardy Cup presentation
Photo by Darcie Collington. Sargent says a few words at the RSYS Hardy Cup presentation

Thank you to Sir James Hardy OBE, the generous volunteers, the umpires and Race Committee.

Photo by Darcie Collington. Sir James Hardy OBE and the generous team of RSYS volunteers
Photo by Darcie Collington. Sir James Hardy OBE and the generous team of RSYS volunteers

Thank you to Claudia Thackray for her efforts as the Hardy Cup Event Coordinator.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron looks forward to welcoming teams back next year to the 2024 Hardy Cup.

Full regatta results are available here: https://www.matchracingresults.com/2023/hardy-cup/
All photos by Darcie Collington.

For all the event photos, reports and interviews, visit the RSYS Hardy Cup Facebook page.
For more information on the history of the Hardy Cup, visit the RSYS Hardy Cup regatta page.

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