Young sailors ready for action at Youth Match Racing Championship

The best young sailors in the country will converge on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) next week 8-12 October for the annual Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship (Sharp AYMRC).

The Championship, which began in 2001 with the likes of Nathan Outteridge, Katie Spithill and Michael Dunstan among the young skippers, has a long heritage of producing the next generation of preeminent sailing talent.

“For 18 years the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship has attracted the best young talent in this country,” CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham says.

“We are proud to host this important event, and I personally look forward to cheering on our Youth Sailing Academy teams as they compete for the Australian title. Good luck, though, to all participating.”

The CYCA has enjoyed amazing success at the Championship, with its sailors claiming more than half of the titles over the event’s 18-year history.

Past winners include Seve Jarvin (2003 and 2004) who went on to become a seven-time 18ft Skiff world champion, and Will Ryan (2007 and 2008) who won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Men’s 470 class.

This year’s Championship will mark the final time CYCA will host the event, having been appointed by Australian Sailing on a three-year contract. This year there will again be a full line-up of 10 teams from around the country competing for the ultimate title.

Three teams from the CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy will take on representatives from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club – all from NSW, as well as Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (TAS), Sandringham Yacht Club (VIC), Mooloolaba Yacht Club (QLD), and Darwin Sailing Club (NT).

This is one of three major Youth events hosted by the CYCA, the others being the Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship in August, followed by the Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta in November.

Keep up with all the action throughout the event at: https://cyca.com.au/live-results/

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