The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania took home the crown of ‘best sailing club’, their exemplary crewwork in gusting westerly winds and their ability to strategize under pressure by disembarking the young team from the Sailing Champions League: Asia Pacific 2021 open win in Newcastle.
Winning skipper Sam King was inundated with calls from home immediately after their victory was broadcast live. “I have received so many calls from our yacht club and the whole family. I just got a call from my grandmother, she is delighted with us, ”said the smiling skipper, a second year naval architecture student.
From the start of the series on Friday morning to the decisive run on Sunday afternoon on April 11, King, Chloe Fisher, Alice Buchanan and Charlie Zeeman of RYCT quietly set out to measure the club’s other nine teams.
RYCT’s top qualifying series result gave them a valuable one-point advantage heading into the first-to-two-win final which was delayed when the downwind down the Hunter River climbed to 25 knots at the racetrack adjacent to the Honeysuckle Hotel Waterfront Observation Deck.
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s youth team, made up of Jed Cruickshank, Aiden Mansley, Brooke Wilson and Emily Keg, took the first victory, leveling the score with the Taswegians who were able to put aside their first result and come back with a revenge in the second race.
“We had a good start for the second race and it was very easy after that,” said King. He is keen to do more races with the same teammates: “I love sailing with these guys; they are amazing and I was lucky enough to have them – they were in high demand.
RYCT has qualified for the Sailing Champions League: World Final in Porto Cervo in October and King promises to take European power. “If we are allowed to travel, we will be at the final.”
The RSYS collected trophies for the best youth team (U22) and second overall. “We’re very happy; that’s what we came here for,” Cruickshank said. “We gave the RYCT a good run for its money. It was so much fun; I really don’t want to sail with anyone. another… I was spoiled!
This season, the organizers have mandated a 50/50 male and female crew and the decision has the support of the competitors. Mick Babbage of the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club team who finished third overall said during the dockside presentation: “It’s a great dynamic to have mixed crews.
Senior Race Officer Ian Humphries was happy to share his final thoughts: “It was a fantastic three day event and the last descent of the RYCT to the kite finish with the rooster tail at the back. was one of the most spectacular boating sites you have ever had. I will see anywhere in the world. “
The SCL: Asia Pacific final has partnered with the NCYC SailFest regatta for the first time and given the success of the joint venture, the venue will be heavily considered for the 2021-2022 season when league directors hope teams from New Zealand, New Caledonia and Asia. will send their best club teams to the fleet race against the Australians.
Full results: http://sailing-championsleague.asia/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-SCLAP-FINAL-Results-CURRENT-FINAL.pdf