The 26th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship is in the books! Four days of intense competition culminated with defending champions Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron besting the local team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
“The Harken” as it is known in youth sailing circles worldwide stands out as one of the premier events for youth sailors on the international match racing calendar. It has for 25 years served as a launch pad for a number of sailing stars including two-time Harken winning skippers James Spithill (and America’s Cup back-to-back winner), Michael Dunstan, Steve Jarvin, Torvar Mirsky and more recently William Tiller who has since become a rising star on the world circuit.
by Lisa Ratcliff 25 Nov 15:45 PST New Zealand broke the deadlock between themselves and the host Australian club for the greatest number of Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships won in the event’s 26-year history, and successfully defended the strong sailing nation’s 2017 title in a dramatic final race on Sunday November 25, 2018.
Get up to speed on this year’s lineup with Sail-World’s pre-event article below.
by Katie Pellew 6 Nov 22:36 PST Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship day 1 © Tom Vincent The 2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, New Zealand, and interstate Australia.
Header photo credit: Tom Vincent.