“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. For 27 years, it has served as a launchpad 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.

Now joining the greats are the newly crowned champions, Alastair Gifford, Henry Angus, Chester Duffett, Hunter Gardyne, and Seb Lardies of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. They take home the $1,200 prize. It was a nailbiter of a final match; after starting 0-2, the Kiwis fought back to win the next three matches in the best of five to take the title, knocking out Matt Whitfield, Joe Burns, Emily Heath, Nathan Bryant, Isabelle Bergqvist of Penarth Yacht Club who were ranked 20th in the world.

“We knew it was going to be tight competition, so we’re very happy with how we went, especially coming up against the Welsh who are number 20 in the world,” said Gifford, whose team started the event world ranked 117.

Ten teams placed their hat in the ring for the Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy. Each team was comprised of a crew of four or five, all under 23 years of age.

Full Results: www.matchracingresults.com/2019/harken-international-youth-championship

Photo Album: www.facebook.com/pg/RPAYCYD/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3260007174016368&__tn__=-UC-R



Boats We Love

Hello. My name is Schmichter (when I say it, it sounds like “Shmik-ter”) and I’m a Blockhead. Guess

Articles, Inspiration

No Experience Needed To Dive Into A Marine Services Career

The ‘unknown’ is something we often fear and are wary of. We often find the familiarity of our

Articles, Infographics, Rigging

Club 420: What Gear Goes Where?

Ever wonder how to replace a part on your boat? We’ve got a helpful resource for you! This

Articles, Rigging

Lubrication 101

You’ve probably heard of McLube. Maybe you use it on your Opti because Coach tells you to. But

What exactly is a Blockhead? If you are totally obsessed with how to rig and sail your boat, you might already be one! Join the community of Blockheads to learn more about the sport, engage with others and share sailing experiences. This site serves as the hub for Blockheads globally, where you can discover how to join, media, tips and tricks, contests, and events. This program is all about YOU and we want to hear from everyone! Not seeing something? Your feedback is crucial, feel free to shoot us a comment or message.