Will Dargaville Wins New Caledonia Match Race
Published: Friday, 24 June 2016
Will Dargaville and his crew from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club emerged from an all-Australian final to take the 2016 Youth Match Racing Championship in Noumea, New Caledonia, France June 14-18. Japanese team skippered by Ryo Takahashi finished in seventh.
(Photos:Emmanuel Dervaux/ Cercle Nautique Calédonien - podium)
Will Dargaville, Sarah Parker, Josh Dawson and James Farquharson and coach Tom Spithill, brother of America's Cup Skipper Jimmy Spithill, leapt into the lee of Ilôt Maître as champions after overcoming compatriots Australia’s Harry Price, Angus Williams and Ben Robinson in three finals matches.
"It is a wonderful win against a crew that we know well and that we thought were better than us…until now," says Dargaville.
France's Robin Follin and his crew of Marine Boudot, Germain Gaultier and Bruno Mourniac took third place overall. In the Petit Final, they beat the local New Caledonian crew of Cyril Fortin, Kim Goetz and Jeremy Picot 2-0.
The New Caledonians finishing in fourth place was an unexpected result at the world championship as they came in to the regatta as rank outsiders.
World Sailing announced that Balboa Yacht Club, USA was selected to host the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championships.
(Balboa Yacht Club)
Balboa Yacht Club is the founder and host of the oldest continually held Youth Match Race event in the world, the Governor's Cup, which will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in July 2016. In honour of that milestone, the Club's members and friends funded the design and construction of 12 new "Governor's Cup 22's" which will be first used in the 50th Anniversary event and in next year's World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship.
"Balboa Yacht Club has a proven track record of holding a successful Youth Match Racing regatta and is a fantastic venue to hold our fourth edition of these World Championships,” says World Sailing Head of Events Alastair Fox. "World Sailing looks forward to working with Balboa Yacht Club and have no doubt that both the club and California will impress all competitors involved, especially with the use of the new anniversary yachts."
The new boats to be used in the World Championship are high performance, three- or four-person sloops designed by yacht designer Alan Andrews and feature ‘flat top’ mains, carbon fiber rigs, fractional rigs with masthead spinnakers.
The selection of Balboa Yacht Club is subject to a successful site visit and satisfactory contractual arrangements.
Dates are yet to be confirmed for the regatta but will be released in the near future.