The 2019 New South Wales Young 88 Open Championships has concluded with 6 races being completed over the fantastic 2 day event.

The 2019 New South Wales Young 88 Open Championships has concluded with 6 races being completed over the fantastic 2 day event. Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Brian Ellis and his crew onboard 'Venue' took 1st on PHS and won the ‘Chinnock Trophy’ whilst fellow RPAYC Sailor Simon Grosser (Young at Heart) were first on scratch and recorded an impressive score of 1,1,2,(3),2,1, with their name being inscribed on the ‘Gunga Din Sword’ as the scratch winner.

Craig Edward's Flying Machine living up to its name to win the 2019 Young 88 South Island Champs

The final day of racing in the Bayleys South Island Young 88 South Island Champs saw an epic tussle between Craig Edwards’ team on Flying Machine and defending Champion Harry Thurston on One Way.  Sailing in ideal conditions on Akaroa Harbour on Saturday there was an anxious wait on a calm Sunday morning before the sea breeze filled in and racing got underway. 

RPAYC Young 88 Open Championship

Another great regatta at RPAYC this weekend, and thanks to all owners and crews who attended to make it such an enjoyable event.  Overall winner Steve Ellis, sailing “Agent 88”, received the Gunga Din Sword, presented by RPAYC Vice Commodore Ron Palmer.

Competitive fleet lining up this weekend for the Harken Young 88 Nationals

Jim Young's versatile cruiser racer continues to deliver competitive, fun, one design racing and cruising around the country. Next weekend it is Auckland's turn with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron hosting the 32nd National Championships on the waters North of Takapuna, site of the 34th America's Cup. The 2017 champion and current North Sprints series leader Mark Bond (Slipstream 3) will likely be defending his title against 2015 winner Zane Gifford (Raging Hormones).

Mount Gay Rum Young 88 1-2-3 Series

Race 1 and 2 of the Mount Gay Rum Young 88 1-2-3 series took place in beautiful weather. Congratulations to Mark Bond on Slipstream for the double bullet today - very well sailed.

SSANZ Race 2 - Legless reporting

So no Ice on the marina this year for the SSANZ race two 2016 on Legless. The weather scenarios were analysed to the enth degree and with the un-stable low pressure system in question likely to track right over the course on the day, there was a good chance only the last few hours of the race would be ski-mask endurance rather than competitive sailing. 

Bruce Elliott Memorial Single Handed Champs

A brilliant Westerly breeze and clear sky greeted the BBYC Race committee as they setup early Sunday morning for the 2016 iteration of the Mount Gay Rum Young 88 Single Handed Championships – with 11 boats racing for the honours of the Bruce Elliott Memorial Trophy – and the bragging rights that come with it.

ANZAC 250 – Heartlight’s Story

We left Thursday evening in a very light NorEaster that built to 10-12knots as we tacked through the Motuihe Channel. Plenty of bigger boats still around which was encouraging though a long night ahead as we as we headed out to Channel Island in a short chop and about 15 knots. Hoping we’d have a lay through to Cuvier Island went out the window with an Easterly shift through the Colville Channel and an incoming tide but rewarded with a fantastic morning.