This years Harken Open Championship, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the continuing support of HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor. The Harken Open Championship is scheduled to be held from Wednesday 18 November to Sunday 20 November 2020 and will be a different style of event this year due to COVID-19.
Consisting of fleet racing round robins & then match racing finals, Youth teams (under 23) will compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy whilst open teams will compete for the prestigious David Lukins Memorial Trophy, racing on the RPAYC's Elliott Class 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five.
Applications for Entry will be open soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to register your Expression of Interest.
Wed - Fri racing will be approx 2pm - 6pm
Sat & Sun racing will be approx 10am - 4pm.
About the David Lukins Memorial Trophy: David was a tireless volunteer around the club, helping out in a variety of areas such as kids learn to sail, Centreboard, Youth Development mentoring, race management, & umpiring just to name a few. This resulted in David receiving one of the clubs most prestigious awards, Volunteer of the year for 1998-99.
About the Rockin' Robin Trophy: Robyn Wiltshire presented the Club with a perpetual trophy named the ‘Rockin’-Robin Trophy’. Robyn presented the trophy in memory of her husband Grant and son Robert, Andrew Young & Jeff Smith, all Club members who tragically lost their lives at sea aboard the yacht ‘Rockin’ Robin’ whilst on passage to Fiji in 1990.
Many Club members provided financial assistance and volunteered their time to help with the Search & Rescue, after the group was spotted next to their partially submerged yacht approximately 200 nautical miles off the Australian Coast.
Even after an extensive Search & Rescue lasting more than one month, the sailors or the vessel were never sighted again.
The 27th annual HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club welcomes the 22nd year of support from HARKEN Australia as its naming rights sponsor. Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy on the RPAYC's Elliott 7 performance keelboats with a crew of four or five, all of who must be under 23 years of age.
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