Applications are open for the the 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship. The Championship will be held over the week of the 22nd – 26th of November, with up to 12 teams competing for the prestigious Rockin’ Robin Trophy on beautiful waters of Pittwater, NSW, Australia.
The 26th annual Harken will bring in some of the world’s best under 23 youth match racing teams. Previous champions include James Spithill currently competing for his third win in the current America's Cup as well as Michael Dunstan, Seve Jarvin, Torvar Mirsky, William Tiller and Chris Steele who have since become rising stars on the World Circuit and more recently the winner from 2016, William Boulden.
‘The Alfreds’ as it’s known by locals and members, has a long and colourful history and is one of Australia's most successful and prestigious yacht clubs, celebrating its 150th year. The Club boasts one of the finest yachting histories in Australia with many Olympic medallists, Volvo Ocean Race sailors, America's Cup sailors and World & National Champions amongst its members. The Alfred’s is approximately 40 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 50 minutes from the International airport.
The Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta is a particularly special event to RPAYC members as 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.
The Club’s hospitality is recognised throughout the community. During the youth match racing event, RPAYC families will billet and house competitors from around the world providing them with great Australian hospitality. The week’s activities include breakfast in Halyards café, dinner, guest speakers and social functions each evening as well as an awards ceremony and dinner, giving competitors the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and develop everlasting new ones.