The Interclub Challenge is a friendly regatta between sailors from the youth keelboat programs at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Racing takes place over three Sundays each June, each club taking turn to host a day of racing.
The two teams from RSYS consisted of Eddie Moult, Angus Olding, Andrew Yu and Cameron Lonsdale with guest appearances from Mitch Evans, Nick Rozenauersand Theron Sims. RSYS was also represented by our new all girls team Claudia Thackray, Sophie Shannon, Natalie Wubben and Alex Ford.
The racing was close and exciting, with 19 races conducted over the 3 days. RSYS teams lead from start to finish but only just. Going into the last round at RPAYC on the iconic Pittwater; RSYS held a narrow 6 point lead. The RPA teams fought well on their home waters closing the gap the three points, but alas for them it was not enough to knock our guys off the top.
Move of the series goes to the team lead by Claudia: On starboard they approached three boats coming in on the port layline, about 50m away from the top mark. They lined the first boat up perfectly not giving them a chance to duck forcing all three to tack onto starboard. Claudia and the team then tacked for the top mark leaving the others with no option but to tack back and follow them around the top mark.