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SEMIFINALISTS EMERGE AT MATCH RACING CUP

The last four have emerged on the third day of the ongoing 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, as per reports. James Wilson of RNZYS Youth Training Programme (YTP) led the pack that includes Leonard Takahashi from RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team and another RNZYS YTP squadron leader Jordan Stevenson. Finn Tapper of Cruising Yacht Club of Australia made the final cut set to slug it out in the semis tomorrow.

The first two days of racing were very wet and windy. However the third day of Round Robin saw clear skies with wind of 10-15 knots. At the final Round robin, Jordan Stevenson made the biggest leap as he won his remaining three races to enter the top eight. Clare Costanzo and James Farquharson also made the cut as they also won their races.

It was quite disappointing for Trent Turigliatto from the Long Beach Yacht Club, John Lynch from the Darwin Sailing Club, and Tom Picot from Cercle Nautique Caledonien as they were one win short of reaching the finals. The three teams won six races but their overall ranking was not enough.

After the final Round Robin racing, eight finalists emerged. Wilson who led the Round Robin squared against Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Farquharson. RNZYS YTP’s Stevenson clashed with Nick Egnot-Johnson of RNZYS PP. Takahashi faced Frankie Dair from Kerikei Cruising Club while Tapper met Costanzo.

Wilson lost two rounds but ended up winning 3-2. Tapper was consistent to see off his rival 3-1. Takahashi was brilliant all through, seeing off Dair 3-0. Egnot-Johnson could not maintain his comeback rout as he crashed 3-2 to Stevenson.

The semis promise set for tomorrow promises more excitement with Wilson and Takahashi tapped to make the finale following some brilliant sailing.