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posted Sep 4, 2017, 2:20 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 2:43 AM ]
Matt Whitfield is the RYA Youth Match Racing Champion 2017. Matt (on right in photo) and his crew of Ed Higdon and Sophie Heritage beat the defending champion Matt Venables, 2:0 in a closely fought final.
  
Light, but sunny, conditions on Saturday enabled 12 of the 15 flight round robin to be sailed thanks to a sea breeze filling in. One more round robin race on a wet and soon to be very windy Sunday gave a clear enough position for Quarter Finals to be sailed.
 
These saw Matt Whitfield, Matt Venables, Octavia Owen and Murray Hampshire come through to the semis, all 2:0 The Semis were a little closer with Murray Hampshire taking the first race against Matt Venables, but Matt came back to take the next two and go through 2:1. Matt Whitfield defeated Octavia Owen 2:0. With the wind peaking at over 30kts the Petti Final needed three races for Murray Hampshire to beat Octavia Owen, while in the Final Matt Whitfield beat Matt Venables 2:0 in some close racing taking the Title RYA Youth Match Racing Champion and earning a possible invitation to the RYA National Match Racing Finals in November. 

So, the final results were 1st Matt Whitfield, 2nd Matt Venables, 3rd Murray Hampshire, 4 Octavia Owen, 5 Dan Venables, 6 Quentin Bes-Green, 7 Alaric Bates, 8 Ted Blowers, 9 Arthur Bruce, 10 Thomas Savidge
Photos of the event can be seen if you Click Here  If you are interested in Match Racing you could consider the Schools Championships in December - More details Here

Meanwhile, Italy the Laser Performance Collegiate Cup was taking place in 420Z's at Campione, Italy. David Bickerton tells me that the results were as follows (official results are not on their website yet):-
1: America 
2: Austria
3: Italy (somehow)
4: Netherlands
5: GBR 2
He thinks  GBR 1 came 9th - 

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