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Chris Steele's the show to claim victory in the 2013 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship - The winners are grinners; Chris Steele and crew after winning the 2013 Harken
Day four – Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

After four days of racing, Chris Steele from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron stole the show to be crowned the 2013 Harken youth match racing champion with a resounding win today in the final on Pittwater, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

His crew of George Anyon, Rawiri Geddes and Josh Salthouse worked extremely well together to cement a comfortable 3-0 victory in a best of five over Gosford Sailing Club’s Sam Ellis to get his hands on the Rockin’ Robin perpetual trophy for the first time after his bridesmaid finish in 2012.

In the three race petit final, it was the RNZYS compatriot George Brasell, in his first international regatta, with a 2-1 win over the host club’s Malcolm Parker meaning two places on the podium for the kiwis and the third year in a row that Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron take home the silverware. In fact, this win catapults RNZYS past the RPAYC as the club with the most wins in the Harken, with seven, in the 21 year history of the championship

Photo : Damian Devine
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