Matchrace

Diamond claims Winter Match Racing victory

Jamie Diamond, sailing with Tom Williams and Tom Piggot were winners of the third instalment of the RYA Winter Match Racing programme at WPNSA over the weekend. Diamond who entered the final with a spring in his step after dominating the previous rounds, managed to continue his momentum with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Goldsmith to claim event victory.

Ice-cold conditions met the young pretenders in Portland across the two days of racing, with eight school teams of between three and four sailors ranging in ages from 16 to 20 battling for event honours.

Diamond topped the round robin stage to book a semi-final showdown with George Watson. In the breezy yet bitterly cold conditions, Diamond and his crew stayed true to their form to clinch two race wins and their berth in the weekend final.

King’s School Hannah Goldsmith and her crew Elizabeth Wallchope, Helen Woodward, Henry Cross, finished the round robin in second and cruised through to the final with a straightforward 2-0 win over Jack Ward in their semi-final match.

In the final it was all Diamond. Meanwhile in the petite final George Watson was eventually victorious over Jack Ward but with many place changes and lots of pre-start action. In the play-off for 5/6 Richard Matthews didn't have it all his own way being taken all the way to three flights by his worthy opponent Michael Calvert.

The RYA Winter Match Racing Final 2013 will take place at WPNSA on 20-21 April 2013.

Overall results – RYA Winter Match Racing #3 (23-24 February 2013)
1st Jamie Diamond, GBRJD78, Warsash.
2nd Hannah Goldsmith, GBRHG15, Kings School, Winchester.
3rd George Watson, GBRGW13, Saltash Sailing Club.
4th Jack Ward, Claire's Court School, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
5th Richard Matthews, GBRRM19, Abingdon School.
6th Michael Calvert, GBDMC87, Kent Schools.
7th Lewis Coppinger, Derbyshire Youth Sailing.
8th Liam Horgan, GBRLG40, Queen Mary Sailing Club.

G New
25 February 2013 17:33 GMT


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