February 11 - 17, 2018: Issue 347
2017-18 NSW Hobie States Titles Hosted By Palm Beach Sailing Club: Day 1
Vissla Great Lakes Pro 2018 Goes Off!
Clare Costanzo WINS Hardy Cup 2018:
First Female Skipper - First All Female Team To Take Out Prestigious Match Racing Event
Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Ruby Scholten, Celia Willison and Hannah Lanz have won the 2018 Hardy Cup!
This is a historic win as not only has Clare become the first female skipper to get her name on the trophy, in addition the team is also the first all female team to do so since since its inauguration in 2001.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) was represented by two teams at the Hardy Cup 2018 this week, both skippered by the Costanzo sisters Clare and Juliet.
On Clare’s team was Jess Angus, Ruby Scholten, Celia Willison and Hannah Lanz. On Juliet’s team was James Farquharson, Annalise Scholten, Sam Thomas and Rachel Bower.
Hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and considered one of Australia's most prestigious match racing events, the Hardy Cup, is an Under 25 World Sailing Grade 3 International Event. The Hardy Cup was donated by Sir James Hardy (Event Patron), the America's Cup, World Champion and Olympic Yachtsman, and prominent RSYS member to promote the match racing helming skills and tactical skills of young sailors.
Last year Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club teammates finished bridesmaids at the same event. On Thursday February 8, 2018 the RPAYC’s five-strong youth team beat George Anyon’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team 3-0 in the finals, sailed in 20+ knot nor’easters off the host club at Kirribilli.
In doing so Costanzo broke an 18-year run of gun male skippers taking out the grade 3 youth event, and with an all-female crew.
Costanzo, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz, Ruby Scholten and Celia Willison celebrated with a swim and some champagne then official photos before three of the five dashed to the airport for a 7.30pm flight to New Zealand, where training for the final youth match racing regatta in the series of three begins today, Friday 9 February.
“We’ll have to celebrate our win at the end of the next regatta, the Nespresso Cup,” the 21-year-old winning skipper said from the airport, flanked by Angus and Lanz and a change of teammates for New Zealand’s premier youth match racing event.