Robbie King (Emmanuel, outgoing Cambridge sailing captain and a Blue) defeated Alex Smallwood (Sidney Sussex and a Blue) 3-1 in the final of the 2020 RYA Youth Match Racing Championships held at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy 4-6 Sep 2020.
In the first day round robin, 8 teams competing, Robbie came 2nd with 5 wins and Alex came 4th with 4 wins. The second day had lighter winds which favoured both Alex and Robbie with their lighter crew weights. By winning the event Robbie has qualified for the Match Racing Grand Finals to be held 30 Oct-1 Nov at Queen Mary SC.
After two rather dull (3-0) semi-finals, the first three races of the final provided excellent spectator excitement with constant manoeuvring and frequent place changes. Robbie took the first race, Alex struck back in the second, and Robbie took the third. Robbie then hung on to his advantage to win the fourth race convincingly, and so finish a worthy 3-1 victor overall.
Cambridge Teams at 2020 RYA Youth Match Racing
Robbie King (Cambridge, Emmanuel), Haydn Sewell and William Heathcote – 1st
Alex Smallwood (Cambridge, Sidney Sussex), Tom Collyer and Alex Colquitt – 2nd