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WARREN JONES REGATTA

2020 COMPETITORS

NICK EGNOT-JOHNSON

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND YACHT SQUADRON, NEW ZEALAND  │  WORLD RANKING: 2ND

KNOTS Racing formed in April 2018, comprising of Nick Egnot-Johnson, Sam Barnett, Zak Merton, Bradley McLaughlin and Tim Snedden. They have achieved a number of successes including winning the NZ Nationals, Match Race Germany and the Governors Cup. They have experience fleet racing in high performance classes, but have chosen to focus on the exciting discipline of Match Racing for now.

After 8th and 4th places in the last two years’ Warren Jones Regattas, they have unfinished business in Perth!

KNOTS Racing are determined to stand on top of the podium in 2020….

HARRY PRICE

CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES  │  WORLD RANKING: 5TH

Sailing his fourth Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in a row, after winning the title in 2018, Harry Price will be back again with his DownUnder Racing Team, representing the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia.

Harry is a product of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Youth Sailing Academy, a 2x Winner of the Governor’s Cup and World Match Racing Tour ‘Tour Card’ holder from 2019.

Harry’s 2019 Warren Jones campaign left him finishing in 3rd behind Jelmer van Beek (NED) and Will Boulden (AUS). He will be back in Perth again in January 2020, hoping to engrave his name into the Perpetual Crystal Trophy once again

Joining Harry Price in Perth will be fellow Aussie, Harry Hall, and Kiwis, Taylor Balogh & Josh Wijohn, along with local sailor, Niall Morrow.

TOM GRIMES

CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES  │  WORLD RANKING: 17TH

Tom Grimes and his team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Youth Sailing Academy will be returning to compete in the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta once again.

Tom is the current Youth Match Racing World Champion, a two-time Australian National Match Racing Champion and three time, and current, Australian J70 National Champion.

Joining Tom in Perth in January will be James Hodgson, Louis Schofield, Nick Rozenauers & Charlie Gundy.

AURELIEN PIERROZ

SOCIETE DES REGATES DU HAVRE, FRANCE  │  WORLD RANKING: 20TH

Aurélien Pierroz and his team representing Université de Caen Normandie and Société des Régates du Havre from France are back down under in 2020!

Their second time competing at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, the team is looking forward to visiting the Perth sunshine and improving on 2019’s result (9th overall).

In 2019, Aurélien placed 8th at the Youth Match Racing World Championship (Russia), 2nd at Eurosaf Youth Match Race European Championship (Italy) and 5th at the French Open Match Racing Championship!

Joining Aurélien in Perth in January will be Baptiste Hulin, Arthur Richer, Pierrick Letouze, Swann Pain and Clémentine Hilaire.

MATT WHITFIELD

PENARTH YACHT CLUB, GREAT BRITAIN  │  WORLD RANKING: 22ND

At 22 years old, Matt Whitfield is from Wales, Great Britain and a graduate from Southampton University.

Matt is a 7 times University Sailing Champion in double handed fleet racing, single handed fleet racing, teams racing and match racing.

Joining Matt in Perth, and rounding out his Dragon Racing Team, will be Will Birch-Tomlinson, Quentin Bes-Green, Jake Erson and Nathan Bryant.

EMIL KJAER

ROYAL DANISH YACHT CLUB, DENMARK  │  WORLD RANKING: 24TH

Travelling over to Perth for his first time at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta this year will be Emil Kjaer, 18 years old from Denmark.

Downhill Sailing Team are a Youth Danish Match Racing Team from Copenhagen who started as just a group of friends, then made the decision to form a team and set their sights on the world of match racing!

Now sailing together for over three years, the team hit a new high this year by moving up into the top 25 of the World Open Match Racing Rankings after winning the European Match Tour in 2019.

In 2020 the team are hoping to continue to grow their match racing skills & their ranking.

Emil’s crew for the 18th Annual Warren Jones International Youth Regatta includes Bastian Sørensen, Mads Poder, Matias Rossing & Nicolai Baekgaard

WILL BOULDEN

ROYAL FRESHWATER BAY YACHT CLUB, WESTERN AUSTRALIA  │  WORLD RANKING: 30TH

Local favourite, Will Boulden & his Alpha Racing Team are back at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta again in 2020, hoping, this year, to have their names engraved on the iconic America’s Cup Jubilee Crystal Trophy.

Finishing second for two years running, Will and his team have been putting in the hard work on the Foundation 36s for the past few months, in preparation for their 2020 WoJo campaign.

Representing host club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, this year Will’s team will include Ryan Donaldson, Alex Negri, Damian Garbowski & Tom Blaauw.

Will 2020 be the year that Will Boulden can claim the top prize?

JEFFREY PETERSEN

BALBOA YACHT CLUB, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  │  WORLD RANKING: 44TH

Travelling all the way from the United States of America this year to compete in the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta is 18 year old, Jeffrey Petersen.

As a three-time Balboa Yacht Club Dinghy Sailor of the year and the youngest skipper ever to compete and finish on the podium at the United States Adult Match Racing Championships, Jeffrey is definitely one to keep an eye on!

Jeffrey has a great work ethic on and off the water as a Senior at Mater Dei High School and is a United States Naval Academy commit for the class of 2024!

Travelling from the USA along with Jeffrey will be Max Brennan & Daniel Pegg. Rounding out the crew and joining them in Perth from New South Wales will be Juliet Costanzo, Annie Scholten from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club & Zac Quinlan from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

JOHANNA BERGQVIST

GOTHENBURG ROYAL YACHT CLUB, SWEDEN  │  WORLD RANKING: 55TH

Johanna Bergqvist and her all female team will be back again to compete at the 2020 Colin Mullins Youth Regatta & the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in 2020.

Team Bergqvist Match Racing, currently ranked 5th in the World Female Match Racing Rankings, started sailing together 4 years ago in Gothenburg, Sweden and are currently travelling around the world competing in the WIM Series, Open Regattas & Youth Regattas.

This year Johanna’s crew consists of women from SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND!

Travelling to Perth with Johanna to compete again in 2020 will be Isabelle Bergqvist, Hannah Lanz, Jessica Angus, Ruby Scholten, Tara Blanc-Ramos & Charlotte Porter.

ETHAN PRIETO-LOW

ROYAL FRESHWATER BAY YACHT CLUB, WESTERN AUSTRALIA  │  WORLD RANKING: 110TH

Local sailor Ethan Prieto-Low, representing Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, will be competing in his 5th consecutive Warren Jones Regatta in 2020.

Ethan and his Swan River Sailing Team have been working hard since last year’s event, including competing in four events in the 2019 US Grand Slam.

These guys have improved year after year when competing at the #WoJo – could 2020 be the year they claim the ultimate prize?

Joining Ethan at the 18th Annual Warren Jones International Youth Regatta will be George Boulden, Adam Brenz-Verca, Mitch Evans & Ben Walsh.

CONOR NICHOLAS

SOUTH OF PERTH YACHT CLUB, WESTERN AUSTRALIA  │  WORLD RANKING: 234TH

Receiver of one of the available local qualifying positions in 2020, Conor Nicholas will be returning again in 2020 to the line up of the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta.

Conor picked up his position in the Warren Jones Regatta by successfully finishing as the highest placed eligible team at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club’s JESS Match Cup, which, since 2018, is a feeder event into the coveted Warren Jones International Youth Regatta.

Conor and his Quantum Racing Team got in some practice on the Foundation 36 Yachts during the Colin Mullins Youth Regatta, held Friday 24 January, in the lead up to Warren Jones Regatta.

Rounding out Conor’s team this year is Ryan Sherburn, Liam Seagreen, Kai Coleman, Finn O’Dea & Will Drew.

MARCELLO TORRE

ROYAL FRESHWATER BAY YACHT CLUB, WESTERN AUSTRALIA  │  WORLD RANKING: 325TH

Snapping up the last spot for the 2020 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta on Friday, 24 January, was Marcello Torre through the Colin Mullins Youth Regatta hosted by Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Marcello will represent host club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club next week when 12 teams from 7 countries battle it out in Perth Waters.

This will be Marcello’s third appearance in a row as a skipper at the Warren Jones Regatta, after crewing for a few times in his early teens.

At 18 years old, Marcello is a seasoned Warren Jones Regatta competitor who’s performance continues to improve year after year.

***NOTE: Rankings are based on December 2019 World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings***

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