The international youth match racing event of the year!
This event, open to the World’s best youth sailors under the age of 25 years, offers driven young sailors a pathway to reach their match racing goals on the international circuit.
The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta is run during late January/early February every year. In 2017, event organisers, Swan River Sailing, along with the support of the Warren Jones Foundation, the City of Perth and the Royal Perth Yacht Club took the regatta to Perth Waters for the very first time. The Regatta was the main focal point of the 2017 City of Perth Festival of Sail with the regatta being raced just meters away from Perth’s CBD and newly developed, Elizabeth Quay.
2018, the Warren Jones will be heading to the city front again thanks to the support of Swan River Sailing, the Warren Jones Foundation, the City of Perth and, this year’s host club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
THE WARREN JONES STORY
Warren Jones of “Australia II” fame died suddenly on 17th May, 2002. His sudden and untimely death was a bitter blow to his many friends throughout Australia and around the World.
Warren made a fabulous contribution to local and international yachting with perhaps his greatest achievement occurring in September 1983, when as Alan Bond’s lieutenant, he led a group of Australian yachtsmen to victory to win the 1983 Americas Cup from the New York Yacht Club for the first time in 132 years of competition.
This feat brought Australia to the forefront of international sailing competition.
Warren also became one of Australia’s leading businessmen and community leaders and played a big role in the development of young sailors. He had a down to earth nature, enormous amounts of energy, a competitive spirit, great courage and determination to reach his goals and was always ready to give
the younger generation his words of wisdom and moral support.
The aim of this yachting regatta, named in Warren Jones’ memory and started by his many friends and associates, is to give a new generation of yachtsmen and women the chance to live their dreams – just as Warren did his.
The Warren Jones Regatta trophy was gifted by the “Australia II” Jubilee Committee who was awarded the New York Yacht Club’s trophy in recognition of “Australia II’s” achievement as being the “Greatest Benefit to the Sport in 150 years of the America’s Cup”.
The “Australia II” Jubilee Committee decided that the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta could use this prestigious award as a perpetual trophy for the event, named after Warren Jones, in a similar way that the America syndicate in 1851 was awarded their 100 Guinea’s Cup now called the ‘America’s Cup’ for future generations to race for.