The Finport Finance 18ft skiff team, consisting of Keagan York, Matt Stenta, and Phil Marshall, secured another victory in their record-breaking 2023 campaign by claiming the prestigious Mark Foy Trophy. In a closely contested regatta on Lake Garda, Italy, they narrowly edged out their Australian rivals, the Yandoo team of John Winning, Fang Warren, and Josh Porebski, after both teams finished with an equal score of 23 points. Finport Finance clinched the title through a count back, having secured seven race wins compared to Yandoo's three, along with seven second-place finishes.
Germany's Black Knight, helmed by Heinrich von Bayern, Thomas Martin, and Andy Martin, emerged as the top-performing European team, finishing in third place with 36 points. Black Knight achieved one race victory and consistently placed in the top four throughout the regatta. Defending champions Lazarus, skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones, settled for fourth place with 41 points, having secured two race wins. Denmark's JB Design, led by Jesper Brondum, finished in fifth place with 60 points, while Burrawang-Young Henrys from Australia, helmed by Simon Nearn, claimed sixth place with one race win and a total of 73 points.
The final standings of the regatta were as follows:
Finport Finance, Australia, Keagan York - 23 points
Yandoo, Australia, John Winning - 23 points
Black Knight, Germany, Heinrich von Bayern - 36 points
Lazarus, Australia, Marcus Ashley-Jones - 41 points
JB Design, Denmark, Jesper Brondum - 60 points
Burrawang-Young Henrys, Australia, Simon Nearn - 73 points
Belight, Hungary, Miklos Ujhelyi-Gaspar - 73 points
47, UK, Jarrod Simpson - 91 points
91, UK, Luke Goble - 104 points
Peroni, Germany, Philipp Nocke - 104 points