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Milly Bennett wins the 2017 Gwen Slade Regatta

Light, shifty breezes ranging from the north back to the south saw six Etchells compete on Saturday 29 April in two windward/leeward sprint races for the 37th Gwen Slade Ladies Etchells trophy.

The Gwen Slade regatta is a one design, Etchells regatta with women at the helm of each boat.  The regatta started in 1981 by Russell Slade in honour of his wife Gwen, and to encourage women sailors.

This year, Milly Bennett and her team, sailing in Commodore Ian Audsley’s Kalika III sailed with precision in the challenging conditions to win two out of the three races to take out the 2017 Gwen Slade Regatta for the second time. Milly also won the 2015 Gwen Slade Regatta in Kalika II

Katie Pellew and her team which included Nina Curtis sailing in Seawings had a good event however the team didn’t get the win in the last two races but performed strongly enough to take 2nd place overall.

3rd place went to Hannah Lanz and her team with Head Coach Tom Spithill who did very well against more experienced competition.

The conditions were very tough to navigate through Pittwater but on a positive note the competitors enjoy some autumn sun. Congratulations to all those who competed and a big thanks to all the Race Officials.

Results are as follows;

1st – Kalika 3 - Milly Bennett

2nd – Seawings – Katie Pellew

3rd – PAM – Hannah Lanz

4th – Whisper – Clare Costanzo

5th – Arlotta – Annie Taylor

6th – Miramar – Prue Bennett 

2017 Old Timers Race and Luncheon

A record number of participants have taken part in the Club’s annual Old Timers Race and Luncheon showing that age has no barriers in sailing!

37 boats took to the start line on a light autumn morning all featuring an Old Timer on the helm skippering another member’s boat. To add the charm of the event, Life Member, Jack Gale came out of retirement to RO for the race. Equipped with a glass of wine and stylish Ran Ban sunglasses the race got underway to a clean start.

With the fleet making their way up Pittwater the sun started to poke through which caused the already light wind to become even more unpredictable as it shifted around from three of the 4 cardinal points. 

Winner of the race was Taffy skippered by long-time Member John Ellis. Coming in second was Alun Black skippering Bonnie Lassie and third was past commodore, Angus Gordon sailing one of the Club’s Elliott 7s.

After the race over 200 Members and guests attended the luncheon, appropriately themed “Tall Tales of the Old Timers” Members shared their fondest memories of the Club. Bob Fowler, Bill Buckle and Peter Kennett plus many others told their stories and didn’t hold back!

Along with the stories the Old Timers quiz was another star of the show, written by Thomas Spithill made for an interesting result. With some questions still needing answers. 

Alyse Saxby Places Third in the Hansa Asia Pacific Champs in Geelong

The Gill Combined Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championships has concluded at Royal Geelong Yacht Club after three days of sailing. The regatta saw sailors aged from 11 to 92 taking part and combined the Victorian and Australian Hansa Class Championships.

Across the three days of racing, sailors were frustrated by a lack of wind however the four divisions were able to complete their minimum race numbers by Monday’s final session.

The Hansa Class Association is an open and inclusive association that encourages people of all ages and abilities to compete with and against each other and saw sailors gather from around Australia as well as a contingent from Japan and two sailors from Chile.

During the wait for breeze on the second day, sailors formed a spectacular raft-up of 25 boats, with their coloured sails reflecting on the calm waters of Corio Bay.

The final scheduled day of racing again dawned overcast and calm and sailors in the single person divisions were held ashore. When the wind failed to strengthen, the morning session was abandoned, leaving the results as they stood at the end of day 2.

The wind finally arrived in the afternoon and the two-person Hansa 303s were able to get three races in during their time on the water.

Reigning World Champion in the Hansa 303 single person class, Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds can now add the Australian and Asia Pacific titles to his resume, taking out the division in front of his Wynyard teammate Mike Darby.

Darby turned the tables in the Hansa 303 two-person division when, with crew Manuela Klinger, he beat home Symonds and his crew, Jeannine Peacock to take the title.

It was a win to the international sailors in the Hansa 2.3 division, with Japan’s Koji Harada handling the light conditions the best, to win the division by 3 points from Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Allison Weatherly and NSW’s Alyse Saxby.

In the Liberty division, South Australian veteran Bob Schahinger took the win by one point from Ballarat’s Charles Weatherly, with Jason Elwes from NSW in 3rd place. With competitors in every division, Victoria took home the State Teams Trophy.

AHCA President Russell Phillips said: “This regatta has been a success on many levels. Local and international friendships were made and renewed, competitors and their friends and supporters have been made to feel very welcome here and, despite the lack of wind, we have all had a great time in Geelong’.

‘It was great that the tall ship Tenacious was able to support the event and promote inclusion to the people of Geelong”.

“We are very grateful to the support of the City of Greater Geelong, Royal Geelong Yacht Club – their members and volunteers - and Gill Australia for supporting this open and inclusive sailing Championship”.

Competitors will now turn their focus to the 2018 National Championships in NSW and the World Championships in Hiroshima, Japan in October 2018.

Full results available on the RGYC website - http://www.rgyc.com.au/results/2017_Hansa_Asia_Pacific_Titles.htm

- Shauna Phillips/RGYC

 

Tash and Annie look towards Tokyo

ANNIE Wilmot and Natasha Bryant do not hide their collective ambition.

The latest Manly Daily Local Sports Star nominees have been sailing together since 2013, winning countless races at state and national level in the 29er class.

The teenagers, who train out of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport, are targeting a spot in the Australian team ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“From the moment we were introduced to each other, we clicked as a team,’’ 16-year-old Natasha said.

“We have competed in three world championships together already and we will only get better.

“Tokyo (Olympics) would be amazing. We’re definitely working towards that.”

Local Sports Star (LSS) nominees Natasha Bryant (16) and Annie Wilmot (18).

Annie was always going to be a competitive sailor.

Her father Bob was the Australian windsurfing champion in 1977, aged just 15.

“I started sailing when I was six,’’ the 18-year-old said.

“Competing with Natasha is always fun – we bring the best out of each other.

“Winning the Youth World Championships last year was amazing, it showed me I can hold my own against anyone.”

Source: Manly Daily 

Vittoria’s classy touch to Sail Port Stephens

Amid the gleaming white fibreglass boats racing en masse at the Commodores Cup, stage one of the two-part 10th anniversary Sai Port Stephens, is the classic timber boat Vittoria cutting a wide path through the gentle Nelson Bay chop.

Built for the late and great Victorian yachtsman Lou Abrahams, the Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) 42 design is a head-turner among the record cup fleet, and owner Alan Reece is enjoying pushing the beauty around the bay courses in the 15 knot average sou’easters.

A bundle of hand-written and typed letters now in Reece’s possession describe how how Abrahams wrote to S&S requesting a minimum handicap rater for the 1971 Admiral’s Cup. He learned they were working on a 42-footer for a Lord in the UK and the designers suggested the two owners share the design cost, which they did.  

Vittoria was built by Cec Quilkey in cold-moulded Oregon four diagonal planks building up to a hull thickness of one inch. It has an 8.8 tonne weigh-in but is only 30 feet at the waterline, thanks to the easily identifiable and fine curved S&S bow.

The boat’s first Sydney to Hobart race was only months after its launch in 1970 and its best performance in the famous bluewater race would be that race, fifth outright and seventh on corrected time. The boat went on to compete in eight more Sydney Hobarts, the last in 1978, plus the inaugural Sydney to Suva race in 1976. On the way back to Australia the boat accidentally hit and was then rammed by a cranky Sperm whale, smashing the rudder and sending the crew limping into Brisbane port for repairs.

Reece is only the fourth custodian of Vittoria and he knows with ownership comes a responsibility to preserve his piece of yachting history. “The previous owner did a beautiful refurb in 2010. Wooden boats soak up money...I’m yet to feel that pain.”

Now living in Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches, Vittoria is out racing weekly. It won the classic boat division at the 2017 Australia Day regatta and is doing the rounds of wooden boat shows, where invariably someone remembers Vittoria or wants to share their story with Reece of when they crewed on the boat sometime in the past 47 years.

“The enjoyment is the type of boat and meeting people through it, everywhere I go there are connections,” Reece says. “It’s beautifully made and I have to keep it nice. It does have mod-cons including electric winches so I can sail it short-handed, which makes it more usable.

“It goes well in big seas, steers like a car and doesn’t smash like the new boats, and I’m aiming to use it as much as I can; that’s what owning a boat is all about.”

The Commodore’s Cup and Vittoria’s series wraps up on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

Thursday is a layday and Friday marks the start of busiest half of the Sail Port Stephens on-water program when the NSW IRC Championship, NSW Super 12 Championship, Australian Sports Boat Championship and Performance Racing and Cruising Series commence. All racing concludes on Easter Sunday.

Sail Port Stephens is organised by Corlette Point Sailing Association and supported by Destination NSW, Port Stephens Council, Pantaenius Insurance, Garmin, Port Stephens Accommodation, Port Stephens Strata and more.

Results http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2017/sps/comcup/series.htm

Event website www.sailportstephens.com.au

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Announcing the new RPAYC Mallorca Yacht Rally

RPAYC and Mariner Boating have joined to offer all Club Members and their friends the opportunity to sail around Mallorca in the Balearic Islands in July 2018. 

With 300 days of sunshine each year, a cliff sculptured coastline and sapphire blue seas, Mallorca is picture perfect. Soak up the sun and let the sea breeze carry you on your yacht around this colourful island. Artistic souls have been drawn to the island’s beauty for centuries, follow in their footsteps and discover Mallorca from the deck of your yacht.

This is a RPAYC Rally and will be exclusive to RPAYC Members and their guests, as long as adequate booking numbers are confirmed.   

Hear all about this upcoming rally from Leon Wilson, RC Cruising, and Trevor Joyce, of Mariner Boating, who will launch the rally at April First Friday on April 7th, 2017. Come along and hear all about the special deals and discounts for Members.

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About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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