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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.

Click here for more details

The President's Cup

By Allan Jones

A most enjoyable day was had at Sailability NSW Drummoyne club, based at Rodd Point on a branch of the Parramatta River.

With the assistance of Sailability Manly, the two race series, The President’s Cup was well run and this year won by RPAYC member Alyse Saxby, sailing a HANSA 2.3 dinghy.

Volunteers launched boats and assisted all to join the sailing. The team-work was excellent!

The afternoon race took us around Rodd island and towards Iron Cove Bridge in light airs which Alyse excels in.

Manly Sailability will host next year’s event.

  

Daniel Links wins 2017 Optimist State Titles, with many other RPAYC Members achieving great results

The 2017 Optimist State titles were held on the weekend of 25 and 26 March at The South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club. Winds were very light and variable with Open Fleet, Intermediate and Green Fleet all running races over the weekend.

Congratulations to Daniel Links who won The NSW States Open Fleet, and a further congratulations to Fletcher Walters who came second.

In the Intermediate Fleet, Isabella Holdsworth came 3rd overall and Sienna Brown 4th overall. Congratulations to you both.

In the Green Fleet, Marcus Sampson had a convincing win and Albie Brown was also on the podium - great work.

The RPAYC also won The Beashel Trophy for Club Participation very convincingly, which is a Pointscore for the club with the most points from the top 3 placegetters in all three fleets. The trophy will be proudly on display at the Club t in the trophy cabinet in the club for 12 months.

Well done to all, some great results for the Club.

Congratulations to Team Tiger, representing the RPAYC, on winning the Pacific Keelboat Challenge at the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta

After 3 days of competitive tit-for-tat racing across 12 races in the Pacific Keelboat Challenge, defending Champion Chris Way secured himself back to back titles after a solid display in breezy conditions today. Way, from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Australia, took out the trans-Tasman bragging rights and managed to claim 4 race wins out of 5 today, propelling him to an unassailable 10 point lead over the next best team. Local RNZYS skipper Matt Bouzaid had 5 second place finishes today, and after being in 3rd after two days racing, managed to move up the leader board and claim 2nd overall – a great reward for some very consistent MRX sailing. Fellow RNZYS skipper Tom Macky started the day well claiming the gun in the first race, but 4 subsequent 3rd place finishes in the final races weren't quite enough for him to cement the 2nd spot, slipping back to 3rd overall for the regatta. Perth's Paul King finished 4th, with Euan Little (RNZYS), Meridy Boyd-Clarke (RNZYS) and Queensland's Chris Morgan rounding out the fleet in that order.

For the full article, click here

Bushranger wins 2017 Australian Yachting Championship IRC & ORCi Div B

Congratulations to Bushranger, representing RPAYC, in winning  the 2017 Australian Yachting Championship IRC & ORCi Div B .
 
‘Bushranger’ went into the final day with a solid lead in IRC and ORCi to close rivals ‘Justadash’ and ‘Next’ but after two bullets in ORCi and a win in IRC they finished the regatta with a near 10 point lead in both ratings. RPAYC Member, Gerry Hatton, owner of ‘Bushranger’, explained their win,
 
“I believe there are two key elements in doing well in IRC; they are your crew and your sails. We like to build a crew up and have them ‘learn on the go’, this way they’ve committed to the team and there’s a level of trust between us all built over a number of years. We also have good sails for IRC which helps with our ratings. We were surprised with how well we went in the passage races and very happy with our win overall. We’ll be looking to come to Sandringham Yacht Club for next year’s event.”
 
Read the full article here
 
View results here
 
 

Tightly contested battles and dominating sailing displays on show for Day Two of the Jack tar Auckland Regatta

PRESS RELEASE | Saturday 25th March 2017 | Jack Tar Auckland Regatta | RNZYS | BBYC

Tightly contested battles and dominating sailing displays on show for Day Two of the Jack tar Auckland Regatta

Waiting for the wind was the story of the morning again on Day Two of the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta, but as yesterday showed us, it was worth the wait with a nice breeze filling in and setting up a great afternoon of racing across all divisions.

The Pacific Keelboat challenge really heated up today, with our top 3 from yesterday’s racing still showing they are the ones to beat. However there was a change at the top with last year’s champion Chris Way absolutely catching fire today and claiming 3 race wins and a 2nd in the final race to overtake local Tom Macky at the top of the series standings. Tom still sits close behind in 2nd, with the ever present Matt Bouzaid in 3rd and holding a healthy lead of ten points over 4th placed Chris Morgan, who continued his up and down regatta to claim the final race honours of the day. Sundays racing is sure to be a breath-taking battle between the top 3 of Way, Macky and Bouzaid.The big 52’s in Division A were trading blows early, with Ran Tan II claiming the PHRF honours in Race One, closely followed by V5 and Wired – although Mayhem were the fastest on the water claiming the line honours by a small margin of 8 seconds over V5, with Wired taking the 3rd place double. Race 2 was a similar story, except this time Mayhem really got their rhythm going and took out the line and handicap honours, with Ran Tan II and Viento 2nd on PHRF & Line respectively, and the ever consistent Wired taking the 3rd place double again. The 3rd and final race of the day was won again by Ran Tan II on PHRF, with V5 2nd and Temptation making an appearance in 3rd on PHRF and line. Mayhem and Viento II were the fastest on the course though, claiming 1st & 2nd on line respectively.

So after a really competitive day of racing in Division A - Ran Tan II, V5 and Mayhem are the top 3 on PHRF, with Mayhem, Viento II and Wired the top 3 on line which sets up another good days racing tomorrow, where anyone could end up taking the overall regatta honours.

Trans-Tasman battle in the Pacific Keelboat Challenge kicks off the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta 2017

PRESS RELEASE | Friday 24th March 2017 | Jack Tar Auckland Regatta | RNZYS | BBYC

Trans-Tasman battle in the Pacific Keelboat Challenge kicks off the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta 2017

The Pacific Keelboat Challenge, again part of this year’s exciting Jack Tar Auckland Regatta, is an all Trans-Tasman affair in 2017 with teams from both New Zealand and Australia battling it out in the MRX fleet on the water off Rangitoto Island.

This year’s Pacific Keelboat Challenge includes 4 teams from RNZYS, and 3 teams from Australia - including Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s Chris Morgan, Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Paul King, and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Chris Way who is back to defend his 2016 title.

Racing got underway in the challenge today, with the rest of the divisions in the Jack Tar Auckland Regatta not starting until tomorrow – meaning the spotlight was well and truly on the MRX fleet today.

The day began very slowly, with the competitors and race management having to wait a few hours for the wind to come to the party. “It was a very slow morning out there but there’s not much we could do, we were happy to get some wind in the afternoon and managed to get 3 races in, but luckily there are still two days racing ahead of us” commented Race Management Team Member Stuart Heine.  

When Race 1 finally got underway, the winds were still fairly light and tricky but it was an RNZYS team helmed by Tom Macky who took the first win of the day by a decent margin of over 1 minute, with the 2016 champion Chris Way (RPAYC) coming in 2nd and another RNZYS Skipper Matt Bouzaid 3rd.

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