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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Anniversary Harken Championship draws international line-up aiming for cash prizes

The countdown is on for the best line-up of shortlisted international teams in many years about to contest the 25th anniversary Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater over November 22-26, 2017.

‘The Harken’, as it’sbest-known, is one of only two top-tier Australian youth events that offer prizemoney. The other stipulates the prize be taken as a travel grant whereas Harken Australia offers the winning teams $1000 cold-hard no-strings-attached cash for first place, $750 for second and $250 for third.

Not only is 2017 the regatta’s notable silver anniversary, it also marks 20 continuous years of Harken’s naming rights sponsorship, which is considered a milestone in the sport.

Entry is based on rankings and from 30 team applications The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has whittled the number down to the maximum 12 teams. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Royal Perth Yacht Club are fielding an U23 squad as part of a longstanding agreement between the clubs to support each other’s youth programs.

A Japanese team made selection, one of the few times the island nation has been represented in the event’s 24 year history. Called Pacific Racing Team, skipper Leonard Takahashi has a world match racing rankingof 43 reflecting his recent podium finishes at the New Zealand National Championships and 2017 Governor’s Cup. Takahashi also campaigns a 49er skiff.

Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. Currently ranked 42nd in the WS Open Match Racing Rankings, the team has been busy contesting various match racing and keelboat events across Europe.

Sarah Parker from the host the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program, one of two women skippering the RPAYC’s Elliott 7s, is returning to defend last year’s podium finish. Parker is hungry and match fit having just returned from South Korea’s Busan Cup where she placed eighth against the world’s best female match racers.

The RSYS team features helm Charlotte Griffin, who made her match racing debut at this year’s Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta, and a mix of new and experienced sailors.

Two American yacht clubs, Balboa and the Chicago Yacht Club, plus New Caledonia’s Cercle Nautique Calédonien are sending Harken International debutants.

RPAYC head coach Tom Spithill said: “It’s the best line up in terms of represented countries I’ve seen for a long time and indicates the regatta’s standing among the youth match racing scene that teams would travel from as far away as Chicago and The Netherlands.

Milson’s Silver Goblets: Yandoo XX too Strong

Media release                                                                                                                            21 November 2017

An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, the deserving winner of the 2017 Milson’s Silver Goblets Etchells regatta sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from November 13-17.Credit Darcie CottingtonCredit Darcie Cottington

A twilight racer on a busy Sydney Harbour veered too close to a mark of the Etchells course during the closing race and dragged it out of position, thereby throwing the Goblets fleet into chaos. Rather than trying to sort out a messy multi-boat situation in the protest room, race officer Rob Ridley decided the cleanest solution was to abandon the fifth and final race of the unique twilight series, which became the fleet’s one dropped score.

Second by seven points, Rupert Henry’s Vivienne, is a new crew who came together for their first sail on the opening day of the Goblets. The skipper is in the early stages of a possible class comeback after five years away supporting his children’s dinghy sailing pursuits.

Henry’s regular crewman Greg O’Shea plus Josh Chant and RPAYC Youth Member Alice Tarnawski combined smoothly to slot in behind Strong’s practised Yandoo XX crew of tactician Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey.

“I love the Goblets regatta,” said Strong. “It attracts really talented sailors and the competition is tough. We were lucky to sail pretty consistently all week and my thanks go to my beautiful team who did a great job, as did the Squadron in spite of a twilighter sabotaging them on the last day. Congratulations to Rupert Henry and Grant Crowle and their teams,” the lone woman owner/skipper among 26 starters added.

Rupert Henry’s boat has sat untouched on the RSYS hardstand since the club hosted the Etchells Worlds 2012. He’s excited about dipping his toe back into the closest racing he says he’s ever experienced. “Etchells racing engages my head so much; I’m exhausted every night. If you make a two metre steering error it will catch up with you at the next mark, it’s not like ocean racing where you can recover. It’s the closest racing I’ve ever done; the same reason the ‘legends’ love it.”

Asked whether he’ll try for a spot at the class’ world championship in Brisbane in October next year Henry said, “That’s a TBA. Three of us have young kids so we are just happy at the moment being harbour warriors. But we have a trailer....”

Third placed Etchells, The Hole Way skippered by Grant Crowle, finished five points off Vivienne and fourth overall was Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong 2. 

Hooligan throws the monkey off its back

Hooligan throws the monkey off its back

Hooligan’s unquestionable victory in the MC38 Summer Series act 2 and Steve Barlow’s second overall with Lightspeed could mark a new chapter in the class’ lifecycle, as the standard across the super competitive one design fleet continues to rise.Credit: Lisa RatcliffCredit: Lisa Ratcliff

Marcus Blackmore recalled what he believes was his last regatta win, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week back in 2012 with his TP52 also called Hooligan. Now the monkey is off his back. “It’s my first win in a long time and my first MC38 win after three years trying; it’s very satisfying. Most of the crew have sailed with me for some time and that consistency helps a lot.

“It’s a great pleasure to have Tom Slingsby at the back of the boat and Will Ryan on main,” the skipper added. “It’s intense sitting between two Olympians and having them both on my case. I had more on than the first settlers in 25 knots on day one. The class is more even now, and that makes for really good competition. I don’t think there’s any better one design racing than the MC38s.”

At the trophy presentation Blackmore thanked class president John Bacon on behalf of the other owners for the effort he puts in behind the scenes to secure the host clubs, prepare the regatta documents, book the on-water umpires and respond to technical questions. “I’m sure we wouldn’t have the class and the racing we do without John Bacon,” Blackmore said to appreciative applause.

Easterlies 8 - 12 knots and tricky 30-40 degree shifts at the top gate of the windward/leeward course made it another tough day for the tacticians trying to read the wind. Highlights video by Tilly Lock https://www.facebook.com/tillylockmedia/videos/1755649281404895/

Christmas Giving Tree & First Friday Progressive Dinner

A Christmas tree will be set up in Halyards for all members to donate a gift, gifts will be distributed to local organisations supporting children and familes in need. Gifts may include toys, non-perishables and gift vouchers. Its best not to beautifully wrap your gift as they need to be unwrapped to check on safety etc. Just place in a gift or brown bag, or simply add unwrapped. If you wish to contribute a voucher - please hand to Reception and clearly identify that it is for the Giving Tree.

So far contact has been made with Bear Cottage, the Manly Warringah Resource Centre (Women’s' Refuge) and Royal Far West. The Giving Tree will remain open for two weeks from First Friday.

December First Friday

You're invited to attend December's First Firsday progressive Chrismas dinner. The evening will start with Christmas Happy Hour from 6pm with a sparkling wine on arrival (members).  
REMEMBER to bring your gift(s) for the Club's Christmas Giving Tree.

SIT FOR DINNER AT 7PM - Dinner will start with a platter of 'nibbles and light snacks' on your table before the first progressive move. Our main course will be a chef cooked Christmas themed BBQ. Dessert to order will follow. Main Course will be accompanied by a buffet of vegetables and salad.

A progressive dinner allows everyone to meet old sailing mates and make new sailing friends - be prepared for two changes of seating during the evening.

BOOK HERE: http://www.rpayc.com.au/cruising/first-friday-form

Hooley Dooley: Hooligan’s MC38 Summer Series act 2 first day

Media Release                                                                                    18 November 2017

Event: MC38 2017-18 Summer Series act 2, November 18-19, 2017 on Pittwater hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Hooley Dooley: Hooligan’s MC38 Summer Series act 2 first day

The MC38 Summer Series act 2 opening four races on a gusty grey Pittwater day threw some curly ones into the customary MC38 first-half pointscore.


Resounding North Sails boat of the day and series leader, Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan, has moved into a new performance sphere this season, coinciding with professional tactician Tom Slingsby supporting an already accomplished team.

Neville Crichton’s Maserati was on par with Hooligan until the last race of the day when they went polar opposites; a third bullet for Hooligan and a last place for Maserati as “the wheels fell off” admitted tactician Joe Turner.  Maserati shifted backwards, joining a three-way points tie with Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed and Leslie Green’s Ginger, and creating a handy six point buffer for the clubhouse leader.

Patchy Pittwater blew ENE up to 25 knots on the track just north of Scotland Island. “The breeze was anywhere between 15 and gusts of 25 knots and it was actually a really good day,” Slingsby commented. “In the big puffs obviously you had to hold on, but in general it was perfect sailing for the MC38s; shifty, flatwater and surfing downwind. We had some good starts and Marcus had a lot of fun. He was right on the ball with his driving.”

Royal treatment for OptiChicks weekend

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), on the Pittwater side of the wonderful Northern Beaches peninsula, about an hour from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD, was the venue for this season’s OptiChicks weekend – and what a weekend it was for our next generation of female sailors.

With an excited gaggle of 35 current OptiChick attendees, four OptiGrads as mentors and “big sisters”, along with some outstanding senior sailing talent, backed up by wonderful OptiParents, volunteers and the ever-helpful staff of the RPAYC Junior Office and Function Centre team, all that was left to chance was the weather! And was it perfect? Of course it was – it always is on the Peninsula!

RPAYC is celebrating its 150th year, having been founded in October 1867, and taking the Royal prefix by decree in 1911. It has a rich and storied history of sailing in craft of all shapes and sizes, a tradition that continues today with a very strong yacht racing scene, all the way down to a great learn to sail program in Optimists and other small dinghies. High performance sailing doesn’t quite do justice to the level of sailing achieved by members of RPAYC, with America’s Cup and Olympic winning skippers, match racing world champions, skiff and dinghy champions all regulars at the Club. It is an exciting place to visit and experience, with wondrous grounds and a lively entertainment area. Just how lively was put to the test by the arrival of the OptiChicks!!!

This was the fifth running of OptiChicks in NSW, with previous iterations having been run at BYRA, Hunters Hill (x2) and Gosford. What was terrific this year was the input the OptiChicks themselves had into the event, with current Australian Optimist Squad member Olivia Wiliams designing the wonderful T-shirt the girls were presented with upon arrival, and the event logo generally. Again, the request was from the girls for less structure, more adventure and new experiences, and great speakers. And that the things that matter to girls in a social sense are really important to foster and develop, in the company of fantastic role models and mentors. OptiChicks 2017/18 delivered on all fronts!

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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