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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

New speed record around Gotland

2017-07-03 ÅF Offshore Race

Greetings from a Sunny Stockholm.

CQS and the Big Boat Racing Team is now ready to do battle in Sweden with 250 boats in the AF Offshore Race which was formerly known as the Gotland Runt.Credit: Oskar KihlborgCredit: Oskar Kihlborg

It is the 80th anniversary of the race and we are chasing linehonours and hoping to break the record we set in 1997 with Nicorette 3 which still stands.

Our main competition is a 100 footer called Huyndai and some other quite extreeme smaller boats.

We are representing RPAYC and proud of it. Follow CQS and the team here http://race.ksss.se/sv/AFOR/Boatpage/?reportId=213

After here we head to the UK for Cowes week and Rolex Fastnet Race.

Best regards


Ludde Ingvall and his crew of 100-footer CQS set a new speed record in ÅF Offshore Race / Round Gotland when he shot at Sandhamn on Monday evening. Twenty years after he set the previous lap record around Gotland he hit back.

CQS was the first to finish - but it will take an additional day before the final winner of the ÅF Offshore Race 2017, the adjusted time, can be run.

Ludde had at 21:19:23 on it, but crossed the line already at 20:51:35 and thus took a superior line females and new speed record for monohulls. The record for multihulls, the Swedish trimaran HiQ.

The recipe to be the fastest ever from Stockholm flow, around Gotland and back to Sandhamn? Build a stunning, hundred-foot-long super-maxi in Australia is packed with the latest technology race, sailing since childhood, building a team of sailors who find every meter of the race counts, take the boat across the globe. Sail on top of yours, the crew and the boat's capability.

- I am very happy. The wind died and we were stuck one hour at Alma and thought we would not make it. But you'll be lucky too. The wind came and we were able to cross the finish line about 20 minutes before the deadline, says a satisfied Ludde Ingvall just after the finish.   

Pre Worlds Training, sees Costanzo take second place in the Shelving Systems Match Racing Cup

Lead by Skipper Clare Costanzo, a club Youth Development Squad Team took the opportunity to maximise their pre training lead up for the World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship to be held in the United States in July by competing in the CYCA Shelving Systems Match Racing one day regatta this weekend. 

They were joined by the teams of Grimes, Gundy and Olivieri (CYCA), Mitch Evans (RSYS), Thomas Steenson (NCYC) and Fergus Abbott (RSYS) for the Shelving Systems sponsored event.

For many the weekend’s Match Cup was an opportunity to get as much match racing regatta experience as possible before teams travel to Darwin later next week for the inaugural Northern Territory match racing event, the Darwin International Youth Match Racing Championship.

Costanzo picked up valuable practise time before next month’s Governor’s Cup and Youth Match Racing World Championship in Los Angeles, CA.

Both the RPAYC and CYCA teams had an incredible fight in each of their four matches. Costanzo got the better of Grimes in the final flight of the round robin to top the leader board, scraping off her penalty seconds before taking the gun. The all-female team carried this momentum into the finals and won Race 1 after inflicting a penalty on Grimes in the pre-start.

The CYCA team, with Zach McNamee competing in his first ever match race regatta, bounced back to penalise the RPAYC team in Race 2 of the finals to take a comfortable win. The final, winner-takes-all race, again saw a penalty on the RPAYC team but a tight windward leg with the CYCA leading, confusion on what top mark to round then saw RPAYC sail the wrong course, gifting the CYCA the win and Grimes, his first match racing title. Lessons learnt by Costanzo that will only strength her and the team for future events.

The umpire team lead by Simon Barrington and the Race Committee lead by Stephen Merrington. With ideal conditions on Sydney Harbour the team were able to complete the full regatta format consisting on a round robin and finals series working together well to keep up with the shifts and course changes, keeping the races rolling to get all flights completed before the 1530hrs deadline.

Follow the action of this years Youth Development Squads on Facebook.

Club Marine East Coast Bluewater Pointscore Series dates announced

The Club Marine East Coast Blue Water Pointscore Series (BWPS) is the The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s premier offshore Series, conducted along the east coast of Australia between September and April, which now includes the new Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta.

The 2017-18 Series begins with a Pittwater to Bird Island return race, which is situated north of Norah Head off the Budgewoi Peninsula and raced under Australian Sailing Category 3 requirements.

The Series format sees a wide range of Bluewater offshore conditions with distances ranging from 18 to 370 nautical miles and a mixture of Category 2 overnight races and Category 3 daylight races.  This diversity means it is a fantastic learning and training tool for any skipper or crew new to offshore racing and enjoyable for seasoned veterans who seek variety in their racing.  Many crews have used the Series to prepare themselves for taking on the diverse conditions of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

“Those who enter this series have the flexibility to do one or all the races and the Club will ensure that each team will have the best support possible to get the most from their racing.” said Brendan Rourke RPAYC Sailing Manager.

The preparation and training involved with ocean racing is a massive undertaking and skippers are sometimes left scratching their heads in how to go about preparing their team.  Neil Driscoll who runs Above and Beyond Boating can’t speak highly enough of the RPAYC Blue Water Series. 

“No one wants to go out go into a big race and sail for four days to come last.  The Blue Water Point Score Series prepares teams to work together to achieve better results.  July is a perfect time to start setting up for Southport.  It allows your team to acquire the certified training for the category upgrades and also prepares the boat and team for the start of the sailing season.” said Driscoll.

The Club Marine East Coast BWPS offers a variety of scoring options including Performance Handicapping and the ever popular fixed Ratings of IRC and ORCi categories which dominate the offshore scene.

RPAYCs Intermediate Youth Development Team wrapped up their Inter-club series

RPAYCs Intermediate Youth Development Team wrapped up their Interclub series on Sunday with the final round of the four round Interclub Series at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.  

The series was created in 2001 as a way to help identify & build youth sailors experience in fleet racing events whom participate in youth sailing programs at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. It consists of four regattas at each club with up to 2 teams from each club competing in a maximum of 24 races throughout the series.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club kicked off this year’s series with the locals dominating the opening regatta to set the early pace, taking out 1st place for the day and lead the series into the Sydney events. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the second event, with RSYS claiming the ‘boat of the day’ prize but the consistency of the two CYCA teams, rounding out the two final podium places, saw them take the ‘Club of the Day’ award as well as the overall lead in the series.

Regatta two saw the CYCA backing up strongly although it was the RSYS who took out the top spot for the day. With another powerful performance by the RSYS teams, they also claimed the ‘Club of the Day’ award and snuck into the overall lead in the series by a single point from the CYCA who finished 2nd and 4th on the day.

Support future Club Champions

As all members will acknowledge, The RPAYC has a proud and successful history in Olympic sailing with the club being represented in every Olympiad since 1964 .

Across all sports, the level of commitment, time and investment required to  obtain selection and then achieve success in the Olympic arena continues to increase and Sailing certainly fits this trend. 

Modern Olympic sailing has also changed, with the 1964 Olympics having 3 traditional keel boat classes and 2 traditional centreboard classes to the Rio Olympics with no keel boats and a broad variety of multihull, windsurfer and modern mono hull centreboard classes requiring agile athletes with a complete grasp of modern technologies , whilst  the dedication and time it takes to conquer remains all consuming. 

The fact that RPAYC has managed to maintain its representative record throughout this extended period is unparalleled across sailing Clubs around the world and testament to its commitment to supporting, encouraging and ultimately achieving Excellence in Sailing. 

In recent Olympics the Club has produced young Olympic sailors for Beijing (Angela Farrell), London (Nina Curtis) and Rio (Jason Waterhouse) bringing home 2 silver medals in the process. These sailors were nurtured in The RPAYC’s Centreboard and Youth Development Programs.

In 2017 we have some of our most successful youth sailors in The Club’s history working hard towards maintaining our standing as a world leading Yacht club and chasing Olympic representation in Tokyo and beyond. In their teenage and early adult years  they are already World Champions, National Champions and multiple Australian Representative sailors. No doubt members will have seen these sailors  competing and training on Pittwater and followed their progress at competitions whilst chasing their ambition  to continue the Club’s  proud tradition in the Olympic and broader International arena.

Whilst National support in funding, resources, training and equipment is afforded to our countries most successful sailors, and the Club has provided support through our Youth Competition Support Fund,  the obstacles that stand in the way of tomorrow’s talent bridging the gap from world champion youth sailors to Olympic Champions remains  significant.

I am  writing today to remind members  of the success of our current youth sailors across a broad range and  invite you to consider making tax deductible donations through the respective Australian Sports Foundation accounts towards the campaigns of our club sailors seeking selection in the current Olympic cycle as a way of becoming involved .

The links below  provide details on our young members who will all be travelling and competing extensively this year chasing the experience and results required to remain in contention for selection, a process which is already well underway, together with direct links to their respective funding portals. There are also links to their social media and contact details where members are invited to reach out to show support or discuss ways in which they may be of assistance.

Our last two Olympic Medalists, Nina Curtis and Jason Waterhouse will also be campaigning for the Tokyo Olympic's and further details on how you can follow and support these club athletes towards their Olympic campaign will also be provided shortly.


Ian Audsley


Club MemberCampagin Australian Sports Foundation Project Link

Tash Bryant &

Annie Wilmot

49er FX Olympic Women’s Skiff

To make a tax deductible donation to Tash Bryant’s campaign please click here…

To make a tax deductible donation to Annie Wilmots campaign please click here…

Jim Colley49er Olympic Mens Skiff

To make a tax deductible donation to Jim’s campaign please click here...

To ensure your donation is directed to us please send a confirmation email to us, please include the amount. It also means we can thank you. 

Josh Dawson470 Men’s Olympic Two Hander

To make a tax deductible donation to Josh Dawson’s campaign please click here...


Register for the One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta

The final One Design & Sports Boat Regatta for the 2016/17 Season is scheduled for the weekend of the 8-9 July, 2017. 

The fleet of competitors is building daily with a full fleet of Elliot 7s entered, crewed by Intermediate and Youth Development Squad members. The Melges 24 and 20 Classes are also building in numbers who's crews are looking forward to the earlier Winter start time of 1100hrs each day that sees racing concluded by 1500hrs. 

If you are intending to enter or looking to crew in this face pace windward / leeward series on the waters of Pittwater follow the link below. Race Briefing at 0930hrs on the 9th. 


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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