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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Blink and you might miss the entry cut-off

Entries close on December 1 for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and so far a healthy international fleet of 25 yachtsranging in size and concentrated in the 40-50ft zone are starters for the race north and chance to compete in subsequent Queensland state championships as part of the annual Bartercard Sail Paradise Series.

There is still time to enter the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta here.

The 370 nautical mile coastal race, between Broken Bay and Southport on the Queensland Gold Coast starting at 1pm on January 2, 2018, is both an endurance and tactical test. Crews will dedicate every hour to covering the distance in the quickest time for the chance to be named the overall winner and highly contested IRC category winner, who will take home a striking new custom-made perpetual trophy.

Host club, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, is delighted to announce that the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race has been officially recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council and the 2018 line honours result will be recorded, and then be open to subsequent challenges.

Sailing manager Brendan Rourke says, “We encourage the likes of the TP52s and others of that size range not doing the Rolex Sydney Hobart to seriously consider such a rare opportunity in Australian waters, to be included in the WSSRC’s record books.”

Mick Martin’s TP52 Frantic and Bob Cox’s DK46 Nine Dragons out of Middle Harbour are both likely starters and in that case would be the leading contenders for a WSSRC listing, unless a bigger boat comes in over the top.

Among entries for the Club Marine sponsored long race setting off in the New Year are a number of first timers to the event and brand new boats including Mark Gorbatov and Mark Siebert’s fresh-out-of-the-box Beneteau First 40 called Blink.

Gorbatov is a Sydney based eye surgeon who came to the sport seven years ago crewing for another owner before jumping in with both feet and buying his first boat, which he called Out of Sight. Though Blink seems to run off the back of his profession it was actually Gorbatov’s ten year-old daughter who came up with the boat’s moniker, based on a Dr Who episode called ‘Don’t Blink’.

RPAYC Golf Day Friday November 10 - Wild Oats X win on the green

A beautiful spring day and 15 Alfred’s Teams participated in 4 Ball Ambrose Tournament at Bayview Golf Club.

The outright winner was team “Wild Oats X “ captained by Bob Johnson and their name will be inscribed on the  magnificent Trophy provided by the Archives Volunteers and Rob Cole.

Second place went to the team “Alibi” captained by Jim Gaal and third place went to the “Pacesetter” team captained by Tony Doyle.

It was a close handicap finish with “Second Time Around” captained by John McConnaghy with the winning bunch.

“Wild Oats Ladies” captained by Val Oatley took out the Best Ladies team prize and “First Picasso” captained by Virginia McClelland  won the Best Dressed Team prize.

Nearest the Pin went to Marlene McKewan from the “Wild Oats Ladies “ team and Straightest Drive went to Gavin Ward from the “Second Time Around” team

Peter Antill  and the “Mirage” team were the winners of the prestigious Bradman prize.

Our thanks go to the BVGC for an excellently prepared course and an enjoyable luncheon

Women's Twilight support Tina Ernfridsson

Tina Ernfridsson is once again supporting the Women's Twilight Series with vouchers for 1st Place and Division and Division 2. 

Tina, originally trained as a nurse and has now been an Arbonne consultant for 8 years. "I have always enjoyed helping women feel good" said Tina.

"As a nurse, with everything I witnessed, I quickly realised how important it is to be aware of what we put on and in our bodies, as this in turn effects our health and well-being. I realized how important it is to educate people on products that are pure, safe & beneficial. Combined with this knowledge & my passion to help others look and feel good I aligned myself with Arbonne. I love Arbonne’s philosophy on delivering skincare, cosmetics and Health care products that are pure, safe, beneficial always delivering a healthy result. With an added bonus of being vegan certified, I find their value for money is 2nd to none".

Tina is happy to consult with you so that you can achieve the results you want from your skincare & cosmetics, knowing that its helping your health. She also conducts wonderful pampering facials where you come out feeling revived and refreshed.

Today Tina is extending to you a Super November Special, 50% discount on the RE9 daily routine set including the genius ultra-pads. Also available are 30% discount for Christmas presents as well. It’s a saving of - over $330 -and with that value these sets are flying out the door. What a wonderful way to look smashing for the holiday season.

Contact Tina, to learn more about these wonderful products and I will help you look and feel your best.

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Fletcher Walters takes on the Bermuda Optimist Gold Cup Regatta

In October I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bermuda Opti Gold Cup.  Only one sailor from the top 25 countries is invited to race against 15 Bermudan sailorsFletcher Walters in action in BermudaFletcher Walters in action in Bermuda

I was also lucky to be billeted with the Kemps and they were a great family.  Their son Sebastian and my Canadian mate Jack Grogan were in the same house which was sick.

Bermuda is a great place to sail.  It blew hard all week and only backed off on the last day of racing.  In fact, we didn’t get under 20 knots til day six, so there were plenty of sore bodies in the boat park.

The boat park was great fun as I got to catch up with sailors I'd met at the Worlds, North Americans and other events.  There were two guys called Jose, so naturally we named them Hose A and Hose B to keep things simple.  Hose B was from Argentina and was quick in the breeze and finished third overall.  I had good event and was happy finishing 5th. 

I did make one rookie error and forgot my gloves more than once.  Big mistake as my hands were shredded by the forth day.  

The event winner was Santi from Uruguay, Calle from Sweden was 2nd, Jose B from Argentina 3rd, and Richard from Malta 4th, I was 5th and William Pank from GBR was sixth. 

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club were top hosts and I learned a lot about putting a blowy regatta together.  Lesson one, look after your body.  Lesson 2, those gym sessions with Tana at RPAYC SailFit gym are gold! 

Thanks again to RPAYC members.  I really appreciate that the Club provides us all a great place to race and hang out.  RPA is awesome.

Full results can be viewed here: https://www.juniorgoldcup.com/

Report on the Platu Cup Nov 3-5 2017 At Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Chris Way and his Easy Tiger racing team travelled to Thailand to compete in the 2017 Platu Cup at Ocean Marina. This is the Race Directors report on the event.

The wind forecast for the weekend was unprecedented in the Gulf of Thailand and Pattaya area. A front associated with a typhoon crossing south Vietnam with winds of 25 knots and gusts to 35 knots were forecast for the whole weekend.
In spite of this, five Platu crews headed for the racing area immediately north of the marina to take part in the practice day comprising three races which precedes the Platu Cup regatta. With the wind coming off the land it was possible to stay close in to shore in raceable conditions, but this did not prevent massive wind shifts and gusts of up to 25 knots coming through to provide tacticians with a very busy day. Three races were able to be completed before the wind strength had all competitors running for the safety of the marina.

The results showed that Rolf Heemskirk (Denmark living Malaysia) was able to master the conditions whereas Chris Way on Easy Tiger (RPAYC) was happy to be able to break in his mainly new crew before the event. Colin Simmonds (UK) and his Doolallie crew also had a good day coming in second. Grant Atkinson (Thailand) was brave enough to tackle some racing in spite of having two inexperienced crew onboard, while Tim Browne (Thailand) and the Weasel team used this practice regatta to get up to speed for the racing to follow.

Saturday brought wind speeds and gusts hardly ever seen here in Pattaya and certainly not the weather conditions the Platu was designed to race in. Racing was abandoned for the day with sustained wind speeds of 25-30kn. Sunday morning looked even more ominous and was complicated by a directive from the Marine Authorities of Thailand prohibiting any vessel from leaving the marina until further notice. However the wind abated sufficiently for the order to be lifted and racing was able to commence at 12:30.

Again, the wind direction changes were significant but with winds of 12 knots and gusts up to 20 knots this was within the safe zone for Platus. This did not make it any easier to race however and crews had to work extremely hard. The Easy Tiger crew had obviously learned from the practice races and demonstrated their speed by winning the first three races, followed by a second in the final double points race of the series. Tim Brown’s crew also sailed extremely well and finished just 15 seconds and then 2 seconds behind Easy Tiger for the first two races. Unfortunately for them the double point final race allowed Rolf’s win to lift him to second overall, one point ahead.

In spite of everything, the six competing crews finished the weekend with smiles on their faces and enjoyed the good food and the odd beer or two provided by the excellent staff of the Ocean Marina sailors bar.
Presentations followed with Chris Way winning the Platu Cup and along with it the overall Platu Championship of 2017. Rolf Heemskerk was second and also took second place for the Championship. Tim Browne and his Weasel Crew took third place on the weekend and third overall in the Championship.

This tops a great season for the Easy Tiger crew headed by Chris Way from the RPAYC, Australia who achieved a first in the Transworlds in March, followed by second in the Coronation Cup in May (losing on a countback), then 5th in the world championships in Sicily and finally this win in the Platu Cup and overall Asia Pacific circuit champion.

Many thanks to all the helpers who make these events possible.

The staff of the Ocean Marina Sailors bar
The marina staff who worked in very difficult conditions to lay the course marks and assisted on the committee boat (with special mention to K Chumron who worked tirelessly and never once lost the smile on his face).
And of course to Scott Finston, the Ocean Marina Harbourmaster, who has supported the Platu Racing for many years and provided the staff and equipment without which it would be impossible to race.
Also to the competitors, many of whom travel long distances to support the Platu racing in Asia.

Platu Asia News 6th November 2017
written by Kev Scott
 

RPAYC Centreboard Representatives in the Australian Optimist Development Squad - New Caledonia

Two RPAYC Centreboard sailors Olivia Williams and Cooper Bellingham recently represented the Club as part of the Australian Optimist Development Squad – AODS (made up of the top 8 sailors 12 years and under) in beautiful New Caledonia.

The Regatta annually hosted by SRC Noumea brings together the U12 years New Zealand team, the U12 years Australia team and local New Caledonia sailors resulting in tough competitive races.

The venue was amazing with warm crystal clear water and wind between 15-25 knots each day and an abundance of sealife - tropical fish, turtles, the occasional dolphin and all to regular sea snakes.

The team arrived early and undertook a 3 day training camp prior to the regatta exploring the local waters and getting familiar with the local conditions. The regatta was over 4 days with 17 races completed in building winds, our RPAYC sailors performed well with Olivia Williams finishing 5th (and 2nd girl) and Cooper Bellingham finishing 11th under the guidance of the AODS Coach Alison Dale.

Overall the Australian Team performed well up against some tough competition from New Caledonia and New Zealand with the locals taking the top two places on the podium and Eddy Reid from Tasmania taking 3rd.

Overall a great Regatta, great experience, awesome French food and a special place to sail with lots of learnings to take away for our next Regatta.

We were thrilled to proudly represent RPAYC and would like to thank the Club for their support along with our coach Tom Brewer from NB Sailsports.

- David Williams 

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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