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16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

M32 Geographe Bay Cup Day 1 Report

The team of RPAYC sailors William Dargaville, Harry Hall, Ryan Wilmot and Queenslander Charlie Wyatt are taking on the World Match Racing Tour down in Geographe Bay, WA. The change to the carbon fibre semi-foiling M32 catamarans has been challenging but the boys are enjoying every bit of it.

The team began with a three day licencing clinic on the catamarans in Perth. This clinic covered safety aspects, set-up and roles on the boat, as well as an introduction to the tactics of starting and match racing. We found the clinic useful, especially regarding the limited large catamaran experience amongst the crew.

Yesterday, the team headed south to Busselton to the start of the WMRT Geographe Bay Cup. The venue is offshore, yet flat water due to the bay and shallow water. The race course is bordered on one side by the Busselton Jetty. 

Today we were held onshore for two hours due to strong breeze with gusts over 30 knots. When we were released, we were initially set back by damages on the boats, yet we used this time to practice the manoeuvres that are so crucial on the boats. The racing is extremely physical with high loads across the boat and short twelve minute races filled with plenty of manoeuvres. 

Due to the conditions and breakages on two boats, we were only able to sail two races today. Unfortunately they were both losses, yet this is not surprising given our inexperience and the level of competition in the regatta.

With the boats regularly hitting over 20kts downwind and a new style of racing in the catamarans, the learning curve has been steep but the team is progressing quickly and looking forward to better races in the coming days.

By Will Dargaville 

 

 

 

RPAYC prepped and ready for the 2017 Nespresso International

Two teams will represent the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club this week at the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.

There will be sibling rivalry amongst the two team with Malcolm and Sarah Parker as the two skippers for RPAYC.

Sarah has already enjoyed success with her all female team combination placing 3rd in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta. "Where the girls may struggle to match some of the bigger boys in the strength department, they certainly make up for it in their timing and technique" commented Club Coach Tom Spithill.

Malcolm will be sailing in a mixed team, the same team he sailed with when he came in runner up in the Harken Youth Match Racing Championships in November 2016.

"Since the Harken, we haven't managed to have too many opportunities to sail together, however individually we have all been doing lots of sailing in a wide range of boats. Etchells, M32 Catamarans, Melges 24s, Farr 40s, c&c 30 and Mc 38s. We have had the privilege of sailing with some pretty talented sailors from the RPAYC and elsewhere , and we are all hoping to now come and use some of our new found skills and knowledge to our advantage this week" commented an excited Malcolm Parker.

A strong line up of 14 teams including internationals from New Caledonia and Australia should see some great racing over the next few days in the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 7s
Follow the results here for live updates
Our two teams are

Sarah Parker
Clare Costanzo
Pia Doyle
Jess Angus
Juliet Costanzo

Malcolm Parker
Evelyn Foster
Harry Hall
Harley Walters
Nic Anderson
 

RPAYC on the front foot for food recycling

 The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) used a Bin Trim rebate from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to purchase a worm farm that will divert 5.25 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year.

RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Situated on 17 hectares of land, the club offers year-round services and activities for members. As a 5 Gold Anchor marina committed to continually improving its service, and with effective plastic and glass recycling already in place, the club was keen to identify other waste management areas that could be improved.

As the RPAYC was considering options for broader recycling measures, a Bin Trim assessor visited the club and suggested participating in the NSW EPA’s Bin Trim program. Through the program, eligible businesses that employ between one and 199 employees can access a free waste assessment and a financial rebate from $1000 to $50,000 to help with the cost of purchasing recycling equipment. The Bin Trim assessor helped the club complete a step-by-step assessment to clarify its waste collection, separation and management process in order to identify any gaps. Food waste was identified as an area where substantial improvements could be made; it was estimated that between 600 and 1000 litres of food waste from the club’s restaurant was being sent to landfill each week.

The assessor assisted the club in applying for a Bin Trim rebate to help with the cost of purchasing a commercial-scale worm farm to manage kitchen waste. The application was successful, with the club awarded a $1285 rebate.

Approximately 90% of the club’s kitchen waste is now recycled through the new worm farm and then re-used on the extensive club gardens as a fertiliser. The gardener collects the castings from the worm farm once a week to disperse across the club’s 17 hectares of land, delivering positive results for the club and the gardens.

Club management has also found that the Bin Trim program delivered substantial results through applying small changes. This has led to greater staff interest and engagement in recycling, both at work and at home.

“The Bin Trim program has definitely increased awareness about recycling amongst staff and motivated us all to take action individually,” said RPAYC Head Chef Steve Proctor. “In a sense the recycling improvements here at the club are rubbing off, and we’re taking those changes home as well.”

In 12 months the club will review its waste bin sizes, potentially leading to a reduction in waste collection costs. 

 

Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club prides itself on inclusion of all in the sport of sailing and on Friday 10 February the club along with ANZ Bank hosted a charity lunch for the Attitude Foundation raising awareness for social integration of those living with disabilities.

More than 80 guests attended the lunch where chairman and founder of the Attitude Foundation and former Australian Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes opened the talks by presenting the aim behind the Foundation and outlining the social change which needs to occur to promote better lives for those living with disabilities.  

“The Foundation aims to promote change through their own stories, stories of those doing work, doing sport and doing life.

“These stories will help create a better understanding of what it’s like living with a disability that will change people attitudes and remove the barriers to promote inclusion in both society and the workforce.“ Graeme Innes said.

Five time Paralympic medallist in both wheelchair basketball and sailing, Liesl Tesch spoke of the importance of the role sport plays in the promotion of change.

After suffering from an accident when she was 19  Liesl told of how her discovery of wheelchair basketball opened her eyes to what she could achieve living with a disability.

This passion for wheelchair basketball led to Liesl winning silver at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, Silver in 2004 Athens Paralympics and Bronze in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. From there her passion and competitive spirit propelled her into the sport of sailing.

Meeting Daniel Fitzgibbon at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the pair teamed up and with the help of club members developed the award winning Integrated disAbled Sailing Program (IdS) which strives to encourage and assist sailors from all walks of life to participate into the club’s regular sailing program.

Daniel and Liesl won gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics and the 2016 Rio Paralympics in sailing along several world and national championships in between.

Amongst all these sporting achievements and a career as a high school teacher Liesl still found the time to promote the message of inclusion through sport in countries like Kenya, South Africa and Napal which led to the foundation of the organisation SportMatters which goes by the motto “For Everyone. For Life.”

Liesl expressed her gratitude for all the support she and Daniel Fitzgibbon have received without which they couldn’t have achieved their goals.

“Sport is a great medium for social inclusion, I had knowledge that we could create new things which has driven me to do what I’ve done but it couldn’t have happened without the support from others, I do thank the RPAYC for all the support and effort from all the volunteers and members, it’s been an incredible contribution to our two gold medals.” Liesl said.

As ambassadors of the IdS program, Paralympic gold medallists, Leisl Tesch and Daniel Fitzgibbon have expanded the program to branch out to other organisations and community groups including Sailability Crystal Bay and Australia’s Soldier On organisation which assists in integrating the country’s veterans into civilian life.

As evident through the work of the Attitude Foundation and the RPAYC it is important that identities like Graeme Innes, Liesl Tesch and Daniel Fitzgibbon continue telling their stories to create effective change.

For the bigger picture the Attitude Foundation seeks to spread the message and encourage others to tell their story. In doing so the Foundation is raising money to produce a TV series to air on the ABC to show the stories told by those living disabilities. To donate visit www.attitude.org.au

For more information about the RPAYC IdS program visit www.rpayc.com.au

 

 

RPAYC Runners up in the 2017 Hardy Cup

Clare Costanzo and her crew of Evelyn Foster, Hannah Lanz, Emma May and Rachel Bower from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have finished runner up in a thriller final against Ashlen Rooklyn (Double Bay Sailing Club.) in the 2017 Hardy Cup Match Racing Regatta.

The day started off with Costanzo up against Leonard Takahashi (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) in the semi-final match. Takahashi lead around the first mark in the first two races but the RPAYC ladies managed to apply pressure on them downwind and use their great boat handling with the asymmetrical spinnakers to sneak by the promising young Japanese helmsman.

In the final race Costanzo managed to win the start and lead to the right hand side of the course to pick up a favourable shift and hang on take the semis 3 nil.

Rooklyn managed to defeat Mathew Hughes (RNZYS) to set up an all Australian final.

Rooklyn managed to outsmart the girls in the first start, leading off the line with a two length advantage.  Midway up the first upwind leg the girls picked a couple of good shifts and got back in the game. However, Rooklyn did a great job at the top end of the track by either forcing Costanzo to do an extra tack or forced the team to sail extra distance to the top mark.

This similar scenario was repeated in the second race of the finals match with the team getting outsmarted at the top of the track. The tactician on Rooklyn's team was none other than World match Racing number 4 and tour card holder Chris Steel, who made sure they left little passing lanes for Costanzo and her team, sailing some textbook match racing.

At match point, Costanzo managed to win the start getting the right hand side of the track, however Costanzo made an error in letting Rooklyn duck her and take the right hand side of the track along with the starboard tack advantage. Great spinnaker work by both boats saw some really great downwind legs but again Rooklyn sailed a smart race to hold onto the lead and win the finals 3-0 to be crowned the 2017 Hardy Cup champions!

Costanzo and her team were very proud of their second place result and were quick to congratulate the winners "We were very happy with how we sailed this week and in the finals we really pushed ourselves hard, however Ash (Rooklyn) and he team outsailed us." Said Costanzo.

This is the second year in a row RPAYC have reached the finals with Will Dargaville last year becoming the first RPAYC skipper since James Spithill to win the Hardy Cup.

A big thank you to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and its members for their ongoing support of Youth Sailing.

By Tom Spithill 

RPAYC and Soldier On move from strength to strength

On Friday 3 February the Club hosted another Soldier On Sailing Day out on Pittwater, the weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t dampen the spirits off all who were involved!

This particular session involved patients from the St John of God Hospital’s rehabilitation program which has a good partnership with veterans, Defence Force personnel and also members of the Australian Federal Police.

For some it was their first time sailing and the opportunity which was given to them by the Club, Soldier On and very supportive volunteers provided the best experience possible, coupled with some friendly sledging from Tom Spithill it made a very relaxed vibe for everyone.

Aside from sailing on the Elliott 7s, Club Member Colin Cook put up his hand to help out taking out a handful of participants on his yacht for a cruise around Pittwater.

David Savage, a Solider On Ambassador was injured five years ago by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan which caused injuries to his brain and paralysis in one leg. He is currently receiving treatment with St John of God Hospital and was invited to participate in the sailing day claimed it was “the best day I’ve had in five years!” Said David Savage.

For Tom Spithill, who puts in much time and effort outside of work hours to provide the framework to make these sailing days such a success gets a real buzz from positive comments from David Savage.

“Sailing has given me so much and working with Soldier On has just opened up so many opportunities for myself and other volunteers from the Club to give back and comments like David’s make the experience amazing for all involved.” Said Tom Spithill.

This Sunday 12 February the Club will host another Soldier On Picnic Day held on Portuguese Beach.  The weather is looking like it’s to be HOT so it will be a great opportunity for all participants to “beat the heat.” If you would like to get involved contact the sailing office on 9998 3700 or email sailing@rpayc.com.au

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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