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Eligible Skippers Finalised!

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Harken are proud of our involvement of this event over the past 26 years, we believe youth sailing is one of the most important forms of our sport. We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas. The Harken family wish everyone taking part the best of luck in the regatta, may the best team win. – Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director

The 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands and interstate Australia. This year’s event is being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, setting it up to become one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.

With 6 of 12 teams ranked within the world top 150 and four remaining competitors in the top 300, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy will be fierce.

Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. They are currently ranked 42nd in the ISAF Open Match Racing Rankings. Van Beek and his team have recently been competing across Europe in various match racing and keelboat events, gaining valuable experience and a competitive ranking as they work towards their goals of competing in the World Match Racing Tour. 

Van Beek is closely followed by Leonard Takahashi, with a ranking of 43 reflecting his

RPAYC Shines at the Australian Sailing Awards

November 4, 2017

America’s Cup-winning skipper Glenn Ashby and rising RPAYC stars Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot were named the nation’s top sailors for 2017 at the Australian Sailing Awards in Sydney on Friday night. CREDIT Andrea FrancoliniCREDIT Andrea Francolini

Ashby was crowned Male Sailor of the Year and the duo of Bryant and Wilmot won Female Sailor of the Year at a festive ceremony which celebrated Australian Sailing’s diverse strengths. The Male and Female Sailor of the Year Award is the highest achievement an Australian Sailor can be honoured with and for the duo Bryant & Wilmot the endless hours on water with Coach Traks (Evan) Gordon, passion to excel and the goal of representing Australia at the Tokyo Oylmpics was recognised by their peers. 

The awards were held in conjunction with Australian Sailing’s inaugural Hall of Fame Inductions which saw RPAYC Members Kay Cottee, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch, Phil Smidmore and Colin Beashel recognised for their outstanding contributions and excellence in Sailing. 

Ashby was rewarded Male Sailor of the Year for his expertise in guiding Emirates Team New Zealand to a comprehensive 7-1 series win over Oracle Team USA, skippered by RPAYC Member James Spithill in the 35th America’s Cup, in Bermuda in June. It was the latest and perhaps greatest of Ashby’s illustrious achievements, which include a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and 15 World Championships across three multi-hull classes.

“It’s been a fantastic evening here in Sydney and I’m very humbled and honoured to receive the Australian Sailing Male Sailor of the Year,” Ashby said.

“There was a fantastic array of nominees. It’s been a big year in Australian sailing and it’s been very nice to catch up withf a lot of friends and our sailing community.”

Ashby was last month named as one of four finalists in the prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year, which will be announced at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Tuesday.

Bryant and Wilmot have it all ahead of them, but they were recognised for their outstanding performance in winning the Youth World Sailing Championship in the 29er class in New Zealand last December. In a remarkable display of dedication to representing Australia at a higher level, the duo later declared they would not defend their world title in China this year and moved into the Olympic class 49er in order to focus on securing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“We’re really honoured to be receiving this award and we’d really like to thank [2016 Olympic silver medallist] Lisa Darmanin for all that she’s done for us and all her mentoring,” Bryant said.

Wilmot thanked the many people she said had supported the pair, including their families and coach, Traks Gordon.

“Tonight has been amazing, being in this room with all these legends, it’s just so inspiring for the young generation out there,” she added.

RPAYC's Stacey Jackson is one of two women on Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Volvo Ocean Race 1 Winners

Stacey Jackson is one of two women on a nine-person crew for Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which began last week.
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JAMES BLAKE / VOLVO OCEAN RACEJAMES BLAKE / VOLVO OCEAN RACE
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY (New York Times)
OCTOBER 27, 2017

Sailing successfully around the world is no guarantee of gainful employment in the sport.

Stacey Jackson returned home to Australia in 2015 from the last Volvo Ocean Race short on sleep but long on experience. She applied for a job as a boat captain for a sailing team.

“I was turned down at the last minute when they realized Stacey Jackson was a female’s name,” she said. “They even said it to me over the phone, and I just thought, I don’t get more qualified for this job than this very minute.”

But Jackson did get a job offer in August because she was a qualified woman. It came from Charlie Enright, the skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing, a team in the Volvo Ocean Race. It was late enough in the recruiting process for this year’s race that Jackson had lost hope.

“I had probably already given up a couple months previous,” she said. “It was a lay day of a regatta I was doing in Hamilton Island in Australia. And my phone rang at 7 a.m., and I was like, ‘Who rings someone at 7 a.m. on a lay day?’ But when I saw it said, ‘Charlie Enright,’ I picked up.”

She was soon part of the crew and part of a new initiative to make women an integral part of the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the world’s most extreme and prestigious sailing events. The move is also aimed at attracting more female fans to a sport whose base of support remains predominantly male.

The around-the-world race, formerly known as the Whitbread, was first held in 1973, but this is the first time the rules allow a team to race with a larger crew if it sails with a mixed-gender crew instead of an all-male one.

All seven teams that started the race last week in Alicante, Spain, have capitalized on the rule change, and Jackson, 34, is one of 16 women taking part in the first leg. Eight of them, including Jackson, were on the all-female Team SCA in the last race. Others are race rookies, including Martine Grael, the daughter of the former Volvo Ocean Race champion Torben Grael. Martine Grael was one of the Brazilian stars of the 2016 Olympics, where she won gold in the 49er FX class.

The women are playing a wide range of roles onboard in the first leg: steering, grinding, stacking and selecting sails and helping to plot strategy.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing have won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

Written by Peter Rusch

It's a tremendous victory for American skipper Charlie Enright and his team, who earn 8 points for their efforts (including a one point 'bonus' for winning the leg).

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

It wasn't easy. The wind shut down on the final approach, and an early morning lead of 34-nautical miles over second-placed MAPFRE was whittled down to 10-miles, with the finish in sight, but the current in the river even pushing the leaders back out to sea in some of the lulls.

But the crew on the Vestas boat held their nerve, tacking first up and then down, zigzagging towards the line, into agonisingly light headwinds.

"It's incredible," said Mark Towill, Team Director, from on board the boat moments before the finish.

"What a way to kick off the event. it's been an incredible performance for the team... It's been a challenging leg. We still have a lot to improve and long way to go... Today is our day, we'll enjoy it, but then we have to get back to work and focus on the next leg."

Charlie Enright is the third American skipper to win Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The others were John Kostecki, on illbruck in 2001-02, and Paul Cayard on EF Language in 1997-98.

Both of those teams went on to an overall victory – so the omens for Charlie Enright are certainly good.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing – which carries US and Danish flags – are the first American flagged team to win Leg 1. They are also the first Danish team to win a leg.

"We try not to get too high or too low," Enright said just after crossing the line. "We want to keep coming to work every day hungry to improve... one of the things we were focusing on was our decision making and communications on board and that's coming along well... But there's a lot of work to be done. We won't rest on our laurels!"

The light conditions near the shore are forecast to slow the pace of the Spanish MAPFRE team, which is expected to finish some two hours behind the winners.

We'll have reaction and stories from all of the teams as the finish Leg 1 and arrive into Lisbon.

Leg 1 – Results – Saturday 28 October (Day 7)
1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing -- FINISHED -- 14:08.45 UTC
2. MAPFRE + 9.3 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team +20.3
4. team AkzoNobel +24.1
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +44.2
6. Team Brunel +66.4
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic +67.3 

Kay Cottee inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

October 28, 2017
Kay Cottee AO, the first woman to perform a single-handed, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world is to be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame (ASHOF). In its inaugural year, the ASHOF will induct seven of Australia’s greatest sailing individuals and teams this Friday, 3 November in Sydney.

An initiative of Australian Sailing in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, the ASHOF was established to recognize the greats of Australian Sailing. According to the highly regarded Selection Panel, Cottee has achieved at the highest level in our sport.

“Kay Cottee AO inspired generations of female sailors when she became the first woman to sail unassisted, non-stop around the globe via both hemispheres,” said the Selection Panel in announcing her induction. “To this day, Cottee remains an inspiration to people of all generations across the globe.”

Born in 1954, Cottee circumnavigated the globe in her 37 foot (11 m) yacht Blackmores First Lady in 1988. Her extraordinary feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that she completed it at a time when modern GPS was in its infancy.

Cottee’s circumnavigation was eastbound from Sydney, Australia and took her around the five great capes in the southern ocean. Departing Sydney she headed south of New Zealand, across the Pacific Ocean, around infamous Cape Horn and then north to cross the equator and round St Peter and St Paul Rocks in the North Atlantic. From there Kay headed south again and rounded the Cape of Good Hope before crossing the Indian and Great Southern Oceans on her way home around the southern tip of Tasmania. She then turned north for the final long run up the east coast of Australia to Sydney.

Cottee spent more than six months alone at sea. She started out on November 29, 1987, and after sailing for 189 days, 0 hours and 32 minutes she finished on June 5, 1988. Her voyage saw her log 22,100 miles at an average speed of 116.93 miles per day. The voyage was completed without touching land, and without any form of outside aid apart from radio contact.

Fitzgibbon & Tesch to be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

November 1, 2017
Australia’s back to back Paralympic sailing gold medallists, Daniel Fitzgibbon OAM and Liesl Tesch AM will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this week at a ceremony in Sydney. The duo were also recently given Honorary RPAYC Membership at the RPAYCs Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner. . 

“In 2016 Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch became the first Australian sailing team/crew to defend a gold medal at either the Olympics or Paralympics. Their determination and sheer hard work is testament to what can be achieved despite life’s challenges,” said the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection Panel on the announcement of their induction.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Fitzgibbon (born 1976) and Tesch (born 1969) created history when they become the first ever crew to win back-to-back Paralympic Gold medals in sailing in the SKUD 18 class. Their achievement of winning gold medals in both London and Rio also made them the first Australian sailing team or crew to defend an Olympic or Paralympic gold medal.

The pair came together with vastly different backgrounds. Fitzgibbon, a lifetime sailor, had Olympic aspirations but an accident at the age of 21 left him a quadriplegic. Despite his disability, he returned to the sport and in 2008 went on to represent Australia at the Beijing Paralympic Games, where he won a Silver medal alongside sailing partner Rachael Cox, in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class.

The desire to go one better saw Fitzgibbon team up with an unlikely crewmate – five-time Paralympian and wheelchair basketball champion Liesl Tesch. Impressed with her form in the 2009 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Daniel convinced Liesl to make the move to sailing, and after less than a month training together they won their first ever competition at the Sailing World Cup in Miami. Then followed a win at the Sailing World Cup Weymouth event and two World Championship bronze medals.

The pair trained hard and quickly established a reputation as the team to beat in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class. Their gold medal winning performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games came despite tough competition from the US and UK, combined with the tragic passing of Liesl’s mother on day one of the Games. The pair won Australia’s first gold medal at the event, their dominant performance assuring them of the Gold medal on the second last day of racing.

However, it was on the challenging waters off Rio that Fitzgibbon and Tesch created history. By winning their second gold medal in the SKUD 18, they became the first crew to win ‘back-to-back’ Paralympic gold medals. Again, they dominated the SKUD 18 fleet, wrapping up the gold medal with two races to spare.

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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