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While racing at Travemünde week I took a trip to Hamburg to join the 150 Year Anniversary of the NVR Yacht Club. They are one of our many Reciprocal Clubs Worldwide.
I had the pleasure of joining the party for the Cross Atlantic Race they held as part of the celebrations and visiting the Club House on the small but beautiful lake in the centre of Hamburg that they frequently sail on.
I wished them congratulations on behalf of the RPAYC and our members for their 150 year given that we had just had our sesquicentennial celebration last year.
Andreas Christiansen. Chairman of NRV and I exchanged burgees as part of the celebrations.
Big thanks to Kaspar Stubenrauch the President of the German 5.5m Association who invited me to the celebrations.
Written by Martin Cross
A fantastic week of yachting was had with RPAYC represented by 2 x 5.5m competing at Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast.
Martin Cross sailing with Joachim & Johny Fluhrer placed 10th and John Bacon sailing with David Sampson placed 11th.
An excerpt from the race report: 'Skipper John Bacon, from Sydney, Australia, is not disheartened but thoroughly enjoying racing in Travemünde. “Absolutely delight to be sailing Travemünde for the first time. We are hoping to get the 5.5 worlds at our home club in 2020 and ahead of that we are trying to get some practice in with all the stars in the class over here. The weather is beautiful, the winds are great and we are just having a fantastic time meeting everybody and learning more and more about the boat. And looking forward to getting it home and sailing it this summer.”
He explained the choice of boat, “We looked at buying a boat for Europe and eventually taking back to the worlds in Australia. The boat we have was originally called ‘The Sting’ and was built in 1993. It was one of the last Evolution boats that was built and measured and it’s a pretty good boat. It’s got a lot of the aspects of a modern 5.5 and so it’s pretty competitive and we are pleasantly surprised we are doing OK.”
“The boat is pretty interesting. It was the first boat that Christoph Wilke ever built and maybe we’ll do a couple of fancy things to it to see if we can squeeze more performance. But in the meantime we are just trying to learn how to make it go.”
The boats are being packed up and are now on route to Blighty for Cowes Week and then the Gold Cup and Worlds at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Good Luck for the upcoming events
RPAYC are pleased to report that we had 3 members as finalists in the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards. Fletcher Walters was nominated for Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year whilst Nina Curtis & Stacey Jackson were both nominated for Female Sailor of the Year.
The awards took place last Friday night and the results were:
The winners include;
Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh
Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear
Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin / Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis
Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor
Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry
Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine
Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan
Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club
Full press release from YANSW is below.
Hunters Hill Sailing Club has been awarded NSW Club of the Year ahead of many others for their dedication and spirit in supporting sailing and their members.
The smaller, volunteer run club sits just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is surrounded by many larger neighbouring clubs. The club's President Maria Quinlan places their success on their dedicated team of volunteers.
"HHSC are delighted to have won NSW Sailing Club of the Year. Great recognition for this small volunteer club with a big heart and big ideas.
"Thank you to Australian Sailing for this award and to all of the volunteers at HHSC who are key to its success." Quinlan continued.
Another spectacular moment from the evening was the award for the Female Sailor of the Year of which could not be split between 2012 Olympic silver medallist and crew member onboard Brunel Racing in the 207-2018 Volvo Ocean race, Nina Curtis and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Darmanin.
Both have excelled in regattas over the last 12 months and it was only fitting to present the award to both sailors. Lisa Darmanin, who is currently preparing to compete in Aarhus, Denmark for the World Championship couldn't be more proud to have received the award and to call NSW home.
"It's so great to receive this award alongside Nina Curtis. It's always so lovely to be recognised by the Australian Sailing community for our efforts even when we are so far from home. I love sailing in Sydney harbour it's definitely the best place in the world, so very proud to be from NSW!" Darmanin said.
In addition to the winners mentioned above, nine sailors from across NSW were selected from a long list of nominations to receive awards in their respected category. The winners include; Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club
Thank you to Manly 16" Skiff Club for hosting a great evening and to all the attendees who made it such a great night.
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