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


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

Laser Coasts Championship Gosford

A team of 9 Laser sailors headed up to Gosford for this years round of the Coasts. We had a great forecast for Saturday and a shocker for Sunday – which is essentially what we got!. Saturday’s southerly allowed us all to get 3 great races, held in a solid 18-20 knots. Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017

The course was very well setup by RO Col Chidgey and we all had a blast across the bottom reach – not that we could see much on the way due to spray everywhere.

In the 4.7 fleet, the 2 lightweights Jack and Morgan found it tough going, especially by the end of the 3rd race, but Tom had a solid day with a 5/5/4.

Over in the Radials, we had a mix of the young, the still just about young and the young at heart. We also had a great day and were very relieved that a 4th race was not called.

Over in the Standards, Liam had a solid and very enjoyable (but lonely) afternoon – he needs some RPA team mates to join him on these events (come on guys)!

Sunday’s light forecast dawned true to form, so we had a short hold onshore as it dropped, then disappeared then came back from the SE. We headed out, got a reasonable light race in just before it went around to the NE. The 2nd race became a bit of a tough one with the breeze all over the place – most of us by this stage were wishing we had stayed ashore, but that’s not why we travel to these regattas. With time running out, we headed in without doing the 6th race, which allowed a nice relaxed pack up prior to Presso.

Nathan was the only RPA award winner for the weekend, with first U17 in the Radial and a 4th overall, but he was pushed very hard by Jarrah in 5th and who’d had a great first day.

Well done to all the sailors, especially the youngsters for handling Saturdays conditions so well. There are some pictures posted on the “RPA Lasers” FB Group (if you don’t have access to this contact Steve Bryant). If you have not done a Laser regatta yet, then next month there is the perfect opportunity for you to get out there and do it! Laser States are being held at Double Bay SC on the weekend 18/19 November. It will be huge, so get your entry in. If you need assistance getting there, then just ask and we will sort you out!

By Steve Bryant

The final results of the Coasts at Gosford Sailing Club 21-22 October 2017 are linked below.

There are some great photos from the first day taken by Jane Humphris which you can see HERE.

Youth, Female, Sports Promotion, Coaching & Club of the Year Finalists in the Australian Sailing Awards

Australian Sailing Awards To Recognise Diverse Achievements

The first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica, an America’s Cup-winning skipper and a pair of youth world champions who made a remarkable sacrifice to pursue their Olympic dream are among an eclectic selection of high achievers announced as finalists for the Australian Sailing Awards.

Winners across a range of categories will be announced at a stylish ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney on November 3 that will incorporate the inaugural Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Induction.

Glenn Ashby, who skippered Team New Zealand to victory in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in June, is a finalist for Male Sailor of the Year. Ashby will face stiff competition from 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, who claimed their fourth World Championship together in July, as well as Rio 2016 Gold medalist Tom Burton, who continued to achieve in the Laser with second placings at the Aarhus World Championship Test Event and Laser World Championships.

Busy Australian Sailing Team member David Gilmour earned nomination through strong results in the 49er, notable achievements in the match racing M32 class, and his work coaching and mentoring Club sailors. Harry Price, 21, joins the finalists after his breakthrough year, which featured victory in the Youth Match Racing Championships and encouraging results at senior level.

The field for Female Sailor of the Year is equally diverse. Among the finalists is Lisa Blair, who spent 184 days at sea overcoming extreme conditions to circle Antarctica alone aboard Climate Action Now. Blair is assembling an all-female crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December.

In their first season together, Annabelle Davies and Madison Woodward took out the female section of both the US 29er National Championships and the 29er Open World Championships, earning a spot on the finalists list, while the experienced Heather Macfarlane excelled to be crowned the top female skipper at the World Tasar Championships.

Australian Sailing Squad members Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries join the finalists after a hectic year in which they won a Silver medal at the 470 Junior World Championships and showed potential with a 13th placing at their debut open World Championship.

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Media Release                                                                                                15 October 2017

Event: MC38 2017-18 Summer Series act 1, October 14-15, 2017 on Sydney Harbour hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Credit: Till Lock MediaCredit: Till Lock Media

The rolling dominance of Leslie Green’s Ginger team extended to the opening act of the Summer Series for the 2017-18 season, the usual players stretching their day one lead to 10 points over three more races on Sydney Harbour.

Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.

ESE winds 8-11 knots on Sunday October 15 contrasted with the opening day’s 16 gusting to 25 knots of breeze out of Rose Bay on the harbour’s eastern shore. Regular Ginger (CYCA) strategist Julian Plante, who helmed for Green, agreed “Sunday was a change in tempo. It was pretty shifty out there with big pressure changes. You had to stick to your guns.

“In the first race we were in the lead, tried to be conservative and ended up fourth. We realised we needed to sail looser, which we did in the last two and came out with better results (two wins). The fleet lifted with the extra boats and the quality of people, which was great to see. It was tighter and tougher and the start lines were much busier. Leslie was following us keenly online and he’s very excited to get back out and do some sailing.”

Neville Crichton’s Maserati (CYCA/RNZYS), with Farr 40 owner Martin Hill driving, won the first race then followed up with two seconds, a performance good enough to warrant the North Sails boat of the day flag and move them into second in the series on a countback. “I haven’t beaten Tom Slingsby since 1992,” joked Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner of his good friend who went onto win an America’s Cup and an Olympic gold medal in sailing.

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – Tenacity

Media release                                                                                                                            15 October 2017

Event: Wattle Cup/Couta Boat Nationals on Pittwater October 14-15, 2017 sailed out of Avalon Sailing Club

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – TenacityCredit: Jane_Lizzy_EvansCredit: Jane_Lizzy_Evans

The name says it all. Don Telford’s Tenacity became the first non-Victorian crew to claim an Australian title in the historic Couta Boat class when the Sydney team wrapped up the four race series on a tricky Pittwater on Sunday October 15, 2017.

A second NSW team and Tenacity’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club clubmates, Larry Eastwood’s Sylvia, finished runner-up by two points and the Sorrento crew of Margarita, skippered by Australian class president James Mighell, completed the podium results.

“We had no idea if we’d won overall after today’s race,” said Telford. “It’s a wonderful win; to take it to the Victorians was absolutely magnificent.” Long-time mate and tactician John ‘Steamer’ Stanley - who’s very pleased to knock off an Australian championship at the age of 70 - added: “after the Sydney regatta we worked out you had to be in the top ten in every race”.

Tenacity finished tenth from an outstanding multi-state line up of 22 Coutas in the final passage race around Scotland Island and then north to Mackerel Beach and back south to the area known as ‘the pond’, in 8-10 knot east sou’easters.

Following one general recall and a re-jig of the line by race officer Elaine Fowler and her all-female race management team, Stanley opted to play it clean at the start and from there Tenacity’s crew of six left nothing behind, knowing the championship result rested on their final score.

Twilight sailing is here! Tuesdays - Thursdays - Fridays

It's the Twilight Season! Three Twilight events are scheduled this season so there is something for everyone. 

Thursday Non-Spinnaker Series
The Thursday Non Spinnaker Twilight season begins this Thursday 12 October, with a non pointscore race. The Spring Pointscore Series commences on the 26 October. 

Racing starts at 1755hrs for Division 3, 1800hrs Div 2 and 1805hrs for Div 1.


Women on Water Sailing!
Tuesday Twilight is tailored specially for women sailors. Race 1 is Tuesday 31 October.
If your spouse/partner owns a boat and you would like to take it sailing in this ten race fortnightly series, please let the Sailing Office know who can assist you with your preparation. We have a number of keen crew who are looking for boats. 

Need crew or wish to crew? See below for crew details or let the Sailing Office know.


Friday One Design & Sports Boat Mini Twilight Regatta Series
NEW for 2017/18 season is the short Friday Twilight Series scheduled over the peak daylight savings period. The Series is designed for One Design and Sports boats to enjoy windward / leeward races returning to the Edinburgh Bar for some sunset drinks and nibbles. A great event for those that have busy weekends or wish to compete in up to three short sprint races with fellow mates and family. Contact the Sailing Office about leasing a Elliott 7. 


Sign-Up Your Crew for the Twilight season

Skippers - why not get your crew to sign up and become a member of one of the premier Yacht Clubs in Sydney, receive all the benefits of being a member and enjoy racing on Pittwater this twilight season! Membership fees will be pro-rated - that's around $25 per twilight race! Contact our Membership Co-ordinator for more details or pick up a Membership Application form at Reception. 

Need Crew for the Sailing Season?

Sail Connect is a App based system that allows you to find crew or boats needing crew and also manage your race by race crew needs. Please note that Crew With me has advised that they will not be playing in the market of finding Race crew but shall remain supporting those that are looking to sail for leisure along with the other activities their system supports. 
To download - Click here for the Sail Connect app

Five Top Tips for Connecting with Crew & Skippers through MySail
Whether you’re into something fast, fun, competitive or cruisy, there’s likely something out there that’s right for you.
Keeping your yacht or crew profile up-to-date, being proactive and replying to messages in a timely fashion all help you connect with the right sailors or skippers.
Click here for My Sail team.

The Nautiseum

The Nautiseum is a painting by the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Billich. Inspired by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary, it is a surreal composition showing a gallery of paintings surmounted by Captain Cook’s Endeavour sailing magnificently into Sydney Harbour. Charles is well known for his opus on the arrival of the first fleet painted for the Australian bicentenary. This unique painting forms a stimulating sequel to that work.

There will be a limited edition of 150 signed prints of the original painting. The copies will be printed on high quality art paper and will be approximately 82x65cm including a white border with the RPAYC Sesquicentenary logo. All proceeds from copies purchased through the RPAYC will be donated to our IdS Fund supporting Sailability, Soldier On, the Sydney Invictus Games and other similar causes. The price for a signed limited edition of the Nautiseum is $ 950. However for a purchase in our
sesquicentenary month of October this is discounted to $ 750. If purchased at the Gala Dinner or Sesquicentenary Garden Party Charles Billich will be available to sign a personalised dedication on the print.

Charles Billich will be attending the Garden Party on Sunday (15 October) and will be able to sign copies of the artwork Nautiseum for members who purchase on the day. The Original Artwork and limited edition prints #2-149. Unlimited editions will be available for $150. 



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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