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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

World Champions’ Big Sacrifice For Olympic Ambition

September 7, 2017

Australia’s reigning Youth World Champions in the 29er class, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, have announced they will forfeit their title defence to concentrate exclusively on pursuing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Bryant and Wilmot said they had “mixed emotions” about withdrawing from the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship in Sanya, China in December. However, qualifying for the next Olympic campaign sailing 49erFX skiffs demanded their singular focus.

“We aspired to compete again to attempt to defend our youth title in Sanya, but it’s become clear to us that our ultimate goal to represent Australia in Tokyo requires our total time and dedication,” the pair told Australian Sailing.

Trifecta of Queensland Championship titles held at 2018’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta

The Australian Sports Boats Association, along with Australian Measurement System (AMS) have jumped on board with Australian Sailing to host three new Queensland championships at Southport Yacht Club (SYC).

Host event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will crown the 2018 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships, the 2018 Australian Measurement System (AMS) Queensland Championships and the 2018 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Queensland Championships.

 “The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many state and national’s championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewmen are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said 2016 Australian Sports Boats Queensland State Champion, Graham Sherring.

Held from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 9th January 2018, the four-day regatta will be staged off shore the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.

All three titles are open to eligible class vessels Nationwide, with 46 entries confirmed, number expected to exceed 70.

“Bringing these high calibre championships to our premier regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and the Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions,” said Club Commodore, Kerry Noyes. 

Don't miss out on your piece of club history! Sesquicentenary Wines and Merchandise

This Shiraz and Chardonnay have been handpicked to celebrate the 150 years.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Chardonnay

Tinklers single vineyard ‘Poppys’ Chardonnay from NSW exhibits intense melon and lychee flavours which integrate seamlessly with flinty barrel ferment characters. The fruit was handpicked and then whole bunch pressed in this small winery, where the juice was transferred to French oak for wild fermentation. The wine would be best if you allow a minimum of two years in the bottle, then drink on a regular basis with good food such as BBQ seafood or creamy pasta or chicken.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Shiraz Munari 2013 

‘The Ridge’ Shiraz is a fine example of a fruit driven cool climate Shiraz from Victoria.Red fruits, spice and a hint of pepper lead to a silky and finely balanced palate. The Ridge should cellar to 2023, and should be drinking at its best in 3-5 years.
 

Items For Sale

(Take away only - purchase from the bar.) 
  • Bottle Chardonnay/Shriaz                                       $25
  • 2 x pack (any mix)                                                   $50
  • 3 x pack wine (any mix) - wood gift box                  $88
  • 1 x bottle wine + 2 glasses                                      $69
  • 6 x bottles wine black flat pack 9 (any mix)             $150
  • 1 x wine in Birchwood cylinder                                $35
  • 1 x case 12 chardonnay or shiraz (no mix)             $285
  • 1 x wine glass                                                         $10
  • 6 x wine glasses - no gift box                                  $55
  • 12 x wine glasses                                                   $105              
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Australian Youth Match Racing Champions, Team Constanzo finish third

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Tom Grimes, Dante Olivieri, Eric Sparkes, Emma Harrison and Jess Grimes have been crowned the 2017 Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Champions after a long and frustratingly light final day at this year’s event. 

In the end, the Race Committee had to abandon their final attempt at completing the finals with the two finalists, CYCA’s Tom Grimes and Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s James Hodgson were tied 1-1 in the first to three point finals. The petit finals also had to be abandoned with again both teams locked together at 1 apiece. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s all female team led by Clare Costanzo were awarded the final podium spot after results had to revert back to the double round robin qualifying stage.

The morning began in a promising westerly breeze, similar to Thursday’s racing with competition resuming in the semi-finals stage. Overnight, Tom Grimes and James Hodgson had a 1-0 lead in their first to two point semi-finals over Finn Tapper (CYCA) and Clare Costanzo respectfully. On Friday, Grimes picked up exactly where he left off and with Tapper being called back early from the start, Grimes and co. sailed away with their second victory to advance into the finals.

Queensland’s Hodgson had a slightly harder run into his finals berth with Costanzo taking it to the higher ranked team, penalizing them in the pre-start. The early advantage though didn’t stick for long with Hodgson taking a big lead around the first lap to complete his penalty on the second beat. Costanzo though, kept her composure to close and overtake on the crucial final spinnaker run to square the semi-finals and take it to a winner-takes-all final race. 
In the final race, Hodgson controlled the start and in the 6-12 knot breeze, powered away upwind for a comfortable final race win to progress through to the Finals.

Coach vs Student in the final of the David Lukins Memorial Regatta

The David Lukins regatta was run over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September 2017. This was the eigth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, Volunteer and mate. David was awarded one of the clubs most prestigious awards, Volunteer of the Year award for 1998-1999. 

This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy (the largest Trophy in the club) designed by prestigious artist John Woulf.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the caliber of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:

  • 4 x Silver Medalists
  • 2 x Womens Match Racing World Champions
  • 2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
  • 1 x Moth World Champion

There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!

Three State Awards for the Alfred's in one weekend

On Saturday 16 September  the NSW ACT Sailing Award winners were announced at a glittering twilight function at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.  With over 50 nominations received across 10 categories, it made the job of the selection panel very difficult to select winners in each of the categories. 

Richard Hudson President of Yachting NSW commented; “The range of nominations received was immense.  It was marvellous to review the nominations and reflect on the success and contribution in which athletes, participants, volunteers from across NSW and ACT have made in sailing locally and worldwide."

"Nominations included winners of National Championships (both in Australia and abroad), World championships, Olympic & Paralympic medal success, and participation in the Americas Cup.  The high calibre of nominations received highlighted the strength of sailing in NSW and the ACT.”

Declan Brennan Regional Manager NSW & ACT was also impressed by the activities of the nominated clubs, Discover Sailing Centres and volunteers;

“It was great to see The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club take out the prize for Club of the year in their sesquicentennial year.  With their diverse range of sailing activities in dinghies, yachts, in both performance and participation and their work with the Wounded Warrior project and the Invictus Games, the Alfreds set a very high benchmark as an extremely active and diverse club. 

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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