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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Rikki's new Aussie adventure

Media Release                                                                   18 September 2017

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2018 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Rikki’s new Aussie adventure

New Zealand yacht Rikki is confirmed for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the bright red Reichel-Pugh 42 is due to arrive in Pittwater mid-December, well in time for the single line start on January 2, 2018. 

Owner Ray Haslar has lost count of the number of Tasman Sea crossings he’s made for various Australian East Coast bluewater events including 15 Rolex Sydney Hobarts and three of the Cruising Yacht Club’s midwinter Sydney Gold Coast races.

He’s decided this is the year to bring his one-off RP design built in 2011 from its Bay of Islands home to Aussie shores for a new adventure.

“Personally I like coming to Oz, it makes for a real adventure and the competition is always good,” Haslar said from abroad. “For the crew from Kerikeri Cruising Club it will be their first Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and we’re looking forward to it. Having a series after the coastal race makes the long trip worthwhile for us.”

Other than removing 300kg off the bulb given the boat was originally built a little too stiff, long-time yachtsman Ray and wife Lesley have campaigned Rikki without major alteration and taken out local titles including overall winner of New Zealand’s prestigious 2015 Coastal Classic Yacht Race.

Weather permitting Haslar estimates a seven day crossing from Kerikeri in the North Island to clear customs at Newcastle, north of Sydney, around December 14. The timing allows a couple of weeks to recover and make the switch from delivery to racing mode before the Kiwi crew fly in and the New Year race starts from a laid line to the north of Palm Beach headland at 1300hrs on January 2.

Hit the Road Jack – Sailing Royalty Farewells its King

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, farewelled one of Pittwater & Sydney’s all-time great sailors and much loved Club Life Member, Jack Gale, on Thursday 14th September 2017.

With close to 400 people in attendance, including America’s Cup Skipper, James Spithill,Olympian Colin Beashel and Multiple Americas Cup & World Champions, stories of Jack’s colourful life were in abundance reflected by all who spoke. From his energy for the continuous modernisation of the Club and its facilities, to Tom Spithill’s recollection of their time together on the start boat and Jack’s astonishing sense of humour who never held back on speaking his mind. Tommy said Jack was a great one for statistics even in his last few weeks was always able to recall sail numbers, skippers’ names, as well as an extensive knowledge of the history of boats, and even skippers and crew, who had sailed them. Jack’s sons Robbie and Geoff spoke of their dad’s love of sailing and especially his love of the Club, and of course, his favourite drink – the Alfred’s Commodore’s Punch, which was available after the service for all to enjoy.

Having held many differing jobs at the Club, Jack became well known for his yacht race management and administrative skills, and pioneering the Barrenjoey Circle race course where he was well known for not only starting and finishing races but laying the days marks and getting back to the club to start pouring the taps for competitors thirst.

An avid sailor himself, he finished runner up in the 1964 Olympic trials aboard the 5.5 “Altair”, sailed onboard “Gretel II” in the 1977 Americas Cup challenger trials, and later radio commentating at the 1983 America’s Cup. He sailed many Montague Island races on a variety of boats, however, inshore one design racing was his first choice.

Jack was employed by the RPAYC from 1956 – 1989 and was made a Life Member of RPAYC in 1994 and in 2014 the Club’s training facility was named The Jack Gale Centre, in honour of Jack’s significant contributions to the Club and the sport of sailing on Pittwater.

In a fitting tribute to Jacks personality and character, the final song played at the closing of the service was Ray Charles’s - ‘Hit the Road Jack’.

Farewell Jack - fair winds & calm waters – you will be greatly missed and remembered for sharing your generosity of spirit, knowledge and wicked sense of humour.


 

Special Guest Colonel Richard Mallet to present at the Sesqi Gala Dinner

Richard Mallet has over thirty years of command, leadership and management experience in the British Army and Australian Defence Force. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy – Sandhurst and the Australian Command & Staff College, is a qualified military helicopter pilot, parachutist and physiotherapist.

Richard has seen service in the Falkland Islands & South Georgia, Europe, East and Southern Africa, the United States and Canada, the Middle East and Cyprus. He led a multi-national team in the Future Plans branch, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2009/10. Richard just completed a year in Southern Afghanistan leading the Security Force Assistance component of the Resolute Support mission.

Richard is currently the Director Adaptive Sports Program - enhancing quality through life for serving members and veterans using the power of Adaptive Sport. He is also fully engaged in preparing the combined ADF/RSL team for the Invictus Games.

Richard proud to be the guest speaker at this Years Lighting of the Fire in the Edinburgh Room. For those that did not attend and are attending the Gala Dinner you will be spell bound by the passion and determination that Richard applies to everything he has done and continues to do in the legacy of our fallen soldiers. 

The Gala Dinner will be a fantastic evening of club comradery and celebration of our 150yrs. Tickets can be booked via Reception on 02 9998 3700. Bookings close 2 October. 

➢ Proven leadership capacity underpinned by technical credibility, innovative thinking and practical experience of improving organisational outcomes
➢ Coherent strategic thinker with a successful track record of leading & communicating sustainable organisational and cultural change
➢ Highly developed emotional intelligence including excellent relationship management skills
➢ High levels of personal productivity with a developed ability to operate in high tempo environments 

 

Medal race line-up decided after Day 2 of no racing at Finn Gold Cup

by Robert Deaves on 10 Sep Day 6 - Opel Finn Gold Cup 2017 © Robert Deaves

 

 

 

The Finn Gold Cup is an extraordinary collective

experience that is second to none in the Finn sailor’s calendar. It brings together sailors from across the world, and across the spectrum of experience and ability. It matches Olympic champions against the best youth in the world; it matches experienced helms against the inexperienced; the young against the old; the knowledgeable against the knowledge hungry; the elite against the club sailor. There is nothing quite like it on the Olympic campaign trail. It is unique to the Finn class and something that is valued and respected by Finn sailors across the world.


It is a fantastic university of sailing with knowledge and experience flowing down and through the fleet, with sailors sharing an understanding of how to sail this simple and yet complex sailboat, both within their own pier groups and most importantly to the new generation of Finn sailors. There are 35 U23 sailors on Balaton this week, all soaking up the experience of the exceptional level of knowledge on offer from the top sailors.
 

What a start to the new sailing season!

With the firing of the cannon, Commodore Lockley declared the new sailing season open for 2017/2018, crews saluted dignitaries in the Sail Past with the Pittwater Dash start providing a visual spectactular. 

In his opening speech Commodore Lockley welcomed RPAYC Patron, The Honorable Bronwen Bishop, Federal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski, NSW Member for Pittwater and Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, Commodores and reps from our fellow sailing clubs and sailing governing bodies and most importantly, all RPAYC members and the staff of RPAYC.  

"Last year we opened the 150th season, making this the 151st so this really marks the start of a new era and I will come to that a bit later", "this year has been one of celebration as we have reflected on our past and how this club came to be the magnificent sporting club that we all enjoy today. As part of those celebrations we have had many and varied events providing us with opportunities to reflect, learn and celebrate", said Lockley. 

The club opened the Sesquicentennial year on Saturday 15 October 2016 with the completion of the entry beautification and the unveiling of the new entrance sculpture. 

Other celebratory events have included;

  • RPAYC Club Champions Dinner where we celebrated the many champions, including World and Olympian,  that have come from the RPAYC.
  • The Sesquicentennial Old Timers Race saw a record 37 boats participate and a sell-out lunch!!
  • “Back to Alfred's” was a cocktail party giving 25 years of Youth Development graduates time to reunite.
  • 17 boats are participating in our Sesquicentennial Cruise to the Coral Coast – all are having a fantastic time and we wish them safe passage on their return journey.

A number of final important events are remaining including the clubs Life and Seniors Lunch next week, the Sesquicentenary Gala Dinner on  7 October and the major event to conclude the year on Sunday 15 October with the Sesquicentennial Race and Garden Party.

Parties are secondary to our Sailing, because that is what RPAYC is all about and if you attended our Champions Dinner you could have heard all about the incredible number of champions this Club has produced.

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and Bartercard Sail Paradise

Entries are now open for the two exciting new curtain raisers for the 2018 east coast offshore sailing season – the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. 

Australia’s east coast offshore sailing scene will take on an exciting new look with the staging of the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta to start out of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on January 2, 2018.

The 370 nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race will start off the entrance to Pittwater, in Sydney, and finish off Main Beach on the Gold Coast while Bartercard Sail Paradise will be decided over four days of racing from January 6 to 8. The courses for Sail Paradise will be set just off the surfline of the Gold Coast’s famous sandy beaches with a full range of passage and windward/leeward courses.

Both events are open to the full spectrum of offshore racing yachts – from the upper echelon of racing monohulls and multihulls through to cruiser/racers.

2018’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Series will also incorporate the Queensland Sports Boat State Championships, with over 20 vessels expected to participate. RPAYC members are invited to compete in this series whilst fellow members compete in the offshore series as part of the overall Pittwater to Paradise Regatta. 

Southport Yacht Club will host a series of special on-shore social events at the conclusion of the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise regatta and during Bartercard Sail Paradise. And, with it being high summer, a relaxing and festive holiday atmosphere will prevail at the club and across the Gold Coast.

For further information, or to lodge entries, go to:

Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club:www.sailparadise.com.au

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: www.pittwatertoparadise.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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