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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Fletcher Walters Finishes 36th at the 2017 Opti Worlds

RPAYC youth member Fletcher Walters has delivered a stellar performance at this year’s Optimist World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand. Fletch, as he is known by his mates, qualified for the gold fleet in 43rd position after the 3 days of qualifier races. The gold fleet comprises the top 72 out of the 281 competitors.

The 6 qualifying races were sailed in 5-18 knots, relatively calm seas to very bumpy conditions, plenty of current, clear skies and storms – so competitors experienced a bit of everything. There were a large number of penalties for premature starts, rule 42, failure to finish in time limits and other rule infringements. Susan Walters, Fletch’s Mum commented, “It has been a challenging regatta so far as you would expect at a world championship. The level of racing is awesome and we are really proud of our Aussie team.”

The final two days of racing are raced in a team racing format, 4 boats against 4 boats from each country in a ladder format. The Australian’s had a high ranking entering the competition due to the scores of their top 4 sailors in qualifying but this is a very different discipline of sailing. The Australians enjoy this part of the racing and are a tight knit group of sailors. The Australians had a mixed performance winning against Portugal to face France, then losing against France and beating Oman. This put them in contention to go up against Malaysia to decide final placings in the Nations Cup. After tight racing, the Malaysians beat the Australians leaving Australia in a respectable 9th place.

An exciting Day 3 for Gov Cup Team

Day 3 of the Governors Cup from Newport Beach California.

Hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club.

The RPAYC girls managed to again have an improved day out on the water with, with 4 wins and two losses. Both loses were against the number 1 & 2 ranked teams. 

The feature Match of the day was against fellow Australian and world (open) number 6, Harry Price (CYCA).
Costanzo copped an early penalty in the prestart for failing to enter correctly, but made up for it with a superb start, forcing price to have to have to do two slow tacks off the line, and take a 3 boat length lead. The girls lead around all marks and elected to take their penalty turn right on the finish line. This match was going to come down to the wire! The girls attempted to undertake their penalty turn, and it looked like they had won it with the RC awarding them the win. Unfortunately the umpires believed that the spinnaker was not dropped below the goose-neck (a requirement when taking a penalty turn), and the win was reversed, and given to Price. The girls were adamant that the spinnaker was below the gooseneck, and were a bit frustrated with not being awarded the win.

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Good Day 2 for the RPAYC Girls in the USA

Day Two Report from the Governors Cup Regatta in Newport Beach California.

Today saw the first round robin and 2 flights of the second round robin completed.

The RPAYC team of Clare Costanzo, Jessica Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz improved on their day 1 performance winning 4 races today and losing 2. Not only are they the only team with a female skipper they are also the only all girl team which is fantastic. 

The conditions were very much similar to yesterday with a south westerly breeze that ranged from 3 to 8 knots. The Gov Cup 22 keelboats are designed for these predominantly light conditions and power up with as little as 5 knots.

The Girls managed to continue to improve on their prestarts, and upwind speed in the upper wind ranges (for the day). Great mark roundings and downwind speed, also helped get the team out of some sticky situations.

"It was great leaving the water today with a few more points on the board. We keep improving our comms (communication) onboard each race. We have climbed another position on the leaderboard, so it is now our focus to finish the round robin strong and get a spot in the semis and take it from there!" said a determined Costanzo.

Tonight is Burger night at the Balboa Yacht Club, as we are treated with another delicious meal.

To keep up to date with results please follow this link http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/governors-cup/

Tom Spithill

Club Coach 


Tight racing on day 1 of the Governors Cup

Tight racing on day 1 of racing here at the Governors Cup here in Newport Beach California. 
Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz started the day off well with two wins, firstly against the British team and secondly against a local American team.

The next few races saw some tough match ups and some lessons learnt the hard way.
The team realised that as well as having a plan A, they need to have a plan B and sometimes a plan C! Always trying to think of what possible maneuver that your competitor can do, (trying to predict the future) can help you already have your counter move prepared.

The team had a tight last race if the day against  Pindar from the Cambridge University Cruising Club. An early Prestart penalty haunted Costanzo around the course. On the last downwind Costanzo rounded in the lead and elected to not hoist the spinnaker and go and attack Pindar. There where numerous gybes downwind as Costanzo tried to get the upper hand on Pindar. Ultimately the RPAYC girls missed the one shot at undertaking the penalty, giving Pindar the race. Another lesson for the memory bank!

There are a lot of things that team RPAYC are doing well. Our downwind speed and boat handling has seen us make gains on all our competitors.

7 flights were completed today, so that just leaves another 4 flights to compete the round robin. At this stage we are sitting in equal 7th with points very close.

Tonight it is Taco Tuesday, so we will enjoy a nice healthy dinner, and then have a good debrief. 

Live results can be followed here: http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/governors-cup/

Tom Spithill

Club Coach

The Battle for Fastnet Line Honors

Finnish Whitbread Round the World Race legend Ludde Ingvall returns to the Rolex Fastnet in hopes of besting his own record. Credit: Andrea FrancoliniCredit: Andrea Francolini
By RORC Yesterday at 12:28am

RPAYC Club Member, Ludde Ingvall still holds the double record set 22 years ago in the Rolex Fastnet Race, taking both line honours and handicap victory. He's back this year with the 100ft DSS foiling CQS.

Finnish Whitbread Round the World Race legend Ludde Ingvall returns having previously put in one of the most exceptional performances in the 92 year history of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event.
Firstly in 1985, the same year Simon le Bon's Drum famously capsized, Ingvall raced on the Whitbread maxi Atlantic Privateer when it won her class. But the race which has gone down in history was a decade later, when he skippered Nicorette, the former 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race maxi Charles Jourdan but much modified, to line honours, finishing a massive 24 hours ahead of the next boat. But significantly that year Nicorette not only claimed line honours but victory on handicap as well.

"We won it on CH*, we won it on IMS and we got line honours," Ingvall recalls proudly. "We walked away with 16 trophies, which was amazing. I still remember the speech at the prize giving where they said 'the Vikings have been here before and now they have come back to steal our silver!'" That race, 22 years ago, was the last occasion someone won the Rolex Fastnet Race line honours and handicap 'double'.
This time Sydney-based Ingvall is back with another weapon, and again one which is heavily modified. CQS was originally built in 2004 as the 90ft canting keel Simonis Voogd-design Nicorette aboard which Ingvall claimed line honours in that year's Rolex Sydney Hobart. During 2016, this boat underwent major surgery extending her to 100ft by fitting a new bow. Small wings were added at deck level to widen her shroud base to accept a larger, more powerful rig and she was also fitted with retracting lateral Dynamic Stability Systems foils to provide lift to leeward.
Since competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, CQS has arrived in Europe and, weekend before last, set a new course record in Sweden's AF Offshore Race (Round Gotland), breaking the existing record which Ingvall had established on his previous Nicorette.


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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