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Sail Sydney displays the talent and growth of sailors from RPAYC

More than 300 competitors are taking part in this year’s Sail Sydney Regatta. As always, RPAYC is well represented in this international regattas with Olympic Medalists, Americas Cup sailors and World Champions spread amongst all the classes.
For the first half of the regatta 11th -14th December, the Olympic classes are out on the water battling for their country’s selection in the following classes. Finn, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Nacra 17, 49er, 49er FX and 470.

Club member Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, showed yet another dominate performance in the foiling Nacra 17 class, as they campaign to go one better from their Silver medal performance in Rio.
Josh Dawson and Chris Charlwood just missed the podium, coming away with a respectable 4th place in the 470 fleet. Fellow Aussies Matt Belcher and Will Ryan took the win with the perfect score card of 8 wins from 8 races.

RPAYC’s dynamic duo of Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot continue to impress their much older rivals in the 49erFX class placing 5th.
In the Laser Radial Class, RPAYC had strong representation with Nathan Bryant placing 10, Jarrah Shepard in 12th, Bostin Cortis 17th and Cam Whiteside in 21st overall.

Frantic double back for Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

Roofer and former Wallaby winger Mick Martin has signed his TP52 up for the double header of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starting December 26 then a quick refuel and delivery back to Sydney for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race starting January 2, 2018. Mick Martins TP52 Frantic Credit: Howard WrightMick Martins TP52 Frantic Credit: Howard Wright

That’s close to 2000 nautical miles of ocean racing and deliveries over a 10 day period.

Currently a strong fleet of 29 boats are listed with only two more days to enter The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s annual summertime Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta consisting of the ocean race then a four day short course series hosted by the RPAYC’s finish partner, Southport Yacht Club.

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Martin’s Newcastle based 52-footer Frantic will race under the South Korean flag as Sonic in the Boxing Day ocean classic for the second year running. On reaching the finish line in Hobart the delivery crew will double back to Sydney quick time so Frantic can be among the starters on January 2. Frantic is the frontrunner for the new World Sailing Speed Record Council fastest course time.

Following on from its inception in January 2017, RPAYC registered its major offshore event with the WSSRC and the 2018 line honours victor will automatically set the course record for further challengers to better.

“As soon as the boat gets to Hobart we are banging it back for the Pittwater to Southport race with some of the delivery guys plus back up crew off the bench,” Martin said, easily intermingling his sailing and rugby terminology. 

The owner/skipper is hoping for a southerly tailwind heading north in the New Year coastal race, an event he says is easy to enter and easy to do. “We like heading north, there’s much less paperwork than going south.”

Sally and James Crowley’s J122 called Javelin is one of six Queensland entries who will U-turn in the opposite direction to Frantic. They must make their way south along the NSW coastline to the RPAYC and race start at the entrance to Broken Bay, and then return north for the 370 nautical mile battle to the finish line off Southport on the beautiful Queensland Gold Coast.

Busan Match Racing Cup 2017

RPAYC Youth Development team of Clare Costanzo, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz and Ruby Scholten along with RPAYC Youth Development Graduate Lauren Crossman travelled to Busan in South Korea for the Busan Match Cup, Grade 1 Match Race.

This event is one of the Women’s International Match (WIM) racing circuit events and is the first and only all-female professional circuits internationally. The racing was conducted in K30 yachts, these boats are 30ft and very different to the Elliot 7 we are used to as they are much more demanding and physically exhausting with larger working loads.

The racing was conducted in the waters off Haeundae Beach with varying wind strengths from less than 5 knots all the way up to 25 knots, strong tides and 100 degree shifts coming down off the surrounding mountains and buildings. The shifting wind made for extremely interesting snakes and ladders racing where anything could happen at times if you let your guard down. There was a single round robin where we raced against the best female match racers in the world, including ex match racing Olympians. We finished the round robin in 9th place and there were no sail offs so we finished the regatta overall in 9th. It was an amazing opportunity to race against the high calibre of women sailors and learn about the specifics of match racing in larger boats and the processes and communication involved. The lessons we learnt from this regatta about long term strategy and tactics proved to be a game changer at the Musto Regatta 1 week after Busan where we managed to always stay ahead of the game and processes were smooth and efficient, finishing the round robin off in 2nd place.

Former Youth World Champions in the 29er, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, will use their results against New Zealand’s 2016

Former Youth World Champions in the 29er, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, will use their results against New Zealand’s 2016 Olympic silver medallists at Sail Sydney next week as a gauge for how they’ve progressed since switching to the 49erFX class earlier this year. Credit: Gordon HydeCredit: Gordon Hyde

It has been a breakthrough 12 months for Bryant and Wilmot, who claimed the world crown last December in New Zealand, were jointly named Australian Sailing’s Female Sailor of the Year last month and announced they would step up to the bigger boat in search of a berth on the Australian Sailing Team for Tokyo 2020.

The best indication of how they are tracking since the change will come when the pair confront Kiwi duo Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, who this year added a 49erFX World Championship bronze medal to their second placing in Rio.

“We're not only hoping to learn as much as we can from them, but to see how we're going,” skipper Bryant said.

“We did race them [at the Worlds] in Portugal, but we’d only been in the boat a couple of months so we are really looking forward to seeing our improvement over the year. We're very excited to line up against some of the best 49erFX sailors in the world.”

About 350 entries are expected in Olympic and Invited classes at Sail Sydney, hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club, with 12 countries represented and competitors aged between seven and in their 70s. The entire Australian Sailing Team will compete against the likes of Olympic Finn gold medallist and reigning World Champion, Max Salminen of Sweden, and ex-World Champion, Ed Wright of Great Britain, while the Laser fleet boasts sailors from seven nationalities and four Australian states, including 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton and bronze medallist, Sam Meech of New Zealand, the brother of Molly Meech. Australia’s 2012 Olympic Laser gold medallist Tom Slingsbywon silver in the Finn class in Melbourne and is expected to compete at Sail Sydney.

CQS TAKES LINE HONOURS IN THE RORC TRANSATLANTIC RACE

 

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Monohull line honours secured in the RORC Transatlantic Race (Leg 1 Atlantic Anniversary Regatta) 
by Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS and his multinational crew. Dockside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada 
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Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 6th December taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs. CSQ committed to a southerly route for the 3,000 nautical mile race and despite sustaining sail damage in a vicious 40 knot squall, the canting keel 98ft Maxi led from start to finish. Ingvall is no stranger to taking line honours in prestigious offshore races, twice taking the honour in both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This was Ludde Ingvall's 16th transatlantic.

Invictus Games joins the Sydney Hobart fleet December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will set sail in the fleet for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. An Australian crew will steer a course for Hobart aboard Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER with a UK Crew aboard Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON in what’s tipped to be an ‘Ashes on the Water’.

Two-time America's Cup champion and Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador James Spithill was on hand for today’s announcement at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney where the Australian yacht was unveiled.

“Committing to take part in this iconic race is testament to the unconquerable spirit of the Invictus Games community,” said Spithill. “For those selected, this race will form part of their rehabilitation, as they use the healing power of sport to move forward in their recovery.

“I’m sure the ‘down under’ spirit of mateship will shine throughout this race in a celebration of achievement and determination, which is what the Invictus Games are all about.”

Today’s announcement builds on the excitement for Invictus Games Sydney 2018, presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event for active duty and veteran servicemen and women. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. They also recognise the significant contribution of family and friends in the recovery process.

The fourth Invictus Games will be held ‘down under’ where sailing will debut on the competition schedule. A veterans sailing program has been established by Soldier On and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to recruit an Australian crew for the Sydney Games and provide nationwide long-term opportunities for veterans to get active and stay connected within their community.

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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