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Six junior sailors from RPAYC recently went to Blairgowrie in Victoria to compete in the 2018 Optimist Victorian State Championships.
Competition was hot with 116 boats including 4 of the top 5 boats from the Australian championships.
Day 1 was a struggle with very little breeze and the race committee only managing to get 1 late race away.
Day 2 and 3 were a very different story with breezes up around 20 knots with good tide and waves.
Daniel Links handled the conditions well winning 5 out of the 9 races enabling him to place 1st to win the regatta with 2 races to spare. Fletcher Walters fought out a hard regatta to win the last race and take 2nd place overall. Jonathan Tuite relished the conditions finishing 5th.
Angus Renton and Cooper Bellingham also sailed well in the tough conditions finishing 13th and 16th. A special mention to Walter Tuite who has just recently joined the open fleet and battled hard. The experience he gained will be invaluable.
In the Optimist fleet RPAYC now holds the Australian Championships with Fletcher and the VIC, NSW, and ACT championships with Daniel. A big thankyou to Rob and Tom Brewer for coaching support throughout the year and also to Andy and Virpi Tuite for handling the logistics for a lot of the kids for this trip.
All the kids are looking forward to competing in the NSW State Championships at RPAYC on the 24-25 March before some of them head to NZ for the NZ nationals at Picton on the South Island.
Please be advised that we will be connecting temporary power back onto the Crystal Bay hardstand for lights, GPO’s and the boom gates on Tuesday 13th March, this is a few days later than scheduled due to the delay’s with the concrete pour and I do apologise for the inconvenience, the permanent power supply is still 3 – 4 weeks away while we wait for the construction of a new power pole for the relocation of the new power distribution board
Update on the rest of the works
The mounting bracket templates for the restricted mobility accesses gangway and the floating ramp with be marked and drilled on Monday 12th. The gangway and floating ramp will be fitted into place on Tuesday the 13th March, we will need to move a few boats around on the hardstand to allow the crane to get into place, due to the limited space we won’t be able to relocate boats to a particular spot so we will “make space” for the crane where we can, once the works are completed we will relocate members vessels back to their original spots. The block retaining wall is under construction now and should be completed by the end of the week, back filling of the retaining wall, the trench on the southern side and the drainage in front of the retaining wall will be completed by the end of next week
Works completion date (not including permanent power hook up) is scheduled for the end of March
As always please contact me if you foresee any issues or require further information
David Randall CMM
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
T: 02 9998 3700
Skagerak, a Luders designed 5.5 Metre built by Lars Halvorsen in Sydney in 1974, took out the 2018 Int. 5.5m Class Australian Championship, which was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Pittwater from 25-27 February. Skippered by Bob Stoddard, Skagerak ended up tied on equal point with Baragoola, a Briton Chance design, built by Hall and Johansen in 1968.
|Place||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||T ahc|
|1||7155||CHUTNEY MARY||Trevor Bailey||16.0|
|2||3878||YOUNGER GENERATION||Sarah Ellis||12.0|
|7||70||THE GREEN BOAT||Rod Tanks||15.0|
|9||RPAYC8||RPAYC YOUTH PROGRAMS||Will Dennis||18.0|
Higgins takes out title with a day to spare.
It seems that all our headlines include the word 'Higgins', however with two heats yet to be sailed in the Musto Melges 24 Nationals at Port Lincoln, Sandy Higgins and his team on Scorpius is now certain to take the championship.
With eight heats completed, Scorpius has recorded five wins and a second.
With a 12 to 15-knot breeze from the southeast this afternoon, Higgins started strongly in the first race of the day, crossing the finish line 25 seconds ahead of second-placed Kraken (David Young, NSW) and Rank Bajin (Doug Watson, SA) to assert his dominance over the 12-boat fleet.
Fancied contender Robbie Deussen, in Red Mist, and defending champion Andy Wharton of NSW (Accrewed Interest) were both OCS and had to fight back to finish eighth and tenth in the heat respectively.
With two drops available after the start of tomorrow’s ninth heat, Higgins looks unlikely at this point to be outclassed, in what has been a strong and closely-fought fleet.
After a general recall and no doubt spurred by the disappointment of breaking the line in race one of the day, Deussen came back with a vengeance in the seventh heat to win.
Deussen beat out fellow former Sharpie national champion, SA’s David Royle in Outlier, who had led around the bottom mark and was first at the top mark the second time, only for Red Mist to steal the lead.
Dave Alexander in The Farm was third, followed by Higgins who doggedly held on for fourth.