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Sail Melbourne

By David Taylor

Sail Melbourne followed on from the girls camp and is one of the only regattas in the world where invited classes can compete alongside the Olympic Champions in the same regatta. Sail Melbourne is the final Sailing World Cup event of the year. Our sailors were there in the same space as our 2016 Rio Olympic medallists and representatives. The first day of the regatta was abandoned due to extreme wind conditions. The second day saw some racing later in the day in winds around 25 knots, while the last two days were 10-15 knots of wind.

RPAYC members competing in the Olympic Classes at the event were Jason Waterhouse in the Nacra 17, Josh Dawson and Jim Colley (separate boats) in the 470 fleet, Nina Curtis in the 49er FX and Rob McMillan in the Finn fleet.

2016 National Girls Camp

By David Taylor

Prior to Sail Melbourne in St Kilda there was a three day national training camp for the top 20 girls (invitation only) from Australia that currently race in Open Fleet at a regatta level. RPAYC were lucky enough to have three girls from the Club chosen, those being Bella Green, Olivia Williams and Bayley Taylor. The camp focused on the improvement of girls sailing excellence and networks with a view of improving skills and profile of the female sailors in the Optimist Open fleet which is dominated by the boys in terms of gender balance.

The three day camp consisted of theory sessions on shore, sailing sessions on the water and an opening night at a local pizza restaurant. The RPAYC girls all had a great time and made new friends with the girls from NSW as well as all the other states. All of the coaches were female and included past Olympic and Opti champions such as Sarah Blanck and Elise Rechichi to name a few.

Narrow Farr 40 One Design Trophy victory to Estate Master

Jeff Carter’s Edake and Martin Hill’s Estate Master staged a mighty final charge for supremacy in the deciding race of the Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, Estate Master’s fourth place to Edake’s sixth gifting them a narrow series victory.
“Yesterday we felt we had a speed edge, today we couldn’t find it but in the end we won four of the eight races and we are happy with that result,” Hill said dockside at Newport’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

RPAYC's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have won GOLD with a race to spare!

France's Nacra 15 team and Australia's 29er girls have wrapped up gold with a race to spare at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.
Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange lead the Nacra 15 fleet by 23 points going in to the final day of racing, enough of an advantage to see them claim gold in the first outing for the Nacra multihull at the Youth Worlds.
The gold also gives crew Dorange his third Youth Worlds gold medal having won the last two in the SL16 with then helm Louis Flament.

After coming ashore to congratulations from their team mates waiting to launch for the afternoon session, both boys had the same word to sum up the win, "It's amazing," said Mourniac before Dorange echoed, "Yes. It's amazing."

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

17 December 2016

Event: Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, December 17-18, 2016 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with racing on Pittwater & Broken Bay

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

Pittwater, sometimes called ‘shift water’, exhibited its best and worst on day one of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy and still the race management team managed four races in breeze three to 15 knots between Taylor’s Point at Clareville and the offshore community of Morning Bay which fronts the Kur-ing-gai Chase National Park.Credit: Crosbie LorimerCredit: Crosbie Lorimer

On Saturday afternoon, December 17, Martin Hill’s Estate Master crew was smiling having more often than not picked the right shifts, but they could well appreciate others’ frustration.

Estate Master’s tactician David Chapman said, “It was a typically tough Pittwater day, very shifty NW to SW and the whole team did a very good job staying patient. Our starts weren’t great so we were on the back foot but pulled ourselves to the front. Everyone had their moments, Double Black was up there, Joe de Kock looked good with Good Form and Mim (Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis) did really well for his first day of fleet racing driving Transfusion.”



November 29, 2016

Every four years the Conference of World Sailing gets together to review, update, and amend the rules of our sport. Bryan Willis, the chairman of the jury, put together a great synopsis of the changes and what you need to know going into 2017.

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The Race Committee at the J/70 Midwinters - Photo by Chris Howell

Changes in sailing rules are announced every four years and are always a big topic of conversation at the yacht club and regattas. There’s no one better at explaining how to put the rules into practice than Bryan Willis. Willis has been chairman of the jury and chief umpire for some of the most prestigious sailing events in the world, including the America's Cup and Olympics. He has served on International Sailing Federation (ISAF) now called World Sailing Racing Rules Committee for over 25 years. Our thanks to Willis for providing the following summary of the changes that will be affecting our sport starting in 2017. 


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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