The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Sail Training department introduced the Discover Sailing Twilight Program in late November of 2016. The program’s aim is simple, introduce members of the local community to the sport of sailing in the relaxed environment of a Thursday night twilight under the guidance of a qualified instructor.
Since then, The Club has introduced or re-introduced over 25 members of the local community to twilight sailing, many of whom have gone on to start training in The Club’s Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat program or started crewing on members boats. The Club introduces the participants of the Discover Sailing Twilight program to the crew with me program where they can register interest to crew on Members boats in the various events the Club offers.
To get your hands on some crew, make sure your boat is online on the Alfred’s crew with me crew register software, which can be accessed from this link, http://rpayc.com.au/sailing/crew-with-me.
For more information on either the crew with me software or to go sailing with the Alfred’s Discover Sailing Twilight Program, please contact the sailing office on 9998 3761.
A record nine MC38s fling open the door to another year of dynamic one design racing with the class’ national title on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club February 17-19, 2017.
Class statesman Leslie Green and his Ginger crew are three-time consecutive Australian champions facing this year’s title with the same core team who have invested the same amount of effort in preparation, the winning skipper assures.
“We have been training as much as we can. Fortunately we’ve broken a few things - I love to do that while we are training - and we’ve got good sails on the boat. We spend a lot of time choosing our crew; it’s always the core of the Richie Allanson/David Chapman group, nothing changes much. Julian Plante will join us this weekend helping Richie with trim and as alternate helmsman,” Green added.
Pittwater isn’t the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member’s favourite stretch of water though he’s philosophical about its nuances: “It can be a bit unfair. You try to take as much luck out of the game as you can. It’s the same for everyone; lucky breaks go each way,” Green added.
As well as leading his troops into another championship round, the generous 80-something year old skipper has also offered an entire set of sails to Steve Barlow for the MC38 Lightspeed, which is on loan from McConaghy Boats at Mona Vale.
Why wouldn’t you?” Green asks. “I think it’s normal you try to help people in this life. It doesn’t hurt you…though I suppose if he won…”
Barlow has been a guest helmsman at two different MC38 series on Maserati and Kokomo, both heavy air baptisms. Now he’s done a deal with McConaghys, the company that built the MC38, to lead his own campaign.
“We stuck the mast back in and gave it a polish, then we begged and borrowed some sails,” Barlow said. “We’ve thrown together a crew of my Farr 40 guys from last year, most of them have sailed the MC38s as well.
“Our expectations are not high but we definitely we want to give it a go. When you are competing against seasoned campaigners like Menace and Ginger with a thrown together crew, we understand we won’t be on the pace with those guys. There’s definitely a pecking order and hopefully we can stay off the bottom of the ladder.”
Billy Sykes, Mitch White and Murray Gordon are some of the names on Lightspeed’s crew list.
Four-time Kiwi Olympian Hamish Pepper is replacing regular tactician Ray Davies, who is busy with his America’s Cup duties, on Menace sailing for the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland. The team admit they’ve not sailed Menace since the last MC38 regatta back in November, but history shows there’s always plenty of pedigree on board to smooth out any rough edges.
Most of the Sydney boats, including Dark Star, Ghost Rider and Vino, have been spotted regularly on Pittwater training for the competition climax happening inshore over three days, offering club races and other boats the chance for ringside seats.
Strengthening nor’easters are likely for tomorrow’s opening day before an overnight southerly change and 18 knot southerlies decreasing to 16 knots on Saturday afternoon. High winds feature in the long range outlook for Sunday, up to 28 knot southerlies, something PRO Steve Merrington and the owners will monitor.
· Friday 17 Feb: first scheduled warning signal of the day 12000hrs, up to 4 races
· Saturday 18 Feb: first scheduled warning signal 1100hrs, up to 4 races
· Sunday 19 Feb: first scheduled warning signal 1100hrs, up to 3 races
List of entries:
1. Assassin – Robin/Clare Crawford
2. Dark Star – John Bacon
3. Ghost Rider – Ross Hennessy
4. Ginger – Leslie Green
5. Hooligan – Marcus Blackmore
6. Lighthouse – Steve Barlow
7. Maserati – Neville Crichton
8. Menace – Howard Spencer
9. Vino – Chris Hancock
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The team of RPAYC sailors William Dargaville, Harry Hall, Ryan Wilmot and Queenslander Charlie Wyatt are taking on the World Match Racing Tour down in Geographe Bay, WA. The change to the carbon fibre semi-foiling M32 catamarans has been challenging but the boys are enjoying every bit of it.
The team began with a three day licencing clinic on the catamarans in Perth. This clinic covered safety aspects, set-up and roles on the boat, as well as an introduction to the tactics of starting and match racing. We found the clinic useful, especially regarding the limited large catamaran experience amongst the crew.
Yesterday, the team headed south to Busselton to the start of the WMRT Geographe Bay Cup. The venue is offshore, yet flat water due to the bay and shallow water. The race course is bordered on one side by the Busselton Jetty.
Today we were held onshore for two hours due to strong breeze with gusts over 30 knots. When we were released, we were initially set back by damages on the boats, yet we used this time to practice the manoeuvres that are so crucial on the boats. The racing is extremely physical with high loads across the boat and short twelve minute races filled with plenty of manoeuvres.
Due to the conditions and breakages on two boats, we were only able to sail two races today. Unfortunately they were both losses, yet this is not surprising given our inexperience and the level of competition in the regatta.
With the boats regularly hitting over 20kts downwind and a new style of racing in the catamarans, the learning curve has been steep but the team is progressing quickly and looking forward to better races in the coming days.
By Will Dargaville
Two teams will represent the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club this week at the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.
There will be sibling rivalry amongst the two team with Malcolm and Sarah Parker as the two skippers for RPAYC.
Sarah has already enjoyed success with her all female team combination placing 3rd in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta. "Where the girls may struggle to match some of the bigger boys in the strength department, they certainly make up for it in their timing and technique" commented Club Coach Tom Spithill.
Malcolm will be sailing in a mixed team, the same team he sailed with when he came in runner up in the Harken Youth Match Racing Championships in November 2016.
"Since the Harken, we haven't managed to have too many opportunities to sail together, however individually we have all been doing lots of sailing in a wide range of boats. Etchells, M32 Catamarans, Melges 24s, Farr 40s, c&c 30 and Mc 38s. We have had the privilege of sailing with some pretty talented sailors from the RPAYC and elsewhere , and we are all hoping to now come and use some of our new found skills and knowledge to our advantage this week" commented an excited Malcolm Parker.
A strong line up of 14 teams including internationals from New Caledonia and Australia should see some great racing over the next few days in the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 7s
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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) used a Bin Trim rebate from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to purchase a worm farm that will divert 5.25 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year.
RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Situated on 17 hectares of land, the club offers year-round services and activities for members. As a 5 Gold Anchor marina committed to continually improving its service, and with effective plastic and glass recycling already in place, the club was keen to identify other waste management areas that could be improved.
As the RPAYC was considering options for broader recycling measures, a Bin Trim assessor visited the club and suggested participating in the NSW EPA’s Bin Trim program. Through the program, eligible businesses that employ between one and 199 employees can access a free waste assessment and a financial rebate from $1000 to $50,000 to help with the cost of purchasing recycling equipment. The Bin Trim assessor helped the club complete a step-by-step assessment to clarify its waste collection, separation and management process in order to identify any gaps. Food waste was identified as an area where substantial improvements could be made; it was estimated that between 600 and 1000 litres of food waste from the club’s restaurant was being sent to landfill each week.
The assessor assisted the club in applying for a Bin Trim rebate to help with the cost of purchasing a commercial-scale worm farm to manage kitchen waste. The application was successful, with the club awarded a $1285 rebate.
Approximately 90% of the club’s kitchen waste is now recycled through the new worm farm and then re-used on the extensive club gardens as a fertiliser. The gardener collects the castings from the worm farm once a week to disperse across the club’s 17 hectares of land, delivering positive results for the club and the gardens.
Club management has also found that the Bin Trim program delivered substantial results through applying small changes. This has led to greater staff interest and engagement in recycling, both at work and at home.
“The Bin Trim program has definitely increased awareness about recycling amongst staff and motivated us all to take action individually,” said RPAYC Head Chef Steve Proctor. “In a sense the recycling improvements here at the club are rubbing off, and we’re taking those changes home as well.”
In 12 months the club will review its waste bin sizes, potentially leading to a reduction in waste collection costs.