The heavyweights of single-handed sailing, Finns, had their Australian Championships at Black Rock Yacht Club on the shores of Port Phillip Bay. RPAYC sailors Ian Mckillop and Matt Visser finished a very close 2nd and 3rd with Ian only just slipping behind fellow Sydney-sider Joe Mcmillian from Woollahra Sailing Club who won the event.
Top 40, The Hole Way, and Odyssey are well prepared for the NSW Etchells Championship on Sydney Harbour February 6-8. With around 40 Etchells racing, the quality of the fleet looks likely to be even higher than in recent nationals.
A lot has happened since the Youth Development program concluded last October. With the extensive 22 week training program concluding, one would think the sailors might put their feet up and take a bit of time off....wrong!
Everyone has been kept busy with their own respective dinghy campaigns, Match Racing and/or Ocean racing at the club and elsewhere
With Regards to the Match Racing, things really sped up during the summer season, during which we had some great results. The results achieved by the squad can be attributed to all the hard work and long training hours they have put. What has also been a big game changer for the squad and another reason for the improved results is the acquisition of the clubs brand new training fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats.
Here is a brief overview of the match racing results achieved by the Youth Development Squad over the spring/summer period.
Australian Woman’s Match Racing Championship (Open) Perth RPYC
1st Katie Pellew-Spithill (YD Coach)
2nd Milly Bennett
3rd Sarah Parker
Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships Pittwater RPAYC
1st Milly Bennett
6th Malcolm Parker
8th Clare Costanzo
Musto Youth International Match Racing Championships Sydney CYCA
3rd Will Dargaville
7th Milly Bennett
Warren Jones Regatta Perth Perth RPYC
12th Malcolm Parker
David Lukins Memorial Regatta Pittwater RPAYC
1st Will Dargaville
2nd Sarah Parker
3rd Murray Gordon (Past Graduate)
Hardy Cup International Regatta Sydney RSYS
7th Milly Bennett
As we move into February, the teams will head over to New Zealand to compete in youth International regattas in both Auckland and Wellington
As we approached the New Year, the squad was keen to be involved in ocean racing. In the past two years we have got a large portion of the squad onboard Peprpetual Mocean for the Pittwater to Coffs, however this year we decided to split all 8 of us over three boats, Santana, Pretty Woman and Le Billet. Despite the lack of sleep and record number of tacks up the coast, everyone had a fun competitive race. Once arriving at Coffs, everyone got involved in the festive spirit and enjoyed the wonderful Coffs hospitality. A particular mention must go to Milly, who did both the Sydney to Hobart and the Pittwater to Coffs.
We also enjoyed some large Keelboat sailing days, with Jason Antill, Peter Byford, Mark Griffith and Bruce Ferguson kindly lending their Farr 40s/Sydney 38s for the squad to train in. This was particularly useful for our team competing in the Warren Jones regatta, as they needed to get used to Match Racing larger yachts.
A big thanks to The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and its members, without your continued support of the program and ongoing contributions to the International Yachting Fund (IYF), none of this would be possible.
Written by Tom Spithill
Cruise crews have been busy moving around Tassie's East Coast near Hobart. They have traversed the Dennison Canal, visited Port Arthur and spent time on Bruny Island. They have also been to some other tourist spots. One intrepid yacht made the trip up the Huon River to Franklin to join in the weekly dinner at the Heritage Boatshed.
The home of one design racing on Sydney’s northern beaches, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, is hosting the once a year showdown over three days, February 20-22, 2015, and five teams from south of the NSW border have the championship in their sights.
The Hole Way skippered by Cameron Miles and representing RPAYC sailed brilliantly throughout the 2015 National Championship with intense competition for the top three places. Up until the close of day four it looked like Gen XY skippered by Matthew Chew would win their first National Championship following their wins in several State Championships, however in the last race GenXY chose to tack on a different shift to the The Hole Way and Triad (skippered by John Bertram), resulting in Triad winning the Championship on count-back from The Hole Way. You can’t get much closer competition than that! Congratulations to the The Hole Way, Triad and Gen XY teams.\