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Etchells NSW Championship, Murray leads after Day 1

Day 1 video https://youtu.be/k0BebdIz7y8

Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.2018 Etchells NSW title fleet upwind_credit Darcie C Photography2018 Etchells NSW title fleet upwind_credit Darcie C Photography

Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner.

Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight.

“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.

“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added.

Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep.

“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.”

Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”

Etchells NSW Championship - the path to the worlds

The Australian Etchells fleet is edging towards a world championship in Brisbane and the NSW title regatta on Sydney Harbour this weekend is an important opportunity for those crews with a worlds challenge brewing to test their mettle against some of the class’ best.EtchellsMilsonGoblets2017 colour the harbour_credit Andrea FrancoliniEtchellsMilsonGoblets2017 colour the harbour_credit Andrea Francolini

Four Queensland entries plus one each from Victoria and Western Australia are making the journey to join the majority NSW contingent in the three-day regatta, February 16-18, hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

A strong fleet of 41 Etchells will commence their NSW title contest on Friday, among them many former national champions and a number of world-beaters, in the popular one design class that’s been around since the 1960s and according to Queenslander Matt Chew “has always been cool”.

Representing The RPAYC Pitwater Fleet is: Seawings, Tom Brewer; Fliration, Matt Crawford; Whisper II, Bruce Ferguson; 2107 Racing, Jason Antil; Pam, Will Dargaville; Whisper, Malcolm Parker. 

For Gen XY skipper Chew and his crew Ashley Deeks, Ben Vercoe and Brian Donovan, the NSW title marks the start of their run towards a home world championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in October.

“We have kept training pretty low key and now we are doing the NSW event and then the Victorian championship. We are ramping up and planning to peak at the end. We’ll see; we are trying to time our run to the worlds,” Chew said.

On the cool factor he reckons: “Etchells have always been cool. I sail all the foiling boats but there’s something about coming back to an Etchells that levels the field. In other classes it’s about athleticism but with Etchells it’s who picks the wind. It’s very pure and simple; I think that’s why a lot of pro sailors come back to the class, to measure themselves against their peers.”

Racing Rules of Sailing – Changes effective 1 January 2018

 

World Sailing has made important changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective from 1 January 2018. These changes were made following feedback from MNAs and race officials and affect the following rules:

• Definition Party
• Rules 63.1 and 64.4

There is also a new rule 63.9.

The summary of changes can be found on the Australian Sailing website HERE.

Takahashi takes out 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup

Tuesday 13th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Leonard Takahashi and his RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team crew of Josh Wijohn, Taylor Balogh, Ibuki Koizumi and George Lee Rush have taken out the 2018 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Skippers were greeted by another rainy Auckland day this morning, which was fitting seeing as the majority of the regatta was sailed in wet weather, but this didn’t stop our four keen semi-finalists from taking to the water.

 James Wilson from the RNZYS Youth Training Programme was the top seed heading into the finals so it was his choice on who he would sail against in the Semi-Finals. Wilson selected Finn Tapper from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, which left Takahashi taking on Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) in the other semi-final.

Wilson, who came back from being two-nil down in the quarterfinals, found himself in another ding dong battle  - this time against Tapper - that saw some extremely tight racing and provided another nervous final that came right down the final match. With the scores tied two each, it was all on in the final match but the local boy Wilson managed to find his form and keep his composure to win and book himself a spot in the grand finale. “I was pretty worried aye, it was almost a repeat of our quarterfinal. We were doing well in the pre-starts but we kept making mistakes up the course. In the fourth match we could have really finished it off but we didn’t, then the fifth race was really close, there were heaps of penalties and flags flying up and down but we were stoked to get over the line and make the final.”

Make Your Mark Down Under

Make Your Mark Down Under is ready to launch. To ensure success we need your help!
When: Sunday 18 February 10:00 to 14:00
Where: Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park
 
Join Invictus Games Sydney 2018 ambassador Curtis McGrath as we celebrate the launch of Make Your Mark Down Under. Make Your Mark Down Under is our answer to Prince Harry’s call to action. 
 
The Make Your Mark Down Under launch is a family oriented fun day featuring a simple activity to encourage people to be active and connect with their support network “walk and talk”. The event also celebrates Australia’s tradition of volunteering and community involvement. This is a chance for our partners and their family and friends to come together for a fun day out. Our Walk and Talk will cover a 3km parklands route. It can be as easy or hard as you want to make it and it’s accessible to all ages and abilities.
 
Through support from our partners there’ll be activities to keep the kids entertained with face painting, balloon artists, storytelling and lots of space for them to run around. There’s barista coffee and a sausage sizzle on site or bring your own picnic.  Our media friends are coming along to help us kickstart the campaign and all our ‘walk and talkers’ will receive a launch souvenir. There is a role for everyone in Invictus Games Sydney 2018 so join us on 18 February to Make Your Mark Down Under.
 
Please help us spread the word and encourage your staff, family and friends to join us on the day by registering at www.invictusgames2018.org/mym

Wilson, Takahashi, Tapper and Stevenson book semi-final tickets on Day Three of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup

Monday 12th February 2018 – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

The semi-finalists were decided on Day three of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup with James Wilson (RNZYS Youth Training Programme), Leonard Takahashi (RNZYS Performance Programme Pacific Racing Team), Finn Tapper (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) and Jordan Stevenson (RNZYS YTP) - all booking their tickets to semi-final showdowns on Tuesday.

Crews were met with clear skies and 10-15 knot winds when they arrived on the water to complete the remaining round robin races, a nice reprieve from the severely wet and windy first two days of racing. The biggest winner of the round robin racing this morning was Stevenson who won his remaining three races to sneak into the top 8, as well as Costanzo and Farquharson who both won races and a spot in the finals.

Trent Turigliatto from the Long Beach Yacht Club, John Lynch from the Darwin Sailing Club, and Tom Picot from Cercle Nautique Caledonien were all very unlucky not to make it into the finals after all three teams finished the round robin with six wins – one win away from potentially clinching a spot to race in the afternoon session.

Once round robin racing was completed our eight quarterfinalists were decided and the business end of proceedings could begin. The matchups included; Wilson (RNZYS YTP) v Farquharson (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club), Tapper (CYCA) v Costanzo (RPAYC), Takahashi (RNZYS PP) v Dair (Kerikei Cruising Club) and Egnot-Johnson (RNZYS PP) v Stevenson (RNZYS YTP).

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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