16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700
 
 

       

16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

Dustbuster Results - 15th July

Round three of the Dustbuster got underway with a brisk start in what felt like sub 0 temps.
Participants were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise and a westerly breeze that could only be described as a tacticians delight.
Filling in helmsman for easy tiger racing was Mark Griffith. Mark took a convincing win in race one, however club Coach Tom Spithill  was never too far behind, finishing off boat of the day in the Elliott 7 class with a 2,1,3.

More impressive was the Australian Invictus Games Team, who as per the games specifications were not using spinnakers, however they still managed a top 3 result beating competitors who had the advantage of using a spinnaker.
“It’s close on points” commented a cheerful Mick Hayward, trimmer onboard Easy Tiger Racing.
 
The Etchells fleet had a good tussle once again with each boat sharing the lead at times during the three windward leeward fleet races. Matt Crawford and his team on-board Flirtation managed to read the shifty westerly well, taking boat of the day spoils with a 1,2,2.
 
Competitors were back at the club done and dusted at 1015hrs and enjoyed what was a cracking Sunday.

A reminder to any Sports Boats or One Design fleets to come and join for Round 4.

Full results here

 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Members of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be held at the Clubhouse, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, on Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 8.00pm to transact the following business: -

1. To note the Apologies and Obituaries;

2. To confirm the Minutes of the General Meeting held on 10 April 2018;

3. To recognise member Roger Vincent who has achieved 50 years of membership.

4. To consider and if thought fit, pass the following resolution:

“That Peter Kennett be elected a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club as of 24 July 2018”;

5. To receive and if thought fit, to resolve to adopt the Club’s Annual Report, Statement of Profit or Loss and Comprehensive Income, Statement of Financial Position and Accompanying Statements for the financial year ended 30 April 2018;

6. To elect two (2) Directors for a three (3) year term in accordance with Rule 25 of the Club’s Constitution;

7. To elect a Rear Commodore Cruising for a two year term, a Rear Commodore Centreboard for a two year term and a Rear Commodore Activities for a two year term, each in accordance with Rule 31 of the Club’s Constitution;

8. To present the Commodore’s Clubman of the Year 2018 trophy, and;

9. Any other business, which may be properly brought before a General Meeting of Members.



Suzanne Davies
General Manager and Company Secretary
25 June 2018
 

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Checklist

The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater.

Entry to the club’s seven-race Bluewater Pointscore Series, including a rejigged program of a race to Newcastle in October and new race to Port Stephens tying in with Sail Port Stephens, is now open. Enter the BWPS here.
Key to the bluewater series is the third edition of the annual Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Regatta starting January 2, 2019 and the club’s race director Nick Elliott has some pointers for owners and crews working towards this Category 2 ocean event. 

“Winter is a great time of year to think about preparation and finding competitive advantages for the upcoming offshore season, firstly this means meeting the eligibility criteria for each planned race. The New Year race to Southport requires 150 nautical miles of offshore racing with a least 50% of the planned crew and signing up to the club’s bluewater series is the ideal way to tick off this entry condition.

“Now is also a good time to check Safety & Sea Survival certificates are in-date and if not, get in touch with the RPAYC’s preferred suppliers, Above & Beyond Boating at Newport and Genevieve White at Marine SafetyWorks, and enrol your entire crew or individuals.

“I also encourage owners to review their IRC certificate and make sure they have optimised their rating for the best sail-plan, rather than every sail that came with the original boat purchase. Look at your wardrobe and which sails you use regularly to get best performance, and make sure those sails are on your IRC certificate - not that huge headsail that is rarely used and comes with a significant rating penalty.

“For a new owner, consider that spending thousands of dollars buying a new kite or set of sails might not be the best way to gain an edge. There might be more gained by understanding the bigger picture of race navigation – performance polars, current and sea conditions, weather GRIB files, routing, and having your electronics dialled into an integrated computer system,” Elliott added.

Will Oxley, one of the country’s most respected navigators with multiple laps of the world and winning navigator of Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart on his remarkable resume, agrees understanding navigation is integral to working out where percentage can be made - and he’s referring to fundamental navigation rather than navigating by iPhone map.

“Because we have easy access to an iPhone map some assume that’s navigation, but there are so many more factors,” Oxley says. “Fundamental navigation used to be part of ocean racing because there was nothing else available. More and more are coming to me saying ‘I want to learn Expedition’ but that’s the end point. What they need to learn is navigation and tactics.

“I’m a fan of using the tools but also a fan of fundamental knowledge. All sorts of pieces need to be added together when making a decision. It’s not about the most computer literate person on the boat following the blue line the software generates; it’s about the speed of the current for a big versus a small boat and knowing what time the sea breeze changes to a land breeze, and how to navigate out of a tight spot if the battery on your electronics fail.”

So, what’s the solution? Other than agitating for a dedicated race navigation syllabus to be developed by an educator Oxley suggests reading widely, talking with other navigators and taking relevant courses through Australian Sailing or completing a Yachtmaster or Coxswains course, which insurance companies like, particularly for deliveries.

Australian Sailing is partnered with the RYA, which deliver Yachtmaster courses. Click here on the ’Search now’ button to find an RYA Centre. Coxswains tickets and the like are delivered by registered training entities such as TAFE, and other private organisations.

Elliott and his RPAYC sailing office team are available to discuss relevant courses and meeting entry requirements for the club’s bluewater series and 370 nautical mile premier offshore event, the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race. The Notice of Race is available here and the deadline for entries and paperwork is Saturday December 15, 2018.

The regatta offers IRC Racing, Performance Racing, Cruising, Short-Handed and Multihull divisions for the ocean passage which leads into a short-course series conducted by the RPAYC’s partner Southport Yacht Club January 6-9, 2019. See http://www.sailparadise.com.au/

Both Pittwater and the Gold Coast present excellent holiday destinations at a busy time of year and those thinking about competing are encouraged to visit www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au or www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Visit the event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Twitter: pitt2paradise Instagram: #pitt2paradise

For further information contact:
RPAYC sailing & communications manager Brendan Rourke
(02) 9998 3700 e. brendan.rourke@rpayc.com.au

Media enquiries - Lisa Ratcliff
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings
ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au


Photo Credit: Beth Morley

  

Fusion Racing Team in Marstrand, Sweden

And that’s a wrap for the GKSS Women’s Trophy in Marstrand Sweden.

The last day off racing was tough and we narrowly missed out on 3rd place. In a first to get 2 wins, we won the first race and then we were leading coming into the finish of the second race and a misjudgement error cost us the race and our damage deposit.

Although an unfortunate way to end the regatta we sailed well beyond our own expectations and learnt so much to take into the next regatta.

As the youngest team to be racing against some of the worlds best sailors was unreal, some of these including world champions and Olympic gold and silver medalists.

Massive thanks to everyone for your support in the lead up to the event and all the messages of support and encouragement during the event!

Next for us is to head straight over to the USA to join club coach Tom Spithill and represent the RPAYC at the Govenors Cup at Balboa Yacht Club. 

 

 

Casual Berth Rebates & Availability

Casual Berth Vacancy Rebates
Did you know that if you are going away on your vessel and haven’t notified the Club of the berth vacancy you could potentially be missing out on a rebate against your monthly berth or mooring fees?
In the last couple of months, the Club has issued $3,419 of credit to members where their berths have been filled by casual occupants during an absence.
To notify us of an absence or for further information contact Kylie Brown email kylie.brown@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741.

Casual Berth Availability
A handful of lucky members have gone sailing and their berths are available for casual rental. Casual berths are available for members and non-members and berth assistance is available 7 days between 8am – 5pm.

If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in a casual berth at The Club get in touch with us via email waterfront@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741.

Multihull Berths
12.5m (41’) beam not exceeding 6.7m – Available June until 31st August
12.5m (41’) beam not exceeding 7.5m – Available June until 5th September

Monohull Berths
18m (65’) ‘t’ head - Available 9th August until 12th October
14m (46’) beam to 4.6m, draft 2.6m – Available 1st August until 30th September
14m (46’) beam to 4.6m – Available 12th August until 6th October
14m (46’) beam not exceeding 4.4m – Available June until up to 26th September:
11.6m (38’) beam to 3.7m – Available June until 14th September
11.6m (38’) beam to 3.8m – Available June until up to 13th October
10.7m (35’) beam to 3.1m, draft 1m – Available June until up to 1st October
10.5m (34’) beam to 3.4m – Available 9th July until 6th October
 

Ballot - Election of Officers

The Ballot for the election of Officers opens this week, please refer to the timetable in the link below.  Ballot papers can be collected from Concierge, Ted Glass or Lisa Hughes (EA) at Reception on the days listed in the link.  As per Constitution rules 17.2 and 25.9(a), only Full members who are financial at the time of voting are able to vote in the election.

 

PLEASE NOTE - Club staff will supervise the ballot to ensure members are eligible (Full & financial) at the time of voting, issue ballot papers and observe that the ballot papers are placed in the secure, confidential ballot box.

View the AGM Notice of Meeting and Director Nominee Bios Here

2018 BALLOT TIMETABLE FOR THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Date

Day of week

Ballot Times

Receiving officer

11 July

Wednesday

11.00am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

14 July

Saturday

9.30am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

17 July

Tuesday

9.00am to 3.00pm

Lisa Hughes

18 July

Wednesday

11.00am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

20 July

Friday

4.00pm to 8.00pm

Ted Glass

21 July

Saturday

9.30am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

22 July

Sunday

10.00am to 2.00pm

Ted Glass

24 July

Tuesday

6.00pm to 8.00pm

 

 

The ballot will close at 8pm - no further votes will be taken after this time.

 

AGM commences at 8pm

Ted Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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