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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


Jim Colley & Shaun Connor 29er Class ISAF Youth Worlds, Portugal, Sailing Report

The next leg of our tour was the ISAF Youth Worlds. We had been very excited about this regatta and unique experience for about 6 months and it finally came time for the regatta!
The ISAF Youth Worlds is one of the most prestigious youth sailing regattas you can go to and only one team from each class can represent their country. We won the Australian Youth Nationals in Sorrento and have been training hard with our coach Traks on Pittwater.

We arrived in Portugal and were dropped at our Hotel on the 7th of July. We were very happy with the hotel as it had many great facilities such as gym, outdoor pool, indoor pool with spa and we were very excited. We met the rest of the Australian team and enjoyed dinner. The next 3 days we had a 29er which we chartered to get to know the local race course and conditions. These 3 days we experienced very light winds during training, giving us time to appreciate the stunning coast of Tarvia, Portugal.

Jim Colley & Shaun Connor 29er Class Open World Championship, Canada, Sailing Report

After Shaun and I had completed our two events in Europe we traveled straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira Portugal to Kingston Canada, where we were competing in the Open 29er Worlds. We arrived six days before the regatta started to give us plenty of time to observe the conditions and line up the our fellow Aussies. First we unloaded our boat from the container, as it had come directly from Kiel after the Europeans. Thankfully it did not need much setting up as we had spent two days on it before the Europeans, replacing all the ropes and blocks with ones of our own that we, with the help of our coach Traks Gordon, had prepared prior to leaving Australia. We had a day to rest and recover from jet lag before our first training session.
The next day we hit the water to watch some of the racing at the north American Champs. This gave us valuable insight into the local conditions, and for the next three days we sailed in a range of different conditions. A day before the event officially started we decided to have a day off and had a game of golf with some of the boys from the team. It was definitely nice to get away from the sailing scene before the event started. Saturday we weighed and registered then had a quick sail in the first good breeze we had had the whole trip.

Jim Colley & Shaun Connor 29er Class European & Youth Championship, Sailing Report

As we embarked on our journey, we left Sydney bright and early on Thursday the 19th of June, we both had mixed feeling of Ambition and excitement. We carry our 2.5m long Sailing tube up to the check in desk which held 2 sets of sails, a tiller extension and hiking straps and had a couple of quick photos and said our goodbyes. The first regatta on the tour was the 29er Europeans in Kiel, Germany.

The 29er Europeans was the biggest regatta on the tour and was very exciting, Europeans were conjoined with the iconic Kieler Woche which is an amazing venue from the Audi stage to the Crepes. When we arrived we got our boat which was a new charter that has been cured for 12 months, so nice and stiff. We spend the next 2 days changing, modifying and replacing the hard-ware and ropes on our boat to replicate and make it as close to the boat we sail at home, for these 2 days the weather was wet and windy.

Chelsea Connor and Georgia Tuckey - 29er Class World Championship, Kingston Canada

Over the past 6 months, through tireless hours of training and preparation the opportunity was given to us, Chelsea Connor and Georgia Tuckey. For the chance to compete in the 2014 open 29er World Championships, in Kingston, Canada, on the freshwater lake of Ontario.


The thought of competing on an international stage appeals to many sporty teenagers across the globe as the experience that is gained is often described to change competitor’s perspectives.
When we both had received the opportunity to sail in a large fleet, which we don’t get here in Australia.

We decided that the idea to experience lessons learned and to have the opportunity to race against sailors from all over the globe and sail in very different conditions from what we are used to here on Pittwater.
Freshwater sailing proving very different from our local saltwater.

Safety Information Notice 3 - Distress Beacons

Yachting Australia has recently issued Safety Information Notice (SIN) 3 relating to Distress Beacons. This Safety Information Notice explains some of the lesser known peculiarities related to distress beacons and is based on information provided by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Distress beacons now form a very valuable component of boat safety. Their usefulness has been proved on many occasions to alert authorities to people in distress and assist in locating them. The beacons are sophisticated devices and users should be aware of some important aspects of their operation.

You can view SIN 3 - Distress Beacons on the Yachting Australia Website.

NSW Environment Minister awards three “Fish Friendly” Marinas

Three marinas in Sydney’s north have been awarded ‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation by The Hon. Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater and NSW Minister for the Environment.
The presentation was held at The Quays Marina, Church Point which together with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), Newport and Empire Marina Bobbin Head, located in the Ku-ring-gai National Park was recognised with the accreditation.
Fish Friendly accreditation is an information campaign and accreditation system focusing on marina fish habits and developed by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in collaboration with the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the NSW Boating Industry Association (BIA).
The initiative is attached to MIA’s International Clean Marinas Program and is available to marinas across the Asia Pacific region. Additional fish friendly criteria and an audit are requirements to achieve Fish Friendly Marina accreditation. There are now 11 marinas recognised as ‘Fish Friendly’ in Australia with several more in the process of accreditation at present. The initiative has received positive support from numerous government departments and authorities across Australia.


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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