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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Costanzo and team ready to take on the competition at the 2017 World Sailing Youth Match Racing Worlds

The 2017 World Sailing Youth Match Racing Worlds commenced yesday 1 August and will run till the 5 August with nine countries represented. 

After promising signs from last weeks regatta, The Governors, where Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz placed 6th place out of a strong international field of 13 competitors, the team are hungry to improve on this result as they get ready to compete in the Youth Match Racing World Championships.

The Balboa Yacht Club, who hosted the Governors Cup last week, will also host the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club enjoyed success in this event previously when Youth Development squad members Will Dargaville, Josh Dawson, Sarah Parker and James Farquharson won the 2016 world championships, which was held in New Caledonia.

If there is any pressure pointed Clare's way, she certainly doesn't feel it. "We feel really privileged to represent Australia as well as the RPAYC. I'm proud of the hard work that the team has put in to allow us to have a decent crack at the title. We have been very lucky to have Will Dargaville and other YD (Youth Development) squad members to put us through our paces before coming over to the USA. We have been juggling Work and Uni, getting out on the water at 0600 hrs, or pretty much when there was enough daylight!".

"We certainly wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the support of the RPAYC and our families. We would like to thank everyone for their support, and assure you that we will give it our all!" Commented a determined Costanzo.
Also representing Australia is CYCA Harry Price, who goes in as the favourite, ranked #6 in the open Match Racing World Rankings.

Challenging weather for day 1 of the World Sailing Youth Match Racing championships off Newport Beach California.

Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz representing the RPAYC and Australia, started off the day versing the other all female team from Sweden. Clare had a dominating start with an easy lead in back to the start in the light south westerly, to take a comfortable win. The next two races saw losses against the Italian and United Kingdom teams. Both races saw a few strategic and tactical  errors get exposed as well as boat speed out of tacks. 
We managed to improve on the above points to take a win in the next race against the Danish team.

The last match of the day was against fellow Australian, and top ranked skipper Harry Price.
Everything was going to plan with Costanzo controlling almost all the prestart. At the last 30 seconds Price managed to get an overlap and forced Costanzo onto port. The girls tried to get back onto starboard but in doing so earned two penalties and an OSC off the start line!
One positive to take away was that Price's leading Margin was reduced on each leg of the course.

"Obviously we didn't sail a perfect day, however we are determined to learn from every loss and not repeat the same mistake twice! Being a World Championships, one mistake can mean the difference between winning and losing."
"We really enjoy the opportunity of sailing in a fleet of this calibre, and will come out tomorrow stronger" said a determined Costanzo.

With a thunderstorm approaching, it was called a day at 1730hrs.

Up to date results can be followed here : http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/


Club of the Year! - Marina Industry Association Award

The RPAYC was awarded the MIA 'Club of the Year’ at the Marina17 International Conference last night.

The RPAYC is proud to have been a Club of the Year finaist at the last two conferences and this year, show casing its efforts to excel in the marine industry, was honoured once again along side the Royal Perth Yacht Club as a finalist and ultimately awarded the accolade for 2017. 

The Club was recently nominated as a finalist along with The Royal Perth Yacht Club for “Club of the Year” for the Marina Industries Association’s Australasian biennial awards. “I am thrilled that the Club has been won such a prestigious industry award, it’s a credit to members and all the staff that have made this posible, this award is particularly special with the Club celebrating its Sesquicentenary" said Suzanne Davies, General Manager RPAYC.

The MIA’s biennial ‘Club of the Year’ award recognises excellence and celebrates industry best practice and provides a benchmark for other businesses to aspire to. The judging criteria is based on the Club’s goals and objectives, marketing, customer service including evidence from customer feedback; environment, risk management, staff training, industry participation, community involvement and involves a comprehensive on site audit. The Club submitted a comprehensive submission and an audit of the Club and facilities was undertaken some months ago.

Finalists for the Marina Industries Association (MIA) Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards were announced in May for the 2017/18 period with presentations to category winners and finalists a highlight of the Gala Dinner at Marine 17, July 30-August 1. MIA President, Andrew Chapman CMM said in congratulating all the finalists as well as the entrants that “the awards celebrate industry best practice and provide a benchmark for other businesses to aspire to.” Simon McLean, CEO of the Awards partner, Club Marine, said the growth in awards’ participation once again was excellent. “As an industry insurer we see the Awards as an effective vehicle to encourage and promote good business practices and procedures as well as supporting the goals of the MIA”. 

The award winners for each category were announced at the Marine17 International Conference and Exhibition at the ICCC in Sydney. 

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Pittwater Yachting Legend, Jack Gale

VALEJohn Lincoln (Jack) GaleJohn Lincoln (Jack) Gale


1926- 2017

Pittwater Yachting Legend

Yachting on Pittwater and Sydney has lost a pioneer with the recent death of Jack Gale at the age of 91. Coincidentally, Jack died exactly two years after his beloved wife, Joan. Jack is survived by his two sons Geoff and Rob.

The youngest of five children, Jack had an idyllic childhood growing up in North Narrabeen and it was at this time he developed his love of the water. Following his education Jack was employed as a telegraph operator. He enlisted during WWII at the age of eighteen and was posted to the Z force in communications.

Following his war service, Jack worked as a delivery driver until 1956 when he accepted a position as caretaker and boatyard manager at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (Pittwater Division). At that time the Club facilities at Pittwater were quite basic, consisting of a boatshed, rudimentary slipway and the two bedroom cottage which the Club erected for Jack, Joan and their young son Geoff to occupy.

Jack was dedicated to the Club, taking part enthusiastically, methodically and comprehensively in the many and varied building programmes and other projects which shaped the current wonderful facilities enjoyed to-day by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Over the years Jack held many positions with the Club including Boatyard Manager, Yachting Secretary and, ultimately, Secretary/Manager.

It was during his years as Yachting Manager that Jack achieved a reputation not first in Sydney but in Australia and world-wide as an innovative, dedicated and skilful yacht race manager and administrator.

RPAYC Flag Officers, Life Members, Club person, 50yr Members Awarded at AGM

The 2017 AGM saw a number of awards presented to Members including 50yr Membership, Centenarians, Life Member and Clubmanship Award 2016/2017. 

50yr Members 

Congratulations to the following Members who were awarded with their 50yrs of Membership Medallions.

  • Ken Beashel
  • Bob Clisdell
  • Ken Davidson
  • Ian Fergusson
  • Brian Gray
  • Philip Kinsella
  • Fred Lind
  • Grahame Maclean
  • Marillyn Morris
  • Bryan Neilson
  • Roger Prior
  • Kevin Weldon

Particularly, congratulation to Marillyn Morris, the Club’s first female member to achieve 50 year membership. 

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Club’s Centenarians, Arthur Dreverman who celebrated his 100th birthday in September 2016 and Mrs Gwenyth Mercer who will celebrate her 100th birthday in August. 


Fremantle to Pittwater and onto Paradise with Stealth

When long time International Dragon official Robert Alpe decided to take another tack into Blue Water and Handicap Division racing with The RPAYC he looked far and wide for a boat which met his criteria for something different, safe and potentially fast . 

After 9 months intense looking he came across Stealth a 1995 Kim Swarbrick designed 9.9m Aluminium sloop built in 1998 by Australia II builder Steve Ward and suitably named for its unpainted aluminium finish resembling the bomber aircraft of the same name.

Following a few trips to Fremantle to inspect the Boat the purchase was completed and whilst it was a walk on sail it was not a walk on delivery to Pittwater for Robert and his two trusty crewmates Rob Campbell and Waz Jacobson, with a 29 day voyage around Leeuwin, across the Bight, through Bass Straight and up the NSW coast to her berth at The RPAYC in Newport completed in mid-February 2017. The full story of Stealth sailing from Fremantle to Pittwater has been masterfully captured and can be viewed here

Fletcher Walters Finishes 36th at the 2017 Opti Worlds

RPAYC youth member Fletcher Walters has delivered a stellar performance at this year’s Optimist World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand. Fletch, as he is known by his mates, qualified for the gold fleet in 43rd position after the 3 days of qualifier races. The gold fleet comprises the top 72 out of the 281 competitors.

The 6 qualifying races were sailed in 5-18 knots, relatively calm seas to very bumpy conditions, plenty of current, clear skies and storms – so competitors experienced a bit of everything. There were a large number of penalties for premature starts, rule 42, failure to finish in time limits and other rule infringements. Susan Walters, Fletch’s Mum commented, “It has been a challenging regatta so far as you would expect at a world championship. The level of racing is awesome and we are really proud of our Aussie team.”

The final two days of racing are raced in a team racing format, 4 boats against 4 boats from each country in a ladder format. The Australian’s had a high ranking entering the competition due to the scores of their top 4 sailors in qualifying but this is a very different discipline of sailing. The Australians enjoy this part of the racing and are a tight knit group of sailors. The Australians had a mixed performance winning against Portugal to face France, then losing against France and beating Oman. This put them in contention to go up against Malaysia to decide final placings in the Nations Cup. After tight racing, the Malaysians beat the Australians leaving Australia in a respectable 9th place.

An exciting Day 3 for Gov Cup Team

Day 3 of the Governors Cup from Newport Beach California.

Hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club.

The RPAYC girls managed to again have an improved day out on the water with, with 4 wins and two losses. Both loses were against the number 1 & 2 ranked teams. 

The feature Match of the day was against fellow Australian and world (open) number 6, Harry Price (CYCA).
Costanzo copped an early penalty in the prestart for failing to enter correctly, but made up for it with a superb start, forcing price to have to have to do two slow tacks off the line, and take a 3 boat length lead. The girls lead around all marks and elected to take their penalty turn right on the finish line. This match was going to come down to the wire! The girls attempted to undertake their penalty turn, and it looked like they had won it with the RC awarding them the win. Unfortunately the umpires believed that the spinnaker was not dropped below the goose-neck (a requirement when taking a penalty turn), and the win was reversed, and given to Price. The girls were adamant that the spinnaker was below the gooseneck, and were a bit frustrated with not being awarded the win.

Don't miss this months Portuguese Beach Picnic & Rally - Sunday 30 July


Good Day 2 for the RPAYC Girls in the USA

Day Two Report from the Governors Cup Regatta in Newport Beach California.

Today saw the first round robin and 2 flights of the second round robin completed.

The RPAYC team of Clare Costanzo, Jessica Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz improved on their day 1 performance winning 4 races today and losing 2. Not only are they the only team with a female skipper they are also the only all girl team which is fantastic. 

The conditions were very much similar to yesterday with a south westerly breeze that ranged from 3 to 8 knots. The Gov Cup 22 keelboats are designed for these predominantly light conditions and power up with as little as 5 knots.

The Girls managed to continue to improve on their prestarts, and upwind speed in the upper wind ranges (for the day). Great mark roundings and downwind speed, also helped get the team out of some sticky situations.

"It was great leaving the water today with a few more points on the board. We keep improving our comms (communication) onboard each race. We have climbed another position on the leaderboard, so it is now our focus to finish the round robin strong and get a spot in the semis and take it from there!" said a determined Costanzo.

Tonight is Burger night at the Balboa Yacht Club, as we are treated with another delicious meal.

To keep up to date with results please follow this link http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/governors-cup/

Tom Spithill

Club Coach 


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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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