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

Annual Sailing Program & Entry Available Now

The 2017/18 Sailing Handbook is now available to download or hardcopy available from the Sailing Office from the 25th August. This season sees a newly designed program of events and races to suit all members both new to sailing and experienced sailors, allowing more flexibility for boats and their various crew to participate in their selected event. 

The Sailing Program can be viewed online here, or a schedule of events is printed in the Sailing Handbook

  • Entry into each Series be it Club weekly races, the Club Marine East Coast BWPS or Regatta's is via the Online Entry System  OPEN NOW.
  • Spring and Summer events include:

    • Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series (year round) - Race 1, 6 September
    • Saturday Inshore & Classic Series  (spinnaker & non spinnaker & One Design Division) - Race 1, 9 September
    • Saturday Broken Bay Offshore Series (this is a combined series of SOPs and Broken Bay) - Race 1, 16 September
    • Saturday Mini Regattas (Windward/Leeward sprints) ** Additional dates added** - Round 1, 23 September
    • Club Marine East Coast Bluewater Series inc the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - Race 1, 23 September
    • Saturday Commodores Cup Series, including a non-spinnaker division - Race 1, 23 September
    • Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Series - Race 1, 12 October
    • Women's Tuesday Twilight Series (spinnaker & non spinnaker) - Race 1, 31 October
    • Saturday Feature events, including Scotland Island Cup, Whisper Mug, Juno Jug and more..
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Saturday 2 September sees the commencement of the 2017/18 Sailing Season with the annual Sail Past and Pittwater Dash Race.   Don't forget to book your FREE BBQ Lunch tickets before the 26th August! 

 

 

Club House Development Works

Works will begin on the alterations to the wall adjacent to the Women's facilities and the Board Room, these alterations are in preparation for the Clubs 150 year History Wall, The Club’s Achieves Committee have spent a considerable amount of time preparing the panels which represent the special events that have made the RPAYC the "best Club in the world”.

The alterations will also provide the room required to extend the existing reception counter allowing a more seamless interaction between members and the office.  

The refurbishment to the main entrance area including the extension of the reception counter and the air lock is not expected to begin until the 1st ¼ of 2018. Once the alterations to the History Wall are complete, works will immediately begin on the alterations to the main administration area, unfortunately there will be interruptions to operation during the construction period which is likely to be completed by the end of September.

During the works the Sailing Office will be relocated to the Regatta Office and Administration and other departments will be relocated to Board room. Reception will continue to operate as normal.
  

Showtime dominates the Brisbane to Keppel Race

Continuing on their success in the Sydney to Goldcoast Race, the team of Showtime, Mark Griffiths, Kerr40 dominated the recent Brisbane to Keppel Race with an impressive spread of results: 

  • 4th Line Honours
  • 2nd IRC Overall (2nd Division 1 IRC)
  • 1st PHS Overall (1st Division 1 PHS)

The Signature Yacht Race of the Squadron, the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race concluded for another year on Tuesday the 8th of August 2017, with the last of the competitors crossing the line at 0750. The skipper and crew of the  double handed yacht Maverick were happy to be finished with a race that provided a variety of conditions.  Results of the race are here.

Although the conditions were light and tricky, the challenge for sailors was great, and top level racing occurred throughout the fleet. This wasn’t a drag race, it was a real test of seamanship and skill. Well done to the many Squadron members who took part in, what is becoming, one of the classic coastal races in the country.

Congratulations to Sam Haynes and the team on board Celestial from the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia who have been declared the Overall Winners of the 11th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

Varg 8m World Championship 2017

The English skipper Avia Willment made sailing history today when she became the first woman to win the coveted 8 Metre World Championships. Racing against a crack fleet of 28 international yachts, all of them crewed by professional, mostly male, sailors, Ms Willment sailed a near perfect regatta, amassing an unassailable points lead going into the final day. She was so far ahead on points that she had no need to compete in the 10th and final race held this afternoon in dangerously high winds and seas on the testing Skagerrak course off the south west coast of Norway.

In winds gusting to 27 knots and steep breaking seas, nine yachts prudently decided to not compete. That left a fleet of only 12 boats in the last race. Norway's King Harald carried sail like a Viking and bravely pressed on, only to lose the top of his Sitka Spruce mast when the forestry fitting gave way in the heavy-pounding seas. The Finnish yacht SILJA also came to grief when her aluminium mast snapped above the hounds.

The crew of VARG, the Australian yacht competing under the burgee of the RPAYC, wisely chose to err on the side of caution and did not compete in today's violent conditions. VARG travelled 20,500 nautical miles to compete in the World Series and although she did not have the boat speed or the pointing ability to trouble the other boats, she did sail in every race bar one and was much admired by the European sailors for the beauty of her lines, drawn by Johan Anker in 1924. VARG came 24th overall in the fleet of 28. 

Revive of the Fives (5.5m Class)

It was late in the evening at the 2011 Annual Prizing giving at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the bar depleted and the conversation deep.  Having just won the Australian 5.5m Nationals in an aging Skagerak, borrowed from Roy Tutty for the event, Bob Stoddard was reminiscing lyrically on the great days of the 5.5 metres at the club.  In the 60s and 70s the 'Alfreds' was one of the great centres of world 5.5m design, building and activity.  Australia's first sailing Olympic Gold came in the 5.5m Class when club member Bill Northam and crew won in Tokyo in 1964 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Northam.  From 1970 to 1981 Australians, many from RPAYC, won 7 world championships https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/5.5_Metre_World_Championship.  The 'Alfreds' was at the heart of these activities and a new hardstand 'The 5.5m Stand' was build to accommodate the numbers.  Sadly Bob reflected that the glory days were now gone, but that he was still enjoying his annual 5.5m race with Roy Tutty and Steve Brajkovich at the Nationals.  Evolution Marotte AUS59 leads out the fleet at the 2017 NationalsEvolution Marotte AUS59 leads out the fleet at the 2017 Nationals

Carl Halvorsen’s Skagerak was purchased and raced by Roy after Carl, by then well into his 90's, retired from the sport.  Sadly as a 1973 boat Skagerak, like her builder Carl, was starting to show her age and Bob was worried that unless someone renovated her over the next few years another important boat in Australian sailing history would be lost.  I confessed I had fallen in love and always fancied a 5.5 metre ever since I saw a picture of one in the 1970 Yachting World Annual when I was young.  We drank a bit more and the kernel of ideas and plans formed to buy and renovate the boat.  Obviously when Bob sobered up in the morning the kernel had germinated and a few weeks later he brought Skagerak AUS32 from Roy. Then with the guidance and help of Steve Brajkovich many hours were spent renovating her to an immaculate state.  In a lovely touch in 2013 Carl Halvosen, then aged 100 years old, turned up in the rain and poured the champagne on the bow for the official relaunch.  Bob started racing her regularly at the 'Alfreds' in the PHS mixed fleet racing doing extremely well.  

On the water Skagerak looked superb.  She was elegantly beautiful and my first love of the 5.5m was reignited.  Luckily I found a fully functional but tired, 1973 Antares AUS29, costing only slightly more than a new Melges 32 3Di jib!  Antares does not have the classically beautiful lines of Skagerak because of her rounded canoe bow, but like a bulldog, she has her own elegance and charm. She also needed a lot of work on the tarnished varnished deck (Peter Gould and his son Scott spent many hours on this).  It came up a treat and before we knew it we had match racing within the fleets on Saturday afternoon and Wednesday night twilights.  The sight of these boats turned more heads for both their looks and the speed of these renovated 'greyhounds'.   I personally was captivated with my new, old boat - they are true 'gentleman's' (or gentleperson's) yachts with impeccable manners; more like Rolls Royces than Ferraris and somehow point so high upwind that you swear you are defying the laws of sailing!  They also race remarkably well to their ORC Club handicap ratings.

With Owen Crick regularly sailing Rhapsody AUS35 at the iconic Woody Point Yacht Club Wednesday twilights we now had 3 boats regularly sailing on Pittwater.  Next on the scene was Jason Antill whose father Rob Antill sailed 5.5ms in the glory days with Carl and the King of Norway.  He teamed up with Tom Spithill and Damian Macey and they bought the revolutionary Baragoola AUS26 a 1968 'Classic' 5.5m with a diamond shaped hull, roll forward mast, L shaped boom for the vang, chines and separate keel and rudder (helmed by Jason she was still fast enough to win the Australian Nationals this year).  We now had some epic close 5.5m fleet racing and a race within the usual RPAYC Saturday racing.

A taste of success on the Gold Coast inspires Auric's Quests Entry for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and Bartercard Sail Paradise Series

Having sampled success in the most recent Sail Paradise Series on the Gold Coast, Southport Yacht Club’s Fred Bestall has already signalled his intention to go for the double – victory in both the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018 series. 

Bestall is the first Queenslander to enter both events with his impressive 46-footer, Auric’s Quest, a Nelson/Marek design that took top honours in Sail Paradise last January.

Now, with the inaugural 370-nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta scheduled to start on January 2, and Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018 just four days later, Bestall has decided to try for the double.
“I’m really looking forward to putting the yacht and crew to the test in both events,” Bestall said when lodging what was the first Queensland entry for Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s race from Pittwater. “It promises to be an exciting race, one that should suit Auric’s Quest.

“Bartercard Sail Paradise, which is hosted by our club, Southport Yacht Club, will then give us the chance to show crews from the south what hospitality we can deliver, and the wonderful sailing we enjoy here on the Gold Coast.”

The Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be the longest offshore test Bestall and his crew have undertaken since the yacht was purchased some two years ago.


 Auric’s Quest is currently en route north to Hamilton Island to compete at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which starts on Saturday.
The two events are presented jointly by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.

For further information, or to lodge entries, go to:
Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club: www.sailparadise.com.au
Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au

Additional information can also be obtained from Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au or 07 5591 3500
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Fremantle to Pittwater and onto Paradise with Stealth

When yachtsman Robert Alpe decided to move into bluewater racing with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club he looked Australia-wide for the right boat and eventually chose a Fremantle based 32-footer he then sailed 2,500 nautical miles home to Pittwater with a small delivery crew. 

Stealth is a Kim Swarbrick designed 9.9m aluminium sloop built in 1998 by Australia 2 boat builder Steve Ward and named due to its unpainted aluminium finish resembling the bomber aircraft of the same name.

The boat is one of a growing list of entries for next January’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta opening event, an offshore race starting just north of Palm Beach headland on January 2.

For 2018 the RPAYC’s flagship ocean race has been combined into a new regatta format and combined pointscore with the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, conducted by Southport Yacht Club on the Queensland Gold Coast January 6-9. This joint venture between two prominent, forward-thinking and friendly yacht clubs has created a perfect opportunity for sailors to stay on the Gold Coast with their families or friends and enjoy some great racing off Southport’s golden beaches.

Download the Notice of Race hereand enter here. Owners can choose to enter the monohull, multihull or short-handed categories and be scored under all of the popular handicap systems - IRC, ORCi and PHS.

Alpe’s delivery across the Great Australian Bight, Bass Strait and up the New South Wales coast past Sydney Harbour to Pittwater took 29 days and wrapped up in February.

“Stealth proved very resilient, efficient and responsive, easily dealing with the varied conditions which included 10-12 metre seas in Bass Strait and winds up to 60 knots,” the long-time International Dragon official recalled. “No doubt we were helped by her deep keel and the fact one third of her 3.5 tonne total weight is at the base of her keel.”

8m World Championship, Norway, Lets Go VARG!

With just one day of racing remaining in the 8 Metre World Cup, the English Yacht MISS U is now the undisputed leader, 13 points clear of her nearest rival, the Austrian boat PANDORA. Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, her owner skipper Avia Willment, the only woman skipper in the 28 strong fleet, will be the new world champion. Ms Willment has been consistently fast, upwind and down, in winning all but one of the World Series races. Only two more races remain to be sailed and they will be decided tomorrow in a forecast 16 knot south westerly- the same breeze in which she excelled today.


The Australian yacht VARG, racing under the burgee of the RPAYC, is now 24th boat and well out of contention for any of the trophies. Unlike almost all the other classic yacht in this series, VARG remains exactly as she was at her launching in 1924. She was fast in her day, but now is unable to match other classics which have been stripped to their bare frames for racing.


Full marks to Avia Willment. She is on the cusp of a history making victory for which she deserves every credit. With her signature James Bond sail number, 007, and a garish 'Girl with the Gold Gun' graphic emblazoned in her bows, MISS U is not pretty but she is exceptionally fast. It took the tenaniacious Ms Willment four year to convince the official measures that she is a bona fide 8 Metre, but now that she has been accepted as legally with the rules, she has shown truly remarkable speed upwind and down.


I saw Avia Willment struggling home last evening with shopping bags, bulging with the ingredients for a Thai red curry dinner she was intending to cook for her 'boys'. In the event, the 'boys' , six very astute young English sailors, took over the galley and put together a sumptuous meal that all enjoyed. It is that kind of total dedication to the team effort that sets this crew apart and makes Avia Willment such an outstanding figure in the hitherto male dominated world of high-end 8 Metre sailing.


Bruce Stannard. Norway.

Opening Day, Sail Past and Pittwater Dash

RPAYC 8m Metre World Cup Challenge, VARG

8 Metre World Cup, Norway
August 11 2017

The RPAYC 8 Metre VARG, Australia’s sole representative at the World Championships at Hanko Island, Norway, reached her destination safely after a marathon 20,500 nautical mile voyage and is now rigged, measured and fully certified to compete in the 10 race regatta in which she will face 28 crack boats from 10 countries.

On the eve of the regatta it is impossible to make any meaningful predictions on her performance prospects, however she has already captured the hearts of wooden boat aficionados from around the world. In a fleet of truly magnificent yachts, she is one of the most beautiful examples of the boat builder’s art.

The Wilson brothers, who built her over six years at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, used only the very best Huon Pine in her construction, much of it over 1,000 years old. VARG was originally designed and built by the great Norwegian naval architect Johan Anker in 1924. Renamed NORN and with Lord Forster, Australia’s seventh Governor General at the helm, she won Cowes Week in 1925, effectively making her the fastest 8 Metre yacht in Europe. Sold to the Albert family in Sydney she had an outstanding racing record winning many of the major trophies at the Alfreds and at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

In 2007 the pathetic remains of the original boat were acquired by Kraig Carlstrom and his wife Carolyn Mason who set about reconstructing her exactly as she was in 1924. In a world now dominated by mass produced plastic yachts, it is a rare joy to see a magnificent yacht whose long and slender lines take us back to the halcyon years of yachting.

But here in Hanko, VARG is certainly in splendid company. In more than half a century of writing about yachting all over the world I can honestly say I have never seen so many really stunning classic wooden boats in the same place. Each of these lovely boats has been cherished by owners and crews who care very deeply about maintaining a presence at the highest level of the sport.

Norway’s King Harald is here in his 1937 Johan Anker designed SIRA. The green hulled SIRA will no doubt be hard to beat on her home waters with the King and his crack crew in top form. But the beauty of the International Rule is that, while it has encouraged healthy design development over many years, it has also nurtured the classic boats of yesteryear. Some of the older boats date back to the turn of the 20th century and still carry gaff-rigged sails. There are several coveted trophies which will all be the subject of intense competition.

We took VARG out on the race course on the Skagerrak today to tune the rig and make sure that all the gear is in order. She behaved beautifully and in this splendid setting, surrounded by dark green pine forests, and a forbidding granite coastline, she seemed entirely at home. This is where her life began in 1924 and it seems entirely fitting that we should have brought her here on this auspicious occasion, the regatta that marks the 80th birthday of Norway’s revered sailor King. I will continue to keep Alfred's members informed as the regatta goes forward. Wish us luck.

Follow the action here: http://www.8mr.org/event/world-2017

Written by Bruce Stannard. 


 

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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.

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