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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Record MC38 fleet vie for national supremacy

A record nine MC38s fling open the door to another year of dynamic one design racing with the class’ national title on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club February 17-19, 2017.

Class statesman Leslie Green and his Ginger crew are three-time consecutive Australian champions facing this year’s title with the same core team who have invested the same amount of effort in preparation, the winning skipper assures.

“We have been training as much as we can. Fortunately we’ve broken a few things - I love to do that while we are training - and we’ve got good sails on the boat. We spend a lot of time choosing our crew; it’s always the core of the Richie Allanson/David Chapman group, nothing changes much. Julian Plante will join us this weekend helping Richie with trim and as alternate helmsman,” Green added.

Pittwater isn’t the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member’s favourite stretch of water though he’s philosophical about its nuances: “It can be a bit unfair. You try to take as much luck out of the game as you can. It’s the same for everyone; lucky breaks go each way,” Green added.

As well as leading his troops into another championship round, the generous 80-something year old skipper has also offered an entire set of sails to Steve Barlow for the MC38 Lightspeed, which is on loan from McConaghy Boats at Mona Vale.

Why wouldn’t you?” Green asks. “I think it’s normal you try to help people in this life. It doesn’t hurt you…though I suppose if he won…”

Barlow has been a guest helmsman at two different MC38 series on Maserati and Kokomo, both heavy air baptisms. Now he’s done a deal with McConaghys, the company that built the MC38, to lead his own campaign.

“We stuck the mast back in and gave it a polish, then we begged and borrowed some sails,” Barlow said. “We’ve thrown together a crew of my Farr 40 guys from last year, most of them have sailed the MC38s as well.

“Our expectations are not high but we definitely we want to give it a go. When you are competing against seasoned campaigners like Menace and Ginger with a thrown together crew, we understand we won’t be on the pace with those guys. There’s definitely a pecking order and hopefully we can stay off the bottom of the ladder.”

Billy Sykes, Mitch White and Murray Gordon are some of the names on Lightspeed’s crew list.

Four-time Kiwi Olympian Hamish Pepper is replacing regular tactician Ray Davies, who is busy with his America’s Cup duties, on Menace sailing for the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland. The team admit they’ve not sailed Menace since the last MC38 regatta back in November, but history shows there’s always plenty of pedigree on board to smooth out any rough edges. 

Most of the Sydney boats, including Dark Star, Ghost Rider and Vino, have been spotted regularly on Pittwater training for the competition climax happening inshore over three days, offering club races and other boats the chance for ringside seats.

Strengthening nor’easters are likely for tomorrow’s opening day before an overnight southerly change and 18 knot southerlies decreasing to 16 knots on Saturday afternoon. High winds feature in the long range outlook for Sunday, up to 28 knot southerlies, something PRO Steve Merrington and the owners will monitor.

Racing schedule:

·         Friday 17 Feb: first scheduled warning signal of the day 12000hrs, up to 4 races

·         Saturday 18 Feb:  first scheduled warning signal 1100hrs, up to 4 races

·         Sunday 19 Feb: first scheduled warning signal 1100hrs, up to 3 races

List of entries:

1.       Assassin – Robin/Clare Crawford

2.       Dark Star – John Bacon

3.       Ghost Rider – Ross Hennessy

4.       Ginger – Leslie Green

5.       Hooligan – Marcus Blackmore

6.       Lighthouse – Steve Barlow

7.       Maserati – Neville Crichton

8.       Menace – Howard Spencer

9.       Vino – Chris Hancock

Facebook – NB. there are multiple class videos on the Facebook page

Further information:

Lisa Ratcliff
Australian MC38 Association media

m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

John Bacon

Australian MC38 Association President
e. john.bacon@budburst.co

 

M32 Geographe Bay Cup Day 1 Report

The team of RPAYC sailors William Dargaville, Harry Hall, Ryan Wilmot and Queenslander Charlie Wyatt are taking on the World Match Racing Tour down in Geographe Bay, WA. The change to the carbon fibre semi-foiling M32 catamarans has been challenging but the boys are enjoying every bit of it.

The team began with a three day licencing clinic on the catamarans in Perth. This clinic covered safety aspects, set-up and roles on the boat, as well as an introduction to the tactics of starting and match racing. We found the clinic useful, especially regarding the limited large catamaran experience amongst the crew.

Yesterday, the team headed south to Busselton to the start of the WMRT Geographe Bay Cup. The venue is offshore, yet flat water due to the bay and shallow water. The race course is bordered on one side by the Busselton Jetty. 

Today we were held onshore for two hours due to strong breeze with gusts over 30 knots. When we were released, we were initially set back by damages on the boats, yet we used this time to practice the manoeuvres that are so crucial on the boats. The racing is extremely physical with high loads across the boat and short twelve minute races filled with plenty of manoeuvres. 

Due to the conditions and breakages on two boats, we were only able to sail two races today. Unfortunately they were both losses, yet this is not surprising given our inexperience and the level of competition in the regatta.

With the boats regularly hitting over 20kts downwind and a new style of racing in the catamarans, the learning curve has been steep but the team is progressing quickly and looking forward to better races in the coming days.

By Will Dargaville 

 

 

 

RPAYC prepped and ready for the 2017 Nespresso International

Two teams will represent the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club this week at the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.

There will be sibling rivalry amongst the two team with Malcolm and Sarah Parker as the two skippers for RPAYC.

Sarah has already enjoyed success with her all female team combination placing 3rd in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta. "Where the girls may struggle to match some of the bigger boys in the strength department, they certainly make up for it in their timing and technique" commented Club Coach Tom Spithill.

Malcolm will be sailing in a mixed team, the same team he sailed with when he came in runner up in the Harken Youth Match Racing Championships in November 2016.

"Since the Harken, we haven't managed to have too many opportunities to sail together, however individually we have all been doing lots of sailing in a wide range of boats. Etchells, M32 Catamarans, Melges 24s, Farr 40s, c&c 30 and Mc 38s. We have had the privilege of sailing with some pretty talented sailors from the RPAYC and elsewhere , and we are all hoping to now come and use some of our new found skills and knowledge to our advantage this week" commented an excited Malcolm Parker.

A strong line up of 14 teams including internationals from New Caledonia and Australia should see some great racing over the next few days in the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 7s
Follow the results here for live updates
Our two teams are

Sarah Parker
Clare Costanzo
Pia Doyle
Jess Angus
Juliet Costanzo

Malcolm Parker
Evelyn Foster
Harry Hall
Harley Walters
Nic Anderson
 

RPAYC on the front foot for food recycling

 The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) used a Bin Trim rebate from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to purchase a worm farm that will divert 5.25 tonnes of food waste from landfill each year.

RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Situated on 17 hectares of land, the club offers year-round services and activities for members. As a 5 Gold Anchor marina committed to continually improving its service, and with effective plastic and glass recycling already in place, the club was keen to identify other waste management areas that could be improved.

As the RPAYC was considering options for broader recycling measures, a Bin Trim assessor visited the club and suggested participating in the NSW EPA’s Bin Trim program. Through the program, eligible businesses that employ between one and 199 employees can access a free waste assessment and a financial rebate from $1000 to $50,000 to help with the cost of purchasing recycling equipment. The Bin Trim assessor helped the club complete a step-by-step assessment to clarify its waste collection, separation and management process in order to identify any gaps. Food waste was identified as an area where substantial improvements could be made; it was estimated that between 600 and 1000 litres of food waste from the club’s restaurant was being sent to landfill each week.

The assessor assisted the club in applying for a Bin Trim rebate to help with the cost of purchasing a commercial-scale worm farm to manage kitchen waste. The application was successful, with the club awarded a $1285 rebate.

Approximately 90% of the club’s kitchen waste is now recycled through the new worm farm and then re-used on the extensive club gardens as a fertiliser. The gardener collects the castings from the worm farm once a week to disperse across the club’s 17 hectares of land, delivering positive results for the club and the gardens.

Club management has also found that the Bin Trim program delivered substantial results through applying small changes. This has led to greater staff interest and engagement in recycling, both at work and at home.

“The Bin Trim program has definitely increased awareness about recycling amongst staff and motivated us all to take action individually,” said RPAYC Head Chef Steve Proctor. “In a sense the recycling improvements here at the club are rubbing off, and we’re taking those changes home as well.”

In 12 months the club will review its waste bin sizes, potentially leading to a reduction in waste collection costs. 

 

Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club prides itself on inclusion of all in the sport of sailing and on Friday 10 February the club along with ANZ Bank hosted a charity lunch for the Attitude Foundation raising awareness for social integration of those living with disabilities.

More than 80 guests attended the lunch where chairman and founder of the Attitude Foundation and former Australian Disability Commissioner, Graeme Innes opened the talks by presenting the aim behind the Foundation and outlining the social change which needs to occur to promote better lives for those living with disabilities.  

“The Foundation aims to promote change through their own stories, stories of those doing work, doing sport and doing life.

“These stories will help create a better understanding of what it’s like living with a disability that will change people attitudes and remove the barriers to promote inclusion in both society and the workforce.“ Graeme Innes said.

Five time Paralympic medallist in both wheelchair basketball and sailing, Liesl Tesch spoke of the importance of the role sport plays in the promotion of change.

After suffering from an accident when she was 19  Liesl told of how her discovery of wheelchair basketball opened her eyes to what she could achieve living with a disability.

This passion for wheelchair basketball led to Liesl winning silver at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, Silver in 2004 Athens Paralympics and Bronze in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. From there her passion and competitive spirit propelled her into the sport of sailing.

Meeting Daniel Fitzgibbon at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the pair teamed up and with the help of club members developed the award winning Integrated disAbled Sailing Program (IdS) which strives to encourage and assist sailors from all walks of life to participate into the club’s regular sailing program.

Daniel and Liesl won gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics and the 2016 Rio Paralympics in sailing along several world and national championships in between.

Amongst all these sporting achievements and a career as a high school teacher Liesl still found the time to promote the message of inclusion through sport in countries like Kenya, South Africa and Napal which led to the foundation of the organisation SportMatters which goes by the motto “For Everyone. For Life.”

Liesl expressed her gratitude for all the support she and Daniel Fitzgibbon have received without which they couldn’t have achieved their goals.

“Sport is a great medium for social inclusion, I had knowledge that we could create new things which has driven me to do what I’ve done but it couldn’t have happened without the support from others, I do thank the RPAYC for all the support and effort from all the volunteers and members, it’s been an incredible contribution to our two gold medals.” Liesl said.

As ambassadors of the IdS program, Paralympic gold medallists, Leisl Tesch and Daniel Fitzgibbon have expanded the program to branch out to other organisations and community groups including Sailability Crystal Bay and Australia’s Soldier On organisation which assists in integrating the country’s veterans into civilian life.

As evident through the work of the Attitude Foundation and the RPAYC it is important that identities like Graeme Innes, Liesl Tesch and Daniel Fitzgibbon continue telling their stories to create effective change.

For the bigger picture the Attitude Foundation seeks to spread the message and encourage others to tell their story. In doing so the Foundation is raising money to produce a TV series to air on the ABC to show the stories told by those living disabilities. To donate visit www.attitude.org.au

For more information about the RPAYC IdS program visit www.rpayc.com.au

 

 

RPAYC Runners up in the 2017 Hardy Cup

Clare Costanzo and her crew of Evelyn Foster, Hannah Lanz, Emma May and Rachel Bower from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have finished runner up in a thriller final against Ashlen Rooklyn (Double Bay Sailing Club.) in the 2017 Hardy Cup Match Racing Regatta.

The day started off with Costanzo up against Leonard Takahashi (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) in the semi-final match. Takahashi lead around the first mark in the first two races but the RPAYC ladies managed to apply pressure on them downwind and use their great boat handling with the asymmetrical spinnakers to sneak by the promising young Japanese helmsman.

In the final race Costanzo managed to win the start and lead to the right hand side of the course to pick up a favourable shift and hang on take the semis 3 nil.

Rooklyn managed to defeat Mathew Hughes (RNZYS) to set up an all Australian final.

Rooklyn managed to outsmart the girls in the first start, leading off the line with a two length advantage.  Midway up the first upwind leg the girls picked a couple of good shifts and got back in the game. However, Rooklyn did a great job at the top end of the track by either forcing Costanzo to do an extra tack or forced the team to sail extra distance to the top mark.

This similar scenario was repeated in the second race of the finals match with the team getting outsmarted at the top of the track. The tactician on Rooklyn's team was none other than World match Racing number 4 and tour card holder Chris Steel, who made sure they left little passing lanes for Costanzo and her team, sailing some textbook match racing.

At match point, Costanzo managed to win the start getting the right hand side of the track, however Costanzo made an error in letting Rooklyn duck her and take the right hand side of the track along with the starboard tack advantage. Great spinnaker work by both boats saw some really great downwind legs but again Rooklyn sailed a smart race to hold onto the lead and win the finals 3-0 to be crowned the 2017 Hardy Cup champions!

Costanzo and her team were very proud of their second place result and were quick to congratulate the winners "We were very happy with how we sailed this week and in the finals we really pushed ourselves hard, however Ash (Rooklyn) and he team outsailed us." Said Costanzo.

This is the second year in a row RPAYC have reached the finals with Will Dargaville last year becoming the first RPAYC skipper since James Spithill to win the Hardy Cup.

A big thank you to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and its members for their ongoing support of Youth Sailing.

By Tom Spithill 

RPAYC and Soldier On move from strength to strength

On Friday 3 February the Club hosted another Soldier On Sailing Day out on Pittwater, the weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t dampen the spirits off all who were involved!

This particular session involved patients from the St John of God Hospital’s rehabilitation program which has a good partnership with veterans, Defence Force personnel and also members of the Australian Federal Police.

For some it was their first time sailing and the opportunity which was given to them by the Club, Soldier On and very supportive volunteers provided the best experience possible, coupled with some friendly sledging from Tom Spithill it made a very relaxed vibe for everyone.

Aside from sailing on the Elliott 7s, Club Member Colin Cook put up his hand to help out taking out a handful of participants on his yacht for a cruise around Pittwater.

David Savage, a Solider On Ambassador was injured five years ago by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan which caused injuries to his brain and paralysis in one leg. He is currently receiving treatment with St John of God Hospital and was invited to participate in the sailing day claimed it was “the best day I’ve had in five years!” Said David Savage.

For Tom Spithill, who puts in much time and effort outside of work hours to provide the framework to make these sailing days such a success gets a real buzz from positive comments from David Savage.

“Sailing has given me so much and working with Soldier On has just opened up so many opportunities for myself and other volunteers from the Club to give back and comments like David’s make the experience amazing for all involved.” Said Tom Spithill.

This Sunday 12 February the Club will host another Soldier On Picnic Day held on Portuguese Beach.  The weather is looking like it’s to be HOT so it will be a great opportunity for all participants to “beat the heat.” If you would like to get involved contact the sailing office on 9998 3700 or email sailing@rpayc.com.au

Win with Club Marine’s Boatloads of Fun!

Club Marine, Australia’s market leader in recreational boat insurance, is giving away more than $250,000 worth of prizes in its Boatloads of Fun promotion.
All participants need to do to be in the running for Boatloads of Fun is have a Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance policy and a Club Marine Magazine subscription in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of each of the six draws over the coming year. 
 
The prize-giving begins when we launch Boatloads of Fun in Club Marine Magazine February/March edition with a cruise for two on iconic adventure cruise ship True North for a Coral Atoll cruise to the spectacular Rowley Shoals off the north-west coast of Western Australia. There’s also a chance to win the first of six premium-quality Shimano fishing packs valued at $5000 each – including rods, reels and enough tackle and other gear to keep any family of fishos happy.
 
But wait – there’s more!
 
Throughout the year, we’ll also give away a True North Southern Safari cruise to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and a True North Kimberley Barra Bonanza cruise for the ultimate Australian coastal exploration experience to the remote and wild Kimberley region in Western Australia. Each cruise is for two people and includes return flights from the winner’s closest capital city.
 
As if that wasn’t enough fun, we also have two great Falcon F360H tenders from BRIG to be won.
 
And just when you might have thought we’d exhausted the prize pool, we’ve got our premium prize package to be won – in association with Northbank Fibreglass Boats and Isuzu Australia, we’re presenting one lucky Club Marine policyholder and magazine subscriber with a sensational car and boat package to make the most of the incredible Australasian boating lifestyle.
 
Northbank has provided a feature-packed 600C family cruiser, powered by a 150hp Mercury FourStroke outboard and carried on a robust and dependable Mackay trailer – while towing the whole package is a 2017-model Isuzu D-MAX LS-T automatic ute.
No matter what style of boating or motoring you’re into, our Northbank/Isuzu package really does represent boatloads of fun for the entire family.
 
“This year, we’re very focused on members and giving them even more reason to choose Club Marine to protect their boating lifestyles,” said Club Marine CEO Simon McLean.
“With a total of 12 spectacular prizes up for grabs, in a prize pool valued at over $250,000, Boatloads of Fun is our biggest and most exciting promotion ever. We encourage all members to become involved by making sure their insurance and magazine subscriptions are up to date throughout 2017. We also look forward to welcoming new members to enjoy all the benefits of Club Marine.”
 
To find out how you can be in the running for Boatloads of Fun, turn to the opening pages of February/March Club Marine Magazine, or visit: www.clubmarine.com.au or www.clubmarine.co.nz. Or you can pop in for a chat at any of the major boat shows and other events that Club Marine will attend across Australia and New Zealand over the coming year.
 
Boatloads of Fun winners will be announced in the next Club Marine Magazine following each prize draw.
 
Renew, take out a new Club Marine policy or subscribe to Club Marine Magazine by calling:
 
Australia: 1300 00 CLUB (2582) or visit www.clubmarine.com.au
NZ : 0800 11 CLUB (2582) or visit www.clubmarine.co.nz
or by contacting a local Club Marine dealer or broker.
To find Boatloads of Fun terms and conditions, go to: www.clubmarine.com.au or www.clubmarine.co.nz.
Another reason why boating’s just better with Club Marine.
ENDS

RPAYC takes Club racing to a new level & announces global search for a Race Director

As a further commitment to yachting and to the growth of the sport, the RPAYC will increase the resources it commits to sailing and yacht racing and intends to appoint a professional Race Director. 

The Race Director will oversee all aspects of member racing in a very operational capacity both on and off water by ensuring that race management teams are supported and that all operational areas are co-ordinated to deliver programs that satisfy members, encourage new boats to join the fleets and increase participation in the sport. 

The RPAYC has one of the most comprehensive year round sailing programs in the country, offering up to five keel boat club racing days each week, a solid centerboard racing fleet, an extensive cruising program, a training program training well in excess of 700 people annually, a busy regatta schedule and has a multi award winning program committed to supporting disabled sailing.

“This role will ensure that RPAYC remains a leader in providing exceptional yacht racing and regatta management” commented Vice Commodore Michael Lockley after addressing a meeting of the Club race management teams last week.  “Our race management teams are very supportive of this move and are excited about the further investment we are making in our sport”. 

Within the organisational structure, this position will be 2IC to the General Manager ensuring that the sailing activities of the Club are elevated above all other aspects of this very diverse operation, while retaining the balance required to ensure that satisfaction and funding is maintained across all areas. 

The recruitment firm Sportspeople has been exclusively appointed to conduct a full international search to present the best candidates to the Club.  Details of the role and how to apply can be found at www.sportspeople.com.au or specifically  https://www.sportspeople.com.au/sp/position/PositionDisplay.asp?ID=44842. Applications close 1 March, 2017. All enquiries should be directed to Robert McMurtrie at Sportspeople.

While experience working in a yacht club is not necessary, the Club seeks an experienced manager with significant international yacht racing experience and a thorough knowledge of (and network of connections in) the international yachting industry. 

For media information please contact: Suzanne Davies, General Manager RPAYC on 02 9998 3700

For recruitment enquiries please contact:  Sportspeople 1800 634 388 or 029555 5000

NYYC Invitational Cup - EOI

September 9-16, 2017
Newport, Rhode Island

The Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. It has become an important Corinthian (amateur) sailing competition. The racing is in NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900.

The RPAYC has had several teams represent the club at the NYYC Invitational Cup and expressions of interests are open for the 2017 event. If you are interested in forming a team and apply with NYYC to compete please let the Sailing Office know. If RPAYC recieve an invitation to compete your team will be advised.  

In the inaugural NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex in 2009, 19 yacht club teams from 14 countries, from four continents competed. The host New York Yacht Club team, skippered by Phil Lotz, won the regatta. The second Invitational Cup in 2011 included 22 yacht club teams from 16 nations from six continents. Twenty teams sailed in 2013. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club crew, skippered by Terry McLaughlin, won both the 2011 and 2013 events. The 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was the most competitive yet, with the podium places decided on the final beat of the final race. The Royal Thames YC won the regatta, becoming the first club from outside North America to claim the prestigious trophy.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial event hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September 2017 at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. 

Seventeen teams from 11 countries and five continents competed in the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Among the returning teams were Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Japan Sailing Federation, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and the host team from the New York Yacht Club, all of which have competed in each edition of the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.

2017 ROLEX NYYC INVITATIONAL CUP

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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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