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RPAYC Win the Hardy Cup and create history with the first Female Helm and all female team to win the Regatta

Hearty congratulations to Clare Costanzo of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC, who this afternoon claimed the RSYS Hardy Cup on Sydney Harbour, becoming the first woman and leading the first all-female crew to win the prestigious event! Costanzo finished runner-up last year, but sailed brilliantly through the final today to defeat pre-regatta favourite George Anyon of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS). ️🥇👏

The Team was: Clare Costanzo, Celia Wilson, Ruby Scholten, Jess Angus and Hannah Lanz. 

Event Patron Sir James Hardy will make the trophy presentation this evening at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.Media release and further photos to follow.

Hardy Cup Youth Match Racing Regatta

Some of the best Trans-Tasman youth match racing teams will traverse the continent to be part of the Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta to be sailed February 5 - 8 on Sydney Harbour. 

Twelve youth teams of males and females aged 18 to 25 will represent two nations, three Australian states plus the Northern Territory and eight different yacht clubs in Australia and New Zealand at the Grade 3 Hardy Cup the RSYS first hosted back in 2001.

America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying “It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.”

George Anyon from the RNZYS, and ranked number 14 in the world starts the Hardy Cup as favourite. The CYCA’s Tom Grimes is another high-ranking skipper expected to be among the finalists.

Clare Costanzo is one of three female skippers, two of those from the RPAYC’s Youth Development program including her younger sister Juliet who is following in her match racing wake. Clare is ninth in the women’s world rankings and finished the Hardy Cup runner-up in 2017, behind DBSC’s team of Ashlen Rooklyn, Ben Robinson, Pete Langman and Chris Steel.

The third female skipper competing at Hardy Cup 2018 is Charlotte Griffin from the Squadron. The cup will be Charlotte’s third youth match racing event. Previously Charlotte has competed at the Harken International Youth Championships and the Marinassess Women’s Matching Racing Regatta where her skill and speed on the water drew a lot of attention from other competitors. Coming from a dinghy background Charlotte has competed in 420’s for several years and recently competed at the 420 World Championship in Perth.

The five-stage Hardy Cup competition is as follows: stage 1 - a single round robin, stage 2 - a single round robin, stage 3 - quarter final knockout & semi-final knockout, stage 4 - petit final knockout and lastly, stage 5 - the final knockout.

For plenty of information on the Hardy Cup including all regatta documents, list of competing teams and live results once the regatta begins go to https://www.rsys.com.au/sailing/hardy-cup and https://www.facebook.com/hardycup/

History of the Hardy Cup
The Squadron's youth sailing program commenced in 1960 and in 2001 the club hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup, the trophy donated by longstanding regatta Patron Sir James Hardy who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. Prior to 2001 the Royal Australian Navy conducted the event for many years but due to the changes in the Navy training structure the competition lapsed until the RSYS picked it up. The Hardy Cup has been won by the following helmsmen who in later years went onto success at the World Match Racing Tour and other professional roles in the sport: Michael Dunstan RSYS, AUS (2002, 2005, 2006), Adam Minoprio RNZYS, NZL (2007), Evan Walker CYCA, AUS (2008, 2010), David Chapman RSYS, AUS (2013).

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By Lisa Ratcliff
On Course Communications

City of Perth Festival of Sail,The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta

Monday 29 January - Friday 2 February 2018 Rick Stewart from Perth Sailing PhotographyRick Stewart from Perth Sailing Photography

A really tough day for Race Management on day 3 of the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta with shifting light winds all day on Perth Waters. PRO Kim Laurence and his team were fully tested as the faint breeze flicked around from East to South and back playing havoc with course setting. This coupled with high and low tides due to the new full moon provided a new test for the 12 teams.

The crews have been bashed by two days of medium to strong breezes which bene-fitted the bigger stronger teams however the lighter crew combinations added a new dynamic to racing today. A number of teams have mixed male / female crews and two teams have very young tacticians learning from the best of youth skippers.

Will Boulden and his Alpha Racing Team from Royal Freshwater Bay YC continues to tick off the wins in Round 2 with 14 year old Will Drew riding as after-guard. The two Will’s stand at 4 wins and no losses in Round 2.

Jelmer van Beek and Team Dutch Wave have Arienne van de Loosdrecht working the pit and 13 year old Jared Clark on the back of the boat. Jelmer’s team won all three matches raced today to be in the mix for a semi-final spot.

Harry Price and his Down Under Racing team from Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney continue to add to his win tally today with a very experienced match racing crew. His four from four races means he is breathing down the neck of Will Boulden at the top of the leaderboard.

Nick Egnot-Johnson, one of the teams from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Performance Programme, has a team of teenagers onboard including Charlotte Porter on trim. Nick’s team have progressed in Round 2 with 3 more wins on the board.

Also improving in the lighter airs is female skipper Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred YC team including Jessica Angus as floater. Clare’s team took two scalps in James Wilson and Conor Nicholas today.Rick Stewart from Perth Sailing PhotographyRick Stewart from Perth Sailing Photography

James Hodgson who comes from Mooloolaba in Queensland but sails with the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, holds a 57% win rate in Round 2 leav-ing him in contention for a semi-final position. James won a real classic match race against Conor Nicholas and his South of Perth YC team in a real nail bitter in the soft conditions.
Sailors and volunteers then retired to the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for a BBQ and watch the full blood, blue moon set over the City of Perth skyline, whilst the event sponsors and other iconic Perth businesses took to the Perth Waters to battle it out for the title of the 2018 Corporate Cup, which was won by the boat sponsored by Spices Catering.

Round Robin 2 matches continue on Thursday with a start time of 1230hrs (local time). 

Full Standings: https://www.swanriversailing.com/warrenjonesregatta-results/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarrenJonesRegatta/

by Jonny Fullerton on behalf of Swan River Sailing




Hardy Cup Sydney International set to illuminate the harbour

Some of the best Trans-Tasman youth match racing teams will traverse the continent to be part of two hotly contested Australian match racing regattas, one of those the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International 

2017 Hardy Cup winners DBSC Ashlen Rooklyn credit: Raoul di Ferranti2017 Hardy Cup winners DBSC Ashlen Rooklyn credit: Raoul di Ferranti

Match Racing Regatta.

Perth is hosting the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta January 29 to February 2 then a coast-to-coast flight later some of those teams will arrive in Sydney to join the rest of the field preparing for the Hardy Cup, to be sailed February 4 - 8 on Sydney Harbour.

The competition then switches to New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 9 - 13.

175th Festival of Sails part of Victorian long weekend sporting bonanza

Victoria proved to be the country’s sporting capital over the 2018 Australia Day long weekend and Geelong took on the host role for two of three major events. 

Royal Geelong Yacht Club successfully staged the 175th anniversary Festival of Sails and for the first time the sailing regatta coincided with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, both events bringing a huge influx of competitors, media and visitors to the region.

Across the other side of Port Phillip at Melbourne Park the countdown to the Sunday night Australian Open men’s final is on.

Conditions for the closing day of the festival, supported again by local business Rex Gorell Land Rover, were very warm but the 300-boat fleet kept moving in 8-14 knots of E-NE breeze.

Full results in every division at available at http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2018/fos/index.htm and plenty of video recaps thanks to VR Sport TV on the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Festival.of.Sails/

Dates for next year’s Festival of Sails are set down for Saturday 26 to Monday 28 January, 2019.

Warren Jones Int. Youth Regatta brings the best Youth Match Race Sailors to Perth

Hot line up of new youth sailors coming to PerthWarren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017

Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - 27 January - 2 February 2018

The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta takes place on City of Perth waters from 29 January to 2 February, 2018 and is open to the world’s best youth sailors under the age of 25 years and offers driven young sailors a pathway to reach their match racing goals on the international circuit.

Many competing sailors at past Warren Jones International Youth Regattas have fulfilled their dreams of going on to compete at the highest level in all types of yachting regattas from Americas Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Match Racing Tour events to Olympic sailing competition. Several of the competing skippers at last years event went on to compete in the World Match Race Tour last season.

The eventual winner of the World Match Race Tour in 2017 was Torvar Mirsky, a local sailor who won his first ever match racing event by winning the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta back in 2007, repeating that win in 2008.

There are three teams from Sydney, NSW at this years event. Harry Price is the skipper of DownUnder Racing, currently ranked 4th in the open match racing rankings, representing Sydney Sailing Centre and the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia. Having won three New South Wales Youth Match Racing State titles, two Youth Match Racing National Championships, dual Musto International Youth Match Racing Champions and Governor’s Cup Champions, Price capped off an impressive two year run by being crowned Youth Match Racing World Champion for 2017 and most recently finished 5th on the World Match Racing Tour in 2017. Harry is also a managing partner of Sydney Sailing Centre which is Australia’s only dedicated catamaran training centre, owning two M32 Catamarans in Sydney.

James Hodgson, also from Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia, is sailing in his 2nd Warren Jones Regatta this year. While completing his year 12 studies in 2017, he has split his sailing between his home club in Mooloolaba, Queensland whilst flying into Sydney regularly to join the Youth Sailing Academy at the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia. He continues to climb the World rankings at 66 in October 2017 and has had a strong year overall. Recent achievements include winning the New South Wales Youth, Queensland Open and Australian Schools Match Racing Championships and podium places of 2nd in the Australian Youth Match Racing and 3rd at the Australian Open Match Racing Championships. James intends to commence University in Sydney and focus on his Match Racing and keelboat racing with CYCA in 2018.Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017

Clare Costanzo aged 21 years from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC, will be only the second female skipper in Warren Jones Regatta history with the last competing female skipper being Nicky Souter, also from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC way back in 2009. Clare has been match racing since 2013 in State, National and International Youth, Women's and WIM series and Open Match Racing events. Clare is leading a team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Youth Development program for the Warren Jones Regatta. This team of James FarquharsonHarry HallHarley Walters and Ryan Wilmot sailed for Will Dargaville at the 2017 Warren Jones Regatta with Clare as floater/tactician. This year, the team will be back to improve on their 2017 performance with Jessica Angus joining the crew. In 2017 Clare competed at the Youth Match Racing Worlds where she placed 7th and competed at the 2017 Hardy Cup where she placed 2nd. Clare is currently ranked 10th in the Women's Match Racing Ranking and 72nd in Open Match Racing. Clare will also be guest speaking at the City of Perth #WomenOnWater event.Mark Spearman is one ofthree skippers representing Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. He spent 2017 competing in the entire World Match Racing Touras tactician for Neptune Racing. The highlight of the team’s year was being ranked number 1 in the World Sailing rankings and also finishing in the top 5 at 3 world tour level events. Mark and hist team won the JESS Match Cup which acted as a training warm up event a few days ago.

The Sydney to Hobart Race, why we did it, Xs Moment race report

The XS Moment 2017 Sydney to Hobart StoryCredit: Crew member Tom HarveyCredit: Crew member Tom Harvey

Xs Moment is owned and Skippered by Ray Hudson. Ray and his crew are regular offshore sailors and have been sailing together for many years. This is their story as to why they participated in the 2017 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and what they did to get to the start line and to dock in Hobart. 50th on line honours 03:17:33:37.


Why we participated in the Race

It was a personal challenge for many of the crew including me as the skipper and owner – we considered it our ‘everest’ in ocean sailing.
Our aims were to finish the race safely with all crew enjoying themselves and putting in their personal best efforts – this aim was clearly realised & we all had a great experience undertaking the race – and to win our division, which was not realised, but we tried!! View the race stnadings here: http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/

To increase our Blue Water experience and prove both XS Moment’s and our own capabilities.

To create the nucleus of a tested Blue Water crew with confidence in each other so that we can continue to participate safely and competitively in Blue Water events including our continued involvement on the RPAYC Blue water Series.

To simply enjoy sailing and participation in a recognised premier ocean racing event.

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, 2018

You're invited to compete in The RPAYC's Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta, being held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, 2018. 

Windward/Leeward racing offshore 'Broken Bay Offshore zone'.  Category 4 with IRC, ORCi & PHS categories.

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta includes the Summer One Design and Sports Boat Regatta and Etchells World Qualifying Series with windward/leeward racing inshore on Pittwater. Category 7 with One Design, ORC and PHS categories. 

Berthing is included - please contact the Waterfront staff at waterfront@rpayc.com.au for all berthing enquiries.

Live music post racing on Saturday, plus chef cooked BBQ - $22 pp - book through reception on 02 9998 3700.

Enter today and join in this exciting regatta competing with members from other NSW Yacht Clubs!

Notice of Race - The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta
Enter Here for The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta


Latest National Champion, Fletcher Walters, Optimist Open Gold Class

1st & 2nd to RPAYC Youth Opti Sailors!

Congratulations to RPAYC's Open Fleet Optimist Sailors - 2018 Australian Optimist Champion - Fletcher Walters and in 2nd place, Daniel Links - report & photo credit from Opti Australia. The 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships hosted at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron have concluded with 261 sailors competing over 3 fleets and 5 days of racing. 

There were plenty of smiling faces and friendships being made across the boat park and close racing on the water.

Teams Racing

Teams racing was once again a hotly contested event, 24 teams entered, it came down to the last race of the finals with SA1 once again up against NSW1.  In a repeat of last year’s event, SA1 came back from 1 down ending up finishing 2/1.  South Australia for the 2nd year in a row the Teams Racing Champions.  Congratulations to : Jonas Barrett, Ben Hinks, Alexi Wigglesworth, Quinn Auricht & Ruby Pike.

Green Fleet

Green Fleet had 51 entries and there was plenty of fun sailing a shortened course format, it was great to see these little guys and girls sailing and having fun with smiles all round. Well done to the green fleet supporting coaches in making this a fun regatta for all our greenies. 

Congratulations to our Green Fleet Podium: 1st Jack Scharf (QLD), 2nd Sara Bruce (NSW), 3rd Harry Hogan (QLD).  1st Female : Sara Bruce (QLD).

Intermediate Fleet

The Intermediate Fleet had 75 entries with close racing across the 5 days.  With all sailors in one start the start line congestion looked at times like coordinated chaos but with a minute to go all sailors would find their spot and the close racing would commence. The standout leader in the Intermediate Fleet was Reece Hartnett from NSW with all other positions involving tight competition.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Fleet Podium : 1st Reece Hartnett (NSW), 2nd William Troop (NSW), Cameron Scade (NSW).  1st Female : Anneke Meyer (NSW).

Open Fleet

The Open Fleet had 135 competitors resulting in the fleet being divided into two divisions for both the qualifying and finals.  The quality of the Open Fleet racing was outstanding throughout the 5 days of the regatta with close and exciting racing at the front of the fleet.  A great display of consistency for Fletcher Walters, Daniel Links and Quinn Auricht to stay in the top 3 positions for the entire regatta.   The final podium positions came down to the last race and last couple of meters with Daniel Links winning both races on final day, Fletcher Walters was able to secure second place in the final race of the regatta allowing him to win the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships by one point. 

Open Fleet Overall Winners & Australian Championship

1st Fletcher Walters (NSW)

2nd Daniel Links (NSW)

3rd Quinn Auricht (SA)

RQYS’s biggest Summer of Sailing ever!

A National Championship every week over Christmas and the New Year!

Congratulations to all RPAYC members who have been competing over the Summer. Below are the results from this months regattas:-

Zhik 2018 Australian 9er Championships: 26 – 31 December 2017
49er FX Class - 2nd Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot
49er Class - 5th: Xavier Winston Smith/Shaun Connor, 6th Jim Colley/Simon Hoffman

29er Class - 17th Grace Powers

2018 Oceania and Australian Open Laser Championships: 27 Dec 2017 – 4 January 2018
Laser Radial - 29th Jarrah Sheppherd
Laser 4.7 - 27th Thomas Skinner
Laser Standard - 27th Dave Taylor

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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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