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Magpie swoops twice at Etchells Australian Championship

Graeme Taylor and his Magpie crew of Steve Jarvin and James Mayo sailing for Victoria’s Mornington Yacht Club posted the best scores among a who’s who of keelboat sailing to be named Etchells Australian champions for the second year running.

Taylor, Mayo and Richie Allanson won in 2016 at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. In 2017 off Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches, Taylor and Mayo were joined by Steve Jarvin who cut short his skiing trip and spent five days travelling to make the final two races of the five-race one design series.

“It’s never easy at an Etchells nationals” Taylor said of the entry calibre, “you just have to chip away and eventually it comes good,” he added, while heading back to his home state with some extra luggage.

“We are very, very happy. The race committee did an amazing job, they were smart enough to know what was going on out there and try and work with the conditions. We were very glad they binned that last race, it was getting hard to get a handle on the shifts.”

On the number of general recalls and black flag starts over the shortened and very intense series Taylor said, “Everyone wants to get a good result, they are pushing hard. You do your best and sometimes things fall your way, we were lucky this time.”

Magpie’s training partners Iain Murray, Euan McNichol and Richie Allanson finished second overall by three points with Northern Havoc and the current Etchells world champ, John Bertrand, took third with Triad2 and his crew of Bill Browne and Jake Newman.

“We didn’t get a win but we were always there, and it was good enough to bring us home second,” Murray said. “It was difficult out there with weather and sea conditions. Our target is the world champs in September; this is the first part of the journey. It’s the second regatta we’ve sailed and we are going up the curve.”

Murray’s America’s Cup commitments will restrict his return to sailing and in particular Etchells racing, a class he says people move on from but often return to. “We all seem to come back to the Etchells, it’s the common denominator. There a good bunch of people in the class who enjoy racing and we all rendezvous. There are some old hard heads, like us, and out there today was the RPAYC junior squad who at the other end of the learning curve and showing plenty of promise.

“I’ve got a pretty busy time coming up with the Cup, I’ll do what I can,” Murray promises. He will lead one of the Australian teams preparing for the San Francisco worlds in September 2017.

Given three of the ‘red shirts’ from the Wild Oats XI supermaxi crew picked up trophies at the Etchells major title, Murray says the pressure is now on their Oats crewmate Chris Links to perform well at the Finn nationals the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay is hosting January 16-21.

The 46-boat Etchells fleet went out on Saturday to the Palm Beach Circle where the residual sloppy seas from a big blow late Friday combined with 1-3 knot winds made offshore conditions very unpleasant. In the hope things would improve crews and officials waited patiently in the searing heat until 4pm before commencing the long journey back to the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sunburnt and without posting a score.

Offshore winds were light ENE on Sunday for races four and five. As the wind freshened to 15 knots race officer Ross Wilson attempted to start race six under a U flag but it was a general recall. The committee went straight to black flag but a major wind shift at 30 seconds to go forced a postponement, and then the time limit kicked in.

First female helm was Jeanne-Claude Strong (Yandoo XX), first and masters and grand masters crew was Bertrand’s Triad2 and first Corinthian boat was Fifteen+ (David Clark, Mark Langford, Sasha Ryan, Will Howard).

The RPAYC’s youth development team of Malcolm Parker, Clare Costanzo, Evelyn Foster and Rachel Bower grabbed the older guard’s attention in race five on Sunday afternoon when they crossed Magpie’s bow and went on to post their best result, 11th. Other YD sailors were sprinkled among the fleet.

Results

Event website

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Further information:

Lisa Ratcliff - On Course Communications
Etchells Australian Championship media
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

David Ritchard
President International Etchells Australia
e. president@etchells.org.au

 

 

 

Avalon Sailing Club Australia Day Regatta

A cordial invitation is extended to owners of all yachts - including centreboard classes, one-design keelboats, gaff-rigged and classic yachts - to enter the oldest continuously conducted sailing regatta in the world on Australia Day, Thursday 26th January 2017 on Pittwater. The Regatta will be conducted by the Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) on behalf of the Australia Day Regatta Management Committee. Entry includes a sausage sizzle at ASC after the presentation (16:30 approx).

Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form here

Crewmates deadlocked at 2017 Etchells Australian Championship

On board the Oatley family’s supermaxi Wild Oats XI they are crewmates. At the Etchells 2017 Australian Championship skippers Graeme Taylor and Iain Murray are deadlocked on opposing boats at 16 points apiece with Taylor leading the series on a countback.

A past Etchells Australian champion from Victoria, Taylor also has Wild Oats’ long-time mainsheet hand Steve ‘Mothy’ Jarvin crewing Magpie (Mornington Yacht Club), along with James Mayo.

On racing against Taylor and Jarvin, Murray (Northern Havoc, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron) said, “They are our mates, we tune up with them and we socialise with them. It’s all pretty friendly; we don’t bang each other around on the race course too much, though if it comes down to the last race then maybe that will change.

“Today was meant to be a straightforward nor’easter but it all went light and floppy; it was a pretty tricky day. Winds were reasonably strong then it turned really hot and they died out in race one. In the second race we had medium breeze and then it went light again. For the third start conditions started to get really windy and bumpy,” Murray added.

Third overall with 21 points after three races is Doug McGain’s Ciao (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia).

Dicko Cup Rally 2017 - fun, friendly, families and more

The annual Dicko Cup Marathon weekend is scheduled for 28 & 29 January, 2017. All members, family and friends are invited to participate and enjoy one of the clubs highlight events for the season. 

Whether you participate in either the Saturday, Sunday or both races or Sunday rally, everyone is invited to meet on Hallets Beach and spend the evening there. 

There will be a 'free' sausage sizzle on the beach at Hallets on Saturday evening and the second race back to the club as well as a 'Cruising Rally' from Hallets back to the Club on Sunday.  

To enter for the races for the Dicko Cup, click here (enter prior to Saturday). There is no need to pre-enter the Sunday Rally - just be on the beach on Saturday evening for the Rally briefing.

Rules:

·         The regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020) including the current Special Regulations and Prescriptions of Australian Sailing (AS), this Notice of Race (NoR) and as modified by the Sailing Instructions.

·         All boats shall have a valid Australian Sailing Category 7 or a Cruising Inshore Special Regulations Equipment Audit Form & submit their audit form to the sailing office if not already on file.

·         The "Marathon" Series includes two races for boats wishing to compete for the principal trophy, the "Dicko" Cup.

·         The Dicko Cup is a Non-Spinnaker event as per The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Sailing Handbook GNoR&SI 19.

·         A casual race will be conducted on Saturday 28 January for boats wishing to compete flying spinnakers. 

·         BBQ facilities and a club sausage sizzle will be provided at Hallett's Beach.

NOTICE TO MEMBERS - Changes to the Club By Laws

NOTICE TO MEMBERS

The following resolution was passed at the Board meeting held on 19 December 2016 in relation to the addition of a Club By-Law.

The Board considered the following proposed By-Law wording in relation to guidelines for use of the tender service.

It was resolved to includeBy-Law 04.13 

04.13     The Club Tender Service

(i)            The Club offers members on Club moorings an on-demand tender service to their vessel during the specified daily tender service hours.

(ii)          The Club offers those members with vessels on private moorings within the tender service area a tender service to their vessels to assist them in participating in Club organized activities.   It is requested that members assist in the efficient management of this service by minimizing the number of trips required to and from a boat by having crew gather at the club first.

(iii)         The tender service area is defined as the area south of the RMYC tower - the southern side of the Quays Marina and north of the area between Newport Public Wharf and Bayview Dog Park.

(iv)         The tender service may not be used as a transport service between points on Pittwater. 

(v)          The tender service will prioritise service for members participating in Club organized activities.

(vi)         Any use of the service outside of the above requirements will require the authority of the General Manager or Delegate and may only be on a very occasional basis.

The amended By-Laws are now uploaded on to the website and a copy of the updated By-Laws can be collected from Reception.  Please contact Lisa Hughes on 9998 3700 or at lisa.hughes@rpayc.com.auwith any questions.

Shaun Connor and Jack Felsenthal lead the fleet on day 3 of racing in the Viper Worlds

Corio Bay’s summer sea breeze can test the mettle of the most experienced sailor and on day three of the Viper Worlds 2017 it threw a few off their feet, producing a number of dramatic capsizes that made great fodder for the waiting photographers.

Conditions were tough for both race committee and crews, winds shifting around from the south-west to the south-east and huge variations in direction and strength. Yet the pointscore leaders Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor (AUS) still shone, scoring a first and second to hold onto the overall lead by seven points with seven races remaining.

“We are feeling comfortable all round, though it’s getting tougher later in the regatta. It’s good to be pushed,” Felsenthal said back at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club after racing. “Today was good fun, especially in the third race. We were in the lead going around the last top mark to the finish when we went over, which cost us a place. Turns out we had a knot in the mainsheet. We managed to get the boat back up reasonably quick and keep second.”

War of the worlds at the 2017 Etchells Australian Championship

An outstanding 46 boat line-up is due to contest the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club run Etchells Australian Championship January 11-15, 2017, including five current and former world champions and multiple national champions in Etchells and other classes.

Current Etchells world champion John Bertrand isn’t competing with his 2016 winning worlds crew, instead he’s recruited Bill Browne and Jake Newman to challenge for the series with Triad2. The trio has achieved their own success in the class, a state title and second at a previous national title.

On the opening day of racing tomorrow Bertrand said, “The Etchells continue to be the hottest one design fleet in the country and I’m really looking forward to the Australian Championship. Typically there’s a very good fleet of world champions and Olympic competitors, plus a whole lot of young people are coming through the class.” The forecast Bertrand describes as “a mixed bag”.

The 2012 Etchells World Champion team of David Edwards and Ivan Wheen will be joined on Edwards’ latest Etchells called Iron Lotus by sailmaker Michael Coxon on the helm plus Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron youth sailor Alex Rozenauers.

Jubilee Class to compete on Pittwater in January

The RPAYC are proud to once again host the Jubilee Huntingfield Cup. Racing for the National titles will commence on Saturday 21 through to Monday 23. 

Jubilee yachts were the formation class of RPAYC on Pittwater in 1938. The story of the Jubes and RPAYC go back to the mid-1930s when a RPAYC member, JR Dingle, donated five hundred pounds to the club on condition that they did not sell Green Point (our lovely site) but instead used the money to build improvements on the vacant land and adopt the Jubilee Class for racing on Pittwater . This offer was accepted.

The first race was held on the 17th of December 1938 when 14 Jubilees competed. The Jubilees formed the backbone of RPAYC racing on Pittwater in these early days. The Huntingfield Cup has been contested annually since 1946 alternating between NSW and Victoria. So it is most fitting that RPAYC will host the Huntingfield Cup, which is the equivalent of the Jubilees National Championship, from January the
21st to 23rd 2017.

Shakti sets the record for the first ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race

Media Release                                                                    4 January 2017

Doug Coulter’s Shakti from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club have steamed their way up the New South Wales coast to set the record for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s first ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race with an official finish time of 0201 EDT on January 4, 2017 gave them an elapsed time of 36hrs, 46mins 07 seconds.

With winds going a little beyond the predicted strength Coulter was very happy with the 46-footer’s performance in the south to southeast breeze reaching top speeds of 23 knots and averaging 18 to 16 knots. “We reached a top speed of around 23 knots but averaged around 18 – 16 knots most of they way up the coast.” Coulter said.

 

“The breeze was a little stronger than we expected which got us here pretty quickly” said the skipper early this morning, adding, “in some spots the gusts reached 30 knots.”

Coulter wasn’t too fazed when asked about setting the record but glad that all the preparation paid off with a great team effort and result given it was the boat’s first race to Southport.

Tailwinds for Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race

1 January 2017                                                                                              Media Release

Like the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet’s quick push south in record time, the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport line-up is set to also enjoy tailwinds after taking a left hand turn out of Broken Bay tomorrow.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will set a start line to the north of Palm Beach headland at 1pm on Monday January 2, 2017 and send the fleet to cover a course length of 370 nautical miles to the Queensland Gold Coast and Southport Yacht Club, which will welcome and host close to 200 sailors.

Bureau of Meteorology weather services manager Jane Golding says a front is expected to run up the NSW coast passing Sydney later afternoon or evening on Sunday January 1, 2017, followed by a spell of SE winds that will hit the NSW coastline. Credit: Howard WrightCredit: Howard Wright

A high pressure system is likely to follow the front and at the same time a tropical monsoon trough and low pressure will be on the central QLD coast. Between these two weather systems the SE wind will be stronger on the northern NSW coast.

Respected yachting meteorologist  Roger Badham is supporting the Bureau in terms of supplying specialised race forecasts and he’s predicting a fast race with S-SE winds of 20-25kts easing to 10-15kts on the Hunter and Mid North Coast and likely to remain SE 20-25kts at the NSW-QLD border areas.

This is great news for the lightweight, wide and the planing boats that love running-reaching conditions, and not so great for the narrower and heavier hulls that sail closer to their handicap rating when pushing into headwinds.

Skipper of the Elliott 10.5 High Anxiety, Marcus Grimes, said, “We would be ecstatic if ‘Clouds’ Badham's forecast holds and the more east in the southerly the better, to help us against the symmetrical boats. Our sweet spot is broad reaching. 

“Our early routing is telling us it will be a fast run under three days, but we will wait and see what the SE current has in store for us!” Grimes added.

He and his RPAYC team are also excited about new trimmer Danielle’s pre-race preparations - baking her own sourdough bread and smoking cheese to share with the crew.

Golding expects by the time the fleet reaches the Coffs Harbour - Byron coast vicinity they can expect heavy showers and possible storms. She says the fleet would have to go too far wide to gain any advantage by avoiding the southerly current running along the race route.

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About RPAYC

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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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