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

     

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

Weather advice from world renowned meteorologist Roger Badham

This year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race will feature a daily weather report three days prior to the start provided by world renowned meteorologist, Dr Roger Badham or “Clouds” as he is known in sailing circles.

Complementary to the Bureau of Meteorology’s overall weather forecast, competitors will have access to these tailored reports from Roger’s 40 years of expertise in studying weather patterns of the east coast of Australia.

 “I’ve worked with the RPAYC and the Coffs Race for around 40 years, racing to Southport will present added challenges so it will be well worth doing some extra homework for the race.” said Roger.

Trying to juggle wind forecasts, weather patterns, warm water currents and potentially dodging summer storms can cause headaches for the competitors. Having a plethora of weather information readily available can make it tough filtering through all the content to make the right decisions.

Holiday Trading Hours at the Club and New Year's Eve

The Club's boatyard will be closed from the 23 December and will open again on the 3 January. If Members are planning on going away for an extended period of time please remember to park your vehicle in the upper car parks or Crystal Bay.  


Halyards Christmas Trading Hours
(Monday 19 December 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017)
(Bar hours are trade dependent)
DECEMBER
Mon 19: 0900 – 1830
Tues 20: 0900 – approx. 2100 Ladies Twilight 
Wed 21: 0900 – 1900
Thurs 22: 0900 – approx. 2100 Twilight
Fri 23: 0900 – 2030 Alfred’s Table – bookings through reception
Sat 24: CHRISTMAS EVE: 0800 – 1930
Sun 25: CHRISTMAS DAY: - CLUB CLOSED
Mon 26/Tues 27: 0900 – 1600 (public holiday)
Wed 28/Thurs 29: 0900 – 1830 (Food available from bar till 1830)
Fri 30: 0900 – 1930 (Alfred’s Table closed – bistro menu available)
Sat 31: New Year’s Eve: 0800 – 2200 (party bookings through reception) 
JANUARY
Sun 1: 0800 – 1900 (public holiday) 
Mon 2: 0630 – 1900 (public holiday) Pittwater to Southport Race
Tues 3 – Thurs 5: 0900 – 1800
Fri 6: 0900 – 1930 (Alfred’s Table closed – bistro menu available)

 
BERTH ABSENCES
The Club would appreciate if facility holders would let us know if your berth or mooring will be vacant for any period during December and January. The Club will berth the competitor vessels on the marina prior to the Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race and the following the week will start to see the arrival of over 50+ Etchells for the National Championship.  Assistance from members would be gratefully received. Email waterfront@rpayc.com.au or telephone 9998 3741
 
New Year’s Eve Wrist Bands
To avoid entry issues on New Year’s Eve, if you are planning to be at the Club or on the marina you need to collect wrist bands for you and your guests from the Club reception before 5pm on New Year’s Eve.  The Club has additional security across the facilities throughout the night and the wristbands ensure that the security guards are aware of who is authorised to be on Club premises.
 
TENDER SERVICE
25th  December             Christmas Day no tender service and Club Closed
26TH December              8am – 6pm
27th   December              8am – 6pm
28th  December               8am – 6pm
29th  December               8am – 5pm
30th  December               8am – 5pm     
31st  December               8am – 6pm
1st   January                   8am – 6pm
2nd  January                   8am – 6pm

RPAYC Sail to Hobart!

The Club would like to wish all the best to the RPAYC Members and boats who have lined on up a postcard summer’s day on Sydney Harbour for the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart.

Charlotte, one of the largest representations of the Club is a beautiful yacht with pleasing aesthetics. RPAYC crew members include John Bacon, Jason Antill, Trevor Hannah, Annie Taylor and Rear Commodore Yacht Racing, Ron Palmer. For Ron this is only race one of his racing schedule having to rush back up to Pittwater to race in the 2016 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race on Pekljus.

RPAYC Member, Stacey Jackson who was a competitor in the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race onboard team SCA will be the Boat Captain on the Tasmanian boat Alive. The 66 footer former Black Jack was renamed Alive in 2014 and has already claimed some silver wear including winning the IRC overall trophy in the Brisbane to Gladstone race in 2014.

Club boat, Sticky owned and skippered by Richard Harris used the 2016 Pittwater to Coffs as a lead up race for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Being relatively new to ocean racing Richard and his crew have been taking the best steps possible to prepare for Sticky’s maiden voyage to Hobart.

Regular RPAYC speaker on tactics, navigation and tech talk, Frank Walker will be practicing what he preaches on board Springday Pazazz as tactician/navigator.

On board Performance Yacht Racing – Woteva (PYR – Woteva) is Member Mark Thompson who will be sailing in his 14th Sydney to Hobart and Chris Grant will be sailing down Breakthrough.

Other RPAYC boats include; Tekani, which is a Hanse 495, and Pelagic Magic which is a Beneteau 40.7.

To follow the progress of the fleet be sure to follow the race tracker - http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/ 

 

Sail Sydney

By David Taylor

The following weekend after returning to Sydney from Melbourne, our centreboard sailors were back at it again this time at Woollahra Sailing Club for the Sail Sydney regatta. Again we had strong representation from the RPAYC sailors and some great results. One day was abandoned due to lack of wind, however the other days of racing were challenging with heat and moderate winds.

Results from our RPAYC centreboard competitors were:-

Sail Melbourne

By David Taylor

Sail Melbourne followed on from the girls camp and is one of the only regattas in the world where invited classes can compete alongside the Olympic Champions in the same regatta. Sail Melbourne is the final Sailing World Cup event of the year. Our sailors were there in the same space as our 2016 Rio Olympic medallists and representatives. The first day of the regatta was abandoned due to extreme wind conditions. The second day saw some racing later in the day in winds around 25 knots, while the last two days were 10-15 knots of wind.

RPAYC members competing in the Olympic Classes at the event were Jason Waterhouse in the Nacra 17, Josh Dawson and Jim Colley (separate boats) in the 470 fleet, Nina Curtis in the 49er FX and Rob McMillan in the Finn fleet.

2016 National Girls Camp

By David Taylor

Prior to Sail Melbourne in St Kilda there was a three day national training camp for the top 20 girls (invitation only) from Australia that currently race in Open Fleet at a regatta level. RPAYC were lucky enough to have three girls from the Club chosen, those being Bella Green, Olivia Williams and Bayley Taylor. The camp focused on the improvement of girls sailing excellence and networks with a view of improving skills and profile of the female sailors in the Optimist Open fleet which is dominated by the boys in terms of gender balance.

The three day camp consisted of theory sessions on shore, sailing sessions on the water and an opening night at a local pizza restaurant. The RPAYC girls all had a great time and made new friends with the girls from NSW as well as all the other states. All of the coaches were female and included past Olympic and Opti champions such as Sarah Blanck and Elise Rechichi to name a few.

Narrow Farr 40 One Design Trophy victory to Estate Master

Jeff Carter’s Edake and Martin Hill’s Estate Master staged a mighty final charge for supremacy in the deciding race of the Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, Estate Master’s fourth place to Edake’s sixth gifting them a narrow series victory.
“Yesterday we felt we had a speed edge, today we couldn’t find it but in the end we won four of the eight races and we are happy with that result,” Hill said dockside at Newport’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

RPAYC's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have won GOLD with a race to spare!

France's Nacra 15 team and Australia's 29er girls have wrapped up gold with a race to spare at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.
 
Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange lead the Nacra 15 fleet by 23 points going in to the final day of racing, enough of an advantage to see them claim gold in the first outing for the Nacra multihull at the Youth Worlds.
 
The gold also gives crew Dorange his third Youth Worlds gold medal having won the last two in the SL16 with then helm Louis Flament.

After coming ashore to congratulations from their team mates waiting to launch for the afternoon session, both boys had the same word to sum up the win, "It's amazing," said Mourniac before Dorange echoed, "Yes. It's amazing."

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

17 December 2016

Event: Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, December 17-18, 2016 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with racing on Pittwater & Broken Bay

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

Pittwater, sometimes called ‘shift water’, exhibited its best and worst on day one of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy and still the race management team managed four races in breeze three to 15 knots between Taylor’s Point at Clareville and the offshore community of Morning Bay which fronts the Kur-ing-gai Chase National Park.Credit: Crosbie LorimerCredit: Crosbie Lorimer

On Saturday afternoon, December 17, Martin Hill’s Estate Master crew was smiling having more often than not picked the right shifts, but they could well appreciate others’ frustration.

Estate Master’s tactician David Chapman said, “It was a typically tough Pittwater day, very shifty NW to SW and the whole team did a very good job staying patient. Our starts weren’t great so we were on the back foot but pulled ourselves to the front. Everyone had their moments, Double Black was up there, Joe de Kock looked good with Good Form and Mim (Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis) did really well for his first day of fleet racing driving Transfusion.”

RACING RULE CHANGES FOR 2017

STAY IN THE KNOW: RACING RULE CHANGES FOR 2017

November 29, 2016

Every four years the Conference of World Sailing gets together to review, update, and amend the rules of our sport. Bryan Willis, the chairman of the jury, put together a great synopsis of the changes and what you need to know going into 2017.

Download the new RRS and Australian Prescition from the Australian Sailing website: http://www.sailing.org.au/sport-services/racing-rules/
 

The Race Committee at the J/70 Midwinters - Photo by Chris Howell

Changes in sailing rules are announced every four years and are always a big topic of conversation at the yacht club and regattas. There’s no one better at explaining how to put the rules into practice than Bryan Willis. Willis has been chairman of the jury and chief umpire for some of the most prestigious sailing events in the world, including the America's Cup and Olympics. He has served on International Sailing Federation (ISAF) now called World Sailing Racing Rules Committee for over 25 years. Our thanks to Willis for providing the following summary of the changes that will be affecting our sport starting in 2017. 

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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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