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Friends of David Booth Trophy Race

Around 300 participants have taken part in the first-ever Friends of David Booth Trophy race to Lion Island. The constant drizzle and cooler winds couldn’t dampen the spirits of all those who participated lighting up Pittwater with their spinnakers in the downwind pursuit start.
With the southerly breeze reaching 20 knots it launched the 34 starters down Pittwater and almost out of sight into the grey mist. Emerging from the fleet was Pacesetter, who had great race picking the right shifts and became the winners of the first Friends of David Booth Trophy. Coming in 2nd place was Pretty Woman  and third place was Whisper II. 
In a packed out Halyards for the presentation, Commodore Ian Audsley thanked all those involved for making such a memorable race.
“I’d like to thank all those who participated, it was great to see everyone out there commemorating David “Boothy” and making the race such a memorable occasion and I’d also like to thank the Friends of David Booth and the Club for the wonderful contribution to the event and the trophy.” said Ian.  
The Friends of David Booth trophy encapsulates the communal spirit of the Members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and will be displayed at the Club for many years. The annual event will be held on the last Saturday of February.

RPAYC Club Member Malcolm Parker 2017 Nespresso Youth International Champion

MALCOLM PARKER 2017 NESPRESSO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION.

Malcolm Parker, Evelyn Forster, Harry Hall, Harley Walters and Nic Andersen have won the 2017 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup in Auckland!The final day of the 2017 Nespresso Youth Match Racing Cup saw lead changes, upsets and the pressure got to some more than others. For those in the RNZYS members bar or listening from home they would have been treated to Cruising Yacht Club of Australia coach Jordan Reece and 7th placed skipper Thomas Grimes provided live commentary and insights to the day’s proceedings.

We started the day with semi-finals. Top placed from the round robin was Will Boulden who picked Will Eastman in the semi-finals. In the battle of the Will’s, Eastman (RPNYC) took the first match against Boulden (RFBYC) after winning the prestart, but Boulden took the following three matches to earn his place in the finals.

The second set of trans-Tasman semi-finals saw Matt Hughes (RNZYS) competing against Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). While Hughes won all of the starts, Parker sailed well around the track and went on to win the semi-final 3 – 0.

Petit-finals saw Eastman (RPNYC) and Hughes (RNZYS) battling it out for third place. In the first race Hughes took an early lead, but after trouble with his gennaker Eastman snuck through to take the win. Eastman went on to claim the petit 2 nil to secure 3rd place. RNZYS skipper Matthew Hughes finished 4th.

It was an all Australian final between Will Boulden (RFBYC) and Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). In what turned out to be an incredibly tight final. Will Boulden took the first race with Malcolm Parker taking the next two “He definitely had his skates on in those final two races.” Said Boulden at prizegiving

2017 champion Parker, thanked his competitors and crew for the close regatta. “It was a tough final day, thanks to all my crew for getting me out of a few tricky situations”- Parker.

Ginger conquers Pittwater for fourth MC38 Australian Championship

Leslie Green and his Ginger crew pulled off the ultimate class feat when they sailed to a fourth successive MC38 Australian Championship on Pittwater on Sunday February 19, 2017.

A fickle last day closed up the final pointscore. Ginger (CYCA) laid the foundations in the first two days and went out to race defensively, putting a target on Dark Star’s (RPAYC) back, and Neville Crichton’s Maserati (RNZYS/CYCA) crew cleverly read what breeze there was to move into second overall.

The day opened with a patchy 5-7 knot sou’west wind for race eight and finished with a second race, on the Mackerel Beach to Stokes Point course in a light ESEer up to 8kts with a mid-section full of holes. A weather system to the north-west did Pittwater sailors no favours and forced a postponement between races as the committee monitored the Bureau of Meteorology’s radar for thunderstorm activity, wary of the previous two afternoon’s sudden storms.

“It was a hard day today, we had to cover Dark Star and that can lead you into trouble,” Green said. “All the boys are so good, the reason we win is we have an excellent team. I loved every minute of it and I’ll be back next year,” the smiling skipper promised.

As the newest crewmember, strategist Julian Plante commented that the guys on the Ginger team are inspired by Leslie’s attitude and the effort he puts in. “The inspiration pushes everyone to do their best and find a little extra. Leslie sets a nice tone and the team want for nothing. Joining them was a no-brainer for me; they’ve been a successful team for so long.”

Doug McGain, mainsheet on Maserati, said the mental stress was high for some on board as the games of snakes and ladders played out in the final race, when Maserati was still behind Dark Star on points. “There was a lot of concentration and a bit of mental stress,” McGain said. “Once we got around the top mark and looked back we knew we were fine. Everyone just took a breath and settled down. We just had to be patient. Neville was happy with the weekend and he’s happy with second.”

Cameron Miles, tactician on Dark Star, rued yet another final series day when their good fortune ran out, similar to the final day and race of the 2016 Australian Championship. “The last day seems to not be our day. We are sailing well and the boat’s going well, we just need to be more consistent. We could have got our time on distance better in the second start, the penalty turn didn’t hurt us as we were going right but then the breeze came in hard out of the left. You can only go with what you can see at the time,” Miles added.

Being the tactician on a cloudy and shifty Pittwater is the most unenviable job on the boat, no matter which class, and what happened to Dark Star and others today is referred to by locals as ‘being Pittwater-ised’.

Sunday’s race victories went to Maserati and Chris Hancock’s Vino while Steve Barlow’s Light Speed again posted promising results, finishing fourth in their debut MC38 regatta - a national title nonetheless.  On Light Speed’s heels was Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan, tactician Will Ryan making some smart calls in the taxing conditions.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s PRO Steve Merrington summed up the series with, “It was a shame the wind didn’t quite cooperate today but still it was a good regatta that finished up nicely.”

- Lisa Ratcliff


Read more at http://www.mysailing.com.au/latest/ginger-conquers-pittwater-for-fourth-mc38-australian-championship#7MzzhIoHo73Xsiki.99

Malcolm Parker and RPAYC team currently 2nd on leader board at Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup

Unbeaten bOULDEN TAKES a CLEAR LEAD ON DAY TWO at the Nespresso Youth International Cup

by Georgia Witt. Sailing Coordinator. RNZYS

Day two of the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Race Cup ended with only five of the sixteen scheduled flights remaining in the round robin.

Building on his early lead from day one Will Boulden (RFBYC/Alpha Racing) with his crew of Alex Negri, James Farquharson and local RNZYS YTP member Josh Wijohn are the favourites to take the top spot after the round robin sitting on 9 wins 0 losses.

Fellow Australian Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) is next on the leader board with 7 wins and 2 losses, Parker will be looking to win all of his matches’ tomorrow morning to stay in a good position for the Quarterfinals.

Tied in third place are the New Zealanders Matthew Hughes (RNZYS Youth Training Programme) and William Eastman (RPNYC) who both have 6 wins and 2 losses. The two will face each other on in flight 13 early in tomorrow.

The conditions today saw more rainy conditions in the morning but the sun shined through in the afternoon, however still not the strong constant breeze that Race Officer Colin Lucas was looking for “it was a long day today – we were lucky to get the racing in”. Lucas and his team will be looking to finish the Round Robin first thing tomorrow and then the top eight teams will move into quarter finals.

Points Table

Will Boulden                 RFBYC / Alpha Racing            9 wins / 0 losses / 9 sailed

Malcolm Parker           RPAYC                                     7 / 2 / 9

Matthew Hughes         RNZYS                                      6 / 8

Will Eastman                RPNYC                                     6 / 8

Tom Picot                     CNC                                        5 / 8

Frankie Dair                 KKCC                                       5 / 9

Thomas Grimes CYCA                                      4 / 9

Nick Rozenauers          RSYS                                         3/ 8

Zoe Bennett                 RPNYC                                     3 / 8

Sarah Parker                RPAYC                                     3 / 9

Celia Willison               RNZYS                                      2 / 8

James Jennings           RNZYS                                      1 / 8

Henry Wilson                MBYC/WBHS                            1 / 9

 

A reminder to come down and watch all the racing from the members bar, there will be prime viewing and live commentary of the finals on Sunday.

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LIVE results also on www.matchracingresults.com

For more information contact the sailing office at raceoffice@rnzys.org.nz. Or you can phone us at 09 360 3809 or 027 645 7788.

 

 

 

Yachting Champions Dinner - Saturday 11th March

In its Sesquicentennial Year, The RPAYC celebrates its Yachting Champions.
 
Saturday 11th March 2017 at 7pm in the Pittwater Room at The RPAYC
 
This night is a key event in The RPAYC Sesquicentenary celebrations and will recognise and pay tribute to the successes of the Club’s Yachting Champions. Life Member Richard Hudson will MC the night and will provide an overview of the many great moments of our Champion Sailors during the Club’s history.
 
All RPAYC Members are invited to join the celebrations. Tickets are $85 for Members and $98 for Non Members, and the night includes a 3 course dinner with matching wines.
 
Bookings essential, please call reception on 9998 3700 or email reception@rpayc.com.au
 
 
 

The Discover Sailing Twilight Experience generates more crew for Members

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Sail Training department introduced the Discover Sailing Twilight Program in late November of 2016. The program’s aim is simple, introduce members of the local community to the sport of sailing in the relaxed environment of a Thursday night twilight under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

Since then, The Club has introduced or re-introduced over 25 members of the local community to twilight sailing, many of whom have gone on to start training in The Club’s Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat program or started crewing on members boats. The Club introduces the participants of the Discover Sailing Twilight program to the crew with me program where they can register interest to crew on Members boats in the various events the Club offers.

To get your hands on some crew, make sure your boat is online on the Alfred’s crew with me crew register software, which can be accessed from this link, http://rpayc.com.au/sailing/crew-with-me.

For more information on either the crew with me software or to go sailing with the Alfred’s Discover Sailing Twilight Program, please contact the sailing office on 9998 3761.

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. 

 
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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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