While racing at Travemünde week I took a trip to Hamburg to join the 150 Year Anniversary of the NVR Yacht Club. They are one of our many Reciprocal Clubs Worldwide.
I had the pleasure of joining the party for the Cross Atlantic Race they held as part of the celebrations and visiting the Club House on the small but beautiful lake in the centre of Hamburg that they frequently sail on.
I wished them congratulations on behalf of the RPAYC and our members for their 150 year given that we had just had our sesquicentennial celebration last year.
Andreas Christiansen. Chairman of NRV and I exchanged burgees as part of the celebrations.
Big thanks to Kaspar Stubenrauch the President of the German 5.5m Association who invited me to the celebrations.
Written by Martin Cross
A fantastic week of yachting was had with RPAYC represented by 2 x 5.5m competing at Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast.
Martin Cross sailing with Joachim & Johny Fluhrer placed 10th and John Bacon sailing with David Sampson placed 11th.
An excerpt from the race report: 'Skipper John Bacon, from Sydney, Australia, is not disheartened but thoroughly enjoying racing in Travemünde. “Absolutely delight to be sailing Travemünde for the first time. We are hoping to get the 5.5 worlds at our home club in 2020 and ahead of that we are trying to get some practice in with all the stars in the class over here. The weather is beautiful, the winds are great and we are just having a fantastic time meeting everybody and learning more and more about the boat. And looking forward to getting it home and sailing it this summer.”
He explained the choice of boat, “We looked at buying a boat for Europe and eventually taking back to the worlds in Australia. The boat we have was originally called ‘The Sting’ and was built in 1993. It was one of the last Evolution boats that was built and measured and it’s a pretty good boat. It’s got a lot of the aspects of a modern 5.5 and so it’s pretty competitive and we are pleasantly surprised we are doing OK.”
“The boat is pretty interesting. It was the first boat that Christoph Wilke ever built and maybe we’ll do a couple of fancy things to it to see if we can squeeze more performance. But in the meantime we are just trying to learn how to make it go.”
The boats are being packed up and are now on route to Blighty for Cowes Week and then the Gold Cup and Worlds at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Good Luck for the upcoming events
RPAYC are pleased to report that we had 3 members as finalists in the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards. Fletcher Walters was nominated for Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year whilst Nina Curtis & Stacey Jackson were both nominated for Female Sailor of the Year.
The awards took place last Friday night and the results were:
The winners include;
Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh
Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear
Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin / Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis
Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor
Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry
Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine
Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan
Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club
Full press release from YANSW is below.
Hunters Hill Sailing Club has been awarded NSW Club of the Year ahead of many others for their dedication and spirit in supporting sailing and their members.
The smaller, volunteer run club sits just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is surrounded by many larger neighbouring clubs. The club's President Maria Quinlan places their success on their dedicated team of volunteers.
"HHSC are delighted to have won NSW Sailing Club of the Year. Great recognition for this small volunteer club with a big heart and big ideas.
"Thank you to Australian Sailing for this award and to all of the volunteers at HHSC who are key to its success." Quinlan continued.
Another spectacular moment from the evening was the award for the Female Sailor of the Year of which could not be split between 2012 Olympic silver medallist and crew member onboard Brunel Racing in the 207-2018 Volvo Ocean race, Nina Curtis and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Darmanin.
Both have excelled in regattas over the last 12 months and it was only fitting to present the award to both sailors. Lisa Darmanin, who is currently preparing to compete in Aarhus, Denmark for the World Championship couldn't be more proud to have received the award and to call NSW home.
"It's so great to receive this award alongside Nina Curtis. It's always so lovely to be recognised by the Australian Sailing community for our efforts even when we are so far from home. I love sailing in Sydney harbour it's definitely the best place in the world, so very proud to be from NSW!" Darmanin said.
In addition to the winners mentioned above, nine sailors from across NSW were selected from a long list of nominations to receive awards in their respected category. The winners include; Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club
Thank you to Manly 16" Skiff Club for hosting a great evening and to all the attendees who made it such a great night.
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The 2018 Annual General Meeting saw a number of presentations to Members including 50yr Membership, Life Member and The Clubmanship Award 2017/2018. Congratulations to all of the Members recognised for their outstanding service to the Club.
The 50 Year Members celebrated at the AGM were:
Life Member - Peter Kennett
Peter Kennett was elected a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
Peter (pictured at right with his wife, Helen, at last night's AGM) joined the Club as a Full member in 1974, previously being a junior member.
Peter has sailed since a young age, firstly in Manly Juniors and upon joining the club, as a Senior Member in Lasers, competing in State, National and World Masters Championships.
He also sailed in Etchells and can more recently be found each week racing keelboats.
Peter joined the General Committee of the Yacht Club in 1984. His help with consultation and legal expertise was invaluable to the success of that Committee.
He has served on the Race, Boatshed & Works, House & Election Committees.
Peter stayed on the General Committee until the Club restructure and then continued on as a Board Director.
Peter has now joined the Maintenance & Development Committee, and continues to generously offer legal advice to the Club.
There were four nominations for two Directors, with Simon Grosser and James Mayjor elected. The Commodore thanked John Paul & Murray Glase for their nominations.
Julia Hornsby was elected as Rear Commodore Activities with the Commodore thanking Sal Ridulfo for his service. Leon Wilson and David Taylor were re-elected for the positions of Rear Commodore, Cruising and Centreboard respectively.
Elected Officers for 2018/19
Rear Commodore, Membership, Liz de Soyres
Rear Commodore, Yacht Race, Allen Stormon
Rear Commodore, Cruising, Leon Wilson
Rear Commodore, Centreboard, David Taylor
Rear Commodore, Activities, Julia Hornsby
The Clubmanship Award
The Clubmanship Trophy recognises the effort of Members who have made a significant contribution to the Club across a range of activities and is elected by the Commodore.
This year the Commodore choose a member who has made a significant contribution across a multitude of areas in a very unassuming but not unnoticed way including, to name but a few:
A regular part of the race management team and has been for countless years!
Regularly on hand to hear protests
Member of the Archives committee – spending hours on end in a windowless room that
We are proud to announce that the 2017/18 'Clubmanship Award' goes to David West.
Congratulations and well deserved David.
Following the Annual General Meeting held on 24 July, 2018, the Elected Officers for 2018/19 are: - Click Here
Club Members Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Joachim Fluhrer, Johny Fluhrer, John Bacon & David Sampson have all been busy chasing the endless summer of racing in Europe with regattas in the 5.5M.
Some of the locations they have been competing in are:
* Lake Thun, Switzerland
* Lake Garda, Italy
* Lake Como, Italy
* Lake Konstance, Germany
* Wannasee, Germany
(Not all members listed have competed in each event)
Upcoming events include:
* Travemunde Week, Germany
* Gold Cup & World Championships, UK
* Regatta Royale, France
* Lake Thun, Switzerland
(Not all members are competing in all events listed).
They are hopeful that at the 5.5M AGM in Cowes in August that the RPAYC will be confirmed as the venue for the 2020 5.5M Gold Cup & Worlds in January of that year. There is plenty of time for members to seek out some bargains and keep filling up the 5.5M hanrdstand space again with these majestic boats (remember you never own a 5.5M, you just look after it for the nxt generation).
We look forward to seeing them return to Australia in a few months to continue their 'endless summer.
The third round of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series took place on Sunday the 22nd July. Competitors were greeted by light shifty breezes and sunshine whilst the race committee made the best of challenging wind shifts and course sets. To their credit, three races were completed by the race committee for all 5 divisions and 45 competitors. Due to the shifty conditions, results were fragmented, however there was close action between Ollie Gordon and Alexander Bijkerk sitting both on equal points for the series.
Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook, here (courtesy of KJT Sailing Photography) . A big thank you to our volunteers for making racing possible and keeping everybody safe both on and off the water. The next round of the 2018 Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series takes place on the 19th of August.
Pic - KJT Sailing Photography
Well done to Club members John Bacon & David Sampson, who sailing with Darren Jones & Dani Smythe, finished 12th out of a competeitve fleet of 42 boats at the Melges 20 World Leage Event sailed on Lake Garda, Italy onboard Dark Star.
Watch Dark Star Lead around the top mark in Race 4 here