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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

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.

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/ 

 

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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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