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

 
 

Thank you to all members who completed the 2017 Member Survey.

The Final Report from the survey company Taverner Research is available for all members to read.  As it is a 122 page document a summary of the Report has been prepared.  The summary provides page referencing to enable members to easily refer to the main Report for further detail.    A comparative summary has also been prepared which shows the change over time in the ratings since the first survey was conducted in 2011.  The 2017 Survey has highlighted an area in the survey which may not be yielding valid data and consideration will be given to changing the survey next year to improve the validity and reliability of the survey data.  This is explained in the Summary Report.

The management team is now working with the committees on initiatives to work on as a result of the survey and any changes or improvements made as a result will be communicated through the Alfred’s News.
 
The next survey is due to take place in the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Huey has final say on final day

That’s all she wrote for Sail Port Stephens 2018.Wild-Oats-X-SPS-2108--Salty-DingoWild-Oats-X-SPS-2108--Salty-Dingo

After six days of sublime sunshine and sailing, a wild westerly has put paid to any further racing across all divisions, leaving overnight results standing.

The AP flag was hoisted at 9am, with race officer Denis Thompson declaring that the committee would reassess the weather hourly. At 12.15pm, the siren’s mournful wail was dispersed by winds gusting to 39 knots.

A freak storm front also wrought havoc on Saturday night, with 60-knot gusts accompanied by horizontal hail and lightning. Mast-top instruments bore the full brunt while stray sails and gear were sent flying.

Luckiest of all was Wild Oats X which, with its 4.5-metre draft, was awaiting the tide to enter The Anchorage Marina. The crew saw menacing green-tinged clouds approaching and made a dash for the harbour with minutes to spare, bumping the keel but sustaining no damage.

It was a slightly sour end to a sweet day of sailing aboard Oats, which blitzed the Broughton Island race to cross the line 10 minutes clear of Marcus Blackmore’s latest TP52 Hooligan. Navigator Adrienne Cahalan noted that the 30-mile course, which also weaves through the three islands off Port Stephens Heads, presented numerous challenges for the canting-keeled 66-footer.

Ultimately, they needed more time or distance against the smaller and more nimble rivals, finishing a creditable fourth overall.

Of the four races sailed in IRC, Hooligan won three and took third in the other to wrest the NSW Championship title from last year’s winner, the TP52 RKO. Despite the dominance, they were only 1.5 points clear of Tony Kirby’s Patrice, which won the opening race, had a rare dead-heat with Celestial in Race 2, then posted two 2nd placings.

470 Class Palma Regatta

The european 470 class regatta tour. 

Palma Regatta - 470 Class Dawson on the wirePalma Regatta - 470 Class Dawson on the wire

By Josh Dawson. We arrived in Palma to rain and sub 10 degrees. Our lead up didn't go as planned with sickness striking the team right before racing started. We pushed through and managed to qualify for gold fleet by the skin of our teeth! From there we focused on improving our starts which is what we felt were the missing element to the race equation.

Although we didn't finish with the result we were looking for we made a lot of progress in the right direction. 

We are now on our way to Martigues, France for the International 470 Spring Cup, before heading to Hyeres for the Sailing World Cup.

Thanks for everyone's continued support back home and we will continue to work hard to achieve our goals.

Follow Josh on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CharlwoodDawsonAus8/

Any support is greatly appreciated, donated towards their Toyko 2020 campaign via thier Australia Sports Foundation page (tax deductable) here: https://asf.org.au/donate/josh-dawson/

 

Offshore Owners Meeting - 21 April

A meeting of offshore owners has been scheduled for Saturday 21 April at 0930hrs in the Admiral Cup room. Any boat owner who is a current or interested in offshore sailing is invited to attend. 
 
Bluewater, SOPs and Broken Bay racing. 
 
Agenda:
  • Overview of Series descriptions and feedback (race format offshore).
  • Context and Strategic direction for 2018/19 program.
  • Feedback on Program.
  • Ratings. 
  • Offshore Fleet Captain nominations.
 
A summary of the Offshore 2018/19 program will be made during the week. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Marcus Grimes (Offshore Rep)

The Old Timer's Race crowns a new winner

Pittwater welcomed the fleet of 21 boats for the annual Old Timers Race. The 1100hrs start didn't phase any of the crew who were up and ready to hit the water and enjoy the stunning conditions on Pittwater. With a steady north westerly set in for the the white sail race and possibly white knuckled boat owners crew docked off and headed to the start line. Class of 2018 Old TimersClass of 2018 Old Timers

As the starters gun came closer the fleet bunched up along the extra long start line, with 5.5ms amongst 50 footers edging their way closer and closer to the line. For some they were a little to eagar and those three letters where promptly announced over the radio "O.C.S" by the Race Committee. 

Whist the big boats took a quick lead it was the middle of the pack that thoroughly enjoyed the battle to the finish line, not giving an inch to each other till they crossed. A new course was added this year, course 4 to factor in the wind direction which saw every inch of Pittwater used, which was great for the competitors as they had the whole of Pittwater to themselves with not another user in sight! 

Pretty Woman with Bruce Kemp on the helm took Line Honours in 11::58:42 with Bonnie Lassie bringing up the rear of the fleet.

Now for the really fun, the annual luncheon with over a 120 hungry sailors ready to sit down and enjoy the afternoon at the club.  Commodore Lockley welcome all the Old Timers and crews and hit play on the newly published Sesquicentennial History video which ended in a room of applauds.

The famous Tom Spithill Quiz was next, the Coach of the Year was clearly absent, now a team member on Wild Oats X and taking on the big boats in Port Stephens, neither-the-less the show went on with more phones seen on or under tables as 'the phone a friend called Google' was used. 

The Old Timers race and luncheon though, is about the members and their stories, comradery and mateship. It sees members who may not be sailing anymore back on the water enjoying their life sport and their club always with a laugh and cheer. 

Quiz Winner was: Second Time Around on count back to Pretty Woman. Old Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim CormackOld Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim Cormack

Drum roll... and the Old Timers race was..... Nirvana's Kitchen, skippered by Jim Cormack!

Results: http://www.rpayc.com.au/results/2017/club/oldtimers/series.htm

View & download photographs here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showtime steals the show in Cup finale

On the third day, the wind gods summoned a cracking breeze for the Sail Port Stephens fleet contesting the Commodores Cup – a 6-knot northerly at the start, building to around 18 knots mid-race as a remnant and reminder of summers past. SHOWTIME-Commodores-Cup--Salty-DingoSHOWTIME-Commodores-Cup--Salty-Dingo

Course 9 was race officer Denis Thompson’s call, sending the largest-ever Cup fleet running down harbour under spinnakers and full sun, past the picturesque Anchorage Marina, then onto a triangular track in Salamander Bay.

After two days of relatively light airs and chop, it suited those with longer waterlines and a penchant for power reaching. Crew work also came to the fore as the 78 yachts descended on the marks in tight packs.

Starting the final day of Commodores Cup action, the Division 1 ball was firmly in the court of Pittwater flyer Showtime after two commanding and consecutive line-honour/handicap doubles, with daylight second.

Today, the Ker 40 had a slowish start at the breakwall end of the line but used its speed dominance to quickly slip through the field. When they saw the stronger breeze coming in they tactically gybed over to it and virtually ran to the leeward mark.

The crew tuned the boat into overdrive for the final beat, hitting 8.2 knots upwind.

“The guys did very, very well all three races,” co-owner Mark Griffith said. “We’ve started celebrating already down on the dock – I think we’re up to our sixth bottle of champagne and the music is blaring. Having a good time.”

Showtime was 12 minutes clear of Margaret Rintoul V across the line, and they finished the same way on PHS overall. Warwick Millers Beneteau 50 Lumiere, with Alby Pratt and Mitch White calling shots, took the win today to move into third overall.

Other bragging rights today went to Schouten Passage, with an all-women crew representing Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, finishing second from Brendan Gregg’s Quest 3.

Dennis Cooper’s Sydney 36 Amante, the overnight clubhouse leader in Division 2 with a slender 4-point margin, also became slightly buried at the start before edging into clean air. Nearest rival Austral, a Sydney 38, got away cleanly and the building nor-east seabreeze also brought third-placed Northshore NS-X Excapade well into the frame.

 

 

2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta first entry

Media Release                                                                             13 April 2018

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2019 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Within hours of the Notice of Race going live, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s sailing office accepted its first Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta entry – John Bacon’s Class 40 Nexba Racing. Nexba_Racing_training_in_Sydney_credit_Bob_FowlerNexba_Racing_training_in_Sydney_credit_Bob_Fowler

Until Cyclone Iris sent competitors to a safe place to wait out the worst conditions, Nexba Racing was tracking well in the double-handed Melbourne to Osaka fleet. Bacon and crewmate David Sampson made for the port of Gladstone on the advice of organisers butweren’t able to return to their position within the prescribed time, due to ongoing extreme weather. Two days later, on April 6, they made the difficult decision to withdraw, 11 days into the 5,500 nautical mile challenge.

Bacon was back at the RPAYC in Sydney this week when the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Notice of Race went live and he took the opportunity to put Nexba Racing forward as the first entry for the annual coastal race startingat 1pm on January 2, 2019 just north of Barrenjoey Headland at the entrance to Broken Bay.

“The boat is a beautifully prepared offshore boat and we always had intentions of campaigning it at other races and regattas in Australia,” Bacon said. “We aren’t sure whether we’ll sail double-handed or crewed; either way we are fully committed to being part of the Club Marine event.”

For the 2019 edition of the annual Category 2 passage race the RPAYC has clarified some ambiguity around what they will accept as equivalent crew experience, which is a minimum 150 nautical miles of offshore yacht racing by at least 50% of the planned crew aboard the yacht entered.

Race director Nick Elliott explains: “In keeping with the club’s philosophy of supporting boat owners with ambitions of offshore racing and reducing the number of hurdles to qualify for major events we’ve established simpler pathways to gain the necessary experience in order to tackle our premier race to Southport.

“We offer a complete summer bluewater program of Cat 3 and 4 races which means owners and crew can train together to meet the experience requirement in order to step up to the Cat 2 race to Southport and then the really ambitious can in future work up towards the Cat 1 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.”

Sail Port Stephens primed for the serious silverware

Some 120 yachts are tugging at their mooring lines like thoroughbreds, and a race track commonly described as Australia’s best is perfectly groomed just in time for tomorrow’s start of Sail Port Stephens Part 2. Sail_Port_Stephens__Salty_DingoSail_Port_Stephens__Salty_Dingo

With the cruisy Commodores Cup done and dusted, attention now turns to the serious silverware on offer for the Garmin NSW IRC Championships, Australian Sports Boat Association nationals, Super 12 State Championship, and the Pantaenius Port Stephens trophy for Cruising and Racing divisions.

A notable apology is Sail Port Stephens patron Matt Allen, whose Hobart-winning Botin 52 Ichi Ban missed its delivery deadline due to relentless sou-east headwinds pounding Gladstone.

The juicy prospect of a head-to-head battle with Marcus Blackmore’s Botin-designed TP52 Hooligan will have to wait until another day. Regardless, the 22-strong IRC fleet is arguably the best assembled in Sail Port Stephen’s 11-year history.

Wild Oats X is lining up for the prestigious IRC championship for the first time, having long been an event supporter with their wines. Sandy Oatley’s canting-keeled Reichel-Pugh 66, representing Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Royal Prince Alfred, will be firm line-honours favourite in Division 1.

“We’ve been watching this regatta grow for a number of years now,” program manager Paul Magee says. “We are really excited to be competing there this year, especially after a great race south to Hobart.”

Botin is also represented by Ray Roberts’ 40-footer Team Hollywood, while other big-name contenders include Bob Steel’s MAT 1180 Quest, division 2 title defender Nine Dragons (Bob Cox), the Rogers 46 Smuggler owned by Sebastian Bohm and Ian Box aboard Toy Box 2.

Peter Loft Marathon Race 2018: May 6th Fundraiser

BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation.

This year the Peter Loft Marathon Race Will take place on May 6th from 8am to 4pm

Peter Loft, a talented young sailor and member of BYRA was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1990. He appears on BYRA's honour board multiple times. In the 1986-87 season, Peter was the Manly Junior National Champion. The following season Peter switched to the 420 and proceeded to become the 420 National Champion that year and the next.

In Peter's honour, the Peter Loft Foundation was set up to help young sailors compete in national and international sailing regattas. Since the 1990s the marathon race has become an institution on Pittwater, and thousands of dollars have been passed on to the foundation.

One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.

After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.

The Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) is a sailing club based on Pittwater. We specialise in dinghy sailing and offer learn to sail courses and racing for Lasers, Spirals, Flying Elevens, Manly Juniors, Optimists and other classes. We also offer twilight racing on Pittwater for keel boats.

Visit: www.byra.org.au

From Palma to Hyeres World Cup

Nastasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot share their current 49er FX Regatta insights with us as they hunt down that Olypmic dream of Tokyo 2020.

We arrived in Palma on the 21st of March, that day we set the boat up ready for training. We sailed for the next 6 days, experiencing as many conditions as we could. Unfortunately I caught a virus and was bed ridden for the next 5 days leading into the competition, its not the ideal lead in but we made the most of the situation. 

 

The first two days were light and tricky, we learned some tough lessons during the qualifying but managed to secure enough top ten scores and make gold fleet. The first day of finals racing was 22-25 knots and with big waves, we are really happy with our speed so as soon as we can keep the boat upright throughout the whole race in conditions like these we’ll be in great shape. The last two days were picture perfect and we are really proud of our efforts in scoring multiple top ten results! We finished off the regatta with two 3rd places on the last day, proving that all the work we’ve done back at home after Miami has payed off. We have improved on many aspects of our racing always learning, we notice that as we learn we make some new mistakes later on in the race but we’re really happy with our progress and can’t wait to keep working away on these new learnings. 

 

We’ve now got another week in Palma which we will spend training and some exploring, it's important to enjoy the journey and the places we race in. Yesterday we went on a hike around one of the beautiful mountains, it really is a beautiful place. On the 16th of April we pack up and are heading off to Hyeres for our 2nd World Cup this year - looking forward to some more racing and building on our experience! 

To all of our supporters at the RPAYC we would like to say a huge thank you for being there and sharing our journey with us. It makes so much of a difference to know you are behind us and as excited about our sailing as we are. Thank you for your support and we hope to make you proud! Onwards and upwards - enjoy your week! Tash + Annie.

 

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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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