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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

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.”



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:

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. 

2016 Whisper Mug and 3 Islands Rally

This season sees the Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup and a new event, the Scotland Island Cup, join together as the "Three Islands Rally Series".  Each event stands on its own and all are tailored as family, fun and social events for all members to enjoy. If you only wish to race/rally in friendly and relaxed mode then these are the events for you!

The first event is the traditional Whisper Mug Rally dating back almost fifty years. 
There are two divisions:

  • a division for those owners who wish to sail the traditional rounding of Dangar Island and home.
  • a division for members to enjoy a more leisurely sail to Juno Point and return

All competitors may return to the club house for a cook your own bbq purchased from Halyards.
For full details, entry process and more refer to the NOR and details HERE.
If you have any queries just call the Sailing Office. 

RPAYC's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot will represent the country at 2016 Youth Sailing World Champs in NZ

With racing scheduled to commence today at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship, Australia’s stars of the future are in Auckland and ready to come up against the world’s best.  380 sailors from 65 nations are at Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland to contest this year’s event. 

The Youth Sailing World Championship, now in it’s 46thyear, has been a springboard for many stars of the sport, including 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medallists, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin. 

Australians will compete in all nine classes in Auckland, and the team came together in Melbourne last week for their final preparations. 

“We have a great team representing Australia this year,” said Laser Radial coach, Tristan Brown.  “We’ve got some strong sailors and a great team spirit.  Everyone is well prepared and really looking forward to the event. 

The young Aussies representing Australia are:

Girls single-handed (Laser Radial): Zoe Thomson of Royal Freshwater Bay Sailing Club and Fremantle Sailing Club, WA

Boys single-handed (Laser Radial): Finn Alexander of Double Bay Sailing Club, NSW

Girls Windsurfer (RSX): Courtney Schoutrop of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD

Boys Windsurfer (RSX): Alex Halank of Georges River Sailing Club, NSW

Mixed multihull (Nacra 15): Kyle Fortier and Bonnie Butler of Vincentia Sailing Club, NSW

Boys double-handed (420):  Nicholas Sharman of Mornington Yacht Club and James Grogan of Black Rock Yacht Club, VIC

Girls double-handed (420): Sophie McIntosh of Gosford Sailing Club and Emily Summerell of Gosford Sailing Club, NSW

Boy’s skiff (29er): John Cooley of Woollahra Sailing Club and Simon Hoffman of Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club, NSW

Girl’s skiff (29er): Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, NSW

All the Aussies competing this year are ‘first-timers’ at the Youth Sailing World Championship, and will be vying to defend the Nations Trophy, which was won by the Aussies in 2015 in Langkawi, Malaysia. 

To follow the event:


A full list of sailors registered to sail in Auckland is available to view here -  Results are available via the results centre here -

By Megan McKay 

Farr 40 fleet returns to Pittwater

A large Farr 40 contingent is gearing up for the second event of the 2016/17 pointscore season, the Pittwater One Design Trophy this weekend, December 17-18, 2016.

Eight Farr 40s hailing from Newcastle to Melbourne will test themselves against the vagaries of the narrow stretch of water to the north of Scotland Island on the inshore day, and in the vicinity of Broken Bay’s entrance if the race committee and owners agree conditions are favourable for an offshore race course on the other day.

Opening series points went to Lang Walker’s Kokomo, which took out the One Design Trophy conducted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club in October while Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen secured the Corinthian trophy.

Rob Pitts’ Double Black, sailing for Sandringham Yacht Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip, is one of two Victorian Farr 40s stationed in Sydney for the summer calendar.  At the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship last month, Rio 2016 silver medallist in the 470s Will Ryan ran the tactics. For the Pittwater OD Trophy, local sailor Steve McConaghy is holding court for what will be Pitts’ first outing on the challenging and picturesque courses.

“Steve’s knowledge will be a huge advantage,” Pitts expects. “We are committed to the season and every regatta with a very stable crew, and that makes all the difference.”

On the feeling within the class in the early stages of the season he added, “I think there’s a really positive buzz, quite a few Corinthian boats and the fact we’ve got eight for Pittwater is a great outcome. There’s a real commitment from all the owners to race and perhaps the numbers are an acknowledgement by the Sydney teams of the effort and dedication to a strong class shown by the Melbourne crews.”

Though Pitts says Double Black is a fully-fledged Sydney boat “by the tyranny of distance”, there’s plenty of state pride as they move towards their season goal, a worthy outcome at the pinnacle NSW state title and National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy in February and March 2017, respectively.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion returns to racing at the Pittwater Trophy, this time with a new helm and crew, barring a couple of the professionals from last season. “Guido won’t be on board; it’s kids only,” Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis, Guido’s 28 year-old son, declared. 

“The boat is sitting unused so thought I’d get some experience. I’m pretty green to yachts but I’ve spent a lot of time in Flying 11s, 16-foot skiffs and A-cats, and I’ve done a couple of Farr 40 regattas. The crew are all punter mates from around the traps who have done some sailing. We’ve been doing a regular twilight campaign to get everyone familiar with their roles. We haven’t bent the boat… yet.”

As to the heady days of Transfusion winning every Farr 40 trophy going, Massimo promises, “We are not completely green; we understand the concepts though we may come unstuck in anything fresh or in a protest situation.”

Also returning to the one design class for the Pittwater regatta is Joe de Kock’s Good Form from Newcastle and local boat Windy Too, skippered by Carl Russett.

Racing is due to begin at 1100hrs on Saturday December 17 and 1000hrs on Sunday 18, either within Pittwater or an area termed the Broken Bay offshore zone. Courses will be advised in the sailing instructions and the PRO for the Pittwater Trophy will be the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s trusted Steve Merrington.

Entry list:

1.       Double Black – Rob Pitts

2.       Estate Master – Martin Hill

3.       Edake – Jeff Carter

4.       Exile – Rob Reynolds

5.       Good Form – Joe de Kock

6.       Transfusion – Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis

7.       Windy Too – Carl Russett

8.       Zen – Gordon Ketelbey

The 2016/17 Farr 40 Australian series is proudly sponsored by;
Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation

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By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                 
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                         
M: 0407 387 302 E:                   


Lisa Ratcliff

On Course Communications/Australian Farr 40 media

M: 0418 428 511



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