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A taste of success on the Gold Coast inspires Auric's Quests Entry for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and Bartercard Sail Paradise Series

Having sampled success in the most recent Sail Paradise Series on the Gold Coast, Southport Yacht Club’s Fred Bestall has already signalled his intention to go for the double – victory in both the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018 series. 

Bestall is the first Queenslander to enter both events with his impressive 46-footer, Auric’s Quest, a Nelson/Marek design that took top honours in Sail Paradise last January.

Now, with the inaugural 370-nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta scheduled to start on January 2, and Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018 just four days later, Bestall has decided to try for the double.
“I’m really looking forward to putting the yacht and crew to the test in both events,” Bestall said when lodging what was the first Queensland entry for Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s race from Pittwater. “It promises to be an exciting race, one that should suit Auric’s Quest.

“Bartercard Sail Paradise, which is hosted by our club, Southport Yacht Club, will then give us the chance to show crews from the south what hospitality we can deliver, and the wonderful sailing we enjoy here on the Gold Coast.”

The Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be the longest offshore test Bestall and his crew have undertaken since the yacht was purchased some two years ago.


 Auric’s Quest is currently en route north to Hamilton Island to compete at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which starts on Saturday.
The two events are presented jointly by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.

For further information, or to lodge entries, go to:
Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club: www.sailparadise.com.au
Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au

Additional information can also be obtained from Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au or 07 5591 3500
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Fremantle to Pittwater and onto Paradise with Stealth

When yachtsman Robert Alpe decided to move into bluewater racing with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club he looked Australia-wide for the right boat and eventually chose a Fremantle based 32-footer he then sailed 2,500 nautical miles home to Pittwater with a small delivery crew. 

Stealth is a Kim Swarbrick designed 9.9m aluminium sloop built in 1998 by Australia 2 boat builder Steve Ward and named due to its unpainted aluminium finish resembling the bomber aircraft of the same name.

The boat is one of a growing list of entries for next January’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta opening event, an offshore race starting just north of Palm Beach headland on January 2.

For 2018 the RPAYC’s flagship ocean race has been combined into a new regatta format and combined pointscore with the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, conducted by Southport Yacht Club on the Queensland Gold Coast January 6-9. This joint venture between two prominent, forward-thinking and friendly yacht clubs has created a perfect opportunity for sailors to stay on the Gold Coast with their families or friends and enjoy some great racing off Southport’s golden beaches.

Download the Notice of Race hereand enter here. Owners can choose to enter the monohull, multihull or short-handed categories and be scored under all of the popular handicap systems - IRC, ORCi and PHS.

Alpe’s delivery across the Great Australian Bight, Bass Strait and up the New South Wales coast past Sydney Harbour to Pittwater took 29 days and wrapped up in February.

“Stealth proved very resilient, efficient and responsive, easily dealing with the varied conditions which included 10-12 metre seas in Bass Strait and winds up to 60 knots,” the long-time International Dragon official recalled. “No doubt we were helped by her deep keel and the fact one third of her 3.5 tonne total weight is at the base of her keel.”

8m World Championship, Norway, Lets Go VARG!

With just one day of racing remaining in the 8 Metre World Cup, the English Yacht MISS U is now the undisputed leader, 13 points clear of her nearest rival, the Austrian boat PANDORA. Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, her owner skipper Avia Willment, the only woman skipper in the 28 strong fleet, will be the new world champion. Ms Willment has been consistently fast, upwind and down, in winning all but one of the World Series races. Only two more races remain to be sailed and they will be decided tomorrow in a forecast 16 knot south westerly- the same breeze in which she excelled today.


The Australian yacht VARG, racing under the burgee of the RPAYC, is now 24th boat and well out of contention for any of the trophies. Unlike almost all the other classic yacht in this series, VARG remains exactly as she was at her launching in 1924. She was fast in her day, but now is unable to match other classics which have been stripped to their bare frames for racing.


Full marks to Avia Willment. She is on the cusp of a history making victory for which she deserves every credit. With her signature James Bond sail number, 007, and a garish 'Girl with the Gold Gun' graphic emblazoned in her bows, MISS U is not pretty but she is exceptionally fast. It took the tenaniacious Ms Willment four year to convince the official measures that she is a bona fide 8 Metre, but now that she has been accepted as legally with the rules, she has shown truly remarkable speed upwind and down.


I saw Avia Willment struggling home last evening with shopping bags, bulging with the ingredients for a Thai red curry dinner she was intending to cook for her 'boys'. In the event, the 'boys' , six very astute young English sailors, took over the galley and put together a sumptuous meal that all enjoyed. It is that kind of total dedication to the team effort that sets this crew apart and makes Avia Willment such an outstanding figure in the hitherto male dominated world of high-end 8 Metre sailing.


Bruce Stannard. Norway.

Opening Day, Sail Past and Pittwater Dash

RPAYC 8m Metre World Cup Challenge, VARG

8 Metre World Cup, Norway
August 11 2017

The RPAYC 8 Metre VARG, Australia’s sole representative at the World Championships at Hanko Island, Norway, reached her destination safely after a marathon 20,500 nautical mile voyage and is now rigged, measured and fully certified to compete in the 10 race regatta in which she will face 28 crack boats from 10 countries.

On the eve of the regatta it is impossible to make any meaningful predictions on her performance prospects, however she has already captured the hearts of wooden boat aficionados from around the world. In a fleet of truly magnificent yachts, she is one of the most beautiful examples of the boat builder’s art.

The Wilson brothers, who built her over six years at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, used only the very best Huon Pine in her construction, much of it over 1,000 years old. VARG was originally designed and built by the great Norwegian naval architect Johan Anker in 1924. Renamed NORN and with Lord Forster, Australia’s seventh Governor General at the helm, she won Cowes Week in 1925, effectively making her the fastest 8 Metre yacht in Europe. Sold to the Albert family in Sydney she had an outstanding racing record winning many of the major trophies at the Alfreds and at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

In 2007 the pathetic remains of the original boat were acquired by Kraig Carlstrom and his wife Carolyn Mason who set about reconstructing her exactly as she was in 1924. In a world now dominated by mass produced plastic yachts, it is a rare joy to see a magnificent yacht whose long and slender lines take us back to the halcyon years of yachting.

But here in Hanko, VARG is certainly in splendid company. In more than half a century of writing about yachting all over the world I can honestly say I have never seen so many really stunning classic wooden boats in the same place. Each of these lovely boats has been cherished by owners and crews who care very deeply about maintaining a presence at the highest level of the sport.

Norway’s King Harald is here in his 1937 Johan Anker designed SIRA. The green hulled SIRA will no doubt be hard to beat on her home waters with the King and his crack crew in top form. But the beauty of the International Rule is that, while it has encouraged healthy design development over many years, it has also nurtured the classic boats of yesteryear. Some of the older boats date back to the turn of the 20th century and still carry gaff-rigged sails. There are several coveted trophies which will all be the subject of intense competition.

We took VARG out on the race course on the Skagerrak today to tune the rig and make sure that all the gear is in order. She behaved beautifully and in this splendid setting, surrounded by dark green pine forests, and a forbidding granite coastline, she seemed entirely at home. This is where her life began in 1924 and it seems entirely fitting that we should have brought her here on this auspicious occasion, the regatta that marks the 80th birthday of Norway’s revered sailor King. I will continue to keep Alfred's members informed as the regatta goes forward. Wish us luck.

Follow the action here: http://www.8mr.org/event/world-2017

Written by Bruce Stannard. 


 

RPAYC Places creditable 7th at Youth Match Racing Worlds.

On the other side of the world, saw the World Sailing Youth World Match Racing World Championship in action hosted by the Baloba Yacht Club, USA. Representing Australia and RPAYC was Clare Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz (supported by Club Coach Tom Spithill). The team have finished in a creditable 7th place at their first World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship. This Championship brings together the best youth match racers from around the world, acknowledging their skills and offering a pathway to senior match racing competition.

In its fourth year, the Youth Match Racing Worlds provided a pathway for the best young match racers to test themselves against the best in their age group. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) claimed the inaugural title in 2014, followed by Sam Gilmour (AUS) in 2015 and our own Will Dargaville representing RPAYC (AUS) in 2016.

The 2017 Worlds featured a record number of participating countries including two skippers from each of the USA, New Zealand, and Australia, and one each from the Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Denmark. Furthermore, the 2017 edition welcomed two all-female crews with our own Clare Costanzo leading an Australian team, and Johanna Berqvist heading up a Swedish entry.

With 12 teams from 9 countries, the girls had some very tough & strong competition to contend with and had a very rewarding regatta with many lessons consolidated and new lessons learned.
The girls would like to thank the RPAYC & its members for their support, their coach Tom Spithill, their USA Billeting Family Don & Doris Stroughton & the Balboa Yacht Club for their hospitality.

Now it’s time for the team to return home and join the rest of the Youth Development Squad in training for the upcoming season of Match Racing Regattas including the RPAYC Hosted David Lukins Memorial Regatta (16th & 17th September) & Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships (22nd – 26th November).  Whilst for Club Coach Tom Spithill its time for some washing, a quick bag repack and off to New Caledonia with our next team for the Noumea Youth Match Racing Championships.

Full Results can be found here: http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/

8/5/174:21:00 AM---On the water action photos of the World Sailing Youth Match Racing Championships  Match regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club | Photo Tom Walker8/5/174:21:00 AM---On the water action photos of the World Sailing Youth Match Racing Championships Match regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club | Photo Tom Walker

8/5/174:21:00 AM---On the water action photos of the World Sailing Youth Match Racing Championships Match regatta hosted by Balboa Yacht Club | Photo Tom Walker

8/5/174:21:00 AM--2017 Youth Match Racing Championships, July 31 to August 5, 2017, Balboa Yacht Club, Newport Bach, California, USA, Sailing GovCup 22 One Design Boats | Tom Walker

Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship

Ten teams from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland will line up for this weekend’s Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Youth Sailing Academy. The event marks the early start of the long summer match racing season with more than a dozen events staged across Australia and New Zealand finishing in February 2018. 

Joining the usual New South Wales entries from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club will be two interstate teams from Mooloolaba Yacht Club (Queensland) and Sandringham Yacht Club (Victoria).

The strongest challenge for this year’s title once again looks to come from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sending three teams to compete with Sarah Parker and James Farquharson, who won the 2016 Youth Match Racing World Championship as crew, having both stepped up as skippers for this year’s event.

Competing in his first match racing event is Taylor Rogers from Queensland. Rogers will be one to watch with a mixed team of Queensland sailors who will be new to the Elliott 7s. The team will also borrow two CYCA youth sailors to complete their line up. Sandringham Yacht Club, who will host the Australian Open Match Racing Championship next month, will be represented by one team with Hayden Brown as skipper.

James Hodgson, winner of the 2017 Captain John Piper Match Race Regatta will lead the charge for the CYCA with Darwin International Youth Match Racing Championship winner, Tom Grimes, helming the second CYCA entry.

Day 3 of the World Youth Match Racing Championship. Snakes and ladders!

Racing got underway in very light conditions off Newport, California for the RPAYC Youth Squad competing in the World Sailing Youth World Match Racing Championship 2017. 


In the early stages of the Day Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz, struggled to find straight line speed up wind and out of tacks in the light 3 knot south westerly winds. The team, however kept experimenting with their technique and sail trim to try and fix the issue. This never say die attitude was rewarded when after recording two losses, they scored 4 wins on the trot against New Zealand, Sweedan, Denmark and The United Kingdom. The team had a close loss to the Italians, who they lead up the first beat, but made the mistake of splitting sides on the upwind leg. Some great attacking downwind sailing saw Costanzo make a last burst for the finishing line.


After a short period of stronger (7 knots) breeze, thewind began to decrease, and a huge swell and short chop started to develop, making it very difficult to keep the boats moving.
The last start of the day was against fellow Aussie, Harry Price. The conditions had gotten worse and both boats were unable to make headway across the line. The race committee signaled The abandonment flag and sent the relived sailors (and coaches) back home at around 1800hrs.
"Long day at the office" joked a mischievous Costanzo.


"We are getting more confident now in the lighter airs, working on the way we mode and sail the boat. We are 3 points off the top four, so we have a bit of work to do today".
Up to date results can be followed here (we are Australia 2): http://www.matchracingresults.com/2017/youth-world-championship/
 

Tight finishes on Day 2 of the World Youth Match Racing Championship

World Sailing - World Youth Match Racing Championship 
Even though only two flights were completed today, the racing was intense.
The first race of the day was against New Zealand's George Anyon. With the strong current it made it very difficult for Clare as the pin end boat to enter and complete her tack onto starboard. Anyon used this advantage to the fullest forcing Clare to have to enter and immediately have to take avoiding action, forcing her to lose all her speed, and more importantly control. This lead to Anyon getting a big jump off the line and sail on to take the win.

The second match was against the Swiss team. A dominating start saw Costanzo and her team of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz take an early lead off the line. An inland thunderstorm played havoc with the wind, making it very shifty and light. Each leg there were multiple lead changes. As they approached the finish mark, Costanzo Gybed onto port as the Swiss team skipper by Cadei, came in fast on starboard. Costanzo however was able to get to the pin end zone and establish mark room on the mark. There was yelling and protest flags flying, and the umpires gave Cadei a penalty awarding Costanzo the win.

"It's cut throat racing. These shifty conditions really force you to have to try and stay with you opponent when you have the lead. Leverage can be your friend when you are behind, how ever it comes back to haunt you when you have the lead!" commented Costanzo. 

RPAYC Teams triumph in the Sydney to Goldcoast Yacht Race 2017

Land Rover Sydney to the Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017 

Eight RPAYC Teams from the 57 entrants took to the winter waters to compete in this year’s Land Rover Sydney to the Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017. With final results published, RPAYC have taken to the podium across all categories a great achievement. 

David Taylor aboard Showtime reports that "the race was a long upwind race in 10-15 knots with the wind generally north during the day and north-west during the night. Conditions were dry and not too cold, but the southerly current was a challenge. The further we went offshore the current was up to 3 knots and closer to shore was 1.2-1.8 knots, but generally we were in 2 knots of current for most of the race. If we went too close to shore to try and escape the current, the wind was much softer than being offshore in more current. Showtime struggled to keep with the boats in her division due to the shorter waterline length and being a downwind boat, but after rounding Cape Byron a little further offshore than our competitors we managed to have some time with the masthead Zero up and make some gains. Pretty Woman and OCL2 were stuck close to shore off Kingscliff in much less pressure and we were able to sail around the outside in more pressure and make enough time gain to finish second in our division on IRC and ORCi, as well as being first line honours in the 40 foot and under category".

During the third night we had a close encounter with a whale. The whale appeared to be having a rest and we made a very evasive turn to just miss the whale by about 5 metres.Full results: http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au/standings/?raceId=108&categoryId=479&raceTime=

Line Honours:

Wild Oats XI, The Oatley Family 1st – 1:18:37:06

Showtime, Mark Griffith 20th – 2:19:18:00 (first boat under 40’)

Pretty Woman, R. Hudson/M. Lockley/R. Murphy 21st – 2:21:10:55

Nexba, John Bacon 24th – 2:21:28:16

Xs Moment, Ray Hudson 27th – 2:22:18:42

Takani, James Whittle, 41st 03:01:58:31

Sticky, Richard Harris 48th – 3:03:5:44

Quest, Paul Clitheroe/Bob Steel – RET at Port

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