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2016 Laser NSW State Champs

By Steve Bryant

At the weekend (26th/27th December), almost 100 Lasers attended the Laser NSW State Champs, held at Georges River on Botany Bay. After attending many regattas at this venue as a supporting parent, this was my first time actually sailing there and Saturday’s condition showed how tough this place is to sail at. With a big breeze and plenty of chop, keeping the waves out of your boat became a very tricky task. Sunday was a bit easier, with slightly less breeze and a lot less chop. Our 4.7 fleet was a bit short on numbers compared to recent regattas as many of the kids had other school commitments. They still managed to have 5 racing out of a quality fleet of 21 boats. Nathan had a great weekend, fighting it out with a couple of his NSW squad team mates, but consistency paid off and with a drop of 3rd, he managed to just stay 2 points ahead after 6 races. Antony also sailed a very consistent regatta to grab 5th overall. Will, Morgan and Cam completed the RPA team.

Over in the Radials, RPA had 7 boats representing the club, with Jarrah showing the older members the way by finishing top club boat in 16th overall out of 51 starters – a great result in a tough fleet.

Stuart was again the sole Standard rig, and he grabbed 5th overall – 2nd Master behind the current World Champion. I for one was very sore come Sunday evening. Don’t think I could take 6 days of those conditions if we get them in Adelaide!

Tango steps up to the Etchells NSW State Championship podium

In a phenomenally close finish, a single point and two countbacks determined the top four placegetters at the Etchells 2016/17 NSW State Championship conducted off Palm Beach Headland, Sydney, in an area known as the Palm Beach Circle.

Chris Hampton’s effort in bringing his newish team of Sam Haines and Mark Andrews up from Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria paid dividends when Tango took out the series by a boat length in the final race six.

‘It takes two to tango’ is the expression and Peter Conde’s Encore team, runner-up by the narrowest margin, plus others, pushed the Victorians right up until the dying seconds.

“It was very close; we thought we’d blown it in the last race and we had to fight for every centimetre on the run to the finish,” Hampton shared.Etchells racing off the Palm Beach Etchells racing off the Palm Beach

“I’ve had 15 years in the class but this team only came together for the Etchells Worlds in Cowes in September where we won race one and blew third spot overall with a UFD (disqualification) in the last race. After this series we know we have some things to work on, mainly our starts. We are only a young team and we feel we are far off achieving our full potential.

“The boat is a Pacesetter; we bought the hull and fitted it out ourselves. We are very happy with the speed, we found it much more lively and responsive compared to the older hull, which is still at Cowes. We enjoy sailing against the best boats and sailors in the world and we have a busy program ahead including the Australian title in January then the North American circuit and the San Francisco worlds.”

Hampton’s boat is shiny new and the state title was the latest Tango’s debut regatta. Second placed Peter Conde’s Etchells called Encore (Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron) is a 1990 hull and he was the boat’s first owner. Last year he noticed it up for sale and bought it back. Campaigning with the same crew he had in the mid-1990s, Brian Hillier and Myles Baron-Hay, Conde pushed the 26-year old hull to its limit in the NSW championship to finish second overall on a countback and first Corinthian boat.

“It always was a good boat,” agreed Conde at the trophy presentation on Sunday November 27, 2016 at host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. “I just wanted to come back from sailing admin (performance director at Australian Sailing) and do my own sailing. The racing was incredibly tight in this series; I don’t think the fleet was as close 20 years ago.

“My ultimate aim is to have fun on the boat with these guys [Brian and Myles]. The 2018 worlds are at our backdoor in Brisbane and if the timing works out we’ll do it. We are a bunch of old guys so we don’t have super competitive expectations.”

Prior to this season Conde, Hillier and Baron-Hay last sailed together at the 1996 world championship in Cowes, UK. Though the bodies are older, over the weekend the trio demonstrated less hair definitely doesn’t equate to less flair.

Past national champion, Graeme Taylor’s Magpie sailing for Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria, finished third on a countback from Ray Smith’s The Cure, the winning Grand Master crew with a combined age of 150 plus years, all the way from Royal Perth Yacht Club.

The first NSW boat in the rankings was David Clark’s Fifteen+ (CYCA) in fifth and sixth was Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc (RSYS) in what is also Murray’s comeback season.

Reflecting on the one design series, race officer Kevin Wilson said, “We had three days and three different sets of conditions; the first day light out of the SE then on day two we had N-NE up to 15 knots and Sunday it was back to the SE. We had some comfortable seas and some very rocky seas, and that’s all part of ocean racing.

“It’s been fantastic watching, they are all so close together and come around the marks four, five and six deep. It’s been great to sail out of the Alfreds, the hospitality has been excellent.”

Australian class president David Ritchard and RPAYC Commodore Ian Audsley were delighted with a 38-boat state title roll up and Ritchard thanked sponsors Harken, Gill and North Sails one design.

RPAYC will host the Etchells Australian Championship January 11-15, 2017 and documents will be posted here shortly.

Final overall results


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Stable weather pattern for Etchells NSW State Championship

Media release  25 November 2016

Event: International Etchells 2016/17 NSW State Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, 25-27 November, 2016

Stable weather pattern for Etchells NSW State Championship 2016-2017

Mild to moderate afternoon easterlies and daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties are in store for thirty-eight entries contesting the Etchells NSW State Championship to be sailed off Palm Beach Headland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches starting today, Friday November 25, 2016.

Two world and national champions plus five other national Etchells champions and a raft of state champions will race side-by-side and against titleholders in other classes of boat.

Etchells world (1984), national and NSW state champion and recent class returnee, Iain Murray, made his way to Sydney this week from Fukuoka, Japan for his own sailing endeavours. As America’s Cup regatta director he ran last weekend’s final of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series then hopped on a plane to be a starter at the Etchells spring series.

Murray began sailing with Michael Coxon in the early 1980s before work and Olympic campaigns took over. He had a hit out 20 years ago at the San Francisco worlds, placing a very respectable third, and in 2014 was invited to rejoin Coxon’s Etchells crew.

Murray’s gloves are laced up once again and for the one design state title he’ll helm Northern Havoc together with crew Richie Allanson and Euan McNichol, a step towards his ultimate aim - the 2017 Etchells world championship back in San Francisco.

Under race officers Ross and Kevin Wilson Racing racing is due start with the first warning signal at 1255hrs daily, Friday to Sunday, and the long range forecast indicates a stable weather pattern for the state showdown, the prelude to the Etchells Australian Championship the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will host January 11-15, 2017.

Int. Etchells Class NSW Championship 2016-2017 - Day 1

Day 1 of racing in the Int. Etchells class NSW Championship 2016 saw all 38 competitors towed out to the start line on Friday. 

Racing got underway on time at 1300hrs. Conditions were perfect of Palm Beach with 8-13 kt Easterly breeze taking the fleet to the top mark of 1.6nm in thirty five minutes. It took just over sevety minutes to complete the race. 

The Cure won the first race with a good minute lead over over Encore. 

Race two commenced at 1450hrs after a General Recall, which saw the U Flag displayed. Race two saw a tighter fleet trace the course with Tango leading all the way with Ciao and Magpie following in second and third places.

View live updates and photographs on the Etchells Facebook site.  


The top 10 placers at the conclusion of day 1 overall are:

Series Results [OD] up to Race 2
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperCrewCrew.CREW..FromSers ScoreSail numRace 2Race 1
1 13TANGOChris HamptonMark AndrewsSam Haines ROYALBRIGHTONYACHTCL5.014431.04.0
2 5ENCOREPeter CondeBrian HillierMyles Baron-Hay RQYS8.08706.02.0
3 21THE CURERaymond SmithAlan SmithMike Hughes RPYC10.014459.01.0
42.0S28CIAODouglas Mc GainMichael OBrienStuart Clark CYCA12.012442.010.0
5 15FIFTEEN+David ClarkMark LangfordSasha RyanWill HowardCYCA12.013805.07.0
65.0S36AVALONMichael BellinghamHarry BethwaiteWill Canty RSYS15.0134610.05.0
7 40TOP 40Peter MerringtonGeoffrey BonouvrieIan McKillop RSYS/CYCA15.013327.08.0
8 10MAGPIEGraham TaylorJames MayoSteve Jarvin MYC16.09473.013.0
9 29NORTHERN HAVOCIain MurrayEuan McNicolRichard Allanson RSYS17.011198.09.0
106.0S19TRINITYJan ScholtenChris DawsonTom Grantham RPAYC23.0116417.06.0

HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships - Day 1

Sunny skies and steady sea breezes have welcomed the 12 international teams for the start of the 2016 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater.

With the wind strengthening from the east to northeast throughout the day it showed the new comers what they were up against sailing in Pittwater’s shifty conditions.

Matthew Hughes from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron coming into his first HARKEN as a skipper has shined on the first day finishing the day with six wins from seven races.  

Local sailor and HARKEN veteran, Malcolm Parker from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club showed off his local knowledge and experience in the first day with five wins from six races having lost one race to George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

“It was good out there today, it was pretty standard Pittwater conditions today so we felt comfortable and it was good to get the wins.” Said Malcolm Parker.Sarah Parker leading George Anyon to the gates Sarah Parker leading George Anyon to the gates

Anyon also showed off his knowledge of Pittwater with an equal scorecard to Parker with five wins from six races with an upset loss to Sarah Parker. Sarah, Malcolm’s sister skippers the only all girl team of the event and really stepped it up against the highest ranked skipper.

The Darwin team skippered by John Lynch couldn’t stack up a win during the day but sailed some strong races. Tom Vincent, a crew member on the team was happy with how the day progressed.

“It was a long day today but I think the team are starting to figure out the boats. We haven’t done much match racing or sailed Elliot 7s before but after today’s efforts I think we’ll be better tomorrow.” Said Tom Vincent.

Sitting on 100% with four from four is Will Boulden from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club who handled the conditions very well but will need to continue his consistency going into the second day of racing.

The forecast for day two of racing is looking like a much warmer day with a high of 32 degrees with testing winds from the west.

Keep updated with live feeds via:

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RPAYC Discover Sailing Information Day

Everyone is welcome to the RPAYC Discover Sailing Information Day on Sunday 20 November from 11am to 2pm. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to learn what sailing life is all about and how to become involved at any age!
There will be a variety of dinghies rigged on the lawn to inspect and learn about, course information for holiday programs, youth learn to sail, adult learn to sail and twilight sailing experiences plus more!

Boats in Manly Cove for the NSW Open Cup hosted by Manly Yacht Club

By Sarah Swain, Manly Daily

The NSW Open Cup event saw 60 boats compete at Manly Cove over the weekend in one of the biggest events held at Manly Yacht Club.

Sailors from across Australia as well as New Zealand competed, including under-13 world champion Travis Wadley from Queensland, who won.

“We got a lot of racing in on Saturday,” the club’s David Holland said.

“Sunday was a bit more challenging – it was a lot more changeable in the morning and a very strong westerly after lunch, but it produced the best sailing of the weekend.”

Locals to make the top 10 were Manly’s Hugo Taranto and David Dooley and Newport’s Bella Green.

Later, Rio silver medalwinning sailor Lisa Darmanin offered her tips with other Olympians Sir Russell Coutts and Tom Burton.

'The Prep' - Video Competition Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Race



Noumea Diary

By Jonathan Tuite

This year I was chosen to be in the Australian Optimist Development Squad, otherwise known as the AODS, which had 5 under 12 boys and 3 under 12 girls and a coach Alison Dale. To get into the team you had to be chosen as one of the top under 12s in Australia. Being a part of the team you had to go to different regattas and training camps which included the AOST/AODS training camp in Adelaide, a training camp in Queensland which led to the Queensland Youth Week and do a training camp in Noumea before the New Caledonian Nationals. This will be a diary of me going to the New Caledonian Nationals and a training camp held in Noumea.

9/10/16 – First training day

The day started off light when the group got on the water. We started training with doing some up winds and down winds with Alison coaching. After training we went in for lunch and soon after we went out and did training races against the local and New Zealander teams. The racing had light winds and I was happy with my results. That night we had a team dinner and debrief.


The day started out very light with big swell caused by the storm which had been and passed in the night. When the group got out we did some up winds and down winds but mainly focused on the top mark roundings. After lunch everyone went out racing with a lot more wind. My first race was good but then in the second race my mainsheet block broke and undid itself from the deck. Alison tried fixing it but in the end I had to retire. Luckily it was only a training day.


Today we continued training and racing together with the other forty sailors. In the evening the local club had organised an opening ceremony for all regatta participants. Everyone enjoyed getting to know each other over pizza and drinks. Our team brought along a blow-up kangaroo and an Australian flag to represent our country.


Today was the lay-day before the racing started. The group went snorkelling off an island not far from our hotel and I saw a turtle, many colourful fish and coral. I enjoyed swimming with my friends along the snorkelling trails. That night we all went to a burger restaurant which was across from a local market. After finishing we visited the market to buy some fruit and saw a performance of a native drumming group.


The first day of racing started after lunch with lots of wind. In the early races I didn’t do too well because of my starts but I managed to catch up a bit. In my third race I did well with a better start and good upwind sailing. After racing the team enjoyed a swim at the hotel pool and a quiet dinner in our rooms.


The day started off with a long ocean race where everyone had to go around the islands. I did well in the light and shifty weather and enjoyed the scenery, but had to be careful of the shallow parts with rocks and sand. After lunch we had two short races and I did very well with getting good starts.


Today was a tough day for all concerned. It was very windy and we did six races, with lunch on shore in between. I found the windy weather quite challenging and got very tired towards the end. However, even if my results weren’t the best, I felt I learnt a lot and will benefit from the experience in windy conditions in the future.


The day started off windier than the day before. After a good rest I felt ready to try out lessons learnt the day before. I was pleased with my results and was happy to finish the regatta on a high. Racing finished early, so we had time to unpack our boats and head to the closing ceremony. Our whole team had enjoyed the experience with great racing and new friendships. We signed a team T-shirt and the kangaroo and left them as a gift to the hosting club.


Overall, the regatta was an amazing experience and I would like to thank RPAYC for their support. I learnt new things, particularly about windy conditions, made many new friends and am more motivated than ever to keep training. I look forward to seeing many of my friends at the Optimist Nationals in Adelaide in January. 

Melges East Coast Championship & Spring Regatta

Tomorrow sees the annual Melges East Coast Championship and the first of four seasonal One Design and Sports Boat Regatta's held at RPAYC, the Spring Regatta. 

A mixture of Melges 20, 24 and 32s will be on the start line from 1100hrs for race 1 of their 9 race series this weekend. 

The Spring Regatta will see Etchells, Vipers, Stars and Couta Boats join the course area from 1300hrs for a 6 race series. 

Friday 11 November

1000 – 1500 hrs             Halyards Bar & Bistro open

1600 hrs – close            Edinburgh Bar Room open, Welcome from 1830hrs, canapés served from 1800hrs, upstairs in the Club House

1800 hrs – close            Alfred’s Table a la carte open – Bookings essential via reception 9998 3700

Saturday 12 November

0800 - 1100 hrs                       Breakfast available - Halyards Bistro

0930 hrs                                   Melges Classes Regatta Briefing – Halyards

1100 hrs                                   First Warning Signal for Melges Classes

1300 hrs                                   First Warning Signal for Etchells Class

1305 hrs                                   First Warning Signal for Mixed Classes

Post Racing                              Bar menu available from Halyards Bistro & Bar 

Sunday 13 November

0800 - 1100 hrs                        Breakfast available - Halyards Bistro

1100 hrs                                    First Warning Signal for all classes

Post Racing                              Presentation – Halyards. Bar menu available from Halyards Bistro & Bar

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