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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

The history of the Driftwood Trophy - Held this Sunday 28.05.17

DRIFTWOOD TROPHY

This unassuming trophy was first competed for at the end of the 1983-84 centreboard season in Laser dinghies loaned by the Laser fleet sailors, and is probably the most sort after centreboard trophy in the club. Look at the winner names and you can see where some of our gun sailors got their pedigree from. 

Driftwood TrophyDriftwood TrophyThe Driftwood Trophy is now held in conjuction with the Portuguese Beach Rally and Picnic during the winter months when the Rear Commodore of Centreboard hosts the day. 

The main instigator was Kendal Barry-Cotter, who wanted to give the parents/volunteers a chance to race each other. After negotiating the terms and getting agreement from the Laser fleet sailors, he dropped in the last condition; “You will need to supply a trophy”!

Not only had we poor, young Laser sailors agreed to loan our prized possessions, we had to supply an appropriate trophy. We had all thought the idea of seeing the parents out hiking and capsizing a great joke, so we decided the trophy had to be cheap, something that related to the club and a bit of fun.

RPAYC sailing demonstration part of the launch of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games

In October 2018 Sydney will host the 4th annual Invictus Games and Invictus Patron, Prince Harry will visit Sydney next month to launch the Games. In line with its commitment to the support of veterans through Soldier On, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) will play a key role in kicking off the celebrations hosting a demonstration Match Race, crewed by veterans on Wednesday 7 June in its fleet of eight Elliott 7s on Sydney Harbour.

RPAYC Club Coach, Tom Spithill will run the launch event assisted by fellow clubs the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.  “It’s wonderful to see our clubs all involved in what will be a great spectacle and we will be encouraging our members and general boating public to get out on water next month to show their support of our veterans as they participate in the launch race”, commented Spithill.

Prince Harry, the Invictus Patron, claimed that it was an “easy decision” to name Sydney as the 2018 host city noting that Australia’s proud military heritage and Sydney’s iconic and welcoming reputation combined with its sports mad population made it the perfect destination. 

While he may be kept from attending the launch next month, preoccupied trying to back up his America’s Cup victory in Bermuda, Invictus Games Ambassador and RPAYC Club Member James Spithill is looking forward to being a part of the 2018 sporting festival. 

“I am really proud to be an Ambassador for the Invictus Games and I can’t wait to get out there with the competitors in my home city and I’m thrilled that my home Club is so involved”, said James Spithill between training sessions with the USA Oracle Team.

RPAYC Coach, Tom Spithill, has worked tirelessly with his club’s volunteers over the last two years in developing a sailing program for veterans through Soldier On as part of the club’s award winning Integrated disAbled Sailing Program.  Over 70 veterans have taken part in the program facilitating their rehabilitation out on the water by participating in a sport focused on teamwork, trust and mateship. 

The 2018 Games will take place in and around Sydney 18-29 October 2018 and will bring over 500 competitors to Sydney from 17 Nations to compete in 11 sports. 

“It’s been a rewarding and privileged part of my career to help the country’s veterans get back on track and enjoy sailing on Pittwater, the members have stepped up and really helped out which has seen it grow and it will be great to show off our achievements when the club helps to launch the 2018 Invictus Games!” said Tom Spithill.

The club’s last brush with royalty was when Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip laid the foundation stone of its Clubhouse in 1968.  Commodore Ian Audsley commented, “This is another wonderful and proud moment in our club’s history.  We are currently celebrating our Sesquicentennial year and are still hopeful that a member of the royal family will accept our invitation to help us celebrate the big day later this year!”

Prince Harry, who has served in the British Armed Forces for over 10 years helped develop the Invictus Games which is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. 

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is a proud racing club with one of the most comprehensive yacht racing calendars in the country.  Located in Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the club has a proud history and on 15 October 2017 will celebrate its Sesquicentenary. 

For media inquiries contact Stephen Collopy RPAYC 02 9998 3700. 

RPAYC appoints Nick Elliott as Race Director

In support of its commitment to yachting and to the growth of the sport, the RPAYC has appointed Nick Elliott into the newly created role of Race Director and Club 2IC. 

In partnership with recruitment firm Sportspeople, the Club conducted a global search to identify a dynamic yachting professional with the skills and experience to ensure that the RPAYC remains a leader in providing exceptional yacht racing and regatta programs backed by exceptional race management.  The Race Director will oversee all aspects of member racing both on and off water by ensuring that race management teams are supported and that all operational areas are co-ordinated to deliver quality programs that satisfy members, encourage new boats to join the fleets and increase participation in the sport. 

Dozens of high caliber professionals from 14 countries applied for the role and Nick stood apart with his vast experience at very high levels of yacht racing.  Nick joins the RPAYC from the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in the UK where he has been running the racing program for the last nine years, including one of the largest and most challenging yacht races in the world, the Rolex Fastnet Race. 

Nick has a great deal of race management experience, involvement in the development of offshore special regulations, and in developing new racing formats designed to appeal to a broad range of sailors. 

RPAYC Vice Commodore Michael Lockley commented, “We are really excited Nick has agreed to join what is already a really strong professional team.  We are going to make the point that the RPAYC is totally invested in this great sport and will ensure we are delivering excellence while creating racing programs that appeal to and encourage participation across all generations.  This is a very exciting time for the RPAYC.”

Naturally the RORC is disappointed in Nick’s decision, but understand the opportunity for him and his family to again live and work abroad.  As this is a Fastnet year, Nick will see this race through with the aim of joining the RPAYC prior to the start of the new sailing season in September. 

Sailing isn’t just a job for Nick, it is a passion and a family sport.  Nick has recently been racing offshore with the RORC Commodore in his JPK10.80 in the RORC Cherbourg Race and completed the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race with the RORC Vice Commodore.  He has also been competing regularly on the Shearwater Traveller Series and National Championships with his wife Kerry, his teenage son Zac and daughter Poppy as well as regularly competing at his local sailing club in various centreboard classes.

The RPAYC has one of the most comprehensive year round sailing programs in the country, offering up to five keel boat club racing days each week, a solid centreboard racing fleet, an extensive cruising program, a training program training well in excess of 700 people annually, a busy regatta schedule and has a multi award winning program committed to supporting disabled sailing. 

 

 

The Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta is confirmed as an exciting long term fixture to feature in Australia’s summer sailing calendar

Australia’s east coast offshore sailing scene will take on an exciting new look with the staging of the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta to start out of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on January 2, 2018.

After negotiations with Southport Yacht Club it was decided that a new era of racing will take place for both well-established clubs with the combination of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s ocean race to Southport and the Southport Yacht Club’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Series to create this exciting new event.

 This decision comes off the back of a very successful Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Race in January 2017. The event drew keen competitors from both NSW and Queensland, and aided by an unseasonal southerly the race was completed in almost record time by Doug Coulter’s Shakti, a 46 footer from Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. “We reached a top speed of around 23 knots but averaged around 18 – 16 knots most of the way up the coast.” Coulter said.

Apart from the fast-paced downwind race, the 2017 event was complimented by the exceptional hospitality from the Southport Yacht Club. Volunteers and staffed worked tirelessly for 24 hours a day to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all the competitors as they entered the Gold Coast seaway into the Southport marina.

The 2017 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport race kicked off the year with an exciting, fast race complete with on-water social media competitions, live starts broadcast on Facebook, a media helicopter hovering over the fleet and a blistering pace to match.  

Mark Tinworth and Mark Waterhouse’s Beneteau First 44.7 Le Billet used the event to mix youth and experience by bringing five RPAYC Youth Development on board. Upon receiving first in PHS Division 2 and second in IRC Tinworth made special mention to his crew pointing the great work the Youth Development team achieved on the race to Southport.

“We had a great race with the five Youth Development members from the club (RPAYC). They are all under 23 and they bring so much enthusiasm and energy and it was great having them on board,” Tinworth said.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club prides itself as a world class yacht club and Southport in 2017 showed that they too emulate this attitude to their sport and club which makes Chair of the Race Committee, Richard Hudson very pleased with the decision and looking forward to the opportunities that the new Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise will bring.

“Its great news to have the Club’s signature offshore event secure a finish destination. I raced in the 2017 event and Southport were nothing short of amazing! Both clubs have such a high standard of service and planning that I think the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta is the start of something big.” said Richard Hudson.

The 380-nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will start in Pittwater, north of Sydney, on January 2 2018, and Bartercard Sail Paradise on January 6. Both events are open to the full spectrum of sailboats: monohulls and multihulls through to the upper echelon of Grand Prix ocean racers.

Southport Yacht Club’s commodore, Kerry Noyes, welcomed the news of the Pittwater to Paradise race:  “Southport Yacht Club is delighted to announce this wonderful joint venture with RPAYC where their great race and our regatta are combined. Apart from being an exciting concept, it will have the added attraction of being an excellent summer holiday opportunity for the families and friends of competitors. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our great Club.” Said Kerry Noyes.

Both Pittwater and the Gold Coast present excellent holiday destinations and those thinking about competing are encouraged to visit www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au or www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise to keep up with special discounts and offers.   

Congratulations to Team Harken, winning the Dust Buster Regatta

Congratulations to Team Harken, winning the Dust Buster Regatta!

Team Harken Skippered by Grant Pellew, managed to find his form today on the second and final day of the series. After sitting in 6th place after day 1, Grant and his team of Traks Gordon, Ollie Gordon, Natasha Bryant & Clare Costanzo sailed an almost faultless day with a 1,5,1,1,1 score card to take boat of the day for day two, and the series win.

Commenting on the dock shortly after racing, Pellew took a while to compose himself as the emotions of the day sunk in "What a great regatta! The regatta delivered what it promised, great competition and fun windward leeward sprints. It's great, we had 5 races today, and now it is 1100am and I have the rest of the day to spend with my daughter. I think this format in winter has a lot of merit and we look forward to the next regatta."

Also having a better second day on the water was Nancy Ferguson, climbing from 7th place up into 2nd Place overall.

The Dust Buster Regatta was run over two Sunday Mornings, with all of the RPAYC Eight Elliott 7's charted out and sailed by Members and their friends.
There was also other sportsboats who raced alongside the E7's in a sportsboat division. Matt Crawford in his Melges 20 "Big Booty" took the win, beating an assortment of sports boats/keelboat which included vipers and a young 88

A big thankyou to the Volunteer race committee who did a great job setting a track in shifty conditions.
Results are included in this post.

Milly Bennett wins the 2017 Gwen Slade Regatta

Light, shifty breezes ranging from the north back to the south saw six Etchells compete on Saturday 29 April in two windward/leeward sprint races for the 37th Gwen Slade Ladies Etchells trophy.

The Gwen Slade regatta is a one design, Etchells regatta with women at the helm of each boat.  The regatta started in 1981 by Russell Slade in honour of his wife Gwen, and to encourage women sailors.

This year, Milly Bennett and her team, sailing in Commodore Ian Audsley’s Kalika III sailed with precision in the challenging conditions to win two out of the three races to take out the 2017 Gwen Slade Regatta for the second time. Milly also won the 2015 Gwen Slade Regatta in Kalika II

Katie Pellew and her team which included Nina Curtis sailing in Seawings had a good event however the team didn’t get the win in the last two races but performed strongly enough to take 2nd place overall.

3rd place went to Hannah Lanz and her team with Head Coach Tom Spithill who did very well against more experienced competition.

The conditions were very tough to navigate through Pittwater but on a positive note the competitors enjoy some autumn sun. Congratulations to all those who competed and a big thanks to all the Race Officials.

Results are as follows;

1st – Kalika 3 - Milly Bennett

2nd – Seawings – Katie Pellew

3rd – PAM – Hannah Lanz

4th – Whisper – Clare Costanzo

5th – Arlotta – Annie Taylor

6th – Miramar – Prue Bennett 

2017 Old Timers Race and Luncheon

A record number of participants have taken part in the Club’s annual Old Timers Race and Luncheon showing that age has no barriers in sailing!

37 boats took to the start line on a light autumn morning all featuring an Old Timer on the helm skippering another member’s boat. To add the charm of the event, Life Member, Jack Gale came out of retirement to RO for the race. Equipped with a glass of wine and stylish Ran Ban sunglasses the race got underway to a clean start.

With the fleet making their way up Pittwater the sun started to poke through which caused the already light wind to become even more unpredictable as it shifted around from three of the 4 cardinal points. 

Winner of the race was Taffy skippered by long-time Member John Ellis. Coming in second was Alun Black skippering Bonnie Lassie and third was past commodore, Angus Gordon sailing one of the Club’s Elliott 7s.

After the race over 200 Members and guests attended the luncheon, appropriately themed “Tall Tales of the Old Timers” Members shared their fondest memories of the Club. Bob Fowler, Bill Buckle and Peter Kennett plus many others told their stories and didn’t hold back!

Along with the stories the Old Timers quiz was another star of the show, written by Thomas Spithill made for an interesting result. With some questions still needing answers. 

Alyse Saxby Places Third in the Hansa Asia Pacific Champs in Geelong

The Gill Combined Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championships has concluded at Royal Geelong Yacht Club after three days of sailing. The regatta saw sailors aged from 11 to 92 taking part and combined the Victorian and Australian Hansa Class Championships.

Across the three days of racing, sailors were frustrated by a lack of wind however the four divisions were able to complete their minimum race numbers by Monday’s final session.

The Hansa Class Association is an open and inclusive association that encourages people of all ages and abilities to compete with and against each other and saw sailors gather from around Australia as well as a contingent from Japan and two sailors from Chile.

During the wait for breeze on the second day, sailors formed a spectacular raft-up of 25 boats, with their coloured sails reflecting on the calm waters of Corio Bay.

The final scheduled day of racing again dawned overcast and calm and sailors in the single person divisions were held ashore. When the wind failed to strengthen, the morning session was abandoned, leaving the results as they stood at the end of day 2.

The wind finally arrived in the afternoon and the two-person Hansa 303s were able to get three races in during their time on the water.

Reigning World Champion in the Hansa 303 single person class, Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds can now add the Australian and Asia Pacific titles to his resume, taking out the division in front of his Wynyard teammate Mike Darby.

Darby turned the tables in the Hansa 303 two-person division when, with crew Manuela Klinger, he beat home Symonds and his crew, Jeannine Peacock to take the title.

It was a win to the international sailors in the Hansa 2.3 division, with Japan’s Koji Harada handling the light conditions the best, to win the division by 3 points from Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Allison Weatherly and NSW’s Alyse Saxby.

In the Liberty division, South Australian veteran Bob Schahinger took the win by one point from Ballarat’s Charles Weatherly, with Jason Elwes from NSW in 3rd place. With competitors in every division, Victoria took home the State Teams Trophy.

AHCA President Russell Phillips said: “This regatta has been a success on many levels. Local and international friendships were made and renewed, competitors and their friends and supporters have been made to feel very welcome here and, despite the lack of wind, we have all had a great time in Geelong’.

‘It was great that the tall ship Tenacious was able to support the event and promote inclusion to the people of Geelong”.

“We are very grateful to the support of the City of Greater Geelong, Royal Geelong Yacht Club – their members and volunteers - and Gill Australia for supporting this open and inclusive sailing Championship”.

Competitors will now turn their focus to the 2018 National Championships in NSW and the World Championships in Hiroshima, Japan in October 2018.

Full results available on the RGYC website - http://www.rgyc.com.au/results/2017_Hansa_Asia_Pacific_Titles.htm

- Shauna Phillips/RGYC

 

Tash and Annie look towards Tokyo

ANNIE Wilmot and Natasha Bryant do not hide their collective ambition.

The latest Manly Daily Local Sports Star nominees have been sailing together since 2013, winning countless races at state and national level in the 29er class.

The teenagers, who train out of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport, are targeting a spot in the Australian team ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“From the moment we were introduced to each other, we clicked as a team,’’ 16-year-old Natasha said.

“We have competed in three world championships together already and we will only get better.

“Tokyo (Olympics) would be amazing. We’re definitely working towards that.”

Local Sports Star (LSS) nominees Natasha Bryant (16) and Annie Wilmot (18).

Annie was always going to be a competitive sailor.

Her father Bob was the Australian windsurfing champion in 1977, aged just 15.

“I started sailing when I was six,’’ the 18-year-old said.

“Competing with Natasha is always fun – we bring the best out of each other.

“Winning the Youth World Championships last year was amazing, it showed me I can hold my own against anyone.”

Source: Manly Daily 

Vittoria’s classy touch to Sail Port Stephens

Amid the gleaming white fibreglass boats racing en masse at the Commodores Cup, stage one of the two-part 10th anniversary Sai Port Stephens, is the classic timber boat Vittoria cutting a wide path through the gentle Nelson Bay chop.

Built for the late and great Victorian yachtsman Lou Abrahams, the Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) 42 design is a head-turner among the record cup fleet, and owner Alan Reece is enjoying pushing the beauty around the bay courses in the 15 knot average sou’easters.

A bundle of hand-written and typed letters now in Reece’s possession describe how how Abrahams wrote to S&S requesting a minimum handicap rater for the 1971 Admiral’s Cup. He learned they were working on a 42-footer for a Lord in the UK and the designers suggested the two owners share the design cost, which they did.  

Vittoria was built by Cec Quilkey in cold-moulded Oregon four diagonal planks building up to a hull thickness of one inch. It has an 8.8 tonne weigh-in but is only 30 feet at the waterline, thanks to the easily identifiable and fine curved S&S bow.

The boat’s first Sydney to Hobart race was only months after its launch in 1970 and its best performance in the famous bluewater race would be that race, fifth outright and seventh on corrected time. The boat went on to compete in eight more Sydney Hobarts, the last in 1978, plus the inaugural Sydney to Suva race in 1976. On the way back to Australia the boat accidentally hit and was then rammed by a cranky Sperm whale, smashing the rudder and sending the crew limping into Brisbane port for repairs.

Reece is only the fourth custodian of Vittoria and he knows with ownership comes a responsibility to preserve his piece of yachting history. “The previous owner did a beautiful refurb in 2010. Wooden boats soak up money...I’m yet to feel that pain.”

Now living in Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches, Vittoria is out racing weekly. It won the classic boat division at the 2017 Australia Day regatta and is doing the rounds of wooden boat shows, where invariably someone remembers Vittoria or wants to share their story with Reece of when they crewed on the boat sometime in the past 47 years.

“The enjoyment is the type of boat and meeting people through it, everywhere I go there are connections,” Reece says. “It’s beautifully made and I have to keep it nice. It does have mod-cons including electric winches so I can sail it short-handed, which makes it more usable.

“It goes well in big seas, steers like a car and doesn’t smash like the new boats, and I’m aiming to use it as much as I can; that’s what owning a boat is all about.”

The Commodore’s Cup and Vittoria’s series wraps up on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

Thursday is a layday and Friday marks the start of busiest half of the Sail Port Stephens on-water program when the NSW IRC Championship, NSW Super 12 Championship, Australian Sports Boat Championship and Performance Racing and Cruising Series commence. All racing concludes on Easter Sunday.

Sail Port Stephens is organised by Corlette Point Sailing Association and supported by Destination NSW, Port Stephens Council, Pantaenius Insurance, Garmin, Port Stephens Accommodation, Port Stephens Strata and more.

Results http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/2017/sps/comcup/series.htm

Event website www.sailportstephens.com.au

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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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