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

       

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

 
 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Members of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be held at the Clubhouse, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, on Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 8.00pm to transact the following business: -

1. To note the Apologies and Obituaries;

2. To confirm the Minutes of the General Meeting held on 10 April 2018;

3. To recognise member Roger Vincent who has achieved 50 years of membership.

4. To consider and if thought fit, pass the following resolution:

“That Peter Kennett be elected a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club as of 24 July 2018”;

5. To receive and if thought fit, to resolve to adopt the Club’s Annual Report, Statement of Profit or Loss and Comprehensive Income, Statement of Financial Position and Accompanying Statements for the financial year ended 30 April 2018;

6. To elect two (2) Directors for a three (3) year term in accordance with Rule 25 of the Club’s Constitution;

7. To elect a Rear Commodore Cruising for a two year term, a Rear Commodore Centreboard for a two year term and a Rear Commodore Activities for a two year term, each in accordance with Rule 31 of the Club’s Constitution;

8. To present the Commodore’s Clubman of the Year 2018 trophy, and;

9. Any other business, which may be properly brought before a General Meeting of Members.



Suzanne Davies
General Manager and Company Secretary
25 June 2018
 

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Checklist

The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater.

Entry to the club’s seven-race Bluewater Pointscore Series, including a rejigged program of a race to Newcastle in October and new race to Port Stephens tying in with Sail Port Stephens, is now open. Enter the BWPS here.
Key to the bluewater series is the third edition of the annual Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Regatta starting January 2, 2019 and the club’s race director Nick Elliott has some pointers for owners and crews working towards this Category 2 ocean event. 

“Winter is a great time of year to think about preparation and finding competitive advantages for the upcoming offshore season, firstly this means meeting the eligibility criteria for each planned race. The New Year race to Southport requires 150 nautical miles of offshore racing with a least 50% of the planned crew and signing up to the club’s bluewater series is the ideal way to tick off this entry condition.

“Now is also a good time to check Safety & Sea Survival certificates are in-date and if not, get in touch with the RPAYC’s preferred suppliers, Above & Beyond Boating at Newport and Genevieve White at Marine SafetyWorks, and enrol your entire crew or individuals.

“I also encourage owners to review their IRC certificate and make sure they have optimised their rating for the best sail-plan, rather than every sail that came with the original boat purchase. Look at your wardrobe and which sails you use regularly to get best performance, and make sure those sails are on your IRC certificate - not that huge headsail that is rarely used and comes with a significant rating penalty.

“For a new owner, consider that spending thousands of dollars buying a new kite or set of sails might not be the best way to gain an edge. There might be more gained by understanding the bigger picture of race navigation – performance polars, current and sea conditions, weather GRIB files, routing, and having your electronics dialled into an integrated computer system,” Elliott added.

Will Oxley, one of the country’s most respected navigators with multiple laps of the world and winning navigator of Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart on his remarkable resume, agrees understanding navigation is integral to working out where percentage can be made - and he’s referring to fundamental navigation rather than navigating by iPhone map.

“Because we have easy access to an iPhone map some assume that’s navigation, but there are so many more factors,” Oxley says. “Fundamental navigation used to be part of ocean racing because there was nothing else available. More and more are coming to me saying ‘I want to learn Expedition’ but that’s the end point. What they need to learn is navigation and tactics.

“I’m a fan of using the tools but also a fan of fundamental knowledge. All sorts of pieces need to be added together when making a decision. It’s not about the most computer literate person on the boat following the blue line the software generates; it’s about the speed of the current for a big versus a small boat and knowing what time the sea breeze changes to a land breeze, and how to navigate out of a tight spot if the battery on your electronics fail.”

So, what’s the solution? Other than agitating for a dedicated race navigation syllabus to be developed by an educator Oxley suggests reading widely, talking with other navigators and taking relevant courses through Australian Sailing or completing a Yachtmaster or Coxswains course, which insurance companies like, particularly for deliveries.

Australian Sailing is partnered with the RYA, which deliver Yachtmaster courses. Click here on the ’Search now’ button to find an RYA Centre. Coxswains tickets and the like are delivered by registered training entities such as TAFE, and other private organisations.

Elliott and his RPAYC sailing office team are available to discuss relevant courses and meeting entry requirements for the club’s bluewater series and 370 nautical mile premier offshore event, the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race. The Notice of Race is available here and the deadline for entries and paperwork is Saturday December 15, 2018.

The regatta offers IRC Racing, Performance Racing, Cruising, Short-Handed and Multihull divisions for the ocean passage which leads into a short-course series conducted by the RPAYC’s partner Southport Yacht Club January 6-9, 2019. See http://www.sailparadise.com.au/

Both Pittwater and the Gold Coast present excellent holiday destinations at a busy time of year and those thinking about competing are encouraged to visit www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au or www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Visit the event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Twitter: pitt2paradise Instagram: #pitt2paradise

For further information contact:
RPAYC sailing & communications manager Brendan Rourke
(02) 9998 3700 e. brendan.rourke@rpayc.com.au

Media enquiries - Lisa Ratcliff
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings
ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au


Photo Credit: Beth Morley

  

Fusion Racing Team in Marstrand, Sweden

And that’s a wrap for the GKSS Women’s Trophy in Marstrand Sweden.

The last day off racing was tough and we narrowly missed out on 3rd place. In a first to get 2 wins, we won the first race and then we were leading coming into the finish of the second race and a misjudgement error cost us the race and our damage deposit.

Although an unfortunate way to end the regatta we sailed well beyond our own expectations and learnt so much to take into the next regatta.

As the youngest team to be racing against some of the worlds best sailors was unreal, some of these including world champions and Olympic gold and silver medalists.

Massive thanks to everyone for your support in the lead up to the event and all the messages of support and encouragement during the event!

Next for us is to head straight over to the USA to join club coach Tom Spithill and represent the RPAYC at the Govenors Cup at Balboa Yacht Club. 

 

 

Casual Berth Rebates & Availability

Casual Berth Vacancy Rebates
Did you know that if you are going away on your vessel and haven’t notified the Club of the berth vacancy you could potentially be missing out on a rebate against your monthly berth or mooring fees?
In the last couple of months, the Club has issued $3,419 of credit to members where their berths have been filled by casual occupants during an absence.
To notify us of an absence or for further information contact Kylie Brown email kylie.brown@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741.

Casual Berth Availability
A handful of lucky members have gone sailing and their berths are available for casual rental. Casual berths are available for members and non-members and berth assistance is available 7 days between 8am – 5pm.

If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in a casual berth at The Club get in touch with us via email waterfront@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741.

Multihull Berths
12.5m (41’) beam not exceeding 6.7m – Available June until 31st August
12.5m (41’) beam not exceeding 7.5m – Available June until 5th September

Monohull Berths
18m (65’) ‘t’ head - Available 9th August until 12th October
14m (46’) beam to 4.6m, draft 2.6m – Available 1st August until 30th September
14m (46’) beam to 4.6m – Available 12th August until 6th October
14m (46’) beam not exceeding 4.4m – Available June until up to 26th September:
11.6m (38’) beam to 3.7m – Available June until 14th September
11.6m (38’) beam to 3.8m – Available June until up to 13th October
10.7m (35’) beam to 3.1m, draft 1m – Available June until up to 1st October
10.5m (34’) beam to 3.4m – Available 9th July until 6th October
 

Ballot - Election of Officers

The Ballot for the election of Officers opens this week, please refer to the timetable in the link below.  Ballot papers can be collected from Concierge, Ted Glass or Lisa Hughes (EA) at Reception on the days listed in the link.  As per Constitution rules 17.2 and 25.9(a), only Full members who are financial at the time of voting are able to vote in the election.

 

PLEASE NOTE - Club staff will supervise the ballot to ensure members are eligible (Full & financial) at the time of voting, issue ballot papers and observe that the ballot papers are placed in the secure, confidential ballot box.

View the AGM Notice of Meeting and Director Nominee Bios Here

2018 BALLOT TIMETABLE FOR THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Date

Day of week

Ballot Times

Receiving officer

11 July

Wednesday

11.00am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

14 July

Saturday

9.30am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

17 July

Tuesday

9.00am to 3.00pm

Lisa Hughes

18 July

Wednesday

11.00am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

20 July

Friday

4.00pm to 8.00pm

Ted Glass

21 July

Saturday

9.30am to 5.00pm

Ted Glass

Lisa Hughes

22 July

Sunday

10.00am to 2.00pm

Ted Glass

24 July

Tuesday

6.00pm to 8.00pm

 

 

The ballot will close at 8pm - no further votes will be taken after this time.

 

AGM commences at 8pm

Ted Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RPA Sailors take 3rd place in Fannie Bay, NT

Team RPAYC wraps up the Australian Maid Youth Match Racing Regatta in 3rd place.

Day 4 was very long and trying, but we kept pushing until the end.

We were up against RNZYS (New Zealand) in the semi final. Race 1 saw a fair bit of confusion when our opposition hoisted an asymmetric spinnaker rather than a symmetrical. We took the win but a protest from RNZYS somehow led to the decision for a re-race. Unfortunately we ended up losing the semi-final with a win and 2 losses, thus losing the place in the final.

In the petit final, we lost the 1st race to the hometown Darwin Heroes, but an audacious Farquharson put multiple penalties on the opposition in the following 2 races to complete the comeback and claim 3rd place overall.

We would like to thank Darwin Sailing Club for hosting this regatta, our hosts Steve & Bronwyn, Coach Tom Spithill (even though he couldn’t join us for this regatta), and the support from the RPAYC Youth Development Program.

Team RPAYC
James Farquharson, Niall Powers, Cam Whiteside, Juliet Costanzo, & Annie Scholten. 

Full Regatta Results here

Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta 2018 - Results

A winter westerly greeted the fleet of 18 boats on Saturday for Day 1 of the Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta.

Showing dominance in the Etchells Class was Flirtation, helmed by Matt Crawford who after a 3rd place in the first race sealed the rest of the day with bullets. 
The mixed sports boat fleet saw plenty of action on the start line with 10 boats jostling for pole position under the watchful eye of Race Officer Stephen Merrington.
The RPAYC Elliott 7's which were crewed by the Senior & Intermediate Youth Development Squad as well as the Australian Invictus Sailing Team kept up with their faster rivals such at the Melges 24 & Viper.
Joining with an original Elliott 7 was Rod Tanks who had a secret weapon on board in Kerrie Shimeld (Mick Holes widow). Rod had the element of surprise on the start line with some unorthodox starting techniques. 4 races were completed on the Saturday.

In the Etchells fleet club stalwart Jason Antill came out swinging on Sunday to show the younger crew on flirtation that they mean business as they use this regatta to prepare for the upcoming Etchells Worlds in QLD. Jason's 2107 Racing  finished on 14 points which tied them with Flirtation however the tie was broken in favour of Flirtation who had 3 wins. An excited Matt Crawford commented 'We were adding up the score card on the way in and knew it was going to be close, a big thanks to my team and all the competitors and volunteers for a fantastic regatta'.

In the mixed sport boats fleet Grant Crowle stepped in to helm for Rod Tanks on the Green Elliott 7 on the final day with Simon Grosser who hopped on to follow instructions from Kerrie. The new combination showed strength particularly with Kerrie & Mick's son Henri calling strategy. With the green Elliott 7 taking out boat of the day. 

The Mick Hole Memorial Trophy was presented by Kerrie to an ecstatic Matt Crawford & his Flirtation Team. 

Taking out the golden snorkel award was Intermediate Youth Development sailor Isabella Holdsworth who took an unexpected dip when she missed the hiking straps. "The water was cold" said a chilled Holdsworth. 

Kerrie commented: " Thank you to the RPA for honouring Mick this way. He would have loved to have been sailing, we met and fell in love 30 years ago at the downstairs bar, and then farewelled him at the same place 7 years ago. Enormous thanks to the Race Committee and also Jason Antill and Simon Grosser for initiating and following through.Also to Rod, Kathryn, Grant, Henri and Grosser ( the green boat),and all the competitors, young and old".
We sailed this weekend in honour of a very special bloke, whose memory is a reminder to all present and future members of what RPAYC is really all about.

The world would be a much better place with a few more Micks !

View Full results here

View Regatta Video 

V
iew Saturday images here

About Mick Hole 

 

 

Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta 2018

With this weekends Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta we would like to thank Simon Grosser for puting some words together about Mick.

 

Mick was the epitome of RPAYC club spirit, until he sadly passed away too soon at the age of 48, on May 19th 2011.

Mick was a feisty character, but known for the biggest of smiles and a happy outlook on life. He bravely fought a tough battle right to the end, without complaint

Growing up on Pittwater, Mick was a keen surfer, and windsurfer before getting into sailing like so many other local kids through the “Kalori” sailing programme at Pittwater High School, and the efforts of teachers and RPAYC members Wal Wardle, Alan Jones and Stan Walters. He raced the Yachting World Diamond “Kalori” with good mate (and former RPAYC member) Grant Crowle, and then campaigned with Grant and Cameron Miles in “the Sting” at the 1984 Soling Olympic trials in Adelaide.

Mick met “the love of his life” Kerrie Shimeld at RPAYC in 1988, sailing in Bruce Dowse' aptly named “Hot Tub” and with Gavin Ward on “Abracadabra”.

Mick continued racing in Etchells as a long time crew member with Commodore John Berry on “Risky Business”, and then with Bruce Wookie and Mark Richards narrowly missing a podium finish at the Melbourne Nationals in “Steam Packet” in 1998

Together Mick and Kerry formed a formidable team on and off the water, and with Mali and Henri joining the crew, the young “Shim-Holes” raced and cruised their Sydney 36 “King Tide”, always punching above their weight (with Mick letting his competitors know all about it, with that grin !)

Possibly the worst King Neptune ever at the RPAYC Christmas Party for several years, he thought he was gorgeous and was the life of the party. 

Mick was a loyal member of Bob Oatley’s “Another Duchess” crew, long before red shirts became so popular..........these days, everyone's got one!! Mick sailed in the crew of Wild Oats 10, in the winning RPAYC Admirals Cup team in 2003.

A real highlight of Mick’s sailing career and club life was the 2008 Laser Master Worlds, sailed off Terrigal.

An intrepid group of RPAYC members built a very close bond, training through the winter in the leadup to the Worlds, always competitive but always in good spirit

Typical of Mick, he was in it for the fun and the comraderie, and no matter where he was placed in the fleet (often upside down !) remained as competitive as ever, and always came up smiling.

If you look in the trophy cabinet, you’ll find the “Golden Snorkel” award, which only a few specially talented members have had the priviledge of winning, initially awarded to Mick Hole


Words by Simon Grosser


We sail this weekend in honour of a very special bloke, whose memory is a reminder to all present and future members of what RPAYC is really all about.

The world would be a much better place with a few more Micks !

View Entries & Regatta Documents Here

 

Hooligan wins Act 3 MC38 Pittwater Regatta

Local RPAYC boat Hooligan (Marcus Blackmore)  finished Act 3 of the class' 2018 season first overall after seven races in light winter sou'westers to sou'easters on Pittwater, six points clear of Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's Lazy Dog from Middle Harbour. Third was RPAYC's John Bacon's Dark Star, Bacon back among the action following an extended break to pursue double-handed sailing.

Complete Article by Lisa Ratcliff 

Full Results

Join the Intro to Racing Day! Race practice for beginners and on water coaching.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club are organising an Intro to Racing Day to encourage more yacht and keelboat owners to come and have a go at racing. The day is aimed at total novice racers; however we expect at least a basic level of sailing ability, and the aim is to give them a basic understanding of the racing rules, race starts and getting around the race course.

The program starts on Thursday 23 August, 7pm, with a Sail Trim Seminar by OneSail's Paul Eldride. 

On Sunday, the day will start with a briefing in Halyards and the RPAYC and an introduction to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), Starting and Sailing the Course. We will then head out and do some practice starts and some short races with on the water coaching. The day will finish with a de-brief and Sausage Sizzle back in Halyards.

I hope this is something that you think might be of interest and help support our yacht owners to get the most out of their boats.

If you have any further questions please contact the RPAYC Sailing Office 02 9998 3700 sailing@rpayc.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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