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

       

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

 
 

The Driftwood Trophy - Laser Race for Parents & Volunteers

DRIFTWOOD TROPHY

This years event will be held on Sunday 8th April, 2018. The annual driftwood trophy race is the opportunity for non competitor sailors (volunteers/parents) to jump onto a laser and enjoy a race against each other. Whether you have sailed a laser before or not you are welcome to participate in the fun casual race, the winner will be awarded the Driftwood Trophy.
Register on the Day at the Centreboard Lawn on April 8th.


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.
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.


After packing up our boats and enjoying a hot shower, some of the Laser sailors were rostered on to roll up the launching mat. As chance would have it, there was a bit of driftwood washed up on it and it was agreed that it would be an appropriate fun trophy. I agreed to dry it out, varnish it and make up a name plate from brass at work.


It turned out to be harder than I expected. After two days hanging in the garage it was still wet so desperate measures were called for. When Mum was out I put it in the oven for a few hours to dry out. I really should have kept a better eye on it as Mum wasn’t too impressed with the smell the next time she used her oven. Then it was given several coats of Dad’s prized two pot epoxy. Yes, more grief when Dad next went to paint his wash boards, and there wasn’t enough epoxy but it was
worth it. Then, I fitted the brass name plate and it came up a treat. I’m not sure when the plinth was added, but thirty years later it still looks good as new.

April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

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April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

4 days of sailing fun!

Get the kids out sailing on beautiful Pittwater this coming school holidays!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club provides fun, safe and affordable sailing camps for kids of 8-12 years.

When:Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th April 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Register today at: http://www.rpayc.com.au/courses/kids-learn-to-sail/autumn-school-holiday-program

Phone: 9997 3800

Email: sailing@rpayc.com.au
 

Natalie Sampson Wins the Henri Lloyd Wet Weather raffle aiding Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot European Campaign

Congratulations to Natalie Sampson who has won the Henri Lloyd raffle run by Club Youth Members Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot as part of their funding campaign towards their European 49er FX Class campaign which also forms part of the Australian Sailing Team selection events for representation at the Toyko Olympics in 2020. The fundraising was a huge success for the girls, "the support from fellow sailors and the RPAYC was amazing"! said the girls.

Natalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Lloyd PrizeNatalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Lloyd Prize

Natasha and Annie along with Traks Gordon and their families would love to pass on a big thank-you to not only the members of RPAYC but also to Henri Lloyd for supporting the club with the very generous donation of the Henri Lloyd wet weather gear. "It was wonderful to see the club and it's members get behind the girls in supporting them on their Olympic Journey", said Ally Bryant..

"Without the RPAYC, it's members and this raffle prize we would have found it hard to raise the awareness of our campaign to represent the Club and Australia in 2020", said the girls at the Women's Twilight presentation. 

The girls embark this Saturday to Europe - with the second round of the World Cup Series being one of the regattas they will be competing in when over in europe.

Without the incredible support and enthusiasm from fellow sailors and the sailing industry it is extremely hard to maintain a programme such as theirs and we are most grateful to you and the club for helping us help them achieve an amazing dream.

Many thanks

Tash + Annie

 

 

Intermediate Youth Development Applications Open

Invitation to register for the RPAYC's Intermediate Youth Development Squad training program.  Take your sailing to the next level!       

The Intermediate Youth Development Squad Program consists of up to sixteen  sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on  building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining  their skillsets in the following areas:
 
•     Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of  both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
•     Fleet Race training and Regatta experience
•     Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
•     Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
•     Execution of better teamwork dynamics
•     Brief introduction into match racing
•     Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events
•     Gain experience of sailing keelboats via crewing on Members Boats
 
Dates:              
18-20 April                            Three day Training Program - Easter School Holiday Period
9-10 July                                Two day Training Program - Winter School Holiday Period
21-22 April                            One-Design & Sports Boat Autumn Regatta (RPAYC)
3 June                                     NCYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
10 June                                  CYCA Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
17 June                                  RSYS Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
24 June                                  RPAYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
7-8 July                                  One-Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta (RPAYC)
15-16 September                 David Lukins Memorial Match Racing Regatta (RPAYC)
 
Training:               
The program will be run over five training days from 0900 to 1600 and will be conducted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s coaching team lead by Club Coach Tom Spithill  with instructors provided for each boat from the RPAYC’s Youth Development Squad program. Each day will comprise of theory sessions and on water sessions.

Optimist Victorian States sees RPA Daniel Links awarded 1st Place

Six junior sailors from RPAYC recently went to Blairgowrie in Victoria to compete in the 2018 Optimist Victorian State Championships. 

Competition was hot with 116 boats including 4 of the top 5 boats from the Australian championships.
Day 1 was a struggle with very little breeze and the race committee only managing to get 1 late race away.
Day 2 and 3 were a very different story with breezes up around 20 knots with good tide and waves.

Daniel Links handled the conditions well winning 5 out of the 9 races enabling him to place 1st to win the regatta with 2 races to spare. Fletcher Walters fought out a hard regatta to win the last race and take 2nd place overall. Jonathan Tuite relished the conditions finishing 5th.

Angus Renton and Cooper Bellingham also sailed well in the tough conditions finishing 13th and 16th. A special mention to Walter Tuite who has just recently joined the open fleet and battled hard. The experience he gained will be invaluable.

In the Optimist fleet RPAYC now holds the Australian Championships with Fletcher and the VIC, NSW, and ACT championships with Daniel. A big thankyou to Rob and Tom Brewer for coaching support throughout the year and also to Andy and Virpi Tuite for handling the logistics for a lot of the kids for this trip.

All the kids are looking forward to competing in the NSW State Championships at RPAYC on the 24-25 March before some of them head to NZ for the NZ nationals at Picton on the South Island.

FULL RESULTS HERE....

Crystal Bay hardstand Works

Dear Members,

Please be advised that we will be connecting temporary power back onto the Crystal Bay hardstand for lights, GPO’s and the boom gates on Tuesday 13th March, this is a few days later than scheduled due to the delay’s with the concrete pour and I do apologise for the inconvenience, the permanent power supply is still 3 – 4 weeks away while we wait for the construction of a new power pole for the relocation of the new power distribution board

Update on the rest of the works

The mounting bracket templates for the restricted mobility accesses gangway and the floating ramp with be marked and drilled on Monday 12th. The gangway and floating ramp will be fitted into place on Tuesday the 13th March, we will need to move a few boats around on the hardstand to allow the crane to get into place, due to the limited space we won’t be able to relocate boats to a particular spot so we will “make space” for the crane where we can, once the works are completed we will relocate members vessels back to their original spots. The block retaining wall is under construction now and should be completed by the end of the week, back filling of the retaining wall, the trench on the southern side and the drainage in front of the retaining wall will be completed by the end of next week

Works completion date (not including permanent power hook up) is scheduled for the end of March

As always please contact me if you foresee any issues or require further information

Kind Regards,

 

David Randall CMM

Facilities Manager

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

T: 02 9998 3700

E: David.Randall@rpayc.com.au

W: www.rpayc.com.au

Close win for Skagerak at 2018 Int. 5.5m Australian Championship

Skagerak, a Luders designed 5.5 Metre built by Lars Halvorsen in Sydney in 1974, took out the 2018 Int. 5.5m Class Australian Championship, which was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Pittwater from 25-27 February. Skippered by Bob Stoddard, Skagerak ended up tied on equal point with Baragoola, a Briton Chance design, built by Hall and Johansen in 1968.

Friend's of David Booth Race attracts over 400 competitors

Today's Friends of David Booth Race saw 51 yachts and over 400 competitors enjoy a fantastic pursuit race from Bayview to Lion Island and a finish off Talyors Point. Racing commences at 1330hrs for the first boats with the Commodores farr 45 the final boat to start o50 minutes later.
 
The north easterly and 15-24 knots on wind had crews working up to west head and popping kites for a fast ride home once navigating their way around Lion Island.
 
It was a great show of the RPAYC spirit on Pittwater enjoying sailing, comradery and clubmanship.  
 
Chutney Mary, skippered by Trevor Bailey took the lead once rounding Lion Island and fought of the fast approaching fleet to cross the line first and become the 2018 Friends of David Booth Perpetual Trophy Winner.
 
PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperT ahc
17155CHUTNEY MARYTrevor Bailey16.0
23878YOUNGER GENERATIONSarah Ellis12.0
35916ISOLDEPeter Helm12.0
4272PEGASUSRoger Prior24.0
5CB80SYLVIALarry Eastwood0.0
66128VENUEBrian Ellis12.0
770THE GREEN BOATRod Tanks15.0
87065VOLANTERoger Pratt11.0
9RPAYC8RPAYC YOUTH PROGRAMSWill Dennis18.0
107439UNRUFFLEDJ.Nicholls /J.Ellis25.0
 
View photographs from the race here.
 
View full results here.

Musto Melges 24 Nationals

Higgins takes out title with a day to spare.Credit: Harry FisherCredit: Harry Fisher

It seems that all our headlines include the word 'Higgins', however with two heats yet to be sailed in the Musto Melges 24 Nationals at Port Lincoln, Sandy Higgins and his team on Scorpius is now certain to take the championship.

With eight heats completed, Scorpius has recorded five wins and a second.

With a 12 to 15-knot breeze from the southeast this afternoon, Higgins started strongly in the first race of the day, crossing the finish line 25 seconds ahead of second-placed Kraken (David Young, NSW) and Rank Bajin (Doug Watson, SA) to assert his dominance over the 12-boat fleet.

Fancied contender Robbie Deussen, in Red Mist, and defending champion Andy Wharton of NSW (Accrewed Interest) were both OCS and had to fight back to finish eighth and tenth in the heat respectively.

With two drops available after the start of tomorrow’s ninth heat, Higgins looks unlikely at this point to be outclassed, in what has been a strong and closely-fought fleet.

After a general recall and no doubt spurred by the disappointment of breaking the line in race one of the day, Deussen came back with a vengeance in the seventh heat to win.

Deussen beat out fellow former Sharpie national champion, SA’s David Royle in Outlier, who had led around the bottom mark and was first at the top mark the second time, only for Red Mist to steal the lead.

Dave Alexander in The Farm was third, followed by Higgins who doggedly held on for fourth.

Int. 5.5m Class Australian Championship at RPAYC

The 2018 Int. 5.5m Class Australian Championship are being hosted by RPAYC from Sunday 25 - Tuesday 27 February with racing from 1330hrs each day on Pittwater. 

The 5.5 metre class is one of the only development classes in international competition. It remains a true thoroughbred in round-the-buoys racing. Close racing between yachts of varying design has proven the formula as an effective yardstick of yacht performance. Within Australia the Sydney fleet comprises numerous active boats in regular competition. The Australian Gold and Silver Cup being the annual highlight.

The fleet comprises of:

BoatSkipper
AntaresAnna & Martin Cross
BaragoolaJason Antill & Thomas Spithill
MarotteRobert Hart
PamPeter McDonald
Plan B ReduxHendrick Visser
SkagerakBob Stoddard
TangaloomaPeter McNamara

Club Coach Thomas Spithill will be competing on the boat he part owns, Baragoola, built in 1968, a Briton Chance design. "It's certainly going to be a great regatta. The boats are very enjoyable to sail and good to admire racing on Pittwater as one. Each boat has its own unique story and history. The boats ages range from 1960 - 2010, yet are still very competitive against eachother. The Class has a huge following in Europe and we are hoping to see the Worlds hosted at RPAYC in 2020, fingers crossed", said an emotional Tom Spithill. Baragoola is also the 2017 defending Australian Champion.

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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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