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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

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:

To follow the race visit


·         Facebook @harkenyouthmatchracing

·         Twitter @Matchracing

·         Instagram @rpayc

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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2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships – Prize Money Announced

Media Release                                                                             9/11/2016

Event: 2016 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship

2016 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships – Prize Money Announced


Newport's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will again welcome top international youth sailors to its doors for the 24th HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater starting Wednesday 16 through to Sunday 20 November.

An exciting new addition to the event Harken is offering a prize purse of $2000 to support and  grow youth match racing in Australia.  Harken Australia’s Managing Director, Grant Pellew, is excited with the introduction of prize money to this well-established international event.

“To not only support the longest standing youth match racing event in Australia, but to now provide a cash prize for this event is a good reflection on how match racing is growing in Australia, and such a positive move forward for our upcoming youth sailors.” Said Grant Pellew.

Racing in the club’s fleet of identical Elliot 7 keelboats, 12 teams from the United States of America,  Netherlands, New Zealand & Australia will be competing for the $2000 of prize money along with being named on the HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Champion honour board alongside the likes of 2x America’s Cup winning skipper, James Spithill.

With a field of talented sailors all eyes will be on event veteran, George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Coming into this event, George is the highest ranked international skipper, finished runner up in last year’s HARKEN and being his third event as skipper he will be tipped to take out the event.

Tuesday Training Sessions

Are you a new boat owner? New to Sailing? Looking to practise your skills outside of a race? Practise your crewing skills or a race volunteer looking to have more on water expereince? If yes, then the Tuesday Twilight Training Sessions are for you. Four training sessions have been planned, two in November and two in February to allow everyone to practice their skills over a short sprint course (course area planned for the Sth Pond area).

The Team from North Sails have also jumped on board to offer their skills and experience to those participating.  

Download and submit the Norths registration form here. | Register for the Training Sessions here.

Equipment Auditing

Auditor_SmallAuditor_SmallEquipment Auditors operate in parallel to most Race Officials; they help yacht owners and race committees maintain safety standards by checking the equipment carried on board yachts and multihulls.

The role of the Auditor is to assess a yacht’s safety equipment, as a guide to boat owners and organising committees that the owner has complied with the Special Regulations for the relevant category of race they intend to compete in. This is done on behalf of clubs who nominate auditors to represent them.

Until recently, Auditors were only operating in NSW and WA. Australian Sailing changed this by establishing the National Equipment Auditing scheme, geared toward Category 1 and 2 races around the country. This led to nationally recognised auditors being accredited in all states and the Northern Territory.

The next planned change is the introduction of club level auditors to all states and territories. This will enable race committees to draw on a network of accredited people to check for equipment standards on boats in all categories of races.

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