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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

2017 ACT Optimist Championships and Travellers Trophy 3

The Canberra Optimist Regatta is one of the most popular regatta’s of the year for both the sailors and the parents. Racing is held from the Canberra Yacht Club in the Nation’s Capital on the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. Team RPAYC had 9 Open

Optis and 9 Intermediate Optis attend the regatta, which again made RPAYC the most attended club. The majority of the RPA families all stayed together in Kingston at some serviced apartments and enjoyed plenty of social activity after racing on the Saturday evening. 

Saturday was clear and sunny and the afternoon had a NNW wind forecast of 10 – 12 knots predicted. The forecast proved to be correct and racing got underway on time and 4 races were run in the afternoon. The top mark proved very tricky for some with the mark being laid close to an island and very large wind shifts occurring near the mark. In the first Intermediate race of the day, Markus Sampson from RPA had a huge lead at the first bottom mark and rounded the bottom mark to starboard instead of port. Just about every Intermediate boat followed the same way until the first Open boat had started lapping and went the right way. To avoid the confusion and congestion at the bottom mark, the next day the race committee added a gate as the bottom rounding marks.

Whilst the racing is on, this regatta does not require ribs to be taken to the event as racing is held right in front of the club. Parents are able to enjoy the afternoon sitting in a camping chair, watching the racing through binoculars, eating fresh fish and chips, and sipping on the odd beer or wine.

Sunday the forecast was for stronger winds and the wind had shifted more to the west and was much stronger with gusts to 20 knots and the lulls well under 10 knots. Again racing got underway on time and another 4 races were held in gusty conditions, however this was the most consistent any of us had seen the wind in Canberra for the last 3 -4 years we have all been attending this regatta. Racing was completed around 3:30pm allowing time to pack up, attend the presentation and leave Canberra around 4:30pm for the easy drive home.

For any new Green Fleet sailors looking to take on their first regatta, the Canberra regatta is definitely one to consider, easy going and the racing very close to shore. It is also a very social regatta with other team members from RPAYC and always great fun. The regatta is held late October each year.

My Journey to the Asian and Oceanian Championships in Hong Kong.

Bella Green, journey to the Asian & Oceanian Championship in HGK. 

In January straight after Christmas 2017, I travelled to Adelaide, for the Australian Open and International Optimist Championships at Largs Bay Sailing Club. There were 263 Opti's competing at this event, including 33 sailors from 8 countries including Germany, France, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Finland. This was the largest overseas contingent ever at this event. Sailors at nationals compete to sail the final races in gold fleet, and I qualified through to the gold fleet final, whilst I was the third placed girl for the whole event, a couple of disappointing races on the final racing day of the regatta saw me slip to 5th place girl, (2nd placed NSW Girl).

By virtue of my results, I was selected into the Australian Optimist Sailing Team (a mix of the top boys and girls in the country) selection into the AOST qualified me to represent Australia, at the Asian/Oceanian Championships at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in October 2017.

My preparation for this regatta was somewhat interrupted by my obligation to compete for my high school in snow skiing over winter, (I had a great season finishing as state champion in skier cross and 4th nationally in Giant Slalom).

My last day of competition on the snow was the weekend before we travelled to Hong Kong, so I left all the organization to my dad, even if I wasn’t skiing this would be normal for me J.

The regatta started on Monday the second of October, but we flew up to Hong Kong on Thursday 28th for early boat preparation (I was using a charter boat) and some acclimatization.

The plane journey was uneventful except my dad managed to convince the flight attendant to give me some Qantas business class pajamas, my favorite PJs! The journey from the airport to the hotel was somewhat more interesting on the local Hong Kong subway with my mast boom sails and baggage, but we finally made it to the hotel checked in and managed dinner with the team.

Sailing World Cup Round 1: Gamagori, Japan

The first round of the 2017/18 Sailing World Cup was held in Gamagori, Japan on the 15th – 22nd October. We arrived a few days before the event to allow us to get some 470 Class training in and to ensure our boat and equipment was all ready to go. We were expecting warm, light conditions and were greeted with moderate temperatures and endless rain. The competition was incredibly high quality, with 15 of the 24 teams ranked inside the top 20 in the world. 

The first day of the event went off without any issues, with a light breeze filling in after a short postponement ashore. Day 2 saw only 1 race being completed and saw us achieving our first top 10 result of the regatta.

It was expected that we would be getting 3 races on day 3 to make up for the race lost on the previous day but the race committee was thrown a curve ball and we ended up with no racing, leaving us even further behind schedule.

After the unexpected day off we were obviously a bit too keen to get back to racing with a UFD in the first race of day 4. Unfortunately, this was then followed up with a DSQ in race 5 after a close port starboard incident, leaving us with two 25ths on our scorecard.

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The Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta has already outgrown expectations

The Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta has already outgrown expectations, as David Salter reports.Mercedes III hard running on the Solent during the 1967 Admiral’s CupMercedes III hard running on the Solent during the 1967 Admiral’s Cup

When an informal committee of offshore veterans first met six months ago to put flesh on the bones of a Classic Yacht Association of Australia idea to hold some form of a regatta to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first win in the Admiral’s Cup, their aim was to attract a fleet of 10 yachts.

It now seems likely that more than twice that number will take part in the event to be sailed in Sydney on December 1, 2 and 3.

“What most of us believed would be not much more than a few nostalgic toddles around the Harbour has taken on a real life of its own”, says regatta chairman David Champtaloup. “We’ve been amazed by the response.

“Boats are coming from as far away as Queensland and Tasmania to join the Sydney and Pittwater entrants. There are already around 20 solid entries with a few more expected. Old crews are getting back together. It promises to be quite an event.”

Jointly hosted by the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, CYCA and RSYS, and with continuing support vfrom the Classic Yacht Association of Australia, the regatta comprises two around-the-buoys harbor races and one short offshore. The specially commissioned first place trophies for each race are named after the three members of Australia’s victorious 1967 team – Balandra, Mercedes III and Caprice of Huon.

Caprice and Mercedes III will compete in the 50th Anniversary Regatta, however Balandra is still being restored in Tasmania.

Entry is open to any yacht that represented Australia in the Admiral’s Cup or contested the selection trials. The illustrious old ocean racers that will be racing in December include Love & War, Kingurra, Syonara, Mister Christian, Camille, Vittoria, Sagacious V, Impetuous, Spirit of Koomooloo (the first Ragamuffin) and the original Wild Oats.

They will be competing against Mercedes IV, Too Impetuous, Black Magic, Auric’s Quest, Apollo VI and Salacia II. In addition, Lorita Maria and Anitra V have been invited to join the fleet in recognition of the enormous contributions made to Australia’s Admiral’s Cup challenges by Norman Rydge and the Halvorsen brothers.

2017 Laser Radial Youth Worlds Medemblik, Holland

Youth Competition Report from Nathan Byrant on this Laser Radial Youth Worlds experience in Medemblik, Holland. 

This year I was fortunate enough to have the chance to head to Holland and take part in my first Radial Regatta representing Australia, an opportunity that I am honoured to have had.

On arrival, I headed down to the sailing club in Medemblik where we had chartered a boat for the series. I had travelled with my lines and fittings from my laser in Australia and my first task was to try and replicate my laser set up from home. Once that was complete I went straight into training for a week prior to the regatta. On the first two days, we trained with Laura Baldwin and then we were joined by Tristan Brown my coach from Australia. The weather was light to moderate breeze and medium chop which was great to work with when settling into a new sailing spot. These training days were so useful as often at the end of a session we would rack up and race with as many as 50 international boats on the start line, such great practice prior to the regatta starting. This is something we don’t often get the chance to do at home in Australia.

A few days later we had our measurement day which went through fine although there was lot of speculation about it beforehand. I have noticed every country and regatta seems to be just slightly different on these measurement days despite it being a one design boat! Every race office and club management team have their own systems they like to work with!

Once racing started the wind was really light and fluky so it was tough out there on the water but I managed to get 6th in one of the races which I was very happy with. The second day we found ourselves waiting around all morning into early afternoon as the wind had gone completely, eventually racing was called off for the day. This meant we only had 3 days racing for the qualifiers which was a shame.

Laser Coasts Championship Gosford

A team of 9 Laser sailors headed up to Gosford for this years round of the Coasts. We had a great forecast for Saturday and a shocker for Sunday – which is essentially what we got!. Saturday’s southerly allowed us all to get 3 great races, held in a solid 18-20 knots. Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017

The course was very well setup by RO Col Chidgey and we all had a blast across the bottom reach – not that we could see much on the way due to spray everywhere.

In the 4.7 fleet, the 2 lightweights Jack and Morgan found it tough going, especially by the end of the 3rd race, but Tom had a solid day with a 5/5/4.

Over in the Radials, we had a mix of the young, the still just about young and the young at heart. We also had a great day and were very relieved that a 4th race was not called.

Over in the Standards, Liam had a solid and very enjoyable (but lonely) afternoon – he needs some RPA team mates to join him on these events (come on guys)!

Sunday’s light forecast dawned true to form, so we had a short hold onshore as it dropped, then disappeared then came back from the SE. We headed out, got a reasonable light race in just before it went around to the NE. The 2nd race became a bit of a tough one with the breeze all over the place – most of us by this stage were wishing we had stayed ashore, but that’s not why we travel to these regattas. With time running out, we headed in without doing the 6th race, which allowed a nice relaxed pack up prior to Presso.

Nathan was the only RPA award winner for the weekend, with first U17 in the Radial and a 4th overall, but he was pushed very hard by Jarrah in 5th and who’d had a great first day.

Well done to all the sailors, especially the youngsters for handling Saturdays conditions so well. There are some pictures posted on the “RPA Lasers” FB Group (if you don’t have access to this contact Steve Bryant). If you have not done a Laser regatta yet, then next month there is the perfect opportunity for you to get out there and do it! Laser States are being held at Double Bay SC on the weekend 18/19 November. It will be huge, so get your entry in. If you need assistance getting there, then just ask and we will sort you out!

By Steve Bryant

The final results of the Coasts at Gosford Sailing Club 21-22 October 2017 are linked below.

There are some great photos from the first day taken by Jane Humphris which you can see HERE.

Youth, Female, Sports Promotion, Coaching & Club of the Year Finalists in the Australian Sailing Awards

Australian Sailing Awards To Recognise Diverse Achievements

The first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica, an America’s Cup-winning skipper and a pair of youth world champions who made a remarkable sacrifice to pursue their Olympic dream are among an eclectic selection of high achievers announced as finalists for the Australian Sailing Awards.

Winners across a range of categories will be announced at a stylish ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney on November 3 that will incorporate the inaugural Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Induction.

Glenn Ashby, who skippered Team New Zealand to victory in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in June, is a finalist for Male Sailor of the Year. Ashby will face stiff competition from 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, who claimed their fourth World Championship together in July, as well as Rio 2016 Gold medalist Tom Burton, who continued to achieve in the Laser with second placings at the Aarhus World Championship Test Event and Laser World Championships.

Busy Australian Sailing Team member David Gilmour earned nomination through strong results in the 49er, notable achievements in the match racing M32 class, and his work coaching and mentoring Club sailors. Harry Price, 21, joins the finalists after his breakthrough year, which featured victory in the Youth Match Racing Championships and encouraging results at senior level.

The field for Female Sailor of the Year is equally diverse. Among the finalists is Lisa Blair, who spent 184 days at sea overcoming extreme conditions to circle Antarctica alone aboard Climate Action Now. Blair is assembling an all-female crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December.

In their first season together, Annabelle Davies and Madison Woodward took out the female section of both the US 29er National Championships and the 29er Open World Championships, earning a spot on the finalists list, while the experienced Heather Macfarlane excelled to be crowned the top female skipper at the World Tasar Championships.

Australian Sailing Squad members Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries join the finalists after a hectic year in which they won a Silver medal at the 470 Junior World Championships and showed potential with a 13th placing at their debut open World Championship.

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Media Release                                                                                                15 October 2017

Event: MC38 2017-18 Summer Series act 1, October 14-15, 2017 on Sydney Harbour hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Credit: Till Lock MediaCredit: Till Lock Media

The rolling dominance of Leslie Green’s Ginger team extended to the opening act of the Summer Series for the 2017-18 season, the usual players stretching their day one lead to 10 points over three more races on Sydney Harbour.

Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.

ESE winds 8-11 knots on Sunday October 15 contrasted with the opening day’s 16 gusting to 25 knots of breeze out of Rose Bay on the harbour’s eastern shore. Regular Ginger (CYCA) strategist Julian Plante, who helmed for Green, agreed “Sunday was a change in tempo. It was pretty shifty out there with big pressure changes. You had to stick to your guns.

“In the first race we were in the lead, tried to be conservative and ended up fourth. We realised we needed to sail looser, which we did in the last two and came out with better results (two wins). The fleet lifted with the extra boats and the quality of people, which was great to see. It was tighter and tougher and the start lines were much busier. Leslie was following us keenly online and he’s very excited to get back out and do some sailing.”

Neville Crichton’s Maserati (CYCA/RNZYS), with Farr 40 owner Martin Hill driving, won the first race then followed up with two seconds, a performance good enough to warrant the North Sails boat of the day flag and move them into second in the series on a countback. “I haven’t beaten Tom Slingsby since 1992,” joked Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner of his good friend who went onto win an America’s Cup and an Olympic gold medal in sailing.

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – Tenacity

Media release                                                                                                                            15 October 2017

Event: Wattle Cup/Couta Boat Nationals on Pittwater October 14-15, 2017 sailed out of Avalon Sailing Club

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – TenacityCredit: Jane_Lizzy_EvansCredit: Jane_Lizzy_Evans

The name says it all. Don Telford’s Tenacity became the first non-Victorian crew to claim an Australian title in the historic Couta Boat class when the Sydney team wrapped up the four race series on a tricky Pittwater on Sunday October 15, 2017.

A second NSW team and Tenacity’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club clubmates, Larry Eastwood’s Sylvia, finished runner-up by two points and the Sorrento crew of Margarita, skippered by Australian class president James Mighell, completed the podium results.

“We had no idea if we’d won overall after today’s race,” said Telford. “It’s a wonderful win; to take it to the Victorians was absolutely magnificent.” Long-time mate and tactician John ‘Steamer’ Stanley - who’s very pleased to knock off an Australian championship at the age of 70 - added: “after the Sydney regatta we worked out you had to be in the top ten in every race”.

Tenacity finished tenth from an outstanding multi-state line up of 22 Coutas in the final passage race around Scotland Island and then north to Mackerel Beach and back south to the area known as ‘the pond’, in 8-10 knot east sou’easters.

Following one general recall and a re-jig of the line by race officer Elaine Fowler and her all-female race management team, Stanley opted to play it clean at the start and from there Tenacity’s crew of six left nothing behind, knowing the championship result rested on their final score.

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