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New east coast Etchells for WA sailor leading into NSW state title

New South Wales is the new target for the Etchells fleet as the location for the next state and Australian championship, and rather than yet another drive across the Nullarbor dragging his Etchells from Perth, West Australian sailor Ray Smith is joining the two-boat program.
The brand new Etchells he ordered two years ago is about to leave Pacesetter’s Nowra factory for rigging in time for the NSW States on November 25-27 and then the Australian Championship on January 12-15, 2017 with both events hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport.
Smith will contest the Etchells states and nationals in January then move his brand new boat up to Brisbane to prepare for the 2018 world championship out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. His last memory of sailing on Pittwater dates back to 1994 when he was coaching school teams racing and his school lost to the Sydney team, captained by James Spithill who went onto America’s Cup fame.

Katie Spithill takes her first Busan victory

As one of the most experienced match racing skippers in the world, Australian Katie Spithill has been to every Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race since the inaugural event in 2008, except for the single year she had her daughter. But not until Saturday the 29th of October 2016 did she go all the way through to winning in Korea; over previous two-time Busan champion Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain:

“Finally, is all I can say. We’ve been here for eight years and we’re just so happy to take it home today,” the Aussie skipper cheers out, praising her crew of Alessandra Angelini, Jessica Eastwell, Kate Lathouras and Stacey Jackson from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
The waters just outside the beautiful Haeundae Beach of Korean city Busan offered the most challenging of sailing conditions, as the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race came down the wire with semi finals and final Saturday. In incredibly shifty, puffy and gusty winds, Spithill won her semi 3 – 1 over round-robin winner Claire Leroy, who may have regret her earlier choice of opponent:
“I think the key in the semis was that we had superior boat speed, especially downwind,” says Spithill.
“We made too many small mistakes, allowing them to come from behind with the gusts to overtake us” Leroy comments.

Australian Sailing Awards 2016

The RPAYC would like to congratulate the entire Australian Paralympic Sailing Team who were awarded the ‘Sailor of the Year with a Disability’ award at the Australian Sailing Awards on Saturday 29th October. Club Members Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are a part of that very successful team being the first sailing crew to win back to back gold medals in the Paralympic or Olympic Games.

Whilst Dan and Liesl were unlucky not to receive the Male and Female Sailor of the Year Awards, both winners of those awards, Tom Burton and Lisa Darminin made special mention of them in their speeches for their outstanding year and Olympic Games campaign which saw them completely dominate the field on their way to gold.

Liesl was awarded the much anticipated President’s Award, which is given at the sole discretion of the Australian Sailing President, Matt Allen. The Club is thrilled that Liesl has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to Australian Sailing.

In the Sports Promotion Award, the RPAYC’s IdS Program was a finalist but missed out on the top honour which was awarded to Nicole Douglass for her tireless efforts in promoting sailing through her business, Adventures of a Sailor Girl.


Dan, Leisl, Jason and the Club's Integrated disAbled Sailing program named as finalists in the Australian Sailing Awards

Best of luck to Dan and Liesl for being nominated as Sailor of the Year with a Disabilty, to Liesl Tesch for being nominated as finalist in the Female Sailor or Year Catagory, Jason Waterhouse for the Best Male Sailor of the Year and to The RPAYC for being a finalist in the Sport Promotion Award for IdS.

Laser Coast Champs – SLMASC

Over the weekend of the 22nd – 23rd October, a large group of RPA Laser Sailors hit the highway again, this time heading North to Lake Mac for the Laser Coasts run out of SLMASC.

The Club is starting this season like they finished, with a very strong representation - 9 4.7 (out of 21 entries!), 9 Radials (out of 45) and a lone Standard out of 17.

We had a long wait on the Saturday for breeze, but as soon as it came in, we were off, unfortunately all 3 fleets had to abandon racing as the southerly hit. Thankfully the Race Committee were able to manage 3 races in a shifty breeze before heading home. Zander got a bullet in the 1st race and a 2nd in the 3rd. We knew the southerly was going to build, and by Sunday morning we were not to be let down. We managed a further 2 races and Nathan did as much as he could do to try and win the regatta by posting 2 back to back bullets in a breeze now well over 30 knots. Unfortunately he came up 1 point short and got 2nd overall to his mate in the NSW squad, Jack Littlechild.

Over in the Radials, Jarrah was the top RPA boat in 14th, with a couple of other 4.7 migrants, James and Georgia surviving the conditions. All alone in the Standards, Stuart had a great 2nd day and moved up to 2nd overall. A great regatta and some very sore bodies! States are up coming up next month so get entered now - they're down at Georges River so we should be able to get an even bigger group out hopefully. Also, South Lake are running their Zhik regatta on 5/6 November and are going to be running a Laser course, so check that out as well. I will post something on that shortly.

Optimist New Caledonia National Titles

Jono Tuite travelled to New Caledonia with the Australian Optimist Development Squad to compete in the New Caledonia Optimist Nationals along with their coach Alison Dale. The first week was spent training against other countries and the second week was spent racing in the regatta. Jono finished 15th out of 40 Optimists. Well done Jono.



Optimist Hong Kong National Titles

Straight after the NSW Youth regatta, two of our Optimist Open sailors travelled to Hong Kong to compete in the Honk Kong Nationals. There were many different countries there such as India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, Taipei and China. There were 90 competitors and several countries used this regatta as part of the selection for their world’s team. The breeze throughout the whole regatta was very light. The following were the results from our RPAYC sailors:

NSW Youth Champs – GRSC – Oct Long Weekend

The NSW Youth Championships was held over the October Long weekend at Georges River on Botany Bay. The event was for the youth classes with Optimist Green, Optimist Intermediate, Optimist Open, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and 29er sailors attending. Racing was abandoned on the first day due to a strong westerly breeze that failed to abate. Racing was delayed on day 2 whilst competitors and the OA waited for the wind to fill in. Eventually the light norwester disappeared and a 10-12 knot ENE Seabreeze enabled racing to proceed. On the final day there was another strong westerly breeze and all fleets but Opti Green and Intermediate left the beach. The wind increased above most fleets safe wind levels and many classes only had one race before AP over A was flown and all racing abandoned again. 

In some of the fleets the results were very close with multiple countbacks required to separate placings. Results for RPAYC were:

Katie Off to a Good Start in Korea

It was not until almost sunset that the very last match of the day got underway outside the Haeundae Beach of the Korean city Busan, hosting the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race. In the Scandinavian derby Trine Palludan faced Anna Östling in quite challenging sailing conditions, with some testing swell and winds that shifted a lot, both in direction and in strength. Despite the challenges the Danes managed to take control in the prestart, getting out on the first upwind a couple of boat lengths ahead of their Swedish opponents:
“Actually our prestarts went very well in all of our four matches today, and that was pretty much the key. I also think we found superior boat speed” Palludan explains.
“It’s never fun to lose a race, but the wind had dropped a bit and we were a little late to trim our sails for that. They had better speed than us, but we learned something to bring with us for the rest of the week” says Anna Östling, currently on 3rd place with her 3 – 1 score.

Have you ever been on a sailing boat where they carried out an evacuation drill?

Last year we asked this same question to everyone who came to our Sea Safety and Survival program. Very occasionally people had been on a boat where a discussion had taken place aroundthis matter. When you’re on a boat it is extremely important that you know at all times how to get out of the boat in an emergency.

If there is a fire in an engine bay, it may not be possible to climb over the fire to exit via the companionway. We suggest everyone going on every boat take the time to understand which hatches would be viable as an exit and how they are opened.

Many people who are new to boats do not instinctively understand how to unlocked or open a hatch. The skipper should ensure that all hatches are dogged and not locked when people are on board. This is an easy thing to forget. The crew can and should also check this when coming on board.

When discussing abandonment, or evacuation it is common to be drawn into the evacuation elements and assume people will know what to do in the event of a fire.

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