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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

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.

Sydney 38 NSW Championship Two Week Away


S38 NSW States Bulletin #4

Sailing Instructions now available!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, NSW

We now have the SIs published for the 2016 S38 OD NSW Championships and an Amendment to the NORs.
The key changes are:
  • NOR's amended to allow Bow Prodders to remain in place for this regatta only (see NOR amendment #1)
  • SIs - Timing of Weigh In and Briefing on 5 November and increased max number of races on Saturday to 4 to allow for potential of bad weather on the Sunday.
If you haven't entered it is not too late. Entries close 28 October 2016!  Click the NOR//SI/Entry link below. Note Entry Fee to be paid direct to the S38 OD Class Association. See NOR 6.1.
We appear to be heading to eight committed entries - the best we have had for the NSW States for a number of years!

The regatta will be conducted as a Grade 1 event and in strict compliance with the Sydney 38 One Design Class Rules. So now is the time to get any sails you might want to use that haven't been measured or registered with a "class button" sorted.See link below to contact Jo Beashel, our Class Administrator. Also you need to get your paper work ready. This includes (refer NOR 5.2):
  • Owner Declaration
  • Crew and Sail Declaration (note: requires you submit crew ISAF grade - guide to ISAF Grades on RPAYC Regatta site).
See link below to get copies of these forms.
As the regatta will be held within Pittwater (Saturday) and Broken Bay (Sunday) we are able to have the event run as a Category 7 under Australian Sailing Special Regulations Equipment Compliance plus a few extra things - see NOR 4.3 and the last page of the NOR. 

Key Dates
Friday 28th of October '16 - Entries Close and Crew and Sail Declaration Close Off
Tuesday 1st of November '16 - Close off date for Late Entries ($500 + Late Entry Charge of $50)
Friday 4th of November '16 (15:00 to 19:30) – compliance checks, registrations weigh in and welcome drinks (18:30)
Saturday 5th of November '16 – compliance checks & crew weigh in completion (08:00 to 10:00) and day one of racing within Pittwater (12:00 start up to 4 races) followed by the drinks on the dock and a crew BBQ at RPAYC.
Sunday 6th of November '16 – day two of racing, in Broken Bay (11:00 start), weather permitting, followed by drinks and prize giving

Hopefully, not only will we have some great racing, but a great opportunity for crews to get their boats into OD trim in preparation for the 2017 S38 OD Internationals. The S38 OD Internationals, will be held from 3 to 5 March 2017 as part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club

Regatta Supporters
We have several genres supported who have made contributions including:
  •  G Brothers (Authorised Mercedes-Benz Sales at Mona Vale) have made a generous donation and are providing a Weekend Experience Mercedes-Benz Drive Prize).
  • Glass Systems - generous donation.
  • Williams Interiors - generous donation of prizes.
  • Lejen Marine - generous donation.
  • North Sails - prizes.

Regards and looking forward to seeing you in Pittwater
 Richard Williams and Peter Byford (NSW Reps on the Sydney 38 OD Exec)
NOR, NOR Amendments, SIs & Entry Link
Regatta Forms
S38 Class Association (Incl Sail Registration/Sail Buttons and Association Membership)
I have a query and would like some help please!


2016 Golf Challenge tees and times

1ST  TEE                                                          12th  TEE

8.00  Ming                                                        8.00  Alibi

8.07  Pacesetter                                               8.07  Sylvia

8.14  Le Billet                                                    8.14  Isabella

8.21  Mirage                                                     8.21  Still Dangerous

8.28  Second Time Around (M)                       8.28  Venue

8.35  Second Time Around (L)                        8.35  Wild Spirit

8.42  Emily                                                       8.42  Unruffled

8.49  Lanakila                                                  8.49  Wild Oats (M)

8.56  The Bolter                                              8.56  Wild Oats  (L)

Tenacity’s third Wattle Cup win from four

The handicapper is doing something right when the top four Couta Boats finish the Wattle Cup pointscore tied on equal points as they did on Sunday October 16 after a smoky passage race to Mackerel Beach at on Pittwater’s western shoreline, then around Scotland Island to the finish.

Don Telford and his Tenacity crew also know something about the right formula after picking up a third Wattle Cup overall win from the four the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club team has contested.

Tenacity’s prowess comes to the fore in stronger winds and Pittwater’s gusty NNEers on Saturday and nor’west winds on Sunday provided the perfect fuel.

Two victories and a fourth in Saturday’s three windward/leeward races set Tenacity up to break the final Wattle Cup pointscore deadlock with Kathleen Mary (Kelly Holder, RMYC), Cariad (James George, RPAYC) and Sylvia (Larry Eastwood, RPAYC), when the points from all four races were tallied.

“To have four boats finish on the same points and win on a countback is extraordinary, but it makes it difficult to be in among a fleet that tight,” Telford said. “Tenacity is a really quick boat with a bit of wind and we did have a very good crew …John ‘Steamer’ Stanley, Peter Hemery and Col Anderson from Doyle Sails up from Victoria for two of the four weekend races.”

World Sailing launches new strategic positioning: Sailing – Sport, Nature and Technology in perfect harmony

October 5, 2016

World Sailing is pleased to announce a new strategic positioning for the sport, expressed in a new, fresh and modern brand identity. 

A stronger and more contemporary visual identity alongside a new vision and mission puts sport, nature and technology at its core and fully completes the transition from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) to World Sailing which commenced in November 2015. The new brand identity has been rolled out across World Sailing's digital properties alongside the release of a short film highlighting sailors, coaches, sailing fans and sports fans reinforcement of the new positioning.

Click here to view the film.

World Sailing's Vision and Mission:

Vision: A world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world. Mission: To make sailing more exciting and accessible for everyone to participate or watch; and use our reach and influence to create a sustainable future for our sport and the waters of the world:

  • To create, and regulate, exciting competition events to showcase the natural power of wind driven water sport;
  • To build a strong profile and image for sailing - using our key points of difference to resonate with people and give them a lifetime of sport;
  • To create a tangible sustainability programme that maximises the positive effect that the sailing community can have on our environment.

All of this can be encapsulated in a simple message: sport, technology & nature in perfect harmony.

The RPAYC will unveil their Sesquicentenary sculpture on Saturday 15 October

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will unveil their Sesquicentennial Sculpture on October 15, 2016 which will mark the beginning of a year of celebrations to commemorate the Club’s 150 years of sailing. The official date for The Club’s 150th birthday is October 15, 2017.

The RPAYC is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country and boasts a rich history in sailing. Members have won almost every type of sailing accolade available and the Club takes great pride in its contributions to the local community. To celebrate such an important milestone, a commemorative monument has been created as a welcoming sculpture for Members and guests to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

To design the sculpture, the Club commissioned sailing artist, John Woulfe to create the whole piece from start to finish. General Manager, Suzanne Davies commented that John Woulfe was a clear stand out in selecting an artist for the sculpture. 

“The RPA has a strong history which will carry on into the future through the members who have great pride in their Club and we wanted someone who could emulate that in the sculpture and John (Woulfe) shows that pride through his work.” Said Suzanne Davies.

John Woulfe is an award winning sailing artist and sculpture artist and has felt both honoured and excited to be selected to create such a monumental piece for the Club.

“It is an honour to be commissioned by the RPAYC to produce the design and finished sculpture for the Club’s 150th Anniversary, Christine and I held one of our first exhibitions at the Club 11 years ago. The Club has a rich history of racing and that’s what inspired this piece.”

The sculpture will represent the area we live in, the sailing community and sailing as a sport which encapsulates the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s foundations as a sporting and communal club.

The sculpture will sit on a carved sandstone block and will be made of stainless steel and will sit at around 3 metres high. To forge such a piece takes a lot of work and a lot of steel as John Woulfe explains.

“It has taken about 6 months to create and assemble the various components of the sculpture, being two solid stainless steel sails and a large stainless steel spinnaker fabricated from 316 stainless steel rods” Said John Woulfe

Both Members and guests are welcome to participate in the unveiling which will take place on Saturday 15 October at around 4pm after the day’s racing. This is the first event in a year-long celebration of the Club’s Sesquicentenary. 

Wattle Cup Weekend at RPAYC

The second ever Couta Week, the precursor to the 2017 Couta Boat class nationals, began on Sydney Harbour last Friday and this weekend’s Wattle Cup is the culmination of a timetable of racing and social occasions organised by the national association’s NSW chapter. Credit: Bob FowlerCredit: Bob Fowler

State president Larry Eastwood says Couta Week is a way of connecting the Pittwater and Sydney Harbour fleets and represents the collaboration of three Sydney clubs banding together to support the key series.

Last year for the inaugural Couta Week some of the Sorrento crews trucked their boats from the class’ spiritual home on the Mornington Peninsula to Sydney and next year they will return, swelling the numbers to record levels when the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosts the first Couta Boat Australian Championship to be staged outside of Victoria.

The dates for the 2017 Wattle Cup component of the national title are October 14-15, 2017 and organisers are talking of a fleet of 40 classics.

Club Marine BWPS - Le Billet hands the keys to the boat to a club youth team

Club Marine Bluewater Pointscore Series 

The Bird Island race was held on Saturday and saw 14 boats compete, a great fleet to see!
The fleet enjoyed the southerly winds to get them to Bird Island before battling to work their way home in a dropping breeze. 

For Le Billet owners Mark Tinworth and Mark Waterhouse this BWPS Season they have handed the 'keys to the boat' to a team of youth members seeking to develop their offshore skills. The team will be competing in all the BWPS offshore races with the Club and competed in the CYCA Sydney to Gold Coast race in July.  Mark Tinworth says "Its been great to be able to offer the run of the boat to the youth team, they have heaps of energy and are keen to learn big boat sailing"....

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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

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There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

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