Strengthening southerlies and rain made up for some spectacular racing out on Sydney Harbour for the 2017 Sydney Harbour Regatta hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
With winds peaking at 32knots on Saturday the Race Committee decided to abandon racing for the afternoon. With racing resuming on Sunday in “lighter” winds peaking at around 25 knots saw not only plenty of races but also some spectacular spills and fast racing.
Many RPAYC boats made the journey to Harbour to compete in the annual event. Special mentions to Chris Way, Tyler Ratcliff, Matthew Crawford, Marcus Grimes, Gerry Hatton and the team on AllSail Dancing Star for winning their respective divisions.
The racing couldn’t have been so successful without the Race Officials and volunteers, the Members involved include David West, Ted Andersen, Stephen Merrington, Rosemary Merrington, Debbie Holder, Elaine Fowler.
The 11th anniversary regatta is just two and a half weeks away and already close to 150 national and international entries have been received, boosted by the Sydney 38 OD International Championship, the Sydney 36 Championship and state championships in the Cavalier 28, Yngling and J70 classes.
A number of RPAYC Members will be competing or assisting with Race Management across the weekend.
Competition in the Sydney 38’s will start one day earlier, on Friday 3 March and class proponent, Bruce Taylor, points to fellow Victorian entrant, Kirwan Robb (IKON38) as “the one to beat.”
“Kirwan Robb has been sailing consistently well with the Sydney 38 and a Beneteau – he is the benchmark – the favourite. My guys should do well, I hope they make the podium,” he ended.
Taylor, who is also an experienced offshore racer, is the long-time owner of Chutzpah38, and while his boat will be on the start line along with the core of his ocean racing and one design crew, Taylor will not.
“I’m disappointed I can’t be at the regatta, but I have to be overseas at that time. I’m entrusting the boat to my crew. My main trimmer, Jim Conway, will skipper,” he said.
MALCOLM PARKER 2017 NESPRESSO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION.
Malcolm Parker, Evelyn Forster, Harry Hall, Harley Walters and Nic Andersen have won the 2017 Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup in Auckland!The final day of the 2017 Nespresso Youth Match Racing Cup saw lead changes, upsets and the pressure got to some more than others. For those in the RNZYS members bar or listening from home they would have been treated to Cruising Yacht Club of Australia coach Jordan Reece and 7th placed skipper Thomas Grimes provided live commentary and insights to the day’s proceedings.
We started the day with semi-finals. Top placed from the round robin was Will Boulden who picked Will Eastman in the semi-finals. In the battle of the Will’s, Eastman (RPNYC) took the first match against Boulden (RFBYC) after winning the prestart, but Boulden took the following three matches to earn his place in the finals.
The second set of trans-Tasman semi-finals saw Matt Hughes (RNZYS) competing against Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). While Hughes won all of the starts, Parker sailed well around the track and went on to win the semi-final 3 – 0.
Petit-finals saw Eastman (RPNYC) and Hughes (RNZYS) battling it out for third place. In the first race Hughes took an early lead, but after trouble with his gennaker Eastman snuck through to take the win. Eastman went on to claim the petit 2 nil to secure 3rd place. RNZYS skipper Matthew Hughes finished 4th.
It was an all Australian final between Will Boulden (RFBYC) and Malcolm Parker (RPAYC). In what turned out to be an incredibly tight final. Will Boulden took the first race with Malcolm Parker taking the next two “He definitely had his skates on in those final two races.” Said Boulden at prizegiving
2017 champion Parker, thanked his competitors and crew for the close regatta. “It was a tough final day, thanks to all my crew for getting me out of a few tricky situations”- Parker.
Unbeaten bOULDEN TAKES a CLEAR LEAD ON DAY TWO at the Nespresso Youth International Cup
by Georgia Witt. Sailing Coordinator. RNZYS
Day two of the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Race Cup ended with only five of the sixteen scheduled flights remaining in the round robin.
Building on his early lead from day one Will Boulden (RFBYC/Alpha Racing) with his crew of Alex Negri, James Farquharson and local RNZYS YTP member Josh Wijohn are the favourites to take the top spot after the round robin sitting on 9 wins 0 losses.
Fellow Australian Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) is next on the leader board with 7 wins and 2 losses, Parker will be looking to win all of his matches’ tomorrow morning to stay in a good position for the Quarterfinals.
Tied in third place are the New Zealanders Matthew Hughes (RNZYS Youth Training Programme) and William Eastman (RPNYC) who both have 6 wins and 2 losses. The two will face each other on in flight 13 early in tomorrow.
The conditions today saw more rainy conditions in the morning but the sun shined through in the afternoon, however still not the strong constant breeze that Race Officer Colin Lucas was looking for “it was a long day today – we were lucky to get the racing in”. Lucas and his team will be looking to finish the Round Robin first thing tomorrow and then the top eight teams will move into quarter finals.
Will Boulden RFBYC / Alpha Racing 9 wins / 0 losses / 9 sailed
Malcolm Parker RPAYC 7 / 2 / 9
Matthew Hughes RNZYS 6 / 8
Will Eastman RPNYC 6 / 8
Tom Picot CNC 5 / 8
Frankie Dair KKCC 5 / 9
Thomas Grimes CYCA 4 / 9
Nick Rozenauers RSYS 3/ 8
Zoe Bennett RPNYC 3 / 8
Sarah Parker RPAYC 3 / 9
Celia Willison RNZYS 2 / 8
James Jennings RNZYS 1 / 8
Henry Wilson MBYC/WBHS 1 / 9
A reminder to come down and watch all the racing from the members bar, there will be prime viewing and live commentary of the finals on Sunday.
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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Sail Training department introduced the Discover Sailing Twilight Program in late November of 2016. The program’s aim is simple, introduce members of the local community to the sport of sailing in the relaxed environment of a Thursday night twilight under the guidance of a qualified instructor.
Since then, The Club has introduced or re-introduced over 25 members of the local community to twilight sailing, many of whom have gone on to start training in The Club’s Adult Learn to Sail Keelboat program or started crewing on members boats. The Club introduces the participants of the Discover Sailing Twilight program to the crew with me program where they can register interest to crew on Members boats in the various events the Club offers.
To get your hands on some crew, make sure your boat is online on the Alfred’s crew with me crew register software, which can be accessed from this link, http://rpayc.com.au/sailing/crew-with-me.
For more information on either the crew with me software or to go sailing with the Alfred’s Discover Sailing Twilight Program, please contact the sailing office on 9998 3761.