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.
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"....
Bavaria Yachts and Ensign Ship Brokers invites you to the
3rd Annual Bavaria Oktoberfest on
Saturday the 29th October at the
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport
Along with a family friendly pursuit race, there will be celebrations and prizes for best dressed, Bavarian Brotzeit Platters, Pretzels and most importantly plenty of German Beer!
So dust off your lederhosen, start practising your yodelling and come join in the fun!
2016 Bavaria Oktoberfest Schedule:
10.30am- Race briefing and skipper pack collection at the RPAYC
12.00pm– Pursuit race
4-6pm – Oktoberfest celebrations, prize giving & awards
Menace’s heavy air prowess on day one of act one of the MC38’s four-part Summer Championship series gave them an advantage the local lads couldn’t close-up during a second breezy Pittwater outing, this time north-east winds up to 22 knots by the final race.
It’s been sometime since the Kiwi outfit on Menace has overcome an Aussie team, and an eight point victory for Royal Akarana Yacht Club is “sweet as” says owner Howard Spencer’s mainsail trimmer Alastair Gair.
“We got our head back in the game at the last regatta; we are doing the basics right - starting and getting to the top mark in a good position rather than fighting from the back. It’s hard to get the speed advantage in this class, everyone’s sailing so well and the races are short.
“It was nice to begin the day with a win, we wanted to start strong and ease a bit of pressure on us, and second in the second race closed it out for us. It was really fantastic to get breeze both days, Ray Davies did a nice job on the tactics and Howard’s really happy…which is what you want,” Gair added.
Menace regularly sails with at least two women crew and Gair says having an eighth body on the boat works well and is good for team dynamics. “We don’t take things too seriously and let things get out of control, we have fun too.”
Kids Learn to Sail
Learning to sail is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling activities a child can do. Sailing is such an incredibly versatile sport, it can be enjoyed by young and old, at adrenalin pumping levels or an avenue to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. Best of all, it all starts here! In the Australian Sailing (AS) Tackers Program by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC).
The Sail Training philosophy at The RPAYC is simple - sailing is inclusive and participation driven. For this reason, the AS Tackers program is a perfect avenue to get kids excited about sailing in all of the sport’s many awesome facets.
The AS Tackers Program is a learn to sail rubric for 7 to 12 year olds, it’s been designed to keep children engaged with short but interesting activities where kids have fun learning solid sailing habits without even noticing. The Tackers program is delivered by RPAYC Instructors who are AS accredited, they are aided by qualified Assistant Instructors, who are often young adults that are still racing on a Sunday afternoon.
The Tackers Program at The RPAYC does not limit the number of times a child completes a course, in fact The RPAYC encourages children to spend more time than prescribed by AS in each level. Conversely, if a child picks up the skills at a rapid rate, then they can excel through the levels at a faster rate.
With that said, we can now introduce the different levels of the Tackers Program:
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The dominance of the MC38 class by Leslie Green’s Ginger continues with yet another triumph, this time the CYCA Spring Regatta sailed on Sydney Harbour over the weekend of September 24-25, 2016.
Over seven races Neville Crichton’s Maserati came within five points of the supreme Ginger racing team. Crichton reckons they can be beaten, but no one has figured out how since the full class competed at the MC38 Winter Regatta in June last year, when Howard Spencer’s Menace set up a Kiwi victory.
New Ginger crewman, Mick O’Brien, who has “a mast and middle of the boat grunt role” says the team has a ‘never give up’ attitude. “We had a dream day on Saturday; it wasn’t always easy… a couple of those races we were fourth and fifth around the top mark and we managed to grind away downwind. Our two wins…one was by five seconds and the other by two seconds. We worked really hard and got them on the line.”
At 80 something, Green is an inspiration to the class and wider sailing family for his ability and endurance on the helm of these touchy grand prix racing machines. To his own team he’s a motivating leader. “It’s definitely a team; no egos, they just do it for the boat, and for Leslie,” O’Brien added.
Green particularly enjoyed the Spring Regatta win representing the host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, where he’s a 60-year member. In his usual light-hearted spirit he took the opportunity at the end of series trophy presentation to acknowledge his crew one-by-one and joke with the crowd.
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