A Great Grand Master Win at the ILCA World Championship 2024

A large cohort of the current RPAYC ILCA sailors recently represented the club at the ILCA World Championship 2024, hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club from 2-10 February.

Lyndall was among the competitors representing RPAYC and put in an amazing sail, coming away with the first place finish in the Great Grand Master Division.

The Championship consisted of 12 races over the week, with one race to be discarded. Lyndall raced in the ILCA6 class in a Division known as Great Grand Masters (65year – 74years) with 43 competitors in the fleet, and has shared a look into the week of racing at the World Championship below. 

Day 1 started with 8-12 knts. The breeze built every afternoon and was reliably 15-25knts (gusting up to 30knts from the South-West by 1415hrs. The Race Officers mostly waited until the breeze had settled in, prior to laying the course. There is a local saying “210 compass bearing at 2.10pm”.

The race area was shallow at less than 5 meters depth so very quickly a short , sharp chop with big waves with an interval of 1-2 seconds. 

The seas made for fantastic surfing on waves (absolutely nothing like Pittwater).

Fabulous close racing , physically exhausting for everyone. 10 seconds could mean 5 places. Often 3 boats crossing finishing line together.

Great comeraderie on the shore.

Wonderful friends from around Australia and overseas.

In my division 2 women, myself and Vanessa Dudley. We have sailed against each other for almost 50 years. We are friends and still have amazingly close racing and have a friendly rivalry but wish each other all the best of luck.

Congratulations to James Mitchell (Victoria), Terry Scutcher (UK) and Rick Longbottom (ACT)  who were on the podium.

I finished 10th very close to Vanessa 11 th. So close after all these years.

Lyndall took out first female in the Great Grand Masters and Vanessa second place. A great achievement and one to be celebrated! Congratulations Lyndall!

Lyndall has also been a familiar face on the Centreboard Lawn and a regular in the club’s Sunday Centreboard Series for a number of years. The ILCA fleet at RPAYC form a good part of the Centreboard racing fleet, with anywhere from 5-12 ILCAs in the ILCA4, ILCA6 and ILCA7 classes competing each race day. The class attracts a range of ages to competition at RPAYC, with the youngest current ILCA sailor at 15 years of age and the most senior over 65years. Along with the regular club racing during Spring and Summer including Club Championships, there is also a regular winter series and regular mid-week training on Pittwater. 

If you are interested in getting involved in racing ILCAs at RPAYC or coming along to the mid-week training, please reach out to the RPAYC ILCA Association Representative, Ben Byford sailing@rpayc.com.au

The group image above courtesy of mysailing facebook page – captioned : “2 more races to go here in Adelaide for the 2024 Masters Worlds. This was my first ever Worlds and also my initiation to real waves. It’s been an awesome week and the organisation by Adelaide Sailing Club has been world class. Here’s a group shot of the RPAYC Team, it’s great doing a regatta like this with a great group of mates like this.

Mike Mckensey (ILCA7 Master), yours truly (GM6), John Black (Legend!), Stuart Holdsworth (GM7), Cloggs (Crocs) Scholten (GM7), Lyndall Patterson (GGM6), Kerrie Shimeld (GM6), Chris Dawson (GM7), Lindsay Whitton (GM6), Mark Phillips (GGM7) – missing at breakfast Colin Beashell (GM6).” – Stephen Bryant, MySailing