Achievements

Achievements

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A Summary Of The Club’s Achievements | Commodore Ian Audsley, Distinguished Guests.

Congratulations and thank you to Bronwyn for becoming our 5th Patron. She continues our history of distinguished Patrons and I am sure she will be an outstanding contributor to our Club.

I have been tasked to provide you with a summary of our Club’s history and achievements over the 147 years of our history. As you will hear, our members have achieved outstanding successes in National and International events, the Olympics and the America’s Cup over the years.

The first race conducted by the Club was on the 7th march 1868. The Chairman of the inaugural meeting of the Club owned the yacht, Dora which was a competitor in that race.

The first interstate event that a club yacht competed in was the Victorian Yacht Club Regatta in 1883. The then Commodore Dr F Milford took his yacht Doris to Victoria and won the regatta.

In the early 1900’s interstate competition was evolving and the RPAYC was having its early successes.

The Sayonara Cup originated in 1904 as an Interstate challenge between Victoria and NSW it was considered in its day one of the most important yachting trophies in Australia. It was won by club Commodore Walter Marks in Culwulla 3 in 1910 and Club member Bill Northam in 1955 in Saskia.

The Northcote Cup was donated by Lord Northcote, Governor of the Commonwealth, in 1907 for competition between clubs throughout Australia. It was first won by Walter Marks sailing Rawhiti, in 1913 the cup was subsequently won a further four times by Club yachts.

The Forster Cup was first raced on Sydney Harbour In 1922 in the 21ft restricted class and was won by Gumleaf owned by a Club member. In its heyday the Forster Cup received as much publicity as the America’s Cup does today.

Club members built on these early achievements over the years. However before I talk about these I think it’s important to recognise that our Club’s success isn’t just about the racing.

We have been fortunate to have committed and dedicated volunteers who have worked hard to create the Club we have today. Significant decisions such as the relocation to Green Point and the construction of the wonderful facilities we enjoy today are a credit to all the volunteers over the life of the Club. The efforts of these volunteers have contributed to the successes of our volunteers. Other examples are the establishment of the Youth Training Program and the Integrated Disabled sailing about which you will hear more later.

Our Club isn’t just about Yacht racing, we have an active cruising division which in recent years organised some very successful adventures off the East Coast, such as the Coral Coast Cruise.

Cruising has always been part of our Club and Sirius owned by Harold Nossiter was the first Australian yacht, and Sydney built, to circumnavigate the world in 1936 -1937. The burgee from Sirius is still proudly displayed in the Clubhouse.

In 1967 Harold Vaughan, cruising a YW Diamond from Sydney to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Championships and later to Brisbane.

In 1987-1988 Kay Cottee was the first Woman to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world in First Lady.

The RPAYC has always been strong in providing support for racing with many of our volunteers becoming State, National and International Umpires, Jurors and Race Officers. Our Club had a significant involvement in support for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Without these volunteers we would not be racing.

The Club has had a significant representation in the Olympics. We have had 35 members in the Olympic teams, winning seven Gold Medals, two Silver and one Bronze.

Sir William Northam won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the 5.5 metre class with crew Peter O’Donnell. He was aged 64 and is the oldest yachting Gold Medallist.

In 1972, David Forbes and John Anderson won a gold medal at the Kiel Olympics in the Star class.

In 2011 Alyse Saxby won Gold in the 420 class, Special Olympics and also Silver in the same class in 2007.

In 2012 Dan Fitzgibbon and Leisl Tesch won Gold in the Skud 18 class.

Also in 2012 Nina Curtis won Silver in the Women’s Match racing.

Colin Beashel has represented Australia at the Olympics six times in the Star class winning Bronze in 1996. Colin was the Australian Flag bearer at the opening ceremony in 2004.

The America’s Cup is another event where our members have achieved outstanding results.

The Club’s first involvement with the America’s cup was in 1913 when Commodore Walter Marks was invited to sail on Shamrock 4 in her quest for the cup. History records that he was not on the winning boat.

In 1983 the longest winning streak in sporting history was ended when Australia 2 won the Cup. Six members of the team were members of our Club.

Over the years we have had 29 representatives in America’s Cup teams, five of them winners.

In addition to the Australia 2 team we have members in the winning Alinghi team in 2003 and 2007. And of course James Spithill as winning helmsman on Oracle in 2010 and the spectacular 2013 win. It is worth noting that James is a graduate of our Youth Development program.

In other events our club members have won 62 world championships and 2013 Australian Championships. These are outstanding numbers and time doesn’t permit mentioning all of them but I will highlight some.

Multiple world champions include Frank Tolhurst 6: 5 in 5.5 and 1 E22; Ian Murray with 6 18’ and 1 E22;. Glenn Bourke with 3 in the Lasers; Andrew Hudson with 1 Farr 40 and 3 Farr 30; Steve McConaghy with 3 11m OD; James Spithill with 3 International Match Racing; Colin Beashel with 2 E22, 1 5.5 and 1 E22.

We have records of over 200 members winning Australian Championships in various classes. Including our Chairman John Bacon who won the MC38 Australian Championships in 2012.

Sixteen members have been awarded Australian Yachtsman of the year. Including multiple winners; Colin Beashel twice; James Spithill twice; and Dan Fitzgibbon three times.

Offshore racing is another area where RPAYC members have excelled. The Wild Oats team have been outstanding in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

In 2003 Bob Oatley with Wild Oats and Colin O’Neil in Aftershock won the Admiral’s Cup.

Alfred’s boats have won all of the offshore East Coast races over the years. We have had winners of Hamilton Island race week such as multiple winner Marcus Blackmore with his Hooligan team and Ray Roberts with Evolution Racing.

This is just a snapshot of our Club’s achievements and history.

We are currently working on an update to the Club history written by Graham Norman which covers the period from 1867 to 1987. The next volume will cover from 1987 to 2016. This will be available in late 2016 together with an electronic version of Graham’s book.

Congratulations again to Bronwyn and Thank you.

Yachtsman of The Year

  • 1965: Bill Northam
  • 1966: Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen
  • 1967: Bob Miller and Craig Whitworth
  • 1973: David Forbes
  • 1975: Kevin McCann
  • 1999: Colin Beashel, OAM
  • 2000: Cameron Miles
  • 2001: John Calvert-Jones, A.M.
  • 2002: Marcus Blackmore, A.M.
  • 2003: James Spithill
  • 2004: Colin Beashel, OAM
  • 2005: Richard Perini
  • 2006: James Spithill
  • 2007: Steve McConaghy
  • 2008: Iain Murray & Andrew Palfrey
  • 2009: Andrew Palfrey
  • 2010: James Spithill & Nicky Souter, Katie Spithill, Nina Curtis, Jess Eastwell, Stacey Jackson
  • 2011: Daniel Fitzgibbon
  • 2012: Peter Merrington
  • 2013: Nina Curtis, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch
  • 2014: James Spithill
  • 2015: Jason Waterhouse
  • 2016: David Taylor 

Circumnavigators

Notable Achievements

1969 & 1971: Peter Hemery, member of crew on board Ragamuffin. The team finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

1967: Peter Hemery, member of Australia’s winning Admiral’s Cup Team as crew on board Balandra

1971: Peter Hemery, member of crew on board Ragamuffin, winner of 1971 Fastnet Race.

2003: Robert Oatley Admiral’s Cup Win – RPAYC Team Wild Oats

2003: Colin O’Neil Admiral’s Cup Win – RPAYC Team Aftershock

Olympic Representatives

1964 | Tokyo

  • Bill Northam International 5.5 Metre Class Gold Medal
  • Peter O’Donnell International 5.5 Metre Class Gold Medal
  • Martin Visser International Star Class
  • Ian Winter Flying Dutchman Class

1968 | Mexico

  • David Forbes International Star Class

1972 | Munich

  • John Anderson International Star Class Gold Medal
  • David Forbes International Star Class Gold Medal
  • Ken Berkeley International Soling Class
  • Bob Miller International Soling Class
  • Gordon Ingate International Tempest Class

1976 | Montreal

  • John Anderson International Soling Class
  • David Forbes International Soling Class

1980 | Moscow

  • Australia withdrew Yachting Team.
  • Gary Gietz, 470 class
  • Glen Bourke, Flying Dutchman
  • Peter O’Donnell, Richard Coxon, Star (1984 Los Angeles

1984 | Los Angeles 

  • Colin Beashel International Star Class
  • Richard Coxon International Star Class

1988 | Seoul

  • Colin Beashel International Star Class
  • Glen Bourke International Star Class

1992 | Barcelona

  • Mike Mottle International Star Class
  • Col Beashel International Star Class
  • Glen Bourke Finn Class

1996 | Atlanta

  • Colin Beashel International Star Class Bronze Medal
  • Stephen McConaghy International Soling Class

2000 | Sydney

  • Colin Beashel International Star Class

2004 | Athens

  • Colin Beashel International Star Class Flag Bearer for Opening Ceremony

2007 Beijing

  • Alyse Saxby – Silver medal, 420 Class, Special Olympics

2008 | Beijing

  • Iain Murray International Star Class
  • Andrew Palfrey International Star Class
  • Angela Farrell Yngling Class
  • Rob Brown, OAM, Manager Olympic Sailing Program

2011 | Athens

  • Alyse Saxby – Gold medal, 420 Class, Special Olympics

2012 | London

  • Nina Curtis, Women’s Match Racing, Silver medal
  • Dan Fitzgibbon, Skud 18 Class, paralympics, Gold medal
  • Liesl Tesch, Skud 18 Class, paralympics, Gold medal

2016 | Rio

  • Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin, Nacra 17 MIxed Multihull, Silver Medal 
  • Dan Fitzgibbon, Skud 18 Class, paralympics, Gold medal
  • Liesl Tesch, Skud 18 Class, paralympics, Gold medal

World Championships

International 5.5 Metre Class

1970: David Forbes

1974: Norman Booth

1976: Frank Tolhurst

1977: Harold Vaughan

1978: Frank Tolhurst

1979: Frank Tolhurst

1981: Edward “Roy” Tutty

1981: Colin Beashel

1981: Phil Smidmore

International Etchells Class

1978: Frank Tolhurst

1979: John Savage

1980: Peter O’Donnell

1980: Richard Coxon

1984: Iain Murray

1993: Colin Beashel

1995: Colin Beashel

1999: Cameron Miles

International 505 Dinghy Class

1966: James Hardy

18 Foot Skiff Class

1961: Bob Miller

1963: Ken Beashel

1968: Ken Beashel

1970: Hugh Treharne

1977: Iain Murray

1978: Iain Murray

1979: Iain Murray

1980: Iain Murray

1981: Iain Murray

1982: Iain Murray

1985: Rob Brown

1986: Rob Brown

1988: Rob Brown

2006: Michael Coxon

International Match Racing

1991: Peter Gilmore

1992: Aaron Links

1994: Sue Walters

1998: James Spithill

1999: James Spithill

2005: James Spithill

2009: Nicky Souter (Nina Curtis crew)

International Laser Class

1988: Glen Bourke

1989: Glen Bourke

1990: Glen Bourke

1995: Heidi Gordon

International Laser Class Masters

2008: Jan Scholten

International Hobie Cat

1990: Ian Bashford

2006: Jason Waterhouse

International Hobie Cat (Youth)

2007: Jason Waterhouse

Hobie 16 (Youth)

2009: Jason Waterhouse

International 420 Class

1995: Roger Perrot

International Cherub Class

1995: Roger Perrot

International Star Class

1998: Colin Beashel

Farr 30

2011: Andrew Hudson, Crew

2012: Andrew Hudson, Crew

Farr 40

2000: John Calvert-Jones, A.M.

2001: Richard Perini

2011: Andrew Hudson, Crew

Mumm 30

2004: Richard Perini

International 11Metre OD

2004: Steve McConaghy

2005: Steve McConaghy

2006: Steve McConaghy

Melges 24

2005: James Spithill

Moths

2012: Joshua McKnight

America's Cup Sailors

1983

  • Rob Brown Australia II- America’s Cup Victory
  • Ken Beashel Australia II- America’s Cup Victory
  • Grant Simmer Australia II- America’s Cup Victory
  • Hugh Treharne Australia II- America’s Cup Victory
  • Phil Smidmore Australia II- America’s Cup Victory
  • Colin Beashel Australia II- America’s Cup Victory

1987

  • Iain Murray Kookaburra helmsmen

2000

  • James Spithill, helmsman, Young Australia 2000
  • Rob Brown OAM, Tactician/ Team Manager, Young Australia 2000

2003

  • Mark Allanson Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory
  • Grant Simmer Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory
  • Richard Slater Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory

2007

  • Mark Allanson Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory
  • Grant Simmer Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory
  • Brett Ellis Team Alinghi- America’s Cup Victory
  • Adam Beashel Emirates Team New Zealand
  • James Spithill Luna Rossa Helmsman
  • Evan Spong Luna Rossa
  • Richard Slater BMW Oracle
  • Anthony Merrington Victory Challenge
  • Peter Merrington Areva Challenge
  • Michael Mottl United Internet Team Germany
  • David Tallis Race Umpire

2010

  • James Spithill skipper BMW Oracle- America’s Cup victory
  • Grant Simmer Team Alinghi – Mast builder
    Brett Ellis Team Alinghi – Design engineer

2013

  • James Spithill – Oracle Team USA – Skipper – America’s Cup victory
  • Dean Curtis – Oracle Team USA  rigger crew
  • Andrew Coates – Oracle Team USA sails crew

Australian Champions

International Etchells 22 Class

  • 1975: Jan IV Bruce Ritchie
  • 1976: Jan IV Bruce Ritchie
  • 1977: Rattler Bruce Ritchie
  • 1978: Impala Peter O’Donnell
  • 1979: Gull John Savage
  • 1999: Koolong 8 Jan Scholten, Simon Grosser, Mike Hughes
  • 2006: Rob Brown OAM, Gary Gudmudson, Bruce Wookey

International 5.5 Metre Class

  • 1961: Kirribilli Gordon Ingate
  • 1962: Kirribilli Gordon Ingate
  • 1963: Southern Cross Norman Booth
  • 1964: Barrenjoey Bill Northam
  • 1965: Southern Cross II Norman Booth
  • 1966: Pam Godorn Ingate
  • 1967: Crest Carl Halvorsen
  • 1968: Altair Tony Carr
  • 1969: Pam Gordon Ingate
  • 1970: Pam Gordon Ingate
  • 1971: Carabella David Forbes
  • 1972: Sothern Cross III Frank Tolhurst
  • 1973: Baragoola Russell Slade
  • 1974: Baragoola Russell Slade
  • 1975: Arunga Frank Tolhurst
  • 1976: Arunga Frank Tolhurst
  • 1977: Antares II Harold Vaughan
  • 1978: Southern Cross III Frank Tolhurst
    1979: Arunga III Frank Tolhurst

International Soling Class

  • 1971: Alexia Bob Miller
  • 1974: Terror Jim Hardy
  • 1975: Poconhontas David Forbes     
  • 1998: Gary Gietz                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

International Star Class

  • 1957: Maryke Martin Visser
  • 1959: Ishkoodah Bob Smith
  • 1960: Ishkoodah Bob Smith
  • 1961: Parkaria Bob Smith
  • 1962: Arakoola Martin Visser
  • 1963: Maryke Martin Visser
  • 1964: Tempo II David Forbes
  • 1965: Tempo II David Forbes
  • 1966: Ginger David Forbes
  • 1967: Ginger David Forbes
  • 1968: Ginger David Forbes
  • 1970: Maryke William Hock
  • 1971: Scallywag David Forbes
  • 1972: Scallywag Rick Corben
  • 1973: Scallywag June Forbes
  • 1974: Hush Bill & Ron Toft
  • 1976: Scheherezade Bill Toft
  • 1978: Ingrid David Forbes
  • 1979: Impala Peter O’Donnell

International Dragon Class

  • 1956: Bill Fesq
  • 1958: Eric Strain
  • 1959: Alan Jarman
  • 1961: Norman Booth
  • 1965: Norman Booth
  • 1970: Norman Booth

International Tempest Class

  • 1968: Contango Gerry Garrett
  • 1969: Sou’ Wester Brian Jeffreys
  • 1970: Sou’ Wester Brian Jeffreys
  • 1971: Sou’ Wester Gordon Ingate
  • 1972: dh Contango Gerry Garrett
  • 1973: dh Mans Best Friend Craig Whitworth
  • 1973: Sou’ Wester Gordon Ingate
  • 1974: Sou’ Wester Gordon Ingate
  • 1975: Contango Gerry Garrett

International 505 Class

  • 1958: Tempest John Bagshaw
  • 1961: Aeloian John Bagshaw

International Flying Dutchman Class

  • 1961: Craig Whitworth
  • 1963: Jim Hardy
  • 1965: Craig Whitworth
  • 1966: Craig Whitworth
  • 1968: Craig Whitworth
  • 1969: Craig Whitworth

International 470 Dinghy Class

  • 1975: Pyrotechnic Gary Gietz
  • 1976: SuperVision J.Holding
  • 1978: Pyrophoric Gary Gietz
  • 1980: Pyrotechnist Gary Gietz
  • 1999: Nathan Wilmot

International Laser Class

  • 1979: Colin Beashel

International Moth Class

  • 1961: Vamoose Richard Coxon
  • 1962: Vamoose Richard Coxon
  • 1964: Intrigue Ric Le Plastrier
  • 1965: Tango John Hebden

Interational Diamond Class

  • 1967: Spyder Jim Dempster
  • 1977: Wy-ar-gine Wal Wardle
  • 1980: Wy-ar-gine Wal Wardle

18 Foot Skiff Class

  • 1977: Colour 7 Iain Murray
  • 1978: Colour 7 Iain Murray
  • 1979: Colour 7 Iain Murray
  • 1985: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1986: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1987: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1988: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1990: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1992: Rob Brown, OAM
  • 1994: Rob Brown, OAM

16 Foot Skiff Class

  • 1936: Imp Ron Hendry
  • 1937: Imp Ron Hendry
  • 1938: Imp Ron Hendry
  • 1939: Imp Ron Hendry
  • 1961: Seaforth Ken Beashel

12 Foot Skiff Class

  • 1970: Pol Mike Chapman

Heron Class

  • 1976: Deft A.W. Imlay

Cherub Class

  • 1972: Hush Power Iain Murray

Lightweight Sharpie Class

  • 1977: Ship of Fools Grant Simmer
  • 1979: Ship of Fools Grant Simmer

Quarter Ton Champions

  • 1975: Okka John Hebden
  • 1976: Waikikamukau Hugh Treharne

Half Ton Champions

  • 1973: Shenandoah Peter Cole

J24

Through the 80s & 90s…

  • Gary Gietz
  • Bob Hagan
  • Jan Schoulten
  • Chris Links
  • Rod Waterhouse
  • 1989: Murray Walters

Melges 24

  • 2010: Heath Walters

Women’s Match Racing

  • 2002: Katie Spithill
  • 2003: Nicky Souter
  • 2004: Nicky Souter
  • 2005: Nicky Souter
  • 2006: Nicky Souter
  • 2007: Katie Spithill
  • 2008: Nicky Souter
  • 2009: Nicky Souter

Australian Yachtsman of The Year

1965: Bill Northam

1966: Trygve & Magnus Halvorsen

1967: Bob Miller and Craig Whitworth

1973: David Forbes

1975: Kevin McCann

1985: Iain Murray AM

1986: Colin Beashel, OAM

1980: Peter O’Donnell

1999: Colin Beashel, OAM

2005: Richard Perini

2006: James Spithill

2008: Dan Fitzgibbon, sailor with a disability

2009: Dan Fitzgibbon, sailor with a disability

2010: James Spithill

2010: Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis (Female Yachtswomen)

2011: Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, Sailors with a Disability