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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

Harken Open Championships 2020 - Winners Crowned

The final day of racing saw a light to moderate NE breeze on beautiful Pittwater for the Grand Finale of the inaugural Harken Open Championships.

Congratulations to the winners for 2020: Team 2for22 Racing (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron) David Chapman, Ryan Wilmot, Harry Hall & Finn Alexander/Mick Hayward who took out the Finals 2-0 from Team Dargie’s Angels (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club) Will Dargaville, Sarah Parker, Josh Dawson, Katherine Shannon & Zander Bijkerk.

Eleven teams representing CYCA, RSYS & RPAYC battled it out over three days of incredibly tough racing on the Club's fleet of Elliott 7's.

Race Officer Ted Anderson did a fantastic job with this new event and format which consisted of 21 fleet races and a full Semi & Finals Series in Match Racing to crown the overall winners.

Third place was a tough battle between the master and the apprentice with Alistair Read from Tag Team Racing eventually beating his coach Tom Spithill and Wendy Junior Racing 2-1. A credit to coach Tom Spithill being narrowly beaten by two teams that he has obviously done too good a job of coaching over the years.

As with all events, the Harken Open Championship could not be made possible without the assistance of some two dozen volunteers and members who give their time effortlessly to the event in race management, mark laying and umpiring.

A special thanks to Harken, a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality sailboat hardware and accessories, which has continued to support the RPAYC for 23 years now.

Managing Director Grant Pellew commented: “As we couldn’t run the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships this year I am pleased we were able to support this new event and was extremely impressed with the calibre of racing over the last three days. We hope the RPAYC finds space to fit it in the calendar next year as I think it was a unanimous yes from the teams on this exciting new format.”

1st: Team 2for22 Racing (RSYS) David Chapman

2nd: Team Dargie’s Angels (RPAYC) Will Dargaville

3rd: Team Tag Team Racing (RPAYC) Alistair Read (1st YOUTH)

4th: Team Wendy Junior Racing (RPAYC) Tom Spithill

5th: Team YTG (RPAYC) Clare Costanzo (1st FEMALE)
 

Video with winners David Chapman & Team HERE


Full Results:  https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/regatta-and-championships

 

 

 

 

HARKEN Open Championship - Day 1 Action

Day 1 of the Harken Open Championships saw eleven teams representing CYCA, RSYS & RPAYC battle it out on the race course in the Club's fleet of Elliott 7's for a total of eight fleet races.
 
Sitting strong on the top of the leader board is current Sailing League Champion David Chapman (RSYS) and his team, recording a strong scorecard of 1,2,2,1,1.
Nestled closely together in 2nd-4th places with only 4 points between them is Hugo Stoner (CYCA), Will Dargaville (RPAYC), Nick Garland (RPAYC) & Clare Costanzo (RPAYC) respectively.
 
Previous Harken winner from 2008 and triple David Lukins Champion Tom Spithill had the following to say post racing today, "Today was a really fun format, everyone commented on just how great it was to get back out on the water, we were surprised by a few teams that did really well and showed the younger guys how it was done. For us personally it was a bit of a yoyo day we came first in one race and then last in another. It really shows the closeness of the field, we are looking forward to the next two days of racing with both fleet racing and match racing ahead.''
 
The surprise of the day came from the RPAYC team of Jason Antill, Scott O'Connor, Annie Taylor & Mark Griffith who could be described as one of the more senior teams, they started extremely strong to record a 2nd & 1st place in the first 2 races of the day. Speaking post-race Mark Griffith commented "Yes, well experience paid off for us today, calm under pressure we were able to keep working our way forward when back in the pack".
 
Racing continues tomorrow at 1100hrs with another full round of fleet racing scheduled in a moderate southerly breeze, to decide the top 4 teams that will move through to the match racing series whilst the 5th - 12th placed teams will continue in a fleet racing final series. 

* List of competitors HERE
* Current results HERE
* Regatta photos will be availble online HERE
 
 
** One team had to drop out last minute due to illness. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Harken Open Championships Eve 2020

 
Twelve teams representing CYCA, RSYS & RPAYC will take flight on Friday in the newly developed Harken Open Championship taking place at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 20-22 November, 2020.
 
Formalities see teams complete weigh-in early Friday morning ahead of a 0930hrs briefing where the teams will hit the water to battle it out for bragging rights and the all important trophies for Harken Open Champion, Harken Youth Champion and Harken Female Champion for 2020. 
 
The first two days will consist of a fleet racing qualifier series to determine the top four teams who will go into Sunday’s Match Racing finals to determine the Harken Open Championship Winner. The 5th-12th placed teams from the Fleet Racing series will sail off to determine final placings. 
 
Sailing Manager Brendan Rourke commented “We hope to make the Harken Open Championship an annual event in the sailing calendar in the future. Our traditional Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship will be back in 2021, so pencil in the dates 17 – 21 November, 2021. Harken have been very supportive of the change and we are pleased to have them as the naming sponsor of the inaugural event for this year”.
 
The question is who is the favourite team going into this new style of event? Will it be the winner of the Sailing Champions League in 2019 – David Chapman? Will it be the 2016 Australian Youth Match Racing World Champion – Will Dargaville? Will it be the winner of the 2019 David Lukins Memorial Match Race – Nick Garland & team representing event sponsor Harken? Last but not least could it be the 3-time winner of the David Lukins Memorial Match Race and winner of the 2008 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship – Tommy Spithill? 
 
Time will tell who the champions will be… stay tuned via the link below or even better come out on the water and support the teams. 
 
For full details on the crew list, schedule, NOR & SI’s go to:
 
 
 

Harken Open Championships Starts Soon

The HARKEN Open Championship starts on Friday!
12 Team from CYCA, RPAYC and RSYS will compete over 3 days.
Provisional Teams:
 
- Alister Read (RPA)
- Juliet Costanzo(RPA)
- Tom McLovin Spithill (RPA)
- Nick Garland (RPA)
- Malcolm Parker (RPA)
- Will Dargaville (RPA)
- Clare Costanzo (RPA)
- Jason Antill (RPA)
- Nicole Butcher (RPA)
- David Chapman (RSYS)
- Ashton Scott (RSYS)
- Youth Team (CYCA)
Racing on Pittwater from 1100hrs daily. Further details at: www.rpayc.com.au/news-events/news
 

Swansea Channel Dredging Petition

Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, and twice the size of Sydney Harbour. For boating to enter and depart Lake Macquarie safely we must travel through the Swansea Channel to enjoy the the wonders for the whole family that awaits on the lake. 

Swansea Channel is the only marine access route in or out of Lake Macquarie and provides a gateway to the lake, beaches and mountains; beyond that to Greater Newcastle and the Hunter Valley; a world class tourist attraction with facilities, activities and events to meet all walks of life. Unfortunately the channel gets silted up severely restricting access in or out of the lake, putting property and lives at risk and taking up the resources of vital services such as Marine Rescue and Maritime Services.

The problem is the dredging is reactive, what is needed is a proactive dredging schedule, one that the dredging contractor can schedule into his business plan/calendar. A schedule that takes into consideration and works around peak periods of use, and one that in the event of a delay, for whatever reason, will not result in the channel being closed to much of the sailing/boating community. 

As many members would have and currently still do take a trip north it is with the Boards support that members are invited to sign a Petition to the NSW Government to implement a permanet dredging solution and schedule for all waterway users. 

Here is the link to the petition:-

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NEW Weekly Meal Deals

Introducing our new weekly meal deals. Come down and join us for Friday, Saturday & Sunday Meal Specials. Halyards Bistro is now open on the weekend for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 

 

The F & B Hours extended trading hours are listed below.

 

Last minute entries see sailing heavyweights rush to get their expressions in for the HARKEN Open Championship

HARKEN Open Championship 2020

Last minute entries see sailing heavyweights rush to get their expressions of interest in for the Harken Open Championship 20-22 November, 2020.

David Chapman and his teams from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron are arguably one of the strongest teams to date that have expressed interest in entering this new and exciting event, that sees both fleet and match racing to determine the overall winner.

David “Chappo”, has made a big name for himself in the sailing scene from his early days sailing in the Harken Youth Match Racing Championship.

Since then Chappo has notched up some big career wins. Most notably winning the Sailing Champions League in 2019. His team representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron were the only non-European team left in the final stage of the competition that saw 24 clubs representing ten nations compete.

Also throwing his hat in the ring is former Youth Match Racing World Champion William Dargaville from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Will has reunited the team that won the title for Australia in 2016, where they claimed victory on the waters of New Caledonia. They will be in good shape if they can do a good job in the fleet racing aspect of the championship, to then allow them to show their strength in the match racing final stage.

Further expressions of interests have been received from teams from the Cruising Yacht Club Australia, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and host club the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Expressions of interest will be close Monday 9 November 2020. Email the RPAYC sailing office prior to the closing date at sailtraining@rpayc.com.au

View the Notice of Race https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/regatta-and-championships

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Sailing Champions League Final - RSYS named best club in the world - photo © Sailing EnergySailing Champions League Final - RSYS named best club in the world - photo © Sailing Energy

RPAYC Image Gallery

For those not aware we have many great club photos online, this website is provided for the benefit of Members and their guests. Photos are free to download and can be downloaded by clicking on the shopping cart icon in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. You can then choose what size file you would like to download.

Some of the recent albums uploaded that you may be interested in are:

Click here for the "Photos at RPAYC Page" homepage.
 
 

Kayak Racking Available

 
The Club is pleased to advise that we now have dedicated kayak storage available at the Club.  The newly built kayak racks are located on Crystal Bay with convenient access to the water via the floating ramp.
 
There is a limited number of racks available and the Club is currently offering a special rate of $20 per month (per Kayak) for Members only.  If you are interested in securing a kayak rack then email waterfront@rpayc.com.au
 

 

Dan Wilson wins Round 2 of the NSW Wind Foil Series

The leading NSW wind foiling sailors gathered at Marmong Point Sailing Club for the 2nd round of the NSW Wind Foil Series.  23 sailors competed in a shifty 8-18 knot North Wester.  After five challenging races, RPAYC member, Dan Wilson finished on top with an unchallenged score card of 1, 2, 2, 2, 2.  Dan, who typically spends his weekends coaching the young and not so young wind surfers at the club, gave a great example of managing the tricky race conditions. 

RPAYC was well represented with three sailors Dan Wilson (1st), Will McMillian (5th) and Jono Tuite (8th).  Wind foiling is rapidly growing locally and internationally, and it was great to see in Round 2 of the NSW Wind Foil Series, 5 of the top 10 sailors, were under 17 years old.

If any members would like to learn more about wind foiling, please do not hesitate to stop by for chat, with any of the wind foiling crew rigging up on the centreboard lawn.

Event Video Here

Full Results Here

 

 
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About RPAYC

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

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

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

Membership, including family membership is now available.