16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championships

We had 11 RPAYC Laser sailors attend the NSW Laser Metros held at Double Bay Sailing Club. There were 3 Laser 4.7’s, 3 Radials and 5 Standards out of a fleet of 98 boats. 
Saturday we saw a strong 25+ knot NorEaster and a very choppy Sydney Harbour and we sailed three very tough races in very strong conditions. Races were held near Double Bay between Clarke Island and Shark Island. There was plenty of harbour traffic and plenty of hoots from the Manly Ferries. Also there were plenty of sore bodies on Saturday night.Three races were completed, with Olivia Williams ending the day with a 3,3,1. 
Sunday had a light southerly arrive and the first race was held in front of Double Bay in a light and very shifty breeze. Bayley got off to a handy lead in the 4.7’s only to be outdone by a shift and gust from nowhere to have the other competitors catch up and pass. The RO moved the course into Rose Bay for the final two races where the wind was a little more consistent and a bit stronger. Highlight of the day was Dave being first to the top mark in the Standards in race 6, in front of his coach Brett Beyer.
Top result in the 4.7’s was Olivia third overall and first female with Bayley receiving the encouragement award for 5th overall and second female. Pru was 8th in the small but very competitive 4.7 fleet.
Top result in the Radials was Liam with a 26th, but Lauren and Kerrie were not far behind with 31 and 32 respectively. The radial fleet is by far the most competitive with 50 boats entered.
In the Standards, Stuart came 6th overall, Steve 16th overall, Dave 23rd and Bruce 28th  from a fleet of 37 boats. Chris was forced to retire after a suspected knee injury from Saturday’s racing.

Thanks to Double Bay Sailing Club for running another great event for us Laser sailors.
Full results can be found here


Report - Thanks to David Taylor & Steve Bryant

2019 Australian Sailing Award winners Jan Howard & Mary Holley joined the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Women’s Twilight

On Tuesday 28 January, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) members and 2019 Australian Sailing Award winners Jan Howard & Mary Holley joined the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Women’s Twilight fleet in their fortnightly race on Pittwater. 

Late last year Jan and Mary were presented with the inaugural SheSAILS Award at the Australian Sailing Annual Awards night.  This award recognised their long-time volunteer efforts to encourage women’s participation in sailing.  Jan and Mary joined the crew onboard Pretty Woman, which is skippered by their great friend Elaine Fowler who has been a pioneer for women in sailing for decades.  Elaine was RPAYC’s first female full member, she was the first female Vice Commodore Yacht Racing at the club, started the Women’s Twilight Series at the RPAYC 27 years ago, was one of the first female National Race Officers and the first female Life Member of the RPAYC.  

Back at the clubhouse over dinner, Lisa Ratcliff introduced Jan and Mary and invited them to speak and share their experiences and achievements.  Jan and Mary explained that they began a program in 2010 to encourage more women into sailing. This involved the club purchasing a fleet of Force 24s and opening a sailing academy which has given many women the opportunity to learn to sail, learn to helm and learn to race in dedicated regattas.  In 2017 program was rebranded SheSAILS@NCYC and two annual regattas were established with the club’s new fleet.

Over the past five years SheSAILS@NCYC crews have successfully competed in regattas along the east coast of Australia including Sail Port Stephens (each year since 2015), Airlie Beach Race Week and Townsville GaLS Regatta.  Some Newcastle women have been a part of the winning crews in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta and in 2018 SheSAILS@NCYC sent the first ever all-female team to compete at the Volvo Cork Race Week in Ireland. 

In a true testament to the success of SheSAILS@NCYC, Australian Sailing officially adopted the SheSAILS brand and logo created by Jan and Mary which has now attracted Hamilton Island as the major partner of the program.  The Australian Sailing SheSAILS program is designed to recognise all of the amazing female contributors to our sport, and to encourage women of all ages to get involved in the sport of sailing through organised activities at their local sailing club. 

More information can be found at www.shesails.org.au.





Firefighter Family Sailing Day

The Alfred's is proud to be supporting the Firefighters Family Sailing Day with Above and Beyond Boating. The Club is a hub for the RFS Firefighter Family Day on Sunday 15 March 2020.

Across Australia our dedicated fire fighters are stretched to the limit with the terrible bushfire season. They are working tirelessly to keep our homes, friends, family, wilderness and wildlife safe, often at a huge cost to themselves and their family.

The Firefighter family day on the water initiative was created by Above and Beyond Boating to provide a way for the boating community to give back to the men and women who are battling blazes across our country.

Firefighters and their family can register to attend one of the events and enjoy a day out on the water with one of the volunteer skippers who are lending their boats for the experience.

Multiple events are being planned for various dates and locations around the country. To be part of this great event register here: https://aabboating.com/firefighters/

We currently have 17 boats registered to take families out from RPAYC and 2 registered families. The maximum number of boats is limited to 30 at each hub. 

All registrations and queries or changes to registrations should be fielded back through Neil and the team at Above and Beyond Boating. ABB will link the boats and families and arrange a meet and greet and introductions at the club with a planned departure at about 1000hrs. 
On arrival at the club will be providing a breakfast BBQ – sausage sizzle / bacon and egg roll for the any boat owners and the families.
Boat owners are being asked to supply a light lunch for the families at their expense.

Podium Finish at F18 National Championships

Congratulations to members Tristan & Beau White, who competed in the F18 Australian National Titles in Lauderdale, Hobart, TAS last week.

Tristan & Beau achieved a 3rd place overall with two race wins and solid finishes throughout the event with their worst result of only 13th in a fleet of 29 boats onboard their Goodall C2.

In addition, Tristan also won the 1st Youth and Rookie awards.

The regatta was characterised by high speed racing in gusty shifting winds off the land. Their experience from racing on Pittwater and sailing the smaller F16s at club level assisted them in working their way to the front of a very competitive F18 fleet that included three teams that finished in the top 10 at the F18 Worlds in Spain last year.

Tristan & Beau report that ‘There is still much work for us to do as a team for the F16 National Titles in March at RPAYC and the F18 and F16 worlds in Italy later this year’.

Full Results Here 



Centreboard Results over Australia Day Weekend

What a busy weekend for our RPAYC Centreboard Sailors. 

Waszp Results

7 RPAYC Sailors competed in the 2020 Waszp Nationals sailed at Port Stephens Sailing & Aquatic Club. 
Tom Brewer - 11th Overall & 2nd Apprentice 8.2
Jono Tuite - 21st Overall & 1st Junior 6.9
Chris Clegg - 23rd Overall & 4th Apprentice 8.2
Angus Renton - 24th Overall & 2nd Junior 6.9
Ed Wray - 28th Overall & 5th Apprentice 8.2
Daniel Links - 34th Overall & 5th Junior 6.9
Stephane Verhaege - 40th Overall & 10th Master 8.2
Full Results Here 

Australia Day Weekend Results 
A great turnout at Avalon Sailing Club for the 184th Australia Day Regatta. Some RPAYC results were:
Division 2 
1st: Positive Change - Sara Bruce 
3rd: Flying Kangaroo - Andy Springer
5th: Revolution - William Holdsworth 
7th: Watermelloone - Piper Attwood
8th: 602 - Orlando Springer
9th: Get Reddy - Connor Hackwood

Division 4 
3rd: Full Circle - Jan Scholten
4th: Drop Bear - David Sampson
5th: Rapid - Ollie Gordon 
6th: TBA - Traks Gordon
7th: Seedy - Chris Dawson
8th: Full Cream Milk - Stuart Holdsworth 
9th: Bullet - Steve Bryant 
10th: East is Up - Bayley Taylor
11th: Rapid Fire - Dave Taylor
12th: Yo Ho Ho - Alex Robbins
13th: Shark Bait - B Byford
14th: Ciao - Olivia Williams
15th - Mile Stone - Alice Lydement 
16th - Need for Speed - Markus Sampson
17th - Crikey - Kerrie Shimeld

Division 5
1st: Worthy - Hugo Butterworth
Full Results Here 



Dicko Cup 2020

A beautiful sunny Saturday greeted the 22 boat fleet, with a variable light easterly breeze blowing. 
With the risk of a few holes about, the Race Officer changed the course to "0" - Start then finish off Challenger Head.
A competitor told me later, they even took an enormous risk and decided not to write the course down!
The two Farr 40's, Windy Too and Harlequin, were spot on time for the start and quickly gained the lead, followed closely by Enza and Pacesetter.
Spinnakers were set as they passed West Head for the run up the river. One even partook of a wine glass! 
The Hawkesbury was in full outgoing tide and with the easterly breeze still fickle, we saw many vastly different tactics appear in the run to the finish.
Line honours went to Windy Too, and over the next hour and a half the remainder of the fleet finished.
Back on the beach for the presentation the competitors got together and enjoyed a cool drink whilst the results were tabulated.
With sausages sandwiches being cooked on the BBQ and cool drinks in hand, it was soon time for the presentation to begin.
The Dicko Cup race winner for the day was Enza, followed by Starlight 2nd and Waterbird 3 in 3rd.
The casual race winner was Windy Too.
Sunday brought another wonderful sunny day to celebrate Australia Day.
This year RPAYC worked with the Avalon Sailing Club to promote their Australia Day Regatta with their keel boat race being finished by Alfreds 1 off Challenger Head.
The club's coach Tom Spithill also arranged for some Windsurfers and Hobie Waves to be brought to Hallets Beach, and with the help of two club instructors,
guidance given to members on how to use them.
I missed a lot of the efforts, due to finishing the ASC boats, but I understand it was entertaining for both those trying and those not.
Overnight a welcome cool change arrived, but it didn't last long and the Race Officer had to postpone the start whilst the pin boat went up course to
find suitable breeze for a start.
The start was moved half a nautical mile closer to Flint and Steel and the postponed start held in an 5-10 knot ESE.
Shortly after the start the fleet was split equally over the course.
It appeared that Enza on the left would have to tack out but after passing Patonga the breeze went to the SE so they got out of jail and lifted to Lion Island.
But this shift gave Verve on the right a bigger gain as they were able to ease sheets straight to the island, closely followed by the rest of the fleet.
From this point on I understand there were numerous close tussles, but Alfreds 1 had to leave and set up the finish, so I will leave the tall tales to others.
Line Honours went to Verve, followed by Enza and Still Dangerous.
Back at the club for the presentation of the "Dicko Cup", first the day's race results:
1st was Still Dangerous, 2nd Boree Creek and 3rd Out of the Bag.
Next prize was the "Passion Pop" award for Navigational Excellence, presented to Galadriel; David and Sonya Williams.
If you want to find out what that's all about you need to join us next year.
A big thank you to my team of Elaine Fowler and Wendy Kay.
Without you ladies it's just hard work, love you both.
Finally to the overall prizes, 3rd went to Out of the Bag (also 1st Multihull) Bill Webb, 2nd to Fontana, Rod Walton, and the
overall winner of the Dicko Cup; Verve. Owners John and Jo Groves, with good friends Warwick and Sue Crossman as crew.

So why don't you join us next year?
This year we had as many new comers as repeat competitors, and it's not just about the racing.
It's a good opportunity to meet other members and experience one of the worlds most beautiful waterways.
See you on the water.
Allen Stormon

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