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

       

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

 
 

Tactical Navigation Seminar

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This seminar will provide an insight into the key factors which define tactical navigation in a passage race. Using these factors will enable the navigator to establish a race plan based on the boats performance and the anticipated conditions.  ‘Expedition’ navigation software is highlighted during the presentation however its use is not essential.

 

Topics covered included:

•             VPP

•             Sail Selection Charts & Velocity Performance Prediction

•             Weather systems, currents & geographic influence

•             Optimal Routing

•             Developing a strategy & staying dynamic

•             Tactical risk assessment

 


 

 

Upcoming Training

There has been some recent enquiries in relation to training. 

 

Onsite at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club above the Jack Gale Centre is Neil Driscoll and his Above & Beyong Boating Team who have a great selection of training and courses available. Full details are available on their website here. Contact Neil for any enquiries that you amay have. 

They deliver the leading courses to skipper your own boat! Improve your skills, increase your safety and use your boat more!

Our training is perfect for sailors who have a boat they want to use more, are open to learning and developing their skills, are passionate about being on the water, and excited to become safer and more talented skippers.

At Above and Beyond Boating, their mission is to help boat owners achieve their boating dreams, whilst using their boats as regularly and safely as possible. The 'Beyond the East Coast' workshop is being held at the R.P.A.Y.C. on Friday 16th November. Roger Corrie, Mike Selbie and Neil Driscoll  will be presenting this free event, featuring heavy weather sailing, east coast exploration and cruising short handed.      Friday 16th November, 2018 @ 10am-4pm . Bookings Essential . Full Details Here


 Marine Safety Works - Upcoming Courses - Genevieve White

WORLD SAILING (WS) SAFETY AND SEA SURVIVAL
This course includes practical wet and flare drills, and hands-on demonstrations of a wide range of safety equipment. It is extremely valuable for both racing and cruising sailors providing up to date information on equipment, safety planning, regulations and procedures. The Qantas Pool is chosen specifically to create the most realistic training experience possible including cooler water, darkness, and rain. Marine SafetyWorks is the only Australian Sailing school using this facility.
 
Full Course ($585.00) – 2 days
Course SS84 Saturday, October 6, 1000 – 1800 (Club Rose Bay RSL)
Sunday, October 7, 0830 – 1730 (Qantas Pool & Training Room)
 
Course SS85 Saturday, November 17, 1000 – 1800 (Club Rose Bay RSL)
Sunday, November 18, 0830 – 1730 (Qantas Pool & Training Room)
 
Course SS86 Saturday, December 8, 1000 – 1800 (Club Rose Bay RSL)
Sunday, December 9, 0830 – 1730 (Qantas Pool & Training Room)
Registration details and briefing notes can be found on the links provided. Payment can be made online or directly with Marine SafetyWorks.
 

NSW Youth Championships presented by Lake Macquarie City Council

Media Release                2 October 2018

Tight racing and big smiles conclude a mammoth NSW Youth Championship

The 2018 NSW Youth Championship presented by Lake Macquarie City Council was the biggest NSW Youth Championship ever with over 325 boats and over 420 competitors involved. Many RPAYC sailors competed and full results can be seen below. A special congratulations to the following podium places. Optimist Open Fleet 1st Daniel Links, 3rd Cooper Bellingham. Nacra 15 - 2nd Nathan Bryant The 2018 NSW Youth Championship presented by Lake Macquarie City Council finished day three with some of the “closest racing this event has ever seen.”

After a slow start to the morning waiting for the breeze to fill in racing got underway in a building north to north-east sea breeze peaking at around 15 knots. Laser Radial winner, Zac West commented on the quality of racing at the event in particular on the last day of racing.

“The racing was so close and coming into the last day I think there was only four or five points between us, I had to step up my game because this is like a nationals for us since everyone’s here.”  Said West

The racing couldn’t have been closer for the tight-knit crew of Nacra 15 sailors. The foiling catamarans came into the event with their national fleet and the competitiveness fuelled by the ongoing banter made for a “good” event according to Ashleigh Swadling and Nathan Bryant.

“There’s definitely a lot of banter and it’s good, this is our nationals fleet so it’s good to know what everyone’s going to bring. We’re all at the same level and the difference between coming first or fifth can be one or two bad tacks.” Said Swadling

The comradery within The Nacra 15 sailors seems to be so close that traditional rival States have teamed up.  The mix of Swadling, a Queenslander and Bryant, a New South Welshman worked since they finished a close second and as Ashleigh jokingly explains it just “happened to work out well.”

“Nathan messaged me and asked if I wanted to sail with him, so I picked up the phone and took the opportunity and worked out well.” Said Swadling.

The Nacra 15s to their credit took time off racing to take out all the younger sailors out on the water experience what Nacra sailing is all about.

“We took a whole bunch of opti (optimist) kids out yesterday and they all loved it and with Nacras being new coupled with good competition I think the fleet with only get better.” Said Bryant.

Optimist Open fleet winner, Daniel Links had an extraordinary regatta clocking up five wins from seven races. Links also missed racing on day one as he had a school trumpet exam.

“I sailed pretty good, I didn’t sail the first day because I had a trumpet exam so I because those were my two drops I needed to sail well today.” Said Links.

Coming off a great Optimist World Championship in Cyprus three weeks earlier Links used his experience from the event to his advantage to beat 81 other boats to claim the top spot.

Mornington twins, Matilda and Lily Richardson racing in their 420 It’s a Twin Thing came back from time off the water to travel up to Lake Macquarie to work on their sailing in the “challenging” conditions.

“We’ve had some time out of the boat due to injury, so we wanted to come here and work on some processes, so it was pretty challenging conditions to stay consistent against the boys.” Said Richardson

Growing up sailing on their home waters of Port Philip Bay the team were well prepared to take on the range of conditions over the event with only one point separating them from a podium finish.

Overall, the event produced variable but exciting conditions to the 430 competitors. The NSW Youth Championships drew competitors from all across the country and for many it was the big event to kick off their domestic national and state championship campaigns.

At the presentation competitors were treated by a visit from local sailor and Australian Sailing Squad member, Halyee Outteridge who kindly took time out her busy schedule to present medals to class winners.

Special mention to all the volunteers on water and off water who worked quickly to ensure that all the sailors made it safely to shore when a 30knot southerly squall hit the lake on the first day of racing. On top of that over 130 volunteers assisted with the logistics, planning and the race management of the event. They were nothing short of a well-oiled machine getting the job done.

Thanks to Lake Macquarie City Council for being a major support of the event.

With the NSW Youth Championships finishing for 2018 we now look towards the Australian Youth Championships being held at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania from 10 January to the 14 January 2019.

For all the results click HERE

Results are as follows;

Bic Techno 293

1st Mitch Kruse

2nd Jude Smale

3rd Max Irvine

Bic Techno Plus

1st Grea Morris

2nd Hamish Swain

3rd William Grimshaw

Flying 11

1st Jamie Stodart & Sam Stodart

2nd Tyler Dransfield & Pearl Toomey

3rd Alex Hart & Sophie Hart

Int 29er

1st Archie Cropley & Max Paul

2nd Oscar O’Donoghue & Rupert Hamilton

3rd Lachie Brewer & Flynn Twomey

Int 420

1st Cole Tapper & Tyler Creevey

2nd Ryan Littlechild & Jack Ferguson

3rd Marcello Torro & Tom Larkings

Laser 4.7

1st Brooke Wilson

2nd Mina Ferguson

3rd Daniel Costandi

Laser Radial

1st Zac West

2nd Frazer Brew

3rd Stefan Elliot – Shircore

Nacra 15

1st Tom Crockett & Tahnie Coldecoat

2nd Ashleigh Swadling & Nathan Bryant - RPAYC

3rd Tom Dawson & Sarah Hoffman

NS14

1st Hayden Hansen &Wil Rivers

2nd Mark Murray & Ryan Watt

3rd Craig Wright & Jada Clacke

Open Bic Gold

1st Hamish Cowell

2nd Travis Wadley

3rd Breanne Wadley

Open Bic Silver

1st Oliver Ross

2nd Jonah Griffiths

3rd Lachie Pryer

Optimist Green Fleet

1st Alexander Risby

2nd William Holdsworth

3rd Bailey Derwent

Optimist Intemediate

1st Jorja Mahoney

2nd Spencer Oxnam

3rd Jago Tucker

Optimist Open

1st Daniel Links - RPAYC

2nd Austin Cross

3rd Cooper Bellingham - RPAYC

Sabot 1up

1st Darby Jones

2nd Tanys Roberts

3rd Clancy Dwyer

  

 

 

ENDS

 

The 2018 NSW Youth Championships presented by Lake Macquarie City Council is the biggest NSW Youth Championships ever with over 325 boats and over 420 competitors involved.  Racing started on Saturday 29 September and concludes Monday 1 October.

Author: Australian Sailing

RPAYC's Juliet Costanzo & Team crowned Champions

In a powerful Westerly breeze on Sydney Harbour, RPAYC's Juliet Costanzo and her team of elder sister Clare, Jess Angus, Ann Scholten & Emma Rankin became Australia’s newest Women’s Match Racing National Champion, defeating New Zealand’s Celia Willison 3-0 in the Finals.

Epic conditions were in order for the final day of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, with winds averaging 20knots for the day, the biggest gust on record topping 35knts.

The Race Committee got the teams out on time and in a light northerly wind to start the day, with the semi-finals getting underway with Round Robin winner, Costanzo matched up against the CYCA’s India Howard. The girls from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club only needed two matches to dispatch Howard on a difficult race track as the breeze fought its way round to the west.

In the other semi-final, Celia Willison gave it their all against Charlotte Griffin from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Both teams have traded blows throughout the competition and today’s semi-final dust up was exactly the same and went to a third and deciding race. Celia, only sailing through to the Finals on the last run of the race after Griffin overlaid into the finish and broached.

With the winds building in the last flight of the semi-finals, the Race Committee advised the teams to take refuge behind Clark Island, dropping their mains and remaining under tow till it was safe for racing to continue again. Holding the teams under postponement for a 20-minute break seemed key for the Race Committee as the breeze dropped down to 14-22 knots, enabling the Finals to commence.

In the petit-finals, after a disastrous first race, hooking the top mark, India Howard and her team of Elyse Guervara-Rattray, Dana Tavener, Katherine Shannon and Jaime Swavley outsailed the RSYS’s Charlotte Griffin to take a come-from-behind victory and steal third overall for the week.

In the Finals, both teams fought for every inch around the race track but superior boat handling enabling fast tacks, sets and drops saw Juliet Costanzo take out the series in commanding styling. Costanzo led at nearly every turning mark and took out her first Women’s National title as helm with an unbelievable scorecard of 19-2 over the three-day event. This is Juliet’s second National title, having last won the event as crew for her sister, Clare, back in 2016.

View Day 1 Video Here

View Day 2 Video Here

View Day 3 Video Here

Report & images courtesy of CYCA 

 

 

COMMODORES CUP - BECOME THE CLUB YACHTING KEELBOAT CHAMPION FOR 2018/19!

“Participate to WIN”

The Commodores Cup Series for 2018/19 has been transformed to now be the Club Keelboat Championship and is based on 8 races taken from the Club Annual Program throughout the Spring & Summer Season.

A boats best results from specific races held throughout the Spring & Sumer season will be accumulated at the end of the series to crown the winners in each division.

The series will consist of races from the Saturday Inshore Series, the Estuary / SOPS Series, Feature events, Wednesday Spring and Summer Series and Thursday Twilight Spring and Summer Series, giving everyone a chance to be a part of this new Championship.

Two (2) best results from Inshore Series.
Two (2) best results from Estuary / SOPS Series.
Two (2) best results from the following Feature Races - Pittwater Dash (Opening Day), Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup Marathon Series, Friends of David Booth Trophy Race.
Two (2) best results from Wednesday Spring Series, Wednesday Summer Series, Thursday Twilight Spring Series or Thursday Twilight Summer Series

For those that do not compete in the Wednesday or Thursday Series, your third best score in the Inshore and Saturday Estuary/SOPS Series will be used.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are those of the individual events or series - rules, eligibility and scoring are as detailed in the Notice of Championship in the Sailing Handbook.

To enter the Series boats are required to enter by selecting the specific Commodores Cup Series entry form which is online. Those not entered in the Series will not be scored.

The Sailing Office will maintain a spreadsheet of results for those that have entered the Series.

The entry fee is $ 50.00 for all competitors, which will help support our Youth Development Program. Entry deadline is 2nd October 2018. Must be entered to be eligible in the Series. Only members of the RPAYC are eligible to win the Commodores Cup Series.

 

Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Warwick Crossman whose image of our Centreboard Sailing at RPA Optimist sailors racing in the Selden Ice Breaker Series has been selected in the top eighty images for this year’s Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards in Switzerland.

The people’s choice category is driven by social media and this is our chance to get behind him and promote RPAYC, the Centreboard Division and the Optimist class.

To vote simply click on the link below and click on the like button. Its also worth taking a few minutes to browse all the images ….. some of them are amazing.

 

 

Click here to vote

Melbourne Cup Bookings Open

Bookings for Melbourne Cup are now open - Click here to book 

 

Boatyard Bookings Filling Fast

There has been an increase in the number of people heeding the advice of the Boatyard and getting their bookings in early for the Summer sailing season with spaces filling up fast. Availability is now from December onwards.

If anyone is wanting their annual servicing done over the Summer months, get a booking in before it’s too late. Bookings can be changed, not having a booking means you may miss out altogether.
To book: Telephone Boatyard (02) 9998 3751 or email boatyard@rpayc.com.au

 

Coach takes the title again

The David Lukins Regatta was run over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September 2017. This was the ninth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, coach, volunteer and mate. This regatta has a strong connection with the clubs Youth Development (YD) program, as David volunteered countless hours helping shape the lives of many of our participants. 

This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the calibre of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:
4 x Silver Medallists
2 x Women’s Match Racing World Champions
2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
1 x Moth World Champion
3 x Volvo Round The World Races completed

There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!

This year saw 10 teams compete for the coveted title. 6 skippers out of the 10 teams were past graduates of the Youth Development Squad, some ranging back to our inaugural programs. 3 teams competing were from the current Youth Development Squad ,and the final team was skippered by the current Platu 25 Silver Medallist & long time supporter of our sailors, Chris Way.

For the finals it was a case of the Master v Apprentice. Tom Spithill our current coach of the Youth Development program (as well as a past graduate) fighting it out for the win against Clare Costanzo & her Fusion Racing Team who are current sailors in the Youth Development Squad. Tom Spithill and his team emerging the victors after a very good fight.

The teams all assembled back at the Alfred’s for the prize giving, where David’s parents Warwick and Marg attended to assist with the prizes. 

A clearly estatic and emotial Spithill was quick to praise David Lukins in his speech. “This has been some of the most enjoyable sailing I have done. This win, personally means a great deal to both Andy, Amy and myself. Dave was a huge influence in our lives both on and off the water, and to now have our names on a trophy in David’s name is one of the greatest honors”
Tom went on to comment post prize giving that “This regatta has a way of bringing sailing friends together, and I am not just talking competitors, all the volunteers, such as the race committee, markboat and umpires, all roles that David loved doing".

Final Results can be viewed here

 

    

 

 

 

RPAYC Crew on Top after Day 1

Day 1 of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship has delivered a perfect scorecard for sister combo, Juliet and Clare Costanzo from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Along with their crew of Jess Angus, Ann Scholten and Emma Rankin, they were able to have a perfect day with a final result of 8-0 (wins-losses).

After a short postponement this morning due to lack of wind, the race committee quickly fired off the races to make up time and finish the day on schedule with the first two of four round robins now complete.

For Juliet Costanzo, this is her first National Championship event as helm. Whilst her older sister Clare, whom won the Australian Women’s title back in 2016 as helm, has traded the tiller for crewing and is proving to be just as valuable in her new position.

With a building northerly breeze, the race committee set up a spectacular race course just off Point Piper with the wind peaking at 16 knots in the final races of the day. All teams handled the conditions well with tight racing throughout the day.

The chasing pack is currently led by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Charlotte Griffin on 5-3. Griffin and her team are looking to build off their recent regattas over the winter period and training program out of their Kirribilli based yacht club.

Closely following in third is New Zealand’s, Celia Willison. This week’s highest ranked skipper, at World #37 heading into the regatta, Celia finished the day on 4-4. Having finished runner up at the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta earlier this month, Willison will be hoping to climb the leader board of the coming days and described the racing as ‘a lot of fun but stressful at times.’

India Howard, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had a tough day on the water, only managing two wins from her eight starts. With a new team on-board her Elliott 7m this week, she to is hoping that time over the coming days will see better results to come. Tanya Kelly, representing Queensland rounds out the leader-board on 1-7.

Follow the racing live at the live results page 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.

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