I am pleased to advise that The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP has accepted the Club’s invitation to become The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s 5th Honorary Patron.
New Year's Eve
The Club would like to advise that there are some remaining berths and moorings available for New Years Eve. If you are interested in entertaining friends and enjoying the spectacular Pittwater Fireworks on your boat please email;firstname.lastname@example.org. Halyards will open at 8am allowing you and your guests to enjoy a tasty breakfast.
When Mother Nature is feeling cantankerous sailors feel the effects more than a lot of athletes. Day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne produced the most thrilling action yet off the front of Sandringham Yacht Club, and the most drama.
Southerly winds were manageable at an average 22-24 knots, it was the vertical rouge waves and cranky sea-state that brought on some seasickness, cancelled starts and reduced the original racing timetable.
Four classes from the first session were sent out - Nacras, Lasers, 2.4mR and SKUD18 - and they all managed to put two more scores on the board.
The addition this week of Karl Kwok’s 80 foot maxi Beau Geste to the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race starting line-up is the event’s first big boat entry for a number of years, and a very real threat to Wild Oats IX’s longstanding course record.
For twelve months Kwok and his campaign manager Gavin Brady were running a busy two-boat program with the Botin 80, built and based in New Zealand, and Team Beau Geste, the unbeatable TP52 that delivered Kwok and his crew the prestigious Audi IRC Australian Championship class A title at their final event at Hamilton Island in August.
Rod Jones’ one design comeback with his new Farr 40 called Kindergarten scuttled the familiar finish order of Transfusion then Kokomo, who are both long-standing Farr 40 classmates and pacesetters.
1997 Sydney to Hobart overall winner and last year’s RPAYC Southern Cross Cup winner, Karl Kwok has entered his new Botin 80, Beau Geste in 2015 Pittwater to Coffs race.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has extended the closing date for the first round of Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race entries by a week to Friday December 12, 2014. After the cut-off a late fee will apply to owners who wish to be part of the New Year coastal classic.
Australian MC38 class President John Bacon and his Dark Star crew proved consistency is the key to winning a high performance one design series when they clinched the Blackmores MC38 Open regatta that wrapped up on Pittwater today, Sunday November 30.
There’s a distinctive swagger amid the Australian Farr 40 class. Four top ten finishes at the recent international title, a new batch of super keen owners for the 2014-15 season and preparations underway to host the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2016 have injected vim and vigour into the enduring one design fleet.
Entries for next week’s Sail Sydney are closing in on the 300 mark and the decision to waive the late entry fee and final surge in registrations is pushing organisers of the annual sailing regatta hard to process the resulting paperwork.
The 2014 regatta is based at Woollahra Sailing Club at Rose Bay with the competition to play out on Sydney Harbour 2-7 December 2014, just one of the maritime events under Sydney’s Festival of Sails banner for the month of December. Olympic classes race Tuesday December 2to Thursday 4 and the youth and open classes from Friday 5 to Sunday 7.
A healthy international fleet will fly their corresponding country flag for Australia, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Brazil, Finland, Italy, Russia, Great Britain and Belgium.
The International Moth class is readying for its world championshipnext January at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club in Victoria and the local Sydney fleet is taking advantage of the chance for valuable regatta practice in the run-up to the title.
Moth world champion from 2012 Josh McKnight, sailing for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, is gearing up to regatta mode after his last major competition, the Moth worlds at Hayling Island in the UK in July. “It’s good to race in a proper regatta setting. Sail Sydney is important for getting my regatta experience back up,” he says. McKnight maintained his fitness over the cooler months running in soft sand and swimming with the Bold & Beautiful swim squad at Manly Beach three times a week.