The Pusser’s Rum Melges East Coast Championships was held over the weekend of the 8/9th November 2014, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. This is the sixth Melges East Coast Championships to be hosted by the club, a permanent fixture in both the Melges 24 and Melges 32 annual regatta schedule. Pusser’s Rum have been watching the growth and culture of the fleets in Australia and have extended their international Melges sponsorship to the Australian classes providing their Blue Label British Navy Rum and Nelsons Blood hip flasks as prizes.
The Link Healthcare Islands Weekend in aid of the RPAYC Integrated disAbled Sailing fund was a huge success. It featured great sailing, excellent food and drink, wonderful live music and best of all raised $40,000 for a tremendous cause.
Saturday night kicked off the weekend with the RPAYC Gala Dinner, the club’s signature social event of the year.
Over the Nov1/2 weekend 4 RPAYC junior sailors made the second trek down the Hume Highway within a week (ACT titles previous week) to compete in the Victorian Dinghy Championships being held at the recent YA award winning Albury Wadonga Yacht Club on the picturesque, and full, Lake Hume.
Over the Oct 25/26 weekend 14 young RPA sailors along with parents and siblings totalling a 50 plus entourage headed down to the ACT Optimist Championships to compete within 3 fleets totalling 80 boats.
The event is a highlight on the Opti schedule. Over the years it has often been the first travelling venue for new families. A chance to experience the RPA regatta community atmosphere of family friendly onshore fun mixed with the opportunity to race hard amongst the best young sailors in Australia. All families from previous years have gone onto stretch their wings becoming part of the broader travelling youth sailing circus that has seen them reach all corners of Australia and in some cases the world in 2014.
As most of you are aware the Broken Bay and SOPS Fleets were hit by an extreme weather event last Saturday afternoon which came with virtually no forewarning, impacted different spots in varying degrees on the courses and obviously placed our Fleets in an extremely hazardous environment which included, 60+ knots of breeze, low visibility and confused and rough sea state with incoming tide running against the wind.
At the end of the year, over 30 Youth Sailors from RPAYC will be making the long trek over to Fremantle to participate in a number of regattas, including the 29er, Optimist and Hobie Nationals and the Australian Youth Championships. It will be a big challenge for our sailors as the conditions are expected to be windy and bumpy. They are all used to the wind, but Pittwater doesn’t provide the bumps all that often. Many of the sailors have been training extensively and travelling to regattas wherever possible to allow them to be at their best for the big occasion.
The sailors currently signed up and raring to go are:
ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill and RPAYC Club Member was presented with the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year (male) award at a ceremony in Palma, Spain on Tuesday evening.
The award came as recognition of the magnificent comeback Spithill presided over as the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA during the 2013 America’s Cup. Down 8-1, on match point, Spithill and his team won eight consecutive races to retain the America’s Cup 9-8 over Emirates Team New Zealand.
Saturday 1 November 2014
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club invites all eligible International One Design Classes including Etchells, Ynglings, Dragons, Melges 24/32, Vipers, Stars, Elliott 7s and others to compete in the Spring One Design Regatta (& Melges East Coast Championship) hosted by the RPAYC on the week-end of the 8th and 9th of November, 2014.
On Friday 10th October, we were once again privileged to welcome an impressive speaker to the club for Speakers’ Corner.
On this occasion, it was Don McIntyre who gave an enthusiastic and entertaining review of his adventurous life to date.
From a description of his year spent unsupported in Antarctica, to why he recommends flying only German built gyrocopters if you are planning a pan Australia flying trip, to a graphic description of his epic rerun of Blyth’s voyage in an open boat, having been cast adrift from HMS BOUNTY, the experiences just tumbled on.
Two Victorian first time entrants for the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race starting January 2, 2015 are set to join the local fleet for the annual navigator’s challenge up the eastern seaboard from Sydney to the NSW Mid North coast.
Virgin entrants Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun V and Jeff Dusting’s Sydney 47CR Adventure Safety Jem line up just five feet apart in length, but they are apples and oranges in terms of comfort and boat speed, though both have tasted handicap success.
At the lower end of the comfort spectrum is the all-out racer Shogun; lightweight and minimalist with its eight pipe cots for beds, stove, flushing bowl that looks something like a toilet and navigation table befitting a contortionist. During offshore campaigns it’s home, without the luxuries, to the race crew. Constantly moving about and groaning under the enormous loads.
TP52s can reach speeds of 32 knots or close to 60 km/h off the breeze.