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

 
 

Club Announcement - General Manager Appointed

The Board takes great pleasure in announcing that after a very thorough recruitment process, Craig Evans has been appointed to the role of RPAYC General Manager.   

Craig has been the General Manager of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia for 13 years and prior to that he was a Board Member of that Club for 3 years. During Craig’s tenure at the CYCSA he has had many achievements including assisting in the design and project management of an entirely new marina facility and a significant clubhouse upgrade.   

Craig was awarded the inaugural Global Marina Institute’s International Scholarship to study Advanced Marina Management in the UK. Craig has a focus on building and improving member facilities and services such as hospitality and boatyard operations and has demonstrated growth and increased satisfaction in these areas at the CYCSA.   

Craig is an experienced sailor and has been racing for much of his life.   Starting in off-the-beach classes from the age of seven, he was a member of the Largs Bay Sailing Club for 15 years followed by 32 years racing keelboats at the CYCSA.  Craig has competed in many national and international events and as a navigator he has completed numerous offshore races.  He has competed in nine Sydney Hobart Races with three podium finishes including winning the 2000 Sydney Hobart aboard SAP Ausmaid.  An active and passionate sailor Craig looks forward to driving boating and member participation at RPAYC.

Members will have the opportunity to welcome Craig ahead of him taking up the role as he and his wife Julie will join us on Saturday 1 September to celebrate the start of the season with our Opening Day celebrations. 

Craig’s start date is currently being finalised and as soon as this is determined we look forward to sharing it with members.

In the meantime, Suzanne Davies will finish up on Friday 24 August and Nick Elliott will remain as Acting General Manager, Company Secretary and Licensee until Craig’s arrival.

 

AIRCALIN Match Racing Regatta in Noumea

Hosted by Cercle Nautique Caledonien (the CNC yacht club)

The RPAYC team of Juliet Costanzo (Skipper), Alistair Read (Mainsheet), India Howard (Trim) and Antony Hawke (Bow), accompanied by Angus Gordon as stand-in coach for Tommy Spithill (overseas at a different regatta) arrived in Noumea on Monday the 13th after the usual delayed flight and settled into their billets on yachts at the marina. While all 4 of the team are accomplished sailors they are a young group representing the future potential for RPAYC Youth Development. This is their first overseas match racing regatta and it was also the first time they had all sailed together. The other competitors range from about the same age as the RPAYC crew up to seasoned veterans of 40 years +. It is an open regatta with a youth component but all ages are in together, so there are some very tough competitors.

Tuesday was practice day and the team was fortunate to get both a morning and an afternoon session, which allowed them to practice in both of the potential course areas. There were some “interesting” tacks and gybes, not to mention quite a bit of discussion but their skills developed at warp speed during the day. Kite launching and recovery technique was “exciting” with coach Angus wondering just exactly what was going to happen next. The Elliot 6s are more tender than the Club’s 7s and the kite work is very different making it hard for crews not used to the 6s, particularly in stronger winds.

DAY 1

Wednesday was the first day of the regatta with the 12 teams sailing in 2 sessions using the 6 Elliot 6s owned by CNC. The breeze was 8 kts early on, building to 12 kts by the end of the day with a progressively building choppy seaway (racing was on the open ocean course). The team ended the day with a credible 3 wins and 4 losses however the result could have been very different.

In the first race they dominated the pre-start and looked like getting a brilliant start, but unfortunately they crossed the start a mere 2 seconds ahead of the gun only to have to return and re-start while their competition smoked off into the distance. They recovered to sail an excellent race finishing a boat length behind their competition having progressively hauled them back.

In the second race their start was much better and they were clearly in the lead when their traveller control rope broke and they were not able to maintain height upwind. Excellent downwind control meant they caught up and finished overlapped but unfortunately behind.

The third race was well put together and they had their first win.

The fourth race was again close but, having lead to the first mark the spinnaker launching and gybing downwind, on the first downwind leg, let them down, and they finished on the heals of their competitor.

The fifth race was the real disaster. Having established a lead, well ahead of their competitor they wrapped the kite so badly that it took all of the downwind leg, to sort out. Not only the kite was wrapped but also the kite sheets had tied up the bundle! This was their biggest loss and disappointment having had the race “in the bag”.

But, being the excellent competitors they are they were not phased so put together two very controlled wins in races 6 and 7.

Hence, while they finished with 3 wins out of 7 races, it was very close to being a very different story. The team really showed their potential and their maturity by recovering from some potentially very demoralizing situations. They ended the day in great spirits fully realizing just how close they had come to a very different outcome, and how much they had learned.

Day 2

The day started out relatively light at 6 to 8 kts but built to 15+ during the day with a steep chop in the late afternoon. Again racing was on the open ocean course.

The RPAYC team was in the first flight of the day and then had a rest till afternoon.

In the first race of the day the team had an excellent pre-start and ended up forcing their competitor over early at the start so developed an early break while their competitor returned to the start. First work was well controlled and they rounded clear ahead by 10 boat lengths…then it happened!! Their nemesis (the kite set) took over and they wrapped up the forestay like a Christmas gift. Needless to say the competition sailed past with their kite drawing beautifully. The second work was good and they picked up well only to round the top mark and “wine glass” the kite. By the time they had that sorted the competition was well ahead and crossed the line about 12 boat lengths ahead….A bit of a chat ensued when the crew handed over the boat and returned to the changeover boat to await their next race several hours later.

By their second race the wind was already a gusty 12 to 15 kts with a nasty chop. They were up against a good competitor who trapped them at the pin end and put a penalty on the RPAYC boat. However they recovered to actually start well (good pre-start technique and calm heads) so rounded the top mark in clear first place. They surprised everyone, including themselves with a good kite launch and set (had worked things through during the break on the changeover boat. Unfortunately they sailed high angles down the run and allowed the competitor to just break through. Having rounded the bottom mark they quickly hauled in the competitor who had to tack away……and then broke their boom. So the RPAYC steamed off into the distance, exonerated their penalty and recorded a win.

Their third race again saw a penalty scored against them by an aggressive competitor. It was really just a short loss of concentration by the RPAYC team because generally their pre-start was good and the penalty was a very close call. For the first time they were slow upwind (this got sorted out in the debriefing by the coach and team after racing was finished for the day and was mainly due to how they were driving through the chop). Rounded about 8 boat lengths behind but had an excellent kite set (problem fixed by the crew sorting things out), and a good fast run to close the gap. Although covered upwind by their competitor they actually closed up further and had a brilliant kite set, and downwind run, to steam right up to the competitor on the finish line but unfortunately they still had the penalty turn to do and they were not overlapped so couldn’t force the competitor off enough before the competitor crossed the line.

The third race for the RPAYC crew was the last for the day. They came into there own to show what they were capable of against a good competitor. RPAYC gained a penalty against the other competitor in the pre-start and won the start. Although conditions were “testing” they covered well upwind, although a bit slow again due to difficulties handling the short chop. Still they rounded the top mark first and produced their best kite set of the series and “romped” downwind till near the bottom mark when their last gybe nearly resulted in a full laydown. But they recovered in time to round ahead and again showed their skill on the next work to round well ahead. Again an excellent kite set and several well managed gybes saw them cross the finish line clear ahead of their competitor, to “notch-up” their best win of the series so far.

So, at the end of the round-robin RPAYC had 5 wins (and several near wins!). All very happy, learning a lot, very relaxed, and some very complementary comments from seasoned match racing competitors.

 

Follow the live results here

 

 

What a difference a year makes! Australia in for 2020 Olympic Games

What a difference a year makes! 
12 months ago youth RPAYC Members Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot fell in love with FX sailing and racing at the highest level against the worlds best sailors became their dream. 
The Olympic Games, being the pinnacle test for athletes became their goal.


"12 months ago we forfeited our opportunity to defend our youth world championship to focus on the important task of securing a spot for Australia in the 2020 Olympic Games. 12 months ago a very optimistic and detailed plan was developed to achieve our task. We are delighted and proud to wake up today realising our 12 month journey has reached its destination.
Australia now has the chance to compete in Tokyo!", said the duo. 


"Like all amazing journeys the path to the destination is riddled with unexpected twists and turns and the 2018 Hempel World Sailing Championships didn’t disappoint.
Not only did we achieve our goal, we got the chance to taste the feelings of being towards the top of the leader board during an event that saw many teams rise and fall like a yo-yo. 
We got to experience an environment that was high stakes for everyone and whilst our last day on paper looked our worst it will remain the most pivotal point for our future achievements and strength of character.
It’s a mixed feeling to accomplish something so special on the back of a tough day".


"Tears of missed opportunity to compete in the medal race were then replaced with tears of relief that we got what we wished for, and then came the tears of happiness... There were lots of tears to say the least! 
Today with dry eyes our focus turns to next years goal list. Today we begin our plan to qualify ourselves to be the team to represent Australia in the Tokyo Olympic Games!"
The journey begins by watching the medal race tomorrow, the following day the girls will fly home so Tash can finish her high school exams... finally! 
They will then crank up the intensity, time and energy to a new level!

Club Marine unveils Member Rewards Program

Press release

For immediate use

August 3, 2018

Club Marine has announced the launch of its exciting new Member Rewards Program, which is aimed at delivering exclusive benefits to its members via special discounts and other offers provided by a list of prominent marine businesses.

Speaking at the official launch of the Club Marine Member Rewards Program at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show, Club Marine CEO, Simon McLean said Australia’s largest recreational boat insurer had selected a range of premium program partners to deliver the best possible outcome for members.

“Club Marine Member Rewards has been a long time in development, with our hard-working Brand and Marketing team putting a lot of effort into the program to ensure members have a broad range of products and services – and associated discounts and special offers -- to choose from to enhance their boating lifestyles,” he said.

“Our Member Rewards Program partners have been selected to appeal to all our members, whether they’re into sailing, fishing, cruising, jetskiing or wakeboarding. This is a first for a marine insurer in Australia in terms of the size and scope of the program as we strive to deliver five-star value and benefits for our members.”

 

Initial program partners include Compleat Angler, Henri Lloyd, Hamilton Island, Musto, Big4, Australian Marine Wholesale, Barz Optics, Zhik, Jetpilot and Boat Shoes Online.

Club Marine is committed to growing its partner program with more exclusive discounts and other offers being added over time.

Members will automatically be enrolled in the Rewards Program upon purchasing Club Marine insurance and will receive the full value of the program immediately, with no points to collect or tiers to climb.

Benefits will take the form of special and exclusive discounts or value-adds.

“Our Member Rewards Program is part of our broader aim to extend the benefits our members enjoy when they sign up with Club Marine,” added McLean. “The launch of Member Rewards follows other recent initiatives, including the launch of our Social Media program, the Club Marine App, Club Marine Assist, our monthly eDM Club Marine eNews and our growing range of informative and educational videos on Club Marine TV.

“And we’ve also strived to improve the member experience when accessing our insurance services, with a particular emphasis on streamlining our Claims processes.”

Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championships

Nine teams, representing five Yacht Clubs and two States were competing for the title of NSW Youth Match Racing Champion over the two-day event held at the CYCA on the weekend.
This was the first event for the Australasian Youth Match Racing Circuit for 2018/19 and an opportunity for our RPAYC Youth Development Sailors to send two teams. With a fresh influx of first time participants in The Club’s world renowned Youth Development Program, this regatta provided a perfect opportunity to introduce some of these sailors to their first match racing regatta.
Niall Powers hopped on the helm for his first go as skipper, after having a tough first day with no wins on the board, Powers and his team came out the next day and showed great improvement winning 3 out of their 4 races.
James Farquharson skippering the second RPAYC team had a tough and bloody day on the water. During the RPAYC V RPAYC match, Farquharson had amassed a handy lead against sparring partner Powers. Farquharson was gybing into the bottom mark when crewmember Zoe Whitlock got her pinky finger caught between the spinnaker pole and the mast. At first Zoe thought it was a slight pinch, however on closer inspection it was quite a serious cut with blood spilling over the foredeck. Farquharson immediately showed good seamanship , calling over the umpire and safely transporting Zoe off the boat to receive medical treatment.
Whilst Farquharson is more accustomed to finishing further up the scoreboard, he showed great patience and team spirit, helping his team of newcomers learn the ins and outs of Match Racing.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce some new faces into the mix, and “Bleed” them into the sport of match racing (No pun intended!), I was really impressed with some of our senior squad members who showed great maturity helping their new squad members getting up to speed”
“Going forward now we have the luxury of developing some intense in house training as we prepare for the upcoming regattas” commented a insouciant Tom Spithill (Head Coach).
Thank you to the CYCA for once again hosting the NSW Youth Match Racing Championships. Congratulations to the winners Tom Grimes & Team.
 
The next event for the RPAYC Youth Development Program will be the David Lukins Memorial Regatta 15-16 September hosted here at The Club.

Full results here

 

 

 

RPAYC - Sail for a Bale

We are helping raise much needed funds for Aussie Farmers! 

All money raised is going to the Buy a Bale Campaign to help struggling Aussie Farmers with the current severe drought.
A bale of hay costs $20 so get your crew together and dig deep for the people who really need it!
FACT: 98% of NSW is affected by Drought!
If you want to donate and can't make it down to the club then you can do so here.

 

$20 buys a small bale of hay and helps transport it to the affected areas
$60 buys 3 x $20 gift cards to help put food on the table
$100 buys a large bale of hay
$500 buys 5 large bales of hay
$1000 buys 10 large bales of hay
$5700 buys a single-trailer load of hay
$9500 buys a semi-trailer load of hay and transport it to an affected area. (up to 900 km) 

 

 

RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events

The RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events is now available online here

Speakers Corner - Friday 17th August

Come and join us on Friday 17th August, 2018 to listen to Brian Gray talk about HMS Galatea and the technical evolution of RN Frigates.
 
The talk traces the evolution from 20 gun frigates of the 18th century through to modern missile frigates of the 20th and 21st centuries. HMAS Galatea 1859 was commanded by Prince Alfred when it visited Sydney in 1868 and incorporated many important technical developments which influenced future warship designs.
 
Bookings through reception or online by Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | Pittwater Room 1200
$28 member/$33 non member including lunch | P: 9998 3700
 
 

NVR Yacht Club - 150 Year Anniversary - Burgee Exchange

While racing at Travemünde week I took a trip to Hamburg to join the 150 Year Anniversary of the NVR Yacht Club.  They are one of our many Reciprocal Clubs Worldwide. 

I had the pleasure of joining the party for the Cross Atlantic Race they held as part of the celebrations and visiting the Club House on the small but beautiful lake in the centre of Hamburg that they frequently sail on.

I wished them congratulations on behalf of the RPAYC and our members for their 150 year given that we had just had our sesquicentennial celebration last year.  

Andreas Christiansen. Chairman of NRV and I exchanged burgees as part of the celebrations.

Big thanks to Kaspar Stubenrauch the President of the German 5.5m Association who invited me to the celebrations.  

Written by Martin Cross 

 

Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast

A fantastic week of yachting was had with RPAYC represented by 2 x 5.5m competing at Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast.

Martin Cross sailing with Joachim & Johny Fluhrer placed 10th and John Bacon sailing with David Sampson placed 11th. 

An excerpt from the race report: 'Skipper John Bacon, from Sydney, Australia, is not disheartened but thoroughly enjoying racing in Travemünde. “Absolutely delight to be sailing Travemünde for the first time. We are hoping to get the 5.5 worlds at our home club in 2020 and ahead of that we are trying to get some practice in with all the stars in the class over here. The weather is beautiful, the winds are great and we are just having a fantastic time meeting everybody and learning more and more about the boat. And looking forward to getting it home and sailing it this summer.”

He explained the choice of boat, “We looked at buying a boat for Europe and eventually taking back to the worlds in Australia. The boat we have was originally called ‘The Sting’ and was built in 1993. It was one of the last Evolution boats that was built and measured and it’s a pretty good boat. It’s got a lot of the aspects of a modern 5.5 and so it’s pretty competitive and we are pleasantly surprised we are doing OK.”

“The boat is pretty interesting. It was the first boat that Christoph Wilke ever built and maybe we’ll do a couple of fancy things to it to see if we can squeeze more performance. But in the meantime we are just trying to learn how to make it go.”

The boats are being packed up and are now on route to Blighty for Cowes Week and then the Gold Cup and Worlds at the Royal Yacht Squadron. 

Good Luck for the upcoming events

View Regatta Videos 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.

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