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2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Hailed "Friendliest Race"

The diverse fleet in this year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta has hailed the event “a brilliant way to start the year” and a great reason to travel north for summer on the Gold Coast, sight seeing and some competitive sailing.

Michael Martin’s TP 52, Frantic arrived first at Southport Yacht Club on Thursday 4 January at 07:24 AEDT, taking line honours after 418 nautical miles, compared to nearest rival Nine Dragons which sailed 398 nautical miles. They had the Club to themselves for a few hours and after a shower and well earned beverage, they toasted their win over a hearty breakfast and declared the P2P “THE best race we’ve ever sailed!” 


Ahead of starting the P2P, Frantic made the return from Hobart, where they came 11th in their Division and 24th over the line.

The P2P was their first win of 2018 and something the whole crew are very proud of.

“It’s a new race and is gradually making a name for itself – it’s a great destination,” said Mick of the P2P, hinting that they would be keen to enter again in 2019.

Overall winner, Ray Roberts’ Checkmate of Hollywood, came in fifth place and was unanimously admired for her looks and her performance.

The legendary 40 year old, 50-foot, IOR Doug Peterson design Checkmate of Hollywood was competing in her first Australian race and after missing the Sydney Hobart due to damage on the delivery to the start line, all eyes were on this classic yacht and she did not disappoint.

“It was our first Australian race, after the disappointment of missing the Hobart,” said Michael Spies. “We backed ourselves. The competition wasn’t soft. Nine Dragons is an Australian champion. It wasn’t ideal conditions for our boat, but the boat lived up to our expectations – more than! 

“Having run grand prix boats for 30 years, with a world champion crew, a mix of youth and experience, Checkmate was vastly different. It’s a 40 year-old timber boat, not carbon fibre. She’s a lot harder to steer, but more forgiving in motion, not as hard on the body. It was nice to have a hot meal and good sleep. We actually had an oven! It just proves the IRC rule is doing its job.

“Full credit to Ray Roberts and his enthusiasm for Checkmate and supporting this event,” continued Spiesy. “He had a vision and supported getting this boat back to Australia. For the crew, it was different, we worked hard without breaking the boat, learning about it on the way.”

Three State Champions Crowned at Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018

The pressure heats up on the final day at Bartercard Sail Paradise. It may be the final day of racing but by no means has there been any easing off on the race course by competitors, the start line had as much if not more push and shove than day one.

In race one both David Lambourne’s LAMBOURDINI and Fred Bestall’s AURIC’S QUEST were pushed over the start line by fellow competitors forcing them to return and start again. With a state championship on the line getting a good start was imperative. Ray Haslar’s RIKKI showed outstanding tactics and skill crossing the start line first and rounding the top mark in front, continuing to win line honours.

Bradley Ginnivan on BEACH BALL sailed to perfection with an almost perfect series score, taking out the crown as the 2018 Queensland Yachting Championship.
Performance Racing one was just as tight at the beginning of race one, with multiple boats inches away crossing the start line as they head towards the top mark. The top four places were closely fought out by local Gold Coast boats. Glenn Burrell on WILDFLOWER 2 won the division followed closely behind by Brian Atchison on ENVY.

Graham Sherring’s RETUNED took out the double, winning both the 2018 Australian Sports Boat Queensland Championships and the 2018 Queensland AMS Championships. The boat was unstoppable by winning every race within the series.
Yesterday’s day three saw some tight competition for RETUNED with Chris Noyes on FASTWAY COURIERS taking the lead on the start line and leading the Division to the top mark.

“We got a great lead on the start line rounding the top mark ahead of our fellow competitors. The breeze on the second half of the regatta suited us better, however Graham and his crew were just that little bit faster,” said Commodore Kerry Noyes, sailing onboard with son and skipper Chris Noyes.
“It has been an amazing start to the year with three major sailing events happening on the Gold Coast shoreline. The sailing standards have been remarkable, and we look forward to the skippers and their crew joining us back in 2019 for the 10th Anniversary of Southport Yacht Club’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta,” said Vice Commodore Sail, Ray McMahon.

For further information, or to view the overall results visit the regatta website: www.sailparadise.com.au

Additional information can also be obtained from Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au or 07 5591 3500
 

Rob McMillan Crowned the 56th International OK Dinghy Australian Champion!

Today, Sunday 7th January 2018 concludes the 56th International OK Dinghy Australian Championships, a six-day offshore regatta hosted by Southport Yacht Club’s Hollywell Sailing Squadron.

With a remarkable 18 point lead, Rob Mcmillan has been crowned the Australian titles champion. With a near perfect score, Rob has led the fleet for the entire series sailing NB SAILSPORTS.

“The regatta has been magical, each race has pushed me to use slightly different tactics and skills with some trying times, along with begin the first event with my newly purchased OK from England, I am very pleased with the boats capability and overall I am obviously very excited about taking out the title,” said Rob.

“The sailing conditions here on the Gold Coast were absolutely fantastic, brilliant sea breezes and perfect waves, I couldn’t ask for much more. Overall, I had a brilliant time, however the unexpected swim earlier in the regatta won me the blue swimmer crab trophy for capsize of the day, I never imagined I would win one of these. The sailing management and Club (SYC) have been superb and I am extremely happy I participated within the regatta.,” Rob added.

A mixture of wind and waves structures have made for an extremely testing and versatile nine races offshore the Gold Coast.

“The OK Nationals has been great series with diverse conditions which produced a true champion. I am really pleased with the conduct on the course from all the sailors, even from the fact of bringing out the black flag the whole fleet cheered,” said Principle Race Officer Denis Thompson.

42 competitors competed at the event from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th January 2018. World current number one Greg Wilson, TURTLE SAILS came in at a close second, Mark Jackson DANISH BLEU in third, Tim Davies GT in fourth and current Queensland Champion & Southport Yacht Club Ok Dinghy Sailor Kelvin Holdt, GREEN EGGS AND HAM in fifth place.

For full results, news and further information from the Australia’s 56th International OK Dinghy National Championships, available online through the following link: http://www.southportyachtclub.com.au/ok-dinghy-national-championships-2018/

For further information please contact Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au or 0432 174 720.
 

Australian 49er Nationals – last regatta of 2017 held in QLD

Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have just finished competing in the Australian 49erFX Nationals in QLD and ended their year with a bang! They sailed their hearts out on the last day of the Nationals to finish the regatta with equal points in first place. They tied in first places and in the end were runners up on count back of second places. What an amazing result for the youngest team in the regatta who were new in 2017 to this Olympic Class boat. Natasha and Annie said “ We are so proud of what we have achieved so far in the FX as we’ve only been in the boat for 10 months and have taken a podium spot in almost all of the regattas we have raced in. Thank you to everyone for all your support and we can’t wait for what 2018 brings! Happy New Year Everyone!”

This young gun team will have little rest as they now prepare themselves for a tip to compete in their first World Cup Series in Miami. They will be away from the 10th-31st of January; their goal for this year is to get recognized in Australia as the main contenders for the 2020 Olympics. To achieve this they have to qualify and gain rankings in international regattas in order too not only advance themselves but to help Australia gain a place in the 2020 Olympics. Every country entry for the next Olympics is allocated based on the sailing results of national teams across a range of international regattas. Wishing Bryant Wilmot Sailing all the best as they venture further along their Olympic pathway. You can follow the RPAYC girls team on their Olympic Journey on Facebook or Instagram under “Bryant Wilmot Sailing” and support them via these ASF links!

https://asf.org.au/athletes/natasha-bryant

https://asf.org.au/athletes/annie-wilmot
 

FRANTIC Digs Deep to Take Line Honours in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta 2018

Michael Martin’s TP 52, Frantic enjoyed sensational sailing up the NSW north coast to arrive at Southport Yacht Club under the light of a full moon and rising sun at 07:24 AEDT, taking line honours in the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta, Thursday 4 January.

After 418 nautical miles, compared to nearest rival Nine Dragons which sailed 398 nautical miles, Mick and the Frantic crew enjoyed a boaties’ breakfast at SYC, reflecting on the race, and declaring it “THE best race we’ve ever sailed!”
“We couldn’t have sailed better,” said the affable owner and skipper. “We had a crew of 12, long-term crew and a few new guys. It was a good race. Our fastest speed was 29.8 knots, but we were a constant 20 to 24. There was a period of calm for about 6 hours around Seal Rocks, and everybody caught up to us, but we eventually took off and did well to make it here in time for breakfast.”


Frantic sails into the Gold Coast - 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - RPAYC Media

Simon Hunter, Frantic boat manager and professional sailor, prepared the boat after the Sydney-Hobart, and admitted the toughest part of the race, since Boxing Day, was managing crew fatigue.
“It was all about making sure everybody was ready and fresh for their watch,” he said. “I think if we hadn’t been becalmed there for a while we could have smashed the race record and adding a World Record to our win.”
Frantic made the return from Hobart, where they came 11th in their Division and 24th over the line, just in time for the race start in the P2P.
“We did one of our quickest Hobarts,” continued Mick. “Two days and 1 hour. We got smashed around Flinders Island in 51 knot winds, and hit a sailfish, so we had a few repairs. We watched the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the NSW coastal towns as we headed back to Sydney. That was nice.

“But it was truly special to come into Southport with the full moon.”


Frantic nearing the finishing line - 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - RPAYC Media

During the race, key members of the Frantic crew were hit with tragic family news, which only motivated them to dig deeper for the win.
“We relied on each other for support, we’re all mates, and found strength in that to really pull out all stops and win it,” said Mick. “Sport is at the centre of Australian culture and that sense of mateship is what gets us through tough times.”


Winning Crew - Frantic - with the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Trophy - RPAYC Media


Nine Dragons, Bob Cox’s Dk 46, and Pretty Woman, the Farr 45 co-owned by RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley, Richard Hudson and Russell Murphy, jostled all the way to the Gold Coast, where Pretty Woman missed “slaying the Dragon by just 4 minutes”.
“We were neck and neck the whole way,” confirmed Michael Lockley. “It was awesome sailing the whole way. We hoped for second place, but the better boat won on the day.”
The appeal of the P2P, according to Michael is the mixed bag of conditions that summer sailing delivers. “We sailed upwind, downwind, and used every sail. We enjoyed the full spectrum of sailing. We used three different spinnakers, as well as J1, JT and J2.
“Our youthful bowmen were brilliant – Emily, James and Francois – and the camaraderie is really what it’s all about. What other sport is there where three generations can compete on the same team? Sailing allows every different age group and skill level to participate, and compete, and enjoy the sport for life.”


Nine Dragons and Pretty Woman crew chat after finishing the race - 2018 Club marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - RPAYC Media

Second over the line and likely winner of IRC Division 1, Dk46 Nine Dragons, followed Frantic a few hours later at 11.28 AEDT, but enjoyed a close battle with the TP52 in the early stages of the race.
“In the early part of the race we were topping out at 20 knots and managed to hold Frantic for a while,” said a race weary but extremely affable Bob Cox. “Then our newly purchased number 4 spinnaker exploded and we had nothing to put up. We had a great dice with them until we hit 25 knots and they disappeared.

“It was my choice not to take a heavy-duty spinnaker, so we had to wait till it was below 20 knots. The crew did a great job. We put up a number 4 headsail, then number 2 and a Code zero. Once it dropped to around 14 knots, we hoisted a light number 2 kite, which was out of its range, and then nursed the boat to the finish line.”

Bob praised the crew of Pretty Woman, describing them as “exceptional quality”.

“They pursued us relentlessly, but we managed to beat them. The real sleeper in the fleet was Checkmate, who had a great crew and extremely competitive IRC rating. So, although we didn’t see them during the race, we were aware they were pushing hard behind us. Congratulations to the crew of 90210 for a well-deserved win and to Pretty Woman for harassing us throughout the race. They fought hard and never gave up.”
Ann O’Brien, a school teacher at Stella Maris College, Manly, was competing in her first offshore race aboard Nine Dragons with two other women, Tracey Richardson and Alison Higgins, and said it was beyond her expectations. “The crew really made it,” she said. “There’s so much trust, camaraderie and banter. I would do it again . . . the day after tomorrow!”


Pretty Woman making it's way up the Coast - 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - credit Beth Morley/www.sportsailingphotography.com

Highs of her experience included scooting along at 20 knots with the full moon, spinnaker up and sea glistening. While the low point was “peeing in a bucket”.
Ann, who runs the girls’ sailing program at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, said P2P was exhilarating and an experience she would like to relive in 2019 – a thought shared by all crews as they arrived to the welcoming docks of SYC under brilliant blue skies.
Gold Coast yacht, Auric’s Quest arrived at 12.27 AEDT, fourth across the line.

50-foot, IOR Doug Peterson design Checkmate of Hollywood, owned by Ray Roberts, was fifth, and likely to claim first overall.

“It was our first Australian race, after the disappointment of missing the Hobart,” said Michael Spies. “We backed ourselves. The competition wasn’t soft. Nine Dragons is an Australian champion. It wasn’t ideal conditions for our boat, but the boat lived up to our expectations – more than!


Checkmate at the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - credit Beth Morley/www.sportsailingphotography.com

“Having run grand prix boats for 30 years, with a world champion crew, a mix of youth and experience, Checkmate was vastly different. It’s a 40 year-old timber boat, not carbon fibre. She’s a lot harder to steer, but more forgiving in motion, not as hard on the body. It was nice to have a hot meal and good sleep. We actually had an oven! It just proves the IRC rule is doing its job.”

In December, Ray Roberts competed in the Kings Cup in Thailand in his TP52, Team Hollywood, where they came second, then on to the Hobart in Hollywood Boulevard, taking 10th, and in Checkmate of Hollywood in the P2P which they are hopeful of claiming first IRC overall.


“Full credit to Ray Roberts and his enthusiasm for Checkmate and supporting this event,” continued Spiesy. “He had a vision and supported getting this boat back to Australia. For the crew, it was different, we worked hard without breaking the boat, learning about it on the way. There’s a lot of depth of talent and we prepared well for Hobart with new sails, which were flying for the first time in the P2P.”

Brilliant Pearl and Sticky retired in Coffs Harbour, while Jazzamatazz and Pelagic Magic had crew injuries and retired in Port Macquarie.
Galileo, Javelin and Amante, which tore its mainsail are yet to finish, expected in around 22.00 AEDT.

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2018

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 January 2018. Both events have been combined to create a new offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.

New this year is the element of “State vs State, Mate vs Mate”, with the introduction of a State of Origin Trophy for the winning state. The State of Origin Trophy will be awarded based on the lowest aggregate score of the best three boats from NSW and the best three boats from Queensland in the IRC Overall results.

The Presentation will be held at the Southport Yacht Club at 1200hrs on Friday 5 January, 2018.

For more information visit http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/

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Eye on the Prize in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta 2018

Michael Martin’s TP 52, Frantic is storming up the NSW coast, leaving the rest of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise fleet in its wake and consistent southerlies are likely to push her to the finish line well ahead of the pack, with estimates putting her arrival at between 6am and 7am QLD time, Thursday 4 January.

It will be no race record, Frantic trailing the position of race record holder, the Rogers 46 Shakti, owned by Doug Coulter, by around 69 nm.



In a tussle for second position are Nine Dragons, Bob Cox’s Dk 46, and Pretty Woman, the Farr 45 co-owned by RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley, Richard Hudson and Russell Murphy.
Speaking from onboard Nine Dragons, roughly 3 nm out to see off Hat Head, Edward Hawthorne said the south-easterly was providing “exhilarating sailing”.

“We saw a few storms, but it wasn’t too wild. We caught a 25 knot breeze which was helpful, but we blew up a spinnaker, which was a bit of a shock. We’re a bit slower than we’d like, but once it eases off, we’ll try a different spinnaker. Right now, we’re focused on chasing Frantic.”

Biting at their heels, or rather “riding the tail of the Dragon” as Michael Lockley put it, was Pretty Woman.
“We got plenty of breeze, around 31 knots, which is good for us. We’re sailing at about 20 knots boat speed and quite happy. We missed the storms, but we saw them.”

Mick Martin, owner of Frantic, “is definitely pot hunting” said Michael, referring to Frantic’s dizzying schedule of sailing since the Boxing Day start of the Sydney Hobart.



“From our estimates, if Frantic can hold it together, they’ll scoop line honours sometime in the early morning.”
The NSW contingent, including Frantic, is “on fire”, added Michael, quietly confident the State of Origin Trophy is in the bag for the southerners.
One yacht that definitely doesn’t want to get involved in State of Origin argy-bargy is Rikki, Ray Haslar’s RP42 from the Bay of Islands, NZ.



“Hell no!” said Navigator, Andy Shields. “We are not getting involved in that one. We might start a war.”
Andy reported Rikki suffered a torn mainsail around Port Macquarie, “which wasn’t too good”.
“We jibed and ripped it and some batons. But we are proceeding under reduced sail and we have the best sail experts in the world fixing it now,” he said, praising the quick thinking and skills of his Kiwi compatriots.
“We are still moving and our intention is to continue. We have no injuries, everybody is feeling good. We copped some 30 knot southerlies around the Central Coast.”

Onboard Sydney 36CR Amante, Dennis Cooper and his crew are recovering from the effects of a bout of food poisoning which struck before the race start.

“No idea what gave us the food poisoning, but the sea air has fixed us,” said Dennis, adding that as the second smallest boat in the race, Amante was finding it hard going.

“There was a bit of weather and a storm close to shore and one offshore, but we slipped between them. The sea’s building now and we’re battling along, hopeful of a podium finish on handicap.”
The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2018


(Image credit: Howard Wright IMAGE Professional Photogaphy)

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 January 2018. Both events have been combined to create a new offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.
New this year is the element of “State vs State, Mate vs Mate”, with the introduction of a State of Origin Trophy for the winning state. The State of Origin Trophy will be awarded based on the lowest aggregate score of the best three boats from NSW and the best three boats from Queensland in the IRC Overall results.

For more information visit http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/

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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.

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