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

Three State Awards for the Alfred's in one weekend

On Saturday 16 September  the NSW ACT Sailing Award winners were announced at a glittering twilight function at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.  With over 50 nominations received across 10 categories, it made the job of the selection panel very difficult to select winners in each of the categories. 

Richard Hudson President of Yachting NSW commented; “The range of nominations received was immense.  It was marvellous to review the nominations and reflect on the success and contribution in which athletes, participants, volunteers from across NSW and ACT have made in sailing locally and worldwide."

"Nominations included winners of National Championships (both in Australia and abroad), World championships, Olympic & Paralympic medal success, and participation in the Americas Cup.  The high calibre of nominations received highlighted the strength of sailing in NSW and the ACT.”

Declan Brennan Regional Manager NSW & ACT was also impressed by the activities of the nominated clubs, Discover Sailing Centres and volunteers;

“It was great to see The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club take out the prize for Club of the year in their sesquicentennial year.  With their diverse range of sailing activities in dinghies, yachts, in both performance and participation and their work with the Wounded Warrior project and the Invictus Games, the Alfreds set a very high benchmark as an extremely active and diverse club. 

Charlwood & Dawson – 2017 So far…

After teaming up in late 2016 and competing in a few events here in Australia (plus a lot of training!) we headed to Europe, interested to see how we matched up against the rest of the world.

The first stop was Kiel, Germany for the famous Kieler Woche regatta. We used Kiel Week as a practice event for the Open Worlds which would start only a few weeks later. With 27 boats on the start line it was the perfect way to simulate what we were expecting at worlds and to get some practice in a moderate sized fleet. After a few days of training in light breeze the regatta kicked off. Of course, we sailed most of the event in a completely different weather system, competing in strong breezes which put our skills to the test. Even though we were on the lighter side we managed to pull off a promising 8th overall which we were very happy with. 

With Kiel all wrapped up we set off for the road trip of a life time, driving from Kiel in northern Germany, all the way down to Ancona, Italy before getting on a ferry to Greece where the World Championships would be held. We managed to make a few pit stops on the way for a bit of sightseeing before arriving in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The weather in Thessaloniki was certainly a shock to the system, going from the cold waters of Kiel to the 35°C and sunshine of Greece. After a few days of training and climatizing to the sweltering heat we began racing in yet another practice event. This was to give us more time to experience the conditions and to better prepare us for the main event. With a few promising races showing us we had potential we were ready to give it our all.

After a few days off to recharge the batteries the Worlds got underway. We were ecstatic to find ourselves qualifying for gold fleet at the end of the qualifying series. This was our initial goal going into the event, so anything we got from there was just a nice bonus! Going into the first day of gold fleet racing we were expecting strong competition and were not disappointed. It was that day we managed to get two top 10 finishes from two races. This brought us incredibly close to the top 10 overall and we couldn’t believe it. Unfortunately, this was short lived after a black flag scored the very next day but taught us a valuable lesson about consistency and the importance of avoiding letters in the scorecard! We managed a few more decent results which saw us hanging onto the top 20, finishing the event in 20th overall!

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Rikki's new Aussie adventure

Media Release                                                                   18 September 2017

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2018 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Rikki’s new Aussie adventure

New Zealand yacht Rikki is confirmed for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the bright red Reichel-Pugh 42 is due to arrive in Pittwater mid-December, well in time for the single line start on January 2, 2018. 

Owner Ray Haslar has lost count of the number of Tasman Sea crossings he’s made for various Australian East Coast bluewater events including 15 Rolex Sydney Hobarts and three of the Cruising Yacht Club’s midwinter Sydney Gold Coast races.

He’s decided this is the year to bring his one-off RP design built in 2011 from its Bay of Islands home to Aussie shores for a new adventure.

“Personally I like coming to Oz, it makes for a real adventure and the competition is always good,” Haslar said from abroad. “For the crew from Kerikeri Cruising Club it will be their first Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and we’re looking forward to it. Having a series after the coastal race makes the long trip worthwhile for us.”

Other than removing 300kg off the bulb given the boat was originally built a little too stiff, long-time yachtsman Ray and wife Lesley have campaigned Rikki without major alteration and taken out local titles including overall winner of New Zealand’s prestigious 2015 Coastal Classic Yacht Race.

Weather permitting Haslar estimates a seven day crossing from Kerikeri in the North Island to clear customs at Newcastle, north of Sydney, around December 14. The timing allows a couple of weeks to recover and make the switch from delivery to racing mode before the Kiwi crew fly in and the New Year race starts from a laid line to the north of Palm Beach headland at 1300hrs on January 2.

Hit the Road Jack – Sailing Royalty Farewells its King

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, farewelled one of Pittwater & Sydney’s all-time great sailors and much loved Club Life Member, Jack Gale, on Thursday 14th September 2017.

With close to 400 people in attendance, including America’s Cup Skipper, James Spithill, Paralympian Colin Beashel and Multiple Americas Cup & World Champions, stories of Jack’s colourful life were in abundance reflected by all who spoke. From his energy for the continuous modernisation of the Club and its facilities, to Tom Spithill’s recollection of their time together on the start boat and Jack’s astonishing sense of humour who never held back on speaking his mind. Tommy said Jack was a great one for statistics even in his last few weeks was always able to recall sail numbers, skippers’ names, as well as an extensive knowledge of the history of boats, and even skippers and crew, who had sailed them. Jack’s sons Robbie and Geoff spoke of their dad’s love of sailing and especially his love of the Club, and of course, his favourite drink – the Alfred’s Commodore’s Punch, which was available after the service for all to enjoy.

Having held many differing jobs at the Club, Jack became well known for his yacht race management and administrative skills, and pioneering the Barrenjoey Circle race course where he was well known for not only starting and finishing races but laying the days marks and getting back to the club to start pouring the taps for competitors thirst.

An avid sailor himself, he finished runner up in the 1964 Olympic trials aboard the 5.5 “Altair”, sailed onboard “Gretel II” in the 1977 Americas Cup challenger trials, and later radio commentating at the 1983 America’s Cup. He sailed many Montague Island races on a variety of boats, however, inshore one design racing was his first choice.

Jack was employed by the RPAYC from 1956 – 1989 and was made a Life Member of RPAYC in 1994 and in 2014 the Club’s training facility was named The Jack Gale Centre, in honour of Jack’s significant contributions to the Club and the sport of sailing on Pittwater.

In a fitting tribute to Jacks personality and character, the final song played at the closing of the service was Ray Charles’s - ‘Hit the Road Jack’.

Farewell Jack - fair winds & calm waters – you will be greatly missed and remembered for sharing your generosity of spirit, knowledge and wicked sense of humour.

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RPA Youth Team WIN, CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s 2017 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta

The young team of Clare Costanzo, Emma May, Hannah Lanz, Amy Lee and Annie Scholten from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have won the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s 2017 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta over the weekend of 9 and 10 September. 

Costanzo and her team defeated fellow RPA club mate Sarah Parker 3-1 in a variable 10 knot easterly breeze to clinch first place in the final. This followed wins in the round robin and in the semi-finals against CYCA’s Lauren Gallaway.

The finals racing was a step up from earlier competition, with more lead changes than course changes on Sunday.

Clare commented, “It was some good racing out there. Sarah and her team were really dominant in pre-starts early on. I think the reason we were able to get back to her in those races was because we just didn’t give up.”

“This is my first win as skipper at the Marinassess so it’s pretty exciting. I won two years ago as a crew, sailing with Sarah.

“Tommy Spithill has been running an intense training schedule at YD, and it’s great to see RPA go one and two in the regatta. Our squad numbers are almost 50% female, which is great for the sport.”

Special Guest Colonel Richard Mallet to present at the Sesqi Gala Dinner

Richard Mallet has over thirty years of command, leadership and management experience in the British Army and Australian Defence Force. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy – Sandhurst and the Australian Command & Staff College, is a qualified military helicopter pilot, parachutist and physiotherapist.

Richard has seen service in the Falkland Islands & South Georgia, Europe, East and Southern Africa, the United States and Canada, the Middle East and Cyprus. He led a multi-national team in the Future Plans branch, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2009/10. Richard just completed a year in Southern Afghanistan leading the Security Force Assistance component of the Resolute Support mission.

Richard is currently the Director Adaptive Sports Program - enhancing quality through life for serving members and veterans using the power of Adaptive Sport. He is also fully engaged in preparing the combined ADF/RSL team for the Invictus Games.

Richard proud to be the guest speaker at this Years Lighting of the Fire in the Edinburgh Room. For those that did not attend and are attending the Gala Dinner you will be spell bound by the passion and determination that Richard applies to everything he has done and continues to do in the legacy of our fallen soldiers. 

The Gala Dinner will be a fantastic evening of club comradery and celebration of our 150yrs. Tickets can be booked via Reception on 02 9998 3700. Bookings close 2 October. 

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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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