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

       

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

 
 

Inaugural Women's Regatta at MHYC

MHYC is hosting our inaugural Women’s Regatta on Sunday 6 May, an invitation to participate is extended to members of RPAYC.

This is open to all female crew as well as mixed crew with female helm. We will have a keelboat division (PHS and IRC) as well as one design divisions for Melges 20, Adams 10, and Ynglings (min 3 entrants required for one design). The format will be 2 short windward leeward races followed by a short passage race, with racing to start at 11am and be all wrapped up by around 4pm (after which there will be a prize presentation and drinks at MHYC).

The NOR and more information + entries can be found here: http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/regattas-championships/mhyc-womens-regatta-2018

There is also a MySail page set-up for this event, so if there are ladies who are interested to attend as crew, or have a yacht but looking for crew, they can register here and we’ll try and make sure everyone gets sorted for the event: https://app.mysail.team/series/25/mhyc-womens-regatta

 

Thank you to all members who completed the 2017 Member Survey.

The Final Report from the survey company Taverner Research is available for all members to read.  As it is a 122 page document a summary of the Report has been prepared.  The summary provides page referencing to enable members to easily refer to the main Report for further detail.    A comparative summary has also been prepared which shows the change over time in the ratings since the first survey was conducted in 2011.  The 2017 Survey has highlighted an area in the survey which may not be yielding valid data and consideration will be given to changing the survey next year to improve the validity and reliability of the survey data.  This is explained in the Summary Report.

The management team is now working with the committees on initiatives to work on as a result of the survey and any changes or improvements made as a result will be communicated through the Alfred’s News.
 
The next survey is due to take place in the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Peter Loft Marathon Race 2018: May 6th Fundraiser

BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation.

This year the Peter Loft Marathon Race Will take place on May 6th from 8am to 4pm

Peter Loft, a talented young sailor and member of BYRA was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1990. He appears on BYRA's honour board multiple times. In the 1986-87 season, Peter was the Manly Junior National Champion. The following season Peter switched to the 420 and proceeded to become the 420 National Champion that year and the next.

In Peter's honour, the Peter Loft Foundation was set up to help young sailors compete in national and international sailing regattas. Since the 1990s the marathon race has become an institution on Pittwater, and thousands of dollars have been passed on to the foundation.

One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.

After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.

The Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) is a sailing club based on Pittwater. We specialise in dinghy sailing and offer learn to sail courses and racing for Lasers, Spirals, Flying Elevens, Manly Juniors, Optimists and other classes. We also offer twilight racing on Pittwater for keel boats.

Visit: www.byra.org.au

Huey has final say on final day

That’s all she wrote for Sail Port Stephens 2018.Wild-Oats-X-SPS-2108--Salty-DingoWild-Oats-X-SPS-2108--Salty-Dingo

After six days of sublime sunshine and sailing, a wild westerly has put paid to any further racing across all divisions, leaving overnight results standing.

The AP flag was hoisted at 9am, with race officer Denis Thompson declaring that the committee would reassess the weather hourly. At 12.15pm, the siren’s mournful wail was dispersed by winds gusting to 39 knots.

A freak storm front also wrought havoc on Saturday night, with 60-knot gusts accompanied by horizontal hail and lightning. Mast-top instruments bore the full brunt while stray sails and gear were sent flying.

Luckiest of all was Wild Oats X which, with its 4.5-metre draft, was awaiting the tide to enter The Anchorage Marina. The crew saw menacing green-tinged clouds approaching and made a dash for the harbour with minutes to spare, bumping the keel but sustaining no damage.

It was a slightly sour end to a sweet day of sailing aboard Oats, which blitzed the Broughton Island race to cross the line 10 minutes clear of Marcus Blackmore’s latest TP52 Hooligan. Navigator Adrienne Cahalan noted that the 30-mile course, which also weaves through the three islands off Port Stephens Heads, presented numerous challenges for the canting-keeled 66-footer.

Ultimately, they needed more time or distance against the smaller and more nimble rivals, finishing a creditable fourth overall.

Of the four races sailed in IRC, Hooligan won three and took third in the other to wrest the NSW Championship title from last year’s winner, the TP52 RKO. Despite the dominance, they were only 1.5 points clear of Tony Kirby’s Patrice, which won the opening race, had a rare dead-heat with Celestial in Race 2, then posted two 2nd placings.

470 Class Palma Regatta

The european 470 class regatta tour. 

Palma Regatta - 470 Class Dawson on the wirePalma Regatta - 470 Class Dawson on the wire

By Josh Dawson. We arrived in Palma to rain and sub 10 degrees. Our lead up didn't go as planned with sickness striking the team right before racing started. We pushed through and managed to qualify for gold fleet by the skin of our teeth! From there we focused on improving our starts which is what we felt were the missing element to the race equation.

Although we didn't finish with the result we were looking for we made a lot of progress in the right direction. 

We are now on our way to Martigues, France for the International 470 Spring Cup, before heading to Hyeres for the Sailing World Cup.

Thanks for everyone's continued support back home and we will continue to work hard to achieve our goals.

Follow Josh on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CharlwoodDawsonAus8/

Any support is greatly appreciated, donated towards their Toyko 2020 campaign via thier Australia Sports Foundation page (tax deductable) here: https://asf.org.au/donate/josh-dawson/

 

The Old Timer's Race crowns a new winner

Pittwater welcomed the fleet of 21 boats for the annual Old Timers Race. The 1100hrs start didn't phase any of the crew who were up and ready to hit the water and enjoy the stunning conditions on Pittwater. With a steady north westerly set in for the the white sail race and possibly white knuckled boat owners crew docked off and headed to the start line. Class of 2018 Old TimersClass of 2018 Old Timers

As the starters gun came closer the fleet bunched up along the extra long start line, with 5.5ms amongst 50 footers edging their way closer and closer to the line. For some they were a little to eagar and those three letters where promptly announced over the radio "O.C.S" by the Race Committee. 

Whist the big boats took a quick lead it was the middle of the pack that thoroughly enjoyed the battle to the finish line, not giving an inch to each other till they crossed. A new course was added this year, course 4 to factor in the wind direction which saw every inch of Pittwater used, which was great for the competitors as they had the whole of Pittwater to themselves with not another user in sight! 

Pretty Woman with Bruce Kemp on the helm took Line Honours in 11::58:42 with Bonnie Lassie bringing up the rear of the fleet.

Now for the really fun, the annual luncheon with over a 120 hungry sailors ready to sit down and enjoy the afternoon at the club.  Commodore Lockley welcome all the Old Timers and crews and hit play on the newly published Sesquicentennial History video which ended in a room of applauds.

The famous Tom Spithill Quiz was next, the Coach of the Year was clearly absent, now a team member on Wild Oats X and taking on the big boats in Port Stephens, neither-the-less the show went on with more phones seen on or under tables as 'the phone a friend called Google' was used. 

The Old Timers race and luncheon though, is about the members and their stories, comradery and mateship. It sees members who may not be sailing anymore back on the water enjoying their life sport and their club always with a laugh and cheer. 

Quiz Winner was: Second Time Around on count back to Pretty Woman. Old Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim CormackOld Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim Cormack

Drum roll... and the Old Timers race was..... Nirvana's Kitchen, skippered by Jim Cormack!

Results: http://www.rpayc.com.au/results/2017/club/oldtimers/series.htm

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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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