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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.”

RQYS’s biggest Summer of Sailing ever!

A National Championship every week over Christmas and the New Year!

Congratulations to all RPAYC members who have been competing over the Summer. Below are the results from this months regattas:-

Zhik 2018 Australian 9er Championships: 26 – 31 December 2017
49er FX Class - 2nd Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot
49er Class - 5th: Xavier Winston Smith/Shaun Connor, 6th Jim Colley/Simon Hoffman

29er Class - 17th Grace Powers

2018 Oceania and Australian Open Laser Championships: 27 Dec 2017 – 4 January 2018
Laser Radial - 29th Jarrah Sheppherd
Laser 4.7 - 27th Thomas Skinner
Laser Standard - 27th Dave Taylor

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.

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.

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!



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.”


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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