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RPAYC Golf Day Friday November 10 - Wild Oats X win on the green

A beautiful spring day and 15 Alfred’s Teams participated in 4 Ball Ambrose Tournament at Bayview Golf Club.

The outright winner was team “Wild Oats X “ captained by Bob Johnson and their name will be inscribed on the  magnificent Trophy provided by the Archives Volunteers and Rob Cole.

Second place went to the team “Alibi” captained by Jim Gaal and third place went to the “Pacesetter” team captained by Tony Doyle.

It was a close handicap finish with “Second Time Around” captained by John McConnaghy with the winning bunch.

“Wild Oats Ladies” captained by Val Oatley took out the Best Ladies team prize and “First Picasso” captained by Virginia McClelland  won the Best Dressed Team prize.

Nearest the Pin went to Marlene McKewan from the “Wild Oats Ladies “ team and Straightest Drive went to Gavin Ward from the “Second Time Around” team

Peter Antill  and the “Mirage” team were the winners of the prestigious Bradman prize.

Our thanks go to the BVGC for an excellently prepared course and an enjoyable luncheon

Women's Twilight support Tina Ernfridsson

Tina Ernfridsson is once again supporting the Women's Twilight Series with vouchers for 1st Place and Division and Division 2. 

Tina, originally trained as a nurse and has now been an Arbonne consultant for 8 years. "I have always enjoyed helping women feel good" said Tina.

"As a nurse, with everything I witnessed, I quickly realised how important it is to be aware of what we put on and in our bodies, as this in turn effects our health and well-being. I realized how important it is to educate people on products that are pure, safe & beneficial. Combined with this knowledge & my passion to help others look and feel good I aligned myself with Arbonne. I love Arbonne’s philosophy on delivering skincare, cosmetics and Health care products that are pure, safe, beneficial always delivering a healthy result. With an added bonus of being vegan certified, I find their value for money is 2nd to none".

Tina is happy to consult with you so that you can achieve the results you want from your skincare & cosmetics, knowing that its helping your health. She also conducts wonderful pampering facials where you come out feeling revived and refreshed.

Today Tina is extending to you a Super November Special, 50% discount on the RE9 daily routine set including the genius ultra-pads. Also available are 30% discount for Christmas presents as well. It’s a saving of - over $330 -and with that value these sets are flying out the door. What a wonderful way to look smashing for the holiday season.

Contact Tina, to learn more about these wonderful products and I will help you look and feel your best.

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Fletcher Walters takes on the Bermuda Optimist Gold Cup Regatta

In October I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bermuda Opti Gold Cup.  Only one sailor from the top 25 countries is invited to race against 15 Bermudan sailorsFletcher Walters in action in BermudaFletcher Walters in action in Bermuda

I was also lucky to be billeted with the Kemps and they were a great family.  Their son Sebastian and my Canadian mate Jack Grogan were in the same house which was sick.

Bermuda is a great place to sail.  It blew hard all week and only backed off on the last day of racing.  In fact, we didn’t get under 20 knots til day six, so there were plenty of sore bodies in the boat park.

The boat park was great fun as I got to catch up with sailors I'd met at the Worlds, North Americans and other events.  There were two guys called Jose, so naturally we named them Hose A and Hose B to keep things simple.  Hose B was from Argentina and was quick in the breeze and finished third overall.  I had good event and was happy finishing 5th. 

I did make one rookie error and forgot my gloves more than once.  Big mistake as my hands were shredded by the forth day.  

The event winner was Santi from Uruguay, Calle from Sweden was 2nd, Jose B from Argentina 3rd, and Richard from Malta 4th, I was 5th and William Pank from GBR was sixth. 

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club were top hosts and I learned a lot about putting a blowy regatta together.  Lesson one, look after your body.  Lesson 2, those gym sessions with Tana at RPAYC SailFit gym are gold! 

Thanks again to RPAYC members.  I really appreciate that the Club provides us all a great place to race and hang out.  RPA is awesome.

Full results can be viewed here: https://www.juniorgoldcup.com/

Report on the Platu Cup Nov 3-5 2017 At Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Chris Way and his Easy Tiger racing team travelled to Thailand to compete in the 2017 Platu Cup at Ocean Marina. This is the Race Directors report on the event.

The wind forecast for the weekend was unprecedented in the Gulf of Thailand and Pattaya area. A front associated with a typhoon crossing south Vietnam with winds of 25 knots and gusts to 35 knots were forecast for the whole weekend.
In spite of this, five Platu crews headed for the racing area immediately north of the marina to take part in the practice day comprising three races which precedes the Platu Cup regatta. With the wind coming off the land it was possible to stay close in to shore in raceable conditions, but this did not prevent massive wind shifts and gusts of up to 25 knots coming through to provide tacticians with a very busy day. Three races were able to be completed before the wind strength had all competitors running for the safety of the marina.

The results showed that Rolf Heemskirk (Denmark living Malaysia) was able to master the conditions whereas Chris Way on Easy Tiger (RPAYC) was happy to be able to break in his mainly new crew before the event. Colin Simmonds (UK) and his Doolallie crew also had a good day coming in second. Grant Atkinson (Thailand) was brave enough to tackle some racing in spite of having two inexperienced crew onboard, while Tim Browne (Thailand) and the Weasel team used this practice regatta to get up to speed for the racing to follow.

Saturday brought wind speeds and gusts hardly ever seen here in Pattaya and certainly not the weather conditions the Platu was designed to race in. Racing was abandoned for the day with sustained wind speeds of 25-30kn. Sunday morning looked even more ominous and was complicated by a directive from the Marine Authorities of Thailand prohibiting any vessel from leaving the marina until further notice. However the wind abated sufficiently for the order to be lifted and racing was able to commence at 12:30.

Again, the wind direction changes were significant but with winds of 12 knots and gusts up to 20 knots this was within the safe zone for Platus. This did not make it any easier to race however and crews had to work extremely hard. The Easy Tiger crew had obviously learned from the practice races and demonstrated their speed by winning the first three races, followed by a second in the final double points race of the series. Tim Brown’s crew also sailed extremely well and finished just 15 seconds and then 2 seconds behind Easy Tiger for the first two races. Unfortunately for them the double point final race allowed Rolf’s win to lift him to second overall, one point ahead.

In spite of everything, the six competing crews finished the weekend with smiles on their faces and enjoyed the good food and the odd beer or two provided by the excellent staff of the Ocean Marina sailors bar.
Presentations followed with Chris Way winning the Platu Cup and along with it the overall Platu Championship of 2017. Rolf Heemskerk was second and also took second place for the Championship. Tim Browne and his Weasel Crew took third place on the weekend and third overall in the Championship.

This tops a great season for the Easy Tiger crew headed by Chris Way from the RPAYC, Australia who achieved a first in the Transworlds in March, followed by second in the Coronation Cup in May (losing on a countback), then 5th in the world championships in Sicily and finally this win in the Platu Cup and overall Asia Pacific circuit champion.

Many thanks to all the helpers who make these events possible.

The staff of the Ocean Marina Sailors bar
The marina staff who worked in very difficult conditions to lay the course marks and assisted on the committee boat (with special mention to K Chumron who worked tirelessly and never once lost the smile on his face).
And of course to Scott Finston, the Ocean Marina Harbourmaster, who has supported the Platu Racing for many years and provided the staff and equipment without which it would be impossible to race.
Also to the competitors, many of whom travel long distances to support the Platu racing in Asia.

Platu Asia News 6th November 2017
written by Kev Scott
 

Eligible Skippers Finalised!

Follow the RPAYC on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the 2017 HARKEN.
http://www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au/

Harken are proud of our involvement of this event over the past 26 years, we believe youth sailing is one of the most important forms of our sport. We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas. The Harken family wish everyone taking part the best of luck in the regatta, may the best team win. – Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director

The 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands and interstate Australia. This year’s event is being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, setting it up to become one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.

With 6 of 12 teams ranked within the world top 150 and four remaining competitors in the top 300, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy will be fierce.

Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. They are currently ranked 42nd in the ISAF Open Match Racing Rankings. Van Beek and his team have recently been competing across Europe in various match racing and keelboat events, gaining valuable experience and a competitive ranking as they work towards their goals of competing in the World Match Racing Tour. 

Van Beek is closely followed by Leonard Takahashi, with a ranking of 43 reflecting his

RPAYC Centreboard Representatives in the Australian Optimist Development Squad - New Caledonia

Two RPAYC Centreboard sailors Olivia Williams and Cooper Bellingham recently represented the Club as part of the Australian Optimist Development Squad – AODS (made up of the top 8 sailors 12 years and under) in beautiful New Caledonia.

The Regatta annually hosted by SRC Noumea brings together the U12 years New Zealand team, the U12 years Australia team and local New Caledonia sailors resulting in tough competitive races.

The venue was amazing with warm crystal clear water and wind between 15-25 knots each day and an abundance of sealife - tropical fish, turtles, the occasional dolphin and all to regular sea snakes.

The team arrived early and undertook a 3 day training camp prior to the regatta exploring the local waters and getting familiar with the local conditions. The regatta was over 4 days with 17 races completed in building winds, our RPAYC sailors performed well with Olivia Williams finishing 5th (and 2nd girl) and Cooper Bellingham finishing 11th under the guidance of the AODS Coach Alison Dale.

Overall the Australian Team performed well up against some tough competition from New Caledonia and New Zealand with the locals taking the top two places on the podium and Eddy Reid from Tasmania taking 3rd.

Overall a great Regatta, great experience, awesome French food and a special place to sail with lots of learnings to take away for our next Regatta.

We were thrilled to proudly represent RPAYC and would like to thank the Club for their support along with our coach Tom Brewer from NB Sailsports.

- David Williams 

RPAYC Shines at the Australian Sailing Awards

November 4, 2017

America’s Cup-winning skipper Glenn Ashby and rising RPAYC stars Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot were named the nation’s top sailors for 2017 at the Australian Sailing Awards in Sydney on Friday night. CREDIT Andrea FrancoliniCREDIT Andrea Francolini

Ashby was crowned Male Sailor of the Year and the duo of Bryant and Wilmot won Female Sailor of the Year at a festive ceremony which celebrated Australian Sailing’s diverse strengths. The Male and Female Sailor of the Year Award is the highest achievement an Australian Sailor can be honoured with and for the duo Bryant & Wilmot the endless hours on water with Coach Traks (Evan) Gordon, passion to excel and the goal of representing Australia at the Tokyo Oylmpics was recognised by their peers. 

The awards were held in conjunction with Australian Sailing’s inaugural Hall of Fame Inductions which saw RPAYC Members Kay Cottee, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch, Phil Smidmore and Colin Beashel recognised for their outstanding contributions and excellence in Sailing. 

Ashby was rewarded Male Sailor of the Year for his expertise in guiding Emirates Team New Zealand to a comprehensive 7-1 series win over Oracle Team USA, skippered by RPAYC Member James Spithill in the 35th America’s Cup, in Bermuda in June. It was the latest and perhaps greatest of Ashby’s illustrious achievements, which include a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and 15 World Championships across three multi-hull classes.

“It’s been a fantastic evening here in Sydney and I’m very humbled and honoured to receive the Australian Sailing Male Sailor of the Year,” Ashby said.

“There was a fantastic array of nominees. It’s been a big year in Australian sailing and it’s been very nice to catch up withf a lot of friends and our sailing community.”

Ashby was last month named as one of four finalists in the prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year, which will be announced at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Tuesday.

Bryant and Wilmot have it all ahead of them, but they were recognised for their outstanding performance in winning the Youth World Sailing Championship in the 29er class in New Zealand last December. In a remarkable display of dedication to representing Australia at a higher level, the duo later declared they would not defend their world title in China this year and moved into the Olympic class 49er in order to focus on securing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“We’re really honoured to be receiving this award and we’d really like to thank [2016 Olympic silver medallist] Lisa Darmanin for all that she’s done for us and all her mentoring,” Bryant said.

Wilmot thanked the many people she said had supported the pair, including their families and coach, Traks Gordon.

“Tonight has been amazing, being in this room with all these legends, it’s just so inspiring for the young generation out there,” she added.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing have won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

Written by Peter Rusch

It's a tremendous victory for American skipper Charlie Enright and his team, who earn 8 points for their efforts (including a one point 'bonus' for winning the leg).

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

It wasn't easy. The wind shut down on the final approach, and an early morning lead of 34-nautical miles over second-placed MAPFRE was whittled down to 10-miles, with the finish in sight, but the current in the river even pushing the leaders back out to sea in some of the lulls.

But the crew on the Vestas boat held their nerve, tacking first up and then down, zigzagging towards the line, into agonisingly light headwinds.

"It's incredible," said Mark Towill, Team Director, from on board the boat moments before the finish.

"What a way to kick off the event. it's been an incredible performance for the team... It's been a challenging leg. We still have a lot to improve and long way to go... Today is our day, we'll enjoy it, but then we have to get back to work and focus on the next leg."

Charlie Enright is the third American skipper to win Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The others were John Kostecki, on illbruck in 2001-02, and Paul Cayard on EF Language in 1997-98.

Both of those teams went on to an overall victory – so the omens for Charlie Enright are certainly good.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing – which carries US and Danish flags – are the first American flagged team to win Leg 1. They are also the first Danish team to win a leg.

"We try not to get too high or too low," Enright said just after crossing the line. "We want to keep coming to work every day hungry to improve... one of the things we were focusing on was our decision making and communications on board and that's coming along well... But there's a lot of work to be done. We won't rest on our laurels!"

The light conditions near the shore are forecast to slow the pace of the Spanish MAPFRE team, which is expected to finish some two hours behind the winners.

We'll have reaction and stories from all of the teams as the finish Leg 1 and arrive into Lisbon.

Leg 1 – Results – Saturday 28 October (Day 7)
1. Vestas 11th Hour Racing -- FINISHED -- 14:08.45 UTC
2. MAPFRE + 9.3 nm
3. Dongfeng Race Team +20.3
4. team AkzoNobel +24.1
5. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag +44.2
6. Team Brunel +66.4
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic +67.3 

Kay Cottee inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

October 28, 2017
Kay Cottee AO, the first woman to perform a single-handed, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world is to be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame (ASHOF). In its inaugural year, the ASHOF will induct seven of Australia’s greatest sailing individuals and teams this Friday, 3 November in Sydney.

An initiative of Australian Sailing in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, the ASHOF was established to recognize the greats of Australian Sailing. According to the highly regarded Selection Panel, Cottee has achieved at the highest level in our sport.

“Kay Cottee AO inspired generations of female sailors when she became the first woman to sail unassisted, non-stop around the globe via both hemispheres,” said the Selection Panel in announcing her induction. “To this day, Cottee remains an inspiration to people of all generations across the globe.”

Born in 1954, Cottee circumnavigated the globe in her 37 foot (11 m) yacht Blackmores First Lady in 1988. Her extraordinary feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that she completed it at a time when modern GPS was in its infancy.

Cottee’s circumnavigation was eastbound from Sydney, Australia and took her around the five great capes in the southern ocean. Departing Sydney she headed south of New Zealand, across the Pacific Ocean, around infamous Cape Horn and then north to cross the equator and round St Peter and St Paul Rocks in the North Atlantic. From there Kay headed south again and rounded the Cape of Good Hope before crossing the Indian and Great Southern Oceans on her way home around the southern tip of Tasmania. She then turned north for the final long run up the east coast of Australia to Sydney.

Cottee spent more than six months alone at sea. She started out on November 29, 1987, and after sailing for 189 days, 0 hours and 32 minutes she finished on June 5, 1988. Her voyage saw her log 22,100 miles at an average speed of 116.93 miles per day. The voyage was completed without touching land, and without any form of outside aid apart from radio contact.

Fitzgibbon & Tesch to be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

November 1, 2017
Australia’s back to back Paralympic sailing gold medallists, Daniel Fitzgibbon OAM and Liesl Tesch AM will be inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame this week at a ceremony in Sydney. The duo were also recently given Honorary RPAYC Membership at the RPAYCs Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner. . 

“In 2016 Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch became the first Australian sailing team/crew to defend a gold medal at either the Olympics or Paralympics. Their determination and sheer hard work is testament to what can be achieved despite life’s challenges,” said the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Selection Panel on the announcement of their induction.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Fitzgibbon (born 1976) and Tesch (born 1969) created history when they become the first ever crew to win back-to-back Paralympic Gold medals in sailing in the SKUD 18 class. Their achievement of winning gold medals in both London and Rio also made them the first Australian sailing team or crew to defend an Olympic or Paralympic gold medal.

The pair came together with vastly different backgrounds. Fitzgibbon, a lifetime sailor, had Olympic aspirations but an accident at the age of 21 left him a quadriplegic. Despite his disability, he returned to the sport and in 2008 went on to represent Australia at the Beijing Paralympic Games, where he won a Silver medal alongside sailing partner Rachael Cox, in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class.

The desire to go one better saw Fitzgibbon team up with an unlikely crewmate – five-time Paralympian and wheelchair basketball champion Liesl Tesch. Impressed with her form in the 2009 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Daniel convinced Liesl to make the move to sailing, and after less than a month training together they won their first ever competition at the Sailing World Cup in Miami. Then followed a win at the Sailing World Cup Weymouth event and two World Championship bronze medals.

The pair trained hard and quickly established a reputation as the team to beat in the Paralympic SKUD 18 class. Their gold medal winning performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games came despite tough competition from the US and UK, combined with the tragic passing of Liesl’s mother on day one of the Games. The pair won Australia’s first gold medal at the event, their dominant performance assuring them of the Gold medal on the second last day of racing.

However, it was on the challenging waters off Rio that Fitzgibbon and Tesch created history. By winning their second gold medal in the SKUD 18, they became the first crew to win ‘back-to-back’ Paralympic gold medals. Again, they dominated the SKUD 18 fleet, wrapping up the gold medal with two races to spare.

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