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Warren Jones Int. Youth Regatta brings the best Youth Match Race Sailors to Perth

Hot line up of new youth sailors coming to PerthWarren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017

Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - 27 January - 2 February 2018

The Warren Jones International Youth Regatta takes place on City of Perth waters from 29 January to 2 February, 2018 and is open to the world’s best youth sailors under the age of 25 years and offers driven young sailors a pathway to reach their match racing goals on the international circuit.

Many competing sailors at past Warren Jones International Youth Regattas have fulfilled their dreams of going on to compete at the highest level in all types of yachting regattas from Americas Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Match Racing Tour events to Olympic sailing competition. Several of the competing skippers at last years event went on to compete in the World Match Race Tour last season.

The eventual winner of the World Match Race Tour in 2017 was Torvar Mirsky, a local sailor who won his first ever match racing event by winning the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta back in 2007, repeating that win in 2008.

There are three teams from Sydney, NSW at this years event. Harry Price is the skipper of DownUnder Racing, currently ranked 4th in the open match racing rankings, representing Sydney Sailing Centre and the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia. Having won three New South Wales Youth Match Racing State titles, two Youth Match Racing National Championships, dual Musto International Youth Match Racing Champions and Governor’s Cup Champions, Price capped off an impressive two year run by being crowned Youth Match Racing World Champion for 2017 and most recently finished 5th on the World Match Racing Tour in 2017. Harry is also a managing partner of Sydney Sailing Centre which is Australia’s only dedicated catamaran training centre, owning two M32 Catamarans in Sydney.

James Hodgson, also from Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia, is sailing in his 2nd Warren Jones Regatta this year. While completing his year 12 studies in 2017, he has split his sailing between his home club in Mooloolaba, Queensland whilst flying into Sydney regularly to join the Youth Sailing Academy at the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia. He continues to climb the World rankings at 66 in October 2017 and has had a strong year overall. Recent achievements include winning the New South Wales Youth, Queensland Open and Australian Schools Match Racing Championships and podium places of 2nd in the Australian Youth Match Racing and 3rd at the Australian Open Match Racing Championships. James intends to commence University in Sydney and focus on his Match Racing and keelboat racing with CYCA in 2018.Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017Warren Jones Int. Regatta action 2017

Clare Costanzo aged 21 years from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC, will be only the second female skipper in Warren Jones Regatta history with the last competing female skipper being Nicky Souter, also from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC way back in 2009. Clare has been match racing since 2013 in State, National and International Youth, Women's and WIM series and Open Match Racing events. Clare is leading a team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Youth Development program for the Warren Jones Regatta. This team of James FarquharsonHarry HallHarley Walters and Ryan Wilmot sailed for Will Dargaville at the 2017 Warren Jones Regatta with Clare as floater/tactician. This year, the team will be back to improve on their 2017 performance with Jessica Angus joining the crew. In 2017 Clare competed at the Youth Match Racing Worlds where she placed 7th and competed at the 2017 Hardy Cup where she placed 2nd. Clare is currently ranked 10th in the Women's Match Racing Ranking and 72nd in Open Match Racing. Clare will also be guest speaking at the City of Perth #WomenOnWater event.Mark Spearman is one ofthree skippers representing Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. He spent 2017 competing in the entire World Match Racing Touras tactician for Neptune Racing. The highlight of the team’s year was being ranked number 1 in the World Sailing rankings and also finishing in the top 5 at 3 world tour level events. Mark and hist team won the JESS Match Cup which acted as a training warm up event a few days ago.

The Sydney to Hobart Race, why we did it, Xs Moment race report

The XS Moment 2017 Sydney to Hobart StoryCredit: Crew member Tom HarveyCredit: Crew member Tom Harvey

Xs Moment is owned and Skippered by Ray Hudson. Ray and his crew are regular offshore sailors and have been sailing together for many years. This is their story as to why they participated in the 2017 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and what they did to get to the start line and to dock in Hobart. 50th on line honours 03:17:33:37.

 

Why we participated in the Race

It was a personal challenge for many of the crew including me as the skipper and owner – we considered it our ‘everest’ in ocean sailing.
Our aims were to finish the race safely with all crew enjoying themselves and putting in their personal best efforts – this aim was clearly realised & we all had a great experience undertaking the race – and to win our division, which was not realised, but we tried!! View the race stnadings here: http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/

To increase our Blue Water experience and prove both XS Moment’s and our own capabilities.

To create the nucleus of a tested Blue Water crew with confidence in each other so that we can continue to participate safely and competitively in Blue Water events including our continued involvement on the RPAYC Blue water Series.

To simply enjoy sailing and participation in a recognised premier ocean racing event.

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, 2018

You're invited to compete in The RPAYC's Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta, being held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, 2018. 

Windward/Leeward racing offshore 'Broken Bay Offshore zone'.  Category 4 with IRC, ORCi & PHS categories.

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta includes the Summer One Design and Sports Boat Regatta and Etchells World Qualifying Series with windward/leeward racing inshore on Pittwater. Category 7 with One Design, ORC and PHS categories. 

Berthing is included - please contact the Waterfront staff at waterfront@rpayc.com.au for all berthing enquiries.

Live music post racing on Saturday, plus chef cooked BBQ - $22 pp - book through reception on 02 9998 3700.

Enter today and join in this exciting regatta competing with members from other NSW Yacht Clubs!

Notice of Race - The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta
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Latest National Champion, Fletcher Walters, Optimist Open Gold Class

1st & 2nd to RPAYC Youth Opti Sailors!

Congratulations to RPAYC's Open Fleet Optimist Sailors - 2018 Australian Optimist Champion - Fletcher Walters and in 2nd place, Daniel Links - report & photo credit from Opti Australia. The 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships hosted at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron have concluded with 261 sailors competing over 3 fleets and 5 days of racing. 

There were plenty of smiling faces and friendships being made across the boat park and close racing on the water.

Teams Racing

Teams racing was once again a hotly contested event, 24 teams entered, it came down to the last race of the finals with SA1 once again up against NSW1.  In a repeat of last year’s event, SA1 came back from 1 down ending up finishing 2/1.  South Australia for the 2nd year in a row the Teams Racing Champions.  Congratulations to : Jonas Barrett, Ben Hinks, Alexi Wigglesworth, Quinn Auricht & Ruby Pike.

Green Fleet

Green Fleet had 51 entries and there was plenty of fun sailing a shortened course format, it was great to see these little guys and girls sailing and having fun with smiles all round. Well done to the green fleet supporting coaches in making this a fun regatta for all our greenies. 

Congratulations to our Green Fleet Podium: 1st Jack Scharf (QLD), 2nd Sara Bruce (NSW), 3rd Harry Hogan (QLD).  1st Female : Sara Bruce (QLD).

Intermediate Fleet

The Intermediate Fleet had 75 entries with close racing across the 5 days.  With all sailors in one start the start line congestion looked at times like coordinated chaos but with a minute to go all sailors would find their spot and the close racing would commence. The standout leader in the Intermediate Fleet was Reece Hartnett from NSW with all other positions involving tight competition.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Fleet Podium : 1st Reece Hartnett (NSW), 2nd William Troop (NSW), Cameron Scade (NSW).  1st Female : Anneke Meyer (NSW).

Open Fleet

The Open Fleet had 135 competitors resulting in the fleet being divided into two divisions for both the qualifying and finals.  The quality of the Open Fleet racing was outstanding throughout the 5 days of the regatta with close and exciting racing at the front of the fleet.  A great display of consistency for Fletcher Walters, Daniel Links and Quinn Auricht to stay in the top 3 positions for the entire regatta.   The final podium positions came down to the last race and last couple of meters with Daniel Links winning both races on final day, Fletcher Walters was able to secure second place in the final race of the regatta allowing him to win the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships by one point. 

Open Fleet Overall Winners & Australian Championship

1st Fletcher Walters (NSW)

2nd Daniel Links (NSW)

3rd Quinn Auricht (SA)

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

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.

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!

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.”

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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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