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


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

Laser Coasts Championship Gosford

A team of 9 Laser sailors headed up to Gosford for this years round of the Coasts. We had a great forecast for Saturday and a shocker for Sunday – which is essentially what we got!. Saturday’s southerly allowed us all to get 3 great races, held in a solid 18-20 knots. Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017Credit: RPAYC Sesquicentennial Race 2017

The course was very well setup by RO Col Chidgey and we all had a blast across the bottom reach – not that we could see much on the way due to spray everywhere.

In the 4.7 fleet, the 2 lightweights Jack and Morgan found it tough going, especially by the end of the 3rd race, but Tom had a solid day with a 5/5/4.

Over in the Radials, we had a mix of the young, the still just about young and the young at heart. We also had a great day and were very relieved that a 4th race was not called.

Over in the Standards, Liam had a solid and very enjoyable (but lonely) afternoon – he needs some RPA team mates to join him on these events (come on guys)!

Sunday’s light forecast dawned true to form, so we had a short hold onshore as it dropped, then disappeared then came back from the SE. We headed out, got a reasonable light race in just before it went around to the NE. The 2nd race became a bit of a tough one with the breeze all over the place – most of us by this stage were wishing we had stayed ashore, but that’s not why we travel to these regattas. With time running out, we headed in without doing the 6th race, which allowed a nice relaxed pack up prior to Presso.

Nathan was the only RPA award winner for the weekend, with first U17 in the Radial and a 4th overall, but he was pushed very hard by Jarrah in 5th and who’d had a great first day.

Well done to all the sailors, especially the youngsters for handling Saturdays conditions so well. There are some pictures posted on the “RPA Lasers” FB Group (if you don’t have access to this contact Steve Bryant). If you have not done a Laser regatta yet, then next month there is the perfect opportunity for you to get out there and do it! Laser States are being held at Double Bay SC on the weekend 18/19 November. It will be huge, so get your entry in. If you need assistance getting there, then just ask and we will sort you out!

By Steve Bryant

The final results of the Coasts at Gosford Sailing Club 21-22 October 2017 are linked below.

There are some great photos from the first day taken by Jane Humphris which you can see HERE.

Youth, Female, Sports Promotion, Coaching & Club of the Year Finalists in the Australian Sailing Awards

Australian Sailing Awards To Recognise Diverse Achievements

The first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica, an America’s Cup-winning skipper and a pair of youth world champions who made a remarkable sacrifice to pursue their Olympic dream are among an eclectic selection of high achievers announced as finalists for the Australian Sailing Awards.

Winners across a range of categories will be announced at a stylish ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney on November 3 that will incorporate the inaugural Australian Sailing Hall of Fame Induction.

Glenn Ashby, who skippered Team New Zealand to victory in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in June, is a finalist for Male Sailor of the Year. Ashby will face stiff competition from 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, who claimed their fourth World Championship together in July, as well as Rio 2016 Gold medalist Tom Burton, who continued to achieve in the Laser with second placings at the Aarhus World Championship Test Event and Laser World Championships.

Busy Australian Sailing Team member David Gilmour earned nomination through strong results in the 49er, notable achievements in the match racing M32 class, and his work coaching and mentoring Club sailors. Harry Price, 21, joins the finalists after his breakthrough year, which featured victory in the Youth Match Racing Championships and encouraging results at senior level.

The field for Female Sailor of the Year is equally diverse. Among the finalists is Lisa Blair, who spent 184 days at sea overcoming extreme conditions to circle Antarctica alone aboard Climate Action Now. Blair is assembling an all-female crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December.

In their first season together, Annabelle Davies and Madison Woodward took out the female section of both the US 29er National Championships and the 29er Open World Championships, earning a spot on the finalists list, while the experienced Heather Macfarlane excelled to be crowned the top female skipper at the World Tasar Championships.

Australian Sailing Squad members Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries join the finalists after a hectic year in which they won a Silver medal at the 470 Junior World Championships and showed potential with a 13th placing at their debut open World Championship.

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Media Release                                                                                                15 October 2017

Event: MC38 2017-18 Summer Series act 1, October 14-15, 2017 on Sydney Harbour hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

MC38s Ginger-fied in Summer Series act one

Credit: Till Lock MediaCredit: Till Lock Media

The rolling dominance of Leslie Green’s Ginger team extended to the opening act of the Summer Series for the 2017-18 season, the usual players stretching their day one lead to 10 points over three more races on Sydney Harbour.

Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.

ESE winds 8-11 knots on Sunday October 15 contrasted with the opening day’s 16 gusting to 25 knots of breeze out of Rose Bay on the harbour’s eastern shore. Regular Ginger (CYCA) strategist Julian Plante, who helmed for Green, agreed “Sunday was a change in tempo. It was pretty shifty out there with big pressure changes. You had to stick to your guns.

“In the first race we were in the lead, tried to be conservative and ended up fourth. We realised we needed to sail looser, which we did in the last two and came out with better results (two wins). The fleet lifted with the extra boats and the quality of people, which was great to see. It was tighter and tougher and the start lines were much busier. Leslie was following us keenly online and he’s very excited to get back out and do some sailing.”

Neville Crichton’s Maserati (CYCA/RNZYS), with Farr 40 owner Martin Hill driving, won the first race then followed up with two seconds, a performance good enough to warrant the North Sails boat of the day flag and move them into second in the series on a countback. “I haven’t beaten Tom Slingsby since 1992,” joked Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner of his good friend who went onto win an America’s Cup and an Olympic gold medal in sailing.

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – Tenacity

Media release                                                                                                                            15 October 2017

Event: Wattle Cup/Couta Boat Nationals on Pittwater October 14-15, 2017 sailed out of Avalon Sailing Club

First non-Victorian Australian Couta Boat champions – TenacityCredit: Jane_Lizzy_EvansCredit: Jane_Lizzy_Evans

The name says it all. Don Telford’s Tenacity became the first non-Victorian crew to claim an Australian title in the historic Couta Boat class when the Sydney team wrapped up the four race series on a tricky Pittwater on Sunday October 15, 2017.

A second NSW team and Tenacity’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club clubmates, Larry Eastwood’s Sylvia, finished runner-up by two points and the Sorrento crew of Margarita, skippered by Australian class president James Mighell, completed the podium results.

“We had no idea if we’d won overall after today’s race,” said Telford. “It’s a wonderful win; to take it to the Victorians was absolutely magnificent.” Long-time mate and tactician John ‘Steamer’ Stanley - who’s very pleased to knock off an Australian championship at the age of 70 - added: “after the Sydney regatta we worked out you had to be in the top ten in every race”.

Tenacity finished tenth from an outstanding multi-state line up of 22 Coutas in the final passage race around Scotland Island and then north to Mackerel Beach and back south to the area known as ‘the pond’, in 8-10 knot east sou’easters.

Following one general recall and a re-jig of the line by race officer Elaine Fowler and her all-female race management team, Stanley opted to play it clean at the start and from there Tenacity’s crew of six left nothing behind, knowing the championship result rested on their final score.

Twilight sailing is here! Tuesdays - Thursdays - Fridays

It's the Twilight Season! Three Twilight events are scheduled this season so there is something for everyone. 

Thursday Non-Spinnaker Series
The Thursday Non Spinnaker Twilight season begins this Thursday 12 October, with a non pointscore race. The Spring Pointscore Series commences on the 26 October. 

Racing starts at 1755hrs for Division 3, 1800hrs Div 2 and 1805hrs for Div 1.


Women on Water Sailing!
Tuesday Twilight is tailored specially for women sailors. Race 1 is Tuesday 31 October.
If your spouse/partner owns a boat and you would like to take it sailing in this ten race fortnightly series, please let the Sailing Office know who can assist you with your preparation. We have a number of keen crew who are looking for boats. 

Need crew or wish to crew? See below for crew details or let the Sailing Office know.


Friday One Design & Sports Boat Mini Twilight Regatta Series
NEW for 2017/18 season is the short Friday Twilight Series scheduled over the peak daylight savings period. The Series is designed for One Design and Sports boats to enjoy windward / leeward races returning to the Edinburgh Bar for some sunset drinks and nibbles. A great event for those that have busy weekends or wish to compete in up to three short sprint races with fellow mates and family. Contact the Sailing Office about leasing a Elliott 7. 


Sign-Up Your Crew for the Twilight season

Skippers - why not get your crew to sign up and become a member of one of the premier Yacht Clubs in Sydney, receive all the benefits of being a member and enjoy racing on Pittwater this twilight season! Membership fees will be pro-rated - that's around $25 per twilight race! Contact our Membership Co-ordinator for more details or pick up a Membership Application form at Reception. 

Need Crew for the Sailing Season?

Sail Connect is a App based system that allows you to find crew or boats needing crew and also manage your race by race crew needs. Please note that Crew With me has advised that they will not be playing in the market of finding Race crew but shall remain supporting those that are looking to sail for leisure along with the other activities their system supports. 
To download - Click here for the Sail Connect app

Five Top Tips for Connecting with Crew & Skippers through MySail
Whether you’re into something fast, fun, competitive or cruisy, there’s likely something out there that’s right for you.
Keeping your yacht or crew profile up-to-date, being proactive and replying to messages in a timely fashion all help you connect with the right sailors or skippers.
Click here for My Sail team.

The Nautiseum

The Nautiseum is a painting by the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Billich. Inspired by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary, it is a surreal composition showing a gallery of paintings surmounted by Captain Cook’s Endeavour sailing magnificently into Sydney Harbour. Charles is well known for his opus on the arrival of the first fleet painted for the Australian bicentenary. This unique painting forms a stimulating sequel to that work.

There will be a limited edition of 150 signed prints of the original painting. The copies will be printed on high quality art paper and will be approximately 82x65cm including a white border with the RPAYC Sesquicentenary logo. All proceeds from copies purchased through the RPAYC will be donated to our IdS Fund supporting Sailability, Soldier On, the Sydney Invictus Games and other similar causes. The price for a signed limited edition of the Nautiseum is $ 950. However for a purchase in our
sesquicentenary month of October this is discounted to $ 750. If purchased at the Gala Dinner or Sesquicentenary Garden Party Charles Billich will be available to sign a personalised dedication on the print.

Charles Billich will be attending the Garden Party on Sunday (15 October) and will be able to sign copies of the artwork Nautiseum for members who purchase on the day. The Original Artwork and limited edition prints #2-149. Unlimited editions will be available for $150. 


World Champions’ Big Sacrifice For Olympic Ambition

September 7, 2017

Australia’s reigning Youth World Champions in the 29er class, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, have announced they will forfeit their title defence to concentrate exclusively on pursuing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Bryant and Wilmot said they had “mixed emotions” about withdrawing from the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship in Sanya, China in December. However, qualifying for the next Olympic campaign sailing 49erFX skiffs demanded their singular focus.

“We aspired to compete again to attempt to defend our youth title in Sanya, but it’s become clear to us that our ultimate goal to represent Australia in Tokyo requires our total time and dedication,” the pair told Australian Sailing.

Trifecta of Queensland Championship titles held at 2018’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta

The Australian Sports Boats Association, along with Australian Measurement System (AMS) have jumped on board with Australian Sailing to host three new Queensland championships at Southport Yacht Club (SYC).

Host event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will crown the 2018 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships, the 2018 Australian Measurement System (AMS) Queensland Championships and the 2018 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Queensland Championships.

 “The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many state and national’s championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewmen are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said 2016 Australian Sports Boats Queensland State Champion, Graham Sherring.

Held from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 9th January 2018, the four-day regatta will be staged off shore the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.

All three titles are open to eligible class vessels Nationwide, with 46 entries confirmed, number expected to exceed 70.

“Bringing these high calibre championships to our premier regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and the Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions,” said Club Commodore, Kerry Noyes. 

Don't miss out on your piece of club history! Sesquicentenary Wines and Merchandise

This Shiraz and Chardonnay have been handpicked to celebrate the 150 years.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Chardonnay

Tinklers single vineyard ‘Poppys’ Chardonnay from NSW exhibits intense melon and lychee flavours which integrate seamlessly with flinty barrel ferment characters. The fruit was handpicked and then whole bunch pressed in this small winery, where the juice was transferred to French oak for wild fermentation. The wine would be best if you allow a minimum of two years in the bottle, then drink on a regular basis with good food such as BBQ seafood or creamy pasta or chicken.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Shiraz Munari 2013 

‘The Ridge’ Shiraz is a fine example of a fruit driven cool climate Shiraz from Victoria.Red fruits, spice and a hint of pepper lead to a silky and finely balanced palate. The Ridge should cellar to 2023, and should be drinking at its best in 3-5 years.

Items For Sale

(Take away only - purchase from the bar.) 
  • Bottle Chardonnay/Shriaz                                       $25
  • 2 x pack (any mix)                                                   $50
  • 3 x pack wine (any mix) - wood gift box                  $88
  • 1 x bottle wine + 2 glasses                                      $69
  • 6 x bottles wine black flat pack 9 (any mix)             $150
  • 1 x wine in Birchwood cylinder                                $35
  • 1 x case 12 chardonnay or shiraz (no mix)             $285
  • 1 x wine glass                                                         $10
  • 6 x wine glasses - no gift box                                  $55
  • 12 x wine glasses                                                   $105              

Australian Youth Match Racing Champions, Team Constanzo finish third

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Tom Grimes, Dante Olivieri, Eric Sparkes, Emma Harrison and Jess Grimes have been crowned the 2017 Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Champions after a long and frustratingly light final day at this year’s event. 

In the end, the Race Committee had to abandon their final attempt at completing the finals with the two finalists, CYCA’s Tom Grimes and Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s James Hodgson were tied 1-1 in the first to three point finals. The petit finals also had to be abandoned with again both teams locked together at 1 apiece. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s all female team led by Clare Costanzo were awarded the final podium spot after results had to revert back to the double round robin qualifying stage.

The morning began in a promising westerly breeze, similar to Thursday’s racing with competition resuming in the semi-finals stage. Overnight, Tom Grimes and James Hodgson had a 1-0 lead in their first to two point semi-finals over Finn Tapper (CYCA) and Clare Costanzo respectfully. On Friday, Grimes picked up exactly where he left off and with Tapper being called back early from the start, Grimes and co. sailed away with their second victory to advance into the finals.

Queensland’s Hodgson had a slightly harder run into his finals berth with Costanzo taking it to the higher ranked team, penalizing them in the pre-start. The early advantage though didn’t stick for long with Hodgson taking a big lead around the first lap to complete his penalty on the second beat. Costanzo though, kept her composure to close and overtake on the crucial final spinnaker run to square the semi-finals and take it to a winner-takes-all final race. 
In the final race, Hodgson controlled the start and in the 6-12 knot breeze, powered away upwind for a comfortable final race win to progress through to the Finals.

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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

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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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