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Sailing at the Invictus Games - A huge success

The Invictus Games is more than a sporting event – it captures hearts, challenges perceptions and changes lives. On Sunday many RPAYC Members, Staff & Volunteers joined us on Sydney Harbour to support and celebrate the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors.
Sailing was lucky to be one of 13 medal sports over the scheduled eight days of fierce but friendly competition across Greater Sydney including Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour.

 

Picture - Mike Selbie 

RPAYC in conjunction with the CYCA and with assistance from the RSYS  organised the sailing competition which was held in Farm Cove on Sunday 21 October.

We are pleased to report that TEAM AUS and RPAYC Members: Squadron Leader Rob Saunders, Paul Langley, Craig McGrath and Marcus Wilson dominated their heat, and then went on to win the Medal Race in the Elliott 7 sailing event taking out the first gold medal for Australia.
 
Meanwhile fellow AUS sailors Davin Bretherton won silver and Peter Arbuckle won bronze in the Hansa Dinghy class.
Thousands of fans, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, witnessed history being made at the inaugural Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover sailing competition with the stunning Sydney Harbour as the backdrop.
 

Onlooking spectators admired amazing acts of comradery, sportsmanship and strong competition with plenty of emotion. Congratulations to all the competitors and well done to Invictus Sailing Sports Competition Manager (& RPAYC Head Coach) Tom Spithill for all of his efforts and thank you to our incredible Team of Volunteers, Members & Staff that supported this initiative including Alfreds Cruising who kindly took their boats down to the harbour and hosted members onboard.  Also thankyou to both the CYCA & RSYS who provided many resources and personnel to support the inclusion of sailing at the Invictus Games. 
If you haven't had a chance to spectate yet there is still time to view other sports. Link Here for schedule 

OFFICIAL SAILING RESULTS HERE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE SELBIE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LIZ DE SOYRES 

VIEW INVICTUS SAILING MEDIA HERE 


ALL INVICTUS SPORTS RESULTS HERE 

 

Gold Medal for AUS at Invictus Games Sailing

TEAM AUS and RPAYC Members: Squadron Leader Rob Saunders, Paul Langley, Craig McGrath and Marcus Wilson dominated their heat, and then went on to win the Medal Race in the Elliott 7 sailing event taking out the first gold medal for Australia.

 

Meanwhile fellow AUS sailors Davin Bretherton won silver and Peter Arbuckle won bronze in the Hansa Dinghy class.

Thousands of fans, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, witnessed history being made yesterday at the inaugural Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover sailing competition with the stunning Sydney Harbour as the backdrop.

 

Onlooking spectators admired amazing acts of comradery, sportsmanship, strong competition and plenty of emotion. Congrats to our incredible sailing team and well done to Sailing Sports Competition Manager (& RPAYC Head Coach)Tom Spithill  for all of his efforts and thank you to the team of Volunteers, Members & Staff that supported this initiative. Also thankyou to both the CYCA & RSYS who provided many resources and personel to support the inclusion of sailing at the Invictus Games. 

 

Full Story & Pics to come.

 

  

 

  

 

 

Team Tiger place 2nd at Platu Cup

Team Tiger finished second in the final event of the 2018 season, the Platu Cup held Oct 13-15 at Ocean Marina Pattaya, also ending up second overall for the overall 2018 Thailand Platu 25 Series.
 
Held over three days the event was held in shifty breezes between thunderstorms with two races on day one, six races on day two and six races on day three.
 
Team Tiger comprising club member Chris Way with crew Guy Kennard, Peter Gregg, Yves Ernst and Martin Mok had a ding dong battle with Rolf Heemskerk of Malaysia trading wins numerous times to eventually lose out by six points in the 14 race no drop event. The win gave Heemskerk the overall Platu Thailand series for 2018.
 
Racing commences again next season with the international Transworlds event in March followed by the Coronation Cup in May.

Any members interested in sailing these mini Farr 40’s in Thailand please contact Chris Way via the club. Charter boats are available each season.
 

Pitt Point Scotland Island - Part 2

Greg and Louise were sitting out on the terrace of ‘Pitt Point’ and took some shots of the Wed 26.9.18 race start, with Wild Oats very apparent. 

The 7m day yacht Greg built some years ago (with the assistance of some offshore RPA members – the David Payne design to Greg’s specifications) is on mooring to the left.

A number of people have now seen ‘Pitt Point’ from the water – hard to miss with the huge ‘For Sale’ sign over the boatshed.

Some have asked – how would you describe the house?  Greg refers to the article in the fairly recent ‘Houses’ magazine for architects and designers (Issue 120) – ‘The house is a collection of buildings and shapes in a seemingly ad hoc arrangement, “as if they developed over time” according to architect Walter Barda, who was an Associate Director of Ken Woolley’s practice at the time and produced designs and drawings for the project.

“The idea was a small village of clustered vernacular elements: main house, the guest wing building, the lookout  tower – it’s an island house after all. To that we gave skewed geometries and overscaled pitched roofs chopped in half [living room and master bedroom].  From an aerial perspective, the plan kind of wiggles through the site, some of its elements intersecting or colliding.  It’s all very informal but structured.”

Being ostensibly an adult retreat, its key spaces in the main house are the living area, with the luxuriously sized main bedroom above. These are gathered up under two pitched roofs that intersect above the stairs. They both face north to the water, with views right up the Pittwater to Barrenjoey lighthouse, winking in the dark.

Behind the bedroom, the plan splits under a shallow skillion roof with a skylit ensuite, tiled in terracotta, followed by two interconnected studies, facing west and south into the rear bush garden, with its series of ponds and tumbling water  – a feature of most Woolley houses, along with meticulous craftsmanship’.

Greg and Louise ‘downsized’ to ‘Pitt Point’ from their Bayview waterfront  home when they were thinking about  future retirement  – they wanted to stay on the water.  And that was 24 years ago .

And now for a further downsizing back to the mainland.

  

More information, with many photographs and some historical background are available at www.modernhouse.co/listings/pittwater-waterfront/ 'Pitt Point' by architect Ken Woolley AM. 

More historical information on Scotland Island and Andrew Thompson is available as follows:-
• A very thorough and interesting account of Thompson, back in England, then his life in Australia is at http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/andrew-thompson---pittwater-patriarchs-history.php
• A shorter account can be found at www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au/scotland-island.html .
• Also www.cawb.com.au/andrew-thompson.html .
• Another interesting one is https://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/scotland_island

All part of the fascinating story on the development of Sydney and the Pittwater area.


‘Pitt Point’ on Scotland Island - Part 1 

As many will know, Pitt Island, named by Captain Arthur Phillip, was renamed Scotland Island by Andrew Thompson, to whom it was granted by Governor Macquarie on 1st January 1810 for his good works including rescuing many people from a major flood in the Hawkesbury River.

Andrew Thompson, who built and operated a number of trading ships, was building ‘Geordy’ on his Island when he died. At that point, he had progressed from being sent to NSW for 14 years for the theft of goods back in England, to being the wealthiest man in NSW.

One of his enterprises was the manufacture of salt, transported, with other produce, down to Sydney town. He was also the biggest producer of wheat, a vital product for the survival of the colony.

Greg and Louise’s home, ‘Pitt Point’, sits close to both - where the salt was produced and ‘Geordy’ was built. It has always been owned by RPAYC members, both as a weekender and a permanent residence, over more than 25 years.

‘Pitt Point’ is on the market, and it is thought that RPA members could be interested in considering this rare piece of architecture designed by Ken Woolley AM. The house has been beautifully built and lovingly maintained. 

Enjoying an ideal due North aspect, the Winter sun floods into the house from sunrise to sunset, a rare thing in Pittwater. It is located on the northern tip of Scotland Island and comes with excellent facilities for yacht/boat owners – even having a wave-breaker protection barrier. And, very often the Start boat is a 2 minute sail/motor away! If not racing, most of the RPA races can be viewed clearly, with a glass of something, relaxing on the terrace.

More information, with many photographs and some historical background are available at www.modernhouse.co/listings/pittwater-waterfront/ 'Pitt Point' by architect Ken Woolley AM. 

More historical information on Scotland Island and Andrew Thompson is available as follows:-
• A very thorough and interesting account of Thompson, back in England, then his life in Australia is at http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/andrew-thompson---pittwater-patriarchs-history.php
• A shorter account can be found at www.visitsydneyaustralia.com.au/scotland-island.html .
• Also www.cawb.com.au/andrew-thompson.html .
• Another interesting one is https://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/scotland_island

All part of the fascinating story on the development of Sydney and the Pittwater area.

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15 months to the 2020 5.5m Gold Cup and Worlds in Pittwater

G'Day fellow 5.5m sailors,

The Australian 5.5m Association and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club are delighted that Pittwater has been selected as the venue for the 5.5m Gold Cup and Worlds in January 2020.

We are pleased to announce that following the requests at the Cowes AGM, we are able to bring the dates forward and the event is now scheduled from the 3rd to 15th of January 2020 (please check Notice of Race, when published, for exact final dates), to be held on the iconic Palm Beach Circle.  Competitors and families will now be able to enjoy Christmas and New Year in Sydney, and then participate in the Gold Cup and Worlds without a break.

Sydney is the place to be; the New Year’s Eve fireworks are spectacular and not to be missed. Visit a zoo meeting our Kangaroos, Koalas and other native animals.  Enjoy a cold beer at the club after training/racing and we will even throw a prawn or two on the barbeque for you!

The Australian Association, RPAYC Flag Officers and members are really looking forward to hosting you and your families and making this an event to remember.

To ensure we remain truly the 'International' 5.5m Class, we recognise it is important that our World Championship is accessible to attract as many in the class as possible; there will never be a better opportunity for good value and convenient shipping of your 5.5 metres, to compete at an iconic international location.  

 

 Scandinavian Gold Cup 2018


We have secured a very competitive shipping price from Europe or USA of $US 7,500 (note as we are still over 15 months away from the event this price might vary by a small amount).  The price for one way shipping will be half the above price at $US 3,750. Which may mean there will be some Australians looking to purchase some European or US boats.

The event dates mean that you should not miss any of the Northern Hemisphere 2019 and 2020 seasons. All the details of the convenient RoRo trailer shipping, documentation required,  flights and accommodation are available in the following links:

 

Bid from RPAYC including shipping information:  http://www.5.5class.org/single-post/2018/06/04/Bid-from-Royal-Prince-Alfred-Yacht-Club-Pittwater-Australia-to-host-2020-Worlds
 

A presentation can be seen here. (PDF, 2 mb)

RPAYC  https://www.rpayc.com.au


We will send you regular updates in the months leading to the event.

In the meantime:

1- Please make the commitment to participate now and block in the dates in your diaries!

2- Please start to look at accommodation options. January in Australia is like August in Europe and America. You are advised to book early!

3- Please start to look at flight options.  Flights have never been cheaper. But once again with it being a busy holiday period it is ideal to book early to get the early offers.  

More information and timelines for shipping will follow shortly.

Above all please commit now and lock in the dates!

Best regards,


Australian 5.5m Association and RPAYC

Any questions contact Martin at martin.g.cross@gmail.com

 

Sailability members competing at Hansa Worlds

Club Members Alyse Saxby, Allan Jones & Ame Barnbrook are travelling to Hiroshima to compete in the HANSA Class World & International Championships in Hiroshima, Japan. 

The worlds are taking place October 13-18.
Alyse will sail with Rie Ariyoshi in the 303 doubles in AUS 303
Allan will sail in AUS 346 a 2.3 single “Tom Thumb”
Ame  will sail a Liberty servo AUS 0000
There are 36 Australian Boats entered in a field of 150 boats. Good Luck and we look forward to following your results. Regatta Website

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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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