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

 
 

5 RPAYC Boat to compete in the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race

Entries for the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race have closed and on Saturday June 2, following a 25-year hiatus, a multi-state Australian and New Caledonian fleet of 24 boats will bring life back to one of Australia’s oldest ocean odysseys.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organised the first Sydney Noumea Race in 1953 at the invitation of the New Caledonian government at the time. George Brenac's 48-foot cutter White Cloud set the course record in seven days, 10 hours and 50 minutes.

George Snow’s Farr 65 Brindabella set the fastest time of five days, 21 hours and 35 minutes for the 1,064 nautical mile course in 1991, one Snow still holds more than a quarter of a century on.

Tony Kirby's PatriceTony Kirby's Patrice
  • Image: Andrea Fancolini

Tony Kirby's Patrice

In the early 1990s lifestyle and sailing trends shifted and greater support for shorter passages signalled the end of an era and the CYCA’s longest offshore race. After the 1993 Sydney Noumea Race the endurance event went on the backburner for decades, until the club’s sailing committee approached the membership a few years’ back to gauge interest in a potential revival.

“There was a lot of sentiment attached to the Sydney Noumea Race, for those who had competed in the past,” CYCA Commodore John Markos said. “Past commodore John Cameron and director Tony Kirby in particular persisted with the idea and have since proven there is support. The entry list augers well for the state of ocean racing in Australia and we hope it will grow.”

Representing The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht are; 

  • Dreki Sunnnan, Ken Holmes
  • King Billy, Phill Bennett
  • More Witchcraft, John Cameron
  • Sticky, Richard Harris
  • Wings, Ian Edwards

Full list of Entrants can be viewed here.

National Yacht Club Managers Group Forum in June

The 2018 Yacht Club Managers Forum, a national networking group of Australia’s leading yacht clubs, will be held on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Queensland, over three days from 4-6 June, 2018.
A thoughtful agenda has been composed and speakers will include a combination of international and local leaders of our sport who have fascinating insights to share. 
 
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s General Manager, Hayden Porter, will discuss winning the America’s Cup and how it has affected their Club, Royal Papua Yacht Club’s Aaron Batts will speak on the unique challenges faced by running a yacht club in Papua New Guinea, while John Lee, appointed CEO of Australian Sailing one year ago, will provide a general update to include Q&A time.
 
Among other topics on the agenda are: On-water trends (what is popular); non-member crew (why not try day passes); critical Incidents/crisis management; growing membership (new ideas and trends); youth programs; food and beverage (benchmarking, caterers, trends and promotions) and more.

Missing Crest Plate - The Serapis

The Serapis crest in the accompanying photograph was carried by HMAS Serapis which carried HRH Prince Edward later Edward VII, a patron of the Club.
The crest was displayed in the club premises for many years. It cannot be located now.
If anybody has any information as to its whereabouts, will they lease e-mail archives@rpayc.com.au

Extreme Weather Gets High Rating

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has conducted the inaugural course for marina operators and their staff called Club Marine Extreme Weather Preparedness. The course is aimed at improving the level of preparedness by marinas and marina based boaters prior to extreme weather events. The course was highly rated by the 21 club and marina staff that participated. The half day workshop was conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) on Pittwater in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Senior industry leaders Andrew Chapman and Darren Vaux prepared the course content and Andrew Chapman along with Brent McKinnon from Club Marine delivered the inaugural course.
 
The course draws on learning from marina professionals around the world and from the experiences of Club Marine in its capacity as the largest recreational boat insurer in Australia. While cyclones or hurricanes are given attention through the delivery of case studies there is equal relevance in the course for marinas in all regions given the increasingly frequency of storms and storm cells that deliver extreme wind, wave, surge and hail events.
 
The interactive course specifically examines different types of weather events and their impacts; infrastructure considerations; development of an Extreme Weather Management Plan; legal considerations and in particular examination of sound berthing agreements and insurance implications.
 
Suzanne Davies, General Manager at RPAYC participated in the first course and she said: “the course is exactly spot on in terms of the content, messaging and the time. The workbook provided is a fabulous resource for the participants to walk away with and provide additional value for money.”
 
The next Club Marine Extreme Weather Event Course will be held in Perth Western Australia and progressively rolled out across Australia and Asia according to demand. MIA welcomes enquiry from any marina interested in attending or hosting the course. Course details can be found on the MIA website.
 
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Further info: Vijaya; MIA Industry Education Officer, E education@marinas.net.au Ph. +61 2 9439 5806
Web https://www.marinas.net.au/training/club-marine-extreme-weather-preparedness

Have Wings? Can do the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

The annual Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta appeals to owners from the Sydney catchment area and beyond with boats from regional New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand represented in previous editions. Rikki Racing in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise RaceRikki Racing in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race

Shorthanded, multihull, straight-out racer, cruiser/racer and a newly introduced cruising division offer the full gamut of entry options for the IRC/ORCi optimised through to well-performing production boats, and now those crews focused more on the journey than the destination are well catered for.

The NSW coastal fringe is a dramatic ever-changing landscape of beaches, cliffs, towns, safe harbours and islands. Each January the 370 nautical mile Australian Sailing Category 2 ocean race – the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’s opening pointscore event - takes the fleet north along the NSW coast to the easternmost tip of Australia at Cape Byron before the final leg along Queensland’s golden beaches to the finish line off Main Beach at Southport.

Ray Haslar’s Reichel/Pugh 42 Rikki made the journey from New Zealand to Pittwater for the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race and the skipper said this of the adventure: “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For the first-timers on board it was the experience of a lifetime. The delivery over took seven days, clearing into Newcastle, with a six-day crossing for the return trip.”

Haslar appreciated the professional support of both the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club, the finish club and host of the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series. “The service and hospitality at both clubs were excellent; you couldn’t have asked for better.”

Already registered for the start of the 2019 race to Southport, starting January 2 just to the north of Palm Beach headland, is Wings, a new Dehler 46 launched last November for RPAYC members Lindy and Ian Edwards.

Wings’ racing calendar is a busy one, the owners soon to leave Sydney for the CYCA’s lengthy PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, a reinstated 1,064 nautical miler starting June 2, then back to Queensland in winter for consecutive race weeks at Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island.

Maserati laps MC38 fleet in Act 1 on Pittwater

Media Release                                                                                                6 May 2018

Event: MC38 2018 Season Act 1 on Pittwater, May 5-6, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Maserati laps MC38 fleet in Act 1 on Pittwater

Three straight final day wins for Neville Crichton’s Maserati delivered the absent owner the narrowest victory in the first act of the MC38’s 2018 season.

“You’ve got to have a bit of luck on your side on Pittwater; that’s the nature of sailing up here in winter,” said Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner, adding “it helps build the skills for sailing in light and patchy stuff. I enjoy it.”

Chris Hancock’s Vino crew went into the final race a point ahead in the combined scores and needing the bullet. They finished second to Maserati, unable to hold off the Turner brothers, Daniel on the wheel and older brother Joe calling tactics with America’s Cup sailor and former Etchells world champion Ben Lamb adding his flair on a tricky Pittwater day.

Interview with Joe and Daniel Turner

Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.

After many years of class racing, a countback to second is the closest the Vino crew, spearheaded by the owner and tactician Billy Merrington, has been to claiming the overall regatta trophy. Hancock is encouraged by the result, though his plan is to sell his MC38 and downsize to three crew campaigning a 5.5m class boat with sentimental value he’s purchased.

“The crew work was really good this weekend; we’ve sailed well for quite a while, but the odd mistake counted us out,” Hancock once shared back at the RPAYC dock on Sunday May 6, 2018. “We showed what we can really do once you are mistake-free. I’m really proud of the way the guys worked.

“The eight-up has really helped us. The maximum crew weight is now 670 up from 600kgs and we’ve taken advantage of that. The two RPAYC Youth Development women, Rachel Bower and Hannah Lanz, who we’ve added most recently, are fantastic and really showing their Elliott skills. They are also a calming influence on everybody.

“Vino’s on the market. I’ve bought a 5.5m which was built in 1979 at the RPAYC and won a world championship in 1980 in the Bahamas. The move allows me to become a destination sailor and get on the water more often, and with a touch of luck the worlds will be in Sydney in 2020.”

Showing noticeable improvement in only their second hit-out with the Grand Prix one design fleet was Shaun Lane and Quentin Hewitt’s Middle Harbour based Lazy Dog, which in the wind lottery went from well back in the pack to second in race five. In that finish, one second separated each of the top three finishers.

Sunday’s three races in warm autumn sunshine and light winds capped off the six-race series run by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. The race management team snuck race four in early Sunday, in the last of the cool morning sou’wester, before the slow transition to a light sou’easter 5-7 knots.

The final race six was a one-lapper, a smart call by the race committee given the fluky conditions looked set to shutdown altogether.

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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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