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

       

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

 
 

Optimist North Americans Report

Report on Optimist North American Championships, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, July 2018

This year I was selected to represent Australia in the North American Championships (NAMs) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The regatta had 150 competitors across two fleets ranging from 11-14 years of age. There were sailors from 13 different countries and 4 continents (5 if you count Australia as its own continent) in total. For most of the regatta the conditions ranged from 10-20 knots sea breezes with quite large chop, consistent wind with eventual large shift, going back and forth. The temperature was hot and humid and the water was very warm.

The regatta went for 5 days and included 2 days of qualifiers, 1 day of teams racing then 2 days of finals. The time frame of the racing was challenging as the sea breeze didn’t come in until midday and daily storms coming in around 3-4pm, giving us 3 races a day (if there was wind at all). During the qualifiers my placings started off well and went bad on the second day. This resulted in me being placed, along with the rest of the AUS team, in silver fleet.

The teams racing day turned out to be an extremely light day with little to nothing knots. This caused the race volunteers to change the amount of losses a team could have before being removed from the racing from two to one. This was bad luck for us as we had to face an experienced Argentinian team first which lead to us heading in after the first race. During the finals I sailed extremely well, ending 5th overall (3 points behind 3rd) and first in the Australian team. The conditions were lighter and windier at times than the qualifiers. I managed to sail a clean regatta with no penalties from the jury or OCSs.

By Jono Tuite

2018 SORS Optimist Regatta

2018 SORS Optimist Regatta hosted by Georges River Sailing Club is done - what a great regatta with a mix of conditions. Congratulations to all some amazing racing over the 3 days - special mention to our 2018 SORCS Regatta Winner Daniel Links with a perfect score card 10 wins from 10 races.

Final podiums are as follows:

Open Boys
1st - Daniel Links (RPAYC)
2nd - Matty Goss (RBYC / SYS)
3rd - Austin Cross (RPAYC)

Open Girls
1st - Olivia Williams (RPAYC)
2nd - Sienna Brown (RPAYC)
3rd - Clover Norman (WSC)

Intermediate Boys
1st - Jack Scharf (PDSC)
2nd - Will Nobes (PDSC)
3rd - Charlie Byford (RPAYC)

Intermediate Girls
1st - Gemma Ashton (HHSC)
2nd - Sofie Maxwell (HHSC)
3rd - Caterina Meyer (WSC)

Sportsmanship Award - Hannah Kernohan (GRSC)

Green Fleet Awards
Most Improved - Jasmine Derwent
Encouragement Award - Zara Marks

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Boatyard Operations

The boatyard will close from Friday 21st December, 2018 - Monday 7th January, 2019. Competitors in the Club Marine Pittwarer to Paradise Regatta requiring a lift prior to the race on Wednesday 2nd January are asked to contact the Boatyard ASAP to make arrangements on 02 9998 3751

Clubhouse/Tender Operations

Mon 17 / Tues 18:

Bistro: 0900 – 1800
Reception: 0800 - 1700
Tender: 0800 - 1700 


Wed 19: 
Bistro: 0900 – 1900
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender:  0800 - 1700


Thurs 20: 
Bistro:0900 – approx. 2100 Twilight
Reception: 0800 - 2000
Tender: 0800 - 2000

Fri 21: Family Night & Club Christmas party
Bistro:0900 – 2030 -  Bookings through reception
Reception: 0800 - Close
Tender: 0800 - 1700


Sat 22 / Sun 23: 
Bistro: 0800 – 1930
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1800
 

Mon 24: Christmas Eve: 
Bistro: 0900 – 1930
Reception: 0800 - 1700
Tender: 0800 - 1700

Tues 25: Christmas Day: - CLUB CLOSED

Wed 26: 
Bistro: 0900 – 1500 (Boxing Day public holiday)
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1800 


Thurs 27 / Fri 28:
Bistro: 0900 – 1930
Reception: 0800 - Close
Tender: 0800 - 1700
 
Sat 29 / Sun 30:
Bistro: 0800 – 1930
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1800
 
Mon 31: New Year’s Eve:
Bistro 0900 – 2230 – Bookings through reception
Reception: 0800 - 2000
Tender: 0800 - 1700
 
 
JANUARY 2018
 
Tues 1: New Years Day (Public Holiday)
Bistro: 0800 – 1800 
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1800
 
Wed 2: Pittwater to Southport Race
Bistro: 0700 – 1900
Reception: 0700 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1700
 
Thurs 3 / Fri 4:
Bistro: 0900 – 1900
Reception: 0800 - Close
Tender: 0800 - 1700
 
Sat 5 / Sun 6:
Bistro: 0800 – 1930
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender: 0800 - 1800
 

Sail GP Sydney, February 2019

Get behind Club Member & Olympian Jason Waterhouse who is representing Team SailGP Australia. We have been advised that the best way to view the racing will be on personal boats so if you are interested then please register for the boater program as this will provide you with the race information with the exclusions zones, timings etc. 

Sail GP is sailing redefined, combining awe-inspiring athleticism with supercharged foiling 50ft catamarans – the F50. The event will showcase the best the Sydney Harbour has to offer with racing like you have never seen before. SailGP Sydney taking place on Friday 15th from 4pm-6pm and Saturday 16th February from 3pm-5pm, 2019. Each national team will compete in fleet races, culminating with the top two teams racing for a place on the winner’s podium in a match race on Saturday afternoon. 

There are a range of free and ticketed spectator experiences on- and off-water. 

Boater Program

Bring your own boat and watch the action by registering for our free boater program to receive important race management information. 

Register here and you will receive:

  • A commemorative SailGP Sydney boat flag
  • Race management information
    • Race timings 
    • Spectator zones 
    • Access restrictions 
    • Latest racecourse maps
  • The chance to win a VIP tour of SailGP Australia’s base on Cockatoo Island

Spectator Experience

We have a range of unique fan experiences on offer for SailGP Sydney, including; 

  • Official Spectator Boats with Captain Cook Cruises
  • Official Viewing Area on Shark Island 
  • Guided Public Tours of the team bases on Cockatoo Island

Official Spectator boats have exclusive viewing positions on the course line, plus live TV coverage on board. Ticket types include self-cater options, premium on-board dining, private and corporate options. Our Official Viewing Area is literally in the middle of the race track. The area will be transformed with a big screen showing live race coverage and commentary along with dedicated shore-to-shore transfers, you will receive a gourmet food hamper and a premium open bar on the island. 

Register here to receive access to exclusive ticketing and event information.

Tickets go on sale on the 22nd of November and with the likes of Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge going head to head at over 45 knots boat speed, SailGP Sydney is a must watch event. For those who cannot make it to Sydney for the event make sure you register your interest here so that you receive up-to-date information on how to watch live at home or at your local sailing club. 

 

29er State Titles - Round 1, Wangi Wangi

Two crews of 2 RPAYC sailors, Fletcher Walters, Jack Hildebrand, Oscar Verity and Ellis Merrett, made the journey to Wangi Wangi Sailing Club on the western shores of Lake Macquarie on the weekend of 24 and 25 of November to participate in the first round of the NSW 29er championship.  The regatta was only the second for the boys, having only spent a few months in the 29er after graduating from the Optimist (and Laser for Jack) at the end of last season.

Plans to do an afternoon training run on the Lake a day prior were thwarted by a howling 30+ knot wind, which continued well into the evening.  Saturday morning was still quite fresh, but calmed significantly to a 10-12kn westerly for the start of racing.  The first race got off on time.  At the first mark, Oscar and Ellis were right up in the leading pack, positioned 5th in a fleet of 17.  While they couldn’t maintain the pace, finishing 12th behind Jack and Fletcher’s 10th, it immediately showed just how far the two crews had come since the State Youth Championships in late September. A wind shift to the south saw a course change for the completion of 3 more races on day 1. At the end of day one results of 10th, 13th, 12th and 9th had Jack and Fletch in the running for a top 10 finish, while similar results and an OCS in race 4 meant Oscar and Ellis were reliant on a drop and some good results on Day 2.

Day 2 started with still conditions, which then built to a consistent and gradually strengthening 10kn westerly for the scheduled start of racing.  Jack and Fletch got out of the blocks early, posting a 7th in race 5 and followed up with an 11th and a 14th.  Oscar and Ellis were consistent during the day in posting two 12th and a 13th.  At the end of the regatta, the two teams finished within a place of each other in 12th and 13th and were well in touch with the much more experienced fleet at only 5-10% off the pace of the top 3 placing boats, two of which are currently ranked No. 2 and No. 6 in the world. it was an excellent regatta for both crews, illustrating the huge gains both crews had made over the past months of training, underpinned by some excellent coaching from Jim Colley and a healthy rivalry that has developed between them.

 

Respect Ocean Racing - Female Hobart Team Announced

Team Ocean Respect Racing, led by Stacey Jackson, to raise awareness of ocean health issues in Australia, supported by 11th Hour Racing

In a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, and to promote ocean health and sustainability, the first all-female professional crew to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has announced its campaign to win the coveted Tattersall Cup in Hobart.

The 13-strong crew, led by Skipper Stacey Jackson, will race under the team name Ocean Respect Racing, in partnership with 11th Hour Racing, an organization that promotes sustainability through sport. The team name expresses the message this outstanding group of sailors will spread throughout the sailing community in Australia, inspiring fellow competitors, event organizers, and supporters to protect the ocean. Sailing on the 66 footer Wild Oats X, the crew is a serious contender in the race, with a combined experience of 68 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races and 17 Volvo Ocean Races.

Stacey Jackson, Skipper and Founder of Ocean Respect Racing noted: “Sailing with a fully professional, all-female crew to Hobart is a wonderful opportunity and we are proud to build on the work of non-professional female crews who have previously raced. We are excited to promote and encourage women in the sport and engage with the Australian public on ocean health issues that are affecting us daily, both locally and globally. We are working with environmental organizations, as well as local yacht clubs, to further educate ourselves, be proactive in mitigating our impact on the ocean, and inspire our fans and communities to become ocean stewards.”

Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has harnessed the power of sport for positive change with an innovative approach, establishing strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities. These include the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race and a team in the 35th America’s Cup, along with giving more than 80 grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout the world, and engaging professional sailors as global ambassadors.

Rob MacMillan, Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing, noted: “We are thrilled to continue our work with Stacey Jackson in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, building on her legacy with Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the Volvo Ocean Race. Stacey is a keen advocate for ocean health, which she demonstrates daily as a professional sailor and as a business owner. The opportunity to work with an all-star female team in this iconic offshore race is a great platform to raise awareness, and act, on the global issue of plastic pollution. We are very proud to support the  legacy that Stacey and her team are going to build in her home country.”

Ocean Respect Racing will promote the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, a grantee of 11th Hour Racing, growing the momentum of Australia’s recent commitment to the campaign to reduce ocean plastics.

Sandy Oatley who’s family own Wild Oats X and Wild Oats XI noted: “Sailing is a sport that my family is incredibly passionate about and we were delighted to agree to contribute Wild Oats X to Stacey’s campaign at Hamilton Island Race Week. We are looking forward to seeing both Wild Oats XI and Wild Oats X on the starting line for what is expected to be a strong race.”

Ocean Respect Racing’s crusade to Hobart became a reality when Sandy Oatley gifted Stacey Jackson the use of Wild Oats X for the race on behalf of the Oatley family. Wild Oats X is the sister ship to supermaxi Wild Oats XI, which has been decorated with line honors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race a record-breaking eight times.

Working closely with Stacey Jackson as Ambassador for the team is Hon. Julie Bishop, former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Australia’s first female Foreign Minister. “I am delighted to be the ambassador for Ocean Respect Racing. This historic initiative will set the benchmark for female participation in sailing in Australia, and Stacey’s team comprises some of the most capable sailors. Importantly, I am looking forward to working closely with the team and the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign to promote the importance of ocean health and sustainability in Australia. I hope that their sporting endeavors will inspire women and girls around the world,” commented Ms. Bishop.

The Ocean Respect Racing team will make its debut at the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on December 11th in Sydney Harbour. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will start on December 26th.

FULL CREW LIST
Stacey Jackson - Skipper - RPAYC
Dee Caffari – Second In Charge
Libby Greenhalgh - Navigator
Carolijn Brouwer - Helm
Katie Spithill – Tactics - RPAYC
Vanessa Dudley - Trimmer
Jade Cole - Pit
Keryn McMaster - Trimmer
Katie Pettibone - Trimmer
Faraday Brooke Martin – Boat Captain
Bianca Cook – Mid Bow
Sophie Ciszek - Bow

 
Images - Salty Dingo 

 

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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