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Multihull & Monohull Line Honours Winners Declared

Drew Carruther’s Drew 15, Rushour  had a very comfortable trip north with pleasant hot meals to cross the finish line at 15:50 AEDT, taking multihull line honours in the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta, Sunday 5 January.

An elated Drew commented: ‘’Whilst there can be up to 15 people crammed into a small monohull, on our multihull it is very comfortable and goes a relatively similar speed to the monohulls. We were very lucky, when Morticia unfortunately had to pull out we backed off a little with our only goal being to make sure that we were the first boat home which we obviously achieved. Once we got past the first night we had beautiful sailing, it wasn’t too rough just a little light on the wind at times.

It was disappointing to lose our fellow multihulls, but that is one of the risks in the sport. The next race for the boat will be Brisbane to Gladstone’’.

In the monohull fleet Pretty Woman, the Farr 45 co-owned by RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley, Richard Hudson and Russell Murphy, took line honours  finishing  at 16:57 AEDT.

Richard had this to say post-race: ‘’I thoroughly enjoyed the race, the toughest bit was getting around Cape Byron, that was physiologically challenging. Our crew morale was excellent, they had a lot of fun, a good mixture of youth & experience. This was our first line honours win outside a club race on board Pretty Woman so we are very pleased with that.
Highly Sprung were always close behind and it felt like they were attached on a piece of shock cord. What we did appreciate was that we led from the starting gun, we got out of the start nicely and never let anyone in front of us”.

Michael Lockley – RPAYC Club Commodore: ‘’We’ve had a good race, all of the Youth Development members on the boat were fantastic.  Our catering was right down to the wire and we may have run out prior to the finish.’

Commenting on the race itself Michael said ‘’A positive side of the Pittwater to Paradise Race is that it gives the opportunity for everyone to go racing whether it is north or south, with a different set of time restraints. Also ideal for those who are not yet up to a Hobart Race, or would like to use this as a stepping stone to the Hobart, it gives them an entrée into how a long ocean race might work and how you prepare and deal with it, how to put a crew together and who you need.  

The Race has been a success, unfortunately we have had a few retirements, the good news about that is people were able to make some decisions and get some safe outcomes if things didn’t quite go right’’.

Second over the line in the monohulls  and current  winner of IRC, ORCi & PHS, Mark Springs Beneteau 45 Highly Sprung  followed close on Pretty Woman’s heels only 14 minutes later at 17:11 AEDT, enjoying a very close battle.

‘’The first night was pretty rough for the new guys on the boat, it was definitely an initiation for them, then pretty much champagne sailing after that. 4 of us are very new to the sport of racing, having sailed for a long time but never raced offshore, then we have some amazing professionals on-board, with at least 6 very seasoned sailors. We had a ball, having Pretty Woman just ahead of us was a great motivation, we would look up and they were just there, they got away from us on the second day and so overnight the team worked really hard just pushing every second of it and we caught her. It was a great race and we look forward to a drink and chat with them’’.

At the time of writing we currently have 4 boats still racing with the next boat  due this morning. 

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.

For more information visithttp://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
Facebook: @pitt2paradise - Twitter: @Pitt2Paradise - Instagram: #pitt2paradise
Hash Tags: #pitt2paradise #RPAYC #clubmarine #henrilloydaus

Media enquiries during the race:
RPAYC Nick Elliott m. 0468 330 070 e. Nick.Elliott@rpayc.com.auor Katie Spithill m. 0438 548 755 e. KatieP@rpayc.com.au

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au

Pittwater to Paradise start video

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Pretty Woman extends with Highly Sprung hot on their heels

Richard Hudson’s Farr 45 Pretty Woman continues to lead the monohull fleet north, however “Highly Sprung” are sticking to Pretty Woman like “bees to a honey pot” and have a handy lead on IRC overall.

It’s been no rest for the wicked, with Pretty Woman crewmembers’ Liam Bennett, James Farquharson & Michael Lockley, who all just finished in the Sydney to Hobart and flew straight back to compete in the Pittwater to Paradise, in a race that has turned into a real endurance battle. “I’m getting sick of tacking all the time” said an exhausted Liam Bennett. “Even when off watch, we are constantly having to change bunks each time to the windward side”.
Bennett referring to the strategical course the fleet is sailing, which is seeing nearly all the boats hugging the coast line to stay out of the south-going current.

A little further back from the battle at the front, Ocean Gem and Wildflower 2 seem to be having a great battle of their own, with both boats having their own match race up the coast. Both boats again doing their best to keep these cruiser racers up to speed and out of the adverse current, and are within shouting distance of each other at times.

Rushour, the lone horse left in the multihull division, is continuing to power away from the fleet as even though in their own words they “have throttled back a bit”, due to her multihull competitors retiring. Rushour, however is still hungry to be the first boat across the line!

Enigma have made a bold move and have gone east out to sea, and are the furthest offshore of the fleet. Time will tell if this bold manoeuvre pays off, however, in the meantime Enigma has a few miles to try and get back.

Meanwhile back on land is Mad Jack, who are already planning their 2020 race, we caught up with owner Greg Black earlier today: “As we wish the remainder of fleet in the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta the best for the race north, we wanted to provide an update on our injured bowman.
Louis ended up with a broken ankle and is now back in Brisbane with a cast on his ankle. Good to see he is still wearing the MJ shirt and with a smile on his face.

We were fortunate to have an incredible crew for the race who all worked together through a difficult time. Thank you, team!! An extra call out to our navigator (and fortunately for us a trauma surgeon) Professor Michael Muller, who had his hands full and did an incredible job on a 35ft yacht belting into a lumpy sea.

Lastly, thank you again to Craig, Tommy and the entire team from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – RPAYC, who were exceptional. We’ll be back”, commented an upbeat Greg.

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

At this stage the race leaders are are expected to cross the finish line midday tomorrow (Saturday 5th January). We encourage spectators to join the Southport Yacht Club and take your boat just off the seaway and welcome the crews as they arrive at Southport .

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.

For more information visit: http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
Facebook: @pitt2paradise - Twitter: @Pitt2Paradise - Instagram: #pitt2paradise
Hash Tags: #pitt2paradise #RPAYC #clubmarine #henrilloydaus
Media enquiries during the race:
RPAYC Nick Elliott m. 0468 330 070 e. Nick.Elliott@rpayc.com.au or Katie Spithill m. 0438 548 755 e. KatieP@rpayc.com.au
SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au
Pittwater to Paradise start video
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Light NE breeze greets the fleet for the start

Media Release                                                                                                                     2 January 2019

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2019 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

With a spectator fleet of in excess of 60 boats the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta got away in a light N NE Breeze from 100-120 at approx 7knots.

The official weather briefing was presented by a representative from the Bureau of Meteorology which anticipated a N NE Breeze of 15-25 knots over the next 24-48hrs.

In the monohull fleet Richards Hudson’s Farr 45 Pretty Women made it clear they had a plan to start at the pin which they had to fight for with Marcus Grimes and his crew onboard Insomnia the Judel & Vorlijk 42.

With the multihulls starting 5 minutes behind the monohulls it didn’t take Shaun Carroll’s Lombard Tri, Morticia more than a few minutes to establish its dominance in both the monohull and multihull fleet. Soon after passing Pretty Woman (monohull leader) Morticia was the first boat to get onto port tack and head east chasing more favourable winds.

‘After a clean start for both fleets the competitors have already encountered their first transition of the race with a S SE’erly starting to settle into the North, I am sure the navigators are already being heavily utilised’ commented Race Director, Nick Elliott.

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta.

For more information visithttp://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
Facebook: @pitt2paradise - Twitter: @Pitt2Paradise - Instagram: #pitt2paradise
Hash Tags: #pitt2paradise #RPAYC #clubmarine #henrilloydaus

Media enquiries during the race:
RPAYC Nick Elliott m. 0468 330 070 e. Nick.Elliott@rpayc.com.auor Katie Spithill m. 0438 548 755 e. KatieP@rpayc.com.au

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au

Pittwater to Paradise start video

Link: https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlnic/videos/10158668523023868/

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How to watch the 2019 Pittwater to Paradise Race

Live commentary and drone footage of the start of the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta on facebook via Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/
 
Follow the Trackers Here: https://yb.tl/ps2019
 
Event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au
 
Regatta Facebook Page & Updates: https://www.facebook.com/pitt2paradise/
 
Twitter: pitt2paradise
 
Instagram: #pitt2paradise
 
Media enquiries during the race: KatieP@rpayc.com.au

Sail Melbourne 2018

Sail Melbourne 2018 was a regatta where the Melbourne weather turned on four seasons in every day. We had torrential rain, high winds, no winds, thunder storms, sunshine and more rain. Melbourne had its 1 in 100 year storms for the third year in a row and the locals were saying “It’s never like this”!

We were out watching Bayley on the Laser course for this regatta. On the first day, Thursday we arrived at the club and were presented with a strong 25-30knot Southerly blowing, torrential rain and fairly choppy waves. All fleets were initially held ashore under AP but around midday the wind eased a little to below 20knots and the fleets went out for racing. The Lasers got one race in but then in the second race the wind glassed out and the boats timed out, so only one race was completed.

On day 2, conditions looked great for racing with a SE breeze around 12 knots. The Lasers completed one race which had the course very close to the shore of Brighton Beach. A couple of Lasers hit an unmarked rock and damaged their boats. The race committee decided to move the course out to sea a little to take the rock out of the course and whilst resetting another thunder storm with lightning was approaching the course area so all sailors were sent ashore.

On day 3, Saturday the wind was very light and all classes were AP on shore. Eventually the fleets were sent out and the Lasers just sat around waiting for wind. About 2pm yet another thunder storm with lightning was approaching and reports of over 30knots were coming in from the airport where the storm was coming from. Again all sailors were quickly sent ashore with an AP over H. However on shore the race committee changed this to AP over A and racing was done for the day for the Lasers. Great we are now three days into the regatta and have only had 2 races. We haven’t even got a regatta yet. Some of the other classes which already had 6 or more races were sent out racing in the afternoon after the storm had passed.

On the final day, the Lasers schedule was bought forward to 10am to try and get a regatta. The Lasers managed to get 3 races in with a northerly breeze 1—15knots and end with a 5 race regatta. Immediately after the completion of the racing another rain squall arrived just in time to pack up boats, rhibs and head back to Sydney. It was a long drive home and we arrived home around 2am.

The following is a summary of the results for RPAYC in Sail Melbourne – full results can be found  at this link http://sailingresults.net/site/event/80240/

49er – Jim Colley and Shaun Connor – 2nd Overall

49er FX – Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot – 3rd Overall

470 Men – Josh Dawson – 7th Overall

Finn – Matt Visser – 28th Overall

Laser 4.7 – Bayley Taylor – 14th Overall

Optimist Open – Daniel Links – 1st

                              Austin Cross – 3rd

                              Jono Tuite – 7th

                              Angus Renton – 8th

                              Olivia Williams – 17th

                              Cooper Bellingham – 21st

                              Eva Attwood – 22nd

                              Wally Tuite – 36th

                              Markus Sampson – 38th

                              Isabella Holdsworth – 44th

                              Darcy Robbins – 46th

                              Will Troop – 52nd

                              Kye Williams – 55th

                              Nathan Pearce – 63rd

 

Optimist Intermediate – Piper Attwood – 3rd

                                             Julia Pearce – 8th

Nacra 15 – Bella Green and Rohan Stannage – 6th

Wasp – Henry Davison – 9th

It was great to see so many sailors in attendance from RPAYC - Thank You to Dave Taylor for the report. 

 

  

 

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

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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