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America’s Cup is heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is pleased to announce the famous ‘Auld Mug’, the America’s Cup, is headed across the Tasman Sea to the Club in March for a special weekend of events, marking the first time it has been seen in Australia since the 30th anniversary of Australia winning the Cup back in September 1983.

The America’s Cup will briefly leave its present home at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) to go on display at the Pittwater based club in Sydney over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. The RNZYS recently accepted the RPAYC as an entry for the Youth America’s Cup Challenge, and the two clubs have also joined forces to make the inaugural 2021 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race a success.

“We are very excited that the Cup is coming to the Club and that it has been accepted as the first ever challenger from Australia for the Youth America’s Cup Challenge. It will be a fabulous weekend for all concerned,” RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley said.

“We will also be promoting the inaugural Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race over that weekend,” he said, adding: “The Alfreds is a great place to go sailing and continues to produce champions from grass roots level.”

RPAYC members and guests will be invited to a function on the Saturday evening, among them government officials, well known sailors; in particular those with a connection to the Cup, who will be invited to speak. Aaron Young, Vice Commodore of RNZYS will be arriving with the Cup.

‘The Alfred’s’ has strong ties to the America’s Cup. Members Colin Beashel, Phil Smidmore and Rob Brown were on the winning 1983 team. The Club’s most famous Cup exponent though, is two-time winner, James Spithill. ‘Jimmy’ is lining up for his seventh tilt at the Cup, this time as skipper of the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge. Another member, Richard Slater, appointed Chief Umpire for the 35th AC in 2017, has been invited back in the same role for the 36th edition in 2021.

Others who will benefit from seeing the Cup, and most for the first time in their young lives, are the up to 150 Optimist sailors expected to take part in the RPAYC hosted Optimist NSW Championship on that same weekend.

On Sunday the RPAYC will launch its Youth Americas Cup team at the presentation to the NSW Optimist Championship sailors.

“Sunday, the focus will be on the Optimist sailors and local sailors from our Youth Development program and our Youth Squad. We will share with them the Club’s history of taking part in the America’s Cup - and winning it,” Commodore Lockley remarked. “It will give them food for thought on where they can take their sailing in the future.” 

For all information on the RPAYC and its events, please visit: https://www.rpayc.com.au/

For all information on the 2021 Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, please visit: www.sydneytoauckland.com

To Book your seat for the 'Conquer the Tasman Launch' on Saturday evening, please visit: www.trybooking.com/BIYIL 

By Di Pearson/Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race media

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RPAYC will be a hive of activity in 2020 - pic courtesy RPAYC                                                                  The America's Cup - Andrew Delves RNZYS pic

 

Sydney Harbour Regatta - MHYC

182 keelboats raced across 19 divisions over 7 course areas throughout Sydney Harbour as well as offshore near Sydney Heads for the 2020 Sydney Harbour Regatta run over the weekend. As well as all of the members who compete, RPAYC assist with this event each year (along with 11 Sydney clubs), by sending down race committee and mark laying vessels with volunteers onboard. 
Congratulations to all of the RPAYC yachts & sailors that competed, the RPAYC podium boats were: 
SUPER 30: 1st +GST - Andy Wharton
IRC Open: 2nd & ORCi: 1st - BUSHRANGER - Gerry Hatton 
SYDNEY 38: 1st CONSPIRACY - Peter Byford and David Hudson
SUPER 30: 3rd EASY TIGER VI - Rob Brown 
Click Here for full results 
Click Here for image gallery

Pittwater Secondary Schools Teams Racing Regatta

The RPAYC recently conducted the 2020 edition of the Pittwater Secondary Schools Teams Racing Regatta, with the winners crowned and honoured with the ‘Pittwater Cup’ Trophy.
 
In moderate to fresh southerly’s over both the twilight session on Friday 6th and the afternoon session on Saturday 7th March, a single round-robin was conducted prior to the 5th/6th sail-off, the semi-finals and finals. 
 
After a full round-robin and not claiming a win during that stage, it was the Knox Grammar School lining up against the more favoured Pittwater High School 1 (Eagles) for the 5th v 6th Sail-off, in a first to two wins series. In race one and despite a Knox boat capsizing, the PHS1 team still couldn’t overcome Knox, who scored their first 1st & 2nd of the regatta. Knox then went on to claim their second win of the Regatta in Race two, to claim 5th place overall, with PHS 1 having to settle for 6th place overall in 2020.
 
Turning to the first Semi Final, it was the St Aloysius College vs the Pittwater High School 2 (Sharks). The St Aloysius Team had a clean slate of 1st and 2nd in each of their round-robin races and that strong form continued through both their Semi Final match ups with PHS 1, wiping them out with two further dominant performances with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both races.
 
In the other Semi Final it was the 2019 Champions the Mater Maria Catholic College vs the Pymble Ladies College. Within two races, Mater Maria wrapped up their birth in the Final, accounting for PLC with an equally dominant performance as the St Aloysius team, setting up a mouth-watering final, deferring PLC to fight it out in the Petite Final against PHS2.
 
Once the first race of the Petit Final got underway, it was clear that PLC would be favourites, with the PHS2 team slow off the mark and the PLC girls rocketing to the line in quick succession to score a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Race two of the Petite Final was similar to the first, with the PHS2 team now running out of puff and stamina in the building southerly; PLC taking the second race with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and claiming 3rd place overall in 2020.
 
As the Southerly breeze continued to build towards 20knts and with just the remaining two teams left to fight it out, the tension began to build. Where all the previous races were somewhat void of tactics and were more like sprint races, the Aloysius v Mater final will be remembered for lots of pre-start stalking manoeuvres, very close tactical racing, including capsizes, plus, masts crashing down mid race and ‘very’ close finishes at the line.
 
The Final certainly went the full distance of the  three scheduled races, with race two having to be re-sailed after gear failure on the course. In race one, Mater quickly snapped up the chocolates scoring a 1st and 2nd, handing the Aloysius team their first loss of the Regatta, before the drama filled race two. 
 
With plenty of the afore mentioned pre-race tactics evident, race two was looking at coming down to the wire, with boats touching at the final mark and the umpires having to make quick decisions. Soon after on that same final leg, one of the better positioned Aloysius boats had a mast failure and the narrow finish meant that the result could have been affected by the gear failure. The Race Committee quickly decide that race two be re-run with Aloysius getting on top this time, to level the scores at one a piece, scoring a 1st and 2nd in race two.
 
In race three of the Final, all the tricks came out of the bag yet again for both teams, with the breeze still nudging close to 20kts. The start and the mark rounding’s were tight to begin with, but soon after, two Mater boats managed to get clear and streaked away. The Mater Maria team had obviously managed to hold their nerve after the furore in race two, to secure the final race and the title of Regatta Champions, with a well-earned 1st and 2nd in race three.
 
In summary, Mater Maria triumphed (for the second year running) over the St Aloysius College (2 wins to 1) in the Final, with the Pymble Ladies College knocking over the Pittwater High School Eagles for third place (2 wins to 0) in the Petite Final.
 
The Abbotsleigh Umpires Trophy was deservedly awarded to the St Aloysius College and RPAYC would like to thank Richard Hudson for offering his time as Umpire.
 
Final Placings
1st Mater Maria (Winner of the Pittwater Cup)
2nd St Aloysius College (Awarded the Abbotsleigh Umpires Trophy)
3rd Pymble Ladies College
4th Pittwater High School 2 (Sharks)
5th The Knox Grammar School
6th Pittwater High School 1 (Eagles)
 
The RPAYC as the Organising Authority, is already pencilling in dates for early March 2021 for next year’s regatta, giving teams plenty of opportunity to plan ahead.
 

Lucky thirteen - International 5.5 Metre Australian Nationals

1-3rd March RPAYC.  
 
Following on from a very successful World Championships at RPAYC in January, thirteen was a lucky number for the 5.5 Metres at this years Australian Championships with the largest number of boats since the Australian Fives ‘glory days’.  This year included 5 Moderns (post 1994), the highest number ever, 6 Evolutions (post 1970) and 2 Classics (pre 1970).  The Australian teams were honoured to be joined by two teams who had travelled all the way from Germany for the event Wolf-Eberhard Richter in the Evolution Marotte and Max Mueller in his Modern Prettynama.
 
Day one was a tricky easterly on the ‘big pond’ on Pittwater.  It was critical to keep the eyes out of the boat looking and staying in the pressure and the large shifts.  Boat of the day was John Bacon in his 1993 Evolution KuRingGai.  Bacon was ably supported by Cam Miles and David Samson. KuRingGai is the current Evolution World Champion and showed the rest of the fleet what consistency means with a 1, 1, 2 in the tricky conditions.  Also showing consistency was another Evolution the 1993 Black Magic with the Andy and Jamie MacPhail with a 2,3, 6 to be second after day one.  Chris Hancock’s beautifully restored 1978 Evolution Rhapsody also had a consistent day scoring 5,5,3. The Moderns all struggled with consistency.  Colin Ryan, returning to the class after many years with Otto was Modern Boat of the Day scoring 10,2,3 leading Martin Cross in Beta Crucis scoring 11, 6, 1.  It was also fantastic to have a famous family return to the class with Mark Tolhurst sailing in the Modern Clark Kent.  Scotty O’Conner’s 1968 Kings Cross won the Boat of the Day battle of the Classics over Jason Antill in the 1968 Baragoola, which is the current Classic World Champion.   Performance Handicap Boat of the Day was Hancock’s Evolution Rhapsody.  
 
Day 2 was scheduled for an early start in order to make the best of the unusual hot North Westerly wind before it was forecast to die ahead of a 35kt ‘Southerly Buster’. Only two races were raced instead of the scheduled three before the wind died.  Again the conditions were tricky and again hunting the pressure was critical.  Both Black Magic (2,4) and Beta Cruicis (1,5) has reasonable days.  KuRingGai scored a 9 in the first race and did very well to pick a big shift at the start of the second race and hold on in the dying conditions to finish 1st.  After 5 races the drop came in and Bacon took a 6 point lead over Black Magic into the last day.  Both Kings Cross and Baragoola were hard to seperate with Kings Cross taking a one point lead into the final day.  Many of the crews were delighted to attend a fantastic BBQ at a house over looking Newport Beach hosted by the German Teams.  
 
Day 3 had the remains of the ‘Southerly Buster’ and the crews were greeted with a relatively consistent 8-10 knot Southerly for the three races that were held before the time limit.  At last a Modern managed to show their additional development and youth to be Boat of the Day.  Beta Crucis had a strong day with 1,1,2.  However, KuRingGai was again very consistent and an 8 point cushion over Beta Crucis and finishes of 3,2,3 was more than enough to take out the Australian Championships and the 1959 D’Arcy Shelley Memorial Trophy by 4 points.   Bacon and crew also took out the Gold Cup for the first Evolution.  The battle of the Classics and the Silver Cup was won by Baragoola largely as a result of a great seventh position in the last race.    Third overall was the MacPhail brothers Black Magic and they rightly took out the Fred Craig Juno Head handicap trophy.  
 
Most of the Moderns that came for the Worlds are about to return to Europe and the exciting news is that we will have four Australian teams competing in Modern 5.5 Metres on the European circuit: John Bacon, Bob Stoddard/Martin Cross, Mark Tolhurst and Colin and Mark Ryan.  The future is bright the future is Fives!   
 
Click here for Results
 
 
1st EVOLUTION: KU-RING-GAI (John Bacon)
1st MODERN: BETA CRUCIS (Martin Cross)
1st CLASSIC: BARAGOOLA (Damian Macey)
1st PHS: BLACK MAGIC (J & A Macphail)
 
 
 
 

Notice to RPAYC Members

Notice to RPAYC Members - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the recent outbreak of Novel coronavirus, RPAYC is monitoring the Australian Government’s information and advice. Their website is updated regularly and Members who are concerned are encouraged to check here for the most current information - (https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert).

  • The Australian Government recommends against travel to mainland China, Iran and South Korea and that all travellers arriving from these destinations be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
  • If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to an affected area, seek medical attention.

Click below for the list of affected areas - https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-covid-19-countries.htm

We ask Club Members, guests and staff who have recently returned from high-risk areas to follow government guidance and, if in doubt or if you have concerns or symptoms, not to visit the Club for at least 14 days from your return to Australia.

To ensure your well being and safety at the Club, please continue to maintain a high standard of hygiene practices and utilise the Club’s hand sanitisers and wipes found around the Club.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks.

 

2020 5.5M Australian Championship - Winners Crowned

Congratulations to all of our winners and placegetters at the 2020 5.5M Australian Championships

1st EVOLUTION: KU-RING-GAI (John Bacon)
1st MODERN: BETA CRUCIS (Martin Cross)
1st CLASSIC: BARAGOOLA (Damian Macey)
1st PHS: BLACK MAGIC (J & A Macphail)
 
 
 
 

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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