The opening race of the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport, Australia, was sailed in a moderate southerly on the Palm Beach Circle. Winner of last week’s Scandinavian Gold Cup and defending world champions, Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen), led the race from start to finish.
Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) was second with New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) crossing in third. There are 24 boats from seven nations taking part including 12 Moderns (built after 1993), nine Evolutions (built between 1970 and 1993) and three Classics (built before 1970).
With the wind increasing to 14-18 knots and a big sea state, the first race was a great test for everyone. The right side was favoured with Artemis XIV and Girls on Film early across while New Moon II started at the pin and crossed over later. Artemis XIV rounded the top mark ahead and was never headed, while Girls on Film passed New Moon II on the second top mark.
Andrew Palfrey, middleman on Girls on Film, said, “A really nice day I don’t think it gets much better than that. The sun wasn’t out but it was a fantastic breeze with not many shifts and the sea state was pretty nice upwind and some waves to catch downwind.”
“We had a nice start in the middle. We wanted to get over to the right and we eventually got onto port and right did pay a little and we were where we wanted to be at the top mark, just in the game, which was nice and we chipped away from there. Speed and strategy was pretty solid from there and we got back to second in the race, so happy with that.”
“We feel like we are competitive and happy to survive the first day.”
This is only his third regatta in the 5.5. He sailed with Flavio Marrazi and Christoph Wilke in 2010, and then not again until last year’s Alpen Cup on Lake Garda, with Girls on Film. He continued with a laugh, “We were lucky enough to win both those so I think it’s madness I am here competing, cos I have a pretty good record. I should have sat on it.”
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the Smart Boating Group have recentlyformed a strategic partnership designed to offer members of the Club an opportunity to share in the ownership of a syndicate yacht.
Shared boat ownership is becoming increasingly popular and is appealing to people wanting an alternative to full boat ownership due to time constraints and financial barriers. For many people it makes their boating dreams possible.
From the Club’s perspective it will increase membership numbers with all owners of the syndicate yacht berthed at the Club required to be Full Members of RPAYC. With more members comes greater participation around the Club including racing and cruising as well as increased activity in our food and beverage operation and boatyard.
Martin Lyall, Co-Owner / Director of Smart Boating Group said, “I’m thrilled we’ll be able to extend our shared boat offerings to The Alfred’s. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is a premium location and one in which SMART Boating can grow a substantial yacht fleet. The acceptance of a shared economy means the Club can keep pace with today’s changing world”
Craig Evans, General Manager of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club stated he was, “also excited at the prospect of welcoming new members to the Club, and of equal importance is the fact that from a participation perspective, these syndicate-owned boats will be actively campaigned in RPAYC’s racing programs, specifically the inshore and twilight programs as well as the Club’s cruising calendar.”
The initial yacht to be based at the RPAYC is TWILIGHT, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 with shares in that syndicate available immediately.
For more information brochures are available from RPAYC reception or online at https://smartboating.com.au/jeanneau-sun-odyssey-349-boatshare/
Australia is not short of beautiful waterways and in the 1920s, around Christmas time, scores of boats would begin heading north from Sydney Harbour to visit one such spectacular site and to take part in one of the most important events on the New South Wales yachting calendar – the Pittwater Regatta.
To continue this tradition, on the weekend of the 15-16 February, 2020 the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) will be hosting the annual Pittwater Regatta, a yachting & dinghy regatta that dates back as far as 1888. The revitalized regatta continues to promote its heritage inviting all yacht owners to enjoy the friendly competition expanding across the waters of Broken Bay, Pittwater Estuary and Inshore, with participation from Sydney to the Central Coast and our local Pittwater sailors.
Three course areas are planned to cater for the various racing formats on offer. From the Premier and Performance racing yachts, who will compete offshore on a grand prix windward leeward course, to the Estuary Passage Series of races for club racers and cruisers. Additionally there will be an inshore Sprint Series for a variety of fast paced one design and sports boats.
On Saturday afternoon crews will be entertained back at the Alfred’s Clubhouse by the Aston Martini’s performing a great mix of Cool Swing and Classic Soul with a touch of class and lots of energy.
We welcome ENSIGN Yachts as supporter of the 'Country of Origin' Estuary Series, 2 races over the weekend for all boats. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the winning yacht by design (Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Hanse, J-Boats, Dehler and more).
Also joing the Regatta are the Sydney 38 OD Class for their Australian Championship over 3 days, Friday 14-15-16.
To be a part of this great tradition visit www.rpayc.com.au to Enter.
To learn more about the history of the Pittwater Regatta visit the https://www.sea.museum/2013/04/12/the-pittwater-regatta
The 2020 Scandinavian Gold Cup and World Championship Is being held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, in Newport, Australia
Event website for results and documents: https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/5-5m-world-champ-2020
Club website: https://www.rpayc.com.au
Class website: 5.5class.org
Weds 8 January • Worlds Measurement/Registration
Thurs 9 - Mon 13 January • World Championship • 9 races scheduled
Mon 13 January • Closing Ceremony & Prizegiving
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