Club Member Nathan Bryant and Georgia Payne from Mandurah South of Perth Yacht Club, have been over in Marseille, France competing in the Nacra 15 Worlds followed by the first Nacra 15 foiling regatta in the world!
The team worked hard and took off at the start of the regatta showing that their many hours of training in the wind and heavy sea states was paying off. They were up at the top of this big fleet of over 80 Nacra’s – the biggest event yet in this class.
The regatta was challenging, not just by the numbers on the water but the changing winds and seas states. In heavy seas they held their own but were challenged when the regatta turned into a very light and shifty race course. The team learnt some tough lessons and finished an amazing 10th overall. They then backed this up with a 5th in the foiling worlds. They are on their way home and ready to work hard for the upcoming summer series where they will compete for the 2020 Youth worlds spot.
See the full results here: http://www.nacra15class.com/worlds-2019/
The Club is pleased to announce that the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) access to the lower car park is now operating.
The LPR cameras provide Members the benefit of express entry into the lower car park without the need to ‘swipe’ a membership card.
Members are invited to register details of your personal vehicles by providing licence plate and membership numbers to Club Reception in person, by phone 9998 3700 or email email@example.com.
What if I have more than one car? Members may register the licence plates of multiple vehicles however, the ‘anti-passback’ setting will only permit one vehicle per member in the car park at any one time (per Parking By-Law 3(i)).
Approach speed? The safe driving speed from the Club main entrance pillars is 5km and it is recommended that members approach at this speed to avoid the need to come to a full standstill.
Do I still need my Membership Card? Yes, Members should always have their membership card on hand in the event that the registration plate cannot be read.
Please refer to Club By-Law #3 for more information about parking at the RPAYC.
The annual Club Golf Day was held at Bayview Golf Club on Friday October 18.
Ten teams competed and the First Prize for Men was taken out by Team “Scoot” (Scott Robertson) and the First Prize for Ladies was taken out by Team “First Picasso” (Virginia McClelland).
The weather was beautiful for golf and Bayview Golf Club provided full amenities including lunch and breakfast and our thanks go to Skye Choueiri and the Bayview staff for their excellent attention.
The prizes were presented on the day by Past Commodore Ian Audsley with help from Brian Gray.
1st Place: “Scoot” Scott Robertson, Andrew McDonnall, Matt Young and Chris Thorne
2nd Place to Team “Second Time Around” John McConnaghy, Kent Heazlet, Rob Wackett, and Gavin Ward
3rd Place to Team “The Bolter” Rick Welch, Berndt Fischer, Bob Sims, Rob Lang
1st Place Ladies Team & Best Dressed “First Picasso” Virginia McClelland, Robyn Cole, Pam Parter, Marlene McKewen
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 21 Oct 08:00 AEDT
A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon him on Friday night. In his acceptance speech, John McConaghy noted that usually they hand these out just before you departed, which he certainly hoped was not going to be the case with himself.
An enthusiastic, vigorous and energetic man, he certainly left those qualities behind in the company he founded: the one that still bears his name today. Quality, strength, and lightweight would be other notable hallmarks for the organisation that started out making timber skiffs and cats, but moved into far larger craft and composites, and for their time, other super-exotic materials took over the whole scene.
So thankfully neither John, nor the company, are not going anywhere, albeit that the Australian operation has physically moved from Mona Vale to Gosford a little while back. The proud heritage includes many of the world's greatest ocean racers, and one of them recently ducked in, and nearly as quickly burned back out, after a makeover.
Black Jack's modified and fuller bow section, and shorter tail, along with her rig further aft as a result, then her aft deck flare to widen the sheeting angle, and larger separation of her for'ard sails, is immediately evident when you look closely at her. You would think they have gained a smidgeon upwind in anything other than dead light, and she will be noticeably swifter off the breeze.