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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Highlights from Day 1 - Int. 5.5m Worlds Scandinavian Gold Cup

International 5.5 Metre fleet set to return to Pittwater for prestigious competitions

The Scandinavian Gold Cup is a diminutive trophy with an immense prestige and a unique format. Now in its 101st year, this ornate and priceless trophy has been raced for by International 5.5 Metres since 1953. It is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in yacht racing, and certainly a highly valued and treasured event for the 5.5 Metre Class. The Scandinavian Gold Cup will be immediately followed by the 2020 World Championship.

Next week, the Scandinavian Gold Cup returns to Australia for the first time in 15 years and will be raced for on the Palm Beach Circle, at the head of Pittwater, just north of Sydney. The host club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, in Newport, is the hotbed of 5.5 Metre racing in Australia and its members have orchestrated a revival of the class in Australia in recent years. There are now more than 10 boats racing at the club, a testament to the hard work of Martin Cross, who led the bid to bring the Scandinavian Gold Cup and World Championship to the club, and Bob Stoddard.

The format for the Gold Cup is unlike any other. After three races, only those who have won a race remain in the competition. The winner is the first to three wins, so the event can be won in three races or it can last to the maximum possible seven races. At the most, three boats can move to the finals stage. It normally ends in a match race. After winning in both 2018 and 2019, Kristian Nergaard, sailing Artemis XIV, and representing Norway, will be eyeing up the triple, a feat only achieved once in the history of the event, and that was by Nergaard from 2008-2010.

Nergaard would have to be considered the favourite to win the Cup, after dominating in Helsinki just five months ago, not only winning the Scandinavian Gold Cup, but also the World Championship. As skipper, Nergaard has won the Scandinavian Gold Cup eight times as well as taking nine world titles, a record in the class.

Britain’s entry is Girls on Film, skippered by Peter Morton. Last year Girls on Film was the only boat to take a race off Artemis XIV, forcing a thrilling fourth race match where he held the early advantage, only to lose that in the later stages of the race.
The 2018 World Championship winning crew of Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger and Peter Vlasov are back with a new boat, New Moon II, a 2019 development of the popular Wilke built Seb Schmidt design. This will be the first regatta for the new boat, and, after being knocked out in the early stages last year, and finishing second to Artemis XIV in the 2019 World Championship,New Moon II will be one of the main contenders for the Scandinavian Gold Cup and world title.

Australian International 5.5 Metre President, Martin Cross, who is also skippering the Australian entry, Beta Crucis, said, “It is wonderful to have the nations competing for the historic Scandinavian Gold Cup in Australia and at the RPAYC again after so many years. It is such an interesting format where winning is all that matters. We look forward to seeing the Modern 5.5 Metres in action on the iconic Palm Beach Circle”

As holders, a second entry is allowed from Norway, this year represented byOtto, which normally sails under a Swiss number, and is skippered by Bent Christian Wilhelmsen. Otto took the final Grade A event in 2019, dominating the French Open in Cannes, which was also Wilhelmsen’s first ever win in the class.

The line up is completed by the Swiss entry, Shaolin, skippered by Cyrus Glochan. Shaolin is one of the top boats from Lake Thun, Switzerland, one of the main European clubs with fleets of 5.5 Metres.

There is plenty of action to look forward to over the coming two weeks with several Cup events running parallel to the Scandinavian Gold Cup, before the World Championship runs from 9-13 January in a nine race series.

Entries for Scandinavian Gold Cup (nation, boat name, sail no, skipper)
NOR, Artemis XIV, NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard
AUS, Beta Crucis, AUS 63, Martin Cross
GBR, Girls On Film, GBR 40, Peter Morton
BAH, New Moon II, BAH 24, Mark Holowesko
NOR, Otto, SUI 209, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen
SUI, Shaolin, SUI 226, Cyrus Glochan

How to follow the Int. 5.5m Scandinavian Gold Cup & World Championship

The Int. 5.5m World Championship commences Friday 3 January thru till 13 January. 24 Competitors wiii be representing 7 countries. All boats will be berthed on C-Arm Marina in order of their age, come down and see these Classic and Modern boats. Racing will be held on the "Palm Beach Circle'. 

There is a full schedule of social events back at the Club. Members are invited to participate via purchasing tickets from reception.

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

Fri 3 January • Measurement/Registration
Sat 4 - Tues 7 January • Scandinavian Gold Cup
Sat 4 - Tues 7 January • Royal Kaag Classic Cup/Hankø Evolution Cup
Mon 6 - Tues 7 January • Alfred’s Gold Cup
Tues 7 January • Prizegiving
Tues 7 - Weds 8 January • Worlds Measurement/Registration
Thurs 9 - Mon 13 January • World Championship • 9 races scheduled
Mon 13 January • Closing Ceremony & Prizegiving

The 5.5 Class will release international press releases each day during the event. Sign up to receive these at: https://www.5.5class.org/contact

Daily highlights will be produced each day and available on the 5.5 Metre Class YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSRy5MaygdLsP5hCsLWKACw and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5.5Class

Daily photo galleries will be posted on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5.5Class
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fivepointfivemetre (Full galleries – medium resolution)
All photos are free of rights for editorial use only, with credit to photographer.
Full high resolution galleries for other usage and commercial downloads can be found here.
For specific requests please contact Robert Deaves communication(at) 5.5class.org

Follow the event through the 5.5 Metre Class Social Media Channels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5.5Class
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/int_5.5_metre_class/

Youth America's Cup Challenger, RPAYC

The RPAYC submits an applicatation as a Challenger for the Youth America's Cup!

Through the support of Objective Australia the Alfred's has been the first Australian Yacht Club to submit a Challenge and be accepted by the Organising Authority for the 2020-2021 Youth Amercia's Cup. The YAC will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F. 

Many of the AC36 team members have come through the 2017 & 2013 Youth America Cup Series. The Alfred's and its members saw this as a great opportunity for our youth members to once again represent the Club at this pinnacle level of sailing.

With the Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race also scheduled for 2021 hosted by the RPAYC and RNZYS it is a great fit to submit a Youth Challenger Team.

Stay tuned for further information.

Original Article. 


A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.

The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).  The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th- 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th- 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’.  Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age.  To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

“The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75. The Squadron has presented a concept that we believe will add something special to the 36th America’s Cup.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

“Through the partnership between RNZYS, CSIG, and ourselves, it is really exciting to now be able to see it become a reality.”

“Probably the most important aspect of this is that through the establishment of the Youth America’s Cup event, in conjunction with the exciting AC9F boat, a pathway or vital stepping stone for the best young guys and girls from around the world has been created to progress one step closer to sailing on an AC75 in the future.  It is hard to go past the evidence of our current team that is now made up of a number of crew members from the winning 2013 Youth  AC team.”

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta 2020

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February, 2020

You're invited to compete in The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta, a weekend of racing across three course areas. Offshore, Estuary  Inshore courses offering an event for all sailors.

Pittwater & Broken Bay will be alive with activitiy over the weekend of 15-16 February for the annual Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta. 

  • A Windward/Leeward racing offshore course for Grand Prix, Performance and Premier classes.  Category 4 with IRC, ORCi & PHS categories. Including Sydney 38 Australian Championship.
  • ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin' Estuary Series. Category 7 with ORCc and PHS categories. Club class boats for Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Hanse, Italia and more designed yachts. Represent your boats Country for the "Ensign Yachts' Peretual Estuary Series Trophy.
  • And the Summer One Design, Y88 and Sports Boat Regatta with windward/leeward racing inshore on Pittwater. Category 7 with One Design, ORC and EHC categories. 

Proudly supported by Ensign Yachts. 



Berthing is included for visiting yachts - contact the Waterfront staff at waterfront@rpayc.com.au for all berthing enquiries.

Crew Party on Saturday post racing with the Aston Martinis! 

Enter today and join in this exciting regatta competing with members from other NSW Yacht Clubs!

Racing Schedule





Friday 14th February

Sydney 38OD

Inshore Windward/Leeward


Saturday 15th February

Premier, Sydney 38OD & Performance Classes

Offshore Windward/Leeward Races


Saturday 15th February

Sydney 38 Trophy Class, Sydney 36, Sydney 32 & ENSIGN Yachts Country of Origin Club Class

Inshore/Estuary Passage Racing


Saturday 15th February

One Design Classes / Sports Boats

Inshore Windward / Leeward Races


Sunday 16th February

Premier, Sydney 38OD & Sydney 38 Trophy Class, Sydney 36, Sydney 32 & Performance Classes

Offshore Windward /Leeward Races


Sunday 16th February

One Design Classes / Sports Boats

Inshore Windward / Leeward Races


Sunday 16th February

ENSIGN Yachts Country of Origin Club Class

Inshore/Estuary Passage Racing



Invitation to participate in the combined Clubs Australia Day long weekend regatta's

Australia Day long weekend Dicko Cup and Avalon Sailing Club Australian Day Regatta. 
Avalon Sailing Club is proud to be hosting the 184th Australia Day Regatta on Pittwater on January the 26th, 2020. The Regatta will be held in two parts – a Yacht Regatta and a Centreboard Regatta. This year ASC and RPAYC are joining forces to make it a bigger and more celebratory, fun event.
The Australia Day weekend will consist of 3 yacht races -
  • Race 1 - Saturday 25th, starting in the vicinity Scotland Island and finishing at Hallets Beach. Post race bbq on the beach. Stay overnight on your vessel. 
  • Race 2 - Australia Day, Sunday 26th, will start in the vicinity of Coasters Retreat with a finish and prize giving at Hallets Beach. Enjoy beach games for all ages. 
  • Race 3 - Monday 27th, a return race from Hallets Beach to vicinity Scotland Island.
The Centreboard Regatta will take place on Pittwater on Australia Day, Sunday 26th. On conclusion of this race the centreboard competitors and their parents who wish to do so, will be taken by motor boats to Hallets Beach to join the Yacht competitors for the prize giving and a celebration BBQ and drinks on the beach.
Participants can enter the 3 race Dicko Cup Series through the RPAYC website https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/regatta-and-championships or enter the stand alone Australia Day Regatta for Centreboards and Yachts with the ASC. https://www.revolutionise.com.au/avalonsailingclub/home/
NOR for the Dicko Cup event through RPAYC website, NOR for Australia Day Regatta only ( Yachts & Centreboards) through ASC website.
We are inviting RMYC, WPYC, BYRA, PBYC and PAC members to join this historic Regatta to make it a truly celebratory and memorable event.
We expect the divisions for Centreboard to be Optimist, Manly Junior, Open Bic, Flying 11, Spiral, Laser. Yacht Divisions to be Spinnaker, Non Spinnaker, Multihull, Couta and Wooden boats.
Allen Stormon. Rear Commodore Yacht Racing & Larry Eastwood. Commodore ASC


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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