“It was fast and furious and if I wore a pacemaker it would have needed new batteries,” said owner of the Farr 40 Zen, Gordon Ketelbey, at the end of the class’ Aberdeen Asset Management NSW State Title opening four-race round on Sydney Harbour.
A highlight feature of the Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo is James Spithill who will be hosting a Q&A session on Saturday 21st March at 3pm.
James has a myriad of awards to his name including being voted the Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year for 2104, being the youngest ever helmsman in America's Cup history at age 20, as well as being the youngest helsman to win the America's Cup at age 30. James also grew up on Pittwater and has been a member of RPAYC for 20 years.
Come down and enjoy the expo, have some lunch, and then listen to James speak about his fantastic experiences on board Oracle Team USA.
Visit www.pittwatersailexpo.com.au for details
“The perfect day’s sailing” was the description given to the Sydney Harbour 10th Anniversary Regatta hosted by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club over Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March.
RPAYC sailors who made the trip down to race in the Harbour took full advantage of the text book summer breezes and performed very strongly in waters away from home.
The Club had plenty of standout results during the weekend with many Club boats making the top 3 in their respective classes. One of the best results was Bob Stoddard’s 5.5m Skagerak. The 5.5m class tied in their National Championship with the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Bob steered his 5.5m to a convincing 5 point victory to take home the National title.
Likewise, the J70s tied in their NSW championships with the Sydney Harbour Regatta, Ray Entwistle’s J70, Jedi won the J70 NSW Championships and fellow RPAYC boat, Ray Carless’s Junior finished 3rd.
Daniel Fitzgibbon’s Another Challenge battled it out with other Sydney 38s in the PHS Spinnaker Division 1. He and Olympic team mate Liesl Tesch and her partner along with other crew members performed well in their 4 races and placed 2nd In the PHS non spinnaker Division 1, David Sander’s dual club boat, Allsail Dancing Star took out first place after 4 races. Division 2 saw Heath Walters sailing Northshore Marine to 3rd place and Marcus Grimes’ High Anxiety to 14th place.
In the IRC Division 2, Robert Alder’s Occ. Coarse Language One and Mark Tinworth’s Le Billet placed 3rd and 4th. In the ORCi Division 2, the same boats did one better with Occ. Coarse Language One coming in 2nd and Le Billet finishing up a close third.
A special mention to Le billet which had participating crew members made up of the Club’s Youth Development team. It’s a great opportunity for seasoned Club skippers to take on these elite young sailors to teach them all-round sailing onboard yachts rather than their one design match racing which the YD teams mainly focus on.
Le Billet’s owner, Mark Tinworth was particularly impressed with the YD’s work.
“I really admire their knowledge and skills as a team which must be a result of participation in the RPAYC development program, It was an absolute pleasure to sail with the youth team and as always we are very willing to offer our assistance in the future if the opportunity arises.”In the Super 30s division, Christopher Way’s Melges 32, Easy Tiger placed 2nd after 5 races leaving a gap of 7 points for 3rd place. In the smaller, Melges 24 division, RPAYC sailors Pete Kendall (Amigos) Stephen Girdis (+GST) and Andy Wharton (Northshore Marine) placed 2nd 3rd and 4th.
Last but not least, Ray Hudson’s XS Moment placed 3rd in the EHC Production X-Yacht Class.
A special congratulation to Stephen Merrington and David West for managing their respective course areas and a great job was done.
The RPAYC and its Members would like to thank Middle Harbour Yacht Club for hosting such a great event. For full results view HERE
The Sydney Harbour Regatta was inaugurated in 1996. Racing is open to all Australian and International yachts, from IRC and PHS racing and cruising classes to the very popular International Classes.
Racing is conducted on the waters of Sydney Harbour and offshore for the IRC grand prix yachts.
The 10th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Regatta, is on this weekend on 7-8 March, with over 180 boats having entered.
RPAYC Youth Development sailors, Milly Bennett, Seldon Conventry and Alice Tarnawski have won the Women’s Nation Cup regional qualifier in Queensland, defeating Singapore 2-1 in a thrilling final.