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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The final day of the International 5.5 Metre Class Cups in Newport, Australia brought the most complex set of conditions yet with only Ku-Ring-Gai (AUS62, John Bacon, Terry Wetton, James Mayjor) hanging onto their series lead to take the Hankø Evolution Cup. Baragoola (AUS 26, Jason Antill, Damian Macey, Larry Eastwood) picked up two more race wins to take the Royal Kaag Classic Cup, while two second places were enough for Clark Kent (NOR 64, Petter Fjeld, Christen Horn Johannson, Thomas Borgan) to move into the lead in the Modern fleet and take the Alfred’s Gold Cup.
With various forecasts prediction everything from very little to quite a lot, the fleet was towed down Pittwater and round Barrenjoey Head to be met with a very long swell and a shifting light wind. The cloud was still low with bad visibility and smoky skies keeping everything grey and gloomy. The Classics and Evolutions got away about 30 minutes late, but after realigning the course several times, the race committee was unable to start the Moderns until the other fleet had almost finished. However the wait was worth it with better wind later in the day rising to 10-12 knots at times from the north-east.
The Royal Kaag Classic Cup was a classic battle between two sisters boats from opposite ends of the planet. The multiple winner Carabella (ITA 73, Alfredo Delli, Gianluca Marolli, Claudio Mazzanti) was neck and neck with Baragoola. It had come down to the final day.
Jason Antill tells the story. “As I understand it the two boats were built together for the 1968 Olympics and there was a controversy, as the Olympics still needed a long keel and these were the two, and there are a couple of other Britton Chance designs in Europe, that had separate rudders, and they were a step change in the development of yachting in general in all designs, but I think unfortunately there was a bit of fall out and neither of these boats went to the Olympcs and we sent the old Barrenjoey, that had already won the gold but if we had sent one of these, we might have won a second gold medal.”
“For us to be able to have the competition against Carabella over the past three days is just fantastic. We pride ourselves on trying to mix it with some of the Evolutions over the last few years, which we have done pretty well, but we’ve made a big effort, and Larry in particular has made a big effort to try and get the hull and the aesthetics of the boat up to represent the classics.”
Larry added, “Living with Jason is kind of like living on the edge a bit. We call him last minute Jase. We knew we’d get there in the end but at the beginning of today, we had to have two bullets to pull it off, so it was a fine day.”
Antill continued, “We had a really fantastic day, after three days of racing. It’s fantastic that our sister ship Carabella has been brought back to Australia by Alfredo Delli] and his team, from Italy. The boat has come back in much better shape than when it left from what I understand.”
“We have put a lot into making the boat as competitive as we can and we are so happy what we have bee able to achieve over the last few days.”
In the first race of the day Baragoola led the entire fleet around the top mark.
He joked, “We told everyone that you had to go left and we went right. Just for 100 metres and that was it. It was game over. We didn’t get the greatest start and had to clear our air and as a result of that we were on the right side of the shift, but we had to stay there and we did that pretty well.”
It was the first of two race wins today that meant the two boats tied on points with Baragoola taking the Royal Kaag Classic Cup for the first time ever.
He concluded, “There hasn’t been a strong 5.5 programme in Australia for a number of years and this is the start of rebuilding it.”
Ku-Ring-Gai had a much easier job in the Hankø Evolution Cup with just one second place enough to secure the series with a race to spare. However, Rhapsody (AUS 35, Thomas Spithill, Chris Links, Heath Walters) laid downa marker for next week with two race wins in the tricky conditions.
Terry Wetton, from Ku-Ring-Gai explained their week.
“The first day was a bit heinous but two races away and we got two bullets which was a nice way to start. Day two was a lot better conditions, Still a lot of bumps around but a bit lighter. We had some good racing and it was a bit closer until the last one when we got away, and managed to get another two bullets. And today was super shifty, flatter water, which was nice but 50 degree shifts and a very tough day for the race committee. They did an amazing job to get the races away, but Rhapsody managed to show us the way to go, so we were than happy to pull a second out of such a shifty day, so got to come home early.”
Looking ahead, “The worlds is going to be a lot different as we start with the moderns, and you can’t really go where you want to go so much, and also there are a couple of boats that didn’t do the Hankø which I know will be quite quick. All the guys are all getting a lot quicker, like Rhapsody, which put on a new turn of speed today. I think the level will be raised throughout the worlds so we wont have it all out own way, that’s for sure.”
The surprised and delighted winners of the Alfred’s Gold Cup, Clark Kent, were the most consistent, but skipper Petter Fjeld admitted they needed the practcie.
“We just had our last crew fly in yesterday morning so we liked to do these four races as a good practice and tune up for the worlds. We tested some rig settings and different sails and we are quite happy. Of course you should never win the practice race, so we are uncertain how the worlds will go but hopefully it won’t hurt us.”
He has sailed with his crew this week for many years.
“I started sailing with Thomas in his father’s boat in 1991. Then we started sailing together and I think it was in Arunga 8. We did two seasons with sandpaper and hacksaw and gradually got the boat together and it all sorted and we have been sailing together ever since.”
“Christen came on board in 2008 and he has been sailing with Kristian Nergaard and is a very good sailor. We call him the Labrador, because he sits at the front and tells us where to go. And he has won the worlds several times and done a few Volvo Ocean Races and now he is tactician for our King, so he is very active and very good.”
On sailing in Pittwater, “It’s beautiful here. When the worlds was decided to come down under we were one of the first to sign up, and because we love it here, we have a lot of friends, there is a lot of history, the climate this time of year is just fantastic. And the Prince Alfred has been beautiful, with lovely people, nice food….and wine sometimes.”
“The worlds is going to be exciting and also I look forward to this famous north-easterly heavy breeze, so we are excited now. But we need a lay day.”
Clark Kent picked up two second places, while the race wins went to Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) and John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Horn Johannessen)
The fleet have Wednesday off to recover, measure and get ready for the World Championship. A nine race series starts on Thursday and finishes on Monday 13 January.
Royal Kaag Classic Cup (after 6 races)
1 Baragoola (AUS 26, Jason Antill, Damian Macey, Larry Eastwood) 10
2 Carabella (ITA 73, Alfredo Delli, Gianluca Marolli, Claudio Mazzanti) 10
3 Kings Cross (AUS 24, Scott O’Connor) 17
Hanko Evolution Cup (after 6 races)
1 Ku-Ring-Gai (AUS62, John Bacon, Terry Wetton, James Mayjor) 13
2 Rhapsody (AUS 35, Thomas Spithill, Chris Links, Heath Walters) 20
3 Black Magic (AUS 64, Andy Macphail) 21
1 Clark Kent (NOR 64, Petter Fjeld, Christen Horn Johannson, Thomas Borgan) 12
2 Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) 18
3 Beta Crucis (AUS 63, Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Martin Bunch) 19
All results can be found here: https://www.rpayc.com.au/results/2020/events/index.htm
Full galleries here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fivepointfivemetre
At the International 5.5 Metre Class Cups events, preceding the world championship, Ku-Ring-Gai (AUS62, John Bacon, Terry Wetton, James Mayjor) continues to run away with the Hanko Evolution Cup, while Carabella (ITA 73, Alfredo Delli, Gianluca Marolli, Claudio Mazzanti) has taken over the lead of the Royal Kaag Classic Cup. The Alfred’s Gold Cup also started on Monday, with Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) winning both races.
At the International 5.5 Metre Class Cups events in Newport, Australia, preceding next week’s world championship, Ku-Ring-Gai (AUS62, John Bacon, Terry Wetton, James Mayjor) continue to run away with the Hanko Evolution Cup, while Carabella (ITA 73, Alfredo Delli, Gianluca Marolli, Claudio Mazzanti) has taken over the lead of the Royal Kaag Classic Cup. The Alfred’s Gold Cup also started on Monday, with Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) winning both races.
After the Scandinavian Gold Cup concluded on Sunday, these three events are great warm up regattas ahead of the World Championship, which begins on Thursday. While the Hanko Evolution Cup and the Royal Kaag Classic Cup are highly sought after Class Cups, the Royal Prince Prince Alfred International 5.5 Metre World Championship Jug has been deeded to the class this year by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and is being raced for for the first time.
On Monday, the conditions on the Palm Beach Circle were in complete contrast to the past two days with light onshore winds, a very bumpy and confused sea and low grey cloud. The day even started and ended with a thunderstorm with some very light rain, enough to bring a coating of wet ash in the morning, but not really as much as is desperately needed.
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Artemis XIV won both races on the second day of the 2020 Scandinavian Gold Cup at the The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC to take the Cup with a perfect score of three wins from three races.
Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) won both races on the second day of the Scandinavian Gold Cup, in Newport, Australia, to equal his own record of three consecutive Cup victories. In a first to three race wins format, he dispatched the opposition in just three races.
It was a smoky day on the Palm Beach Circle but there was no dust on Artemis XIV as they led the first race from start to finish and then made some great decisions in the second to take the lead twice before sealing the win.
The wind had turned to the south, and built to just over 20 knots, producing some long surfing waves and also bringing with it a lot of smoke from the south-east of the country. The coastline was curtained in a thin haze that reminded everyone of bigger problems further afield.
Nergaard picks up the story, “Once again it was a windy day. We seemed to like that. It was a good swell, with good opportunities downwind to use the surfs, so we liked that.”
“In the first race it was going to the left and we seemed to be OK with that, and succeeded with that in the first race, but the Australians tried the right on the last upwind in the first race and actually gained so it was definitely a change from the left in the first race to going to the right in the second ace. There was some better wind and some lifts near the shore.”
In the first race Artemis XIV had things much their own way, but winning the pin in both races, were initially held out to the left in the second race. New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) had tacked off to the right after the start and but when they came back they crossed the fleet. But it was all very close. At the top, Beta Crucis (AUS 63, Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Martin Bunch) held a small lead but Artemis XIV came through on the run and rounded the right gate while New Moon II rounded the left and headed inshore.
New Moon II fared best and rounded the second top back in the lead. However, again it didn’t last. Artemis XIV went deep on the run, pulled through and rounded the left hand gate and it was all but over. With New Moon II favouring the left for the first time, when they came back together near the top Artemis XIV had enough of a lead to make a comfortable last downwind to take their third race win in a row and also their third Scandinavian Gold Cup in a row.