Transport for NSW Media Release
10 FEBRUARY 2020
Boaters across NSW are being warned to be on high alert for navigation hazards with significant debris and missing navigation markers after the weekend’s rain.
NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said the boating conditions are potentially so unsafe in many areas, it would be advisable to delay boating until flood waters have subsided and the clean up of waterways has taken place.
“Up and down the coast there is a significant amount of debris in the water and this is particularly dangerous when it is submerged or semi-submerged as it is impossible to know it is there,” Mr Hutchings said.
“An entire jetty structure was hauled out of the water and from the paths of nearby ferries just off Kirribilli Point earlier today by our Environmental Services team.
“There is a salvage under way for a 13 metre cruiser after it overturned in the surf conditions experienced at Balmoral Beach yesterday.
“In Camden Haven, a starboard lateral mark which indicates where it is safe to navigate, has been dislodged and found in the surf zone at North Haven Beach, several kilometres away.”
Mr Hutchings said the system of buoys, poles and lights helps boaters with safe navigation and guides boating traffic on NSW waterways.
“Without these navigation markers in place, there is the potential for vessels to run aground or get into difficulty while navigating.
This weekend sees the annual Pittwater Regatta 2020 take centre stage with the Sydney 38 Class Nationals (14-16); followed by (on 15-16) the Premier Class offshore series with 6 windward/leeward races scheduled; the Pittwater Estuary Series 2 races (1 per day) which includes the ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin Series', a fun competition based on boat make (Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Italia, Hanse, J Boats and more). A great new Perpetual has been handmade and will be presented to the Origin winner on Sunday and Inshore we have the Summer One Design and Sports boat and Y88 Class regatta, 6 W/L races.
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
- The ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin' Estuary Passage Series of races for club racers and cruisers.- CLICK HERE for more information
- Additionally there will be an inshore Summer 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.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay is joining the festivities for Pittwater hosting the on water management of the Estuary Series.
Its official - Sara Bruce, Cooper Bellingham & Tash Bryant will represent Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC for the SailGP Inspire Racing Program in Sydney.
The global championship returns to Sydney Harbour on February 28-29. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Sydney. For further information on SailGP Inspire and to sign-up to future programs, visit SailGP.com/Inspire.
The 9th annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the weekend of 21st & 22nd March 2020. The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo has matured into an occasion to showcase the Club and a large range of marine products and services. It’s become familiar to both the sailing public and the broader community.
The 2019 Expo directly generated a significant number of new memberships to RPAYC (30 full and general members). It also alerted a wide group of potential candidates to the sailing and boating opportunities available to members of the RPAYC.
The Club would like to ask for your participation as a volunteer for the event to reinforce the RPAYC “personality” to visitors. We have a number of volunteer positions available on the roster on both Saturday and Sunday however we are particularly interested to hear from members who may wish to volunteer on Sunday.
If you are able to assist, please email Liz Rear Commodore Membership email:firstname.lastname@example.org and include your day preference i.e. Sat/Sat (or both), whether the morning or afternoon suits you.
Two handed sailing has a strong pedigree and a big following in the northern hemisphere but with the notable exception of the Melbourne Osaka Race it hasn’t attracted sustained mainstream interest here.
Short-handed sailing represents a huge physical and mental challenge. You get virtually zero sleep and have to physically push the boat while balancing learning to work together as a team. All of which makes it complicated, but also extremely rewarding and it must be said, fun.
If any of that sounds interesting, as opposed to a nightmare, then there’s some good news as this year there is a big and some would argue long overdue expansion of short handed events on the sailing calendar.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is offering a short handed division in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race getting underway on Friday 3 April and in the Cat 1 Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. A few months later the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will include a two handed division in the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race 2020 as a qualifier for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will for the first time include a short handed division.
RPAYC Tuesday 11 February, 6.30pm. Halayrds Bistro also open for dinner.
MEDIA RELEASE 4 February, 2020
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Sydney and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) in Auckland take great pleasure in announcing Moonen Yachts as the naming rights sponsor of the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021.
Moonen Yachts is a Netherlands-based builder of luxury superyachts recently acquired by Australian owners, Matthew and Louise Baxter.
Welcoming the company as naming rights sponsor of the 1250 nautical mile race, Robert McClelland, chairman of the RPAYC race organising committee said: “We are thrilled to be entering this partnership with Moonen Yachts. Their commitment to producing global voyaging vessels of the highest standard adds to the prestige and is a good fit for this new yacht race.”
Commenting on their sponsorship, Matthew Baxter noted: “It’s our goal to present Moonen Yachts to the world, to a larger audience. And of course, with Sydney Harbour in our backyard and our connection to New Zealand, we’re proud to bring the brand to the South Pacific.”
The Baxters first connected to the brand when they spotted a Moonen yacht in Pittwater, where the RPAYC is also based: “We were curious because she stood out. It was love at first sight,” Louise Baxter commented.
“The brand is impeccable, no question, and the team is very talented,” added Matthew. “They’re all very passionate about what they are building.”
Matthew and Louise Baxterlive in Sydney and are no strangers to yachting. “I started sailing when I was eight,” said Matthew, who heads AM Group, a global group of manufacturing companies he founded in 1972 – the same year the couple bought Barbarian, a Sparkman & Stephens design, which they still own. The pair subsequently purchased a Finnish Swan 60.
“We sailed all over the Pacific in that boat. I circumnavigated New Zealand and I’ve sailed to Noumea with Louise five times,” he said.
We had 11 RPAYC Laser sailors attend the NSW Laser Metros held at Double Bay Sailing Club. There were 3 Laser 4.7’s, 3 Radials and 5 Standards out of a fleet of 98 boats.
Saturday we saw a strong 25+ knot NorEaster and a very choppy Sydney Harbour and we sailed three very tough races in very strong conditions. Races were held near Double Bay between Clarke Island and Shark Island. There was plenty of harbour traffic and plenty of hoots from the Manly Ferries. Also there were plenty of sore bodies on Saturday night.Three races were completed, with Olivia Williams ending the day with a 3,3,1.
Sunday had a light southerly arrive and the first race was held in front of Double Bay in a light and very shifty breeze. Bayley got off to a handy lead in the 4.7’s only to be outdone by a shift and gust from nowhere to have the other competitors catch up and pass. The RO moved the course into Rose Bay for the final two races where the wind was a little more consistent and a bit stronger. Highlight of the day was Dave being first to the top mark in the Standards in race 6, in front of his coach Brett Beyer.
Top result in the 4.7’s was Olivia third overall and first female with Bayley receiving the encouragement award for 5th overall and second female. Pru was 8th in the small but very competitive 4.7 fleet.
Top result in the Radials was Liam with a 26th, but Lauren and Kerrie were not far behind with 31 and 32 respectively. The radial fleet is by far the most competitive with 50 boats entered.
In the Standards, Stuart came 6th overall, Steve 16th overall, Dave 23rd and Bruce 28th from a fleet of 37 boats. Chris was forced to retire after a suspected knee injury from Saturday’s racing.
Thanks to Double Bay Sailing Club for running another great event for us Laser sailors.
Full results can be found here
Report - Thanks to David Taylor & Steve Bryant
On Tuesday 28 January, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) members and 2019 Australian Sailing Award winners Jan Howard & Mary Holley joined the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Women’s Twilight fleet in their fortnightly race on Pittwater.
Late last year Jan and Mary were presented with the inaugural SheSAILS Award at the Australian Sailing Annual Awards night. This award recognised their long-time volunteer efforts to encourage women’s participation in sailing. Jan and Mary joined the crew onboard Pretty Woman, which is skippered by their great friend Elaine Fowler who has been a pioneer for women in sailing for decades. Elaine was RPAYC’s first female full member, she was the first female Vice Commodore Yacht Racing at the club, started the Women’s Twilight Series at the RPAYC 27 years ago, was one of the first female National Race Officers and the first female Life Member of the RPAYC.
Back at the clubhouse over dinner, Lisa Ratcliff introduced Jan and Mary and invited them to speak and share their experiences and achievements. Jan and Mary explained that they began a program in 2010 to encourage more women into sailing. This involved the club purchasing a fleet of Force 24s and opening a sailing academy which has given many women the opportunity to learn to sail, learn to helm and learn to race in dedicated regattas. In 2017 program was rebranded SheSAILS@NCYC and two annual regattas were established with the club’s new fleet.
Over the past five years SheSAILS@NCYC crews have successfully competed in regattas along the east coast of Australia including Sail Port Stephens (each year since 2015), Airlie Beach Race Week and Townsville GaLS Regatta. Some Newcastle women have been a part of the winning crews in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta and in 2018 SheSAILS@NCYC sent the first ever all-female team to compete at the Volvo Cork Race Week in Ireland.
In a true testament to the success of SheSAILS@NCYC, Australian Sailing officially adopted the SheSAILS brand and logo created by Jan and Mary which has now attracted Hamilton Island as the major partner of the program. The Australian Sailing SheSAILS program is designed to recognise all of the amazing female contributors to our sport, and to encourage women of all ages to get involved in the sport of sailing through organised activities at their local sailing club.
More information can be found at www.shesails.org.au.
The Alfred's is proud to be supporting the Firefighters Family Sailing Day with Above and Beyond Boating. The Club is a hub for the RFS Firefighter Family Day on Sunday 15 March 2020.
Across Australia our dedicated fire fighters are stretched to the limit with the terrible bushfire season. They are working tirelessly to keep our homes, friends, family, wilderness and wildlife safe, often at a huge cost to themselves and their family.
The Firefighter family day on the water initiative was created by Above and Beyond Boating to provide a way for the boating community to give back to the men and women who are battling blazes across our country.
Firefighters and their family can register to attend one of the events and enjoy a day out on the water with one of the volunteer skippers who are lending their boats for the experience.
Multiple events are being planned for various dates and locations around the country. To be part of this great event register here: https://aabboating.com/firefighters/
We currently have 17 boats registered to take families out from RPAYC and 2 registered families. The maximum number of boats is limited to 30 at each hub.
All registrations and queries or changes to registrations should be fielded back through Neil and the team at Above and Beyond Boating. ABB will link the boats and families and arrange a meet and greet and introductions at the club with a planned departure at about 1000hrs.
On arrival at the club will be providing a breakfast BBQ – sausage sizzle / bacon and egg roll for the any boat owners and the families.
Boat owners are being asked to supply a light lunch for the families at their expense.