16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700
 
 

       

16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

Strong Queensland support for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

Encouragingly for this year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta is the level of interest from Queensland boat owners planning to cruise to Sydney then race back north as part of a competitive field.HIRW2017 Rushour Credit: Andrea FrancoliniHIRW2017 Rushour Credit: Andrea Francolini

Drew Carruthers’ Rushour is the first multihull entry in the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club organised race in some years. The Queensland owner hopes to inspire other multihull owners to line up for the 370 nautical mile single-line start at 1pm on January 2, 2019 and blast back up the New South Wales and South East Queensland coast to Southport.

Carruthers will combine the Pittwater to Paradise ocean race with the chance to spend New Year’s Eve on the harbour underneath Sydney’s world-famous fireworks spectacle.

The 15m catamaran Rushour, which took line and multihull top honours in this year’s Groupama Race around New Caledonia, is a first-time entrant as is MGD Mad Jack, Greg Black’s modified Ross 1066 he describes as an oversized sports boat.

Originally built for the 50th anniversary Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as Rock n Roll, the Kevin Dibley design competed strongly in the mid to late 1990s and last year was bought from Lake Macquarie and totally overhauled by Black.

“With advice from Kevin I did a full reno including changing the mast position, new fixed and telescopic prodder to run asymmetric kites, new rudder and rudder position, changed the chain plates and a new sail plan. The only thing we haven’t done is the new keel mod and I doubt we’ll get to this before the Paradise race. It’s cost me a bomb but it’s like a new boat and we can’t wait to line up against the Sydney fleet with a new sail wardrobe!

“We don’t care what weather we get; as long as it’s not on the nose,” Black added.

Typically summer means north-easterly sea breezes along the east coast though sou’easters can also prevail - the ideal scenario for both Rushour and MGD Mad Jack, named after Black’s two children Maddison and Jack, neither of which are suited to an uphill battle.

The Ker 11.3 Kerisma Gill is another Queensland entry, Jo and David Rose’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron joining Southport Yacht Club’s own Ocean Gem, a Beneteau 445 owned by David Hows competing for the RPAYC’s finish partner.

The introduction in 2017 of a State of Origin Trophy for the winning state brings the essence of “State vs State, Mate vs Mate” to the event. The State of Origin Trophy will be awarded based on the lowest aggregate score of the best three boats from NSW and the best three boats from Queensland in the IRC overall results. The honour went to NSW last year.

Etchells Yacht Charter Available

An Etchells Fleet boat is available for full season charter to RPAYC members. If you are wanting to engage in competitive one design regattas or prefer to get some friends together in a quick yacht for regular club races without spending a fortune then this is the opportunity. 
 
Fleet boats are in competitive one design condition and capable of being at the front of a championship fleet. Alternatively, Etchells also sail well in a mixed fleet and are proving to be very popular in this role on Pittwater. Members may wish to consider participation in Club midweek and weekend handicap racing.
 
The Pittwater Etchells Fleet are keen to promote affordable sailing and see more boats join in OD racing and/or handicap racing around Pittwater. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from members to charter our Fleet Etchells for the upcoming season. 
 
The structure of the Charter has been done to offer a low cost way of keel boat sailing (no capital cost) with a small charter fee of $1800.00 to cover boat insurance plus nominal wear and tear. Members will also be required to pay full hardstand fees to the Club for the season.
 
Expressions of Interest can be submitted to The Sailing Office (Pittwater Fleet Committee) together with any further questions about the boat or sailing Etchells on Pittwater or further abroad.

Discover Sailing Day - Sunday 23rd September

Discover Sailing Day is a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is. 

This year the RPAYC will be hosting their Discover Sailing Day on Sunday 23 September. 

You’ll have the option to go out for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around the club facilities, and find out about the programs and sailing courses available. There is something for the whole family and even kids as young as five years old can sail, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. People of all abilities are welcome and some clubs offer accessible facilities for people with a disability.

Discover Sailing Days are free to attend and all boats and safety equipment is provided by the club. All you need to bring is clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, sun screen and a hat. Shoes with non-marking soles are preferred.

We will have a Discover Sailing Host, who welcomes you to the club, answers any questions, and explains the activities taking place during the Discover Sailing Day. The schedule of activities will vary dependant on the weather, but it’s recommended you allow at least 1 to 1.5 hours if you want to get out on the water.

Date: Sunday 23rd September

Time: 0900 - 1200

Location: RPAYC Reception

 

View Australian Sailing Video Here 

 

 

Invictus Games: Outback veteran training in desert to sail for Australia

Updated yesterday at 2:30pm

How do you train for a competitive sailing tournament while living in the desert?

Ask Marcus Wilson from Broken Hill, in far-west New South Wales, who is training for the 2018 Invictus Games.

The former Australian Army gunner and medic, who served for 14 years, has been riding his bike through the outback and mimicking ducking under booms and pulling ropes in the gym in preparation.

He has been selected to represent Australia in the sailing during the Games at which 500 athletes from 18 countries will compete in 11 different sports in Sydney in October.

All competitors are current and ex-military personnel who have been wounded, injured, or become ill during service.

Etchells Yacht Charter

An Etchells Fleet boat is available for full season charter to RPAYC members. If you are wanting to engage in competitive one design regattas or prefer to get some friends together in a quick yacht for regular club races without spending a fortune then this is the opportunity. 

Fleet boats are in competitive one design condition and capable of being at the front of a championship fleet. Alternatively, Etchells also sail well in a mixed fleet and are proving to be very popular in this role on Pittwater. Members may wish to consider participation in Club midweek and weekend handicap racing.
 
The Pittwater Etchells Fleet are keen to promote affordable sailing and see more boats join in OD racing and/or handicap racing around Pittwater. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from members to charter our Fleet Etchells for the upcoming season. 
 
The structure of the Charter has been done to offer a low cost way of keel boat sailing (no capital cost) with a small charter fee of $1800.00 to cover boat insurance plus nominal wear and tear. Members will also be required to pay full hardstand fees to the Club for the season.
 
Expressions of Interest can be submitted to The Sailing Office (Pittwater Fleet Committee) together with any further questions about the boat or sailing Etchells on Pittwater or further abroad.

Do your bit for the environment and recycle with the Club

The Club continues to reduce waste
The Club has installed a waste compactus located on the Boatyard and would like to advise Members of the changes to our waste management procedures. 
 
GENERAL BIN’s
ALL general waste and recycling can go into the bins located around the Club including; general waste, cans, bottles-glass and plastics etc.  


No E-Waste, TVs, pressurised containers e.g.fire extinguishers, explosives, flares or house hold clean up waste can be placed into the compactus or club bins. 

The Club will empty the bins to the compactus each day and the compacted bales will be collected and recycling separated at the Doyle Bros Waste Management Plant.  Please make sure that you don’t put gas bottles into the general waste bins and the Club has a waste management area on the Green Point Hardstand for paint, oily waste and batteries.
 
Cardboard and paper recycling (clean only) recycling 'blue' bins are located at the back of the Clubhouse and on the Boatyard. 

Members are welcome to use these bins for ‘clean’ cardboard and paper recycling.  

 

Women’s Match Racing Regatta 2018

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Olivia Price, Rachel Bower, Emma May, Tara Blanc-Ramos and Wallis Brewer have won the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta for 2018, defeating New Zealand’s Celia Willison in a white wash Finals series, 3-0 on a blustery cool day on Sydney Harbour.

The trophy has been re-dedicated in 2018 as the John Messenger Perpetual Trophy, after John, a strong supporter of female sailing, sadly passed away at the end of last year. The two-day event saw eight teams from New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand compete. Today’s conditions again saw a gusty breeze, this time from the south, with racing taking place in Athol Bay.

Round Robin winner, Olivia Price, chose to race RPAYC’s Juliet Costanzo in the semi-finals, leaving the CYCA’s other team, led by India Howard to face off with New Zealand’s Celia Willison. Both semi-finals put on a great display of match racing and went right down to the wire with all 3 races needed to determine the Finalists with the two more-experienced helms of Price and Willison advancing through to the Finals.

RPAYC's Team of Juliet Costanzo, Jasmine Bridge, Georgia Tucky, Alice Murphy, Emma Rankin, finished in a strong 4th place: View full results here: https://cyca.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Marinassess-Results.pdf

Become the Club Yachting Keelboat Champion!

BECOME THE CLUB YACHTING KEELBOAT CHAMPION FOR 2018/19! 

“Participate to WIN”

The Commodores Cup Series for 2018/19 has been transformed to now be the Club Keelboat Championship and is based on 8 races taken from the Club Annual Program throughout the Spring & Summer Season.

A boats best results from specific races held throughout the Spring & Sumer season will be accumulated at the end of the series to crown the winners in each division.

The series will consist of races from the Saturday Inshore Series, the Estuary / SOPS Series,

Feature events, Wednesday Spring and Summer Series and Thursday Twilight Spring and Summer Series, giving everyone a chance to be a part of this new Championship.

  • Two (2) best results from Inshore Series.
  • Two (2) best results from Estuary / SOPS Series.
  • Two (2) best results from the following Feature Races - Pittwater Dash (Opening Day), Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup Marathon Series, Friends of David Booth Trophy Race.
  • Two (2) best results from Wednesday Spring Series, Wednesday Summer Series, Thursday Twilight Spring Series or Thursday Twilight Summer Series

For those that do not compete in the Wednesday or Thursday Series, your third best score in the Inshore and Saturday Estuary/SOPS Series will be used.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are those of the individual events or series - rules, eligibility and scoring are as detailed in the Notice of Championship in the Sailing Handbook.

To enter the Series boats are required to enter by selecting the specific Commodores Cup Series entry form which is online. Those not entered in the Series will not be scored.

The Sailing Office will maintain a spreadsheet of results for those that have entered the Series.

The entry fee is $ 50.00 for all competitors, which will help support our Youth Development Program. Entry deadline is 2nd October 2018. Must be entered to be eligible in the Series.

Only members of the RPAYC are eligible to win the Commodores Cup Series.

FIRST RACE IS THIS SATURDAY, Opening Day Pittwater Dash. 

Invictus Games Helping Guide Our Finest To A Better Place

Sailing had long played a starring role in Rob Saunders’ life. He was introduced to it as a five-year-old by his father, took up racing dinghies, progressed to yachts and eventually competed in eight Sydney to Hobarts.
 
However, since his latest deployment to Afghanistan a couple of years ago, the Royal Australian Air  Force Squadron Leader has directed his energy elsewhere.
 
“I’ve had to focus on my family and myself, just sort out a few things,” Saunders says. “There’s been some mental health issues from various factors, but certainly deployment in a war zone didn’t help.”
 
The 53-year-old’s rehabilitation is “a bit of a tough road”, he admits. But a positive part of the journey has been getting back into a boat, drawing vitality from the sun, sea and air, and spirit 
from his mates.
 
In October, Saunders will represent Australia in a different theatre to his work with the RAAF, sailing on Sydney Harbour at the Invictus Games.
Rob Saunders (2nd from left) has benefited from the mateship sailing provides.
 
PHOTO: Jayson Tufrey 
 © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence
The Sydney Invictus Games will be the fourth edition of the sporting competition for wounded soldiers. It will feature about 500 competitors from 18 nations, competing in 11 sports. Sailing takes place on October 21 at Farm Cove with races to be held in the Hansa 303 and Elliott 7.

Opening Day Program & Sail Past Parade & Pittwater Dash, this Saturday

Welcome to the Opening Day of the 2018/19 Sailing Season of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. 
 
PROGRAM
0800 Halyards Open
1030 Commodore’s Welcome
         National Anthem
         Commodore declares 2018/19
         Sailing Season open!
         Firing of the cannon - Peter Kennett (Life Member) & Hon. Bronwyn Bishop (CLUB PATRON)
         Raising of the Flag ceremony - Clubman of Year 2017/18 David West.
         Sail Past vessels assemble north of the Club.
         Sail Past instructions on back page.
 
1130 Sail Past parade commence
 
1230 Opening Day Yacht Race
“The Pittwater Dash spinnaker race” (see back page for SIs)
1400 Entertainment & Lunch*
1530 Prize Giving
 
Lunch Bookings
Gourmet BBQ Lunch 1400hrs after race. Bookings Essential through Reception.
Complimentary for members for bookings made on or before 25 August.
Member bookings made after 25 August $20.
Guest tickets $25/after 25 August $30
Kids 5-12 $15.
Kids under 5 FREE.
BBQ served in Halyards annexe.
* Seating is subject to availability.
 
Entertainment
Live music and entertainment from 1400.
 
 
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About RPAYC

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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