The NSW Optimist Association ran their Travellers Trophy Series 1 at Georges River Sailing Club over the June long weekend, with invited classes of Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 29ers, 420, Nacra 15, RS-X and Bic Techno, as well as the popular Optimist fleets.
Racing was held with two course areas for the fleets. Optis, Lasers and 420’s were on Course Area A, and 29ers, Nacra’s and boards were on Course Area B.
The wind was very light for this regatta ranging from 0 to 5 knots for most of the three days. Included abandoned races, timed out sailors, shortened races and races that ended as a driftathon in the tide. RPAYC was well represented in most of the fleets of the Optimist, Lasers, 29ers and Nacra 15’s. Full results can be found at the following link:- http://sailingresults.com.au/ScoreItV2/Public/Templates/Default/index.php?event_id=851
Results for RPAYC were:-
- Eliott Verhaeghe - = 3rd
- Eva Attwood – 5th
- Markus Sampson – 9th
- Walter Tuite – 10th
- Olivia Williams – 11th
- Albie Brown – 13th
- Will Troop – 20th
- Charlie Byford – 29th
- Kye Williams – 32nd
- Bayley Taylor – 5th (with 2 race wins)
- Ellis Merrit / Oscar Verity – 3rd (with 1 race win)
- Bella Green / Josh Whitten – 4th
Australian Optimist Asians Team
Also, Cooper Bellingham is currently racing in Singapore with the Australian Optimist Asians Team, and they finished 3rd in the Nationals Teams Racing event. Next they will be racing in the Singapore National Championships starting Wednesday.
Being able to peak in a high performance regatta is every sportsman’s ultimate goal, the ability to fall back on your prior knowledge and training during the racing and not have to worry about making mistakes is where we all strive to be when starting an important event… To be the best in the world. Throughout our (Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot) season in Europe we have been working on a few things that we think will work in the long term, quite often this means that we may go backwards a little bit before we can make gains in the future. We are aiming to be at the top, to be the best in the world… but we know that won’t happen tomorrow.
Never before have we raced a regatta with every race ranging between 3 and 6 knots.... Genoa was a huge experience for us as we were tested in our light wind racing skills day after day! Although the results may not show it, we believe we’ve come a long way with our light wind sailing. It was an extremely tough week but a huge learning experience for us and a great training regatta for the Europeans in Weymouth.
Members are advised that the Nominations for Elected Officers for 2019/20 is now open.
The positions open for nomination are:
2 x Directors – 2019-2022 term
Rear Commodore Membership – 2019-2021 term
Rear Commodore Yacht Racing – 2019-2021 term
For full details CLICK HERE.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is to host the 5.5 Metre Class World Championship 2020 to take place from 9-13 January, with the Scandinavian Gold Cup, Alfreds Gold Cup, the Royal Kaag Classic Cup and Hanko Evolution Cup to be held in the lead-up.
Prior to the Worlds, the famous 100 year-old Scandinavian Gold Cup (an inter-nation trophy), will also be hosted by RPAYC, starting on 3 January. The two events are expected to attract a large fleet from both Australia and overseas and will be sailed on the Palm Beach Circle on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches.
With entry barely open, already nine boats have signed on, including locals from RPAYC, which can boast the largest and expanding 5.5 Metre fleet in Australia, with 11 registered. Three internationals have also announced their intentions early.
Italian Alfredo Delli will represent Italy with the famous Classic Carabella, while Craig Symonette is sailing for the Bahamas with the Modern Al-Baba. Symonette’s secret weapon is Flavio Marazzi, a Swiss sailor with four Olympic Games under his belt; in the Star class from 2000 to 2012. Kaspar Stubenrauch from Germany will sail the Evolution Antares.
The RPAYC has an historic association with the 5.5M class. Club member, Bill Northam, won Australia’s first ever sailing gold medal at the Olympics Games in the 5.5M at age 59. He remains the oldest Australian to win sailing Olympic Gold, and in the process, debunked all myths that elite sailing was for the younger set only.
Northam sailed Barrenjoey to Gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics crewed by Dick Sargeant and Peter ‘Pod’ O’Donnell. Beforehand, in 1963, he joined O’Donnell and Sargeant as crew on Sir Frank Packer’s Gretel, the Challenger for the 1963 America’s Cup.
Although coming to sailing late at 46 years of age, Northam was a natural all-round sailor who received many accolades for his Olympic success and also made his mark on the offshore scene, including the Sydney Hobart.
“We are looking forward to hosting the 5.5 Metre Worlds and the Scandinavian Gold Cup and to welcoming our fellow sailors from overseas,” Australian 5.5 Metre president, Martin Cross said, “It has been 15 years since Australia last hosted the Gold Cup and Worlds, so we are proud it has come full circle back to Australia.”
Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 July
The final of four seasonal weekend regatta's is fast approaching. The Winter Mick Hole Regatta sees Etchells, 5.5m, 11m, Elliott 7 Classes and mixed Class enjoy winter racing on Pittwater. With an 1100hrs start racing takes advantage of the morning breezes. 6 windward/leeward races are scheduled for the Series.
If you sail a One Design Yacht or Sports Boat register today for this fun, fast regatta on Pittwater.
Free berthing for visitors during the regatta, extended hours for Halyards bistro post racing.
Don't have a boat? Lease a Club Elliott 7 for the weekend contact the Sailing Office for more details.
Briefing 9:30 Saturday, Racing starts at 11:00
Team Australia's Beau White (with teammate Rod Waterhouse) have won the return of the Worrell 1000. The Worrell 1000 catamaran race which covers 1000 miles of offshore racing aboard off the beach catamarans from Florida to Virginia Beach was reborn this year after a 17-year hiatus. The race finished on the beach at the fishing pier Saturday afternoon in Virginia Beach after a two-week sprint up the east coast of the USA. Team Australia won the race convincingly, winning all but one stage and narrowly missing the course record.
Lion Island Series Results
Congratulations to all of the placegetters for the 2019 Lion Island Series.
A big turnout for stage 1 of the dustbuster series, with 55 motivated men and women getting up in the early hours of the morning to attend the first race at the intended start time of 0815hrs on Sunday morning!
A total of 17 boats participated in the short windward leeward one design fleet racing sprints: 8 Elliotts, 7 Etchells and 2 Int 5.5.
The Elliott 7 fleet saw the recently crowned 'Club Yachtsman of the Year' Chris Way and his Easy Tiger team get a good points lead on the fleet taking out the boat of the day spoils with consistent results, with a 1,2,2. Pat Langley on team Vaikobi got off to a shaky start with a wooden spoon in race 1, then a dominating performance in the last two races to finish with a 8,1,1 scorecard. “I couldn’t pick a shift in the first race, however we composed ourselves to finish the last two strong” said a spirited Langley.
The Etchells fleet saw the Crawford boys once again put down a dominant performance in “Flirtation”, with a picket fence scorecard 1,1,1. There are an additional 3 Etchells expected to join in on the next race day which would bring the fleet size up to 10 boats. “The scorecard doesn’t reflect the closeness of the racing, It was great to see so many club boats out” commented a jubilant Matt Crawford.
Whilst there was only 2 International 5.5’s out on the water, it is expected to see this fleet grow as the January 2020 5.5 Worlds are fast approaching. Nevertheless the 5.5 raced with the Etchells and traded blows. “I wish I bought a jumper!” commented a reflective Rachel Bower. Rachel was crewing on Baragoola, a 1968 Britton Chance design, who is one of the favourites in the classic division for the 2020 worlds. However Kings X skippered by Scotty O'Connor, showed that he will be a major contender in 2020 as well with a clean slate, scoring a 1,1,1.
A big thank you to David West, who was the lone race officer on Alfred’s 2 and managed to juggle the job of sounds, timing and scribe, whilst also trying to keep a fair race track!
Whilst all the Elliott 7's have been chartered for the event, Members and non members who have a One Design and/or Sportsboat are encouraged to join in the fun.