Congratulations to John Bacon, Terry Wetton & James Mayjor for winning the Int. 5.5m Frank Tolhurst Trophy for World Champions in the ex Olympic 5.5 (Evolution) Class.
The trophy honors a legendary Australian and the Team get to defend it next January back in Pittwater as the Club hosts the 2020 5.5M World Championship.
Ku-Ring-Gai dominated all week, as she did in last week’s Hankø Evolution Cup, and finished 11th in the overall World Championship standings.
Fellow members Martin Cross & Bob Stoddard (sailing with Martin Bunch) finished in 9th overall with an overall Race win in Heat 9.
Full Results Here
Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race & Race 1 of the Blue Water Pointscore Series
Congratulations to all of the RPAYC yachts and sailors who competed in the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in what was reported as the biggest fleet in a decade.
Some notable RPAYC results were:
Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race
Bushranger - ORCi Div 3 - 4th
- Kioni - Corinthian IRC - 5th
- Pekljus - PHS - 1st
- Pelagic Magic - IRC Div 4 - 3rd
- Showtime - Corinthian IRC - 1st, IRC Div 2 - 4th , ORCi Div 2 - 3rd
- Wings - Corinthian IRC - 2nd, Corinthian PHS - 4th
- Wild Oats X - Line Honours Winner
- XS Moment BNMH - IRC Div 3 - 5th
View the Full Sydney to Gold Coast Results Here
The day ran as the brochure describes, 'no nonsense fast windward/leeward racing'.
Stage 3 saw four windward/leeward races conducted in a west southwesterly in 6 to 12 knots of breeze. The Etchells fleet once again showed consistent numbers, with 7 boats turning up on the start line. The notoriously slick Crawford boys were nowhere to be seen, with rumours hinting they went tobogganing together at the ski fields, this left the slate open for the Etchells class with Will Dargaville in Grant V slipping into the overall point score lead with a 1,1,2,1 scorecard . “Not Bad!” commented a talkative Dargaville, “We really enjoyed ourselves this morning”. Hopping back in the saddle after a brief hiatus with home renovations, Jason Antill had a pleasing day on 2107 racing, which included a heat win. This run also has seen Antill progress up the overall point score.
All 8 Elliott 7’s were once again out on the water, with plenty of action packed mark roundings. Pat Langley has not looked back since composing himself after his last place in race one early on in the series. Since then he has never been out of the top 2. Finishing the day with a 1,2,1,1 scorecard, and finally taking the overall lead away from Chris Way on Team Easy Tiger. “It was a great morning. The racing was fast and furious.” “It feels surreal to be back at the dock at 1010am, I think I may tend to the garden now!” commented an elated Langley. The 4th & final stage of the famous Dustbuster Series is scheduled for the 11th August.
A big thankyou to our volunteers for getting up early to conduct these races.
At last night’s Annual General Meeting (23 July 2019), the members elected Lauren Crossman and Murray Glase as Directors, re-elected Allen Stormon as Rear Commodore Yacht Racing and Rear Commodore Membership, Liz de Soyres, was re-elected unopposed.
Congratulations to all of our elected officers and thank you to those members who nominated for the roles. Our Club relies on our great volunteers and it is encouraging that so many members want to contribute. We also thank everyone who took the time to vote and have their say.
The 2019 AGM saw awards presented for 50yr Membership and the Clubmanship Award 2018/2019.
50 Year Membership
Congratulations to Parry Thomas who was acknowledged for his 50 years of Membership.
Clubmanship Award 2018/19
The Clubmanship Trophy recognises the effort of Members, who have made a significant contribution to the Club across a range of activities.
The Clubman of the Year is elected by a select committee of one being the Commodore, so it is a very efficient committee, but one which is taken very seriously.
This year the Commodore chose two members who have made a significant contribution across a multitude of areas in the club over the past 55 years.
We are proud to announce that the 2018/19 CLUB “PEOPLE” OF THE YEAR are Kenneth & Janet Moxham!
Ken & Jan have been long standing volunteers at the club through race volunteering, race management, protest panel, regatta organisation & merchandise sales to name a few. It is appropriate for this duo to receive this award as they are a team who are rarely separated and really complement each other. Ken enjoys the accolades of being one of the longest serving rules advisors at the club.
With the passing of Jack Gale, The Moxham’s have taken over as the ‘go to’ people for any club related questions due to their long association and intimate knowledge of the club.
Racing again did not disappoint today, with plenty of close matches and upsets.
Clare Costanzo and her team continued their winning streak of 5 matches in a row. However local team put a stop to that with a win in the last race of the first round robin.
The points are incredibly close after the first round robin, Leonard Takahashi leads with 8wins and 3 losses, and then there are four teams on 7 wins and two (including Costanzo) who are on 6 wins.
The second round robin is going to be exciting as the regatta gets to the pointy end and the final four earn their spot in the semi finals.
Who that will be, that’s the million dollar question?
Costanzo could make history and be the first ever all female team to win this event!
“We are pleased with our starts today, getting off the line even, or better in most of our races.
We need to be a bit more aggressive on the downwinds, particularly onto the favoured long gybe’, commented a spirited Costanzo
The 2019 Optimist World Championship attracted 255 sailors aged 11 to 15 years from 65 nations, beating the previous record of 62 nations set at the 2017 Optimist Worlds in Thailand. Racing took place July 8-15. Club Members Daniel Links & Jono Tuite were competing as part of the Australian Optimist Team.
We are pleased to report that Daniel finished in 16th overall & Jono in 203rd overall out of 260 boats from 65 countries. Daniel showed tremendous determination throughout the regatta to keep getting up off the canvas as challenges presented themselves. The conditions were incredible but challenging with strong current and big waves, Daniel’s 16th is the second best by an Australian ever.
Jono did it tough in the conditions as he grew to 6ft tall and 60kgs in the 7 months since he qualified at the Nationals, but represented his club and country well as you will see from the below:
Meanwhile, one sailor from Australia earned high praise from regatta organisers for stepping forward to help out a fellow competitor who ran into difficulty at the dockside earlier in the contest.
“I saw one of the Latvian team capsize with no foils which meant he could not pull up his boat,” related Jonathan Tuite, 14.
“One of his team mates helped him get his boat upright. I noticed his foils started flying away so I retrieved them and helped him get them back on.”
Jonathan’s quick thinking and benevolent spirit is testament to the championship’s central ethos of sportsmanship and friendship, said organising committee chair Paola Vittoria.
View Results Here
Day One of the 53rd Governors Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta got underway off the sunny Newport beach of California. This Under 23 Grade 1 Event has one of the toughest line ups seen in recent years. RPAYC has been represented by Clare Costanzo and her team of Juliet Costanzo, Ruby Scholten and Emma Rankin. Clare Costanzo is the only female skipper to qualify for this event.
Day One didn’t disappoint with some big crashes and plenty of close racing. Costanzo finished the day with 3 wins and 4 losses. The grudge match between the two aussies was an eventful one with (Costanzo -(RPAYC) Vs Finn Tapper (CYCA). After winning the prestart, Costanzo managed to extend her lead taking the win and gaining confidence that they have what it takes to beat one of the teams in the top 2 after day 1. “Picking a side to protect was hard today, it changed constantly throughout the race track” We will come out and keep chipping away tomorrow” Commented a determined Costanzo.
To follow the live race results Click Here.
The Annual “Mick Hole” Winter One Design Regatta was contested over the weekend.
This regatta is in memory of Mick Hole, a fierce one design competitor and friend of many at RPAYC.
Competitors went out on the water on Saturday, hoping to get some racing in before the predicted strong westerlies came in.
A first race was attempted, however RO Steve Merrington made the correct call to postpone the first race as the breeze approached 35 knots.
Competitors seeked shelter in the lee of Scotland Island.
At around midday Chris Way was sent out in the Elliott 7 to test the conditions. Some amazing videos were captured as Chris and his crew took off like a skiff under spinnaker hitting high speeds, which at this time has been viewed over 16,000 times and shared over 95 times around the world online. View video here
Club stalwart Murray Gordon, who was crewing for Chris commented that it may be “a bit windy”.
As such the call was made to seek shelter back at the club, and come back a bit earlier for the next day to fit in the racing.
Day 2 got underway in a westerly breeze, ranging from 8 to 25kts.
The combined Etchells and Int 5.5M fleet saw the now notorious “Crawford Boys” weave their magic, somehow reading the top part of the course well, which was playing havoc with other skippers. One skipper who wishes to remain anonymous described the top part of the course as “harder to pick than a broken nose”.
The Crawford’s took the series with a clear 6-point win.
The largest fleet of the regatta was the sports boat class. The club’s fleet of 8 Elliott 7s were all out on the water with a mix of youth and wisdom. Also joining the Elliott’s on the start line was a Melges 24 and a Skud.
Tom Brewer and his team won the Elliott 7 class and as a result this year was awarded the prestigious Mick Hole Perpetual Trophy, with Micks widow Kerrie on hand to present Tom with the trophy. An elated Tom Brewer commented “That was some seriously good fun, my throw together team did a great job and we will definitely be back for next year”.
Out of the 5 races conducted on Sunday, there were three different heat winners in the E7’s, which showed the level of competition.
Two Youth Development and Intermediate Youth Development teams took the last 2 spots on the podium.
Fletcher Walters and his Intermediate Youth Development crew surprised many with their amazing speed and boat handling, particularly as they were short-handed and underweight. Fletcher was able to pip pre-regatta favourite Chris Way off the podium, getting Chris on countback due to their heat win.
The lone Skud surprised many by beating an Elliott across the line in a few races.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club bought up two new fresh youth crews to experience their first keelboat regatta. The team gained valuable experience and look forward to taking away their lessons learnt.
Back at the RPAYC it was a festive scene, with Matt Viser delivering some moving words about Mick noting “Mick would have been so stoked to see all these young sailors (in addition to the oldies) out there having a crack!)
A big thank you to Kerrie for not only sailing in the regatta (Int 5.5M), but for presenting the beautiful Mick Hole Trophy
Pictured l - r: Vice Commodore - Ron Palmer, 2019 Winner Mick Hole Trophy - Tom Brewer, Kerrie Shimeld & Matt Visser