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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


Milly Bennett Sits High and Dry Finishing Day One of Racing Undefeated

RPAYC’s Milly Bennett and her “MAXX Team” have handled the strong winds and choppy conditions to win 7 out of 7 races in the first day of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship.

With wind gusts reaching upwards of 34 knots funnelling through Pittwater it made for a “challenging” day to say the least.Jessica Eastwell and her Team Leagues punching it down wind Jessica Eastwell and her Team Leagues punching it down wind

Considering how “extreme” it may have been out there, Milly was very relaxed about her racing and has credited her team’s local knowledge which helped her team finish with an undefeated scorecard.

“It was super windy, puffy and shifty, it was pretty extreme but it was a bit of fun. Pittwater doesn’t get that windy so we hadn’t had much training in these conditions but it was good to have the shifty sailing experience with our local knowledge which really helped us.” Said Milly.

Fellow RPAYC sailors, Clare Costanzo (RPAYC) are right behind Milly with 5 wins and Sarah Parker (RPAYC) is tying third place on four wins with Lauren Gallaway from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Coming an equal fourth position with Jessica Eastwell (SoPYC) is the young team from The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. They shook off the nerves and raced extremely well for their first international regatta.  The team’s skipper, Stephanie Kirkman was happy with her team’s result.

 “It was good today, we were very nervous at the beginning but then we got better and better while we were racing and thought we could get a few wins back. All and all it was a good day out on the water and can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.” Said Stephanie.

The Race Management Team were very professional in handling the conditions. PRO Denis Thompson & his team did a fantastic job getting in 7 flights with minimal hiccups.

Tomorrow’s racing will be held in similar conditions. Milly is sitting high and dry and will go into the second day of racing with a good lead.

Results are as Follows

1st Milly Bennett – RPAYC    

2nd Clare Costanzo – RPAYC  

3rd Sarah Parker – RPAYC

3rd Lauren Galloway – CYCA

5th Jessica Eastwell - SoPYC

5th Stephanie Kirkman - RNZYS

7th Kirstin Norris - CYCA

8th Caitlin Tames CYCA


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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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