Expression of Interest - Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join the celebrations in Auckland of the 150th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and the 36th Americas Cup.
After 12 months of discussions with the RNZYS, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is looking for potential entrants in both racing and cruising divisions and we are seeking Expressions of Interest for this exciting event from Sydney to Auckland in January 2021.

Partnering with the RNZYS for the finish of the race the RPAYC welcomes offshore capable racing and cruising monohull and multihull yachts to enter. The race will see divisions including IRC racing, Superyacht and a cruising rally. Take your race yacht over and compete in the many Anniversary Regattas and events celebrating 150 years of the RNZYS or cruise in company with your yacht to get ringside seats at the Americas Cup Regatta.

Visiting boats may also be interested in offshore racing and regattas in the Southern Hemisphere surrounding the event:

26th December 2020 – Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – organised by the Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2nd January 2021 – Pittwater to Paradise Race (Pittwater to Southport) – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club
26th January 2021 – Sydney to Auckland Race – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
6th – 21st March 2021 - 36th Americas Cup
May 2021 – Auckland to Sydney/Hamilton Is - TBD
August 2021 – Hamilton Island Race Week

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Henri Lloyd announced as the 2019 Merchandise official supplier

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is proud to announce that Henri Lloyd are the Official supplier of merchandise for the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

Competitors are able to order directly online and have their crew gear customised. A range of Henri Lloyd merchandise will include Hats, Jackets, Polo's, Race shirts and Shirts are available in a variety of colours ans sizes. 

To view and order from Henri Lloyd follow the link below. 

 

Insomnia’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta countdown

Marcus Grimes is stepping into a new level of technology and style of racing with the purchase of the Judel/Vrolijk that was Elena Nova, now called Insomnia and racing from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney’s north.

Grimes assures that his boat monikers, High Anxiety for his previous Elliott 10.5 and now Insomnia, is no cause for concern. The Elliott came with the name and Grimes thought the follow up, Insomnia, ticked a few boxes. “It’s a nice progression on High Anxiety but something unique to us, reflecting on recent times with two kids under three. Plus the boat looked really wet so I thought the line "I can’t get no sleep" from Faithless’ 1990s song of the same name was quite fitting.”

Working towards the 2019 edition of the annual 370 nautical mile Cat 2 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race, and getting more sleep at home, are for now Grimes’ two driving goals.

“We are conscious that we have a big learning curve ahead and coach Tom Brewer has been helping us with the new processes and boat handling. Offshore racing is what we love to do so we will continue to work on learning to drive the boat and building our capability.

“I suspect it will be a while before we are too worried about results, but over time it would be nice to emulate some of Craig’s [Neil] success. For now we will just focus on getting over the finish line in the RPAYC’s Bluewater Pointscore and Short Ocean Pointscore series, trial some new crew and prepare for the Pittwater to Paradise race in January. After that we will see!” Grimes added.  

The distinctive grey and purple JV42, designed and first owned by former ORC world champion Christopher Plump in Europe, came to Australia for second owner Craig Neil who raced it out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for many years. 

“Very stripped out and very wet” are Grimes’ two early observations of his new toy, adding, “it gets up and planes downwind with lots of spray. Things are happening a lot faster than on the Elliott!”

An RPAYC weekend race to Newcastle in October marked Insomnia’s first fleet hit-out. Earlier in the month Grimes conducted a renaming ceremonyat the RPAYC, to win the favour of Poseidon for his brand new offshore campaign. Follow Insomnia at https://www.facebook.com/Insomniasailing/

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, an “Early Bird” Race Entry Fee on offer now!

Celebrating the Gold Coast’s 10th Anniversary Sail Paradise Series, host Club, Southport Yacht Club have opened an early bird race entry fee! 

A count down of 20 days to go to be able to be able to take up this early bird race entry fee of $150. Open to all eligible vessels, enter before October 1st, 2018 to receive this one off special.

Bartercard Sail Paradise 2019 will host a magnitude of Gold Coast fun and spectacular sailing conditions with 10 divisions competing over a four-day period. The 2019 Queensland Yachting Sailing Championships will again be contested at the annual event, with bragging rights up for grabs.

Entries are coming in fast from the Queensland contingents contending for the 2019 series with several Sydney vessels also expected following the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race commencing on January 2.

“The beautiful scenery makes for spectacular sailing here on the Gold Coast. We make sure everyone involved, skippers, crew, family and friends soak up more than just the sun during this series. I encourage you all to get your entries in and take up the opportunity of our one off early bird discount” said Commodore Ray McMahon.

Entries are now open for the Bartercard Sail Paradise series, held from 6th – 9th January 2019. The four-day offshore regatta will again follow the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Yacht Race. A 380 nautical mile offshore event hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. In it’s third year, both Club’s are pre planning to ensure the biggest and best combined series yet!

Held in summer school holidays, the premier sailing event brings an added option for sailors to combine the series with the ultimate Gold Coast family holiday. Many sailors take the option to bring their families to the Gold Coast and combine the series with fun filled Gold Coast family attractions.

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.

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Checklist

The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater.

Entry to the club’s seven-race Bluewater Pointscore Series, including a rejigged program of a race to Newcastle in October and new race to Port Stephens tying in with Sail Port Stephens, is now open. Race start off Pal Beach NSW. Credit Crosbie LorimerRace start off Pal Beach NSW. Credit Crosbie Lorimer


Key to the Bluewater Series is the third edition of the annual Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Regatta starting January 2, 2019 and the club’s race director Nick Elliott has some pointers for owners and crews working towards this Category 2 ocean event.

“Winter is a great time of year to think about preparation and finding competitive advantages for the upcoming offshore season, firstly this means meeting the eligibility criteria for each planned race. The New Year race to Southport requires 150 nautical miles of offshore racing with a least 50% of the planned crew and signing up to the club’s bluewater series is the ideal way to tick off this entry condition.

“Now is also a good time to check Safety & Sea Survival certificates are in-date and if not, get in touch with the RPAYC’s preferred suppliers, Above & Beyond Boating at Newport and Genevieve White at Marine SafetyWorks, and enrol your entire crew or individuals.

“I also encourage owners to review their IRC certificate and make sure they have optimised their rating for the best sail-plan, rather than every sail that came with the original boat purchase. Look at your wardrobe and which sails you use regularly to get best performance, and make sure those sails are on your IRC certificate - not that huge headsail that is rarely used and comes with a significant rating penalty.

“For a new owner, consider that spending thousands of dollars buying a new kite or set of sails might not be the best way to gain an edge. There might be more gained by understanding the bigger picture of race navigation – performance polars, current and sea conditions, weather GRIB files, routing, and having your electronics dialled into an integrated computer system,” Elliott added.

Will Oxley, one of the country’s most respected navigators with multiple laps of the world and winning navigator of Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart on his remarkable resume, agrees understanding navigation is integral to working out where percentage can be made - and he’s referring to fundamental navigation rather than navigating by iPhone map.

Will Oxley at the nav station of Team Alvimedica. Credit Amory RossWill Oxley at the nav station of Team Alvimedica. Credit Amory Ross

“Because we have easy access to an iPhone map some assume that’s navigation, but there are so many more factors,” Oxley says. “Fundamental navigation used to be part of ocean racing because there was nothing else available. More and more are coming to me saying ‘I want to learn Expedition’ but that’s the end point. What they need to learn is navigation and tactics.

 

Have Wings? Can do the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

The annual Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta appeals to owners from the Sydney catchment area and beyond with boats from regional New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand represented in previous editions. Rikki Starting in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta 2018Rikki Starting in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta 2018

Shorthanded, multihull, straight-out racer, cruiser/racer and a newly introduced cruising division offer the full gamut of entry options for the IRC/ORCi optimised through to well-performing production boats, and now those crews focused more on the journey than the destination are well catered for.

The NSW coastal fringe is a dramatic ever-changing landscape of beaches, cliffs, towns, safe harbours and islands. Each January the 370 nautical mile Australian Sailing Category 2 ocean race – the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’s opening pointscore event - takes the fleet north along the NSW coast to the easternmost tip of Australia at Cape Byron before the final leg along Queensland’s golden beaches to the finish line off Main Beach at Southport.

Ray Haslar’s Reichel/Pugh 42 Rikki made the journey from New Zealand to Pittwater for the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race and the skipper said this of the adventure: “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For the first-timers on board it was the experience of a lifetime. The delivery over took seven days, clearing into Newcastle, with a six-day crossing for the return trip.”

Haslar appreciated the professional support of both the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club, the finish club and host of the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series. “The service and hospitality at both clubs were excellent; you couldn’t have asked for better.”

Already registered for the start of the 2019 race to Southport, starting January 2 just to the north of Palm Beach headland, is Wings, a new Dehler 46 launched last November for RPAYC members Lindy and Ian Edwards.

Wings’ racing calendar is a busy one, the owners soon to leave Sydney for the CYCA’s lengthy PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, a reinstated 1,064 nautical miler starting June 2, then back to Queensland in winter for consecutive race weeks at Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island.

 

 

Pittwater to Southport

 

The Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be starting on Sydney's Pittwater,  1 hour drive north from Sydney's CBD on January 2, 2019 and run through to 9 January, 2019.

The ocean race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Queensland's most popular coastal cities. Once on the Gold Coast boats will enjoy a four day series regatta hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.

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