14 Oct 2015
Investment in a fleet of Elliott 7 yachts is proving to be a great success for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Since receiving the new 8 boat fleet, squads of sailors train weekly in both fleet and match racing skills, under the guidance of coach Tom Spithall. Recently, their efforts have been well rewarded both on the international circuit and on home waters.
The RPAYC team led by Will Dargaville has won the New Caledonia Youth Match Racing Championships. The event was sailed in strong winds in the CNC fleet of Elliott 6s. Coming back from two races down Dargaville won the fifth and final race ahead of Lucas Chatonnier and his RNZYS crew. For Dargaville this was his first win in an international regatta. Full report...
Further testament to the strength of the RPAYC programme was seen in the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championships 2015. After 2 years finishing as runners up Millie Bennett and crew representing the RPAYC won the title. In a close fought competition, exceptional boat handling skills saw Bennett win the final race to take the trophy ahead of Clare Costanzo another RPAYC team. Demonstrating once again the strength of its youth development programme, a third RPAYC team skippered by Sarah Parker finished 3rd. Full report... The RPAYC runs several adult learn to sail programmes in the Elliott 7s which are also used for mid week windward leeward racing for members.