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Festival of Sail Update
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Only 4 weeks to go!


Updated info on Accomodation & Entertainment, the Monkeyfist Marine Laser Series, Information Pack and other news!



I hear a rumour that a fleet of Flying Fifteens are heading out for the Festival!


Provisional Program - Please check closer to the time!


Friday 28th March 



Evening Transit race (IRC fleet) 

Saturday 29 March
0900 Transit Race from Fremantle to Thomson Bay, Rottnest
1000 Round the Island Race - IRC Cat 3
1000 'Beat the Boats' Island Bike Tour
1100 Monkey Fist Marine Laser Mini Series
1630 Captain Back Optimist Races, Hotel Jetty
1800 Yachting Party, Hotel Rottnest
Party tickets include food & drink vouchers and a
live band will play for your enjoyment.

Sunday 30th March
1000 Windward / Leeward Racing commences
1000 Monkey Fist Marine Laser Mini Series
1300 Presentation of Prizes at Hotel Rottnest
1700 Last ferry leaves Rottnest Island (by special arrangement)


Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 )
The Cruising Yacht Club Gets High
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Some awsome aerial footage taken by Stephen Clarke at the CYC last Saturday. All you video wannabes, lift your game!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 February 2014 )
Things Sailors Don't Say
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Tuesday funny from the mysailing website.  

Order the posters here...




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 February 2014 )
The Geraldton Incentive!
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Written by SoPYC   
Friday, 07 February 2014

 South of Perth Gero Incentive

The good folk at South of Perth Yacht Club, in an effort to give yachties some incentive to get their race entries for the Wangara Volkswagen Geraldton Ocean Classic in as early as possible, have shunned the traditional penalty for latecomers and gone the other way.

The offer is for a $250 voucher, redeemable at Swan River Traders, which will be drawn at the presentation evening after the Geraldton Return.  All yachts whose entries are received BY NOON on Monday, 24th February (official close of entries is 1700) will be entered in the draw.

Sounds like a good reward for doing something you have to do anyway!

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 )
IRC Regatta Photos
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 06 February 2014

 So who was that masked man running around in the rib with the big camera...???

It was Bernie Kaaks of course, and he's got some terrific action shots from the IRC States!

Find them all here:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 )
Need Crew for Gero...???
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Written by SoPYC   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Then click here!


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 February 2014 )
2014 Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta
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Written by Tristan Brown   
Monday, 03 February 2014

 2014 Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta

By Tristan Brown

The 2014 Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta was hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club from 27th - 31st January 2014. This year the event attracted a number of highly ranked teams from various places including New Zealand, Japan and the United States of America. Subsequently the event was upgraded to a Grade 2 status.

After our second place finish in the Little Wheel Regatta, we were very much looking forward to sailing the bigger Foundation 36 yachts. My team for the event consisted of Matt Wearn, Mark Spearman, Luke Elliott, Eamon Robertshaw and Nadia Punselie.


After we had placed 3rd and 2nd overall in the two previous editions of the Warren Jones we were determined to take home the trophy, however, we were well aware that this year was going to be particularly tough with such good competition in attendance. This time around we were the third last ranked team competing in the event out of twelve teams.

Day one of the event was a successful one for us with a 4-2 score card, including wins over Governors Cup champion Sam Gilmour and previous Warren Jones winner Will Tiller. The excitement for the day was provided in another match by Sam’s team when he put a significant hole in Matt Jerwood’s boat during their match.


Day two was a tough one for the team where we suffered several losses to finish the first round robin with a 5-6 scorecard. We had a tight race with Andy Green and his team from Sydney where we carried a penalty throughout the entire race, attempting to wipe it off at the finish line, however, we fell 1 metre short! Fortunately in our final race for the day (start of the second round robin) we got back into the swing of things with a win over Adam Middleton’s team.

Day three was upon us and we knew we had to have a good day to make the quarter finals. The morning was plagued by extremely light winds, with many races abandoned and the boats left drifting for a few hours until the Seabreeze eventually came in. In our race against David Gilmour’s team we unfortunately picked up a large log which managed to wedge itself under the rudder, which resulted in a significant loss whilst trying to remove the debris.


We had two extremely close races in the afternoon against Will Tiller and Chris Steele, both of which didn’t go our way after surrendering the lead on the final downwind to the finish. Fortunately we managed to regroup and win our final two matches of the day against Chris Poole and Chris Staub to make the quarter final cut in 6th place. The draw for the quarter finals was held later that night and Matt Jerwood’s team chose race against us.

The quarter finals were held on Friday morning, and although we were sailing the boat extremely well upwind, we struggled to get off the line ahead and ended up losing our quarter final 2-0. This left us finishing the event in 6th place, which was an extremely disappointing result.


Upon reflection of the event it was an extremely tough ask to expect to be competitive against the top youth world match racing teams on the back of two weeks training, however, it really proved to me that you can’t do everything! Our team has had a very successful summer in our Lasers, and this event very much proved to us all the need to focus on doing one thing properly rather than numerous projects poorly. However, we did still manage to beat many other teams ranked well beyond us!

Congratulations must go to David Gilmour and his team for winning the event for the second year running, Sam Gilmour’s team for making the final and also Matt Jerwood’s team for their fourth place overall after very limited match racing experience.


Thank you very much to the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for their support of our team for the event and Zhik for providing the team uniforms. Thanks must also go to the whole team for their efforts throughout the week.

Unfortunately this event was my last Warren Jones Regatta as I will now exceed the age criteria, however, I am now looking forward to getting back into Laser training in preparation for the World Laser Radial Open Championships in Poland in July 2014.

Tristan Brown


Last Updated ( Monday, 03 February 2014 )
Team Gilmour dominates Warren Jones Youth Regatta
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Written by TG   
Monday, 03 February 2014

 On Friday afternoon Team Gilmour successfully defended their title at the prestigious Warren Jones Youth Match Regatta on home waters at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The Warren Jones Regatta is without a doubt the most competitive youth (under 25) match racing regatta in the World and this year the level was higher than ever with 6 of the 12 teams ranked inside the top 50.


TG recruited Luke Parkinson for this event as our normal pitman Luke Payne unfortunately aged out, we also welcomed on board young 14 year old James Stout for some extra weight as well as Fang Warren on the mainsheet. Bowman and veteran of the event Pete Nicholas said "I am absolutely wrapped to win my second Warren Jones, this is my 11th and final event. Its such as great event and we are lucky to have such as great team."

The Team sailed consistently all week but we really begun to hit our straps in the quarter finals. We chose to sail against Andy Green from the CYCA, who put up a great effort in his first Warren Jones, but we managed to dispatch him in 2 races.

Again we had the choice of our opponent for the semi finals, we decided to race Matt Jerwood from SoPYC who is quite new to match racing but had been sailing well all week. Although Matt and his team made it a tough battle our finals experience gave us an edge and we managed to win our semi final in 2 races qualifying us into the final.

We then had the time to relax back at the club house and watch the other semi final between Sam Gilmour and Chris Steel from Royal NZ Yacht Squadron. Who were fighting it out in the other semi finals eventually Sam and his Neptune racing team came away with the win in the final race beating the young Kiwi team 2-1.


This set up the all Gilmour final and with Freshwater bay slowly being filled with spectator boats the racing got underway. In the first race we were up against the ropes after receiving a penalty in the pre start and both boats had an even start fighting it out for the lead up the first beat by the top mark we managed to clutch a small lead and from there we extended the lead as far as we could and completed our penalty on the finish line we had just enough distance to do this and crossed the finish line half a boat length in front.

The next two races we sailed much cleaner and didn't receive any penalties and it was our boat speed that gave us the edge in the close situations in both races we were able to sail to small lead by the top marks and extend from there. This gave us the win with a 3-0 score in the finals.

For Peter, Will and Fang this was their final Warren Jones so the win made it very special for them and as Pete had been competing in the event for over a decade he made the acceptance speech making special mention of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Clubs support and congratulated the other teams especially Neptune Racing for a hard fought finals noting it was the most competitive Warren Jones he had competed in.

Dave, Will and Fang have now gone to Sydney to compete in the Hardy Cup being held this week at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and they will keep you updated with their progress their





Last Updated ( Monday, 03 February 2014 )
Gilmour vs Gilmour
The News
Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Saturday, 01 February 2014


It was an all Gilmour final in the Warren Jones Youth Match Regatta on the Swan River on Friday afternoon.

David Gilmour, who is 14th on the ISAF world rankings, earned the right to compete in the final by despatching New South Welshman Andy Green, two-nil in their best of three quarter final, was then able to select his semi final opponent and immediately selected Matt Jerwood, whom he defeated in two straight races to earn his spot as a finalist.


The Handover 

Sam Gilmour, ranked well below David at 33, had a more traumatic journey into the final.  During the first round he was involved in a “T-Bone” collision with Matt Jerwood, leaving Jerwood’s boat with a large triangular hole in the side. Sam’s tactics were unpredictable but at times, brilliant. Having qualified in the final eight for the quarter finals, he moved into the semis, where he accounted for Chris Steele 2-1 in the best of three, bringing about the first ever final between brothers in the 12 year history of the Warren Jones Regatta.



The petit final, to decide third and fourth, was best of three, while the final itself was best of 5 matches.  The first flight was a single match of the petit final, thus ensuring that the last races would put the finalists on show. 

Unfortunately, in the second match between Matt Jerwood and Chris Steele, there was contact between the boats, Steele’s boat was damaged, and Jerwood was penalised a point for having caused the indicent. The final was decided in three straight races, all of them close, but all of them decisive as David showed his younger brother why he is ranked in the world’s top 20 in the sport.


Penalty on Jerwood

In the end, time beat the petit finalists, with the scores locked on 1 point each.  Steele was awarded third place by virtue of a countback, an anticlimax to an exciting week of match racing in conditions which ranged from very light to the solid “Fremantle Doctor” which came in right on cue at more than 20 knots for the finals.


Final:  David Gilmour (3) defeated Sam Gilmour (0)

Petit Final:  Chris Steele (1) defeated Matt Jerwood (1) on a countback.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 February 2014 )
Finals of the Warren Jones
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Written by The Doctor   
Saturday, 01 February 2014


Great sailing show late Friday afternoon......

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 February 2014 )
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