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GBRW Kicks Off
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 16 February 2015


The Division 1 IRC fleet started Geographe Bay Race Week with a trio of windward/leeward races and if the results of the day’s racing set the tone for the week, we are in for some very tight racing indeed.  Each of the three races was won by a different boat and only Gary McNally’s Black Betty managed to score a podium finish in all three races.

Peter Hickson’s colourful ME II won the first race by a margin of just 18 seconds.  The Ker 39 is showing great uphill speed and was snapping at the heels of the 42 footers at times. The Foundation 36 Grand Prix was second and Black Betty sailed a very tidy race to finish third, only 9 seconds behind Grand Prix n corrected time.

Calm was untouchable in the second race, sailing great downwind angles and winning by 57 seconds over Black Betty with ME II third.

Black Betty won the final race of the day ahead of David Walling’s Farr 40 The Next Factor by a margin of 49 seconds.  Calm was third, another 55 seconds behind.

This contest is only just beginning.  Peter Chappell’s hot full carbon flying machine The Cadillac showed some startling speed downhill today so it will be no surprise to see this boat in the mix as the week rolls on.

There is some beautiful machinery on show in the Jib and Main division, which was won by Don Brooker’s Sense 50 Dorade ahead of Martin Chambers Sandale, both Bali Race veterans, with Janet Hornbuckle finishing third.

Premier Blue raced on both IRC and performance handicaps.  Alison Stock won the IRC flag with Addams Family second and Graeme Monkhouse’s Lithium third.  Local sailor Doug Lawler won the performance handicap in Twist’n’Shout.  Addams Family and Secret Men’s Business sailed by Koombana Bay’s Michael Peel, shared second place.

Wild Bull, skippered by Jamie Weeden and with father Bill Weeden, a past commodore of EFYC on board, had a less enjoyable day.  A halyard slipping off the sheeve at the masthead required a man to go aloft, and they finished the day with two torn sails in the locker.

The Premier Cruising Green fleet was led home by Gordon and Di Dunbar’s Spritzig 2.  Rod McGregor’s Aida was second and John Wallis’ Golden Eagle third.  The fleet will be joined tomorrow by Ben Olsthoorn’s Mini Transat, Recalculate, which arrived at Geographe Bay from Bunbury while racing was in progress.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 )
Iberia on the nose!
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 16 February 2015


Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Iberia Race is the feeder race for Geographe Bay Race Week, starting at Fremantle in the twilight hours and finishing in Busselton. 

Racing!  Farrago closes the door.

A moderate sailing breeze from the south west, under a blanket of low cloud highlighted by the setting sun, gave competitors a nice easy start as they headed to sea. Conditions freshened as the fleet worked its way south, until between 2 and 3am, when it dropped momentarily and kicked back in at 35 knots plus, coming straight from the Busselton Jetty.

Calm won line honours, and the IRC trophy with a 33 minute margin.

“We were a bit lucky when the change came, because we had almost reached Bunbury,” said Calm skipper Andrew Harry, “but it was hard work tacking all the way to the finish.”

Dubbo White and Todd Giraudo in the new Jeanneau 3600 Kraken.

Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic hit the change near Mandurah, and along with all the yachts around her, sailed in wet, cool and windy conditions for more than half the length of the journey.

Calm took line honours in a little over 12 hours. “Eight hours to get to Bunbury and four hours of belting into headwinds to the finish,” lamented Andrew Harry.  His need not have worried because Calm won IRC by a whopping 33 minutes ahead of the Ker 39 ME II sailed by Peter Hickson. Anthony Kirke’s Farr 40 Enterprise was third.

Tony Carter’s Just Cruisin’ shot out of the blocks at the start and went on to win the Division 2 treble – line honours, IRC and YAH. Peter Vlaar’s modified Farr 2 tonner Farrago was second on both handicaps after a very loud slanging match on the start line where Farrago squeezed Sand Crab’s Disco out at the boat end.  Nexus was third on IRC and Fourth Dimension was third on YAH.

Just Cruisin’ settles down for the long haul south.

David “Dubbo” White wondered what all the fuss was about when he was asked about the weather conditions.  With the experience of a Sydney Hobart race to draw on, Todd Giraudo’s new Jeanneau 3600 handled the conditions easily with her two man crew and finished more than half an hour ahead of the much larger Farrago.

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the words & images 


Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 )
Combined WW/LW Racing
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Top day of sailing on the river last Saturday. All clubs doing combined fleet windward / leeward racing. The seabreeze filled in to well over 20kts, some great close action.

Here's some crazy wet-@rse sportsboat action from Indecent Haste



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 )
Team Gilmour in Johor, Malaysia for The Monsoon Cup!
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015


David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys





Team Gilmour in Johor, Malaysia for the final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

After being postponed from December the final event of 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is underway in a new venue, Johor Bahru, Malysia. Johor sits at the Southern corner of Malaysia, just North of Singapore and is separated by 2 miles of sea, known as the Johor Straits - the area which we will be sailing.

Team Gilmour has been taking some down time from match racing over the last few months, however everyone has been busy sailing everywhere around the globe. David and Ed have been busy competing in the 49er circuit, including the Australian and Oceanic Champs and more recently in the ISAF World Cup event in Miami. Luke competed in the Melges 32 Worlds in Miami and Pete and Will both competed in and won the Kings Cup in Thailand. 

We are excited to be back at the Monsoon Cup, particularly at the new venue. We reunited last week for some training in Perth before heading up to Johor for some training on the Strait. We sail the Foundation 36 yachts that they will be using here regularly in Perth and have won a number of events on these boats in the past, so feel comfortable heading into racing.

The Monsoon Cup is the most important event of the World Tour, being worth double points and non-discardable. We are looking forward to the racing and feel confident for a good result and the opportunity to move up the leader board on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour standings. 

The venue, situated directly in front of a large high-rise development will provide some very interesting and difficult shifty racing. 

Teams competing this week. 

Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Mathieu Richard (FRA)
Phil Robertson (NZL)
David Gilmour (AUS)
Jeremy Koo (MAL)
Eric Monnin (SUI)
Jonnie Berntsson (SWE)
Bjorn Hansen (SWE)
Pierre Antoin-Morvan (FRA)
Ian Williams (GBR)
Maximillian Soh (SIN)
Keith Swinton (AUS)

Follow the racing via LiveStreaming by clicking the AWMRT link bellow.

Big thanks to our partners and check out of Facebook page for regular updates.
Image copyright WMRT Media Bank



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 )
The News
Written by The Doctor   
Friday, 30 January 2015

 Hello Everyone

Please find attached a promotional  brochure  for an evening with Clipper-Ventures here at the Annexe. If you, or  anyone you know wishes  to challenge themselves,  this is  for you!

 Kirsty Whyte will  be  giving a talk on participating  in this  exception global  yacht race.

 If it’s not  for  you then perhaps  you would be kind  enough to forward  this message to anyone in your  circle (friends; work colleagues; business associates; organisations; corporate, etc) who might like to know more about participating in the Clipper-Ventures experience.

 WA / Australia is known for having one of the largest contingents  of participants and the event is particularly great for those who are non sailors, but want to  extend their personal boundaries of  life experiences.

 The Annexe is the venue Tuesday 10th of February-see you here!


Harbourmaster-RPYC Fremantle Annexe

Tel: 9430 4590 / 0418 947 285

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 January 2015 )
Farrawa Cup Presentations
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 29 January 2015


Thursday, 5 February 2015


RFBYC Athol Hobbs Room (upstairs)




All skippers, crew, family & friends are invited to attend.

$10.00 per person

Light Refreshments Provided | Cash Bar

Presentations to Include

Pennants & Prizes for Dolphin, Gordon Craig and Bunbury & Return Races

Farrawa Cup Series Place-Getters - Click HERE to view!

Award the conveted Farrawa Cup to the Overall winner



Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 )
Broaching the Subject
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Written by The Doctor   
Saturday, 24 January 2015

It’s not very often that you have

a) a camera at hand when one of these events happen.

b) a Go Pro clone watching the top mark.

c) an audience who could appreciate what was going on.

Rick was fortunate to be up on the start box platform watching the 2015 Australian Match Racing Championships on the final day.

This race was in the semi finals between Evan Walker of the Cruising Yacht Club and Matt Jerwood’s Redline Racing Team. The wind speed wasn’t as big as it has been ( about 15 knots ) but the gusts were magnificent down the left hand side.

Watch what happens when Evan loses it.

Well done Matt.. A big win and a good platform for the Warren Jones next week.

Thanks to Rick Steuart of Perth Sailing Photography for the vid



Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 January 2015 )
FSC Australia Day and Mike Harvey Races
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Written by FSC   
Friday, 23 January 2015

 Good afternoon skippers!

 Please see the Supplementary Sailing Instructions for the Australia Day Race AND the Mike Harvey Race to Hillarys.

 1)            Australia Day – there is an Expression of interest form on the notice board to add your name to by 6:00pm Saturday 24th January to be eligible to race! 

                This is to assist our Handicapper in setting you a Handicap for the event that will be a handicap start.

Race Start Time: 1:45pm
               Please note that if you wish to stay behind for the BBQ, you will need to book a table with the club this can be done via 9435 8800.


 2)            31st Jan – Mike Harvey Race to Hillary’s

                There will be an expression of interest form on the notice board shortly to add your name to for this event.

Race Start Time: 11:00am

Please also indicate how many people you estimate will have dinner at Hillarys Yacht Club, so that we can give this indication to them.

The Cruising Section has been invited to join us in this event.

The return sailing on Sunday will be in conjunction with the Cruising Section, who plan to organise a “Cruise” home with a rabbit start around 9.30 (To be Confirmed).

We are welcome to join them in this event.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the FSC Sailing Office on 9435 8800.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
Australian Match Racing Championship Livens Up
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Friday, 23 January 2015

Australian Match Racing Championship Livens Up 

CYCA’s Jay Griffin is improving with each match

Sam Gilmour carried forward his good form from last weeMatch Racing Championship Livens Upk’s Little Wheel Regatta and after two days of competition sits at the top of the leader board.

 Lachy Gilmour is finding it tougher at this level

Sydneysiders Jay Griffin and Evan Walker are settling into stride.  Neither has had the time in these BW8 yachts that the Western Australians have had, so it was predictable that they might become more competitive as the regatta proceeds. In the partially completed second round robin, Walker added five wins to the six accumulated in the first round robin, while Griffin has only sailed two races of the second round robin and has the opportunity to catch up today.

Peter Nicholas now lies outright second 

At the end of the first round robin, Sam Gilmour and Matt Jerwood were well positioned with ten wins each, but like Jay Griffin, Jerwood has only sailed two races, leaving Gilmour a clear leader and also being overtaken by Peter Nicholas, who added five wins to his eight point tally from round robin 1.

 Jeremy Koo’s crew at work

A surprise on the second day was Will Boulden, who featured in a horror broach sequence last week. He won five of his six races yesterday and with a total of nine wins to date, now looms as a serious contender in fifth place overall.

Will Boulden had a blinder in round robin 2, winning five of his six races 

Stormy skies and fresh breezes are forecast for day 3 of the competition which promises an interesting day of competition in these highly responsive BW8’s.

Robbie Gibbs proving that age is no barrier 

Full results are available at and follow the AMRC link.

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the images   

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
IRC State Championships Postponed
Written by RFBYC   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

 It is with regret that the IRC State Championships scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.  Unfortunately with the number of entries received it was not viable to run the event this weekend.  The success of the event is reliant on the support of our IRC owners, therefore it’s important a date and format is identified that accommodates the majority.  Your feedback is welcomed and will be forwarded to YWA Offshore Committee for consideration at their next meeting.  A new date and regatta format will be advised following consultation with the IRC Owners & YWA Offshore Committee.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
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