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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.
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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 )
Bunbury Return Ocean Race 2015
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Written by RFBYC   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Race record safe for another year in the 67th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race

The Farrawa Cup Series concluded with the 67th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race over the weekend of 17-18 January. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is proud to host the annual event, WA’s oldest blue water event. The 169 nautical mile race is rewarding and challenging and a highlight of the WA offshore season.

A hot day was forecast for Saturday as yachts started north of Fremantle Harbour in a steady 12 knot wind. They looked spectacular off the line and it was a close contest around the day buoy located off Port Beach. Spinnakers flew and the fleet did their best to get around the western beacon and turn south before the wind began to fade. 

Line Honours & IRC Winner, Calm

Spectators had the luxury of watching the race online; all yachts carried tracking devices. The race has come a long way since the days of plane surveillance. In the mid 1960’s considerable media attention meant progress reports were sought after. RFBYC then approached Club member Tally Hobbs who had acquired his pilot’s licence. Accompanied by a spotter, he would fly over the scattered fleet and provide updates both for spectators and safety. This continued until the 1980’s when ship to shore radio’s were enforced.

After sailing in a light shore breeze for a couple of hours, the wind soon turned and increased. Competitors enjoyed the race down to the turning mark boat in Bunbury Harbour. TP52 Calm was the first there but had to get a move on to get back and beat the race record of 18hrs, 57min, 18sec.


The Fleet

There was an amazing sunset that evening as most of the yachts approached the turning point. Although beautiful, it looked like the night would bring light winds. Thankfully the sky soon cleared and brought a stronger south westerly wind which was picked up by the bigger boats who had headed further offshore.

Skipper of Calm, Andrew Harry, commented “We made a plan before the race and stuck to it but with light winds, we didn’t think we’d have a chance at the record. We got to Garden Island and realised we were back in with a chance. We thought we would get close, within minutes, but as we headed back in to the coast the wind shut down and even went north east for a while.” The team finished in 20hrs, 34min, 8sec.



For those who hugged the shore on the way back north, most waited in very little wind during the night.

There was a good competition between the two GP 42’s who raced within sight all the way to the end. Black Betty had fallen behind but picked up some stronger wind further out to sea and caught up to Dirty Deeds near the southern end of Rottnest. Dirty Deeds gybed close in front when then, Black Betty picked up a cray pot. Gary McNally from Black Betty said, “Sailing in to the morning sun made it difficult to see the water and picking up the craypot really slowed us down. We had it caught on the keel and then another around the rudder too”


This Way Up goes for the kite at the day buoy

 On Dirty Deeds, their comment was that the gods must have seen them smiling at Black Betty’s misfortune so gave them a craypot to collect too. She managed to keep her lead to the finish with only 3 minutes between them after racing for just over 24 hours.


Al Fresco at the day buoy

The Double Handed division was won by Lamotrek. Overall IRC Division Two was won by Giddy Up with Blondie and This Way Up both very close behind, all finishing with a minute of each other on corrected time.

Being a bigger boat certainly had its advantages in this year’s race, they got through in the best of the wind. Overall and in Division One Calm managed a win a few minutes ahead of Dirty Deeds and then Black Betty.

It was a great event with many of the crews already keen to race again next year.

Thanks to RFBYC Offshore Media for the images  

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
The Other Offshore
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 19 January 2015

While most people may have been watching the action offshore, there was also a glamour sail happeninbg on the river.


Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2015 )
Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta Wrap
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 19 January 2015


Schweppes Little Wheel Regatta was set for a great showdown in the finals. A tight semi final between World No 14 Sam Gilmour and his younger brother Lachy required a third race decider to put Sam into the best-of-five final against 54th ranked Matt Jerwood, who finished on top of the leader board after a double round robin.

Sam Gilmour and his crew with the “Little Wheel”.

Weather on the Canning River was perfect. A shifty 15 knot south westerly made the BW8 yachts lively and often penalised heavily any skipper who elected to break away rather than cover to protect a lead.

Jerwood enjoyed a comfortable lead over Sam Gilmour on the approach to the final mark in match 4 of the finals

After two races with the score locked at one apiece, Jerwood infringed at the second rounding of the top mark, handing the race to Gilmour after leading to that point. A desperate Jerwood now needed to find another gear and in race four, pulled steadily away from Gilmour, keeping a tight cover on his every move and creating a buffer of some five boat lengths on reaching the top mark for the final time. The stage was set for a thrilling fifth match when it all unravelled.

It’s all over now! A joyous Gilmour streams past the hapless Jerwood boat.

Electing to hoist the spinnaker before the two boats crossed in opposite directions with Gilmour yet to round the mark, the usually reliable Jerwood crew hoisted with a wine glass. Jerwood was able to keep clear while the crew dropped the kite in preparation for a second attempt, with the boat now almost stationary. The twist had not been cleared for the re-hoist and a gleeful and almost unbelieving Gilmour breezed past to open up a six length lead before the Jerwood boat finally started to follow.

Reality check. Final score is 3 -1 to Gilmour.

The unlikely 3-1 victory was no indication of the closeness of the racing and it was an anti-climactic finish to what had been an exciting series which could have been won by any of the three top competitors.

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the images

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 January 2015 )
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