March 8 - 14, 2015: Issue 205

Classic Beauty at 2015 Pittwater Festival Yacht Regatta - the Estuary

 The Classic Yacht Regatta opened the public events of this year’s RMYC Pittwater Festival with races over the estuary on Saturday afternoon, March 7th. A beautiful day, still waters and good breezes and the most beautiful classes of vessels, some well over 100 years old, slipped as grand birds through the briny.

Day Two concludes today, Sunday 8th of March. We asked Rob Brown OAM, Development Manager at Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay and one of Australia’s champion sailors what visitors could expect:

This year we have 32 entries in the Classic Yacht Regatta which is great considering the Hobart Timber Boat Festival has just concluded and many boats are still down in Hobart. The cross section of boats and history in this fleet is nothing short of extraordinary.

The conditions we will have over the next two days are fantastic with a light nor’easter increasing today and a southerly coming through tomorrow, so varied conditions will mean people will see these yachts and those sailing them at their peak. 

Best of all is the banter that was going on last night – it’s already started between the boats; there’s wagers and beers on, kegs on, rums on, so I think everyone will have a great regatta and it’s a great way to kick off the Pittwater Festival for 2015.

For people who haven’t had a chance to get here today – what will they see if they visit the RMYC Sunday?

The best idea would be to come down in the morning before the boats go out. They will probably leave the docks before 12 so if people come down early for a coffee, or some breakfast then wander around, look at the boats, talk to their crews and then the boats will start racing at one o’clock tomorrow as well. 

Presentations will take place after four o’clock and there will be some great music to entertain people afterwards.

Issue 205 Pictorial features some images from yesterday's action HERE 

Pittwater Online News Albums (for crews to help themselves to).

 Pittwater Festival 2015

Pittwater Festival Riv Kids Fishing Competition
R Marine Riley & Royal Motor Yacht Club
Sunday, 8 March 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (AEDT)
Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport, NSW
A day for the whole family to enjoy! Bring your rods and bait and enjoy a relaxed afternoon for all ages fishing for the largest, ugliest and smallest fish! 

Prizes for three catergories:
Largest fish caught
Ugliest fish caught
Smallest fish caught

Three main age groups: 
3-6 years
7- 10 years
11 - 16 years 
Competition to start at 12pm prompt until 2pm, 
Please email abigail@rmarineriley.com.au - childs name and age 
Free- Book In at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pittwater-festival-riv-kids-fishing-competition-tickets


Pittwater Festival R Marine Riley Ladies Power-boat Tuition (MORNING SESSION)
R Marine Riley & Royal Motor Yacht Club
Saturday, 14 March 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT)
Newport, NSW - $50.00 + $3.99 booking fee

A day exclusively for the ladies!
9am: Enjoy a relaxed morning on the cockpit going through the basics of the boat, including engine room, starting and stopping, batteries and the day to day maintenance.  Progressing onto rope tying, tying up correctly to a mooring or dock and basic line skills.  Out on the water your chance to get hands on in docking and manoeuvring in a controlled and relaxed environment.
11am Round up on the days skills learnt over high tea in the RMYC forecourt garden area.
12pm: Course finish
Please note that this event provides free tuition the cost is only to cover the high tea provided.
Book in at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pittwater-festival-r-marine-riley-ladies-power-boat-tuition-morning-session-tickets

Pittwater Festival R Marine Riley Ladies Power-Boat (AFTERNOON SESSION)
R Marine Riley & Royal Motor Yacht Club
Saturday, 14 March 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (AEDT)
Newport, NSW- $50.00 + $3.99 booking fee

A day exclusively for the ladies!
1pm: Enjoy a relaxed morning on the cockpit going through the basics of the boat, including engine room, starting and stopping, batteries and the day to day maintenance. Progressing onto rope tying, tying up correctly to a mooring or dock and basic line skills. Out on the water your chance to get hands on in docking and manoeuvring  in a controlled and relaxed environment.
3pm Round up on the days skills learnt over high tea in the RMYC forecourt garden area.
4pm: Course finish
Please note that this event provides free tuition the cost is only to cover the high tea provided.
Book in at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pittwater-festival-r-marine-riley-ladies-power-boat-afternoon-session-tickets

Pittwater Festival R Marine Riley 35 Years Of Riviera Parade
R Marine Riley & Royal Motor Yacht Club
Saturday, 21 March 2015 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)
Newport, NSW - $40.00  + 3.39 Booking fee

Join us in this great day for the whole family to enjoy, the day aims to bring all Riviera Owners together to celebrate 35 years of the brand. We hope to gain at least one boat from every model made and look forward to meeting all the owners that share our love for the brand. After the parade we are planning for all boats to return to the RMYC for drinks and canapes. 

Once registered please email abigail@rmarineriley.com.au the below information
* Name of boat
* Model
* Year
*Number of guests attending and on board
*Contact number for the event
Further information and instructions shall we given out closer the time
Book in at: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pittwater-festival-r-marine-riley-35-years-of-riviera-parade-tickets

Scotland Island Race 2015 - Sydney SUP Festival Scotland Island Race
Sunday, March 22, 2015 09:15 (GMT+11)
Race Information
The Scotland Island race and Sydney SUP Festival are part of Pittwater Festival that runs through March, hosted by the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay located in Newport, NSW.

Race time: 9.30am
Address: 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport NSW 2106

8.30am Event opens
9.00am Race Briefing
9.30am Race start - Scotland Island 6km and shortcourse 2km
11.30am Naish One time trials
12.30pm Music and entertainment
1.00pm Presentation
2.30pm Naish One time trials end
3.00pm Demos and lessons end
4.00pm Music and entertainment ends

Important Information:
Please Note: The Scotland Island Race is a 6km course & the Short Fun course consists of a 2km paddle. 

-Payment is due at registration on the day. $25 for Scotland Island Race & $20 for Short Course. Cash or CC.
-Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required to participate in either race. There is a limited number of PFD's available on the day with a $20 hire fee. (A refund of $10 will be issued upon return of vest)
-IMPORTANT: For each Race, the entrant must have paddled the designated distance in the last 6 months.
-Minimum age for Races is 16.
-Prizes on offer on the day & each entrant will receive a ticket in the draw to win a SUP ATX Board, paddles, bags and other draw prizes.

Please Note
You may reserve a Naish ONE 12'6 inflatable for the Scotland Island 6k race. Please select Yes to the option below. Availability is limited. You will be notified if a board is available.
Book in at: www.webscorer.com/register

Surf Boat Shoot Out 
Saturday 28th March, 2015

Preparations 

Time to Fly 

Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2015