September 4 - 10, 2016: Issue 279

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Opens 150th Sailing Season - The Sesquicentennial Year

Rio2016 Silver Medallists Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse with RPAYC Patron Bronwyn Bishop moments after that loud Firing of the Cannon to echo the Commodore's declaration of the Open of the Sailing Season - Saturday's wind ensured the smoke soon cleared!
The Sesquicentenary Year for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club was opened with great fun and some stiff sailing breezes on Saturday September 3rd. Commodore Ian Audsley outlined a program of regattas and historical features that ensure the traditions the club was built on, to promote sailing so all may become a 'sailor for life', are maintained for young and more mature matelots alike.

RPAYC Member Jason Waterhouse, along with Olympic sailing partner Lisa Darmanin, assisted Club Patron Bronwyn Bishop to fire the cannon to mark the opening of this special year for the premier sailing club. 

During a short address to club members Jason stated he and Lisa will be trying out to represent Australia in Tokyo 2020 and if successful in their next campaign they hope to even more successful then they were in Rio.


Queenscliff Win Event One Of Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series

Chris Salisbury, North Avalon Surfing Association (NASA)  - Photo by  Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Queenscliff Boardriders Club (QBC) has claimed the first of eight qualifying events on the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series after a day of fierce and exciting heats in picturesque three-foot waves at North Narrabeen Beach yesterday (Saturday September 3rd).
The Queenscliff team put on an impressive and consistent display of surfing across all divisions, but thanks to taking out the Teams component as well as a Girls heat, the team was able to take a narrow win from host club and reigning National Final champions North Narrabeen.

Report by Surfing NSW and photos by Ethan Smith HERE

Palm Beach Mermaids Complete Another B To B Bash For Variety Children's Charity

Beryl Driver OAM, Elyse Cole and Viktorija McDonell - the Palm Beach Mermaids at Bowen, QLD - first over the line!
The Palm Beach Mermaids have completed another Variety the Children's Charity B to B Bash, replete with travelling over red dirt outback roads and meeting wonderful people all along the way.

Beginning in Berowra and travelling all the way to Bowen, a journey of over four thousand miles, this road trip finished in a day on Hamilton Island.

A timeline of some of what the ladies experienced along the way runs as this Issue's Pictorial.

 SPRING! In Pittwater: 2016

Bright orange ice plant - Mesembryanthemum sp. - Newport
Fishing in puddles after Friday September 2nd Spring rains - A J Guesdon photo

Pittwater Online News is Published Every Sunday Morning: 8 a.m. 

 Past Features   Archives (pre 2014)

Pittwater Online News was selected for preservation by the State Library of New South Wales and National Library of Australia. This title is scheduled to be re-archived regularly.

Archived Issues (2014 on) may be accessed