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The America's Cup is heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

by Di Pearson 10 Mar 22:27 PDT 28-29 March 2020
The America's Cup © Andrew Delves

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is pleased to announce the famous 'Auld Mug', the America's Cup, is headed across the Tasman Sea to the Club in March for a special weekend of events, marking the first time it has been seen in Australia since the 30th anniversary of Australia winning the Cup back in September 1983.

The America's Cup will briefly leave its present home at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) to go on display at the Pittwater based club in Sydney over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. The RNZYS recently accepted the RPAYC as an entry for the Youth America's Cup Challenge, and the two clubs have also joined forces to make the inaugural 2021 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race a success.

"We are very excited that the Cup is coming to the Club and that it has been accepted as the first ever challenger from Australia for the Youth America's Cup Challenge. It will be a fabulous weekend for all concerned," RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley said.

"We will also be promoting the inaugural Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race over that weekend," he said, adding: "The Alfreds is a great place to go sailing and continues to produce champions from grass roots level."

RPAYC members and guests will be invited to a function on the Saturday evening, among them government officials, well known sailors; in particular those with a connection to the Cup, who will be invited to speak. Aaron Young, Vice Commodore of RNZYS will be arriving with the Cup.

'The Alfred's' has strong ties to the America's Cup. Members Colin Beashel, Phil Smidmore and Rob Brown were on the winning 1983 team. The Club's most famous Cup exponent though, is two-time winner, James Spithill. 'Jimmy' is lining up for his seventh tilt at the Cup, this time as skipper of the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge. Another member, Richard Slater, appointed Chief Umpire for the 35th AC in 2017, has been invited back in the same role for the 36th edition in 2021.

Others who will benefit from seeing the Cup, and most for the first time in their young lives, are the up to 150 Optimist sailors expected to take part in the RPAYC hosted Optimist NSW Championship on that same weekend.

On Sunday the RPAYC will launch its Youth Americas Cup team at the presentation to the NSW Optimist Championship sailors.

"Sunday, the focus will be on the Optimist sailors and local sailors from our Youth Development program and our Youth Squad. We will share with them the Club's history of taking part in the America's Cup - and winning it," Commodore Lockley remarked. "It will give them food for thought on where they can take their sailing in the future."

For all information on the RPAYC and its events, please visit: www.rpayc.com.au.

For all information on the 2021 Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, please visit: www.sydneytoauckland.com.

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