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The Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken
Bay is a well-established and chummy
club for motorboats and sailors, but the
exceptional amenity is now enjoying
increasing patronage from visiting
superyachts and bigger motoryachts.
Jayson McDonald, the club’s marina
and facility manager, says there’s increased
demand this summer from big boaters
using the Broken Bay and Pittwater
waterways and the inquiry rate is up.
“ Sydney Harbour is getting busy and
boaters are looking further afield for more
interesting and potentially better-value
amenities,” McDonald says.
As if to prove as much, M .Y.
Glaze (Cayman Islands) is now calling the
RMYC Broken Bay home when in Sydney
during its Australian cruising program.
The 49m trideck Trinity superyacht
(pictured right by drone) is captained
by local Carl Brandes, who says docking
at the RMYC Broken Bay is “an Aussie
“I ’m a Sydney person and the RMYC
is my number one choice because it’s
a bit more laid back and relaxed and
friendlier than Sydney Harbour,” Captain
Big things for RMYC Broken Bay
After a comprehensive review, Gosford
Sailing Club has regrettably announced
that it will not be the organiser of a
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race
in future. This brings to a close the forty
year history of the only annual Category
One ocean race in Australia besides the
Sydney to Hobart Race.
The race was founded by Peter Rysdyk
and Lloyd Pryke and first conducted by the
Gosford Aquatic Club in August 1974. The
line honours and IOR Handicap winner
was Peter’s Onya of Gosford. Gosford Sailing
Club took over the organisation of the
race in 1989.
Forty races were sailed and attracted
some of the best ocean racing yachts and
crews from New South Wales, Queensland,
Victoria and Tasmania, the last being in
April 2014 when Southern Excellence II took
line honours and the Hobart winner Victoire
won the IRC and ORCi Handicap divisions.
The review consulted past Race
Directors, Committee Members, Islanders
and competitors, and the over whelming
majority view was that the race had lost
its relevance to the Club at this time.
Whereas many of the yachts in the first
twenty years were Gosford based, there
has not been an entry from a Gosford yacht
moored in Brisbane Water since 1998.
Furthermore, the number of Category
One yachts with a draft sufficiently
shallow to moor in the island lagoon
has progressively decreased, making
it difficult to recruit sufficient entries
numerous persons and organisations on
the mainland and on the island have
devoted significant time and effort to
ensure the safe and enjoyable conduct of
the race. Without trying to name them all,
and maybe offend a couple by omission,
Commodore Paul Gulliksen thanks all who
contributed to the success of the race over
the years and, of course, the yachts and
their crews who have supported the race.
The Club has not taken this
decision lightly, and apologises for the
announcement being less than four
months prior to what was to be the start
date of a 2015 race. The Club remains
hopeful that another NSW yacht club may
wish to organise an event in the future
that includes the beautiful World Heritage
listed Lord Howe Island.
h David Slingsby
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht
Race comes to a close after 40 years
“ There are also commercial reasons,
but the main point is it’s an easier place
from which to operate a superyacht.
“ The contractors have better access,
the crew can go surfing at Newport, and
the parking and provisioning is easier,”
Captain Brandes adds.
Marina manager McDonald says
there are three boats between 70-90
feet in the marina and, when Glaze
goes, Texas is coming in next. It’s the
45m superyacht owned by billionaire
Solomon Lew and built by Proteksan
Turquoise Yachts Inc.
The 36m Sunseeker Vegas (also in
the picture above) has just left on its
way back to Melbourne after touring the
Whitsundays and South Pacific. A 90ft
Nordhavn is arriving at the RMYC in a
couple of months.
“ We’ve got 200ft of availability on
the southern breakwall and 100ft on the
northern wall. Power ranges from 32amp
to 100amp three-phase. And there are all
the utilities and pump-outs,” McDonald
“ We also do special orders for fuel and
our prices are always keen. The 36m Vegas
took 24,000 litres the other day via high-
The price of fuel at the bowser was
$1.48 excluding member discounts at the
time of writing, but large volume sales
receive a discount.
Meantime, there are plans in the
pipeline to further increase the size of the
marina berthing. More news when that
comes to hand.
h David Lockwood
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