November 2016 Unveiling of the Sesquicentennial Welcoming Sculpture The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club unveiled its Sesquicentennial Welcoming Sculpture on October 15, 2016 which marks the beginning of a year of celebrations to commemorate the Club’s 150 years of sailing. Members and guests gathered for the celebration as well as the club’s future generation of sailors who, with a little assistance, hoisted the sail to unveil the sculpture underneath. The sculpture, created by artist, John Woulfe took over six months to create and has been made out of two solid steel sails and a large spinnaker fabricated from 316 steel rods which sits on a carved sandstone block. The sculpture represents the area we live in, the sailing community and sailing as a sport which encapsulates the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s foundations as a sporting and communal club. Katie Wins in Busan As one of the most experienced match racing skippers in the world, Australian Katie Pellew has been to every Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race since the event started in 2008 minus one while her daughter was born. On Saturday the 29th of October 2016 she went all the way through to winning in Korea over previous two-time Busan champion Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain, “Finally, is all I can say. We’ve been here for eight years and we’re just so happy to take it home today,” the Aussie skipper cheers out, praising her crew of Alessandra Angelini, Jessica Eastwell, Kate Lathouras and Stacey Jackson from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Source: www.worldsailing.com. Photo: Katie and the team as victors credit: Busan Cup Media Australian Sailing Awards Evening The RPAYC congratulates the entire Australian Paralympic Sailing Team who were awarded the ‘Sailor of the Year with a Disability’ award at the Australian Sailing Awards on Saturday 29th October. Club Members Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are a part of that very successful team being the first sailing crew to win back to back gold medals in the Paralympic or Olympic Games. Whilst Dan and Liesl were unlucky not to receive the Male and Female Sailor of the Year Awards, both winners of those awards, Tom Burton and Lisa Darmanin made special mention of them in their speeches for their outstanding year and Paralympic Games campaign which saw them completely dominate the field on their way to gold. Liesl was also awarded the much anticipated President’s Award, which is given at the sole discretion of the Australian Sailing President, Matt Allen. The Club is thrilled that Liesl has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to Australian Sailing. In the Sports Promotion Award, the RPAYC’s IdS Program was a finalist but missed out on the top honour which was awarded to Nicole Douglass for her tireless efforts in promoting sailing through her business, Adventures of a Sailor Girl. Photo: Liesl Tesch with her President’s Award. Photo: Australian Sailing/ Andrea Francolini.