16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


Cruising Events


Coming Events

  • Easter Thur 29 March to Mon 2 April - Night sail to the harbour 7pm Thursday 29th activities include Cockatoo Island for the Biennale and Birkenhead Point.  Click here for Expressions of Interest.
  • First Friday 6 April - Sea Mercy - Book Here
  • Saturday & Sunday 7/8 April - Cruise, dinner and bowls at Dangar Island.
  • Saturday & Sunday 21/22 April - Estuary Cruise.
  • First Friday 4 May - John and Jan Nicholls - "Dreamer of the Day", A story of love, sailing and adventure.

For all the details of the RPAYC Mariner Mallorca Yacht Rally 2018 see HERE       

Members are reminded to fly their Club burgee at all Club on water cruising events.  A burgee is available for purchase at Reception.  


  A new 'Cruise Coordinator' flag

On every Club cruise you will be able to identify the Cruise Coordinator (Leader) boat as it will be flying the "L" flag.  Whether in a bay, 'down the creek' or on the open sea the "L"flag will be prominent.                    

  When attending all Club cruises please have your radio on and tuned to Ch16/77 so that you hear of any changes to cruise plans.  The Cruise Coordinator will use Ch77 'calling all Alfreds Yachts' .  If you have any doubts about a cruise going ahead please check with the Cruise Coordinator or with Reception.

Looking Ahead - Club Cruising in 2018

First Fridays

  • April - Sea Mercy see website HERE

On Water Events

  • An over night cruise-in-company to Sydney harbour for Easter to familiarise newer members to night time cruising
  • A cruise to visit the Archibald Prize
  • Lots of local estuary cruises to all the favourite nooks and crannies and more!

        *** would you like to lead a Club cruise to your favourite place - just let Leon know!

and in 2019

  • there will be the next rendezvous cruise to the Coral Coast in Queensland.

RPAYC Mariner Mallorca Yacht Rally 2018

Mallorca Yacht Rally 2018 Sail around Mallorca with RPAYC and Mariner Boating Holidays on this guided sailing tour

Cruising Tip

We are blessed with so many great cruising destinations in Pittwater but one of the great experiences has to be to sail up to Cottage Point and berthing at Cottage Point Inn for lunch. I was fortunate to be able to cross this one off my bucket list last week. During the week the berth is usually available, you just have to “move the boat forward to make space for the sea plane”

App for Marine Rescue NSW

You can log on/off using the app once you are registered. A great step forward for all cruising sailors. Read all about it HERE.

Pittwater Weather

Did you know that several new weather stations have been put in place around Pittwater and information is available to all boaties to know the local conditions.  Read about it HERE.

Old Flare Disposal

There have been some  queries about the disposal of old flares. This link to RMS is helpful.

News Items

Coastal and local waters forecasts routinely provide mariners with information about winds, seas, swell and, only when significant, a phrase describing the expected weather, i.e. thunderstorms, fog or heavy rain.

The BOM are making marine forecasts more useful for people planning to spend the day on the water by routinely adding more information about the expected weather. Instead of just including significant weather information, such as thunderstorms or fog, they will include whether it will be sunny, cloudy or rainy.

See also:   http://bom.is/rain-terminology

A Matter of Importance   -  Participants are reminded that fending off with hands, arms, feet or legs is no substitute for a fender - and can be very dangerous. Fending off from any immovable object, such as wharves and piles, has similar potential for injury.  Caution should also be taken when using the anchor winch as accidents with fingers can also happen with the chain.

What is an RPAYC Estuary Cruise?

Unless the weekend is called a Rally we sail to the destination in our own time arriving at any time on the first day - but generally before 4pm to 4.30pm if possible. There is always a get together over a few drinks that evening and you will be advised of the location by the Cruise Co-ordinator when you arrive or soon after. At drinks you should bring your own glasses, drinks, nibbles etc. If you do become a 'host' boat you are not expected to feed people or provide anything - people bring whatever they need. Other activities at a weekend away may include;

  •   a 'pot luck' dinner (when you take 'pot luck' with your dinner companions and the food that everyone puts in the middle of the table - this is usually arranged 'out of hat' or organised in some random way!
  •   a morning tea gathering - again BYO unless advised otherwise!
  •   a kayak expedition
  •   a dinghy exploration
  •   or anything else that anyone wants to organise!

Some locations have lots of moorings - eg Refuge or America Bay -and others have just a few moorings - such as Smiths Creek. You should be prepared to anchor having due respect to those already anchored or moored. Boats head home in their own time on Sunday - often after sharing casually arranged morning tea with others. Some may stay on for an extra evening if they are lucky!

Seminars All documents from past seminars are on the Club website and are very well worth downloading HERE - they are extensive and make great reference material - you need to login.

RPAYC Cruising Strategic Plan   Cruise Committee has agreed a Strategic Plan to focus on objectives to develop cruising activity within the Club. You can dowload this document HERE.

Life Jacket Regulations - There are recent updates to requirements for wearing life jackets This is an important matter for all cruising sailors including kayaks and tenders. See a summary on the Club website below:

The following new requirements are relevant to many members:

In vessels less than 4.8m all persons must wear a lifejacket:

  • at night
  • on open (ocean) waters
  • on alpine waters
  • when boating alone
  • when the boat is used as a tender more than 400 metres from shore

Persons in canoes/kayaks must wear a lifejacket when greater than 100 metres from an accessible shore in sheltered waters, and at all times in ocean waters.

NSW Maritime defines safety equipment requirements in terms of Enclosed and Open waters, with additional requirements if you are more than two miles offshore.
For Pittwater, the Enclosed Waters limit is a bit of a moving target. It is always south of a line between Barrenjoey and West Head but may extend to Middle Head when waves are less than half a meter trough to crest.
The implication of these limits is that on a typical summer’s day when the nor’easter kicks in during the afternoon a trip back from Halletts Beach to the Club will include passage through Open Waters and your vessel will need to carry the appropriate equipment for this classification - this is a NSW Maritime requirement.

Details of the requirements and an explanation of the changes may be found in this report. Click to download



The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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