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


Invictus Games Helping Guide Our Finest To A Better Place

Sailing had long played a starring role in Rob Saunders’ life. He was introduced to it as a five-year-old by his father, took up racing dinghies, progressed to yachts and eventually competed in eight Sydney to Hobarts.
However, since his latest deployment to Afghanistan a couple of years ago, the Royal Australian Air  Force Squadron Leader has directed his energy elsewhere.
“I’ve had to focus on my family and myself, just sort out a few things,” Saunders says. “There’s been some mental health issues from various factors, but certainly deployment in a war zone didn’t help.”
The 53-year-old’s rehabilitation is “a bit of a tough road”, he admits. But a positive part of the journey has been getting back into a boat, drawing vitality from the sun, sea and air, and spirit 
from his mates.
In October, Saunders will represent Australia in a different theatre to his work with the RAAF, sailing on Sydney Harbour at the Invictus Games.
Rob Saunders (2nd from left) has benefited from the mateship sailing provides.
PHOTO: Jayson Tufrey 
 © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence
The Sydney Invictus Games will be the fourth edition of the sporting competition for wounded soldiers. It will feature about 500 competitors from 18 nations, competing in 11 sports. Sailing takes place on October 21 at Farm Cove with races to be held in the Hansa 303 and Elliott 7.

Opening Day Program & Sail Past Parade & Pittwater Dash, this Saturday

Welcome to the Opening Day of the 2018/19 Sailing Season of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. 
0800 Halyards Open
1030 Commodore’s Welcome
         National Anthem
         Commodore declares 2018/19
         Sailing Season open!
         Firing of the cannon - Peter Kennett (Life Member) & Hon. Bronwyn Bishop (CLUB PATRON)
         Raising of the Flag ceremony - Clubman of Year 2017/18 David West.
         Sail Past vessels assemble north of the Club.
         Sail Past instructions on back page.
1130 Sail Past parade commence
1230 Opening Day Yacht Race
“The Pittwater Dash spinnaker race” (see back page for SIs)
1400 Entertainment & Lunch*
1530 Prize Giving
Lunch Bookings
Gourmet BBQ Lunch 1400hrs after race. Bookings Essential through Reception.
Complimentary for members for bookings made on or before 25 August.
Member bookings made after 25 August $20.
Guest tickets $25/after 25 August $30
Kids 5-12 $15.
Kids under 5 FREE.
BBQ served in Halyards annexe.
* Seating is subject to availability.
Live music and entertainment from 1400.

Silver Medal at Platu 25 World Championships for Easy Tiger

Congratulations to Chris Way, Murray Gordon, Rachel Bower, Steve McConaghy & Tom Spithill who took out the silver medal at the Platu 25 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. 

With 37 teams from nine countries fighting for the World Championships Title it was a hotly contested event. They gave last years World Champions from Italy a good fight and fell just 2 points short after 14 races.

Full Results here



Hamilton Island Race Week 2018

Hamilton Island Race Week Results 

Congratulations to all members who competed at Hamilton Island Race Week. 

Results were:

* Bushranger (Gerry Hatton) - 1st IRC Div 3, Winners of 'Boat of the Week' & Teams Trophy for NSW
* Hooligan (Marcus Blackmore) - 1st IRC Div 1
* Wild Oats (Oatley Family) - 6th IRC Div 1
* Popeye (Craig Douglas) - 3rd IRC Div 4
* Wings (Ian Edwards) - 7th PHS Div 3
* Sticky (Richard Harris) - 8th PHS Div 3
* Avventura (Peter Mumford) - 21st PHS Div 3
* Firefly (Matthew Grayson) - 7th PHS Div 4
* Xena (Toni Fox) - 27th PHS Div 5
* La Troisieme Mitemps (Matt Doyle) - 1st PHS Non-Spin Div 1
* Still Dangerous (Ivor Burgess) - 8th PHS Non-Spin Div 1
* Wisky Business (Greg White) - 16th Multihull Div 1
* Laguna ( David Grice) - 11th Multihull Div 2

Full results here

Hamilton Island Race Week Photography Here

Invictus Games - Be Inspired! Be Entertained! Be There!

500 competitors from 18 nations will contest 11 medal sports and two feature events over eight days of fierce but friendly competition across Greater Sydney including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. 
The Invictus Games is more than a sporting event – it captures hearts, challenges perceptions and changes lives. In October 2018 join us to celebrate the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors.
Spectators will enjoy free entry to watch the sailing on Sydney Harbour either by boat or from Farm Cove.

Tom Spithill, our Head Coach here at RPAYC is the Sports Competition Manager for Invictus Sailing. Tom is responsible for overall delivery of the sailing events and has been instrumental in assisting with adaptive sailing opportunities at RPAYC. Without the long term club volunteers that have assisted Tom over the years the event would not be possible 
The RPAYC have provided unprecedented support through the provision of the Elliot 7’s for training, access to coaching staff on and off the water, many hours from volunteers and active participation with their Youth Squad training and One Design racing program.

The Sailing Regatta will take place on Sunday 21 October on Sydney Harbour with 12 teams from 8 nations competing in the Elliott Class & 8 teams from 6 nations competing in the Hansa 303. 

Alfreds Cruising will be providing spectator boats to allow club members to observe the racing close to the action.

The plan is to sail down to Sydney Harbour on the Saturday or earlier depending on weather take club members out on the harbour to watch the action on the Sunday and then sail back to Pittwater on the Monday.

It will be a great day on the Harbour and we will be providing lunch on the boats just BYO drinks . Pickup location and drop off will be care of MHYC T-Head Marina arm.
If you are interested in taking part in the cruise and making your boat available for spectators or as a spectator please complete the expression of interest.

More details here

*** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST to  Join RPAYC Cruising on Sydney Harbour for the Invictus Games Race Day ***

*** CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR EOI  if you are planning to join the Invictus Games Sydney Harbour Cruise ***



AIRCALIN Match Racing Regatta in Noumea - Final Report

AIRCALIN Match Racing Regatta in Noumea
Hosted by Cercle Nautique Caledonien (the CNC yacht club)

The RPAYC team of Juliet Costanzo (Skipper), Alistair Read (Mainsheet), India Howard (Trim) and Antony Hawke (Bow), accompanied by Angus Gordon as stand-in coach for Tommy Spithill (overseas at a different regatta) arrived in Noumea on Monday the 13th August, after the usual delayed flight, and settled into their billets on yachts at the marina. While all 4 of the team are accomplished sailors they are a young group representing the future potential for RPAYC Youth Development. This is their first overseas match racing regatta and it was also the first time they had all sailed together. The other competitors range from about the same age as the RPAYC crew up to seasoned veterans of 40 years +. It is an open regatta, with a youth component, but all ages are in together, so there are some very tough competitors.

Tuesday was practice day and the team was fortunate to get both a morning and an afternoon session, which allowed them to practice in both of the potential course areas. There were some “interesting” tacks and gybes, not to mention quite a bit of discussion, but their skills developed at warp speed during the day. Kite launching and recovery technique was “exciting” with coach Angus wondering just exactly what was going to happen next. The Elliot 6s are more tender than the Club’s 7s and the kite work is very different making it hard for crews not used to the 6s, particularly in stronger winds.


Wednesday was the first day of the regatta with the 12 teams sailing in 2 sessions using the 6 Elliot 6s owned by CNC. The breeze was 8 kts early on, building to 12 kts by the end of the day with a progressively building choppy seaway (racing was on the open ocean course). The team ended the day with a credible 3 wins and 4 losses however the result could have been very different.

In the first race they dominated the pre-start and looked like getting a brilliant start, but unfortunately they crossed the line a mere 2 seconds ahead of the gun only to have to return and re-start while their competition smoked off into the distance. They recovered to sail an excellent race finishing a boat length behind their competition having progressively hauled them back.

In the second race their start was much better and they were clearly in the lead when their traveller control rope broke and they were not able to maintain height upwind. Excellent downwind control meant they caught up and finished overlapped but unfortunately behind.

The third race was well put together and they had their first win.

The fourth race was again close but, having lead to the first mark the spinnaker launching and gybing downwind, on the first downwind leg, let them down, and they finished on the heals of their competitor.

The fifth race was the real disaster. Having established a lead, well ahead of their competitor they wrapped the kite so badly that it took all of the downwind leg, to sort out. Not only the kite was wrapped but also the kite sheets had tied up the bundle! This was their biggest loss, and disappointment, having had the race “in the bag”.

But, being the excellent competitors they are they were not phased so put together two very controlled, and convincing wins in races 6 and 7.

While they finished with 3 wins out of 7 races, it was very close to being a very different story. The team really showed their potential and their maturity by recovering from some very demoralizing situations. They ended the day in great spirits fully realizing just how close they had come to a very different outcome, and how much they had learned.


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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