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


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


Club Announcement - General Manager

Dear Member,
In the absence of the Commodore and Vice Commodore, I regret to advise that after 12 years, our General Manager, Suzanne Davies has resigned from her role to take up an opportunity to progress her career in the corporate sector.  Further information regarding her new role will be shared with members when her new employer has announced her appointment. 
Suzanne joined our Club in 2006 and was appointed to General Manager in 2007.  During her tenure Suzanne has achieved some great outcomes and milestones all of which she can be very proud of.  She has worked alongside and supported five Commodores and dozens of Directors and Elected Officers, she has effectively juggled the competing needs of members and built a dedicated and service focused staff team.   
Suzanne’s last day of work will be Friday 24 August.   In the meantime, the Board will consider the most appropriate way forward and will then conduct a thorough and rigorous recruitment process that will ensure that the Club attracts another progressive and dynamic leader to work with Elected Officers and continue to take the Club forward. 
While we are disappointed by her departure, I along with all Elected Officers congratulate Suzanne on her new and exciting opportunity and wish her every success.  We will make a time for a suitable send off and will advise in the coming weeks.
Yours sincerely
Jim Bullough
Chairman of the Board

📣EXCITING NEWS for our RPAYC Fusion Racing Match Racing Team!

Help fusion Racing to get to the top! Fusion Racing is a match racing team of 4 girls, all local RPAYC sailors. These girls are doing amazing things for woman in sailing, already this year we have seen them take out the boys at the Hardy Cup International Match Racing Regatta where they made history being the first all-female team as well as the first female helm to win the regatta. The Hardy Cup win set the ball rolling for Fusion Racing and they have lots of very exciting things to come over the next few months. 

Recently the Fusion Racing Team has been selected as one of only 5 teams to compete in the GKSS Women’s Trophy in Sweden. This regatta will be held alongside the Swedish Match Cup which is an official event of the world match racing tour. This an amazing opportunity for the team as they will be sailing the exciting M32 catamarans against the very best female sailors in the world.

On top of Sweden the team will also be heading over to the USA. Fusion Racing will also be competing in the prestigious Governor’s cup in Newport Beach, California for the second time hoping to come away with a podium finish. The team then moves on to Chicago and Detroit where they will sail in two regattas both part of the US Grand Slam. Competing in these two regattas will allow them to qualify for the Congressional Cup, in Long Beach, which is the longest running match racing event.

The team will be the only all-female team competing at these American events, which is the perfect opportunity to show the world the amazing things women can do in the world of sailing.

To help the girls get to these regattas they are holding a raffle with your chance to win some amazing prizes:

  • 1st prize:3-night cruise with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, 3 nights Musket Cove Island Resort and Marina rrp. $5,500  
  • 2nd prize:Global Synergy 7- piece Cutlery Block set rrp. $955 
  • 3rd prize:Scanpan Impact 5- piece cookware set rrp. $640
  • 4th prize:Sydney Harbour Family Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji rrp. $175
  • 5th prize:Harken Prize Pack rrp. $110


Tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 

Fletcher Walters gives us his latest tips Sailing and Bailing



Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series, Round 1

On Sunday the 20th May, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the first round of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series. With a very light and shifty Pittwater Westerly, the fleet of 66 boats braved the cool weather to enjoy a lovely crisp morning of sailing. 
The 2018 series has seen the introduction of 2 course areas and a multihull and monohull yardstick division which delivers meaningful results for a vast range of boat designs. Some new classes we haven't seen participate included the Contender dinghy, Nacra 15, F18, A class, Viper, RS Aero and RS 200. In the monohull division, the light breezes favoured the single handers whilst in the multihull division, the F18 delivered the most consistent results throughout the days racing. The competition was particularly close in both the Laser Radial and Optimist Open division, with only 1 point separating the first and second placings.
A big thank you to all volunteers who made racing possible. The full list of results can be viewed here.

There are still another three rounds of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker remaining, so be sure to check out the race documentation and enter from this LINK.

Racing takes place on the third Sunday of each Winter month. The race dates remaining are as follows:
  • Round 2 - June 17.
  • Round 3 - July 22.
  • Round 4 - August 19.
The Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series is the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Winter Dinghy Sailing Series. First warning signal is at 09:30 to capitalise on the Winter morning breezes. All done and dusted by 12:30 and finished off with a BBQ lunch and presentation and there's still time to get those assignments completed before school, work or uni on Monday!

The 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series is a great event for beginners and seasoned competitors alike, with a Club Coach on hand to offer advice and guidance for all competitors. Be sure to enter online before the race day. 

Dustbuster Series sees an Invictus Racing Team & Ids Team take to the water

An unusually warm winters morning greeted the fleet for Round 1 of the Dustbuster Series. The final practice race got underway in a 7 knot westerly however the warm conditions saw the morning breeze drag right into the north for the 2 scoring races. Round 1 had a great turnout with 7 Elliott's & 4 Etchells all racing together on the same starting line.  

Making a return to competitive sailing was the dynamic duo of Michael Coxon & Aaron Links who competed in an Elliott, reporting that they thoroughly enjoyed dusting the old sailing gloves off and were pleased with their 2nd place to current Club Coach Tom Spithill who had an outstanding crew of Nick Garland, John & Jack Hildebrand.

The Invictus Games sailing team also showed great progress along with the Soldier On team, with these Veterans' showing they mean business by taking the final spot on the podium!

The Crawford Brothers and their team, once again showed they are the Pittwater Etchells sailors to beat, with another impressive showing, placing them in 1st place.

"It was great to have both fleets racing together. It was also great to see the Etchells and the Elliott's swapping blows for first boat across the line!"
"A big thankyou to the volunteers for getting up so early to run the racing", commented a chirpy Spithill.

Results can be found here, to join for Round 2 on Sunday 24th June, contact Thomas Spithill in the sailing office or email Toms@rpayc.com.au

Race details:
For those Early risers, 0700 for coffee in Halyards and on water by 0730 for some quick windward/leeward racing, back in time for brunch.
Only 1 Elliott 7 left to lease or bring your One Design/Sports Boat (Etchells, Elliotts, M24s, M20s, FarrEasts, VxOne, 5.5ms and more. 



RMYC Redevelopment and fuel wharf access changes

The RMYC has advised that they estimate their marina re-development will commence on Monday 25th June.  The RMYC would like to ensure that RPAYC Members are kept informed of the access changes specifically in relation to the fuel wharfs.  

The RMYC ‘outside’ fuel wharf will be out of operation for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks starting from Monday 25th June 2018.  RPAYC members are encouraged to fuel boats on the outer wharf before Monday 25th June to avoid potential issues with access. See below

The inside fuel wharf will operate per normal trading hours for all types of fuel; Diesel, ULP, PULP and sewer pump out.  The Inside Fuel Wharf has both High and Low Flow Diesel Pumps.

The wharf is not floating but has been fitted with nylon protective strips to avoid any damage to boats and new dock lines are provided for securing vessels whilst being refuelled.



Boats less than 15 metres (50’) with a draft less than 1.5 metres can access the inside fuel wharf at any time.

Boats less than 15 metres (50’) with a draft more than 1.5 metres will need to consider the tide and if in doubt contact the RMYC Marina Office.

Boats larger than 15 metres (50’) can use the inside Fuel wharf, if skippers are competent in tight quarter manoeuvring and prior permission is sought by RMYC Dock Master (marina office) due to wharf availability and management of vessel traffic through the marina.


For further information or enquiries contact the RMYC Marina Office Telephone 9998 5588


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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