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


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


Request from Archives - Navigator's Notebook

The club is looking for some back issues of ‘the Navigator’s Notebook’. Here is your opportunity to clean garrets, attics and garages to see if you have the following;

April 1972 vol. 1 No.3
July 1972 vol. 1 No. 6
August 1972 vol. 1 No. 7
September 1972 vol. 1 No. 8
December 1972 vol. 1 No 11
Jan. 1973 vol. 1 No 12
Feb1973 vol. 2 No. 1
March 1973 vol. 2 No.2
May 1973 to August 1973 Inc. vol. 2 No’s 4 to 7.
October and December  1973 , Jan 1974 vol. 2 Nos . 9 , 10 & 11
Feb 1974 – April 1974 Inc.  vol.3 No’s 2,3,4
Dec. 1974 vol. 3 no. 11
Feb. 1975 to April 1975 vol 4 no’s 1,2, and 2(SIC)
August 1980 vol.5 No. 1
October  1980 vol. 5 No.2
We will happily and  gratefully acknowledge all donations.”


Interclub Regatta - Intermediate Youth Development

The team of Ollie Gordon, Ellis Merrett , Bayley Taylor, Leah Brown & Jack Hildebrand represented the Intermediate Youth Development Program and the RPAYC at the Newcastle stage of the Interclub Regatta. The event was run in the Force 24 keelboats, racing in the Newcastle Harbour with a southerly that shifted 30’ left and right and ranged from 3 to 20 knots!

With four teams competing from their respective clubs, racing got underway. The RPAYC team spent a bit of time getting their head around sailing the new boat for the first couple of races. However a good start and first beat in the third race saw the team take a convincing win from start to finish.

Lots of mistakes and lessons where made/learnt by the team which made the day a success, as this is what these regattas are about. The team made the podium placing 3rd behind CYCA and RSYS respectfully. The RSYS had their senior squad competing, which made for some tough competition which our team relished, beating the RSYS in a few of the races.

A big thank you to the parents who made the long drive up and back, and dealt with a noisy car load!

Traffic Disruptions in Mitala Street - 5 June

Dear Members, 

Please be aware that traffic disruptions are expect on 5 June in Mitala Street between 7-5pm.

The construction company building the property at # 6-8 will be carrying out water supply construction works across Mitala Street on Tuesday 5th June, 2018 from outside No. 3 to No's 6 - 8. 
Traffic Control will be in operation and we ask for your patience during these works. 

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

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. 

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

RPAYC Pathways Panel: Lighting of the Fire in more ways than one

Each year the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) holds their annual “Lighting of the Fire” event, a tradition to kick start Friday evening club drinks over the winter season.

Last night, 25 May the event was held in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Olympic campaign of Australia’s current “Female Sailors of the Year”, Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot.

The fire was lit in more than one way, so to speak, with an in-depth panel discussion on Olympic pathways and successes with Lisa Darmanin, silver medallist in 2016 on the Nacra 17 (currently campaigning for 2020 with helm Jason Waterhouse), Tom Spithill and Traks Gordon, top sailing coaches, and Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot who are currently campaigning in the 49erFX.

The panel, hosted by Nic Douglass, Sailor Girl, not only spoke about the upcoming 2020 Olympics, but the efforts needed now to develop sailors for the 2024, 2028 Games and beyond in an environment such as the RPAYC that is rich with Olympic history.

Tom Spithill was then auctioned off by Nic Douglass in order to raise funds for Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot, and a raffle drawn as the girls lit the real fire in the Club to signify the start of winter.

You can watch a replay of the discussion and the auction via the video below.

Some facts about RPAYC and the Olympics

Field confirmed for 52nd Governor’s Cup

Published on May 21st, 2018. 
Twelve teams will compete in Balboa Yacht Club’s 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship to be held July 16-21 in Newport Beach, CA. Leading the field is the world’s second ranked match racing skipper and former Governor’s Cup winner, Harry Price, 21, (AUS), defending Balboa Yacht Club Governor’s Cup champion Christophe Killian, 21, (USA) and 2017 runner-up Leonard Takahashi (NZL).
To be eligible for the event, sailors must be no more than 22 years old.
Price will represent the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in his effort to become the 11th two-time winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious youth match racing event. In April he competed in his first Congressional Cup, the iconic match racing series on which the Governor’s Cup was originally patterned. Killian will also be seeking his second win, after last year breaking a 37 year drought since the last winner of the Governor’s Cup sailed for the host club.

Governor’s Cup veteran Will Boulden, of the Royal Freshwater Bay YC (Perth, Western Australia) will join his countryman Price in the fleet. Boulden has risen to a #12 position in the World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings, the second highest of skippers who will sail this year in the Cup.

Nineteen year old Takahashi (WS Rank #14) will again be representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. After finishing 2nd in last year’s Governor’s Cup and beating Price in the semifinals, Takahashi had an unprecedented run in late 2017 and 2018, winning five major youth match racing events in Australia and New Zealand.

Takahashi’s stunning string included wins in the Musto and Harken youth match racing events in Australia, as well as the New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championship, RNZYS’s Nespresso championship and the Centerport championship hosted by the Royal Port Nicholson YC (NZL). Takahashi will be joined by fellow RNZYS member, James Wilson, who placed second to Takahashi in both the Harken and Nespresso series.

Another American will also be one of the favorites. Christopher Weis of Los Angeles’ Del Rey YC, will race in his third Governor’s Cup, having made the semi-finals in both previous Governor’s Cups and finishing third last year.

📣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 

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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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