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


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 

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. 



5 RPAYC Boats to compete in the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race

Entries for the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race have closed and on Saturday June 2, following a 25-year hiatus, a multi-state Australian and New Caledonian fleet of 24 boats will bring life back to one of Australia’s oldest ocean odysseys.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organised the first Sydney Noumea Race in 1953 at the invitation of the New Caledonian government at the time. George Brenac's 48-foot cutter White Cloud set the course record in seven days, 10 hours and 50 minutes.

George Snow’s Farr 65 Brindabella set the fastest time of five days, 21 hours and 35 minutes for the 1,064 nautical mile course in 1991, one Snow still holds more than a quarter of a century on.

Tony Kirby's PatriceTony Kirby's Patrice
  • Image: Andrea Fancolini

Tony Kirby's Patrice

In the early 1990s lifestyle and sailing trends shifted and greater support for shorter passages signalled the end of an era and the CYCA’s longest offshore race. After the 1993 Sydney Noumea Race the endurance event went on the backburner for decades, until the club’s sailing committee approached the membership a few years’ back to gauge interest in a potential revival.

“There was a lot of sentiment attached to the Sydney Noumea Race, for those who had competed in the past,” CYCA Commodore John Markos said. “Past commodore John Cameron and director Tony Kirby in particular persisted with the idea and have since proven there is support. The entry list augers well for the state of ocean racing in Australia and we hope it will grow.”

Representing The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht are; 

  • Dreki Sunnnan, Ken Holmes
  • King Billy, Phill Bennett
  • More Witchcraft, John Cameron
  • Sticky, Richard Harris
  • Wings, Ian Edwards

Full list of Entrants can be viewed here.

National Yacht Club Managers Group Forum in June

The 2018 Yacht Club Managers Forum, a national networking group of Australia’s leading yacht clubs, will be held on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Queensland, over three days from 4-6 June, 2018.
A thoughtful agenda has been composed and speakers will include a combination of international and local leaders of our sport who have fascinating insights to share. 
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s General Manager, Hayden Porter, will discuss winning the America’s Cup and how it has affected their Club, Royal Papua Yacht Club’s Aaron Batts will speak on the unique challenges faced by running a yacht club in Papua New Guinea, while John Lee, appointed CEO of Australian Sailing one year ago, will provide a general update to include Q&A time.
Among other topics on the agenda are: On-water trends (what is popular); non-member crew (why not try day passes); critical Incidents/crisis management; growing membership (new ideas and trends); youth programs; food and beverage (benchmarking, caterers, trends and promotions) and more.

Missing Crest Plate - The Serapis

The Serapis crest in the accompanying photograph was carried by HMAS Serapis which carried HRH Prince Edward later Edward VII, a patron of the Club.
The crest was displayed in the club premises for many years. It cannot be located now.
If anybody has any information as to its whereabouts, will they lease e-mail archives@rpayc.com.au

Extreme Weather Gets High Rating

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has conducted the inaugural course for marina operators and their staff called Club Marine Extreme Weather Preparedness. The course is aimed at improving the level of preparedness by marinas and marina based boaters prior to extreme weather events. The course was highly rated by the 21 club and marina staff that participated. The half day workshop was conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) on Pittwater in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Senior industry leaders Andrew Chapman and Darren Vaux prepared the course content and Andrew Chapman along with Brent McKinnon from Club Marine delivered the inaugural course.
The course draws on learning from marina professionals around the world and from the experiences of Club Marine in its capacity as the largest recreational boat insurer in Australia. While cyclones or hurricanes are given attention through the delivery of case studies there is equal relevance in the course for marinas in all regions given the increasingly frequency of storms and storm cells that deliver extreme wind, wave, surge and hail events.
The interactive course specifically examines different types of weather events and their impacts; infrastructure considerations; development of an Extreme Weather Management Plan; legal considerations and in particular examination of sound berthing agreements and insurance implications.
Suzanne Davies, General Manager at RPAYC participated in the first course and she said: “the course is exactly spot on in terms of the content, messaging and the time. The workbook provided is a fabulous resource for the participants to walk away with and provide additional value for money.”
The next Club Marine Extreme Weather Event Course will be held in Perth Western Australia and progressively rolled out across Australia and Asia according to demand. MIA welcomes enquiry from any marina interested in attending or hosting the course. Course details can be found on the MIA website.
Further info: Vijaya; MIA Industry Education Officer, E education@marinas.net.au Ph. +61 2 9439 5806
Web https://www.marinas.net.au/training/club-marine-extreme-weather-preparedness

Have Wings? Can do the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

The annual Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta appeals to owners from the Sydney catchment area and beyond with boats from regional New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand represented in previous editions. Rikki Racing in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise RaceRikki Racing in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race

Shorthanded, multihull, straight-out racer, cruiser/racer and a newly introduced cruising division offer the full gamut of entry options for the IRC/ORCi optimised through to well-performing production boats, and now those crews focused more on the journey than the destination are well catered for.

The NSW coastal fringe is a dramatic ever-changing landscape of beaches, cliffs, towns, safe harbours and islands. Each January the 370 nautical mile Australian Sailing Category 2 ocean race – the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’s opening pointscore event - takes the fleet north along the NSW coast to the easternmost tip of Australia at Cape Byron before the final leg along Queensland’s golden beaches to the finish line off Main Beach at Southport.

Ray Haslar’s Reichel/Pugh 42 Rikki made the journey from New Zealand to Pittwater for the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race and the skipper said this of the adventure: “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For the first-timers on board it was the experience of a lifetime. The delivery over took seven days, clearing into Newcastle, with a six-day crossing for the return trip.”

Haslar appreciated the professional support of both the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club, the finish club and host of the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series. “The service and hospitality at both clubs were excellent; you couldn’t have asked for better.”

Already registered for the start of the 2019 race to Southport, starting January 2 just to the north of Palm Beach headland, is Wings, a new Dehler 46 launched last November for RPAYC members Lindy and Ian Edwards.

Wings’ racing calendar is a busy one, the owners soon to leave Sydney for the CYCA’s lengthy PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, a reinstated 1,064 nautical miler starting June 2, then back to Queensland in winter for consecutive race weeks at Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island.

Maserati laps MC38 fleet in Act 1 on Pittwater

Media Release                                                                                                6 May 2018

Event: MC38 2018 Season Act 1 on Pittwater, May 5-6, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Maserati laps MC38 fleet in Act 1 on Pittwater

Three straight final day wins for Neville Crichton’s Maserati delivered the absent owner the narrowest victory in the first act of the MC38’s 2018 season.

“You’ve got to have a bit of luck on your side on Pittwater; that’s the nature of sailing up here in winter,” said Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner, adding “it helps build the skills for sailing in light and patchy stuff. I enjoy it.”

Chris Hancock’s Vino crew went into the final race a point ahead in the combined scores and needing the bullet. They finished second to Maserati, unable to hold off the Turner brothers, Daniel on the wheel and older brother Joe calling tactics with America’s Cup sailor and former Etchells world champion Ben Lamb adding his flair on a tricky Pittwater day.

Interview with Joe and Daniel Turner

Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.

After many years of class racing, a countback to second is the closest the Vino crew, spearheaded by the owner and tactician Billy Merrington, has been to claiming the overall regatta trophy. Hancock is encouraged by the result, though his plan is to sell his MC38 and downsize to three crew campaigning a 5.5m class boat with sentimental value he’s purchased.

“The crew work was really good this weekend; we’ve sailed well for quite a while, but the odd mistake counted us out,” Hancock once shared back at the RPAYC dock on Sunday May 6, 2018. “We showed what we can really do once you are mistake-free. I’m really proud of the way the guys worked.

“The eight-up has really helped us. The maximum crew weight is now 670 up from 600kgs and we’ve taken advantage of that. The two RPAYC Youth Development women, Rachel Bower and Hannah Lanz, who we’ve added most recently, are fantastic and really showing their Elliott skills. They are also a calming influence on everybody.

“Vino’s on the market. I’ve bought a 5.5m which was built in 1979 at the RPAYC and won a world championship in 1980 in the Bahamas. The move allows me to become a destination sailor and get on the water more often, and with a touch of luck the worlds will be in Sydney in 2020.”

Showing noticeable improvement in only their second hit-out with the Grand Prix one design fleet was Shaun Lane and Quentin Hewitt’s Middle Harbour based Lazy Dog, which in the wind lottery went from well back in the pack to second in race five. In that finish, one second separated each of the top three finishers.

Sunday’s three races in warm autumn sunshine and light winds capped off the six-race series run by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. The race management team snuck race four in early Sunday, in the last of the cool morning sou’wester, before the slow transition to a light sou’easter 5-7 knots.

The final race six was a one-lapper, a smart call by the race committee given the fluky conditions looked set to shutdown altogether.

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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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