Racing Program - Yachting | Cruising | Learn to Sail | Waterfront Bar & Dining - The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - Newport, New South Wales

         

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

     

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

Yacht Racing Program

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offers members and visitors the opportunity to compete throughout the week in a variety of events. Whether it is inshore, offshore, sprints, match racing, two handed or social fun days there is an event for you. View the event calendar for upcoming events.  

Annual Program

WEDNESDAY SERIES  

DescriptionInshore sailing every Wednesday throughout the year where crews can compete in a non-spinnaker race on the waters of Pittwater. Wednesday races are fun, social and competitive races fostering the club spirit of excellence in sailing.
Race format: Non-Spinnaker, around the cans racing in Pittwater with a mixture of upwind and downwind starts. Courses are chosen from the 2016-17 RPAYC Course list.
Race length average: 120-150min
Series:Wednesday racing is comprised of a number of series including: Spring (15 races), Summer (11 races), Autumn (10 races) and the Winter Waterford Series (10 races).
Starting times: From 1400hrs. View the schedule of events to see when the next series commences.
Divisions: There are four divisions in the Wednesday Series.
Handicap:Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation.
Special Regulations requirement:The RPAYC Wednesday Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


Summer Program

THURSDAY TWILIGHT SERIES

Description:  

The Thursday Twilight Series is a series of club non-spinnaker races over spring and summer. Racing makes use of the lasting daylight with round the can courses inshore on Pittwater.

Race format:The Club's Twilight Pointscore Series(s) are held throughout spring and summer during daylight saving. These are fun, social races where crews return at the finish of the race for dinner in Halyards with fellow crew and guests and great weekly prizes.
Race length average:90 minutes
Series: The Thursday Twilight Series is held each week during daylight savings and is split into a spring and summer series.
Starting Times:From 1755hrs with Divisions 4 & 3 starting first, followed by Division 2 and Division 1.
Divisions:The Thursday Club Non-Spinnaker Series has 4 divisions, with division 4 catering for cruiser racer boats and being non-pointscore.
Handicaps:Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation.
Special Regulations requirements:The RPAYC Thursday Twilight Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocuementsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


TUESDAY WOMEN'S TWILIGHT SERIES

DescriptionThe Women’s Twilight Series is a series of fun, social twilight races with spinnaker and non-spinnaker entries permitted. The rules of the Women’s Twilight Series allow for only one male per boat with that member of the crew not touching the helm throughout the race. Crews often follow up their evening with dinner in Halyards with fellow crew, guests and great weekly prizes.
Race Format: Run throughout spring and summer during daylight saving.
Race Length Average: 90 minutes
Series: The Women’s Twilight Series is held on alternative Tuesday evenings. There are two divisions depending on the type and speed of the yacht.
Starting Times: From 1755hrs
Divisions:  There are two divisions in the Women’s Twilight Series.
Handicap: Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation.
Special Regulations requirement: The Women’s Twilight Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


PITTWATER INSHORE SERIES & CLASSIC/COUTA BOATS INSHORE SERIES

DescriptionThe Pittwater Inshore Series is a series of Saturday races in an ‘around the cans’ style. Courses are selected from the 2016-17 course list and cater for all types of boats. This event is run alongside the Classic Boats Inshore Series which follows the same format.
Race Format:   The Pittwater Inshore Series is run throughout the RPAYC Spring/Summer season.
Race Length Average: 120-180 minutes
Series: The Pittwater Inshore Series consists of up to 10 races, with the Classic/Couta boat series consisting of up to 9 races. Races are conducted every second week.
Starting Times: From 1330hrs
Divisions:  There are (3) divisions in the Pittwater Series and one (1) division for Classic boats
Handicap:  Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation
Special Regulations requirement: The Pittwater Inshore Series & Classic/Couta boats inshore series is a Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocuementsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


SPORTSBOATS AND ONE DESIGN CLASSES SPRINTS SERIES

Description: The Sportsboat and One Design Classes Sprints Series is a series of fast paced one design racing featuring windward leeward sprints. The series is held on a Saturday in conjunction with the Pittwater Inshore Series and caters for both experienced and new one design and sportsboat teams.
Race Format: Windward/Leeward sprints.
Race Length Average:35 minutes per race
Series:  The Sportsboats and One Design Sprints Series is held in conjunction with the Pittwater Inshore Series and comprises of nine (9) rounds. Each round consists of up to 3 races.
Starting Times: From 1300hrs
Divisions: Divisions are allocated for Etchells, Melges 24s, Elliott 7’s and other sports boats or mixed classes.
Handicap:   Scoring is determined by one design allocation, Performance Handicap System (PHS) or Sportsboat Measurement System (SMS) where a certificate is provided.
Special Regulations requirement: The Sportsboat and One Design Classes Sprint Series is a Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements

 

 


COMMODORES CUP SERIES & MOSQUITO PASSAGE SAILING 

Description:   The Commodores Cup & Mosquito Passage Series is held five (5) times throughout the season on Saturday's. This is a casual series with a non-spinnaker Mosquito Passage division. Racing is conducted inshore on Pittwater throughout the Spring/Summer Season.
Race Format:  Around the cans racing with the Mosquito Passage being non-spinnaker
Race Length Average:90-120 minutes
Series:The Commodore’s Cup Series is spinnaker racing catering for those after competitive and social racing. The Mosquito Passage Sailing is a non-spinnaker, non-pointscore event for those boats looking to enjoy passage sailing on Pittwater. The Mosquito passage is ideal for family and friends to socialise as well as for cruisers and non-spinnaker boats.
Starting Times:  The Commodore’s Cup Series commences from 1330hrs. The Mosquito Passage series kicks off from 1315hrs.
Divisions:The Commodore’s Cup caters for three (3) divisions. A fourth (4) division is allocated to the Mosquito Passage series.
Handicap:   Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS), exponential calculation and IRC rating handicaps.
Special Regulations requirement: 

Both the Commodore’s Cup and Mosquito Passage Series are Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 events.

EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


 
BLUE WATER POINTSCORE SERIES

Description:The Club Marine Blue Water Coastal Pointscore Series (BWPS) is the most prestigious series on the RPAYC’s racing calendar. This series of offshore races is conducted along the east coast of  Australia between July and April.
Race format: Racing covers a wide range of conditions in a variety of courses between 18 and 226 nautical miles. They are a mixture of overnight (Category 2) and daytime events (Category 3). The major event is the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race, held during January each year
Series:  The series consists of 6 offshore races including the Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race - CYCA (R1 – Cat 2), Bird Islet Race (R2 – Cat 3), Bird Island to Port Hacking Race (R3 – Cat 3), the Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race (R4 – Cat 2), Pittwater to Sydney Yacht Race (R5 – Cat 3) and the Pittwater to Newcastle Yacht Race (R6 – Cat 3)
Starting Times:   View the schedule of events to see the starting times. Racing Commences at 1000hrs except for the Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race, 1300hrs
Divisions:  1 division.
Handicap:     The BWPS offers a variety of scoring options including PHS; IRC and ORCi.
Special Regulations requirement: Category 2 or 3 safety audits are required for BWPS races.
 

Note an amendment to Special Regulation 3.25.1 (d):

All boats in the BWPS shall carry on board a satellite phone for Category 2 events. The satellite phone shall have coverage for the duration of the race and be connected to main power or have a spare battery.

Amendment to Special Regulation 4.09 (c):

All boats shall carry an AIS Transponder for Category 2 events. The Transponder shall be operational for the duration of the race and it is recommended that for ongoing journeys that it remains active. 

EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements


 

 
SHORT OCEAN POINTSCORE SERIES

Description:  The Short Ocean Pointscore Series (SOPS) offers competitors the experience of offshore day sailing with a mixture of windward/leeward and passage courses between Terrigal and Sydney. The series allows crew to experience offshore racing in a daylight environment for a competitive race experience or in preparation for longer offshore races like those in the Club Marine Blue Water Pointscore Series.
Race Format: SOPS races consist of a variety of windward/leeward offshore and passage style races.
Series:  The SOPS series is a great series for crew wishing to experience offshore sailing prior to competing in the BWPS series.
Starting Times:      Racing commences from 1230hrs.
Divisions:      There is one (1) division in the SOPS Series.
Handicap:     Scoring options include PHS; IRC and ORCi
Special Regulations requirement: The SOPS Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 4 event.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements

 


BROKEN BAY SERIES

Description:  The Broken Bay Series is held in conjunction with the SOPS program and caters for boats who do not meet Australia Sailing Category 4 standards but still wish to do some offshore racing. Racing is conducted in the vicinity of Broken Bay with courses selected from the RPAYC Season Sailing Handbook 2016-17 course list.
Race Format:  A short offshore series, starting and finishing inshore with courses set 1-2nm offshore
Series:  The Broken Bay Series will consist of ten (10) races in the vicinity of Broken Bay.
Starting Times: Races start from 1300hrs.
Divisions:  This series has three (3) divisions
Handicap: There are a variety of scoring options including PHS; IRC and ORCi
Special Regulations requirements: The Broken Bay Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event with additional RMS NSW Maritime requirements as listed on the form.
EntryClick here to enter this Series
Race DocumentsClick here to view or download the Race Docuements

 

Winter Program

WEDNESDAY WATERFORD SERIES

Description:                         Wednesday races held throughout the winter months of the year with opportunity for crews to compete in a non-spinnaker race on the waters of Pittwater.

Race format:                       Non-Spinnaker, around the cans racing in Pittwater with a mixture of upwind and downwind starts.

Race length average:       120-150 minutes

Series:                                  The Winter Waterford Series consist of ten (10) races

Starting times:                     From 1400hrs. View the schedule of events to see when the next series commences.

Divisions:                             There are four divisions in the Wednesday Series

Handicap:                            Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS). Weighted Average calculation. 

Special Regulations requirementThe RPAYC Wednesday Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7event.

LION ISLAND SERIES

Description:                        The Lion Island Series is held on Saturday’s during May and is characterised by a race around Lion Island. This is a fun and competitive race series to bring in the winter season of racing.                                                      Crews and guests return to Halyards post-racing for social drinks and a presentation.

Race Format:                     This series has provision for spinnaker and non-spinnaker racing.

Race Length Average:    120 minutes

Series:                                  Races commence in the vicinity NE of Scotland Island to Lion Island and back.

Starting Times:                    from 1200hrs

Divisions:                            There are up to four (4) divisions, with division 4 being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                          Races are scored using the Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation or IRC where a certificate is provided.

Special Regulations requirement: The Lion Island Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

WINTER SERIES

Description:                        The Saturday Winter Series consists of five (5) inshore races with provision for spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats. A handicapped start makes way for an exciting finish as boats finish around                                               the same time and results are calculated by place over the line.

Race Format:                     Courses are selected from the RPAYC Season Sailing Handbook 2016-17 list of courses.

Race length average:      120 minutes

Series:                                 Races take place on Saturdays in June and July.

Starting Times:                  Start times are dependent on individual handicaps, with the first boats starting at 1200hrs. Handicaps are released by 0930hrs on the day of each race.

Divisions:                            Up to four divisions, with division four (4) being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                         Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation

Special Regulations Requirement:      The Winter Series is anAustralian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

TWO HANDED SERIES

Description:                        The Two Handed Series runs alongside the Women’s Winter Series and consists of four (4) inshore races in an ‘around the cans’ style. Racing takes advantage of the winter morning breeze                                                   on a Sunday.

Race Format:                      Inshore racing around the cans.

Race Length Average:     120 minutes

Series:                                  The Two Handed Series series commences in May and is held on the first Sunday each month through until August.

Starting Times:                    1000hrs

Divisions:                             There is one (1) division.

Handicaps:                          Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation.

Special regulations requirement:  The Two Handed Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

WOMENS WINTER SERIES

Description:                        The Women’s Winter Series is run alongside the winter Two-Handed Series and consists of four (4) inshore races in an ‘around the cans’ format. Boats contesting in the Women’s Winter Series                                               must have a female helm. The race takes advantage of the winter morning breeze on a Sunday.

Race Format:                     Inshore racing with courses selected from the 2016-17 RPAYC Course list.

Race Length Average:    120 minutes

Series:                                The series commences in May and is held on the first Sunday each month through until August.

Starting Times:                  1000hrs

Divisions:                           There is one (1) division.

Handicaps:                          Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation.

Special regulations requirement:  The Women’s Winter Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

EARLY BIRD SERIES

Description:                        The Early Bird Series runs on a Saturday throughout July and August in the lead up to the Summer Season. The series consists of five (5) inshore races with provision for spinnaker and non-                                                   spinnaker boats. A handicapped start makes way for an exciting finish as boats finish around the same time and results are calculated by place over the line.

Race Format:                     Courses are selected from the RPAYC Season Sailing Handbook 2016-17 list of courses.

Race length average:       120 minutes

Series:                                 Races take place on Saturdays in July and August.

Starting Times:                   Start times are dependent on individual handicaps, with the first boats starting at 1200hrs. Handicaps are released by 0930hrs on the day of each race.

Divisions:                            Up to four divisions, with division four (4) being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                         Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation

Special regulations requirement:  The Early Bird Series is an Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

HELMING POLICY

YNSW members of YA / YNSW affiliated Yacht Clubs may helm a boat in an RPAYC event.

Every helmsperson shall be a member of their MYA (YNSW membership).

About RPAYC

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.

Register here to receive the latest information on news and events at the Club
Club Newsletters
Please wait

Weather Links