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


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

Intermediate Youth Development


The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of 16 sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas: 

Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers

  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics
  • Brief introduction into match racing
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events


10-13 April                            Easter School Holiday Period (training camp)

6-7 July                                  Winter School Holiday Period (training camp)

13-14 May                             One-Design Autumn Regatta (RPAYC)

28 May                                   NCYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

4 June                                    RPAYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

18 June                                  CYCA Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

25 June                                  RSYS Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

8-9 July                                  One-Design Winter Regatta (RPAYC)

16-17 September                David Lukins Memorial Regatta (RPAYC) 


The program will be run over 6 training days from 0900 to 1600 and will be conducted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Head Coach Tom Spithill with instructors provided for each boat from the RPAYC’s Youth Development program. Each day will comprise of up to 3 theory sessions and 2 on water sessions. 


Six fleet racing regattas are scheduled over the duration of the program, with regattas staged at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. A carpool service will be organized for an away event. Due to there being only two teams allocated for each club at the interclub regatta, this will mean only 10 of the IYD squad will be able to sail on the day. Each participant will do at least 1 interclub regatta. For the RPAYC’s one design regatta, the entire squad will compete in these events. 1 team will be selected within the squad to sail in the David Lukins Match Racing Regatta


Sailors must be between the ages of 13-18 years old and have demonstrated sailing ability at a club level. Also desirable is experience in keelboats. All applications will be assessed on merit for the available positions. Course participants will be limited to 20 applicants. Applications must be submitted by Friday, 3rd March 2017 with successful applicants notified by Friday, 10th March 2017. Expressions of interest available here. 

Coaches:                Tom Spithill – Head Coach

Tom started off at the RPAYC sailing MJ’s, doing his first regatta as crew at age 3. From then on he has progressed through the centreboard division, sailing numerous dinghies. During high school, Tom participated in team’s racing where he went onto race at both state and National Level. Around this time as well, Tom was selected into the RPAYC Youth Development Program. Being part of this program saw Tom represent the club in youth International Match Racing events around the world including New Zealand & the United States of America. Tom participated in the YD program for 5 years before moving into a coaching role several years later. He has also been a part of the Wild Oats XI Racing team, competing at the 2008 Super Maxi World Championships. On return from Europe, Tom joined the RPAYC as full time in 2008, firstly as a sailing administrator, and now as Head Coach of the sailing programs.


$600.00 – Members           $700.00 – Non-Members. This will include all usage fees for the Elliot 7s, coaching over the period, sail training material & RPAYC IYD Racing shirt.

Where to next:  

Sailors who demonstrate a high level of keelboat skills may be invited to join the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program for the remaining 2017 season and 2018 season.

The Youth Development program is currently offered to sailors between 16-25 who demonstrate a high level of sailing ability in keelboats or selective classes as well as a deep understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing. This course is designed around high performance sailing across multiple disciplines and is run from May 2017 through to February 2018. This course also incorporates state, national and international level competitions supported through the Youth Competition Support Fund


Tom Spithill – Head Coach                            

 Phone: 9998 3764                                           

Email: tom.spithill@rpayc.com.au                   





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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