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


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

Youth Development & Intermediate Youth Development Programs

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development Program (YDP) was pioneered in 1995 to help develop and enhance young athlete’s sailing skills, as well as providing a pathway for youth sailors between 13-24 years old in Club, National and International events. The club’s commitment to youth sail training has resulted in the creation of some of the world’s best sailors including the likes of America’s Cup winner, James Spithill and 2016 Australian Olympian Jason Waterhouse.

In 2014 the RPAYC continued this commitment to youth sailing by commissioning and launching a new fleet of keelboats, the Elliott 7 one design boats.

The Intermediate Youth Development Program involves 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

The next stage is that of the Youth Development Program which includes not only improving existing sailing skills in both fleet and match racing disciplines, but also includes creating a standard knowledge base for youth sailors in boat maintenance, fitness and nutritional goals, offshore sailing and inclusion in all club activities ranging from Race Management, Volunteer Coaching and crewing on members keelboats and Centreboard racing.

This course focuses more on the advanced aspects of sailing including racing rules, tactics, physical fitness, campaign planning, sail trim and boat maintenance. Upon completion, athletes are encouraged to participate heavily in Club events to acquire valuable experience in keelboat racing, inshore, offshore and Bluewater events.

The Youth Development Program runs over an 11 month period from May through to February and is open to members & non-members with participants selected by RPAYC’s Head Coach, Tom Spithill.

All programs are on board the RPAYC's eight Elliott 7 metre sports boats which carry a crew of 4 or 5.

Sponsors play an integral role in the program by funding the cost of the Elliott’s, their maintenance and racing equipment, while parents and other community volunteers help out with functions and regattas. Additionally, the Youth Development Program has strong support from volunteers, current participants and past graduates in club events.

Graduates from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s YDP have gone on to sail on the World Match Racing Tour, Olympic Games, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Rolex Sydney to Hobart as well as various professional sailing circuits.

The 2017 Training Program is now OPEN, if you or someone you know is interested in either IYD or YD please complete the following forms .

Expressions of interest now available here for YD

Expressions of interest now available here for IYD

For further information on courses contact the Sailing Office on + 61 2 9998 3742 or email yd@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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