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


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


'Pitt Point' house on Scotland Island

After 24 years enjoying living in ‘Pitt Point’ on Scotland Island, members Greg (1986) and Louise Roberts are planning a move back to the mainland.
They have always commuted to their safe berth on L Marina – as do a number of offshore-living RPAYC members, some of whom live close by. Their beautiful north-facing waterfront home, built and owned all its life by RPAYC members, is on the market.

‘Pitt Point’ sits on the northern tip of Scotland Island, the first jetty east of Tennis Wharf, looking straight up Pittwater to Barrenjoey and beyond. Jetty, substantial pontoon with wave-breaker protection barrier (a rare facility), mooring, slipway, working boatshed – all have proven wonderful for their boating and sailing activities.
Very often, it is a 2 minute sail/motor to the Start boat. Or a comfortable, elevated, front row seat relaxing on the terrace, with a glass of something, for many of the races.

For more information on ‘Pitt Point’ house – click here.

For some history of ‘Pitt Point’ and Scotland Island – see below:-

Greg and Louise were sitting out on the terrace of ‘Pitt Point’ and took some shots of the Wed 26th October 2018 race start, with Wild Oats very apparent.

A number of people have now seen ‘Pitt Point’ from the water – hard to miss with the huge ‘For Sale’ sign over the boatshed.

Some have asked – how would you describe the house?

Greg refers to the article in the fairly recent ‘Houses’ magazine for architects and designers (Issue 120) – ‘The house is a collection of buildings and shapes in a seemingly ad hoc arrangement, “as if they developed over time” according to architect Walter Barda, who was an Associate Director of Ken Woolley’s practice at the time and produced designs and drawings for the project.

“The idea was a small village of clustered vernacular elements: main house, the guest wing building, the lookout tower – it’s an island house after all. To that we gave skewed geometries and overscaled pitched roofs chopped in half [living room and master bedroom]. From an aerial perspective, the plan kind of wiggles through the site, some of its elements intersecting or colliding. It’s all very informal but structured.”

Being ostensibly an adult retreat, its key spaces in the main house are the living area, with the luxuriously sized main bedroom above. These are gathered up under two pitched roofs that intersect above the stairs. They both face north to the water, with views right up the Pittwater to Barrenjoey lighthouse, winking in the dark.

Behind the bedroom, the plan splits under a shallow skillion roof with a skylit ensuite, tiled in terracotta, followed by two interconnected studies, facing west and south into the rear bush garden, with its series of ponds and tumbling water – a feature of most Woolley houses, along with meticulous craftsmanship.

‘Pitt Point’ is a beautiful house – clearly no expense was spared in its build.

As for commuting to ‘Pitt Point’ – from RPA to the house, it’s less than 8 minutes - (see video – click here.)

Greg and Louise ‘downsized’ to ‘Pitt Point’ from their Bayview waterfront home when they were thinking about future retirement – they wanted to stay on the water.

And that was 24 years ago.

And now for a further downsizing back to the mainland.

Click here for more information on the ‘Pitt Point’ house.

For more on the background of Scotland Island - click here.


Support Australia at the Sail GP Series

This Friday & Saturday SailGP will light up Sydney Harbour with six national teams in supercharged F50 catamarans competing in a series of thrilling fleet races.

The event will showcase the best the Sydney Harbour has to offer, with racing like you have never seen before. Sydney SailGP will take place on Friday 15th from 4pm-6pm and Saturday 16th February from 3pm-5pm, 2019. Each national team will compete in fleet races, culminating with the top two teams racing for a place on the winner’s podium in a match race on Saturday afternoon.

Come down and watch these amazing boats and support club member Jason Waterhouse who is onboard with the Australian Team.

If you can't make it down on the water then don’t miss a moment of Sydney SailGP by viewing LIVE on FOX SPORTSon Foxtel and streamed LIVE on Kayo.

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First Picasso Wins at Bay of Islands Race Week

Rob and Virginia McClelland’s Jeanneau 57 First Picasso took out First Place in the Bay of Islands Race Week Island Racing Division B. It is their second win at this event. The regatta commenced on the 23rd January and was three races over three days with all races counting in the point score.

The regatta started well for First Picasso with a win in race one against a competitive fleet of 20 boats. Race two resulted in third place with First Picasso now second overall by one point to Legacy, a Young 11, who won the race. This win followed a second in race one giving her three points to First Picasso’s four.

In order to win the event First Picasso needed to beat Legacy with a boat between them in Race three, the last race. The course was set at 29 nm around a number of the islands in the bay. It would prove to be a challenging race with a southerly breeze at the start which was soon to be influenced by a building sea breeze, creating many no wind zones in between the two competing breezes. After an average start First Picasso found a number of holes in the first part of the race and her chances were not looking good. However, after finding the sea breeze and making some good tactical decisions she was back in the game and by the finish she was far enough ahead of Legacy to get fourth place with Legacy in sixth giving First Picasso the win. However, it was close with only a 41 second margin to fifth place.

The crew was a mixture of Aussie’s and Kiwis; joining Rob and Virginia were Richard & Leigh Hudson, Trevor Hannah & Annie Taylor, the Kiwis included Ray Hasler, Roy Dickson, Debbie Whiting, Barbara Thompson and Hew Campbell.

It was a great regatta with perfect weather, good courses and an excellent team.





2019 Hardy Cup - RPAYC competing

Alistair Reid is making his debut as helm on the Youth International Match Race scene sailing at the prestigious Hardy Cup at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron this week. In recent years the RPAYC has posted some pleasing results, with Clare Costanzo’s historic win last year as an all-female team where they made history by breaking an 18-year run of male skippers adding their name to the Under 25 Trophy.

Over the past 3 years The Alfreds have featured in the finals which resulted in 2 victories. The pressure however this week is not on Alistair to win or final, but to go out there and make mistakes and learn. On-board Alistair will have great guidance with senior squad members James Farquharson (fresh from his Warren Jones win) and Jess Angus (Fusion Racing) helping bleed in the next generation of sailors with current squad members Antony Hawke & Jasmine Bridge. 
Alistair managed to have a great first day on the water resulting in 2 wins against what is a star studded field of competitors, including the current National Champion. His 2 wins were against the RNZYS & RSYS.
Racing can be followed live by www.matchracingresults.com or if you are down near Kirribilli they are racing right out the front!

Final 2018 Highlights Video


Club Marine Sail Expo

The Club has devoted the weekend of 27th & 28th April for the annual Club Marine Sail Expo.

The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo has matured into an occasion to showcase the Club and an enormous range of marine products and services.  It’s become familiar amongst both the sailing public and the broader community. As in recent years, the 2018 Expo directly generated a significant number of new memberships to RPAYC.  It also alerted a wide group of potential candidates to the sailing and boating opportunities available to members of the RPAYC. 
The Club is calling out for members to volunteer at the 2019 event. Volunteers are vital to the success of the event and provide event assistance, promote membership and reinforce the RPAYC “personality” to visitors.  Volunteers are assigned key areas including; Sign In/Greeting, Membership Stand and Car Park Assistance and a comprehensive brief of duties is provided. 
If you would like to volunteer some of your time on either Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th (or both days) please email sailexpo@rpayc.com.au to advise confirm your availability.

Event Website


Dicko Cup 2019 Results

The series start on Saturday, saw a 5-10 knot SE breeze, sufficient for all to get around the course, but the race record held by "If" and Martin Cross (1:20:53 from 2014) was never in danger of being broken.
After the race we had a sausage sizzle and prize giving on Hallets Beach with competitors and other members joining in the festivities. 
Race 1 results:
1st - The 5th Element (Tony Dickson)
2nd - Conspiracy (Martin Cross)
3rd - L'Espirit (Peter Byford)
Commodores Cup race:
1st - Pacesetter (Andy McPhail)
2nd - 2107 Racing (David Taylor)
3rd - Starlight (Julien Noakes)
1st - Heavans Gate (Greg Dunstan)
Best dressed - Kindred Spirit (Angus Gordon and crew)
Feldman Award - Galadriel (David Williams)
Beetlebomb - Gypsy Princess (Murray Glase)
The Dicko Cup has always at it's core has always been about member camaraderie and families enjoying each others company.
This was evident on Sunday when Leon Wilson held the "Rat Race" on Hallets Beach, definitely an eye opener.
If you want to know more, you'll have to join in next year.
Monday's race after the southerly change overnight looked suited to the heavier boats but the estuary was a mine field of light breezes, before finally 
becoming steadier after rounding Lion Island. With the finish just off Scotland Island, it was a long upwind leg and for some their Pittwater knowledge paid handsomely.
The presentation was held shortly after the race in Halyards.
Race 2 results:
1st - Galadriel (David Williams)
2nd - Still Dangerous (Ivor Burgess)
3rd - Scoot (Scott Robinson)
Catamarans -
1st - Mix'd Nutz (Jim Cormack)
Novelty -
Better late than never award - Bellissima (Greg Thomson)
Overall results for the 46th Dicko Cup:
1st - The 5th Element (Tony Dickson)
2nd - Jindarra (Matt Kirlew)
3rd - Enza (Sal Ridulfo)
Catamarans - Mix'd Nutz (Jim Cormack)

Passion Pop award - Verve (John Groves) 
[Once again you have to participate to learn what this awards about]
A big thank you to Leon Wilson and the cruising division for putting the Dicko Cup on their program, and helping keep this
important club tradition alive.
See you on the water,
Allen Stormon


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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