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


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


Long Weekend Trading Hours

October Long Weekend Trading Hours


Halyards Bistro: 8am - 5pm*
Halyards Bar: 8am - 5pm* 
Reception & Tender: 8am - 5pm
Gymnasium: 6am - 5pm

Halyards Bistro: 8am - 5pm
Halyards Bar: 8am - 6pm*
Reception & Tender: 8am - 6pm
Gymnasium: 8am - 12pm

Halyards Bistro: 9am - 3pm
Halyards Bar: 9am - 5pm*  
Reception & Tender: 8am - 6pm 
Gymnasium: 8am - 12pm

* Trade dependant


Update from the General Manager - Removal of Sailing Regions

I am delighted to advise that as of this Saturday, 26 September, the ‘Sailing Regions’ that were introduced in August will be removed.
This news follows announcements that were made earlier today from NSW Health, NSW Office of Sport and Australian Sailing.
What this means for racing at RPAYC:

  • As of this Saturday there will no longer be any ‘regional’ restrictions for competitors and volunteers involved in our racing. 
  • In line with our previous communications, yacht racing will remain non-pointscore until the conclusion of racing on Wednesday 30 September 2020. Racing after next Wednesday will return to pointscore competition. 
  • The removal of ‘Sailing Regions’ does not ease other health orders and RPAYC is required to continue complying with our COVID Plan, including the restrictions on numbers of people allowed in our Clubhouse, the holding of events (including presentations), social distancing, remaining seated in hospitality areas, our sign-in/ sign-out procedures, etc. 
  • The Clubhouse remains open following racing and both members and non-members are welcome to attend within the maximum limits as set by NSW Health. 

The easing of these restrictions is great news and certainly a step in the right direction, however I would like to remind all members that we must not become complacent and continue to comply with current health measures to ensure that restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.
Please look after yourself and those around you.
Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager
24 September, 2020

Daniel Links - 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Winner

Congratulations to our sailor Daniel Links who has just been named as the winner of the 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Award.
A very well deserved award!
Announcing the winner of the 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Award – Daniel Links from
After dominating the Optimist class in Australia for a number of years, Daniel managed to finish off his time in the class with a fantastic win in the Dutch Youth regatta against 350 boats. This was an exceptional performance in a mix of conditions and the first time an Australian had ever won a large international Optimist regatta. Daniel then went to Antigua in July 19 for the Optimist Worlds. In tough windy conditions not suitable to his weight Daniel finished a very strong 16th against a very tough field.
This Worlds was the largest ever with over 65 countries represented. 16th was the 2nd best result ever by an Australian at an Optimist Worlds. After the Worlds Daniel progressed to a 420 and after only 5 months in the class managed to win the Australian championships in Mornington in Jan 2020. Daniel and Jack Ferguson won 7 of the 12 races and won with a race to spare against a strong Melbourne contingent on their local waters.

RPAYC Race 1 SOPS, Estuary, Sprints & Cruising

There were a lot of firsts for sailing at RPAYC on Saturday 19th September.

It was the first time there were two handed boats racing in the SOPS fleet and also the first time a Multihull joined the offshore fleet in the SOPS.

It was also the first of the seasons Cruising races, a handicap start. 

The RPAYC ran 4 race courses on Saturday beginning with the Cruising Division race from Pittwater to Challenger Head.  The start was scheduled for 1000 but was delayed 30 minutes to allow the light NE wind/breeze to build and then off went the initial Cruising race.

The second course for the day was the SOPS (short for Short Offshore Points Score) sailed on the Palm Beach Circle.

Race Officer Elaine Fowler, onboard Alfreds I set course 43, a 19 NM overall course from Barrenjoey to First Point return.  The light NE was forecast to build over the day.  A runout tide pushing the yachts towards the start line saw a general recall and restart of the race.  The second start was more orderly with only two yachts OCS.   The breeze did build but only to a comfortable 10-13 knots from the NE blowing over the race course.  A short sea made for a nice beat up the shore to the windward mark. The 50 foot catamaran TOP GUN was first around the mark followed very closely by the Farr 46 PRETTY WOMAN.  They finished in the same order however TOP GUN extended her lead on the water.

Having started the SOPS fleet Elaine took Alfreds I back into Pittwater for the start of the Estuary Fleet near Long Nose Point.  A total of 13 yachts started in this race which saw the yachts sail a course across Broken Bay and then towards the Hawkesbury River and finally back around West Head to finish off Mackerel Beach.

In the meantime, further inshore, RO Stephen Merrington onboard Alfreds II set up the race course for a series of sprint races.  

Stephen set this fleet off in four winward leeward races in two divisions with 9 yachts competing.

What a busy day for our race committee & mark layers. Thank you for your time. 

Report by Rear Commodore Racing - Rob McClelland

Some Images Here



My Crash Course on Ocean Cruising – A Visit to Lord Howe Island

Meltemi in the Lagoon at Lord Howe Island dwarfed by Mt Gower

In late 2009 I had been for some time contemplating taking my nearly 3 year old catamaran, a Seawind 1160 named “Meltemi” up the coast to the Whitsunday Islands. At the time I was living in Nowra on the NSW south coast and the boat was kept in Currambine Creek at Huskisson.

My only experience in coastal cruising had been a few trips back and forth from Jervis Bay to Sydney and Pittwater. I had also done a few delivery trips for Seawind, but only as crew from Wollongong to the Gold Coast. But my navigational experience with offshore cruising was nil.

It was about this time that my next-door neighbour said he was planning a trip to Lord Howe Island. This began to sow the seeds of a plan in my mind to divert around the tiresome river bars of the NSW north coast by sailing from Pittwater to Lord Howe direct and then on to the Gold Coast. It all seemed so terribly simple. What could possibly go wrong?

I had looked on the chart plotter and yes, my charts included Lord Howe Island. I also purchased the paper charts of Lord Howe Island and all the way to the Whitsundays (a considerable expense, I might add). So, by early April of 2010 we were all ready to go cruising and brought the boat into the wharf at Huskisson. We started to load every conceivable item we might need. There was so much stuff that I needed to tow a trailer behind the car to get it all to the wharf. This was the first of the mistakes we made about cruising. Do not take unnecessary things with you that will just take up space and never be used.  As the gear was loaded on board and the waterline slowly sank it was apparent, we would eventually need to raise the level of the antifoulwaterline.

My proposed crew for this adventure was my wife, Jenny together with Graeme, an old school friend of mine and his wife Annie, none of whom had any real sailing experience. I had sailed since I was born and was confident that the boat could be sailed single handed in an emergency. Again, what could possibly go wrong? Graeme and I sailed the boat up to Pittwater a week or so ahead in an uneventful journey to do a final pack at RMYC with the girls before departure.

Sailing under bare spinnaker on the way to Pittwater

I was advised that fuel was only available in jerry cans and at great expense on the island, so we took an additional 120 litres of fuel with us as well as the boat’s full tanks which I calculated would enable us to motor all the way to the Gold Coast via Lord Howe if we needed to. As it turned out, this was a good move.  We left RMYC on 23rd April at 10am on a beautiful sunny day with a light northerly breeze and motor/sailed past Barrenjoey Headland and out into a calm ocean. Zoom out far enough on the chart plotter and you will find that Lord Howe Island is on a rum line course of 410 nm at roughly 74.5 degrees. Place a waypoint on the entrance to the lagoon and settle back to enjoy the ride. Seemed sosimple!

The crew hard at it during theafternoonwatch                                            

The calm before thestorm