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


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

Ensign Yachts at RPAYC

Ensign Yachts moves into the digital age as it expands, bringing brokers to you

Ensign Yachts will be leaving its office near the chandlery.  It is, however, not leaving the RPAYC.  Ensign is in discussions with RPAYC to enhance its relationship with the Club in other ways – more details to come!  This is part of Ensign Yachts’ new strategic direction which will improve the way it interacts with Club members and the broader boating community across Australia.


Sean, Andy and Bavaria Yachts Germany rep Marian Scheer at Hamilton Island Race Week

Ensign Yachts has been at RPAYC for more than 5 years when Managing Director Andy Howden opened the office near the chandlery and joined the club as a member.  Andy was joined by Kate Douglas and later, industry stalwart Ron Jacobs and club member Mark Hellyer.  Joint Managing Director, Sean Rush joined the Ensign office at RPAYC when he teamed up with Andy to take over the Ensign Yachts Group a few months ago.  Sean is a new Pittwater resident and is keen to join the club and develop the relationship between Ensign and RPAYC.

The progressive new strategic direction of Ensign Yachts (which is the exclusive dealer for a variety of premier brands including Bavaria Yachts, Nautitech Catamarans and Italia Yachts) will see it reducing retail footprint across Australia while developing maximum reach by branching out and expanding its presence in yacht clubs and marinas all around Australia and via its emerging digital platform.


A Bavaria Yachts C57 at Magnetic Island Race Week

Industry veteran, RPAYC member and Joint MD of Ensign, Andy Howden, commented: “As retail transitions to the digital environment we are getting ahead of the curve and interacting with our clients in a more modern and customer service-oriented way.   We want to bring our brokers and our opportunities to the clients.  We are finding it’s important our team is mobile and ever willing to meet clients where it suits them. More times than not that is at home, over a coffee or ‘on board’.  We want to be where the boats and the boaties are, not anchored up to an office!

Discussing opportunties with RPAYC, Joint MD of Ensign Yachts, Sean Rush said “We already enjoy industry leading coverage with a strong presence in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth and will be increasing our coverage across Australia with more sales professionals in additional strategic locations.  We have recently hired 4 new Ensign sales ambassadors in the last 4 months increasing our team to more than 25.

Nacra 15 World Championship

Club Member Nathan Bryant and Georgia Payne from Mandurah South of Perth Yacht Club, have been over in Marseille, France competing in the Nacra 15 Worlds followed by the first Nacra 15 foiling regatta in the world!

The team worked hard and took off at the start of the regatta showing that their many hours of training in the wind and heavy sea states was paying off. They were up at the top of this big fleet of over 80 Nacra’s – the biggest event yet in this class.

The regatta was challenging, not just by the numbers on the water but the changing winds and seas states. In heavy seas they held their own but were challenged when the regatta turned into a very light and shifty race course. The team learnt some tough lessons and finished an amazing 10th overall. They then backed this up with a 5th in the foiling worlds. They are on their way home and ready to work hard for the upcoming summer series where they will compete for the 2020 Youth worlds spot.

See the full results here: http://www.nacra15class.com/worlds-2019/

Free: Upskilling Race Seminars & On Water Training

Free: Upskilling Race Seminars & On Water Training

Come along to the new RPAYC Upskilling Race Seminars & Expert Coaching led by Rob Brown for keelboats.

Oct 25th Friday: 6.00 – 7.30pm - Briefing Seminar
Oct 26th Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30 - On Water Training/Expert Coaching
Nov 8th Friday: 6.00 – 7.30pm - Briefing Seminar
Nov 9th Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30 - On Water Training/Expert Coaching  
Nov 29th Friday: 6.00 – 7.30pm - Briefing Seminar
Nov 30th Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30 - On Water Training/Expert Coaching

Key Points:
Expert Coaching and feedback led by Rob Brown
Friday Briefing / Content – With a beer /wine
Saturday On water training with expert coaches on hand to explain and give expert tips and feedback

Brief Summary of Training format and content:
Boat and Crew Preparation
Boat Control – On water drills
Rig Set Up, Power Control, Sail Trim, Sailing Modes
On water Pre Race preparation
Starting drills and techniques
Key points to consider in having a race strategy and next leg planning
Wind analysis, Wind calls, On board communication,
Sailing on Pittwater- Key Tips and explanation of wind patterns
& Plenty more

Register with the Sailing Office via email or phone on 9998 3700


Licence Plate Recognition Camera

The Club is pleased to announce that the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) access to the lower car park is now operating. 

The LPR cameras provide Members the benefit of express entry into the lower car park without the need to ‘swipe’ a membership card.
Members are invited to register details of your personal vehicles by providing licence plate and membership numbers to Club Reception in person, by phone 9998 3700 or email reception@rpayc.com.au.

What if I have more than one car? Members may register the licence plates of multiple vehicles however, the ‘anti-passback’ setting will only permit one vehicle per member in the car park at any one time (per Parking By-Law 3(i)).

Approach speed?  The safe driving speed from the Club main entrance pillars is 5km and it is recommended that members approach at this speed to avoid the need to come to a full standstill.

Do I still need my Membership Card?  Yes, Members should always have their membership card on hand in the event that the registration plate cannot be read.
Please refer to Club By-Law #3 for more information about parking at the RPAYC.

RPAYC Golf Day 2019

The annual Club Golf Day was held at Bayview Golf Club on Friday October 18.
Ten teams competed and the First Prize for Men was taken out by Team “Scoot” (Scott Robertson) and the First Prize for Ladies was taken out by Team “First Picasso” (Virginia McClelland).
The weather was beautiful for golf and Bayview Golf Club provided full amenities including lunch and breakfast and our thanks go to Skye Choueiri and the Bayview staff for their excellent attention.
The prizes were presented on the day by Past Commodore Ian Audsley with help from Brian Gray.

1st Place: “Scoot”  Scott Robertson, Andrew McDonnall, Matt Young and Chris Thorne
2nd Place to Team “Second Time Around” John McConnaghy, Kent Heazlet, Rob Wackett, and Gavin Ward
3rd Place to Team “The Bolter”  Rick Welch,  Berndt Fischer, Bob Sims, Rob Lang

1st Place Ladies Team & Best Dressed  “First Picasso” Virginia McClelland, Robyn Cole, Pam Parter,  Marlene McKewen




A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award

Not Dead...

by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 21 Oct 08:00 AEDT

 John McConaghy with his Lifetime Achievement Award © Gregg Porteous

A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon him on Friday night. In his acceptance speech, John McConaghy noted that usually they hand these out just before you departed, which he certainly hoped was not going to be the case with himself.

An enthusiastic, vigorous and energetic man, he certainly left those qualities behind in the company he founded: the one that still bears his name today. Quality, strength, and lightweight would be other notable hallmarks for the organisation that started out making timber skiffs and cats, but moved into far larger craft and composites, and for their time, other super-exotic materials took over the whole scene.



Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bob stay. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bobstay - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bob stay. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer

So thankfully neither John, nor the company, are not going anywhere, albeit that the Australian operation has physically moved from Mona Vale to Gosford a little while back. The proud heritage includes many of the world's greatest ocean racers, and one of them recently ducked in, and nearly as quickly burned back out, after a makeover.

Black Jack's modified and fuller bow section, and shorter tail, along with her rig further aft as a result, then her aft deck flare to widen the sheeting angle, and larger separation of her for'ard sails, is immediately evident when you look closely at her. You would think they have gained a smidgeon upwind in anything other than dead light, and she will be noticeably swifter off the breeze.



Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group
Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group
Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group


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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