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


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


Expression of Interest - Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join the celebrations in Auckland of the 150th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and the 36th Americas Cup.
After 12 months of discussions with the RNZYS, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is looking for potential entrants in both racing and cruising divisions and we are seeking Expressions of Interest for this exciting event from Sydney to Auckland in January 2021.

Partnering with the RNZYS for the finish of the race the RPAYC welcomes offshore capable racing and cruising monohull and multihull yachts to enter. The race will see divisions including IRC racing, Superyacht and a cruising rally. Take your race yacht over and compete in the many Anniversary Regattas and events celebrating 150 years of the RNZYS or cruise in company with your yacht to get ringside seats at the Americas Cup Regatta.

Visiting boats may also be interested in offshore racing and regattas in the Southern Hemisphere surrounding the event:

26th December 2020 – Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – organised by the Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2nd January 2021 – Pittwater to Paradise Race (Pittwater to Southport) – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club
26th January 2021 – Sydney to Auckland Race – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
6th – 21st March 2021 - 36th Americas Cup
May 2021 – Auckland to Sydney/Hamilton Is - TBD
August 2021 – Hamilton Island Race Week

If you are interested and would like to keep informed about the race please email sailing@rpayc.com.au


NSW and ACT Laser State Titles – Canberra Yacht Club – 24th and 25th November

Five Lasers from RPAYC made the trip down the Federal Highway to the Nations Capital for the NSW and ACT Laser Association State Titles. The regatta was held at the Canberra Yacht Club on Lake Burley Griffin. The event was in two parts, Saturday was too much breeze and Sunday there was none.

Saturday saw a NW breeze which came through in fronts with wind gusting to 30 knots and then down to 15 knots in between the fronts. There was plenty of capsizing, plenty of broken gear and plenty of worn out and exhausted sailors. The courses were a trapezoid course set very narrow as there is not much room on the lake. The 4.7’s and Radials did Outer 2 and Outer 3 courses and the Standards did Inner 3 courses. Four races were held on Saturday for the 4.7s and Radials, and three for the Standards.

On Sunday we all rigged ready to go for the 11am starters gun, but the wind failed to eventuate. AP went up on shore and we all sat around and waited. Eventually when the wind started to look promising, some went out for a sail, but the wind soon shut down again and failed to produce a steady enough direction for a state championship regatta. At 2pm the started called the day off, so we all packed up and headed back to Sydney.

In the 4.7s on Saturday, best results were from Oli Gordon who finished 5th overall, then Morgan Wells who finished 7th overall (1st U18), and Bayley Taylor who finished 14th. Bayley demonstrated some swimming ability trying to swim after her capsized boat during a 30knot squall but eventually gave up and was rescued by one of the rescue boats to take her back to her boat, and she decided to return to shore during the third race completely exhausted.

The other two sailors from RPAYC were in the Standard fleet. Steve Bryant finished 13th after completing the first two races with a 4th and a 9th, but during the third race suffered a nasty head bump and gash to his head from his boom and returned to shore stunned and dazed. Dave Taylor broke his mast off just above the deck in the final lap of race 1 and therefore failed to complete a race in this year’s state titles.

Thanks to Canberra Yacht Club for having us there, a pity the wind could not have been a bit kinder for the full regatta to be held.

RNZYS defend the 2018 Harken International and break deadlock

Event: Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and sailed on Pittwater November 21 - 25, 2018


New Zealand broke the deadlock between themselves and the host Australian club for the greatest number of Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships won in the event’s 26-year history, and successfully defended the strong sailing nation’s 2017 title in a dramatic final race on Sunday November 25, 2018.


Whittled down from the 12 teams which began their Harken International campaign four days earlier, Jordan Stevenson’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team sailing five-up and James Hodgson’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia crew of four earned the right to a first-to-two sail-off on Pittwater in Sydney’s north.


A large spectator fleet and the minor-placed teams watched the duelling pair go into the decider one race apiece (watch live replay flight 1 and flight 2) and the result be determined metres from the finish when the two Elliott 7s came in contact and Stevenson cleverly forced the winning penalty then crossed first, leaving the CYCA team to rue the loss and replay those final seconds in their heads over and over.


Full results & final video highlights thanks to Nic Douglass – Adventures of a Sailor Girl.


“We needed to close the gauge up on the final downwind and we adjusted in time – we had them locked in and it felt good just sitting inside them,” said the victorious skipper back at the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. His crew included Mitch Jackson, George Angus, Jake Erson and Celia Willison.


On the all-sorts they faced this Harken, from winds 15-25 knot WNW on day one, a blown-out day two with blasts of 50 knots, lighter spring westerlies allowing a 10-hour catch-up day three and finally NW-SE 8-11 knots on day four, Stevenson added, “we just tried to be as consistent; that’s all you can do, just adjust to what’s coming…. especially today.”


“It was a super tough end, but that’s sailing,” Hodgson remarked of the frustrating final encounter and resulting second overall. Reflecting back on the closing day’s events he commented “we didn’t sail the conditions as well as we could have.”


Stevenson and Hodgson met in the semi-finals at the CYCA’s Australian Open Match Racing Championship last month.  That time Hodgson, the former Opti and 420 sailor from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland who has moved to Sydney to attend university, and his crew of Ryan Wilmot, Harry Hall and Charles Gundy had the last say. 

Third overall in the Harken International, a long-established youth regatta for teams aged 23 and under, was the second RNZYS team, skippered by Frankie Dair. 

Stevenson and his crew now return to Auckland having defended last year’s win by Kiwi clubmate Leonard Takahashi while Hodgson and a few other Harken teams shift their focus and belongings to the CYCA for the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship which starts today, Monday November 26,  and runs through to Friday November 30.

Robyn Wiltshire, who donated the main Harken International Rockin’-Robin Trophy, and Harken Australia’s managing director Grant Pellew were both on hand at the final prize giving, Pellew confirming another three years’ support in addition to the company’s 21-year association with the longstanding youth regatta.

The RPAYC thanks Harken Australia, PRO Ted Anderson, the umpire team and all the volunteers plus club families who billeted visiting sailors representing Balboa Yacht Club in the USA, the Cercle Nautique Calédonien in Noumea, RNZYS and Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Clubs in New Zealand plus Darwin Sailing Club and the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club for collectively staging another world-class Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship.

The RNZYS now proudly holds the record for the greatest number of Harken International wins - eight - one more than the host club.


Video wrap of the finals:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/videos/359377351295076/

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·         www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

·         Facebook @ RPAYCYD @Harken

·         Twitter @RPAYCYouthMatch @Harken #AtTheFront #Harken

·         Instagram @rpayc @Harken_inc

Further information:

Nick Elliott, regatta director
m. 0468 300 070 e. Nick.Elliott@rpayc.com.au  


Lisa Ratcliff, Harken International media/OCC
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au






Squally forecast for first half of Harken International 2018

Event: Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and sailed on Pittwater November 21-25, 2018

Racing in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship is underway on the narrow waterway of Pittwater to the north of Sydney, Australia, in westerly winds forecast to increase to a squally 30 knots by the afternoon on the opening day, Thursday November 22, 2018. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has indicated a dust storm is possible for Sydney as gusty breezes blow across the state’s dry interior to the coast Thursday and Friday before conditions are expected to ease over the weekend, when the regatta’s second-half plays out climaxing in finals on Sunday November 25.

Follow the live results

Twelve teams sailing for New Caledonia, the USA, New Zealand and Australia met at the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Wednesday afternoon for an official welcome and team introduction hosted by Commodore Michael Lockley and head coach Tom Spithill.

Leonard Takahashi, sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, took out last year’s Harken International and this week it was announced he has joined SailGP’s Japanese team led by Australian 49er Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge. Spithill says, “once again the Harken has proven an important step in the career development of the world’s most promising young sailors.”

Managing director of the youth series’ long-time naming rights sponsor Harken Australia, Grant Pellew, added at the official welcome: “In this room we could have the future leaders of this sport, possibly the next James Spithill.”

Match racing is a complicated boat-on-boat round-robin competition where pairs try to out-manoeuvre and force penalties on each other, to stay on the right side of the judging team and gain the advantage to win the match or flight. 

Coming into the 26th edition of the annual regatta for 23 year-olds and under is a mixture of those starting out on their match racing path to the winner of this year’s Australian Open Match Racing Championship, James Hodgson and his Cruising Yacht Club of Australia crewmates and Juliet Costanzo, defending Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship skipper competing for the host club.

Hodgson is the highest ranked skipper on the starting list, currently 35th in the world, and best-placed for a tilt at the $1000 prizemoney for first place offered by Harken Australia. Jordan Stevenson sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is ranked 68th and brings the pedigree of that club’s well-established youth program which has sailors training both Saturdays and Sundays almost year-round, plus gym time. 

Furthest travelled are the two Balboa Yacht Club teams from Newport Beach in the USA and nationally Darwin Sailing Club is represented as are three Sydney clubs, the RPAYC, CYCA and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Among the 12 skippers are two women, Juliet Costanzo and Charlotte Griffin, and many teams are sailing with a mixed crew with the choice of four or five per boat.



Teams list: Skipper, home yacht club, city/country:


  • David Wood - Balboa Yacht Club - Newport Beach, USA
  • Jeffrey Petersen - Balboa Yacht Club – Newport Beach, USA
  • Tom Picot - Cercle Nautique Calédonien - Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Jed Cruickshank - Darwin Sailing Club - Darwin, Australia
  • Thomas Steenson - Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club - Newcastle, Australia
  • Frankie Dair, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jordan Stevenson - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Lachlan Grimwade - Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club - Wellington, New Zealand
  • James Hodgson - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Sydney, Australia
  • Charlotte Griffin - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron – Sydney, Australia
  • James Farquharson - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Sydney, Australia
  • Juliet Costanzo - Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Sydney, Australia

Grant Pellew sent his welcome message to be read out to the assembled competitors, while he enjoys the rare opportunity to race himself - in Queensland at the A-Cat Worlds, but promised he’d be back in Sydney for the finals. “The Harken International is one of the longest running sailing sponsorships in Australia and testament to the RPAYC, it’s hardworking volunteers and competitors. I’m excited to announce that Harken has just signed on for another three years’ event sponsorship.”

“Those from New Zealand will know the ‘Gully breeze’,” said RPAYC Commodore Michael Lockley. “Well westerlies on Pittwater are going to be just as challenging as the direction moves around a fair bit. Our staff have been working diligently to make sure you have the best gear available,” he added, referring to the club’s immaculately prepared Elliott 7 keelboats that were used recently at the Invictus Games.

To follow the racing visit:

·         www.intyouthmatchracingchampionship.com.au

·         Facebook @ RPAYCYD @Harken

·         Twitter @RPAYCYouthMatch @Harken #AtTheFront #Harken

·         Instagram @rpayc @Harken_inc

Further information:

Nick Elliott, regatta director
m. 04683 300 070 e. Nick.Elliott@rpayc.com.au


Lisa Ratcliff, Harken International media/OCC

m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au


Berth & Facility Holders Vacancy

The Club asks berth and mooring facility holders to let us know if you are taking your vessel away from the Marina or Club moorings for 2 or more nights from now until the end of January. This will enable us to provide berthing for competitors in the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and to meet the high demand from Members and visitors currently on the waitlist.
Casual Vacancy Credits
In the event your berth or mooring is vacant for more than 7 nights and where we are able to sublet to a casual paid occupant, you will be entitled to a ‘casual vacancy credit’ against the monthly facility fee equal to 50% of income paid to the Club to the value of the monthly fee.  If you are able to refer to us a suitable berth or mooring occupant for 7 or more nights, you will be entitled to a 100% rebate of the income paid to the Club to the value of the monthly fee. 
Worried about your lines or berth fixtures?
We can assist you to put together a ‘Casual Vacancy Plan’ which outlines the lines at your berth and any specific requirements to enable you to safely berth on return to the Club. This casual vacancy plan will be used by the Club staff to monitor your berth in your absence and your berth will be checked before your return to ensure that your lines are in place. 
Advice from Members of temporarily vacant facilities enables us to manage the increased demand at this time of year and casual income in the long term returns revenue to the Members in the form of reduced facility increases and/or benefits to Members.
To notify us of your temporary absence tel: (02) 9998 3700 or email kylie.brown@rpayc.com.au  (via email, please include your berth, vessel name, departure and return date). Thank you in advance for your assistance.

2018/19 Farr 40 One Design Trophy, 17 & 18 November 2018

Media release - 18 November 2018

Event: 2018/19 Farr 40 One Design Trophy, 17 & 18 November 2018 hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Outlaw wins Farr 40 regatta at Pittwater

Day two of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy took place today on glorious Pittwater and Tom Quick and the Outlaws have done it again. The team were placed deeply after yesterday’s three races offshore and they hit the water running today with three bullets and a second place to win the regatta.

This is the third pointscore regatta win for Outlaw this season and Skipper Tom Quick was relieved the team pulled it together today. “It was a weekend of ups and downs, yesterday in particular. We were over in the first race, had a mark rounding episode and a spinnaker drop incident. We were pretty deep after the first two races and knew we had to try and have a clear run of wins to be in the mix today."

New to the Outlaw crew is Trimmer and Volvo sailor Rob Greenalgh. Quick complimented his crew, “It was great having a new trimmer on board and the rest of the crew were awesome. We had very clean racing today and everyone did a great job. David Chapman called very good tactics and the trimmers did really well changing gears with the wind strength, change and direction. It’s a very tricky racecourse."

The last Farr 40 regatta for 2018 will be hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club on 1 & 2 December 2018 and Quick is looking forward to it. “Newcastle was our toughest regatta last year, so we are aiming for a good one this time and are looking forward to enjoying the Newcastle hospitality."

Gordon Ketelbey was unable to sail this weekend and appointed Good Form Owner Joe de Kock from Newcastle as substitute helmsman. The Zen crew had another consistent regatta placing them on the podium in second place.

Double Black was unable to hold onto their lead from yesterday and it was close, but no cigar for the Victorians dropping back to third place. Skipper Rob Pitts laughed, “We had such a great day yesterday and maybe we were feeling a little confident going into today. We held the lead for the majority of the first race and somehow managed to come third and a deep seventh place in race 6 shattered our dreams of winning our first Farr 40 regatta."

The Farr 40 Class would like to thank Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club for their superb hospitality and Steve Merrington and the wonderful volunteers on the start boat without whom, successful regattas like this are not possible.

Special thanks also to Carl Russett and the Windy Too team and Joachim Fluhrer, Tommy Spithill and the crew aboard Harlequin for competing with us this weekend.

Regatta video by Tilly Lock Media

Video Link: https://www.facebook.com/farrforty.australia/videos/332252970687341/

Results: www.farr40.asn.au/results

Contact: Jennie Hughes
Farr 40 Australian Class Administrator
M: 0407 387 302 E: farr40australia@gmail.com 
Instagram: Farr40_Australia 
Facebook Website


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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