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

Next generation inspired by AUS SailGP Champions

A fantastic welcome ceremony got underway for the 2019 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. The star-studded line-up of 10 youth (under 23) teams from both local and international clubs came together to socialize, meet each other and members of the club at the pre regatta official welcome function before the competition starts today.

Commodore Michael Lockley welcomed competitors, members & guests to the event before handing over to Harken's National Sales & Technical Manager Callum Cecil who reiterated Harken's support of the event and Harken's ongoing commitment to sailing from the youth & dinghy level all the way through to the Grand Prix & Americas Cup.

World number 20 and the bookies favourite Matt Whitfield representing Penarth Yacht Club, Wales, said he was confident his newly established team could come together to get the top prize “We are really looking forward to getting out on the water, being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt at this time of year is amazing”.

The highlight of the evening was special guests from Australian SailGP Team, skipper Tom Slingsby & Trimmer Ky Hurst; who brought along their newest piece of silverware to add to their ‘poolroom’, the magnificent ‘Sail Grand Prix Championship Trophy (Sail GP).

After both kids and adults alike managed to snap a picture with Tom, Ky and the trophy, they were all inspired by both of their unique challenges and accomplishments as they listened to the top sailors in not only Australia but the world.

The winner of the 2017 Harken, Leonard Takahashi subsequently went on to sail for the Japanese SailGP team. MC Tom Spithill asked both Tom & Ky whether he sees these kinds of high-profile events, particularly the Harken, as a breeding ground for future emerging stars stepping up into the big league, to which Tom Slingsby commented “Absolutely, Kinley Fowler our teammate on SailAus GP is a good example, he has now got his name on both the Sail GP and the Harken ‘Rockin Robin’ Trophy”.

The in-depth Q & A style session was a valuable asset to all the sailors present, with the key points of setting a goal and never ever giving up, combined with the more hours on water the more an athlete will develop their skills.

SailGP is not just about racing at high speeds in 50 footers, they have launched their ‘Inspire” Program for grassroot sailors. Slingsby proudly announced that for Sydney in February 2020 the Waszp Class dinghy will be involved in a pre-race event on Sydney Harbour followed by the SailGP event. SailGP believes that sailing should be truly accessible to all, which is a mentality the RPAYC also believes in. Through SailGP Inspire Learning, young people can get a real taste of the sport with hands-on lessons, mentorship and team building. This is learning by doing, and a step towards skills that last a lifetime, regardless of experience. Inspire learning introduces students at local host venues to sailing as well as the science behind the sport. 

For the 50 Harken Competitors out on Pittwater, NSW today, all are chomping at the opportunity to compete in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7 Keelboats and get their names engraved on the trophy.  Day 1 of racing kicks off at 1000hrs in what should be a typical spring day with a building Northeasterly seabreeze forecast for the afternoon.

Live Results can be followed at: https://www.matchracingresults.com/2019/harken-international-youth-championship/

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Countdown on and special guests for Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                             19 November, 2019 

Countdown on and special guests for Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

An international cast will take to the race course on Pittwater for the 27th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, to be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) from 20-24 November, 2019.

An even split of Australian and international teams will be in line for a cash price of $1200 to the winning team, $800 for the runner-up, while $500 will go to the most improved.

A Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team, skippered by Jordon Stevenson, took the trophy home last year. Be warned, the home of the America’s Cup is back to compete with two teams whose skippers are Robert McCutcheon and Alastair Gifford.  

However, the top ranked crew is that of Wales’ Penarth Yacht Club. Matthew Whitfield’s team is 20th in the official World Sailing Match Racing Rankings, followed by an Australian team from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, skippered by Hugo Stoner, ranked 103rd.

Other clubs represented include two from the host, RPAYC, to be skippered by Juliet Costanzo and Alistair Read respectively, with one each from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (Jed Cruickshank) and Darwin Sailing Club (Finn Niemeier).

The internationals line-up is completed by a team each from Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in New Zealand (Jonathon Barnett) and Ireland’s Royal Irish Yacht Club (Niall Malone).

In a major coup for the event, after registration and practice racing on Wednesday 20 November, special guests Tom Slingsby and Ky Hurst will put in an appearance at the Welcome Function where they will take part in a Question and Answer session on SailGP.

Slingsby and his Australian SailGP crew, including Hurst, won the inaugural SailGP this year and the pair is looked up to by sailors around the world for their various sporting achievements.

The event highlights where this current group of youth sailors can end up down the track. It also supports the importance of encouraging youths to continue on with competitive sailing and to dream big, as did previous competitors who have gone on to carve a name for themselves.  

The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race is back!

The RPAYC is pleased to announce that the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Offshore Yacht Race is back with a new date and is open to everyone. On the 3rd April 2020 at 1300hrs the 230nm short ocean sprint to Coffs Harbour will start from the entrance to Pittwater. The race is open to offshore capable yachts and multihulls racing fully crewed or two-handed. 

“The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Offshore Yacht Race has a proud place in the history of the RPAYC, regularly attracting over 100 boats in its heyday. Sailors also talk about the race fondly, a great length and a fun and friendly destination making it popular” explains Commodore Michael Lockley, first to enter the race with his optimised and well travelled Farr 45, Pretty Woman.

“Finding a space in the calendar has been the challenge, going head to head with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race between Christmas and New Year just does not make sense, particularly in the races 75th year. However, April appears the perfect time, before Easter so boats can continue to Brisbane for the Brisbane to Gladstone Race the following week, return south to Port Stephens for the Sail Port Stephens Regatta at the end of the month or it is an easy trip back home to Pittwater/Sydney” says Nick Elliott, Race Director.

Entry is open and the Notice of Race can be found at: https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/club-marine-pittwater-to-coffs-yacht-race-2020

 

For more information or questions please contact the RPAYC Sailing Office.

Adult Sailing & Windsurfing Programs

Adult Sailing Programs 

Thursday Twilight Discover Sailing Experience

What better way to try sailing and jump into Club life than with our Thursday Discover Sailing Experience.
For beginners and those with some sailing experience, held weekly from 7 Nov - 19 Dec, 5-8pm. Our Australian Sailing Instructors will teach you the basic skills and terms of sailing before joining the Thursday Twilight non-spinnaker race. Social and Fun and Open to ALL!

REGISTER HERE (by 12pm each Thursday)

 

Adult Learn to Sail & Development Course

Saturday Afternoon or Sunday Afternoon Course options from beginner up.
Options include Start Crewing, Start Skippering through to Start Racing. 1-4pm commencing this Weekend. 

  • Saturday 16 November
  • Sunday 10 November - commenced


REGISTER HERE

 

The Alfred's Australian Sailing Windsurfing Courses 

The RPAYC offers a simple training pathway for all ages wanting to get into windsurfing or for those seasoned sailors to develop their skills.

Training is delivered by Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors following a national syllabus and taught using Club Windsurfers and or BYO Board and Kit. 

Times: Rigged for 8:30 on water - 10:30
23 November - 14 December (4 sessions)

Time: 5:00 - 7:00
18 November - 9 December (4 sessions)

If you want to discover windsurfing, we will provide a safe, fun, and affordable environment to build your skills.

REGISTER HERE

What are your kids doing these December School Holidays?!

 

Kid's Learn to Sail

TACKERS' is a Learn to Sail program from Kids aged 7-12 years. There are three Levels: Tackers 1, Tackers 2 & Tackers 3.

This program will be offered in the December School Holidays.

Week 1
Tuesday 10th December to Friday 13th December


Week 2
Tuesday 17th December to Friday 20th December


Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Fees:  Youth Member $390.00 / Non-Member $490
(Become a Youth Member and SAVE)

REGISTER TODAY

 

Youth OutThere Program 

Sailing is an opportunity for 13–17 year old's looking to try something new on the water. The OutThere Sailing program offers a fantastic way to experience sailing, have fun, make new friends and learn exciting and valuable skills that will help you both now and in the future.

OutThere Sailing is open to all - you don't have to have sailed before. In most cases you will be on the water from day one as part of a group with an Instructor close at hand. Depending on your location, you could be sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, going on a keelboat enjoying the waters of Pittwater. 

There are two registration fee categories available for this Course:

  • $390.00^ - RPAYC Youth Members
  • $490.00 - Non Members
REGISTER TODAY
 

 

 

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Casual Marina Vacancy Credits

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 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 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.

 

 

 

About RPAYC

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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