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

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.

 

 

 

Sail GP Athletes join for Harken Welcome Dinner

Sail GP Athletes join for Harken Welcome Dinner 

Wednesday 20th November - BOOK NOW
RPAYC  will be hosting a welcome function for the running of the 27th Harken Youth International Match Racing Regatta. The regatta will see 10 up and coming youth teams from local to international Club's come and compete on the waters of Pittwater to win the prestigious “Rockin Robin Trophy”.
As well as hearing from our competing teams a Q&A will be held with Teams and Australia's Sail GP Sailors and special guests Tom Slingsby (Skipper Aus SailGP) and Ky Hurst (Crew AusSailGP).
Tom and Ky recently sealed the deal in the final stage of the SailGP tour in Marseille France, with a final victory over team Japan, earning them the a historic first win in the SailGP series and also the US$1 million prize money!
We are excited to confirm that we will have the trophy here as well!!

We thank major sponsor Harken for their continuing support of this major regatta.  

Members and guests will be seated by the event organising committee amongst the teams. 
A night not to be missed - BOOK NOW via Reception as spaces are limited. Members and their guests welcome. 
Date - Wednesday 20th Nov
Time - 6pm 
Cost - $35 per head (Main & Dessert)
Bookings Essential - 9998 3700
Dress - Smart Casual 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Marine BWPS R3 - Cabbage Tree Island Race, CYCA

The CYCA's Cabbage Tree Island Race is also Race 3 for the RPAYC Blue Water Pointscore Series. 7 RPAYC yachts started in what was to be a tough and challenging 180 nautical mile race. 


After a blustery and fast-paced start in Sydney Harbour on Friday evening, teams blazed away into the night towards Cabbage Tree Island at full pace. With the varying conditions that entrants saw throughout the race, there were some retirements due to a number of reasons - from gear damage to time constraints - as the wind abated coming into the second night. These included Arch RivalCarrera SDreki SunnanEuphoriaInsomniaKing BillyKioniKoaMinervaNo LimitStickyWild Oats XIWings and Zen.

Pretty Woman was 6th on Line Honours & 4th IRC & 5th ORCi & 1st PHS (Div 2) 
Showtime was 7th on Line Honours & 8th IRC &  9th ORCi

BWPR R3 & Progressive Series Results Here

CYCA Cabbage Tree Island Race Results Here

Twilight Sailing is Here - Tuesday & Thursday - Join Today

It's the Twilight fun sailing Season at the Alfred's !

Two Twilight Sailing Series are held over summer, with the Women's Twiligth Series held fortnightly and the Thursday weekly Series (Spring and Summer). RPAYC Twilight SeriesRPAYC Twilight Series

Women Shesails Sailing! 
Tuesday Twilight is tailored specially for women sailors. From experience sailors to those learning to sail, all can part take in the Series. Ten races are schedled in the Series from October thru to Mark 2020. 

Racing starts at 1755hrs for Division 1, 1800hrs Div 2. With daily race prizes for divisonal placegetters and spot prizes for crew annouced at the post race presentation and dinner in Halyards.

If your spouse/partner owns a boat and you would like to take it sailing in this ten race fortnightly series, please let the Sailing Office know who can assist you with your preparation and entry into the Series.

We have a number of keen crew who are looking to join the Series as crew. Inform the Sailing Office or join the Alfred's Women's Facebook group.

Join the Alfred's Women's Facebook group to stay up to date with event specificly for women https://www.facebook.com/groups/alfredswomensailors/

 

Thursday Series
The Thursday Non Spinnaker & Spinnaker Twilight season is a fantastic way to enjoy Pittwater with family and friends. Competitors can select to race the Series under spinnaker or non-spinnaker.

Racing enjoys the long days of daylight savings and sensational sunsets over Pittwater. Post race enjoy the weekly specials from Halyards bistro and prizes. 

For those new to sailing or wishing to brush up no their skills the Club offers and easy means to be involed with our Discover Sailing Experience Sessions. from 1700hrs each week a Club Instrcutor will take an Elliott 7 out with a crew of 3-4 pre race to run through some basic sailing knowledge before joining the fleet for the days race. You can do as many of these sessions as you like or join the crew on noard a members baot for the next race. The Office will assist you in this process. Bookings are via the Australian Sailing RevSports System. 

The Spring Pointscore Series commences on the 26 October thru to 19 December with the Summer Series commenceing on 16 January 2020 thru to 19 March 2020. 

Racing starts at 1755hrs for Division 1, 1800hrs Div 2 and 1805hrs for Div 3. 

 

 

NSW Laser State Titles

Georges River hosted a large fleet of Lasers for the NSW States. There were several RPA members entered across all 3 divisions enjoying some fantastic conditions on both days of racing. Saturday was sailed in a dying breeze which just managed to hold on long enough for all fleets to get 3 solid race in. My highlight of the day was RPA sailors scoring 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Race 2 in the Standard fleet. Sunday morning was much warmer than the previous day, but unfortunately the breeze also took a change for the worse and decided not to turn up. After waiting for it to arrive, then swing, we eventually got back to the business at hand and started racing again. In the 4.7 fleet, Olivia and Bayley had a much better day, with Olivia getting a bullet in the first race of the day. At the end of the day, they were tied in 4th place, with Olivia edging it on count back – just 1 point off 3rd. Well done girls.  In the Radial fleet, which was stacked with squad sailors from all over the country (and World), Ollie got an absolute cracking start at the pin in Race 5 and lead the fleet right up the last bottom mark rounding. Some boats managed to get an overlap and push him back to 4th, but it was still a great result given the extremely high quality of the fleet. In the Standard fleet, Chris came out on top of the RPA sailors, just missing a 3rd place overall on count back, with Jan only 1 point behind. Those results basically summed up the whole weekend, great racing, great conditions and great fun. By the last race of the day, the breeze was really building and made everyone work hard right up to the end of the regatta. For those who know Georges River, dragging boats up across the sand at the end was probably the hardest part !

If you are an aspiring Laser sailor, you should seriously think about entering some of these regattas as they are a great opportunity to accelerate your skills in large competitive fleets. If you have any questions or are after some tips, please don’t be shy and ask some of the older sailors down on the lawn, we won’t bite.

Written by Steve Bryant

Full Results Here

 

  

 

Article from Laser Association

98 Lasers competed in the NSW & ACT State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 9-10 November.

The six scheduled races were completed in nice SE breezes ranging between 8 and 14 knots.

The small but competitive fleet of 4.7′s had some great racing with the ultimate winner Ethan Lozevski from Woollahra SC and Dobroyd AC. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and Double Bay SC and third a visitor from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Hamish Cowell. First female was fourth placed Olivia Williams from RPAYC.

The Radial fleet of 52 saw some very tight racing and lots of black flag starts. The winner by just two points was Jack Littlechild from RSYS, DBSC and RANSA. Second was Daniel Costandi RSYS, DBSC and GRSC and third was Sofiane Karim a visitor from   Société des Régates d’Antibes - Côte d’Azur France. First female was fifth place Marlena Berzins from RSYS and DBSC.

The convincing winner in the Standards was Campbell Patton from DBSC. Campbell won five of the six races and dropped his worst place 2nd. Second was Gavin Blake also from DBSC followed by a strong supporter of our events Victorian Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne YC. Behind Campbell there was very close racing with just six points between 2nd and 6th place.

The full results for the event are:

4.7

Radial

Standard

There are lots of photos of the event by Jon West HERE.

 

Annual Shore Power Lead ‘Test & Tag’ – Complimentary Service

Unlike household electrical wiring, the electrical wiring and equipment onboard your vessel resides in a corrosive marine environment that requires regular inspection and maintenance.  

The Club is committed to providing a safe facility and a particularly important aspect of the Club’s risk management responsibilities to ensure all Members with vessels on the marina are aware of the Club’s Shore Power Connection Policy.

To view the RPAYC Ship to Shore Connection Policy here. The Club requests all Facility Holders to review the policy and to check their lead and connection is compliant.

 

Annual Shore Power Lead ‘Test & Tag’ – Complimentary Service

The Club requires facility holder’s shore power leads to be annually ‘tested & tagged’.  To make this process as easy for Members the Club offers facility holders a complimentary “test & tag” for the lead that connects your vessel to shore power (one lead per vessel).  

If you would like a complimentary ‘test & tag’ undertaken, leave your coiled and tied lead with your name and boat name at Reception.  In most cases the lead will be inspected and ‘test & tagged’ within one to two business days, and assuming the lead passes, it will be ready for collection from Reception.  In the event the lead does not pass staff will be in contact to advise the reason, and in order to reconnect the vessel to shore power Members will be required to rectify or replace the lead.  If Members have already had their lead tested by an electrician or wish for an electrician to undertake the ‘test and tag’ please ensure a certification ‘tag’ is affixed to the lead if connected to the shore power.

Club staff will undertake a routine checks across the marina to ensure the ‘test & tag’ has been undertaken within 12 months and will ensure the ‘minimum safety requirements’ as outlined in the policy are met.  In the event the Club identifies the lead ‘test’ has lapsed beyond 12 months or where the lead doesn’t meet the minimum safety standards’, the shore power lead will be disconnected and the Member will be contacted.

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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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