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

 
 

Ensign Yachts ‘Country of Origin’ Estuary Series Winner

Congratulations to Micheal & Lachlan Ritchie, Revolver for taking out the inaugural Ensign Yachts ‘Country of Origin’ Estuary Series in the PITTWATER Regatta this weekend. A wonderful weekend was had by all even with the light winds on Pittwater.

   

Great fun was had back at the RPAYC after the two days of racing, with the Aston Martini's Crew Party on Saturday afternoon entertaining crews well into the night. Sunday saw much better condtions inshore and offshore with a full house back at the Club for the presentation of the weekends 9 divisions race results. A must do annual event! Get your teams together for February next year!

Thanks to all the competitors sailing yachts from all over the world including  Australia, France, Turkey, USA and Germany. A special thanks to the RPAYC for hosting with additional  support from the RMYC helping out on course. Special thanks to our generous sponsors Helly Hansen, North Sails, Club Marine, Ruel Rigging, Vacuwash and Kreyfarer Ceramics for the wonderful prizes. More info and photos of the event  to come …. If you would like your own boat immortalized on Kreyfarer ceramics highly acclaimed jugs or ornamental ceramics, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ensign Yachts to make it happen. You can see the Perpetual trophy on display at the club. View the weekends full results here...

If you are interested in the photos taken on the day please reach out. We hope to build in a team event into the series next year with boats of the same country of origin fighting it out against rivals. Stay tuned for developments.

Bushfire Benefit Concert - A Great Success

RPAYC member, Tony Morgan’s Bushfire Benefit Concert was a great success and raised over $6000 for the Salvos Bushfire Relief Fund. 
A big thank you to the guests and to the Benefit Support Team of Trish, Dave, Rod, Verity, Sandy, Di and Maryanne.  
The concert was generously supported by RPAYC;  Merivale, The Newport; Anytime Fitness, Avalon; Soft Wash Mona Vale and Newport; Home on Darley; Newport  Beach Skin & Beauty; Palm Beach Salon; Newport Ladies Beefsteak and Burgundy; RPAYC Beefsteak and Burgundy. 
The band, BOBKAT who also supported the concert had the joint rockin’ and everyone up and dancing.   A great night for good cause, thank you everyone!!
 
 

Byford and Hudson crowned 2020 Sydney 38 OD Australian Champions

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                   16 February, 2020
 
 
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) members, Peter Byford and David Hudson, have been crowned the 2020 Sydney 38 One-Design Australian Champions following a three-day battle over nine races at Pittwater in Sydney. 
 
Class President Byford and Hudson, co-owners of Conspiracy, reeled off four wins, interspersed with a trio of second places and a third to outclass the opposition. They were relentless in their pursuit of carting off their first Sydney 38 One Design Australian Championship trophy.  
 
The two finished third at the 2018 Australians and led the 2019 Championship, but let Outlaw slip through the net and ultimately finished second. No such mistake this time, they stayed focussed and resilient throughout, despite a couple of breakages and some very close finishes, with only seconds separating the top three at times.
 
Conspiracy defeated nearest rival, Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Advanced Philosophy (Peter Sorensen), by an 11-point margin. Third placed Richard Williams (Calibre, CYCA) was a further six points down the leaderboard at the end of the nine-race no-drop Championship. 
 
Sorensen won Race 6, while Williams took out Races 1 and 4 and Greg and Wade Croak’s Challenge (Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto) Race 7 to finish fourth on countback to Calibre. However, none could put a dent in Conspiracy’s performance. 
 
Back at the RPAYC after racing, Byford and Hudson shared their thoughts on finally claiming the title that had escaped them in the past.
 
“You never really think you’ve got it in the bag. We had a block break on the jib halyard in Race 8, but the crew fixed it and we finished third,” Byford said. 
 
Hudson commented: “We worked very hard for the win and we were consistent on the starts and had consistent boat speed.” 
 
Byford added: “And good tactics helped us. It’s a relief to finally win.” 
 
Hudson: “After Day 1 we were on the right track, but we had two more days of racing – you can blink and you are out the back door easily.” 

Casual Marina Berth Special & T-Head Availability

Summer Casual Marina Berth Special
The Club has casual marina berths currently available over the Summer period for boats 40' or less, at the special rate of $35 per night!  
A great opportunity to spend the break exploring Pittwater and its many estuaries. 
For further information on pricing and availability telephone the Club (02) 9998 3700 or email waterfront@rpayc.com.au
 
Available Berth - Expressions of Interest Sought 
The Club wishes to seek expressions of interest for permanent occupancy of a vessel 70-75 feet for the  E - T Head. For further information on pricing and availability telephone the Club (02) 9998 3700 or email waterfront@rpayc.com.au

Countless missing navigation markers and debris in water

Transport for NSW Media Release

10 FEBRUARY 2020

 

Boaters across NSW are being warned to be on high alert for navigation hazards with significant debris and missing navigation markers after the weekend’s rain.

NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said the boating conditions are potentially so unsafe in many areas, it would be advisable to delay boating until flood waters have subsided and the clean up of waterways has taken place.

“Up and down the coast there is a significant amount of debris in the water and this is particularly dangerous when it is submerged or semi-submerged as it is impossible to know it is there,” Mr Hutchings said.

“An entire jetty structure was hauled out of the water and from the paths of nearby ferries just off Kirribilli Point earlier today by our Environmental Services team.

“There is a salvage under way for a 13 metre cruiser after it overturned in the surf conditions experienced at Balmoral Beach yesterday.

“In Camden Haven, a starboard lateral mark which indicates where it is safe to navigate, has been dislodged and found in the surf zone at North Haven Beach, several kilometres away.”

Mr Hutchings said the system of buoys, poles and lights helps boaters with safe navigation and guides boating traffic on NSW waterways.

“Without these navigation markers in place, there is the potential for vessels to run aground or get into difficulty while navigating.

The Pittwater Broken Bay Regatta

This weekend sees the annual Pittwater Regatta 2020 take centre stage with the Sydney 38 Class Nationals (14-16); followed by (on 15-16) the Premier Class offshore series with 6 windward/leeward races scheduled; the Pittwater Estuary Series 2 races (1 per day) which includes the ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin Series', a fun competition based on boat make (Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Italia, Hanse, J Boats and more). A great new Perpetual has been handmade and will be presented to the Origin winner on Sunday and Inshore we have the Summer One Design and Sports boat and Y88 Class regatta, 6 W/L races.

Three course areas are planned to cater for the various racing formats on offer.

  • From the Premier and Performance racing yachts, who will compete offshore on a grand prix windward leeward course
  • The ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin' Estuary Passage Series of races for club racers and cruisers.- CLICK HERE for more information 
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  • Additionally there will be an inshore Summer Sprint Series for a variety of fast paced one design and sports boats.

On Saturday afternoon crews will be entertained back at the Alfred’s Clubhouse by the Aston Martini’s performing a great mix of Cool Swing and Classic Soul with a touch of class and lots of energy. 
 
Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay is joining the festivities for Pittwater hosting the on water management of the Estuary Series.

Post racing on Saturday be entertained back at Halyards & lawn by the The Aston Martinis .
 
To be a part of this great tradition - Notice of Race & Entry visit https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/regatta-and-championships
 
Not racing? Join the race management crew for the weekend, positions available. Contact the Sailing Office 99983700

Sara Bruce, Cooper Bellingham & Tash Bryant will represent Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC

Its official - Sara Bruce, Cooper Bellingham & Tash Bryant will represent Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC for the SailGP Inspire Racing Program in Sydney. 

SYDNEY – February 11, 2020 – As the world’s top sailors prepare for the first event of SailGP Season 2, 60 young people will get the chance to rub shoulders with world-class athletes in Sydney through SailGP Inspire. The global championship’s youth and community outreach arm launches its season-long program and will showcase the future of the sport at the season opener.
 
The organization is committed to providing a variety of life-changing experiences through Inspire’s three pathways – Racing, Careers and Learning – throughout the season, beginning in Australia’s most iconic city. The action culminates with 32 up-and-coming sailors from around the region facing off in a sailing competition – in RS Cat 14s and WASZPs – on the same Sydney Harbour course where SailGP’s seven national teams will race their supercharged F50 catamarans – the fastest sail race boats in the world.
 
 
Inspire hanging out on Lake Macquarie, Australia
 
With aims to reach a diverse and wide-ranging group across the world, SailGP Inspire developed each pathway with specific goals and collaborated with partners RS Sailing, WASZP, Rooster, MarkSetBot and World Sailing Trust to create a unique program with unmatched ambition.
 
SailGP Youth Program Manager Tom Herbert-Evans said: “Whether they’re aspiring to one day join the league on a national team, want to learn the science behind the sport of sailing or get behind-the-scenes work experience, young people around the world gain access to unique opportunities through SailGP Inspire. We’re excited to bring Inspire to Sydney for the first time, with a variety of new components, in what is shaping up to a historic second season.”
 
Sydney SailGP marks the first time the Inspire Racing x WASZP program will be activated, as 16 sailors under the age of 20 (eight girls and eight boys) from three nations take to the water on a fleet of foiling WASZPs in a qualification series from February 25-27. The following day, in conjunction with the global championship’s first event of 2020, the top-eight sailors face off on the F50 course in front of thousands of spectators utilizing leading technology provide by MarkSetBot.
 
Inspire girls at Lake Macquarie, Australia
 
The 10 competitors from Australia – representing areas in New South Wales, Hobart and Western Australia – were selected by the Inspire Racing Committee following an online application process. Candidates were chosen based on ability and ambition among other key traits. The young athletes from New Zealand and Japan won domestic competitions to earn their spots, with Anna Yamazaki receiving a nomination from the Japan SailGP Team.
 
The 16 participants in the inaugural Inspire Racing x WASZP program include:
• Australia: Rita Booth (Whale Beach), Ruben Booth (Whale Beach), Natasha Bryant (Newport), Alice Buchanan (Hobart), Will Cooley (Sydney), Archie Cropley (Northbridge), Miles Davey (Baulkham Hills), Evie Haseldine (North Richmond), Ryan Littlechild (Sydney) and Georgia Payne (Mandurah)
• New Zealand: Amelie Back (Auckland), Stella Bilger (Auckland), Sean Herbert (Auckland) and Sam Street (New Plymouth)
• Japan: Teruaki Shimakura (Kyoto) and Anna Yamazaki (Yokohama)
 
Buchanan said: “I am very excited to have been selected to take part in the SailGP Inspire Racing program. It will be an eye-opening experience both on and off the water, where I will be able to learn from some of the best sailors in the world. I look forward to the challenge of racing the WASZPs as it will give me an insight into foiling. I have just finished out the 29er class and I feel that Inspire Racing will help me take the next step in my sailing career.”
 
Tom Slingsby with Inspire kids and Waszp
 
Sydney SailGP marks the return of Inspire Racing x RS Cat14 after the program had a presence at the last two events of Season 1 in Cowes and Marseille. Working in coordination with local yacht clubs, Inspire selected teams of two (one boy and one girl under the age of 15) that will take to the water on February 27, getting the chance to meet the SailGP teams and receive behind-the-scenes access. RS Sailing is the program’s primary partner and supplied the RS Cat14s that the athletes will sail, while Rooster is supplying the sailing apparel.
 
The 16 participants of the Inspire Racing x RS Cat14 program include:
• Cruising Yacht Club of Australia: Ava Smith and Henry Myers
• Hunter’s Hill Sailing Club: Stella Hurley and Tom Quinlan
• Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club: Mackenzie Mayne and Jack Rusticcia
• Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club: Pearl Twomey and Tyler Dransfield
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: Sara Bruce and Cooper Bellingham
• Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron: Harriet McLauchlan and Bennedict McKay
• Woollahra Sailing Club: Hanako Tomishima and Austin Cross
• Middle Harbor Yacht Club: Ella Delaney and Ben Crafoord
 
Finally, the Inspire Careers program will give 16 students between the ages of 18 to 23 the opportunity to work across several areas of the SailGP organization, including the technical team, hospitality and event management, on-water operations, media and communications, race management, and sustainability. The program starts in the week leading up to the event and provides students with a hands-on experience and inside look at what it takes to execute a global sporting spectacle.
 
Kyle Langford with Inspire girls Lake Macquarie, Australia
 
The third pathway of SailGP Inspire – Learning – took place in the lead-up to Sydney SailGP in partnership with the New South Wales government to offer 21 children from surrounding areas the opportunity to learn how to sail during a four-day camp on Lake Macquarie in January. The event culminated in a surprise sailing lesson from Australia SailGP Team athlete and Lake Macquarie local Kyle Langford.
 

The global championship returns to Sydney Harbour on February 28-29. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Sydney. For further information on SailGP Inspire and to sign-up to future programs, visit SailGP.com/Inspire.

Sail Expo - Call Out for Volunteers - 21 - 22 March

The 9th annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the weekend of 21st & 22nd March 2020. The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo has matured into an occasion to showcase the Club and a large range of marine products and services. It’s become familiar to both the sailing public and the broader community.


The 2019 Expo directly generated a significant number of new memberships to RPAYC (30 full and general members).  It also alerted a wide group of potential candidates to the sailing and boating opportunities available to members of the RPAYC. 
The Club would like to ask for your participation as a volunteer for the event to reinforce the RPAYC “personality” to visitors. We have a number of volunteer positions available on the roster on both Saturday and Sunday however we are particularly interested to hear from members who may wish to volunteer on Sunday.


If you are able to assist, please email Liz Rear Commodore Membership email:rc.membership@rpayc.com.au and include your day preference i.e. Sat/Sat (or both), whether the morning or afternoon suits you.  

Two handed sailing on the rise

Two handed sailing has a strong pedigree and a big following in the northern hemisphere but with the notable exception of the Melbourne Osaka Race it hasn’t attracted sustained mainstream interest here.

Short-handed sailing represents a huge physical and mental challenge. You get virtually zero sleep and have to physically push the boat while balancing learning to work together as a team. All of which makes it complicated, but also extremely rewarding and it must be said, fun.

If any of that sounds interesting, as opposed to a nightmare, then there’s some good news as this year there is a big and some would argue long overdue expansion of short handed events on the sailing calendar.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is offering a short handed division in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race getting underway on Friday 3 April and in the Cat 1 Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. A few months later the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will include a two handed division in the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race 2020 as a qualifier for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will for the first time include a short handed division.

 

RPAYC Tuesday 11 February, 6.30pm. Halayrds Bistro also open for dinner.

Moonen Yachts takes on naming rights for Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                        4 February, 2020

 

 

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Sydney and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) in Auckland take great pleasure in announcing Moonen Yachts as the naming rights sponsor of the inaugural Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021.   

Moonen Yachts is a Netherlands-based builder of luxury superyachts recently acquired by Australian owners, Matthew and Louise Baxter.

Welcoming the company as naming rights sponsor of the 1250 nautical mile race, Robert McClelland, chairman of the RPAYC race organising committee said: “We are thrilled to be entering this partnership with Moonen Yachts. Their commitment to producing global voyaging vessels of the highest standard adds to the prestige and is a good fit for this new yacht race.”

Commenting on their sponsorship, Matthew Baxter noted: “It’s our goal to present Moonen Yachts to the world, to a larger audience. And of course, with Sydney Harbour in our backyard and our connection to New Zealand, we’re proud to bring the brand to the South Pacific.”

The Baxters first connected to the brand when they spotted a Moonen yacht in Pittwater, where the RPAYC is also based: “We were curious because she stood out. It was love at first sight,” Louise Baxter commented.

“The brand is impeccable, no question, and the team is very talented,” added Matthew. “They’re all very passionate about what they are building.”

Matthew and Louise Baxterlive in Sydney and are no strangers to yachting. “I started sailing when I was eight,” said Matthew, who heads AM Group, a global group of manufacturing companies he founded in 1972 – the same year the couple bought Barbarian, a Sparkman & Stephens design, which they still own. The pair subsequently purchased a Finnish Swan 60.

“We sailed all over the Pacific in that boat. I circumnavigated New Zealand and I’ve sailed to Noumea with Louise five times,” he said.  

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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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