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


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


2020 Mick Hole Winter One Design & Sports Boat Regatta

The Annual “Mick Hole” Winter One Design & Sports Boat Regatta was contested over the weekend with a great turnout of 26 boats racing across 4 divisions. 

This regatta is in memory of Mick Hole, a fierce one design competitor and friend of many at RPAYC.

Race Officer David Ritchard did a fantastic job to complete the full scheduled series of races with 3 races on Saturday in a 3-5 knot variable breeze and 3 races on Sunday in a 5-8 knot north westerly with the race area on Sunday up in Careel Bay. 

Kerrie was onhand to present the Mick Hole Perpetual Trophy which this year was awarded to the winner in the Int 5.5M Class which went to Black Magic skippered by James MacPhail. 

Results Here


This Tuesday’s scheduled AGM will be proceeding as planned. In recognition of the heightened COVID-19 situation and the potential hesitation of some members to attend, we are going to live-stream the AGM on Zoom. The live-stream will allow financial members of the Club to view the proceedings of the AGM, however you will not be recorded as attending the meeting nor have the ability to participate in the AGM process. Should you wish to take advantage of this live stream from the safety of your home please register your interest by emailing lisa.hughes@rpayc.com.au.

Our dining room will be open Tuesday evening prior to the AGM from 6.00pm; bookings are essential. Unfortunately given the nature of post AGM gatherings we will not be hosting drinks in Halyards Bar following this year’s AGM proceedings.

The AGM will be held in the Pittwater Room and chairs will be spaced to allow for distancing requirements. If you are feeling unwell or have attended areas that have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots please do not attend the Club, stay home and get checked. For hotspot locations please see here.



Update from the General Manager 15/07/2020

Dear Members,
I hope that this message finds you well. 
In recent days there has been a tightening of restrictions in NSW for Hotels and restaurants due to increased COVID-19 infection rates. Fortunately, the new restrictions and revised requirements do not apply to Clubs. Clubs have been leading the way when it comes to contact tracing and ensuring that a safe environment is provided to our members and guests and at this time, we will continue to operate on the same restrictions that were imposed in late June.
I appreciate that it is difficult to keep up with the ‘current’ rules particularly as they are regularly changing and differ between types of businesses and state jurisdictions. Throughout the pandemic I have taken a conservative approach with the opening of our Food & Beverage operation. Over the past two weeks we have moved dining and bar service back into Halyards and this has gone very well, however, I have limited after race gatherings in the Clubhouse. This will change from this weekend as we welcome limited numbers of ‘members only’ back into Halyards following racing. We will also be welcoming registered competitors in the Mick Hole One Design/ Sports Boat Regatta into the Edinburgh Bar after racing on Saturday and in Halyards on Sunday.
Please note that we are still limited in the number of people allowed into the Club and with several hundred competitors out on the water we will unfortunately not be able to cater for everyone when they return from racing. First in, best dressed and again, it will be ‘members only’ after racing, so please have your membership card ready to present at reception.
A reminder that patrons must be seated to eat and drink. Standing around having a drink and a chat or mingling between groups is not permitted. Social distancing requirements must be maintained so please follow instructions from staff. 
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support of the Club
Please look after yourself and those around you. 
Kind regards,
Craig Evans
General Manager

Updated Lunch Order Form - Race Days

A limited number of rolls will be available for collection, we suggest that you pre-order your race lunch before race day and collect from the Grab and Go station in Halyards.
Download an UPDATED Lunch Order Form here and email to functions@rpayc.com.au or drop off at either Reception or Halyards. 

For current opening hours in Halyards - Click Here

Selden for Sailing Winter Series Round 2 Results

Round 2 was another great success with 99 sailors hitting the water over the 2 sessions. Running between June & August, this new series comprises of 6 rounds and is open to off the beach boats for Club Members & Visitors. 

Thanks to our amazing volunteers for their time both on and off the water. 

Click here for Round 2 Results.

Click Here for Race Documents, Entry and more details on the event. 

Some images from Session 2 are online here. 






More images from Session 2 are online here. 

Notice of AGM & Ballot

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Club on Tuesday 21 July at 8pm – the Notice of Meeting can be found on the Members Portal.

A ballot will be held for the role of Commodore with nominees Ron Palmer and Allen Stormon.

All other positions up for election have been filled by a single nomination.  Congratulations to the following members who, from 21 July 2020, will fill these roles:

  • Leon Wilson - Vice Commodore
  • Julia Hornsby – Rear Commodore Activities
  • Andy Springer – Rear Commodore Centreboard
  • David Williams – Rear Commodore Cruising

Click here for the Members Portal to view the Notice of Meeting, Minutes of the 2019 AGM, the Ballot Timetable and Nominees’ CVs.

Windsurfer Lease Availability

The Club have made available the option to lease the 6 x LT Windsurfers. The lease is exclusive to members of RPAYC who are wanting to lease a board & sail for the purpose of racing or training at RPAYC.
The steps to lease are:
1) complete the lease form (Click here for form)
2) pay the relevant fee, and
3) return all equipment on the same day (within office hours). 

Message from the RPAYC General Manager 30 June 2020

Dear Members,

I hope that this message finds you well.

Wednesday 1 July 2020 will mark 100 days since the Federal Government closed Clubs around the country. Over that time, we have kept our food and beverage operation open by providing ‘Grab & Go’ food and drinks and maintained an operational boatyard and marina.  We were the last Club to hold a yacht race going into the lockdown and were the first club back racing when restrictions permitted, and now the gym is open and training is back on.

This Wednesday will see more changes with the easing of restrictions.

  • Food & Beverage- From 1 July Halyards will once again be open. All dining will move from the Edinburgh Bar and Admiral’s Cup Room to Halyards. Members and guests will be required to sign in (and out) at reception to gain access to the Club. Please ensure that you bring your Club Membership Card for signing in and ask guests to have photo identification with them. Customers must be seated to eat and drink;standing around having a drink and a chat or co-mingling between groups is not permitted. Social distancing requirements must be maintained and the number of people admitted into Halyards will be limited. Bookings are not essential; however, they are preferred and will take priority over ‘walk-ins’ – a maximum booking of 10 people per table. Unfortunately, post-race presentations and other organised Club events are not yet permitted at this time. Our ‘‘Grab & Go’’ service will continue to operate with access via the rear gate (near A-Arm) into the Clubhouse. No sign in is required with ‘Grab & Go’, however access into Halyards will not be permitted. If you want to sit down and have a drink or a bite to eat please enter Halyards via reception.

Yacht Racing- during competitive sailing and training there will be no limits on crew numbers, however the skipper will need to ensure those on board maintain social distancing where reasonably practicable whilst not involved in competition and training.

Things are getting back to normal, however the pandemic is still with us and we must not be complacent.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support of the Club.

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,


Craig Evans

General Manager

Click here for more information on Halyards Hours 

Youth America’s Cup AC9F Kōtare flies high in Auckland

The brand new AC9F Youth America’s Cup yacht has undergone an official on-water sail testing day in Auckland with fantastic results, and the event is well on track for 2021.

With two female and two male crew on board, the boat was up on the foils straight away, and was pushing speeds of up to thirty knots. The crew even managed a few foiling gybes and showed – even in this early testing stage – that the AC9F is the real deal and will be an incredibly exciting boat to see in action during next year’s event.

Watch AC9F Sailing Video HERE

This first AC9F has been designed and built in New Zealand in a collaboration between Yachting Developments and the NZ Marine Industry, including Southern Spars, Harken and North Sails. It is great to have had this unique project built here in New Zealand, generating jobs and money for the country.

Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook was out on the water to witness the boat in action and was incredibly happy with the outcome –

“It was great to see the boat sailing and working well, we are thrilled with how it performed. It has been a big combined effort from the NZ Marine Industry to make this happen, and to see it flying on the foils at speed today was a massive result for everyone involved.”

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has received seventeen confirmed entries with fifteen of these teams’ internationals. With more in the pipeline, the goal of twenty teams is looking likely. Collectively the teams are set to bring in over two-hundred-and-fifty people to New Zealand, all of whom will be staying in the country for several months which will have a significantly positive impact on the New Zealand economy. This figure doesn’t include families and spectators, which will then push this impact up even further.

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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.