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

 
 

COMMODORES CUP - BECOME THE CLUB YACHTING KEELBOAT CHAMPION FOR 2018/19!

“Participate to WIN”

The Commodores Cup Series for 2018/19 has been transformed to now be the Club Keelboat Championship and is based on 8 races taken from the Club Annual Program throughout the Spring & Summer Season.

A boats best results from specific races held throughout the Spring & Sumer season will be accumulated at the end of the series to crown the winners in each division.

The series will consist of races from the Saturday Inshore Series, the Estuary / SOPS Series, Feature events, Wednesday Spring and Summer Series and Thursday Twilight Spring and Summer Series, giving everyone a chance to be a part of this new Championship.

Two (2) best results from Inshore Series.
Two (2) best results from Estuary / SOPS Series.
Two (2) best results from the following Feature Races - Pittwater Dash (Opening Day), Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup Marathon Series, Friends of David Booth Trophy Race.
Two (2) best results from Wednesday Spring Series, Wednesday Summer Series, Thursday Twilight Spring Series or Thursday Twilight Summer Series

For those that do not compete in the Wednesday or Thursday Series, your third best score in the Inshore and Saturday Estuary/SOPS Series will be used.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are those of the individual events or series - rules, eligibility and scoring are as detailed in the Notice of Championship in the Sailing Handbook.

To enter the Series boats are required to enter by selecting the specific Commodores Cup Series entry form which is online. Those not entered in the Series will not be scored.

The Sailing Office will maintain a spreadsheet of results for those that have entered the Series.

The entry fee is $ 50.00 for all competitors, which will help support our Youth Development Program. Entry deadline is 2nd October 2018. Must be entered to be eligible in the Series. Only members of the RPAYC are eligible to win the Commodores Cup Series.

 

Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Warwick Crossman whose image of our Centreboard Sailing at RPA Optimist sailors racing in the Selden Ice Breaker Series has been selected in the top eighty images for this year’s Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards in Switzerland.

The people’s choice category is driven by social media and this is our chance to get behind him and promote RPAYC, the Centreboard Division and the Optimist class.

To vote simply click on the link below and click on the like button. Its also worth taking a few minutes to browse all the images ….. some of them are amazing.

 

 

Click here to vote

Melbourne Cup Bookings Open

Bookings for Melbourne Cup are now open - Click here to book 

 

Boatyard Bookings Filling Fast

There has been an increase in the number of people heeding the advice of the Boatyard and getting their bookings in early for the Summer sailing season with spaces filling up fast. Availability is now from December onwards.

If anyone is wanting their annual servicing done over the Summer months, get a booking in before it’s too late. Bookings can be changed, not having a booking means you may miss out altogether.
To book: Telephone Boatyard (02) 9998 3751 or email boatyard@rpayc.com.au

 

Coach takes the title again

The David Lukins Regatta was run over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September 2017. This was the ninth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, coach, volunteer and mate. This regatta has a strong connection with the clubs Youth Development (YD) program, as David volunteered countless hours helping shape the lives of many of our participants. 

This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the calibre of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:
4 x Silver Medallists
2 x Women’s Match Racing World Champions
2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
1 x Moth World Champion
3 x Volvo Round The World Races completed

There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!

This year saw 10 teams compete for the coveted title. 6 skippers out of the 10 teams were past graduates of the Youth Development Squad, some ranging back to our inaugural programs. 3 teams competing were from the current Youth Development Squad ,and the final team was skippered by the current Platu 25 Silver Medallist & long time supporter of our sailors, Chris Way.

For the finals it was a case of the Master v Apprentice. Tom Spithill our current coach of the Youth Development program (as well as a past graduate) fighting it out for the win against Clare Costanzo & her Fusion Racing Team who are current sailors in the Youth Development Squad. Tom Spithill and his team emerging the victors after a very good fight.

The teams all assembled back at the Alfred’s for the prize giving, where David’s parents Warwick and Marg attended to assist with the prizes. 

A clearly estatic and emotial Spithill was quick to praise David Lukins in his speech. “This has been some of the most enjoyable sailing I have done. This win, personally means a great deal to both Andy, Amy and myself. Dave was a huge influence in our lives both on and off the water, and to now have our names on a trophy in David’s name is one of the greatest honors”
Tom went on to comment post prize giving that “This regatta has a way of bringing sailing friends together, and I am not just talking competitors, all the volunteers, such as the race committee, markboat and umpires, all roles that David loved doing".

Final Results can be viewed here

 

    

 

 

 

RPAYC Crew on Top after Day 1

Day 1 of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship has delivered a perfect scorecard for sister combo, Juliet and Clare Costanzo from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Along with their crew of Jess Angus, Ann Scholten and Emma Rankin, they were able to have a perfect day with a final result of 8-0 (wins-losses).

After a short postponement this morning due to lack of wind, the race committee quickly fired off the races to make up time and finish the day on schedule with the first two of four round robins now complete.

For Juliet Costanzo, this is her first National Championship event as helm. Whilst her older sister Clare, whom won the Australian Women’s title back in 2016 as helm, has traded the tiller for crewing and is proving to be just as valuable in her new position.

With a building northerly breeze, the race committee set up a spectacular race course just off Point Piper with the wind peaking at 16 knots in the final races of the day. All teams handled the conditions well with tight racing throughout the day.

The chasing pack is currently led by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Charlotte Griffin on 5-3. Griffin and her team are looking to build off their recent regattas over the winter period and training program out of their Kirribilli based yacht club.

Closely following in third is New Zealand’s, Celia Willison. This week’s highest ranked skipper, at World #37 heading into the regatta, Celia finished the day on 4-4. Having finished runner up at the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta earlier this month, Willison will be hoping to climb the leader board of the coming days and described the racing as ‘a lot of fun but stressful at times.’

India Howard, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had a tough day on the water, only managing two wins from her eight starts. With a new team on-board her Elliott 7m this week, she to is hoping that time over the coming days will see better results to come. Tanya Kelly, representing Queensland rounds out the leader-board on 1-7.

Follow the racing live at the live results page HERE.

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, an “Early Bird” Race Entry Fee on offer now!

Celebrating the Gold Coast’s 10th Anniversary Sail Paradise Series, host Club, Southport Yacht Club have opened an early bird race entry fee! 2018_Bartercard_Sail_Paradise_Australian_Yachting_Championships__credit_Surf_Sail_Kite2018_Bartercard_Sail_Paradise_Australian_Yachting_Championships__credit_Surf_Sail_Kite

A count down of 20 days to go to be able to be able to take up this early bird race entry fee of $150. Open to all eligible vessels, enter before October 1st, 2018 to receive this one off special.

Bartercard Sail Paradise 2019 will host a magnitude of Gold Coast fun and spectacular sailing conditions with 10 divisions competing over a four-day period. The 2019 Queensland Yachting Sailing Championships will again be contested at the annual event, with bragging rights up for grabs.

Entries are coming in fast from the Queensland contingents contending for the 2019 series with several Sydney vessels also expected following the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race commencing on January 2.

“The beautiful scenery makes for spectacular sailing here on the Gold Coast. We make sure everyone involved, skippers, crew, family and friends soak up more than just the sun during this series. I encourage you all to get your entries in and take up the opportunity of our one off early bird discount” said Commodore Ray McMahon.

Entries are now open for the Bartercard Sail Paradise series, held from 6th – 9th January 2019. The four-day offshore regatta will again follow the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Yacht Race. A 380 nautical mile offshore event hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. In it’s third year, both Club’s are pre planning to ensure the biggest and best combined series yet!

Pitt Point our own piece of Pittwater History

‘Pitt Point’ on Scotland Island

As many will know, Pitt Island, named by Captain Arthur Phillip, was renamed Scotland Island by Andrew Thompson, to whom it was granted by Governor Macquarie on 1st January 1810 for his good works including rescuing many people from a major flood in the Hawkesbury River.

Andrew Thompson, who built and operated a number of trading ships, was building ‘Geordy’ on his Island when he died. At that point, he had progressed from being sent to NSW for 14 years for the theft of goods back in England, to being the wealthiest man in NSW.

One of his enterprises was the manufacture of salt, transported, with other produce, down to Sydney town. He was also the biggest producer of wheat, a vital product for the survival of the colony.

Greg and Louise’s home, ‘Pitt Point’, sits close to both - where the salt was produced and ‘Geordy’ was built. It has always been owned by RPAYC members, both as a weekender and a permanent residence, over more than 25 years.

‘Pitt Point’ is on the market, and it is thought that RPA members could be interested in considering this rare piece of architecture designed by Ken Woolley AM. The house has been beautifully built and lovingly maintained. 

  

Never Stop Learning: Training at The Alfred's this Spring!

Spring is nearly upon us and we’re very quickly approaching temperatures that make training on this little piece of paradise that is Pittwater so enjoyable! The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is very excited to be rolling out one of the largest sail training programs in recent years with something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor wanting to fine tune your skills or just a beginner, you’ll have one thing in common in this amazing sport, you’ll never stop learning!

Learning to sail is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling activities anyone can do. Sailing is such an incredibly versatile sport, it can be enjoyed by young and old, at adrenalin pumping levels or an avenue to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. Best of all, it all starts here at The RPAYC learning on the stage of one of Sydney’s hidden gems and under the guidance of qualified, professional Sailing Instructors.

Youth Pathways

Kids & Young Adults Learn to Sail 

If you’re aged between 7 and 12 and keen to learn to Sail, the Tackers program is for you! The Tackers program recognises that children learn differently to adults and teaches essential skills in a fun, games-based environment. Young Tackers will spend time sailing, paddling, playing games, and learning to love the waterways - all under the watchful eye of our nationally accredited instructors. Safety is at the heart of the Tackers program; young participants will learn seamanship skills and a healthy respect for safety on the water.

The program is offered in 3 levels and it can be enjoyed during the school holidays or on Sundays.

Thomas Spithill is the head coach at the RPAYC, he’s been teaching for over a decade and has been sailing since before he could walk. Tom, or Tommy as he is known to his students says teaching tackers is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. “Seeing a student progress from an apprehensive little Johnny or Jenny, who’s afraid of the water to sailing confidently all by themselves, enjoying Pittwater with the piece of mind that they are fully capable of handling a boat safely is the best part of my job!” commented a jubilant Spithill.

For adolescents, the Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is a great way to get the young adults (13 – 18 year olds) out from behind the screens and enjoying the great outdoors right here on our doorstep in Sydney. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program keeps the focus on the fun whilst teaching key technical sailing skills and introducing the use of a wider range of sail types. Although there’ll be no typical day, the activities involve passage sailing, exploring different parts of the western foreshore of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, team development activities, drills and skills on keelboats. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is sailed on the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7s.

The Next Step

After completing the Tackers program, the next steps are Green Fleet then the Intermediate Fleet Programs. This is where they will experience their first taste of real centreboard racing with the safety of a nearby coach and safety boats. In the Tackers program, Green Fleet and Intermediate Fleet programs, children are learning in a little sailing dinghies called “Optimists”. Once the sailors are old enough and too big for their Optimist they start sailing dinghies that are a little bigger such as the single handed Laser and double handed 29er.

Club Berth & Hardstand Availability

Marina Berths
The Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members (and prospective Members) for berths currently available on the marina.  The berths currently available are outlined below and includes the maximum vessel specifications suited to each berth. 

 
Berth
Max length metres
Max beam metres
D40
10.7
4
E44
12.2
4.1
F32
12.2
4.3
 
 
A copy of the Club berth map is available here 
 
Commuter Berth
A commuter berth has become available on the marina and the Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members.  The berth “L24” is situated on ‘D’ arm of the marina closest to the gangway.  This berth suitable for a runabout, tender or rib up to approximately 5m long and the monthly fee is $524. 
 
Hardstand Storage
Hardstand storage is available on the Green Point Hardstand and the Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members with One Design or Sports Boats such as; Melges, Etchells, International 5.5m, J70, Vipers or similar. 
 
For further information relating to Club storage facilities contact Marine Services Manager Kylie Brown email kylie.brown@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741
 
 
 
 
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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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