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

Dustbuster Series Crowns a new Winner

The final stage of the Dustbuster Series was contested on Sunday morning. 

With a 20-30 knot westerly forecast, the Etchells made the bold decision to defer their classes racing to a later date in August (TBC 25/8/19).

The Elliott’s however were chomping at the bit to get out on the water to settle their final placings. A pleasant, but very shifty 10 to 16 knot westerly graced the Elliott competitors for the first 3 races, with the wind strengthening to 25 knots for the fourth and final race.

The first race got underway at 0815hrs under the watchful eye of National Race Officer, Elaine Fowler.

The tussle at the top between regatta leader Pat Langley sailing Riggtech Elliott and Chris Way on Easy Tiger Elliott (with Tom Brewer substituting in) was always going to be exciting to watch, with only a few points separating the two from taking bragging rights.

In the first race, there were plenty of lead changes between the two, with a few teams getting in the way. A few teams decided to call in some heavyweights to fill in for. Alex Robbins on the B&G Elliott called in Jim Colley. Jim has been actively campaigning in the 49er class for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic’s.

John Corrie also decided to bring in some of the Alfreds best youth sailors, with Niall Powers and his team using the Dustbuster as a great warm up before they head off to Noumea next week to compete in a Youth Development Match Racing regatta.

The top two places have been mostly dominated by both Pat and Chris, however both Niall and Jim managed to get in the way!

F16 Catamaran European Championships – RPAYC was there!

Father and son team from RPAYC, Tristan and Beau White travelled to the French holiday village of Maubuisson in South Western France this July  to compete in the 2019 F16 Catamaran European championship.

Hosted by Cercle de la Voille de Bordeaux Carcans the championship was contested on the inland freshwater lake of Lac d’Hourtin located just 3 km behind the pine tree covered dunes from the Atlantic holiday beaches. Teams came from all over the world to compete in what is the F16 Association’s annual premium event.

The weather provided warm conditions and variable breezes with the 54 Boat fleet completing 19 races over the 5 Day event.  There were an additional 2 practice races on the Sunday prior to the first days official racing, which in typical fashion provided by far the best breeze. Cat sailing legend Mitch Booth ran a clinic in the 4 days leading up to the event.

Our RPAYC team exceeded their expectations with a final overall result of 6th, this being the first large fleet (over 20 boats) regatta they have competed in.

“We had great boat speed in the heavier breeze and managed to pick the shifts well over the course – I guess that’s what you learn on Pittwater” Commented 14-year-old Skipper, Tristan White.

“The starts were very challenging with us getting buried regularly by the super competitive and aggressive fleet”

Beau, dad and crew on the Viper F16, chartered from Goodall design in Europe, had the following take-aways from the event “We were regularly intimidated by little whipper snappers wiggling and barging their way around the startline. More large fleet racing practice is going to be vital for us to improve our results. Next year we may be a bit bolder when it’s our own boat”.

What a weekend in Cowes - 3 Bullets in SailGP reaching 50knot speeds. Heading back to Japan now for Nacra 17 Sailing Olympic Test Event

5.5M World Championships - Helsinki

Congratulations to John Bacon, Terry Wetton & James Mayjor for winning the Int. 5.5m Frank Tolhurst Trophy for World Champions in the ex Olympic 5.5 (Evolution) Class. 
The trophy honors a legendary Australian and the Team get to defend it next January back in Pittwater as the Club hosts the 2020 5.5M World Championship.

Ku-Ring-Gai dominated all week, as she did in last week’s Hankø Evolution Cup, and finished 11th in the overall World Championship standings.

Fellow members Martin Cross & Bob Stoddard (sailing with Martin Bunch) finished in 9th overall with an overall Race win in Heat 9. 

Full Results Here

Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race - Race 1 of the Blue Water Pointscore Series

Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race & Race 1 of the Blue Water Pointscore Series

Congratulations to all of the RPAYC yachts and sailors who competed in the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in what was reported as the biggest fleet in a decade. 

Some notable RPAYC results were:

  • Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race
    Bushranger - ORCi Div 3 - 4th 
  • Kioni - Corinthian IRC - 5th 
  • Pekljus - PHS - 1st 
  • Pelagic Magic - IRC Div 4 - 3rd 
  • Showtime - Corinthian IRC - 1st,  IRC Div 2 - 4th , ORCi Div 2 - 3rd 
  • Wings - Corinthian IRC - 2nd, Corinthian PHS - 4th 
  • Wild Oats X - Line Honours Winner
  • XS Moment BNMH - IRC Div 3 - 5th 

View the Full Sydney to Gold Coast Results Here

Dustbuster - Stage 3

The day ran as the brochure describes, 'no nonsense fast windward/leeward racing'.

Stage 3 saw four windward/leeward races conducted in a west southwesterly in 6 to 12 knots of breeze. The Etchells fleet once again showed consistent numbers, with 7 boats turning up on the start line. The notoriously slick Crawford boys were nowhere to be seen, with rumours hinting they went tobogganing together at the ski fields, this left the slate open for the Etchells class with Will Dargaville in Grant V slipping into the overall point score lead with a 1,1,2,1 scorecard . “Not Bad!” commented a talkative Dargaville, “We really enjoyed ourselves this morning”. Hopping back in the saddle after a brief hiatus with home renovations, Jason Antill had a pleasing day on 2107 racing, which included a heat win. This run also has seen Antill progress up the overall point score.

All 8 Elliott 7’s were once again out on the water, with plenty of action packed mark roundings. Pat Langley has not looked back since composing himself after his last place in race one early on in the series. Since then he has never been out of the top 2. Finishing the day with a 1,2,1,1 scorecard, and finally taking the overall lead away from Chris Way on Team Easy Tiger. “It was a great morning. The racing was fast and furious.” “It feels surreal to be back at the dock at 1010am, I think I may tend to the garden now!” commented an elated Langley. The 4th & final stage of the famous Dustbuster Series is scheduled for the 11th August.

A big thankyou to our volunteers for getting up early to conduct these races.

Full Results Here



Notice of Elected Members for 2019/20

At last night’s Annual General Meeting (23 July 2019), the members elected Lauren Crossman and Murray Glase as Directors, re-elected Allen Stormon as Rear Commodore Yacht Racing and Rear Commodore Membership, Liz de Soyres, was re-elected unopposed.
Congratulations to all of our elected officers and thank you to those members who nominated for the roles.  Our Club relies on our great volunteers and it is encouraging that so many members want to contribute.  We also thank everyone who took the time to vote and have their say.

Click here to view the RPAYC - Notice of Elected Officers 2019 

AGM Awards Presented for 50 Year Membership & Clubmanship Award

The 2019 AGM saw awards presented for 50yr Membership and the Clubmanship Award 2018/2019. 

50 Year Membership

Congratulations to Parry Thomas who was acknowledged for his 50 years of Membership. 

Clubmanship Award 2018/19

The Clubmanship Trophy recognises the effort of Members, who have made a significant contribution to the Club across a range of activities.
The Clubman of the Year is elected by a select committee of one being the Commodore, so it is a very efficient committee, but one which is taken very seriously.

This year the Commodore chose two members who have made a significant contribution across a multitude of areas in the club over the past 55 years.

We are proud to announce that the 2018/19 CLUB “PEOPLE” OF THE YEAR are Kenneth & Janet Moxham!

Ken & Jan have been long standing volunteers at the club through race volunteering, race management, protest panel, regatta organisation & merchandise sales to name a few. It is appropriate for this duo to receive this award as they are a team who are rarely separated and really complement each other. Ken enjoys the accolades of being one of the longest serving rules advisors at the club.

With the passing of Jack Gale, The Moxham’s have taken over as the ‘go to’ people for any club related questions due to their long association and intimate knowledge of the club.




Day two of racing here at the Governors Cup

17-July, 2019

Racing again did not disappoint today, with plenty of close matches and upsets.

Clare Costanzo and her team continued their winning streak of 5 matches in a row. However local team put a stop to that with a win in the last race of the first round robin.

The points are incredibly close after the first round robin, Leonard Takahashi leads with 8wins and 3 losses, and then there are four teams on 7 wins and two (including Costanzo) who are on 6 wins.


The second round robin is going to be exciting as the regatta gets to the pointy end and the final four earn their spot in the semi finals.

Who that will be, that’s the million dollar question?

Costanzo could make history and be the first ever all female team to win this event!

“We are pleased with our starts today, getting off the line even, or better in most of our races.

We need to be a bit more aggressive on the downwinds, particularly onto the favoured long gybe’, commented a spirited Costanzo

Optimist World Championship Complete

The 2019 Optimist World Championship attracted 255 sailors aged 11 to 15 years from 65 nations, beating the previous record of 62 nations set at the 2017 Optimist Worlds in Thailand. Racing took place July 8-15. Club Members Daniel Links & Jono Tuite were competing as part of the Australian Optimist Team.

We are pleased to report that Daniel finished in 16th overall & Jono in 203rd overall out of 260 boats from 65 countries. Daniel showed tremendous determination throughout the regatta to keep getting up off the canvas as challenges presented themselves. The conditions were incredible but challenging with strong current and big waves,  Daniel’s 16th is the second best by an Australian ever. 

Jono did it tough in the conditions as he grew to 6ft tall and 60kgs  in the 7 months since he qualified at the Nationals, but represented his club and country well as you will see from the below: 
Meanwhile, one sailor from Australia earned high praise from regatta organisers for stepping forward to help out a fellow competitor who ran into difficulty at the dockside earlier in the contest.
“I saw one of the Latvian team capsize with no foils which meant he could not pull up his boat,” related Jonathan Tuite, 14.
“One of his team mates helped him get his boat upright. I noticed his foils started flying away so I retrieved them and helped him get them back on.”
Jonathan’s quick thinking and benevolent spirit is testament to the championship’s central ethos of sportsmanship and friendship, said organising committee chair Paola Vittoria.

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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.

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