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


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


Round 3 - Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series

The third round of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series took place on Sunday the 22nd July. Competitors were greeted by light shifty breezes and sunshine whilst the race committee made the best of challenging wind shifts and course sets. To their credit, three races were completed by the race committee for all 5 divisions and 45 competitors. Due to the shifty conditions, results were fragmented, however there was close action between Ollie Gordon and Alexander Bijkerk sitting both on equal points for the series.

Be sure to check out the photos on Facebook, here (courtesy of KJT Sailing Photography) . A big thank you to our volunteers for making racing possible and keeping everybody safe both on and off the water. The next round of the 2018 Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series takes place on the 19th of August.

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Pic - KJT Sailing Photography

Club Sailing Tips Video's

Race Director Nick Elliott sat down with Above & Beyond Boating Lead Trainer Neil Driscoll to prepare 2 useful training videos for our members.

1) Crew Safety Training & Drills 
2) Preparing your crew for avoiding and managing an MOB.

View both videos here

RPAYC YD Sailors finish 7th at Governors Cup, USA

Team Fusion continued their strong form to finish off today with two wins to retain their 7th place, winning their sail off against Matt Whitfield (GBR). Even though the results show a clean sweep for the Alfred’s Girls, there were plenty of lead changes. Ultimately the teams downwind speed saw them able to be able to stretch away from Whitfield and take a convincing win.
“Obviously our competitive nature means we still aren’t content with our results, however we are pleased with how our team performed, particularly in the second half of the regatta where we were able to climb our way up in the second round robin against this competitive fleet”
“I would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors for your help in getting us to this prestigious event”  commented an inspired Costanzo.
Fellow Aussie Harry price took the Championship win, beating Leonard Takahashi 3-2 in what was a dramatic finals, which included a dismasting, with the boats experiencing “fresh” conditions with the wind reaching up to 17knots. This may not seem windy, but 99% of the time the boats are sailing in 0-10 knots of breeze, and hence they are designed for that wind speed.

The team would like to thank the members and many supporters who have helped support them along the way. 

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club would like to thank the Balboa Yacht Club for running another terrific event.

A big thank you to the Don and Doris Stoughton, who have hosted RPAYC teams for over 20 years. 



Picture - L to R ( Club Coach Tom Spithill, Hannah Lanz, Jess Angus, Doris Stoughton (Host Mum), Ruby Scholten, Clare Costanzo, Don Stoughton (Host Dad)

Day 4 Racing at The Governors Cup.

Team fusion come together for a strong performance in round robin two.

The racing at this years gov cup has proven to be the toughest competition ever seen in recent years at any youth event. Club Coach Tom Spithill comments from Newport Beach “Having sailed and coached at youth match racing events over the years, a can confidently say that this years line up at the Governors cup has to be the most competitive group of sailors assembled”
“There are many sailors here all ranked in the top 100 of the open (not age restricted) match race rankings, including world Number 1 Harry Price”
Costanzo and her team had an excellent day on the water today winning all three of her races to finish in equal 2nd in the round robin, a massive improvement on their first round robin.
One of Costanzo’s wins today was against the defending champion Christophe Killian. In contrast to their first meeting in round robin 1, where Killian gave the girls a good flogging in the Prestart, Costanzo came back swinging getting the upper hand on Killian from the Balboa Yacht Club in what was a dominating prestart.

The Team was very happy with their second half of the regatta finishing up with 10 wins from the two round robins, placing them in 7th place out of an international fleet of 12 competitors. Today they will verse Matt Whitfield from the United Kingdom as they battle to retain their 7th place.
Harry Price (Australia), Leonard Takahashi New Zealand), Chris Weis (USA) and Christophe Killian (USA) are the semi finalists.



A Topsy Turvey Day 1 - Governor's Cup

As was predicted, this years Governor's cup racing is extremely close amongst all 12 teams. Midway through round robin one, no one has managed to get away with a clean score card.
The RPAYC girls “Team Fusion” had a mixed day, coming off the water with 2 wins. “1 mistake is all it takes against this field to have the race taken away from you”
“Obviously going forward our aim is to try and minimise these mistakes, and not open the door to our opposition” commented a spirited Costanzo.
World number One in the open Match Racing Ranking, Harry Price, leads the fleet tied with Leonard Takahashi.

To follow results live, follow this link.

Preparations are underway for the 10th Anniversary Bartercard Sail Paradise Series

Celebrating the Gold Coast’s 10th Anniversary Sail Paradise Series, Southport Yacht Club will ensure entertainment will reach a new high this year with multiple on shore action planned for the 2019 event.

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!

“As a Club, we are continually working hard to improve ways of delivering the best possible attraction for competitors and their families. In 2019 we have moved our annual Gold Coast Marine Family Festival event to incorporate more on shore activity and interaction for the sailors and their families,” said General Manager Brett James.

Held in summer school holidays, the premier sailing event brings an added option for sailors to combine the series with the ultimate Gold Coast family holiday. Many sailors take the option to bring their families to the Gold Coast and combine the series with fun filled Gold Coast family attractions.

“Not only do we have perfect sailing conditions, but the coast also hosts an abundance of wonderful Gold Coast attractions; theme parks, shopping precincts, night life and of course our world famous spectacular beaches. Why not extend your holidays and bring the whole family, after all there are plenty of activities for every family member to enjoy,” said Vice Commodore Sail, Ray McMahon.

The 2019 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships will again be held at SYC during the four-day sailing regatta. Bringing grand prix yachting to the Gold Coast shoreline.

Held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January, the Club’s Gold Coast Marine Family Festival will be a weekend of action packed events, everything marine related, and so much more.
An open weekend full of free fun, exhibitions, marine demonstrations, face painting, entertainment and so much more. From 9am to 5pm daily, SYC encourage members, guests and visitors to partake in this wonderful event.

Incorporating this market place during the weekend will give both the community the option to see the grand prix vessels up close as well as an added extra to the sailors.

Both events are open to the full spectrum of offshore racing yachts – from the upper echelon of racing monohulls and multihulls through to cruiser/racers.

Southport Yacht Club will host a series of special on-shore social events at the conclusion of the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise regatta and during Bartercard Sail Paradise. And, with it being high summer, a relaxing and festive holiday atmosphere will prevail at the Club and across the Gold Coast.  


For further information, or to lodge entries, go to:

Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club: www.sailparadise.com.au

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au


Additional information can also be obtained from Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.auor 07 5591 3500




Youth Development Team in Balboa, USA

Grand Welcome function to greet the competitors at the Governors Cup.

A huge marquee out the front of the main club house was erected with over 300 people including competitors, sponsors and Gov Cup enthusiasts attending the official welcome function.

Andy Rice, “the god father” of the Governors Cup gave the competitors his usual grilling, as each team came up to the stage and eyed off their opposition.
The Alfred’s girls held their own and showed that they mean business and are ready to have a crack at this prestigious under 23 youth match racing regatta hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club.

Racing got underway Tuesday with the format being a double round robin, semi finals and finals which will be sailed on Saturday.

A replay of the welcome function can be found here.


Clare Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz and Ruby Scholten will be representing the RPAYC and Australia as they compete in the Governors Cup Youth Match Racing, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach California. The Governor’s Cup is the oldest International Youth Match Racing Regatta in the world, with the 52nd edition held from July 16 – 21, 2018. Twelve teams from around the world will be competing in the Governor’s Cup 22 sloops, which are provided. Club Coach Tom Spithill is travelling with the team and will be keeping us updated on their progress.

The legendary Don and Doris Stoughton are hosting the the Alfred's team. The Stoughtons have had RPAYC teams stay at their home for over 26 years, and are widely regarded as one of the (if not the) best hosts ever!

Stay tuned for more updates from sunny California.

Follow the Results Live Here
Regatta Website Here  

Picture - L to R ( Club Coach Tom Spithill, Hannah Lanz, Jess Angus, Doris Stoughton (Host Mum), Ruby Scholten, Clare Costanzo, Don Stoughton (Host Dad)


Competing Club Member Results

It is a very busy time of year for all our RPAYC members competing overseas. We are aware of the following recent results who all competed at the European Championships in Gdynia, Poland.

Nacra 17 - Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin - Finished 5th Overall .Full Results Here
With a win in the medal race - Video here

49er - Jim Colley & Shaun Connor - Finished 45th Overall. Full results here

49er Fx - Tash Bryant & Annie Wilmot - Finished 11th Overall and narowly missed the medal race - Full results here

Chris Dawson was 3rd in the South Pacific Laser Masters at RQYS last weekend

Lindsay Whitton was 10th in the Radial fleet

Matt Visser was 1st in the QLD Finn State Titles at RQYS last weekend.

Are you headed off to the harbour, interstate or overseas to compete? Make sure to send an email to marketing@rpayc.com.au so that we can follow and report on your journey and results to fellow members.  

Meet our 'Saltwater Veterans'

Meet the aptly self named 'Saltwater Veterans'. This group of inspirational sailors are all part of our Soldier On Program run here at the RPAYC. The team of four Craig McGrath, Nick Johnson, Scott Reynolds, Adrian Whitby have all gone through the steps to become members of the RPAYC and are now regular racers on both Wednesday's & Saturday's here at the Club. Scott Reynolds and Craig McGrath are team members of the Invictus Sailing Team who are training to represent Australia at the upcoming Invictus Games in October.  Adrian Whitby is also an active volunteer on our Race Management Team and is part of the Invictus 2018 Sailing Race Management Team.

Scott Reynolds, or "Scotty" as he is better know to his mates around the Club came to the RPAYC through the Soldier On sailing program and went through the Club's Keelboat Sailing program as well. Although Scotty grew up in Manly, he now lives in Queenstown NZ and when not enjoying the mountains is seen around the Club racing on Wednesdays and Saturdays and volunteering his time to encourage more veterans to get involved in our wonderful sport. To read more about Scotty's story, check out his profile on the Australian Defence Force Invictus Team website HERE.

Craig came to the RPAYC through the Invictus Australian Sailing Team selection process and has never looked back. Craig lives at the foot of the Blue Mountains, making the commute out to the Club on a regualr basis to race reguarly with the lads on the Elliott 7's and members boats of a Wednesday and Saturdays. Along with Scotty, Craig also volunteers on veterans sailing days and is also profiled on the Australian Defence Force Invictus Team website HERE.

Adrian Whitby, or "Smiley" as he is better known to his mates has just recently become an ambasador for Soldier On, leading the charge encouraging more veterans to come along to the Veteran Sailing days run here at the RPAYC. "There is nothing that puts a smile on my face quite like seeing my fellow veterans enjoying their day and setting a new direction in their life", said an emotional Smiley. On the last Veterans Sailing Day, we had a record number of participants, totalling more than 40, a first for our program and very much the result of the concerted efforts Smiley and the team at Soldier On put into the sailing days.

Last but not least, Nick Johnson came to us in the early Soldier On days and has progressed quickly through the Keelboat program here at the RPAYC. Nick loves the great outdoors and uses his time sailing to relax and to encourage other veterans to join in the fun. He races regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the boys on both the Elliott 7's and Club members boats.

The team raced on Sunday as part of the Dustbuster Series and as per the games specifications were not using spinnakers, however they still managed a top 3 result beating competitors who had the advantage of using a spinnaker.

If you see them around the club please make them welcome. 

(L to R : Club Coach Tom Spithill, Craig McGrath, Nick Johnson, Scott Reynolds, Adrian Whitby)


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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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