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


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

Amendments to the Special Regulations


Amendments 1 and 2 to the Australian Sailing Special Regulations have issued addressing mandatory reporting of incidents and codeine.

The first of the two, Amendment 1 introduces a rule requiring safety incidents to be reported to Australian Sailing in accordance with the Guidelines for Incident Reporting set out by World Sailing at https://www.sailing.org/documents/offshorespecialregs

Whist there has been considerable variation in the way offshore sailing incidents are reviewed and reported, in Australia many clubs already perform these reviews voluntarily. These sailing incident reviews that have been done always highlighted valuable lessons.

As the national and international governing bodies for sailing it is appropriate for Australian Sailing and World Sailing to ensure that reviews of significant incidents and boat or equipment failures are conducted and that lessons learned are available to the sailing community.

The second, Amendment 2 removes low dose Codeine from the medical kit requirements for Category 1 to 3 races. The amendment is necessitated by changes made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Government’s Department of Health. The amendments have been published at https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/specialregs/. The Special Regulations published on the same page have also been updated to include the amendments.


For more information contact Glen Stanaway at glen.stanaway@sailing.org.au or by phoning 0417 446 727.


Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 23rd July

NOTICE IS HEARBY GIVEN that the Annual General meeting of members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be held at the clubhouse, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, on Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 8.00pm.The Notice of Meeting and Elected Director Nominees have been sent by mail to all Full members.  


Australian Sailing - NSW & ACT Awards

What a great evening at the NSW & ACT Awards, The Alfreds and Members were finalists in nearly every category just showing the strength the Club represents at all levels.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners!! 🏆🥇⛵️ 
The Club winners who will now represent NSW at the Australian Awards later this year are: 

Annie Wilmot & Natasha Bryant
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Daniel Links
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 

Niall Powers 
Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club / The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Richard Slater
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover
The RPAYC (shared with CYCA, MHYC, RSYS)

Tom Spithill
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club








RPAYC Youth Adventures on Vata

Josh Grosser, is a 23 year old, 10 year RPAYC member, who learned to sail through the Newport Primary School program, and raced MJ’s with his good mate Ben Farrugia.

Graduating from the “Hamilton Farmer School of RPAYC tender boat driving” , Josh also attended Pittwater High School in 2014, and on completion worked in the Med on yachts for 12 months.

Josh returned to complete a Mechanical Engineering degree at Sydney University, combined with 2 semesters on exchange at the University of Utah, from where he also managed to score a crewing job sailing back from California through the pacific, on “SY Heitaros”, a 60m high tech ketch.

A surfer,  musician, and general lover of the sea, Josh and 4 of his mates decided 12 months ago, to buy a cruising boat and head off in search of remote surf in the South Pacific.

They acquired the yacht “Vata” from a couple who cruised her out from Canada, and have spent the past 12 months fitting her out for their trip, and learning to sail her.

“Vata” is a 36’ Canadian built sloop - http://sailingmagazine.net/article-568-cs-36-traditional.html

The crew includes Ben Farrugia, Hayden Cook, Lachie Inglis and James Norrish, all Newport locals of a similar age.

At 0800 on July 8th, they cleared Pittwater on the first leg of their voyage. Lord Howe Island will be the first stop, from where they plan to head to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and back down the Australian east cost, to be home for Christmas.

With 3 guitars, 10 surfboards, dive gear and 4 months worth of supplies, Vata is not going to win many races, but they may well win a prize for having the most fun, and hopefully will inspire some of our younger sailors to tackle adventures of their own…..

Vata will be flying the RPAYC and WPYC burgees on her trip, and hopefully will meet up with some fellow members along the way.

Follow the adventures of Vata at https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/SV_Vata


Bumper fleet confirmed for 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast & Race 1 of the RPAYC’s Club Marine Bluewater Series

Bumper fleet confirmed for 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast & Race 1 of the RPAYC’s Club Marine Bluewater Series

The newly formed Club Marine Bluewater Series features an eight race series this season and includes three events featured by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).

By including such events to the program the Alfred’s has been able to increase not only the number of races available but the variety and participants to compete against, creating some great interclub rivalry. For combined Club’s events the results from the individual race will be used to calculate the Club Marine Pointscore.

Competitors can either enter the Series or casual as per race via the online entry system.

The largest fleet in more than 10 years is assembling to tackle the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast, with 78 boats preparing to take on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 384-nautical-mile challenge starting on Saturday 27 July.

Representing the Alfred’s in the race includes;

  • Bushranger
  • Kioni
  • Pekijus
  • Popeye
  • Pretty Woman
  • Pelagic Magic
  • Quest
  • Showtime
  • Sticky
  • Wings
  • Wild Oats X
  • XS Moment


To enter the 2019-2020 Club Marine Bluewater Series visit the RPAYC Website https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/online-entry-system. View current entrants in the Alfred’s Club Marine Bluewater Series Here.

Entry into Combined Club event’s is via the host Club and their entry conditions.

The Club Marine Bluewater Series consists of the following races: Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R1) Bird Island – Sydney - Rtn Yacht Race (R2) Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R3) Newcastle Rtn Yacht Race (R4) 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R5) Sydney – Bird Island – Rtn Yacht Race (6) Port Hacking - Rtn Race (R7) Port Stephens Race (R8).

“The 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race fleet is fantastic – more than 20 boats up from last year,” CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham says.

“The increased number of competing boats is reflective of an increased interest in the race, one of the most important and iconic events on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s calendar.

“It’s going to be a wonderful event, starting on Sydney Harbour – we hope sailing and sporting fans alike get right behind it!”

The 78-strong 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race fleet reads as a who’s who of Australian sailing. Headlined by the 2017 Tattersall Cup winner as overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Ichi Ban, skippered by Matt Allen, the fleet also includes a number of noteworthy entrants including 2017 PONANT Sydney Noumea winner Smuggler, the Oatley family’s Wild Oats X, Shane Kearns’ Komatsu Azzuro and reigning champion Chutzpah, skippered by Bruce Taylor.

The 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is the first race in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, culminating in the 75th race to Hobart - the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

For more on the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race visit goldcoast.cyca.com.au

Int. 5.5 Metre Class releases 70th Anniversary Yearbook

Int. 5.5 Metre Class releases 70th Anniversary Yearbook

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International 5.5 Metre Class and the 100th Scandinavian Gold Cup later this year, the International 5.5 Metre Association has published a commemorative yearbook.

Edited and compiled by Robert Deaves, it is packed full of stories about the people, the boats and the races that have defined this once Olympic class, as well as a recap of the 2018 season.


With contributions from many of the sailors who have been and are still involved in the class the Yearbook is an attractive, 144 page, A4, photo heavy book that will immediately appeal to all those who have or still sail a 5.5 Metre.

Stories include:
• Foreword from Robin Aisher
• History of the 5.5 Metre
• Birth of the Scandinavian Gold Cup
• Story of the 2018 Worlds and Gold Cup in Cowes
• 5.5 Metres in The Bahamas
• Profiles of Carabella, Volpina and Barranjoey
• Class revivals in Australia and North America
• Complete results list from 1952 to 2018

All current members of National 5.5 Metre associations will be receiving a free copy through their class association.

A limited number of additional copies are available for sale at a cost of £25 plus shipping. Discounts are available for purchase of 5 or more copies.

Please contact the 5.5 Class for further pricing, or order see use link for more details and ordering



Combined Interclub Final Results

Teams from the Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia (CYCA), The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC), Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) & Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) contested the final event of the 2019 Interclub Challenge on Sunday, hosted by the CYCA.
The Interclub Challenge sees youth sailors from the four yacht clubs get out on the water and compete in this fleet racing challenge. Each yacht club has a turn of hosting the event, and is represented by two teams, with the combined scores of the two teams going towards an aggregated point score to determine the winning yacht club.

Clubs are free to send any of thier youth sailors and RPAYC likes to use this opportinuty to use some of our newer Intermediate Youth Development Sailors which gives them all some regatta exposure. 

We are pleased to report that the RPAYC finished in 2nd place overall.
Overall Results 
1st - Cruising Yacht Club Of Australia 88pts
2nd - The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC 133pts
3rd - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 134pts
4th - Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club 164pts



Havoc have won the 2019 Etchells World Championships

🏆 🥇 Congratulations to the newly crowned 2019 Etchells World Champions. RPAYC Members  Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson racing on Havoc have won the 2019 Etchells World Championship 🏆 🥇 

What an amazing achievement, we are very proud to have the team as members of RPAYC (combined total of 97 years membership here at The RPAYC).

This is not the first Etchells World Title for Iain (1984 Winner) & Colin (1993 & 1995 Winner). 

These guys are also collectively the current Australian and NSW Etchells Champions.

Allanson/Murray boats placed first and second in the Worlds. As mentioned above the boat placed first in the NSW titles and in the hands of Graeme Taylor first in the Victorian titles.

The Australian Etchells class was formed at the RPAYC some 45 years ago and our members have now taken the World titles six times!!

Regatta Website Here & Full Results Here 


Tales from RPAYC Cruising - Mooloolaba Rendezvous

Five boats gathered for the Mooloolaba Rendezvous on the RPAYC Pittwater to Dunk Island Cruise on Thursday/Friday 30/31 May . We arranged for Happy Hour aboard Mix’d Nutz where the options for the Official Rendezvous were discussed. We agreed that Breakfast at the Mooloolaba Surf Club on Friday morning would suit all. The next couple of days everyone went their own ways during the day to do last minute shopping or other boat related endeavours or just relaxing or sightseeing. David and Sonia Hosted Happy Hour on Thursday.

Bright and early on Friday Bill and Dianne Bixley from Seas The Moment, David and Sonia from Galadriel, David and Jenny Taylor from Kailani and Clem and Jim Cormack from Mix’d Nutz met to do the walk along the beachfront to the Surf Club where we were met by Stephen and Anne Hardy from Loseca and previous club Members Alan and Sue Pick.

We all enjoyed a lovely breakfast and lots of reminiscences about our trips. A final happy hour was hosted by David and Jenny aboard Kailani.

As the weather outlook and timing for the bar crossing were reviewed it was decided that a late departure on Sunday would suit all except Loseca, who still had some boat related repairs to complete. This would allow for an early morning bar crossing and entry into the Great Sandy Straits.

The crossing was successfully made by the four boats Galadriel, Kailani, Seas The Moment and Mix’d Nutz, the group then split up and headed off on their own adventures.

We heard about the challenges being experienced by boats heading up the coast and hope to catch up at a later rendezvous to hear their stories in greater detail. 

Mix'd Nutz
From somewhere north of Mooloolaba 


Line Up Confirmed for the 53rd Governor's Cup - Balboa Yacht Club

53rd annual Governor’s Cup will feature top youth match racing skippers from AUS, DEN, GBR, NZL, USA

With several highly-ranked match-racing skippers (of any age), the July 15-20 “GovCup” may again qualify for 2nd straight award of Grade 1 status, unprecedented for youth events

'Top Women's’ Match Racing skipper Clare Costanzo, will sail in her third and final Cup representing Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, which also has been regularly represented in the top ranks of past Governor’s Cups'.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Monday, April 22, 2019) ­– The Selection Committee for Balboa Yacht Club’s Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, presented by Disc Sports and Spine Center, today named ten skippers and a first alternate to compete in this year’s 53rd Annual “GovCup”. Based on the April World Sailing Open (non-age limited) match racing rankings of the invited skippers, the Club may again seek an upgrade from World Sailing to Grade 1 status, as was granted for the 2018 Governor’s Cup.

Full Article Here

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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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