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


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


Intermediate Youth Development

The Program:

The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of 16 sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas:

  • Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics
  • Brief introduction into match racing
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events
  • Gain experience of sailing keelboats via crewing on members boats in club racing


  • 15-18 April                             Four day Training Program - Easter School Holiday Period

  • 9-10 July                                Two day Training Program - Winter School Holiday Period

  • 2 June                                    NCYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

  • 16 June                                  RSYS Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

  • 23 June                                  RPAYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

  • 30 June                                  CYCA Interclub Challenge (Regatta)

  • 4-5 May                                 Newcastle Youth Keelboat Championships (NCYC)

  • 13-14 July                              “Mick Hole” One-Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta (RPAYC)

  • 21-22 September                 David Lukins Memorial Match Racing Regatta (RPAYC) 


The program will be run over 5 training days from 0900 to 1600. Each day will comprise of up to 3 theory sessions and 2 on water sessions.


Six fleet racing regattas are scheduled over the duration of the program, with regattas staged at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. A carpool service will be organized for an away event. Due to there being only two teams allocated for each club at the interclub regatta, this will mean only 10 of the IYD squad will be able to sail on the day. Each participant will do at least 1 interclub regatta.

For the RPAYC’s one design & sports boat regatta, the entire squad will compete in these events. One team will be selected within the squad to sail in the David Lukins Match Racing Regatta.


Sailors must be between the ages of 13-17 years old and have demonstrated sailing ability at a club level. Also desirable is experience in keelboats. All applications will be assessed on merit for the available positions. Applications must be submitted by Friday, 29 March 2019 with successful applicants notified by Friday, 5 April 2019, if not beforehand. 


Senior Youth Development Squad Members under the direction of Club Coach Tom Spithill will coach the Intermediate Youth Development Squad. 


$600.00 – Members $750.00 – Non-Members.

This includes all usage fees for the Elliot 7s, coaching, sail training material & RPAYC training shirt.


Applications for 2018 are now open. Interested applicants are asked to complete the following expression of interest form and return it to Thomas Spithill (Club Coach). 

Where to next:

Sailors who demonstrate a high level of keelboat skills may be invited to join The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program for the remaining 2018 season and 2019 season.


Tom Spithill – Club Coach
Phone: 9998 3771
Email: yd@rpayc.com.au