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


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

Keelboat Program


RPAYC offers a simple training pathway for adults wanting to get into sailing or further their skills. Training is delivered by Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors following a national syllabus.  RPAYC is able to provide a progression from  the beginner right through to race coaching. If you want to give sailing a go, we will give you a safe, fun, and affordable environment to build your skills. The progression through the keelboat program can be seen below:

Level 1 - Learn To Sail - Enrolments Now Closed

Start Crewing/Helming

8 Sessions

Wednesday's 09:30 - 12:30:  3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st May. 7th ,14th and 21st June 2017.

Saturdays 09:30 - 12:30: 6th, 20th and 27th May. 3rd, 17th, 24th June. 1st and 15th July 2017.


This is the perfect introduction to the basics of sailing. You'll get familiar with the boat and the key responsibilities of being a crew member.

You'll get the confidence to steer the boat and control the sails. PFDs are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the Australian East Coast. There is no experience necessary and no assumed knowledge, just come along ready to have fun and we'll take care of the rest.

We follow the AS Keelboat Program, which means you will have a nationally recognised certificate on completion. Level 1 covers the official Start Crewing and Start Helming Courses, by the end of this training you'll be able to comfortably crew and steer the boat under the guidance of your instructor. 

After the 8 weeks is up, why not try your hand at crewing on one of our casual races, or getting a private lesson to sharpen your skills.


Members: $630. Non - Members: $740.


Level 2 - Club Racing Skills - enrolments now closed


6 Sessions

Thursdays 09:30 - 12:30:  April. 4th, 11th and 18th and 25th May. 1st and 8th June 2017.

Saturdays 13:30 - 16:30: 6th, 20th and 27th May. 3rd, 17th, 24th June 2017.


At this stage, you'll learn to take responsibility and make decisions. You'll become more skilled at analysing the weather, maintaining the equipment, and guiding a crew through maneuvers. Understanding the decision making processes will make you a far more valuable crew member. This course is also great if you're looking at getting your own boat, or already have your own boat and would like some instruction on better sailing.

Level 2 covers the Skippering Course in the AS Keelboat Program. Our qualified instructors will guide you through the syllabus and build your confidence. Once you finish this course we recommend that you use Private Lessons to get out for some racing with an instructor on board, or join the crew register to head out with one of our many members.



Members: $515. Non - Members: $600.



Level 3 - Spinnaker Skills 

Spinnakers and Racing

Dates and booking by phone through the Sailing Office, call 9998 3761.


Now you're ready to build your skills on a race course. You'll learn how to make your boat go fast, as well as more advanced race tactics and strategy. At this level you are ready to fly the spinnaker, your Elliot 7 will fly around the course with this new sail! Your crew work will become fast and reliable, with a focus on propelling the boat quickly through the water, and you will be able to steer the boat with precision through maneuvers and in close proximity to other boats.

Once you finish this course you will be ready to contribute to a race crew in any of the RPAYC racing, be it the one design twilights, or an offshore race. This course will give you the Start Racing and Spinnakers part of the AS Keelboat Program.


Members: $515. Non - Member: $600.





Want to know more? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact The RPAYC sailing office at sailing@rpayc.com.au or on 9998 3700.

Where to next?

Are you looking to crew on a boat? Why not have a look at the multiple crewing opportunities at RPAYC. We can connect you with a boat, to give you a headstart in finding a team to race with.

You don't need any experience or qualifications, even if you're new to sailing or just wanting to give it a go, then you're more than welcome. Come and see what sailing's all about at the Alfreds - it's fun and an opportunity to meet new people.

ke us on Facebook  to find crew on the day and upcoming events.  To find out when racing is on, check out the RPAYC Annual Yachting Program.




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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