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


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

Cruising Events


Coming Events

Sat/Sun 4/5 March - Estuary Cruise to Coasters with BBQ ashore - CANCELLED
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Electrical Maintenance - Rob Starkey - BOOK HERE 

Sat/Sun 18/19 March - Estuary Cruise America Bay
Sunday 26 March 2017 - Navigation and Seamanship - A Panel discussion

Friday 7 April - First Friday - Launch of the RPAYC Mariner Majorca Rally
Sat/Sun 8/9 April - Estuary Cruise
May to Sept 2017
-  Sesquicentenary Coral Coast Cruise webpage HERE                              

 When attending all Club cruises please have your radio on and tuned to Ch16/77 so that you hear of any changes to cruise plans.  The Cruise Coordinator will use Ch77 'calling all Alfreds Yachts' .  If you have any doubts about a cruise going ahead please check with the Cruise Coordinator or with Reception.

Members are reminded to fly their Club burgee at all Club on water cruising events.  A burgee is available for purchase at Reception.

Huge thanks to Leon and Nirvana for organising a great weekend at Dangar Island with dinner at the Dangar Island Bowling Club.  Despite the weather - wind, hail and rain - the weekend was a great success and enjoyed by all.


March First Friday

      Coming Estuary Cruises       

Sat/Sun 4/5 March
Coasters Retreat - BBQ ashore


Sat/Sun 18/19 March
America Bay
Patrick and Arlene will coordinate a weekend in America Bay.
Enjoy a St Patricks Day celebration evening gathering.
Details later. 


Sesquicentenary Coral Coast Cruise 2017

CC17 Seminar Series:

Sunday 12 March 2017 - Electrical Maintenance - Rob Starkey 


An introduction to Marine Electrics and Troubleshooting.

Understanding what a cruising sailor should expect from a marine electrical system and how to manage those expectations.

    *  What is my daily electrical consumption?

    *  What battery types and capacity do I require?

    *  What battery charge devices, charge current and charge time do I require?

The seminar also covers basic marine DC circuits, marine systems and how to diagnose basic marine DC faults.


Sunday 26 March 2017 - Navigation and Seamanship - A Panel discussion - bookings open soon

All members are welcome at the CC17 seminars. Guests are welcome for a $15 charge to be paid at Reception.

Sale of CC17 polo shirts and hats
will take place in February and March at First Fridays and with the CC17 seminars.  These polos are great value and great designs.  See the CC17 webpage.

For all the details of the Coral Coast 2017 cruise
see the Club CC17 webpage HERE

   The CC17 NOTICE of CRUISE is now available
on the Cruising Documents page of the Club website 


Are you interested in joining this Cruise 



App for Marine Rescue NSW

You can log on/off using the app once you are registered. A great step forward for all cruising sailors. Read all about it HERE.

Pittwater Weather

Did you know that several new weather stations have been put in place around Pittwater and information is available to all boaties to know the local conditions.  Read about it HERE.

Old Flare Disposal

There have been some recent queries about the disposal of old flares. This link to RMS is helpful.

Toucan's Travels

Read new entries on the blog HERE.

News Items

BOM changng rain terminology - On Thursday 9 October 2014 the Club was advised by the BOM that they are changing how they talk about rain on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website to help people make sense of rain forecasts.   This will affect both land and marine forecasts.

Coastal and local waters forecasts routinely provide mariners with information about winds, seas, swell and, only when significant, a phrase describing the expected weather, i.e. thunderstorms, fog or heavy rain.

From next week, the BOM are making marine forecasts more useful for people planning to spend the day on the water by routinely adding more information about the expected weather. Instead of just including significant weather information, such as thunderstorms or fog, they will include whether it will be sunny, cloudy or rainy.

See also:

A Matter of Importance   -  Participants are reminded that fending off with hands, arms, feet or legs is no substitute for a fender - and can be very dangerous. Fending off from any immovable object, such as wharves and piles, has similar potential for injury.  Caution should also be taken when using the anchor winch as accidents with fingers can also happen with the chain.
Who's cruising?  Member BLOGS -  You can follow the Picasso (Rob & Virginia McClelland)cruise HERE.   Di Fitzgerald and Bruce Jameson Having sailed their Kelly Petersen 44 'Illusion V' around Australia in 2011/12,  Di Fitzgerald and Bruce Jameson are in Annapolis fitting out their 46ft Fontaine Pajot catamaran for their adventure back to Australia. Follow their activities and adventures HERE.

Club Courses   Courses are running soon.  See all the details HERE. Contact the Sailing Office for more info.

What is an RPAYC Estuary Cruise?

Unless the weekend is called a Rally we sail to the destination in our own time arriving at any time on the first day - but generally before 4pm to 4.30pm if possible. There is always a get together over a few drinks that evening and you will be advised of the location by the Cruise Co-ordinator when you arrive or soon after. At drinks you should bring your own glasses, drinks, nibbles etc. If you do become a 'host' boat you are not expected to feed people or provide anything - people bring whatever they need. Other activities at a weekend away may include;

  •   a 'pot luck' dinner (when you take 'pot luck' with your dinner companions and the food that everyone puts in the middle of the table - this is usually arranged 'out of hat' or organised in some random way!
  •   a morning tea gathering - again BYO unless advised otherwise!
  •   a kayak expedition
  •   a dinghy exploration
  •   or anything else that anyone wants to organise!

Some locations have lots of moorings - eg Refuge or America Bay -and others have just a few moorings - such as Smiths Creek. You should be prepared to anchor having due respect to those already anchored or moored. Boats head home in their own time on Sunday - often after sharing casually arranged morning tea with others. Some may stay on for an extra evening if they are lucky!

CC13 Seminars All documents from past seminars are on the Club website and are very well worth downloading HERE - they are extensive and make great reference material - you need to login.

RPAYC Cruising Strategic Plan   Cruise Committee has agreed a Strategic Plan to focus on objectives to develop cruising activity within the Club. You can dowload this document HERE.

Boating Incident Reports   A report on the investigation of a fatal man overboard from the Reflex 38 yacht 'Lion' 14.5 miles south of Selsey Bill, West Sussex on 18 June 2011 has been made available on the Club website HERE. The report makes some interesting reading.

Port Fairy Race Inception Report - the report on the incident of the sinking of the boat 'Inception' during the Port Fairy race in Victoria ia available on the Club website HERE. This is a valuable report on many aspects of this incident.

Life Jacket Regulations - There are recent updates to requirements for wearing life jackets This is an important matter for all cruising sailors including kayaks and tenders. See a summary on the Club website below:

The advisory period for new NSW legislation regarding lifejacket requirements for recreational boats ended in December and that the requirements are now being enforced.

The following new requirements are relevant to many members:

In vessels less than 4.8m all persons must wear a lifejacket:

  • at night
  • on open (ocean) waters
  • on alpine waters
  • when boating alone
  • when the boat is used as a tender more than 400 metres from shore

Persons in canoes/kayaks must wear a lifejacket when greater than 100 metres from an accessible shore in sheltered waters, and at all times in ocean waters.

NSW Maritime defines safety equipment requirements in terms of Enclosed and Open waters, with additional requirements if you are more than two miles offshore.
For Pittwater, the Enclosed Waters limit is a bit of a moving target. It is always south of a line between Barrenjoey and West Head but may extend to Middle Head when waves are less than half a meter trough to crest.
The implication of these limits is that on a typical summer’s day when the nor’easter kicks in during the afternoon a trip back from Halletts Beach to the Club will include passage through Open Waters and your vessel will need to carry the appropriate equipment for this classification - this is a NSW Maritime requirement.

Details of the requirements and an explanation of the changes may be found in this report. Click to download







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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