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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

Support future Club Champions

As all members will acknowledge, The RPAYC has a proud and successful history in Olympic sailing with the club being represented in every Olympiad since 1964 .

Across all sports, the level of commitment, time and investment required to  obtain selection and then achieve success in the Olympic arena continues to increase and Sailing certainly fits this trend. 

Modern Olympic sailing has also changed, with the 1964 Olympics having 3 traditional keel boat classes and 2 traditional centreboard classes to the Rio Olympics with no keel boats and a broad variety of multihull, windsurfer and modern mono hull centreboard classes requiring agile athletes with a complete grasp of modern technologies , whilst  the dedication and time it takes to conquer remains all consuming. 

The fact that RPAYC has managed to maintain its representative record throughout this extended period is unparalleled across sailing Clubs around the world and testament to its commitment to supporting, encouraging and ultimately achieving Excellence in Sailing. 

In recent Olympics the Club has produced young Olympic sailors for Beijing (Angela Farrell), London (Nina Curtis) and Rio (Jason Waterhouse) bringing home 2 silver medals in the process. These sailors were nurtured in The RPAYC’s Centreboard and Youth Development Programs.

In 2017 we have some of our most successful youth sailors in The Club’s history working hard towards maintaining our standing as a world leading Yacht club and chasing Olympic representation in Tokyo and beyond. In their teenage and early adult years  they are already World Champions, National Champions and multiple Australian Representative sailors. No doubt members will have seen these sailors  competing and training on Pittwater and followed their progress at competitions whilst chasing their ambition  to continue the Club’s  proud tradition in the Olympic and broader International arena.

Whilst National support in funding, resources, training and equipment is afforded to our countries most successful sailors, and the Club has provided support through our Youth Competition Support Fund,  the obstacles that stand in the way of tomorrow’s talent bridging the gap from world champion youth sailors to Olympic Champions remains  significant.

I am  writing today to remind members  of the success of our current youth sailors across a broad range and  invite you to consider making tax deductible donations through the respective Australian Sports Foundation accounts towards the campaigns of our club sailors seeking selection in the current Olympic cycle as a way of becoming involved .

The links below  provide details on our young members who will all be travelling and competing extensively this year chasing the experience and results required to remain in contention for selection, a process which is already well underway, together with direct links to their respective funding portals. There are also links to their social media and contact details where members are invited to reach out to show support or discuss ways in which they may be of assistance.

Our last two Olympic Medalists, Nina Curtis and Jason Waterhouse will also be campaigning for the Tokyo Olympic's and further details on how you can follow and support these club athletes towards their Olympic campaign will also be provided shortly.


Ian Audsley


Club MemberCampagin Australian Sports Foundation Project Link

Tash Bryant &

Annie Wilmot

49er FX Olympic Women’s Skiff

To make a tax deductible donation to Tash Bryant’s campaign please click here…

To make a tax deductible donation to Annie Wilmots campaign please click here…

Jim Colley49er Olympic Mens Skiff

To make a tax deductible donation to Jim’s campaign please click here...

To ensure your donation is directed to us please send a confirmation email to us, please include the amount. It also means we can thank you. 

Josh Dawson470 Men’s Olympic Two Hander

To make a tax deductible donation to Josh Dawson’s campaign please click here...


Register for the One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta

The final One Design & Sports Boat Regatta for the 2016/17 Season is scheduled for the weekend of the 8-9 July, 2017. 

The fleet of competitors is building daily with a full fleet of Elliot 7s entered, crewed by Intermediate and Youth Development Squad members. The Melges 24 and 20 Classes are also building in numbers who's crews are looking forward to the earlier Winter start time of 1100hrs each day that sees racing concluded by 1500hrs. 

If you are intending to enter or looking to crew in this face pace windward / leeward series on the waters of Pittwater follow the link below. Race Briefing at 0930hrs on the 9th. 

RPAYC Mallorca Yacht Rally

5 to 21 July 2018

RPAYC and Mariner Boating Holidayshave once again joined to offer members an international cruise in July 2018, this time around Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. 

This is a RPAYC Yacht Rally and open to all members and their guests.  

On this two week adventure, you will sail your very own charter yacht around the island of Mallorca in the company of fellow club members. Along the way your hosts, Trevor and Maggie Joyce, will organise fun races, optional excursions and delicious dinners where you can socialise, taste local cuisine and experience the culture and people of this incredible island.

There are plenty of ‘Leisure days’ where you can drift off to anchor in a deserted cala or step ashore to explore on your own. It really is sailing made easy! All you need to do is grab some friends and choose a yacht from our fleet, or book a cabin and join other like-minded adventurers. 

Book before 3rd August 2017 and receive an exclusive RPAYC member discount of $500 per person

For more information on the Mallorca Yacht Rally or to find out what options are available for you, contact Mariner Boating Holidays, visit the website here, or view the brochure here

Mariner Boating Holidays

Laura Cooper

T: 02 9966 1244



ORC Rating Renewal Time

ORC introduction

What is ORC?

ORC Rating Systems use science and technology to develop its handicap systems. With a complete set of measurement of the hull with appendages, propeller, stability, rig and sails, it is then possible to use computer software called a VPP – for Velocity Prediction Program – to calculate the theoretical speeds for the boat in various wind conditions. With this powerful tool, that is updated yearly by a panel of experts in aero and hydrodynamic science, the ORC rating system can tell you the performance differences between different boats in different wind conditions and course geometries.

ORC International is accurate and ORC Club is simple

ORC Rating Systems are administered by the National Rating Offices established worldwide in each country that has active offshore rating.

There are two forms of the rating systems that are fully compatible using the same measurements and the same VPP: ORC International (ORCi) and ORC Club.

click on the logos to access the application forms


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ORCi is based on a complete boat measurement as defined by the International Measurement System (IMS). ORC Club uses the same data, but it may be accepted as being declared by the owner or obtained from any other source, including photos, drawings, designs or data from identical or similar boats.

In use, ORCi is a complete measurement rule and it is applied in all countries at the same level, while ORC Club is administered locally where each country may decide the level of measurement needed and even translate the complete certificate into the local language. ORCi is intended for use on World, Continental, Regional and National level as well as major international offshore races, while ORC Club is as its name implies designed for Club-level racing that can go up to national championship level. Both systems having the same rating and scoring options and can be scored together in any races.

Of course, due to better quality of measurement data, ORCi certificates will be more accurate and give more favorable ratings. Because the systems are so compatible, it is very easy for owner who has an ORC Club certificate to upgrade to ORCi – just contact your local measurer or rating authority.

International Measurement System 2017 IMS 2017

ORC Rating System 2017 ORC International & ORC Club

2017 Summary of changes

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta entry now open

The Notice of Race for the new Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta is now online at boat owners have until December 1, 2017 to register for Australia’s newest summer series at the best entry fee rate.

Announced back in April, the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta comprises two stages. The opening event is the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s 370 nautical mile ocean race starting from Pittwater to the north of Sydney on January 2, 2018 and finishing just off the Queensland Gold Coast at Southport. 

Sailors will have a couple of days to rest and enjoy Southport Yacht Club’s warm hospitality and the local sights before the RPAYC’s partner club SYC and highly regarded international race officer Denis Thompson conduct the second stage Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta from January 6-9. As in previous years, the series is a combination of windward/leeward, triangular and short ocean passage courses off the Southport Broadwater and stunning beaches.

Individual trophies will be presented to the Club Marine supported ocean race and Bartercard Series winners under various handicap systems, and a new perpetual trophy for the combined winner of all nine scheduled races will be struck.

Owner/skipper of the Elliott 10.6 High Anxiety, Marcus Grimes, says: “Almost 400 miles gives us a challenging distance race in what we expect to be varied conditions. This year’s downwind ride ended up being great fun and gybing into and along the packed beaches of the Gold Coast in 25 - 30 knots provided a spectacular backdrop to the finish.

“I have family up north so it was really nice to see them on the seaway breakwall as we arrived; followed up by the welcome boat from the SYC meeting us and providing fantastic hospitality. This year we’re planning on staying a bit longer and bringing the kids up for a trip to Sea World, in between enjoying the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta. Now that the race is definitely heading back to Southport it would be good to have a few more owners of similar sized boats start planning to make the trip up with us,” Grimes added.

For owners and boat managers there will be the same RPAYC streamlined entry process the progressive Sydney club instigated four years ago. Planning committee head and competing boat owner Richard Hudson says: “We maintain a simple entry process and avoid the paper wall for our Cat 2 New Year flagship offshore event starting on January 2.

“Finishing our longstanding ocean race for the first time at Southport back in January was a fantastic experience thanks to our finish partner. Southport Yacht Club welcomed all crews and their families and gave them really helpful logistical support plus great ideas on local attractions, accommodation and eateries. One hundred per cent of the inaugural race competitors I spoke to afterwards unanimously commented on how much they enjoyed the ocean race and the post-race events in Southport,” Hudson added.

All competing yachts will be required to carry an AIS transponder, technology that is readily available and a safeguard to complement the club’s YellowBrick tracking service and requirement for Sat phones rather than expensive HF radios which were phased out by the RPAYC board back in 2013.

Owners can choose to enter the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta in the monohull, multihull or two handed categories and be scored under all of the popular handicap systems.

Both Pittwater and the Gold Coast present excellent holiday destinations and those thinking about competing are encouraged to visit keep up with special discounts and offers.  

For the non-sailors, the Gold Coast area offers an abundance of family activities including Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild, Lamington National Park and Tambourine Mountain, plus beaches as far as the eye can see. January is peak season and though there is a multitude of local options from hotels and serviced apartments to Airbnb houses, families are encouraged to book accommodation early.

Details for the Bartercard Sail Paradise 2018 can be found on the regatta website:

For further information contact:

RPAYC sailing office 9998 3700e.

Media enquiries - Lisa Ratcliff m. 0418 428 511 e.

SYC enquiries - Bronwen Hemmings (07) 5591 3500 e.

RPAYC Senior Youth Etchells 2018 Worlds Program - Invitation to Apply


Through the generous support of a number of RPAYC members, the RPAYC is in a position to support two teams to be able to compete in the 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane in October 2018.

The program will be underwritten by the Youth Support Patron Group (an informal group of senior members), fundraising and support from sponsors. Successful applicants will be provided with an Etchell for training, Etchells club, state and national events, as well as the Worlds Qualifying events. In addition, the cost of storage, maintenance, sails and entry to the Worlds will be underwritten by the Patrons Group.


The intent of this program is to support Senior Youth Members of the club, that are between the ages of 20-30 to develop advanced fleet keelboat fleet racing and program management skills, while showing commitment to the club and the local Etchells fleet.


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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