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


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


The Driftwood Trophy - Laser Race for Parents & Volunteers


This years event will be held on Sunday 8th April, 2018. The annual driftwood trophy race is the opportunity for non competitor sailors (volunteers/parents) to jump onto a laser and enjoy a race against each other. Whether you have sailed a laser before or not you are welcome to participate in the fun casual race, the winner will be awarded the Driftwood Trophy.
Register on the Day at the Centreboard Lawn on April 8th.

This unassuming trophy was first competed for at the end of the 1983-84 centreboard season in Laser dinghies, loaned by the Laser fleet sailors, and is probably the most sort after centreboard trophy in the club. Look at the winner names and you can see where some of our gun sailors got their pedigree from.
The main instigator was Kendal Barry-Cotter, who wanted to give the parents/volunteers a chance to race each other. After negotiating the terms and getting agreement from the Laser fleet sailors, he dropped in the last condition; “You will need to supply a trophy”!

Not only had we poor, young Laser sailors agreed to loan our prized possessions, we had to supply an appropriate trophy. We had all thought the idea of seeing the parents out hiking and capsizing a great joke, so we decided the trophy had to be cheap, something that related to the club and a bit of fun.

After packing up our boats and enjoying a hot shower, some of the Laser sailors were rostered on to roll up the launching mat. As chance would have it, there was a bit of driftwood washed up on it and it was agreed that it would be an appropriate fun trophy. I agreed to dry it out, varnish it and make up a name plate from brass at work.

It turned out to be harder than I expected. After two days hanging in the garage it was still wet so desperate measures were called for. When Mum was out I put it in the oven for a few hours to dry out. I really should have kept a better eye on it as Mum wasn’t too impressed with the smell the next time she used her oven. Then it was given several coats of Dad’s prized two pot epoxy. Yes, more grief when Dad next went to paint his wash boards, and there wasn’t enough epoxy but it was
worth it. Then, I fitted the brass name plate and it came up a treat. I’m not sure when the plinth was added, but thirty years later it still looks good as new.

Natalie Sampson Wins the Henri Lloyd Wet Weather raffle aiding Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot European Campaign

Congratulations to Natalie Sampson who has won the Henri Lloyd raffle run by Club Youth Members Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot as part of their funding campaign towards their European 49er FX Class campaign which also forms part of the Australian Sailing Team selection events for representation at the Toyko Olympics in 2020. The fundraising was a huge success for the girls, "the support from fellow sailors and the RPAYC was amazing"! said the girls.

Natalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Llyod PrizeNatalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Llyod Prize

Natasha and Annie along with Traks Gordon and their families would love to pass on a big thank-you to not only the members of RPAYC but also to Henri Lloyd for supporting the club with the very generous donation of the Henri LLoyd wet weather gear. "It was wonderful to see the club and it's member get behind the girls in supporting them on their Olympic Journey", said Ally Bryant..

"Without the RPAYC, it's members and this raffle prize we would have found it hard to raise the awareness of our campaign to represent the Club and Australia in 2020", said the girls at the Women's Twilight presentation. 

The girls embark this Saturday to Europe - with the second round of the World Cup Series being one of the regattas they will be competing in when over in europe.

Without the incredible support and enthusiasm from fellow sailors and the sailing industry it is extremely hard to maintain a programme such as theirs and we are most grateful to you and the club for helping us help them achieve an amazing dream.

Many thanks

Tash + Annie



April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

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April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

4 days of sailing fun!

Get the kids out sailing on beautiful Pittwater this coming school holidays!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club provides fun, safe and affordable sailing camps for kids of 8-12 years.

When:Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th April 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Register today at: http://www.rpayc.com.au/courses/kids-learn-to-sail/autumn-school-holiday-program

Phone: 9997 3800

Email: sailing@rpayc.com.au

Intermediate Youth Development Applications Open

Invitation to register for the RPAYC's Intermediate Youth Development Squad training program.  Take your sailing to the next level!       

The Intermediate Youth Development Squad Program consists of up to sixteen  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
•     Fleet Race training and Regatta experience
•     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
18-20 April                            Three day Training Program - Easter School Holiday Period
9-10 July                                Two day Training Program - Winter School Holiday Period
21-22 April                            One-Design & Sports Boat Autumn Regatta (RPAYC)
3 June                                     NCYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
10 June                                  CYCA Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
17 June                                  RSYS Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
24 June                                  RPAYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
7-8 July                                  One-Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta (RPAYC)
15-16 September                 David Lukins Memorial Match Racing Regatta (RPAYC)
The program will be run over five training days from 0900 to 1600 and will be conducted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s coaching team lead by Club Coach Tom Spithill  with instructors provided for each boat from the RPAYC’s Youth Development Squad program. Each day will comprise of theory sessions and on water sessions.

Optimist Victorian States sees RPA Daniel Links awarded 1st Place

Six junior sailors from RPAYC recently went to Blairgowrie in Victoria to compete in the 2018 Optimist Victorian State Championships. 

Competition was hot with 116 boats including 4 of the top 5 boats from the Australian championships.
Day 1 was a struggle with very little breeze and the race committee only managing to get 1 late race away.
Day 2 and 3 were a very different story with breezes up around 20 knots with good tide and waves.

Daniel Links handled the conditions well winning 5 out of the 9 races enabling him to place 1st to win the regatta with 2 races to spare. Fletcher Walters fought out a hard regatta to win the last race and take 2nd place overall. Jonathan Tuite relished the conditions finishing 5th.

Angus Renton and Cooper Bellingham also sailed well in the tough conditions finishing 13th and 16th. A special mention to Walter Tuite who has just recently joined the open fleet and battled hard. The experience he gained will be invaluable.

In the Optimist fleet RPAYC now holds the Australian Championships with Fletcher and the VIC, NSW, and ACT championships with Daniel. A big thankyou to Rob and Tom Brewer for coaching support throughout the year and also to Andy and Virpi Tuite for handling the logistics for a lot of the kids for this trip.

All the kids are looking forward to competing in the NSW State Championships at RPAYC on the 24-25 March before some of them head to NZ for the NZ nationals at Picton on the South Island.


Crystal Bay hardstand Works

Dear Members,

Please be advised that we will be connecting temporary power back onto the Crystal Bay hardstand for lights, GPO’s and the boom gates on Tuesday 13th March, this is a few days later than scheduled due to the delay’s with the concrete pour and I do apologise for the inconvenience, the permanent power supply is still 3 – 4 weeks away while we wait for the construction of a new power pole for the relocation of the new power distribution board

Update on the rest of the works

The mounting bracket templates for the restricted mobility accesses gangway and the floating ramp with be marked and drilled on Monday 12th. The gangway and floating ramp will be fitted into place on Tuesday the 13th March, we will need to move a few boats around on the hardstand to allow the crane to get into place, due to the limited space we won’t be able to relocate boats to a particular spot so we will “make space” for the crane where we can, once the works are completed we will relocate members vessels back to their original spots. The block retaining wall is under construction now and should be completed by the end of the week, back filling of the retaining wall, the trench on the southern side and the drainage in front of the retaining wall will be completed by the end of next week

Works completion date (not including permanent power hook up) is scheduled for the end of March

As always please contact me if you foresee any issues or require further information

Kind Regards,


David Randall CMM

Facilities Manager

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

T: 02 9998 3700

E: David.Randall@rpayc.com.au

W: www.rpayc.com.au


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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