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


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

Chasing The Cup – My America's Cup Journey

Jimmy Spithill used Bulgarian 'heavy' to silence abusive Kiwi internet troll

Jimmy Spithill's remarkable 2013 comeback win with Oracle Team USA proved too much for some Kiwi fans.Jimmy Spithill's remarkable 2013 comeback win with Oracle Team USA proved too much for some Kiwi fans.

Jimmy Spithill's remarkable 2013 comeback win with Oracle Team USA proved too much for some Kiwi fans.


Jimmy Spithill used New Zealand private investigators and a Bulgarian "heavy" to shut down a Kiwi in London who was giving him abusive and menacing comments over the internet in the wake of Oracle's miracle comeback to win the 2013 America's Cup.

Spithill certainly didn't endear himself to either Emirates Team New Zealand or Kiwi fans in general with his constant goading during the remarkable America's Cup match in San Francisco as Oracle Team USA fought back from the seemingly impossible position of 8-1 down in the race to nine points.

Spithill revealed the level of hatred directed at him and the lengths he went to stop some of it in his new biography, Chasing The Cup – My America's Cup Journey.

Bushranger brings home the silverware at HIRW

Well what a way to finish the regatta, with Bushranger getting another bullet! 

It was a fantastic way to wrap up the seven days of racing and it helped us to a clear 2nd in the series, only 3 points off 1st. Considering the passage style racing and fairly strong winds we are very happy with the result. Congratulations to Swish who were just too fast for us in this regatta.

Also well done to Toy Box 2 who was 3rd, as we had great racing with them all around the course. It's been an absolutely fantastic week up here a Hamilton Island. We have had stunning sunny days throughout and have sailed on some of the most beautiful waterways in the world. Congratulations to the Hamilton Island Yacht Club and the race committee for putting on such an enormous and well run regatta.

For anyone who has not done a Hamo, put it on your bucket list, as it is one of the best yachting regattas in the world!

A special thanks to our owner Gerry Hatton and our fantastic crew. We have all had a blast, along with many many laughs this past week.

Thanks also to North Sails, Olectrics B&G instruments, Mark Mills the Yacht Designer and MAT yachts for providing such a wonderful boat to sail on. Finally thanks to all who followed us this week, we hope you enjoyed it.

For now until our next regatta, it's Bushrangers out!

By Andrew Hatton

Deckhardware Invitation to All, 3 September Jack Gale Centre

Join us at 10:30 on Sunday the 3rd of September on the Centreboard Lawn when Phil from DeckHardware will talk about sailing products, how to choose them, how to use them and how to maintain them. 

  • Do you know what to use and where on your boat? 
  • Do you know how to look after your rope and fittings?
  • When you coil your rope does it end up in knots? There is a trick to help avoid this!
  • Did you know there are types of Dyneema® fibre which then becomes different types of Dyneema® Rope?

One of the interesting things about hardware design over the last few years has been the development in rope technology.  Previously block ranges faced an unchanging demand and lightness was the only desirable characteristic, however this is no longer the case. 
Phil will be discussing the different loads on your blocks, depending on the application you are using them for and where they are placed in the system.  As well as some of the new products available like Dog Bones.
Phil will discuss the different types of rope to help you choose which type to use.  We know this can be a tricky process and often it comes down to the individual sailor and what they like.

RPAYC Sailors excel in the Ice Breaker Series

The final round (of four) of the Winter Ice Breaker Series was held on Sunday with 50 competitors braving the chilly conditions on Pittwater across nine divisions. The Series is a popular event attracting competitors from across NSW.

Notable RPAYC performances included Walter Tuite’s gong in Optimist Intermediate Fleet. Markus Sampson also put in a stellar performance, placing third in the series, an impressive debut in Intermediate fleet. Markus will be one to watch this summer season!

All three laser classes saw fantastic performances from RPAYC members as well, most notably, Thomas Skinners hat-trick on Sunday and subsequent first place in the series point score in the Laser 4.7 class. The radial class saw tight racing with only 8 points separating 1st and 2nd place with Antony Hawke taking out first place overall.

The Club is very pleased to announce the naming rights sponsor for the 2018 Ice Breaker event is Seldon for Sailing. “We are very excited to see Seldon for Sailing come on board for the 2018 Ice Breaker Series…. this is a testament to the success of the event and confirms the Ice Breaker’s place as a staple winter event in the Sydney metro centreboard community’s calendar” said RPAYC Sailing and Marketing Manager.

The Club would like to thank all competitors and volunteers for their involvement in another successful Ice Breaker Series and we look forward to round 1 of the summer series commencing on Sunday the 3rd of September.

Fareast 28R Championship at RPAYC

Fareast Yachts is organising its first 28R Championship and has chosen the RPAYC to host their Class event on 4-5 November, 2017. The RPAYC are hosting the first of four season weekend regattas for one design and sports boats. Six races are scheduled on the windward / leeward course on Pittwater. The Club's annual program schedules a number on specific events tailored for such boats like the 28R, view the program here


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Spring Regatta & Melges Classes East Coast Championship 2017

Windward / Leeward, 6 Races. 8 for Melges classes

November - 4 & 5

Online Entry System

Summer Regatta 2018

Windward / Leeward, 6 Races

February - 10 & 11

Online Entry System

Autumn Regatta 2018

Windward / Leeward, 6 Races

April - 21 & 22

Online Entry System

Winter (Mick Hole) Regatta

Windward / Leeward, 6 Races 

July - 7 & 8 

Online Entry System

Annual Sailing Program & Entry Available Now

The 2017/18 Sailing Handbook is now available to download or hardcopy available from the Sailing Office from the 25th August. This season sees a newly designed program of events and races to suit all members both new to sailing and experienced sailors, allowing more flexibility for boats and their various crew to participate in their selected event. 

The Sailing Program can be viewed online here, or a schedule of events is printed in the Sailing Handbook

  • Entry into each Series be it Club weekly races, the Club Marine East Coast BWPS or Regatta's is via the Online Entry System  OPEN NOW.
  • Spring and Summer events include:

    • Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series (year round) - Race 1, 6 September
    • Saturday Inshore & Classic Series  (spinnaker & non spinnaker & One Design Division) - Race 1, 9 September
    • Saturday Broken Bay Offshore Series (this is a combined series of SOPs and Broken Bay) - Race 1, 16 September
    • Saturday Mini Regattas (Windward/Leeward sprints) ** Additional dates added** - Round 1, 23 September
    • Club Marine East Coast Bluewater Series inc the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - Race 1, 23 September
    • Saturday Commodores Cup Series, including a non-spinnaker division - Race 1, 23 September
    • Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Series - Race 1, 12 October
    • Women's Tuesday Twilight Series (spinnaker & non spinnaker) - Race 1, 31 October
    • Saturday Feature events, including Scotland Island Cup, Whisper Mug, Juno Jug and more..

Saturday 2 September sees the commencement of the 2017/18 Sailing Season with the annual Sail Past and Pittwater Dash Race.   Don't forget to book your FREE BBQ Lunch tickets before the 26th August! 




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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