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


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

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

E: laura@marinerboating.com.au


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 http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/race-documents.htmland 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 www.pittwatertoparadise.com.auor www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadiseto 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. sailing@rpayc.com.au

Media enquiries - Lisa Ratcliff m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

SYC enquiries - Bronwen Hemmings (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au

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.

RPAYC Successful Invictus Launch

Most members will have seen some great footage of their Club conducting the Invictus Games Launch on Sydney Harbour yesterday. 

The day started with the Official Launch at Admiralty House, 500 days ahead of the opening of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games and 108 days until competition begins for the 2017 Toronto Games. In attendance was the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Squad, their friends, family and other supporters.  RPAYC General Manager Suzanne Davies was invited to represent the RPAYC at this event in recognition of the Club’s contributions to the day. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, Chairman of the Invictus Games and he introduced the speakers, the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, His Royal Highness Prince Harry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photo by SailingSports Photography Photo by SailingSports Photography

The heavy rain often obscured the spectacular harbour views from the marquee on the lawn where the ceremony was conducted, but a fortunate break in the weather allowed the speakers to be clearly heard over the faint, protective buzz of choppers in the sky. All speakers referenced the terror attacks both in the UK and Melbourne in the week prior which underlined the importance of the roles and sacrifices of many of those in the room. 

Prince Harry’s speech was heartfelt and moving.  He spoke of the catalyst for the Games being the moment he was forced to leave his fellow soldiers on the front line in Afghanistan in 2008 after his presence there was leaked. While he realised that to remain would have endangered his company, the guilt he felt was overwhelming. The flight he departed Afghanistan on carried the body of a Danish soldier and other badly injured soldiers and he reported that this was the moment he knew he had to do something for these people to help them and thus the Invictus Games were born. 

On launching the Games, Prince Harry said; “Sydney will soon be the custodian of the Invictus spirit and the focus for hundreds of men and women using the Invictus Games to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries. “I know that people across the country – from Perth to Sydney, from Darwin to Adelaide – will embrace the Invictus Games and show their support for competitors from their local towns and right across the country. I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.”

Prince Harry concluded “The Invictus Games are coming to Australia – game on down under!"

It was Gladys Berejiklian who announced that sailing would be included in the Invictus Games for the first time in Sydney!  As the event broke for a morning tea with the Prince, the dock of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron was a buzz with RPAYC and RSYS representatives and veterans preparing to head out in the wet and blustery conditions to conduct the sailing demonstration.

The event was executed by RPAYC Club Coach Tom Spithill who had worked tirelessly in recent weeks ensuring plans were in place, the boats were ready, volunteers engaged and veterans prepared to race.  With everything in check it was game on!  RPAYC Race Officer and Vietnam Veteran Ted Anderson was in charge of the day’s racing and with the assistance of David West and Sue Anderson they trained up a number of veterans who, while they were unable to participate by sailing, enjoyed learning to participate in the race management activities. 

Bill Ebsary’s Le Billet and Andy McKillop’s Winifred were out on water supporting the fleet and providing spectators with a great viewing platform, not to mention a handy refuge for those on support ribs to take a moment to warm up. 

One of the Club’s Elliott 7s was proudly displayed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal for visitors to view, conveying to those on land that sailing would be the new sport for Invictus 2018.  The other six were all part of the sailing demonstration, crewed by veterans and each accompanied by an RPAYC Member which included; Commodore Ian Audsley, IdS Board of Governors representative Norm Weaver, William Sherman, Nial Powers and Rod Walton. Also in support ribs were Members Simon Grosser, Jim Bullough and Geoff Sherman.

The fleet racing kicked off just after 12.30pm and there was plenty of wind, plenty of Sydney icons and plenty of passion with some close racing in Farm Cove. Prince Harry made his way out to greet the fleet at around 1.30pm as thunder rolled through as though announcing his arrival on water. He made his way to Tommy Spithill’s rib first where he spoke with Tommy and veteran David Savage (Soldier On Ambassador) inquiring about the program that RPAYC has run for veterans. Unfazed by the now pelting rain, The Prince then made his way over to talk to crews on other boats who happily took a moment out of racing to fill him in on the benefits they have received from participating in the RPAYC and Soldier On sailing program. After 15-20 mins out on water, Prince Harry made his way back to shore. Soon after Prince Harry left, racing was abandoned due to the threat of lightning strikes. 

The welcome from the RSYS was outstanding – a warm cosy bar and a sausage sizzle for all who made the event possible, the competitors, their families and friends. Tommy Spithill conducted the prize giving taking time to thank the RSYS and the CYCA for their assistance and hospitality. The CYCA had arranged a ferry for the family and friends of those racing to watch from.

Back in the bar Tom Spithill couldn’t remove the smile from his face when asked about the demonstration match race he had just coordinated, not to mention his chance to meet Prince Harry.  “It’s just amazing, the people, the volunteers, the veterans. It’s been an epic day, no amount of rain could dampen the spirits of everyone here and I just can’t wait until October next year! Prince Harry seemed like a really nice bloke, he has a military background and founded the Invictus Games so I have a lot of respect for that,” said Tom Spithill, who was also announced as a technical sailing advisor to the 2018 Games.

While the weather continued to show its presence, the spirit and meaning of Invictus shone through as everyone talked through what a great day they had had.  Veterans and their families conveyed their gratitude for all the club has done to assist the veterans with one veteran’s wife commenting to the Commodore, “this program has helped him heal, the only time his mind is quiet is when he is sailing”.
We now look forward to the preparations ahead for the 2018 Invictus Games which is sure to be another proud moment in RPAYC history.

More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 10 different adaptive sports in Sydney from 20-27 October in 2018. The RPAYC, CYCA, and RSYS will play a key part in hosting the sailing component of the games. The events will be staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour.

For further information, please visit: www.invictusgames2018.org




Rigging up for Prince Harry

Early yesterday morning a group of RPAYC volunteers, led by Commodore Ian Audsley and, Club Coach Tom Spithill along with half a dozen Veterans, met at the Club to get ready to take the opportunity of the good weather window to transport the Club’s Elliott 7s to Sydney Harbour in preparation for tomorrow’s demonstration Match Race for Prince Harry.  

After rigging up, radio tests and a mandatory briefing over coffee the boats were  towed out to Barrenjoey and set sail for the Harbour at 11am.  After a pleasant sail down, the boats arrived and were greeted by friends at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron just before 3pm. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, along with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, have been integral in assisting the RPAYC to deliver tomorrow’s event.

While the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t great, Integrated disAbled Sailing Board of Governors representative Norm Weaver who sailed one of the boats south said, “We had a lovely trip down today and although the conditions on Wednesday are forecast to be very different, that is sailing!  We will focus on the things we can control and that is a great sailing demonstration, a great day on the water for the veterans and their families and a warm welcome for Prince Harry.  We have a lot of member support for this event, many on water and others who are making their way to the Harbour today to join in the spectator fleet and take out some of the friends and family to see their loved ones on the water.  It makes me very proud to be a member of the RPA and to be part of the club’s community giving program”. 

Scott Reynolds a veteran who first participated in the Club’s veteran program with Soldier On, went on to complete RPAYC sailing courses and now residing in Queenstown, purchased a yacht which he sails on the lake with a local club.  Scott has returned to Sydney to participate in the demonstration on Wednesday.

The RPAYC fleet of Elliott 7’s will be an integral part of the Invictus Games launch, hosting a sailing match race demonstration crewed by Members and Solider On veterans. Many Members and families of the Soldier On crew will be on the harbour on-board Le Billet and Winifred showing their support and hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry. Prince Harry, who has served in the British Armed Forces for over 10 years helped develop the Invictus Games which is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. The 2018 Invictus Games will take place in and around Sydney 18-29 October 2018 and will bring over 500 competitors to Sydney from 17 Nations to compete in 11 sports.


To keep up to date with the demonstration event tomorrow you can follow the Club’s social media pages;




Norm Weaver, RPAYC Director, and Ben Rahilly, COO of Invictus Games


Geoff Sherman, RPAYC Volunteer and Georgina Edwards from Soldier On 


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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