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


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


Discover Sailing Day - Sunday 23rd September

Discover Sailing Day is a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is. 

This year the RPAYC will be hosting their Discover Sailing Day on Sunday 23 September. 

You’ll have the option to go out for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around the club facilities, and find out about the programs and sailing courses available. There is something for the whole family and even kids as young as five years old can sail, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. People of all abilities are welcome and some clubs offer accessible facilities for people with a disability.

Discover Sailing Days are free to attend and all boats and safety equipment is provided by the club. All you need to bring is clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, sun screen and a hat. Shoes with non-marking soles are preferred.

We will have a Discover Sailing Host, who welcomes you to the club, answers any questions, and explains the activities taking place during the Discover Sailing Day. The schedule of activities will vary dependant on the weather, but it’s recommended you allow at least 1 to 1.5 hours if you want to get out on the water.

Date: Sunday 23rd September

Time: 0900 - 1200

Location: RPAYC Reception


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Invictus Games: Outback veteran training in desert to sail for Australia

Updated yesterday at 2:30pm

How do you train for a competitive sailing tournament while living in the desert?

Ask Marcus Wilson from Broken Hill, in far-west New South Wales, who is training for the 2018 Invictus Games.

The former Australian Army gunner and medic, who served for 14 years, has been riding his bike through the outback and mimicking ducking under booms and pulling ropes in the gym in preparation.

He has been selected to represent Australia in the sailing during the Games at which 500 athletes from 18 countries will compete in 11 different sports in Sydney in October.

All competitors are current and ex-military personnel who have been wounded, injured, or become ill during service.

Etchells Yacht Charter

An Etchells Fleet boat is available for full season charter to RPAYC members. If you are wanting to engage in competitive one design regattas or prefer to get some friends together in a quick yacht for regular club races without spending a fortune then this is the opportunity. 

Fleet boats are in competitive one design condition and capable of being at the front of a championship fleet. Alternatively, Etchells also sail well in a mixed fleet and are proving to be very popular in this role on Pittwater. Members may wish to consider participation in Club midweek and weekend handicap racing.
The Pittwater Etchells Fleet are keen to promote affordable sailing and see more boats join in OD racing and/or handicap racing around Pittwater. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from members to charter our Fleet Etchells for the upcoming season. 
The structure of the Charter has been done to offer a low cost way of keel boat sailing (no capital cost) with a small charter fee of $1800.00 to cover boat insurance plus nominal wear and tear. Members will also be required to pay full hardstand fees to the Club for the season.
Expressions of Interest can be submitted to The Sailing Office (Pittwater Fleet Committee) together with any further questions about the boat or sailing Etchells on Pittwater or further abroad.

Do your bit for the environment and recycle with the Club

The Club continues to reduce waste
The Club has installed a waste compactus located on the Boatyard and would like to advise Members of the changes to our waste management procedures. 
ALL general waste and recycling can go into the bins located around the Club including; general waste, cans, bottles-glass and plastics etc.  

No E-Waste, TVs, pressurised containers e.g.fire extinguishers, explosives, flares or house hold clean up waste can be placed into the compactus or club bins. 

The Club will empty the bins to the compactus each day and the compacted bales will be collected and recycling separated at the Doyle Bros Waste Management Plant.  Please make sure that you don’t put gas bottles into the general waste bins and the Club has a waste management area on the Green Point Hardstand for paint, oily waste and batteries.
Cardboard and paper recycling (clean only) recycling 'blue' bins are located at the back of the Clubhouse and on the Boatyard. 

Members are welcome to use these bins for ‘clean’ cardboard and paper recycling.  


Women’s Match Racing Regatta 2018

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Olivia Price, Rachel Bower, Emma May, Tara Blanc-Ramos and Wallis Brewer have won the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta for 2018, defeating New Zealand’s Celia Willison in a white wash Finals series, 3-0 on a blustery cool day on Sydney Harbour.

The trophy has been re-dedicated in 2018 as the John Messenger Perpetual Trophy, after John, a strong supporter of female sailing, sadly passed away at the end of last year. The two-day event saw eight teams from New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand compete. Today’s conditions again saw a gusty breeze, this time from the south, with racing taking place in Athol Bay.

Round Robin winner, Olivia Price, chose to race RPAYC’s Juliet Costanzo in the semi-finals, leaving the CYCA’s other team, led by India Howard to face off with New Zealand’s Celia Willison. Both semi-finals put on a great display of match racing and went right down to the wire with all 3 races needed to determine the Finalists with the two more-experienced helms of Price and Willison advancing through to the Finals.

RPAYC's Team of Juliet Costanzo, Jasmine Bridge, Georgia Tucky, Alice Murphy, Emma Rankin, finished in a strong 4th place: View full results here: https://cyca.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Marinassess-Results.pdf

49er Campaign Worlds report, Jim Colley

Renowned for being cold, wet and windy, Kiel didn’t disappoint. The problem was that our boats were still stuck in customs in Barcelona. After a few days waiting for the call to say they would be on their way, we bit the bullet and decided to charter for the event. We got a solid 3 days of training in after setting up the boat, before rolling straight into the event. This being our first event together, the goal was to perfect rolls and comms within the boat and begin to develop a regatta routine.

The first 2 days of qualifying were sailed in strong, shifty breeze. We got off the line well and sailed fast, and were more than happy to qualify for gold fleet in 31’st and second Australian boat. The next 2 days of finals were even more windy, and our lack of time in the boat together was apparent as a few too many capsizes slipped us down the leaderboard. However we remained confident that if we cold rectify these errors we would be in good shape for the next event – the Europeans in Poland.

The interlude between regattas was a drive up from Barcelona, now that our boats and all our gear had finally been released from customs. It took several days to perfect our equipment for a much lighter forecast. We started well with plenty of top 10 results in qualifying, however the last day of qualifying proved very difficult where unfortunately we let some good positions slip. Combined with a black flag in the last race meant we fell short of gold fleet. We started the finals well with good starts and speed – our main objective for the series. A few gear failures pushed us back but we had improved enormously from Kiel so we were confident going into our last event – the IASF Worlds in Aarhus, Denmark.


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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