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


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


Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series, Round 1

On Sunday the 20th May, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the first round of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series. With a very light and shifty Pittwater Westerly, the fleet of 66 boats braved the cool weather to enjoy a lovely crisp morning of sailing. 
The 2018 series has seen the introduction of 2 course areas and a multihull and monohull yardstick division which delivers meaningful results for a vast range of boat designs. Some new classes we haven't seen participate included the Contender dinghy, Nacra 15, F18, A class, Viper, RS Aero and RS 200. In the monohull division, the light breezes favoured the single handers whilst in the multihull division, the F18 delivered the most consistent results throughout the days racing. The competition was particularly close in both the Laser Radial and Optimist Open division, with only 1 point separating the first and second placings.
A big thank you to all volunteers who made racing possible. The full list of results can be viewed here.

There are still another three rounds of the 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker remaining, so be sure to check out the race documentation and enter from this LINK.

Racing takes place on the third Sunday of each Winter month. The race dates remaining are as follows:
  • Round 2 - June 17.
  • Round 3 - July 22.
  • Round 4 - August 19.
The Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series is the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Winter Dinghy Sailing Series. First warning signal is at 09:30 to capitalise on the Winter morning breezes. All done and dusted by 12:30 and finished off with a BBQ lunch and presentation and there's still time to get those assignments completed before school, work or uni on Monday!

The 2018 Seldén for Sailing Ice Breaker Series is a great event for beginners and seasoned competitors alike, with a Club Coach on hand to offer advice and guidance for all competitors. Be sure to enter online before the race day. 

Dustbuster Series sees an Invictus Racing Team & Ids Team take to the water

An unusually warm winters morning greeted the fleet for Round 1 of the Dustbuster Series. The final practice race got underway in a 7 knot westerly however the warm conditions saw the morning breeze drag right into the north for the 2 scoring races. Round 1 had a great turnout with 7 Elliott's & 4 Etchells all racing together on the same starting line.  

Making a return to competitive sailing was the dynamic duo of Michael Coxon & Aaron Links who competed in an Elliott, reporting that they thoroughly enjoyed dusting the old sailing gloves off and were pleased with their 2nd place to current Club Coach Tom Spithill who had an outstanding crew of Nick Garland, John & Jack Hildebrand.

The Invictus Games sailing team also showed great progress along with the Soldier On team, with these Veterans' showing they mean business by taking the final spot on the podium!

The Crawford Brothers and their team, once again showed they are the Pittwater Etchells sailors to beat, with another impressive showing, placing them in 1st place.

"It was great to have both fleets racing together. It was also great to see the Etchells and the Elliott's swapping blows for first boat across the line!"
"A big thankyou to the volunteers for getting up so early to run the racing", commented a chirpy Spithill.

Results can be found here, to join for Round 2 on Sunday 24th June, contact Thomas Spithill in the sailing office or email Toms@rpayc.com.au

Race details:
For those Early risers, 0700 for coffee in Halyards and on water by 0730 for some quick windward/leeward racing, back in time for brunch.
Only 1 Elliott 7 left to lease or bring your One Design/Sports Boat (Etchells, Elliotts, M24s, M20s, FarrEasts, VxOne, 5.5ms and more. 



RMYC Redevelopment and fuel wharf access changes

The RMYC has advised that they estimate their marina re-development will commence on Monday 25th June.  The RMYC would like to ensure that RPAYC Members are kept informed of the access changes specifically in relation to the fuel wharfs.  

The RMYC ‘outside’ fuel wharf will be out of operation for approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks starting from Monday 25th June 2018.  RPAYC members are encouraged to fuel boats on the outer wharf before Monday 25th June to avoid potential issues with access. See below

The inside fuel wharf will operate per normal trading hours for all types of fuel; Diesel, ULP, PULP and sewer pump out.  The Inside Fuel Wharf has both High and Low Flow Diesel Pumps.

The wharf is not floating but has been fitted with nylon protective strips to avoid any damage to boats and new dock lines are provided for securing vessels whilst being refuelled.



Boats less than 15 metres (50’) with a draft less than 1.5 metres can access the inside fuel wharf at any time.

Boats less than 15 metres (50’) with a draft more than 1.5 metres will need to consider the tide and if in doubt contact the RMYC Marina Office.

Boats larger than 15 metres (50’) can use the inside Fuel wharf, if skippers are competent in tight quarter manoeuvring and prior permission is sought by RMYC Dock Master (marina office) due to wharf availability and management of vessel traffic through the marina.


For further information or enquiries contact the RMYC Marina Office Telephone 9998 5588

RPAYC Pathways Panel: Lighting of the Fire in more ways than one

Each year the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) holds their annual “Lighting of the Fire” event, a tradition to kick start Friday evening club drinks over the winter season.

Last night, 25 May the event was held in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Olympic campaign of Australia’s current “Female Sailors of the Year”, Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot.

The fire was lit in more than one way, so to speak, with an in-depth panel discussion on Olympic pathways and successes with Lisa Darmanin, silver medallist in 2016 on the Nacra 17 (currently campaigning for 2020 with helm Jason Waterhouse), Tom Spithill and Traks Gordon, top sailing coaches, and Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot who are currently campaigning in the 49erFX.

The panel, hosted by Nic Douglass, Sailor Girl, not only spoke about the upcoming 2020 Olympics, but the efforts needed now to develop sailors for the 2024, 2028 Games and beyond in an environment such as the RPAYC that is rich with Olympic history.

Tom Spithill was then auctioned off by Nic Douglass in order to raise funds for Tash Bryant and Annie Wilmot, and a raffle drawn as the girls lit the real fire in the Club to signify the start of winter.

You can watch a replay of the discussion and the auction via the video below.

Some facts about RPAYC and the Olympics

Field confirmed for 52nd Governor’s Cup

Published on May 21st, 2018. 
Twelve teams will compete in Balboa Yacht Club’s 52nd Annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship to be held July 16-21 in Newport Beach, CA. Leading the field is the world’s second ranked match racing skipper and former Governor’s Cup winner, Harry Price, 21, (AUS), defending Balboa Yacht Club Governor’s Cup champion Christophe Killian, 21, (USA) and 2017 runner-up Leonard Takahashi (NZL).
To be eligible for the event, sailors must be no more than 22 years old.
Price will represent the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in his effort to become the 11th two-time winner of the world’s oldest and most prestigious youth match racing event. In April he competed in his first Congressional Cup, the iconic match racing series on which the Governor’s Cup was originally patterned. Killian will also be seeking his second win, after last year breaking a 37 year drought since the last winner of the Governor’s Cup sailed for the host club.

Governor’s Cup veteran Will Boulden, of the Royal Freshwater Bay YC (Perth, Western Australia) will join his countryman Price in the fleet. Boulden has risen to a #12 position in the World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings, the second highest of skippers who will sail this year in the Cup.

Nineteen year old Takahashi (WS Rank #14) will again be representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. After finishing 2nd in last year’s Governor’s Cup and beating Price in the semifinals, Takahashi had an unprecedented run in late 2017 and 2018, winning five major youth match racing events in Australia and New Zealand.

Takahashi’s stunning string included wins in the Musto and Harken youth match racing events in Australia, as well as the New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championship, RNZYS’s Nespresso championship and the Centerport championship hosted by the Royal Port Nicholson YC (NZL). Takahashi will be joined by fellow RNZYS member, James Wilson, who placed second to Takahashi in both the Harken and Nespresso series.

Another American will also be one of the favorites. Christopher Weis of Los Angeles’ Del Rey YC, will race in his third Governor’s Cup, having made the semi-finals in both previous Governor’s Cups and finishing third last year.

5 RPAYC Boats to compete in the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race

Entries for the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race have closed and on Saturday June 2, following a 25-year hiatus, a multi-state Australian and New Caledonian fleet of 24 boats will bring life back to one of Australia’s oldest ocean odysseys.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organised the first Sydney Noumea Race in 1953 at the invitation of the New Caledonian government at the time. George Brenac's 48-foot cutter White Cloud set the course record in seven days, 10 hours and 50 minutes.

George Snow’s Farr 65 Brindabella set the fastest time of five days, 21 hours and 35 minutes for the 1,064 nautical mile course in 1991, one Snow still holds more than a quarter of a century on.

Tony Kirby's PatriceTony Kirby's Patrice
  • Image: Andrea Fancolini

Tony Kirby's Patrice

In the early 1990s lifestyle and sailing trends shifted and greater support for shorter passages signalled the end of an era and the CYCA’s longest offshore race. After the 1993 Sydney Noumea Race the endurance event went on the backburner for decades, until the club’s sailing committee approached the membership a few years’ back to gauge interest in a potential revival.

“There was a lot of sentiment attached to the Sydney Noumea Race, for those who had competed in the past,” CYCA Commodore John Markos said. “Past commodore John Cameron and director Tony Kirby in particular persisted with the idea and have since proven there is support. The entry list augers well for the state of ocean racing in Australia and we hope it will grow.”

Representing The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht are; 

  • Dreki Sunnnan, Ken Holmes
  • King Billy, Phill Bennett
  • More Witchcraft, John Cameron
  • Sticky, Richard Harris
  • Wings, Ian Edwards

Full list of Entrants can be viewed here.


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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