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

RPAYC and Soldier On move from strength to strength

On Friday 3 February the Club hosted another Soldier On Sailing Day out on Pittwater, the weather wasn’t the best but that didn’t dampen the spirits off all who were involved!

This particular session involved patients from the St John of God Hospital’s rehabilitation program which has a good partnership with veterans, Defence Force personnel and also members of the Australian Federal Police.

For some it was their first time sailing and the opportunity which was given to them by the Club, Soldier On and very supportive volunteers provided the best experience possible, coupled with some friendly sledging from Tom Spithill it made a very relaxed vibe for everyone.

Aside from sailing on the Elliott 7s, Club Member Colin Cook put up his hand to help out taking out a handful of participants on his yacht for a cruise around Pittwater.

David Savage, a Solider On Ambassador was injured five years ago by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan which caused injuries to his brain and paralysis in one leg. He is currently receiving treatment with St John of God Hospital and was invited to participate in the sailing day claimed it was “the best day I’ve had in five years!” Said David Savage.

For Tom Spithill, who puts in much time and effort outside of work hours to provide the framework to make these sailing days such a success gets a real buzz from positive comments from David Savage.

“Sailing has given me so much and working with Soldier On has just opened up so many opportunities for myself and other volunteers from the Club to give back and comments like David’s make the experience amazing for all involved.” Said Tom Spithill.

This Sunday 12 February the Club will host another Soldier On Picnic Day held on Portuguese Beach.  The weather is looking like it’s to be HOT so it will be a great opportunity for all participants to “beat the heat.” If you would like to get involved contact the sailing office on 9998 3700 or email

Win with Club Marine’s Boatloads of Fun!

Club Marine, Australia’s market leader in recreational boat insurance, is giving away more than $250,000 worth of prizes in its Boatloads of Fun promotion.
All participants need to do to be in the running for Boatloads of Fun is have a Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance policy and a Club Marine Magazine subscription in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of each of the six draws over the coming year. 
The prize-giving begins when we launch Boatloads of Fun in Club Marine Magazine February/March edition with a cruise for two on iconic adventure cruise ship True North for a Coral Atoll cruise to the spectacular Rowley Shoals off the north-west coast of Western Australia. There’s also a chance to win the first of six premium-quality Shimano fishing packs valued at $5000 each – including rods, reels and enough tackle and other gear to keep any family of fishos happy.
But wait – there’s more!
Throughout the year, we’ll also give away a True North Southern Safari cruise to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and a True North Kimberley Barra Bonanza cruise for the ultimate Australian coastal exploration experience to the remote and wild Kimberley region in Western Australia. Each cruise is for two people and includes return flights from the winner’s closest capital city.
As if that wasn’t enough fun, we also have two great Falcon F360H tenders from BRIG to be won.
And just when you might have thought we’d exhausted the prize pool, we’ve got our premium prize package to be won – in association with Northbank Fibreglass Boats and Isuzu Australia, we’re presenting one lucky Club Marine policyholder and magazine subscriber with a sensational car and boat package to make the most of the incredible Australasian boating lifestyle.
Northbank has provided a feature-packed 600C family cruiser, powered by a 150hp Mercury FourStroke outboard and carried on a robust and dependable Mackay trailer – while towing the whole package is a 2017-model Isuzu D-MAX LS-T automatic ute.
No matter what style of boating or motoring you’re into, our Northbank/Isuzu package really does represent boatloads of fun for the entire family.
“This year, we’re very focused on members and giving them even more reason to choose Club Marine to protect their boating lifestyles,” said Club Marine CEO Simon McLean.
“With a total of 12 spectacular prizes up for grabs, in a prize pool valued at over $250,000, Boatloads of Fun is our biggest and most exciting promotion ever. We encourage all members to become involved by making sure their insurance and magazine subscriptions are up to date throughout 2017. We also look forward to welcoming new members to enjoy all the benefits of Club Marine.”
To find out how you can be in the running for Boatloads of Fun, turn to the opening pages of February/March Club Marine Magazine, or visit: or Or you can pop in for a chat at any of the major boat shows and other events that Club Marine will attend across Australia and New Zealand over the coming year.
Boatloads of Fun winners will be announced in the next Club Marine Magazine following each prize draw.
Renew, take out a new Club Marine policy or subscribe to Club Marine Magazine by calling:
Australia: 1300 00 CLUB (2582) or visit
NZ : 0800 11 CLUB (2582) or visit
or by contacting a local Club Marine dealer or broker.
To find Boatloads of Fun terms and conditions, go to: or
Another reason why boating’s just better with Club Marine.

RPAYC takes Club racing to a new level & announces global search for a Race Director

As a further commitment to yachting and to the growth of the sport, the RPAYC will increase the resources it commits to sailing and yacht racing and intends to appoint a professional Race Director. 

The Race Director will oversee all aspects of member racing in a very operational capacity both on and off water by ensuring that race management teams are supported and that all operational areas are co-ordinated to deliver programs that satisfy members, encourage new boats to join the fleets and increase participation in the sport. 

The RPAYC has one of the most comprehensive year round sailing programs in the country, offering up to five keel boat club racing days each week, a solid centerboard racing fleet, an extensive cruising program, a training program training well in excess of 700 people annually, a busy regatta schedule and has a multi award winning program committed to supporting disabled sailing.

“This role will ensure that RPAYC remains a leader in providing exceptional yacht racing and regatta management” commented Vice Commodore Michael Lockley after addressing a meeting of the Club race management teams last week.  “Our race management teams are very supportive of this move and are excited about the further investment we are making in our sport”. 

Within the organisational structure, this position will be 2IC to the General Manager ensuring that the sailing activities of the Club are elevated above all other aspects of this very diverse operation, while retaining the balance required to ensure that satisfaction and funding is maintained across all areas. 

The recruitment firm Sportspeople has been exclusively appointed to conduct a full international search to present the best candidates to the Club.  Details of the role and how to apply can be found at or specifically Applications close 1 March, 2017. All enquiries should be directed to Robert McMurtrie at Sportspeople.

While experience working in a yacht club is not necessary, the Club seeks an experienced manager with significant international yacht racing experience and a thorough knowledge of (and network of connections in) the international yachting industry. 

For media information please contact: Suzanne Davies, General Manager RPAYC on 02 9998 3700

For recruitment enquiries please contact:  Sportspeople 1800 634 388 or 029555 5000

NYYC Invitational Cup - EOI

September 9-16, 2017
Newport, Rhode Island

The Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and their sailors. It has become an important Corinthian (amateur) sailing competition. The racing is in NYYC Swan 42s – the eighth one-design class created by the New York Yacht Club since 1900.

The RPAYC has had several teams represent the club at the NYYC Invitational Cup and expressions of interests are open for the 2017 event. If you are interested in forming a team and apply with NYYC to compete please let the Sailing Office know. If RPAYC recieve an invitation to compete your team will be advised.  

In the inaugural NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex in 2009, 19 yacht club teams from 14 countries, from four continents competed. The host New York Yacht Club team, skippered by Phil Lotz, won the regatta. The second Invitational Cup in 2011 included 22 yacht club teams from 16 nations from six continents. Twenty teams sailed in 2013. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club crew, skippered by Terry McLaughlin, won both the 2011 and 2013 events. The 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup was the most competitive yet, with the podium places decided on the final beat of the final race. The Royal Thames YC won the regatta, becoming the first club from outside North America to claim the prestigious trophy.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial event hosted by the NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island in September 2017 at its Harbour Court Clubhouse. 

Seventeen teams from 11 countries and five continents competed in the 2015 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Among the returning teams were Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Japan Sailing Federation, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Real Club Náutico de Barcelona and the host team from the New York Yacht Club, all of which have competed in each edition of the Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.


Applications are open for the 2017 RPAYC Youth Development Program

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program has been a launch pad for many of Australia’s top sailors from world champions, Olympians and America’s Cup winners. For the 2016/17 season the program has continued to excel on an international level.

One key achievement from the season would be Will Dargaville and his team, Josh Dawson, Sarah Parker and James Farquharson’s victory in 2016 World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championships in New Caledonia.

Dargaville continued his good form in 2016, taking out the Men’s World University Match Racing Championships in Perth. Fellow Youth Development team member Sarah Parker followed suit taking out the Women’s University Match Racing Worlds also held in Perth.

Head Coach Tom Spithill credits the success of the season to a strong overall squad.

“The YD (Youth Development) Program has been about sending a variety of teams to each event. Mixing experienced less experienced teams to events to promote learning through experience.” Spithill said. 

The regatta experience and competition rubs off during in house training. As Spithill explains competition is always fierce which brings out the best in both sailing and personality.

“We have had some of the best in house training that the program has seen in years, which in turn has brought in results. It is super competitive on the water, they want to tear each other apart! But off the water the squad has really gelled as a tight knit group, and have made friends for life.” Spithill said.

The impressive Youth Development Squad’s podium results for the season include:

1st World Youth Match Racing Championship – Noumea,  New Caledonia
1st Male World University Match Racing Championship - Perth
1st & 3rd Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship - Hobart
1st Hardy Cup - Sydney
2nd Centreport Youth International Match Racing Championship – Wellington, NZ
2nd Australian Youth Match Racing Championship – Sydney
2nd Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship – Sydney
2nd & 3rd NSW Youth Match Racing Championship - Sydney
2nd & 3rd Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship – Sydney

Unfortunately, the crew are not listed in the world rankings, as the rankings stay with the skipper, however it can’t be said enough how much the crew have contributed to these great results and the recognition they deserve as a group.

The current World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings for our Youth Development Squad Members are:

Rank                                      Name
13th                                         Will Dargaville
73rd                                        Malcolm Parker
121st                                       Sarah Parker
161st                                       Clare Costanzo
190th                                      Emma May
492nd                                      Harry Hall

Current Women’s Match Racing Rankings
Rank                                      Name
10th                                         Sarah Parker
20th                                         Clare Costanzo
57th                                         Emma May

Going into 2017, things start to heat up again with regattas in Perth, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington over the January & February period. Teams are already out on the water training in the earlier hours of the morning or late afternoon fitting in with School, University and work commitments.

The Youth Development Program starts up again for 2017 in May, with details and expression of interest forms up on the club website 
For those younger sailors wanting to try out keelboat sailing and interested in later being a member of the Youth Development Squad then the ideal program for them would be the Intermediate Youth Development Program, however there are limited spots available. 




2017-2021 Australian Sailing Special Regulations now available

The Australian Sailing Special Regulations for 2017-2021 are now available to download from the Australian Sailing websiteBlue Book Special Regs Pt1Blue Book Special Regs Pt1For the first time, the Special Regulations have been published in two parts - Part 1 for Racing Boats including Monohulls, Multihulls and Trailables and Part 2 for Off the Beach Boats -  and are online free of charge in a bookmarked PDF format for all Australian Sailing members to access. The Special Regulations Parts 1 and 2 will also be published in Ebook formats compatible with Kindle, Apple and Android devices.

The Australian Sailing Special Regulations for 2017-2021 are effective from 1 July 2017 but have been published early to allow competitors ample time to prepare their boats. Ebook versions of the Special Regulations will be published in early 2017. RPAYC will be conducting its annual audit of boats intenting to compete from July 2017 throughout each Saturday in June. Boats are to book their audit with the Sailing Office and submit at the time of booking a FULLY completed audit form. Please note new Audit forms are expected to be available Mid April and will be publised on the clubs Regulations and Safety page of the website, here

The 2017-2021 Special Regulations can be found under the Safety section of the website.

To access them, click 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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