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


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


Intermediate Youth Development Program, Join today for the April School Holidays

The Intermediate Youth Development Program (IYD) is fast approaching again for another year. This program acts as a great feeder program for the clubs world renowned Youth Development program.

This is a perfect opportunity for sails aged between 13 and 18 who are looking to expand on their sailing knowledge, and experience keelboat sailing.

The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of up to sixteen sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience.

“This is an awesome opportunity for youth sailors to take their sailing to the next level. For some of these guys, who have only ever sailed single handed, now they will be sailing with 4 other people on board.
It’s also exciting introducing both the symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers. The Elliott 7’s are very much a sports boat and give some awesome rides!”
Commented RPAYC head coach Tom Spithill

The sailors will not enjoy high intensity racing and training amongst themselves, but also against fellow sailors form the RSYS, CYCA and NCYC, who they will race against in the interclub series.

Expressions of interest for the program have been extended to the 30th of March 2018
Information can be found here: http://www.rpayc.com.au/youth-development-progam/the-intermediate-yd-program


The Old TImers Race & Luncheon

Old Timer’s Tackle Trophy

It’s that time of year again, where the club hosts the prestigious “Old Timers” race and luncheon. The Old Timers’ race which pre dates the modern Olympics, has now become one of the most coveted events on the sailing calendar and is scheduled for the 14 April.

The Old Timers’ race consists of a short non spinnaker “round the cans” style race in Pittwater. The race starts at 1100hrs and unlike previous years, the Luncheon will be after the race along with the prize giving. 

Also hotly contested is the Old Timers quiz, which keeps everyone’s brains ticking over as they answer difficult questions such a “How many sheep did the club have on premises in 1956?”, such questions that you won’t be able to rely on your iPhone to answer! (The answer if you are wondering is three!”)

The best performing boat on handicap will have their name engraved amongst other yachting legends on the beautiful Old Timers perpetual trophy, which is in memory of (Bill) W Headley Wiseman.

An 'Old Timer' is a member who is 65 years of age and has been a member for at least 10 years. 

To enter the race and nominate your Skippering Old Timer, download the entry form here or see the Sailing Office. Lunch bookings via Reception. 

Trophy came about after our father, Bill Wiseman, died in 1993. He had been a club member since the war. Going through his desk we found the piece of Sperm whale tooth which has been carved into a deadeye.

He had picked it up somewhere around the Sydney waterfront which he knew well from his school years onward both crewing, and in wartime, security surveillance with the Naval Auxiliary Patrol.

To hold this piece of tooth and feel its density and strength, natural lubricant and polished surface was to realise we had live history in our hands. Somewhere on the high seas a whaler had the need to replace a deadeye in the standing rigging.

Having no suitable timber (usually lignum vitae was used, according to Wikipedia), he took this whale tooth and patiently carved the groove around the outside into which the standing rigging would be spliced (much like a metal thimble we would use in an anchor line). Then he bored through and formed the three grooves to receive the lanyard and polished them to effectively become a triple block without sheaves or axle. The lanyard would be hauled tight through another deadeye on the gunwale to tension the shroud – our modern day turnbuckle.

How many years did it withstand the elements? Who could not bear to discard it when it was replaced? Who passed it on to Dad? To hold it was to know we could not toss it out now.

Laser Metropolitan Championships hosted by DSC

Metropolitan Championships Drummoyne SC

Daniel Costandi 4.7 WinnerDaniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

Daniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

The NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18th March at Drummoyne Sailing Club. DSC is a fabulous club with a great rigging area and on and off water facilities.

There were 77 entries for the event over the three fleets – 4.7 – 20 entries, Radial – 33 entries, Standard – 24 entries.

The regatta was in two parts with a gentle 9-12 knot easterly on Saturday followed by a boisterous 18 gusting to 30 knot north westerly on Sunday.

RO Col Chidgey set the sailors some challenges. Considering the tight race track defined by the west harbour islands and the many moored craft Col opted for journey courses rather than our normal trapezoid (essentially windward and return courses). There were two days of starboard rounding courses. This combined with restrictions on sailing inside moorings (including very many with little more than a small red float to mark them) lead sailors to refresh their knowledge of RRS rules which we seldom need to consider in our events. Some sailors managed the new situations and environment better than others.

Five races, of the scheduled six, were completed – two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Zoe Thompson clear Radial WinnerZoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

Zoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

The 4.7′s were dominated by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) who comprised 11 of the entries and the first five places. Daniel Costandi won all three of the breezy day races and won from Jack Ferguson who won both of the light wind races. Third was Sylvie Stannage who as well as RSYS also sails from adjacent Hunters Hill Sailing Club.

The Radials were dominated by the fabulous trio from WA lead by Zoe Thompson who won counting three first and one second place. Fellow WA sailors Elyse Ainsworth was second and Jacinta Ainsworth third. Jack Littlechild from RSYS and Double Bay SC was 4th and first Under 19 and Henry Otto from the same clubs was 5th and first Under 17.

In the Standards Nic Skulander from Woollahra SC counted three bullets in a convincing win from Oskar Hansen and Zac Skulander both from Middle Harbour ASC. Oskar was the first Under 21.

The full results of the event are HERE.

The DSC did a great job in staging this regatta. Thanks to DSC Commodore Grant Wakefield, Sailing Manager Peter Robinson and Col Chidgey and their teams for a great regatta.

There are some terrific photos of the event by Peter Robinson linked below. Just click the thumbnail to see the photo full screen.


The Driftwood Trophy - Laser Race for Parents & Volunteers


This years event will be held on Sunday 8th April, 2018. The annual driftwood trophy race is the opportunity for non competitor sailors (volunteers/parents) to jump onto a laser and enjoy a race against each other. Whether you have sailed a laser before or not you are welcome to participate in the fun casual race, the winner will be awarded the Driftwood Trophy.
Register on the Day at the Centreboard Lawn on April 8th.

This unassuming trophy was first competed for at the end of the 1983-84 centreboard season in Laser dinghies, loaned by the Laser fleet sailors, and is probably the most sort after centreboard trophy in the club. Look at the winner names and you can see where some of our gun sailors got their pedigree from.
The main instigator was Kendal Barry-Cotter, who wanted to give the parents/volunteers a chance to race each other. After negotiating the terms and getting agreement from the Laser fleet sailors, he dropped in the last condition; “You will need to supply a trophy”!

Not only had we poor, young Laser sailors agreed to loan our prized possessions, we had to supply an appropriate trophy. We had all thought the idea of seeing the parents out hiking and capsizing a great joke, so we decided the trophy had to be cheap, something that related to the club and a bit of fun.

After packing up our boats and enjoying a hot shower, some of the Laser sailors were rostered on to roll up the launching mat. As chance would have it, there was a bit of driftwood washed up on it and it was agreed that it would be an appropriate fun trophy. I agreed to dry it out, varnish it and make up a name plate from brass at work.

It turned out to be harder than I expected. After two days hanging in the garage it was still wet so desperate measures were called for. When Mum was out I put it in the oven for a few hours to dry out. I really should have kept a better eye on it as Mum wasn’t too impressed with the smell the next time she used her oven. Then it was given several coats of Dad’s prized two pot epoxy. Yes, more grief when Dad next went to paint his wash boards, and there wasn’t enough epoxy but it was
worth it. Then, I fitted the brass name plate and it came up a treat. I’m not sure when the plinth was added, but thirty years later it still looks good as new.

Natalie Sampson Wins the Henri Lloyd Wet Weather raffle aiding Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot European Campaign

Congratulations to Natalie Sampson who has won the Henri Lloyd raffle run by Club Youth Members Natasha Bryant & Annie Wilmot as part of their funding campaign towards their European 49er FX Class campaign which also forms part of the Australian Sailing Team selection events for representation at the Toyko Olympics in 2020. The fundraising was a huge success for the girls, "the support from fellow sailors and the RPAYC was amazing"! said the girls.

Natalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Lloyd PrizeNatalie Sampson with General Manager Suzanne Davies accepting the Henri Lloyd Prize

Natasha and Annie along with Traks Gordon and their families would love to pass on a big thank-you to not only the members of RPAYC but also to Henri Lloyd for supporting the club with the very generous donation of the Henri Lloyd wet weather gear. "It was wonderful to see the club and it's members get behind the girls in supporting them on their Olympic Journey", said Ally Bryant..

"Without the RPAYC, it's members and this raffle prize we would have found it hard to raise the awareness of our campaign to represent the Club and Australia in 2020", said the girls at the Women's Twilight presentation. 

The girls embark this Saturday to Europe - with the second round of the World Cup Series being one of the regattas they will be competing in when over in europe.

Without the incredible support and enthusiasm from fellow sailors and the sailing industry it is extremely hard to maintain a programme such as theirs and we are most grateful to you and the club for helping us help them achieve an amazing dream.

Many thanks

Tash + Annie



April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

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April School Holiday Sailing Camps at the RPAYC

4 days of sailing fun!

Get the kids out sailing on beautiful Pittwater this coming school holidays!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club provides fun, safe and affordable sailing camps for kids of 8-12 years.

When:Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th April 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Register today at: http://www.rpayc.com.au/courses/kids-learn-to-sail/autumn-school-holiday-program

Phone: 9997 3800

Email: sailing@rpayc.com.au


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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