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

       

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

 
 

Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo Weekend - the life of Pittwater

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the seventh annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018, which saw over 3000 people in attendance from across Sydney and regional NSW attend. 

The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo is a free event which opens the doors of the RPAYC for the public to see and meet with marine industry professionals, featuring 42 exhibitors both on and off water showcasing an extensive array of marine products, yachts, dinghies and services for the experienced and the casual sailor or those that just wanted to enjoy the water with the latest marine toys.

The family friendly event welcomed visitors to view The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club first hand, with yachts and dinghies on display, information about learn to sail, development training, educational courses, racing, cruising, kid’s programs and club membership. It was a fantastic weekend with the weather surprising everyone with near perfect autumn conditions just at the right time to enjoy the day and to see how easy it is to get into sailing at the RPAYC.

During the day the Club’s BBQ was in action non-stop along with the bistro open for breakfast and lunch.

With seminars, live entertainment, dock walks to see the latest yacht designs available, marquees and the odd wine tasting, there was something for all. The option to try sailing enabled families young and older to test sail the growing two handed dinghy market with an RS200, RS Quest and 29er on hand. These growing classes are perfect for those sailors looking for a boat to sail two up, be it with their families or youth graduating from single handed classes.

RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley said, “The expo is a community event and it was great to see so many people visit the Club to see firsthand, witness our magnificent waterway and learn more about all aspects of sailing available on Pittwater".

If you were unable to make this year’s Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo save next year’s date in your diaries 27-28 April, 2019.

 

See the exhibitors and photographs from the weekend here: www.pittwatersailexpo.com.au

Peter Loft Marathon Race 2018 - This Sunday!

PETER LOFT MARATHON RACE

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BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation.

One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.

After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.

Full details are available here.

Entry costs $10 for Juniors (aged under 18) and $15 for Seniors (18 and over). Purchase Online Now

Lighting of the Fire! May 25 - Not to be missed

Gwen Slade Etchells Regatta crowns a new winner

The Gwen Slade Ladies’ Etchells Regatta was created by Life Member and world-class sailor, William Russell Slade in honour of his late wife, Gwen Slade.

Russell Slade was a prominent face of sailing in the 1960s, having competed in the Olympics and being a strong competitor in 16ft Skiffs and 5.5m class boats he was also the first person to build a Fibreglass yacht in Australia, Janzoon II.

Russell, as described by his son, Paul Slade, was a very passionate man and envision that sailing is a family involved sport based on fun with winning not being the major objective. Russell’s love for One design racing lead to the choice of boat and development of the Gwen Slade Regatta. The Etchell was chosen as it was a growing class and the simplicity factor would help promote the inclusion of advanced and beginner sailors. With a little media help from the Packers, Russell was able to launch the first Gwen Slade Ladies Regatta in 1981.

Today, the regatta is still going strong with the RPAYC hosting it every year in conjunction with the Pittwater Etchells association. 

 

Flirtation skippered by Lucy Shephard took the win on the weekend with an impressive score card. 

 

Series Results [OD] for Etchells up to Race 3
PlaceSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreRace 3Race 2Race 1
1AUS1026FLIRTATIONLucy ShephardRPAYC5.01.01.03.0
2AUS1119NORTHERN HAVOCAlex MurrayRSYS6.02.03.01.0
3AUS12132107 RACINGAnnie TaylorRPAYC8.04.02.02.0
4AUS875WHISPEREvelyn FosterRPAYC13.03.05.05.0
5AUS768PAMSarah ParkerRPAYC13.05.04.04.0

 

Travelling North on Still Dangerous with Ivor Burgess

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WITH IVOR BURGESS - BENETEAU OCEANIS 45

Ivor Burgess, quite simply put, is an inspiration to every sailor. He started sailing at 50 and now at 78 he and his crew are about to take Still Dangerous, his Beneteau Oceanis 45, on their seventh trip to the Whitsundays for both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Weeks.

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STILL DANGEROUS AT ANY AGE

Ivor is the elder statesman on the crew with the youngest being a sprightly 70. A keen rugby and squash player in his younger days, Ivor was searching for a sport he could participate in as he got older.

Ivor discovered sailing when a good friend took him along on a sailing trip to Tonga. He’s been totally hooked ever since.

“I went sailing a few times and I thought, ‘This is a great thing to do. It’s something that you could do at any age,’ and, of course, now I’m 78 and I’m still sailing and still enjoying it.”

But it’s not just the wind and water that Ivor loves – it’s the amazing friendships he has forged since becoming part of the sailing community.

“I really enjoy the sailing lifestyle. It’s a great thing because most of the guys that are on our boat are retired and we’re all together and it’s not just the sailing, it’s the social life that goes with it as well. We have team dinners and Christmas dinners. It’s a really nice, matey thing to do.”

B&G announces sponsorship deal with The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is delighted to announce a three-year sponsorship with leading manufacturer of sailing electronics including chartplotters, instruments and autopilots around the world, B&G. 

The Club welcomes B&G as a new sponsor of the Elliott 7 program. Through B&G’s three year sponsorship of an Elliott 7, the Club will be upgrading its committee vessels with the latest navigation/wind instruments and software on the market, giving the Race Committee the same excellent equipment that many racing yachts use today.

Director of Sales Australia, Chris Radford from B&G, a keen racer and who's kids are also Optimist sailors saw that Clubs Australia wide still use the old cassette tape and compass to take wind directions whilst yachts have the use of highly precise hardware and software. The Club is proud to be in partnership with B&G and looks forward to the new systems to come.

Chris Raddford, Australian Sales Director B&G, said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsoring the Club’s Elliott 7 Program and providing the Club with the latest equipment for their Race Management Vessels”.

“The whole team here at B&G has really got behind the RPAYC and their Elliott 7 Class program, as a major pathway for youth to remain in the sport of sailing and develop their sailing and team work skills.”

“With many yachts having the latest wind instrumentation is time that the guys running the racing have the same”.

B&G – Official supplier to Australian Sailing Team and now RPAYC. 

Find the right system for you here...

For further information contact Brendan Rourke at RPAYC on 02 99983700. Email: marketing@rpayc.com.au

About RPAYC

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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