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


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

Avalon Sailing Club Australia Day Regatta

A cordial invitation is extended to owners of all yachts - including centreboard classes, one-design keelboats, gaff-rigged and classic yachts - to enter the oldest continuously conducted sailing regatta in the world on Australia Day, Thursday 26th January 2017 on Pittwater. The Regatta will be conducted by the Avalon Sailing Club (ASC) on behalf of the Australia Day Regatta Management Committee. Entry includes a sausage sizzle at ASC after the presentation (16:30 approx).

Download the Notice of Race and Entry Form here

Crewmates deadlocked at 2017 Etchells Australian Championship

On board the Oatley family’s supermaxi Wild Oats XI they are crewmates. At the Etchells 2017 Australian Championship skippers Graeme Taylor and Iain Murray are deadlocked on opposing boats at 16 points apiece with Taylor leading the series on a countback.

A past Etchells Australian champion from Victoria, Taylor also has Wild Oats’ long-time mainsheet hand Steve ‘Mothy’ Jarvin crewing Magpie (Mornington Yacht Club), along with James Mayo.

On racing against Taylor and Jarvin, Murray (Northern Havoc, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron) said, “They are our mates, we tune up with them and we socialise with them. It’s all pretty friendly; we don’t bang each other around on the race course too much, though if it comes down to the last race then maybe that will change.

“Today was meant to be a straightforward nor’easter but it all went light and floppy; it was a pretty tricky day. Winds were reasonably strong then it turned really hot and they died out in race one. In the second race we had medium breeze and then it went light again. For the third start conditions started to get really windy and bumpy,” Murray added.

Third overall with 21 points after three races is Doug McGain’s Ciao (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia).

Dicko Cup Rally 2017 - fun, friendly, families and more

The annual Dicko Cup Marathon weekend is scheduled for 28 & 29 January, 2017. All members, family and friends are invited to participate and enjoy one of the clubs highlight events for the season. 

Whether you participate in either the Saturday, Sunday or both races or Sunday rally, everyone is invited to meet on Hallets Beach and spend the evening there. 

There will be a 'free' sausage sizzle on the beach at Hallets on Saturday evening and the second race back to the club as well as a 'Cruising Rally' from Hallets back to the Club on Sunday.  

To enter for the races for the Dicko Cup, click here (enter prior to Saturday). There is no need to pre-enter the Sunday Rally - just be on the beach on Saturday evening for the Rally briefing.


·         The regatta will be governed by the ‘rules’ as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (2017-2020) including the current Special Regulations and Prescriptions of Australian Sailing (AS), this Notice of Race (NoR) and as modified by the Sailing Instructions.

·         All boats shall have a valid Australian Sailing Category 7 or a Cruising Inshore Special Regulations Equipment Audit Form & submit their audit form to the sailing office if not already on file.

·         The "Marathon" Series includes two races for boats wishing to compete for the principal trophy, the "Dicko" Cup.

·         The Dicko Cup is a Non-Spinnaker event as per The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Sailing Handbook GNoR&SI 19.

·         A casual race will be conducted on Saturday 28 January for boats wishing to compete flying spinnakers. 

·         BBQ facilities and a club sausage sizzle will be provided at Hallett's Beach.

NOTICE TO MEMBERS - Changes to the Club By Laws


The following resolution was passed at the Board meeting held on 19 December 2016 in relation to the addition of a Club By-Law.

The Board considered the following proposed By-Law wording in relation to guidelines for use of the tender service.

It was resolved to includeBy-Law 04.13 

04.13     The Club Tender Service

(i)            The Club offers members on Club moorings an on-demand tender service to their vessel during the specified daily tender service hours.

(ii)          The Club offers those members with vessels on private moorings within the tender service area a tender service to their vessels to assist them in participating in Club organized activities.   It is requested that members assist in the efficient management of this service by minimizing the number of trips required to and from a boat by having crew gather at the club first.

(iii)         The tender service area is defined as the area south of the RMYC tower - the southern side of the Quays Marina and north of the area between Newport Public Wharf and Bayview Dog Park.

(iv)         The tender service may not be used as a transport service between points on Pittwater. 

(v)          The tender service will prioritise service for members participating in Club organized activities.

(vi)         Any use of the service outside of the above requirements will require the authority of the General Manager or Delegate and may only be on a very occasional basis.

The amended By-Laws are now uploaded on to the website and a copy of the updated By-Laws can be collected from Reception.  Please contact Lisa Hughes on 9998 3700 or at any questions.

Shaun Connor and Jack Felsenthal lead the fleet on day 3 of racing in the Viper Worlds

Corio Bay’s summer sea breeze can test the mettle of the most experienced sailor and on day three of the Viper Worlds 2017 it threw a few off their feet, producing a number of dramatic capsizes that made great fodder for the waiting photographers.

Conditions were tough for both race committee and crews, winds shifting around from the south-west to the south-east and huge variations in direction and strength. Yet the pointscore leaders Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor (AUS) still shone, scoring a first and second to hold onto the overall lead by seven points with seven races remaining.

“We are feeling comfortable all round, though it’s getting tougher later in the regatta. It’s good to be pushed,” Felsenthal said back at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club after racing. “Today was good fun, especially in the third race. We were in the lead going around the last top mark to the finish when we went over, which cost us a place. Turns out we had a knot in the mainsheet. We managed to get the boat back up reasonably quick and keep second.”

War of the worlds at the 2017 Etchells Australian Championship

An outstanding 46 boat line-up is due to contest the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club run Etchells Australian Championship January 11-15, 2017, including five current and former world champions and multiple national champions in Etchells and other classes.

Current Etchells world champion John Bertrand isn’t competing with his 2016 winning worlds crew, instead he’s recruited Bill Browne and Jake Newman to challenge for the series with Triad2. The trio has achieved their own success in the class, a state title and second at a previous national title.

On the opening day of racing tomorrow Bertrand said, “The Etchells continue to be the hottest one design fleet in the country and I’m really looking forward to the Australian Championship. Typically there’s a very good fleet of world champions and Olympic competitors, plus a whole lot of young people are coming through the class.” The forecast Bertrand describes as “a mixed bag”.

The 2012 Etchells World Champion team of David Edwards and Ivan Wheen will be joined on Edwards’ latest Etchells called Iron Lotus by sailmaker Michael Coxon on the helm plus Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron youth sailor Alex Rozenauers.


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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