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


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


Meet our 'Saltwater Veterans'

Meet the aptly self named 'Saltwater Veterans'. This group of inspirational sailors are all part of our Soldier On Program run here at the RPAYC. The team of four Craig McGrath, Nick Johnson, Scott Reynolds, Adrian Whitby have all gone through the steps to become members of the RPAYC and are now regular racers on both Wednesday's & Saturday's here at the Club. Scott Reynolds and Craig McGrath are team members of the Invictus Sailing Team who are training to represent Australia at the upcoming Invictus Games in October.  Adrian Whitby is also an active volunteer on our Race Management Team and is part of the Invictus 2018 Sailing Race Management Team.

Scott Reynolds, or "Scotty" as he is better know to his mates around the Club came to the RPAYC through the Soldier On sailing program and went through the Club's Keelboat Sailing program as well. Although Scotty grew up in Manly, he now lives in Queenstown NZ and when not enjoying the mountains is seen around the Club racing on Wednesdays and Saturdays and volunteering his time to encourage more veterans to get involved in our wonderful sport. To read more about Scotty's story, check out his profile on the Australian Defence Force Invictus Team website HERE.

Craig came to the RPAYC through the Invictus Australian Sailing Team selection process and has never looked back. Craig lives at the foot of the Blue Mountains, making the commute out to the Club on a regualr basis to race reguarly with the lads on the Elliott 7's and members boats of a Wednesday and Saturdays. Along with Scotty, Craig also volunteers on veterans sailing days and is also profiled on the Australian Defence Force Invictus Team website HERE.

Adrian Whitby, or "Smiley" as he is better known to his mates has just recently become an ambasador for Soldier On, leading the charge encouraging more veterans to come along to the Veteran Sailing days run here at the RPAYC. "There is nothing that puts a smile on my face quite like seeing my fellow veterans enjoying their day and setting a new direction in their life", said an emotional Smiley. On the last Veterans Sailing Day, we had a record number of participants, totalling more than 40, a first for our program and very much the result of the concerted efforts Smiley and the team at Soldier On put into the sailing days.

Last but not least, Nick Johnson came to us in the early Soldier On days and has progressed quickly through the Keelboat program here at the RPAYC. Nick loves the great outdoors and uses his time sailing to relax and to encourage other veterans to join in the fun. He races regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the boys on both the Elliott 7's and Club members boats.

The team raced on Sunday as part of the Dustbuster Series and as per the games specifications were not using spinnakers, however they still managed a top 3 result beating competitors who had the advantage of using a spinnaker.

If you see them around the club please make them welcome. 

(L to R : Club Coach Tom Spithill, Craig McGrath, Nick Johnson, Scott Reynolds, Adrian Whitby)



RPAYC YD Sailors Representing in Balboa, USA 

Clare Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz and Ruby Scholten will be representing the RPAYC and Australia as they compete in the Governors Cup Youth Match Racing, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach California. The Governor’s Cup is the oldest International Youth Match Racing Regatta in the world, with the 52nd edition held from July 16 – 21, 2018. Twelve teams from around the world will be competing in the Governor’s Cup 22 sloops, which are provided. Club Coach Tom Spithill is travelling with the team and will be keeping us updated on their progress. 

The legendary Don and Doris Stoughton are hosting the the Alfred's team. The Stoughtons have had RPAYC teams stay at their home for over 26 years, and are widely regarded as one of the (if not the) best hosts ever!

Stay tuned for more updates from sunny California.

Follow the Results Live Here
Regatta Website Here 


Dustbuster Results - 15th July

Round three of the Dustbuster got underway with a brisk start in what felt like sub 0 temps.
Participants were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise and a westerly breeze that could only be described as a tacticians delight.
Filling in helmsman for easy tiger racing was Mark Griffith. Mark took a convincing win in race one, however club Coach Tom Spithill  was never too far behind, finishing off boat of the day in the Elliott 7 class with a 2,1,3.

More impressive was the Australian Invictus Games Team, who as per the games specifications were not using spinnakers, however they still managed a top 3 result beating competitors who had the advantage of using a spinnaker.
“It’s close on points” commented a cheerful Mick Hayward, trimmer onboard Easy Tiger Racing.
The Etchells fleet had a good tussle once again with each boat sharing the lead at times during the three windward leeward fleet races. Matt Crawford and his team on-board Flirtation managed to read the shifty westerly well, taking boat of the day spoils with a 1,2,2.
Competitors were back at the club done and dusted at 1015hrs and enjoyed what was a cracking Sunday.

A reminder to any Sports Boats or One Design fleets to come and join for Round 4.

Full results here


Notice of Annual General Meeting


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Members of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be held at the Clubhouse, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, on Tuesday 24 July 2018 at 8.00pm to transact the following business: -

1. To note the Apologies and Obituaries;

2. To confirm the Minutes of the General Meeting held on 10 April 2018;

3. To recognise member Roger Vincent who has achieved 50 years of membership.

4. To consider and if thought fit, pass the following resolution:

“That Peter Kennett be elected a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club as of 24 July 2018”;

5. To receive and if thought fit, to resolve to adopt the Club’s Annual Report, Statement of Profit or Loss and Comprehensive Income, Statement of Financial Position and Accompanying Statements for the financial year ended 30 April 2018;

6. To elect two (2) Directors for a three (3) year term in accordance with Rule 25 of the Club’s Constitution;

7. To elect a Rear Commodore Cruising for a two year term, a Rear Commodore Centreboard for a two year term and a Rear Commodore Activities for a two year term, each in accordance with Rule 31 of the Club’s Constitution;

8. To present the Commodore’s Clubman of the Year 2018 trophy, and;

9. Any other business, which may be properly brought before a General Meeting of Members.

Suzanne Davies
General Manager and Company Secretary
25 June 2018

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Checklist

The quieter winter months are a great time to run a checklist over boat and crew preparation for another season of bluewater racing out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on the shores of Pittwater.

Entry to the club’s seven-race Bluewater Pointscore Series, including a rejigged program of a race to Newcastle in October and new race to Port Stephens tying in with Sail Port Stephens, is now open. Enter the BWPS here.
Key to the bluewater series is the third edition of the annual Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Regatta starting January 2, 2019 and the club’s race director Nick Elliott has some pointers for owners and crews working towards this Category 2 ocean event. 

“Winter is a great time of year to think about preparation and finding competitive advantages for the upcoming offshore season, firstly this means meeting the eligibility criteria for each planned race. The New Year race to Southport requires 150 nautical miles of offshore racing with a least 50% of the planned crew and signing up to the club’s bluewater series is the ideal way to tick off this entry condition.

“Now is also a good time to check Safety & Sea Survival certificates are in-date and if not, get in touch with the RPAYC’s preferred suppliers, Above & Beyond Boating at Newport and Genevieve White at Marine SafetyWorks, and enrol your entire crew or individuals.

“I also encourage owners to review their IRC certificate and make sure they have optimised their rating for the best sail-plan, rather than every sail that came with the original boat purchase. Look at your wardrobe and which sails you use regularly to get best performance, and make sure those sails are on your IRC certificate - not that huge headsail that is rarely used and comes with a significant rating penalty.

“For a new owner, consider that spending thousands of dollars buying a new kite or set of sails might not be the best way to gain an edge. There might be more gained by understanding the bigger picture of race navigation – performance polars, current and sea conditions, weather GRIB files, routing, and having your electronics dialled into an integrated computer system,” Elliott added.

Will Oxley, one of the country’s most respected navigators with multiple laps of the world and winning navigator of Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart on his remarkable resume, agrees understanding navigation is integral to working out where percentage can be made - and he’s referring to fundamental navigation rather than navigating by iPhone map.

“Because we have easy access to an iPhone map some assume that’s navigation, but there are so many more factors,” Oxley says. “Fundamental navigation used to be part of ocean racing because there was nothing else available. More and more are coming to me saying ‘I want to learn Expedition’ but that’s the end point. What they need to learn is navigation and tactics.

“I’m a fan of using the tools but also a fan of fundamental knowledge. All sorts of pieces need to be added together when making a decision. It’s not about the most computer literate person on the boat following the blue line the software generates; it’s about the speed of the current for a big versus a small boat and knowing what time the sea breeze changes to a land breeze, and how to navigate out of a tight spot if the battery on your electronics fail.”

So, what’s the solution? Other than agitating for a dedicated race navigation syllabus to be developed by an educator Oxley suggests reading widely, talking with other navigators and taking relevant courses through Australian Sailing or completing a Yachtmaster or Coxswains course, which insurance companies like, particularly for deliveries.

Australian Sailing is partnered with the RYA, which deliver Yachtmaster courses. Click here on the ’Search now’ button to find an RYA Centre. Coxswains tickets and the like are delivered by registered training entities such as TAFE, and other private organisations.

Elliott and his RPAYC sailing office team are available to discuss relevant courses and meeting entry requirements for the club’s bluewater series and 370 nautical mile premier offshore event, the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race. The Notice of Race is available here and the deadline for entries and paperwork is Saturday December 15, 2018.

The regatta offers IRC Racing, Performance Racing, Cruising, Short-Handed and Multihull divisions for the ocean passage which leads into a short-course series conducted by the RPAYC’s partner Southport Yacht Club January 6-9, 2019. See http://www.sailparadise.com.au/

Both Pittwater and the Gold Coast present excellent holiday destinations at a busy time of year and those thinking about competing are encouraged to visit www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au or www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Visit the event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au and Facebook page www.facebook.com/pittwatertoparadise
Twitter: pitt2paradise Instagram: #pitt2paradise

For further information contact:
RPAYC sailing & communications manager Brendan Rourke
(02) 9998 3700 e. brendan.rourke@rpayc.com.au

Media enquiries - Lisa Ratcliff
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings
ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. Marketing.Manager@southportyachtclub.com.au

Photo Credit: Beth Morley


Fusion Racing Team in Marstrand, Sweden

And that’s a wrap for the GKSS Women’s Trophy in Marstrand Sweden.

The last day off racing was tough and we narrowly missed out on 3rd place. In a first to get 2 wins, we won the first race and then we were leading coming into the finish of the second race and a misjudgement error cost us the race and our damage deposit.

Although an unfortunate way to end the regatta we sailed well beyond our own expectations and learnt so much to take into the next regatta.

As the youngest team to be racing against some of the worlds best sailors was unreal, some of these including world champions and Olympic gold and silver medalists.

Massive thanks to everyone for your support in the lead up to the event and all the messages of support and encouragement during the event!

Next for us is to head straight over to the USA to join club coach Tom Spithill and represent the RPAYC at the Govenors Cup at Balboa Yacht Club. 




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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