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


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

Annual Sailing Program & Entry Available Now

The 2017/18 Sailing Handbook is now available to download or hardcopy available from the Sailing Office from the 25th August. This season sees a newly designed program of events and races to suit all members both new to sailing and experienced sailors, allowing more flexibility for boats and their various crew to participate in their selected event. 

The Sailing Program can be viewed online here, or a schedule of events is printed in the Sailing Handbook

  • Entry into each Series be it Club weekly races, the Club Marine East Coast BWPS or Regatta's is via the Online Entry System  OPEN NOW.
  • Spring and Summer events include:

    • Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series (year round) - Race 1, 6 September
    • Saturday Inshore & Classic Series  (spinnaker & non spinnaker & One Design Division) - Race 1, 9 September
    • Saturday Broken Bay Offshore Series (this is a combined series of SOPs and Broken Bay) - Race 1, 16 September
    • Saturday Mini Regattas (Windward/Leeward sprints) ** Additional dates added** - Round 1, 23 September
    • Club Marine East Coast Bluewater Series inc the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta - Race 1, 23 September
    • Saturday Commodores Cup Series, including a non-spinnaker division - Race 1, 23 September
    • Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Series - Race 1, 12 October
    • Women's Tuesday Twilight Series (spinnaker & non spinnaker) - Race 1, 31 October
    • Saturday Feature events, including Scotland Island Cup, Whisper Mug, Juno Jug and more..

Saturday 2 September sees the commencement of the 2017/18 Sailing Season with the annual Sail Past and Pittwater Dash Race.   Don't forget to book your FREE BBQ Lunch tickets before the 26th August! 



Dramatic Final Day in the 8MR World Cup


DRAMATIC FINAL DAY IN THE 8MR WORLD CUP                                                    20.08.17

Hankø, Norway
With expectations of strong winds up to 20 + knots, only parts of  the float chose to go out and fight for the top positions in the final day of the 8mR World Cup in Hankø.

The overall winner is, without beeing on the water in the second race today, GBR "Miss U" with Avia Willment. With a set of 7 1.places, one 2. and one 3.rd. the modern yacht didn´t have to finish the last race in order to win overall. With 12 points, the modern James Bond-inspired boat was 18 points ahead og number two.

Behind «Miss U», Austrian «Pandora» and Werner Deuring took the second place overall with 18 points, followed by Norwegian "Wanda" and Lars Ingeberg with 37 counting points after deleting the DSQ from day two.

Sira Class

After tight fights among the 4-5 best yachts in the Sira Class, the above mentioned 2. and 3. place «Pandora» and «Wanda», took 1. and 2.place in the Sira Class.  Number three in the class for yachts built before 1960, was Canadian "Bangalore" withTerry Mc Laughlin with 42 points.

Number 4 and 5, were both Norwegian, and ended both on 53 counting points. Number 4, «IF» had a lower total sum before deleting the weakest single race result than «Sira».

8m World Championship, Norway, Lets Go VARG!

With just one day of racing remaining in the 8 Metre World Cup, the English Yacht MISS U is now the undisputed leader, 13 points clear of her nearest rival, the Austrian boat PANDORA. Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, her owner skipper Avia Willment, the only woman skipper in the 28 strong fleet, will be the new world champion. Ms Willment has been consistently fast, upwind and down, in winning all but one of the World Series races. Only two more races remain to be sailed and they will be decided tomorrow in a forecast 16 knot south westerly- the same breeze in which she excelled today.

The Australian yacht VARG, racing under the burgee of the RPAYC, is now 24th boat and well out of contention for any of the trophies. Unlike almost all the other classic yacht in this series, VARG remains exactly as she was at her launching in 1924. She was fast in her day, but now is unable to match other classics which have been stripped to their bare frames for racing.

Full marks to Avia Willment. She is on the cusp of a history making victory for which she deserves every credit. With her signature James Bond sail number, 007, and a garish 'Girl with the Gold Gun' graphic emblazoned in her bows, MISS U is not pretty but she is exceptionally fast. It took the tenaniacious Ms Willment four year to convince the official measures that she is a bona fide 8 Metre, but now that she has been accepted as legally with the rules, she has shown truly remarkable speed upwind and down.

I saw Avia Willment struggling home last evening with shopping bags, bulging with the ingredients for a Thai red curry dinner she was intending to cook for her 'boys'. In the event, the 'boys' , six very astute young English sailors, took over the galley and put together a sumptuous meal that all enjoyed. It is that kind of total dedication to the team effort that sets this crew apart and makes Avia Willment such an outstanding figure in the hitherto male dominated world of high-end 8 Metre sailing.

Bruce Stannard. Norway.

Varg 8m World Championship 2017

The English skipper Avia Willment made sailing history today when she became the first woman to win the coveted 8 Metre World Championships. Racing against a crack fleet of 28 international yachts, all of them crewed by professional, mostly male, sailors, Ms Willment sailed a near perfect regatta, amassing an unassailable points lead going into the final day. She was so far ahead on points that she had no need to compete in the 10th and final race held this afternoon in dangerously high winds and seas on the testing Skagerrak course off the south west coast of Norway.

In winds gusting to 27 knots and steep breaking seas, nine yachts prudently decided to not compete. That left a fleet of only 12 boats in the last race. Norway's King Harald carried sail like a Viking and bravely pressed on, only to lose the top of his Sitka Spruce mast when the forestry fitting gave way in the heavy-pounding seas. The Finnish yacht SILJA also came to grief when her aluminium mast snapped above the hounds.

The crew of VARG, the Australian yacht competing under the burgee of the RPAYC, wisely chose to err on the side of caution and did not compete in today's violent conditions. VARG travelled 20,500 nautical miles to compete in the World Series and although she did not have the boat speed or the pointing ability to trouble the other boats, she did sail in every race bar one and was much admired by the European sailors for the beauty of her lines, drawn by Johan Anker in 1924. VARG came 24th overall in the fleet of 28. 

Coral Coast fleet reach Dunk Island

The participants in the Sesquicentenary Coral Coast 2017 cruise have just completed their most northerly rendezvous get together on Dunk Island. 

At 1255 nautical miles from Pittwater four boats - of the seventeen enjoying the CC17 cruise - (Billabong, Nirvana’s Kitchen, Novae and Isabella) celebrated with a formal gathering. 

The pulling power of the RPAYC cruisers was enormous on Dunk - they managed to get the cafe to open during the week at 10am to make coffee just for them. There were lots of walks, sundowners on the beach and lunch on Purtaboi Island.  A farewell dinner of garlic/chilli prawns and green curry mackerel (thanks to hunter/gatherer Neil on Billabong) was a fitting end to an enjoyable Dunk Island rendezvous.  

Centreboard Racing Season, 3 September Round 1

Spring Centreboard Season
The season calendar is currently being drafted with the first race of the Centreboard Series scheduled for Sunday 3 September, 1300hrs. Racing is open to all ages. 

Two Twilight Sailing events will be conducted where CB families are invited to participate on fellow members boats in the Thursday Twilight Series:

  • Thursday 16 November 2017
  • Thursday 15 February 2018

Details of the season program can be viewed here.
Entry and race documents will be published shortly. 

Volunteers are essential to  running a successful season program, if you are available to assist or which to learn more either speak to Chris Attwood on the CB Lawn or sign up to Dutyman here.  There is a Club Race Official Course scheduled at RMYC on the 23rd September, this is a great course to learn the ropes prior to setting on board a committee vessel or support boat. To register for this Australian Sailing Course click here.

Join us at 10:30 on Sunday the 3rd of September on the Centreboard Lawn when Phil from DeckHardware will talk about sailing products, how to choose them, how to use them and how to maintain them. 

  • Do you know what to use and where on your boat? 
  • Do you know how to look after your rope and fittings?
  • When you coil your rope does it end up in knots? There is a trick to help avoid this!
  • Did you know there are types of Dyneema® fibre which then becomes different types of Dyneema® Rope?

One of the interesting things about hardware design over the last few years has been the development in rope technology.  Previously block ranges faced an unchanging demand and lightness was the only desirable characteristic, however this is no longer the case. 
Phil will be discussing the different loads on your blocks, depending on the application you are using them for and where they are placed in the system.  As well as some of the new products available like Dog Bones.
Phil will discuss the different types of rope to help you choose which type to use.  We know this can be a tricky process and often it comes down to the individual sailor and what they like.


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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