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

       

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

 
 

Pitt Point our own piece of Pittwater History

‘Pitt Point’ on Scotland Island

As many will know, Pitt Island, named by Captain Arthur Phillip, was renamed Scotland Island by Andrew Thompson, to whom it was granted by Governor Macquarie on 1st January 1810 for his good works including rescuing many people from a major flood in the Hawkesbury River.

Andrew Thompson, who built and operated a number of trading ships, was building ‘Geordy’ on his Island when he died. At that point, he had progressed from being sent to NSW for 14 years for the theft of goods back in England, to being the wealthiest man in NSW.

One of his enterprises was the manufacture of salt, transported, with other produce, down to Sydney town. He was also the biggest producer of wheat, a vital product for the survival of the colony.

Greg and Louise’s home, ‘Pitt Point’, sits close to both - where the salt was produced and ‘Geordy’ was built. It has always been owned by RPAYC members, both as a weekender and a permanent residence, over more than 25 years.

‘Pitt Point’ is on the market, and it is thought that RPA members could be interested in considering this rare piece of architecture designed by Ken Woolley AM. The house has been beautifully built and lovingly maintained. 

  

Never Stop Learning: Training at The Alfred's this Spring!

Spring is nearly upon us and we’re very quickly approaching temperatures that make training on this little piece of paradise that is Pittwater so enjoyable! The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is very excited to be rolling out one of the largest sail training programs in recent years with something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor wanting to fine tune your skills or just a beginner, you’ll have one thing in common in this amazing sport, you’ll never stop learning!

Learning to sail is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling activities anyone can do. Sailing is such an incredibly versatile sport, it can be enjoyed by young and old, at adrenalin pumping levels or an avenue to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. Best of all, it all starts here at The RPAYC learning on the stage of one of Sydney’s hidden gems and under the guidance of qualified, professional Sailing Instructors.

Youth Pathways

Kids & Young Adults Learn to Sail 

If you’re aged between 7 and 12 and keen to learn to Sail, the Tackers program is for you! The Tackers program recognises that children learn differently to adults and teaches essential skills in a fun, games-based environment. Young Tackers will spend time sailing, paddling, playing games, and learning to love the waterways - all under the watchful eye of our nationally accredited instructors. Safety is at the heart of the Tackers program; young participants will learn seamanship skills and a healthy respect for safety on the water.

The program is offered in 3 levels and it can be enjoyed during the school holidays or on Sundays.

Thomas Spithill is the head coach at the RPAYC, he’s been teaching for over a decade and has been sailing since before he could walk. Tom, or Tommy as he is known to his students says teaching tackers is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. “Seeing a student progress from an apprehensive little Johnny or Jenny, who’s afraid of the water to sailing confidently all by themselves, enjoying Pittwater with the piece of mind that they are fully capable of handling a boat safely is the best part of my job!” commented a jubilant Spithill.

For adolescents, the Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is a great way to get the young adults (13 – 18 year olds) out from behind the screens and enjoying the great outdoors right here on our doorstep in Sydney. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program keeps the focus on the fun whilst teaching key technical sailing skills and introducing the use of a wider range of sail types. Although there’ll be no typical day, the activities involve passage sailing, exploring different parts of the western foreshore of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, team development activities, drills and skills on keelboats. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is sailed on the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7s.

The Next Step

After completing the Tackers program, the next steps are Green Fleet then the Intermediate Fleet Programs. This is where they will experience their first taste of real centreboard racing with the safety of a nearby coach and safety boats. In the Tackers program, Green Fleet and Intermediate Fleet programs, children are learning in a little sailing dinghies called “Optimists”. Once the sailors are old enough and too big for their Optimist they start sailing dinghies that are a little bigger such as the single handed Laser and double handed 29er.

Club Berth & Hardstand Availability

Marina Berths
The Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members (and prospective Members) for berths currently available on the marina.  The berths currently available are outlined below and includes the maximum vessel specifications suited to each berth. 

 
Berth
Max length metres
Max beam metres
D40
10.7
4
E44
12.2
4.1
F32
12.2
4.3
 
 
A copy of the Club berth map is available here 
 
Commuter Berth
A commuter berth has become available on the marina and the Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members.  The berth “L24” is situated on ‘D’ arm of the marina closest to the gangway.  This berth suitable for a runabout, tender or rib up to approximately 5m long and the monthly fee is $524. 
 
Hardstand Storage
Hardstand storage is available on the Green Point Hardstand and the Club is seeking expressions of interest from Members with One Design or Sports Boats such as; Melges, Etchells, International 5.5m, J70, Vipers or similar. 
 
For further information relating to Club storage facilities contact Marine Services Manager Kylie Brown email kylie.brown@rpayc.com.au or telephone (02) 9998 3741
 
 
 
 

Strong Queensland support for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

Encouragingly for this year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta is the level of interest from Queensland boat owners planning to cruise to Sydney then race back north as part of a competitive field.HIRW2017 Rushour Credit: Andrea FrancoliniHIRW2017 Rushour Credit: Andrea Francolini

Drew Carruthers’ Rushour is the first multihull entry in the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club organised race in some years. The Queensland owner hopes to inspire other multihull owners to line up for the 370 nautical mile single-line start at 1pm on January 2, 2019 and blast back up the New South Wales and South East Queensland coast to Southport.

Carruthers will combine the Pittwater to Paradise ocean race with the chance to spend New Year’s Eve on the harbour underneath Sydney’s world-famous fireworks spectacle.

The 15m catamaran Rushour, which took line and multihull top honours in this year’s Groupama Race around New Caledonia, is a first-time entrant as is MGD Mad Jack, Greg Black’s modified Ross 1066 he describes as an oversized sports boat.

Originally built for the 50th anniversary Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as Rock n Roll, the Kevin Dibley design competed strongly in the mid to late 1990s and last year was bought from Lake Macquarie and totally overhauled by Black.

“With advice from Kevin I did a full reno including changing the mast position, new fixed and telescopic prodder to run asymmetric kites, new rudder and rudder position, changed the chain plates and a new sail plan. The only thing we haven’t done is the new keel mod and I doubt we’ll get to this before the Paradise race. It’s cost me a bomb but it’s like a new boat and we can’t wait to line up against the Sydney fleet with a new sail wardrobe!

“We don’t care what weather we get; as long as it’s not on the nose,” Black added.

Typically summer means north-easterly sea breezes along the east coast though sou’easters can also prevail - the ideal scenario for both Rushour and MGD Mad Jack, named after Black’s two children Maddison and Jack, neither of which are suited to an uphill battle.

The Ker 11.3 Kerisma Gill is another Queensland entry, Jo and David Rose’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron joining Southport Yacht Club’s own Ocean Gem, a Beneteau 445 owned by David Hows competing for the RPAYC’s finish partner.

The introduction in 2017 of a State of Origin Trophy for the winning state brings the essence of “State vs State, Mate vs Mate” to the event. The State of Origin Trophy will be awarded based on the lowest aggregate score of the best three boats from NSW and the best three boats from Queensland in the IRC overall results. The honour went to NSW last year.

Etchells Yacht Charter Available

An Etchells Fleet boat is available for full season charter to RPAYC members. If you are wanting to engage in competitive one design regattas or prefer to get some friends together in a quick yacht for regular club races without spending a fortune then this is the opportunity. 
 
Fleet boats are in competitive one design condition and capable of being at the front of a championship fleet. Alternatively, Etchells also sail well in a mixed fleet and are proving to be very popular in this role on Pittwater. Members may wish to consider participation in Club midweek and weekend handicap racing.
 
The Pittwater Etchells Fleet are keen to promote affordable sailing and see more boats join in OD racing and/or handicap racing around Pittwater. We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from members to charter our Fleet Etchells for the upcoming season. 
 
The structure of the Charter has been done to offer a low cost way of keel boat sailing (no capital cost) with a small charter fee of $1800.00 to cover boat insurance plus nominal wear and tear. Members will also be required to pay full hardstand fees to the Club for the season.
 
Expressions of Interest can be submitted to The Sailing Office (Pittwater Fleet Committee) together with any further questions about the boat or sailing Etchells on Pittwater or further abroad.

Discover Sailing Day - Sunday 23rd September

Discover Sailing Day is a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is. 

This year the RPAYC will be hosting their Discover Sailing Day on Sunday 23 September. 

You’ll have the option to go out for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around the club facilities, and find out about the programs and sailing courses available. There is something for the whole family and even kids as young as five years old can sail, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. People of all abilities are welcome and some clubs offer accessible facilities for people with a disability.

Discover Sailing Days are free to attend and all boats and safety equipment is provided by the club. All you need to bring is clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, sun screen and a hat. Shoes with non-marking soles are preferred.

We will have a Discover Sailing Host, who welcomes you to the club, answers any questions, and explains the activities taking place during the Discover Sailing Day. The schedule of activities will vary dependant on the weather, but it’s recommended you allow at least 1 to 1.5 hours if you want to get out on the water.

Date: Sunday 23rd September

Time: 0900 - 1200

Location: RPAYC Reception

 

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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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