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

History of the Jubilees by Jack Gale

In 1933 a disastrous storm hit Port Phillip Bay when heavy seas, driven by hurricane winds destroyed breakwaters and tore yachts off their moorings . The Royal Brighton Yacht Club lost three quarters of the yachts moored there when the Brighton Pier was destroyed. In a way the storm did much to change the course of yachting in Victoria.

A fleet of strictly one design craft, stoutly built, with generous side decks, designed by naval architect Charles Peel and called the 'Jubilee' Class. They were to cost one hundred Pounds ($200). They were designed to sail on the rough seas of Port Phillip Bay. Their overall length was 18 feet, 16 feet on the waterline and carrying a sail area of 193.33 sq. feet. With internal ballast to stop them from sinking they carried flotation in the form of kapok bolsters, some were equipped with air tight tanks and others with cork under their decks. They had large coamings to prevent taking in water and copious half decks for the same purpose.

It had been 18 years since the club had purchased the property at Green Point and still nothing had been done about the building of a club house. In order to give impetus to sailing on Pittwater the club decided to adopt the Jubilee class, a 'knockabout' boat built for the waters of Port Phillip Bay.

It is practical to keep these boats out of the water and a substantial slipway and a small club house was to be erected. The Pittwater clubhouse was opened on December 17, 1938 by the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Wakehurst. 14 Jubilees started in the club's first race on Pittwater and appropriately enough it was won by a member John Dingle in "Kimba" who introduced the class to New South Wales.

Celebrating the good times with the “Dicko Cup”

The Dicko Cup originated in early 1950s by S.R. Dickinson whose role was the organiser, handicapper, judge and sailing committee for the “Dicko” Cup. Originally being held on New Year’s Eve and continuing onto New Year’s Day the event started as a fun loving event with no prerequisites to enter only a “carnival spirit.” Boats from all over Sydney would migrate to Pittwater to enjoy the company of Dicko and his wife as they were renowned for their hospitality.

Nearly 60 years later the RPAYC still celebrates this event based around the roots of the “carnival spirit.” The event has transformed into the Dicko Cup Marathon & Hallets Beach Cruise for the Australia Day weekend on January 28 - 29th. 

The Dicko Cup weekend includes two races, the first a race to Hallets Beach where a sausage sizzle will await you (BYO additional food and drinks). The second race is from Hallets Beach to the Club. If you do not wish to join the the race you are welcome to meet fellow members on the shores of Hallets Beach and spend the evening there.

Register for the Dicko Cup here.

The Couta Boat fleet will also be joining this year’s race as part of their Pittwater Regatta which will also be held over the 28 & 29 January. 

This year also heralds the start of a new event, The Three Islands Rally Series” which combines the Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup and a new event, the Scotland Island Cup.  Each event stands on its own and all are tailored as family, fun and social events for all members to enjoy. At the end of the rally there will be a celebration at the Club, Arias on the Lawn which will conclude the event with special guest, Opera House Tenor, Andrew Brunsdon.

For more information contact the Sailing Office on 9998 3700. 

Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot will represent the country in 2017 Youth Sailing Worlds

Australian Sailing has announced the 2017 Australian Sailing Youth Team, who will represent their country at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship. 

The 2017 team is a mix of new faces along with a few sailors who represented Australia at the 2016 Youth Worlds in Auckland in December. 

The team members are:

Girls single-handed (Laser Radial): Elyse Ainsworth, Royal Perth Yacht Club & Fremantle Sailing Club, WA

Boys single-handed (Laser Radial): Caelin Winchcombe, Fremantle Sailing Club & Geographe Bay, WA

Girls Windsurfer (RSX): Hailey Lea, Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club, QLD

Boys Windsurfer (RSX): Alex Halank, Georges River Sailing Club, NSW

Boys double-handed (420):  Otto Henry, Woollahra Sailing Club, NSW and Rome Featherstone, Fremantle Sailing Club, WA

Girls double-handed (420): Laura Harding and Eleanor Grimshaw of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, VIC

Boy’s skiff (29er): Henry Larking and Miles Davey of Woollahra Sailing Club, NSW (NSW)

Girl’s skiff (29er): Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, NSW

New Viper World Champions Crowned

They led from the outset and at the conclusion of the Viper Worlds 2017 Australians Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor (Charter World) beat the immediate past French world champion and took out the series by nine points. 

With six wins from 11 starts and two drops in play the pair’s worst score was a third, showing that consistency across a mix of conditions in the 11 race series presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover was paramount.

The new world champions, sailing for Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club and Royal Brighton Yacht Club, surprised themselves with the result. “We thought we’d be top three but we didn’t think we’d do this well,” Felsenthal admitted. “The points were reasonably tight going into the last day then heading in to the last race we knew we were safe but we wanted to go out and finish on a high note, and we got the win.”

A two day delay waiting ashore in high winds on Friday and Saturday stretched into day three though for the opposite reason, a lack of steady breeze on Geelong’s Corio Bay. Twenty-two crews representing five countries plus race management officials drifted in the sun for close to four hours prior to the first gun of the day, on Sunday January 15, 2017.

Magpie swoops twice at Etchells Australian Championship

Graeme Taylor and his Magpie crew of Steve Jarvin and James Mayo sailing for Victoria’s Mornington Yacht Club posted the best scores among a who’s who of keelboat sailing to be named Etchells Australian champions for the second year running.

Taylor, Mayo and Richie Allanson won in 2016 at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. In 2017 off Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches, Taylor and Mayo were joined by Steve Jarvin who cut short his skiing trip and spent five days travelling to make the final two races of the five-race one design series.

“It’s never easy at an Etchells nationals” Taylor said of the entry calibre, “you just have to chip away and eventually it comes good,” he added, while heading back to his home state with some extra luggage.

“We are very, very happy. The race committee did an amazing job, they were smart enough to know what was going on out there and try and work with the conditions. We were very glad they binned that last race, it was getting hard to get a handle on the shifts.”

On the number of general recalls and black flag starts over the shortened and very intense series Taylor said, “Everyone wants to get a good result, they are pushing hard. You do your best and sometimes things fall your way, we were lucky this time.”

Magpie’s training partners Iain Murray, Euan McNichol and Richie Allanson finished second overall by three points with Northern Havoc and the current Etchells world champ, John Bertrand, took third with Triad2 and his crew of Bill Browne and Jake Newman.

“We didn’t get a win but we were always there, and it was good enough to bring us home second,” Murray said. “It was difficult out there with weather and sea conditions. Our target is the world champs in September; this is the first part of the journey. It’s the second regatta we’ve sailed and we are going up the curve.”

Murray’s America’s Cup commitments will restrict his return to sailing and in particular Etchells racing, a class he says people move on from but often return to. “We all seem to come back to the Etchells, it’s the common denominator. There a good bunch of people in the class who enjoy racing and we all rendezvous. There are some old hard heads, like us, and out there today was the RPAYC junior squad who at the other end of the learning curve and showing plenty of promise.

“I’ve got a pretty busy time coming up with the Cup, I’ll do what I can,” Murray promises. He will lead one of the Australian teams preparing for the San Francisco worlds in September 2017.

Given three of the ‘red shirts’ from the Wild Oats XI supermaxi crew picked up trophies at the Etchells major title, Murray says the pressure is now on their Oats crewmate Chris Links to perform well at the Finn nationals the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay is hosting January 16-21.

The 46-boat Etchells fleet went out on Saturday to the Palm Beach Circle where the residual sloppy seas from a big blow late Friday combined with 1-3 knot winds made offshore conditions very unpleasant. In the hope things would improve crews and officials waited patiently in the searing heat until 4pm before commencing the long journey back to the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club sunburnt and without posting a score.

Offshore winds were light ENE on Sunday for races four and five. As the wind freshened to 15 knots race officer Ross Wilson attempted to start race six under a U flag but it was a general recall. The committee went straight to black flag but a major wind shift at 30 seconds to go forced a postponement, and then the time limit kicked in.

First female helm was Jeanne-Claude Strong (Yandoo XX), first and masters and grand masters crew was Bertrand’s Triad2 and first Corinthian boat was Fifteen+ (David Clark, Mark Langford, Sasha Ryan, Will Howard).

The RPAYC’s youth development team of Malcolm Parker, Clare Costanzo, Evelyn Foster and Rachel Bower grabbed the older guard’s attention in race five on Sunday afternoon when they crossed Magpie’s bow and went on to post their best result, 11th. Other YD sailors were sprinkled among the fleet.


Event website

Facebook @EtchellsAUS Insta

Further information:

Lisa Ratcliff - On Course Communications
Etchells Australian Championship media
m. 0418 428 511 e.

David Ritchard
President International Etchells Australia




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.”

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