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


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


Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championships

Nine teams, representing five Yacht Clubs and two States were competing for the title of NSW Youth Match Racing Champion over the two-day event held at the CYCA on the weekend.
This was the first event for the Australasian Youth Match Racing Circuit for 2018/19 and an opportunity for our RPAYC Youth Development Sailors to send two teams. With a fresh influx of first time participants in The Club’s world renowned Youth Development Program, this regatta provided a perfect opportunity to introduce some of these sailors to their first match racing regatta.
Niall Powers hopped on the helm for his first go as skipper, after having a tough first day with no wins on the board, Powers and his team came out the next day and showed great improvement winning 3 out of their 4 races.
James Farquharson skippering the second RPAYC team had a tough and bloody day on the water. During the RPAYC V RPAYC match, Farquharson had amassed a handy lead against sparring partner Powers. Farquharson was gybing into the bottom mark when crewmember Zoe Whitlock got her pinky finger caught between the spinnaker pole and the mast. At first Zoe thought it was a slight pinch, however on closer inspection it was quite a serious cut with blood spilling over the foredeck. Farquharson immediately showed good seamanship , calling over the umpire and safely transporting Zoe off the boat to receive medical treatment.
Whilst Farquharson is more accustomed to finishing further up the scoreboard, he showed great patience and team spirit, helping his team of newcomers learn the ins and outs of Match Racing.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce some new faces into the mix, and “Bleed” them into the sport of match racing (No pun intended!), I was really impressed with some of our senior squad members who showed great maturity helping their new squad members getting up to speed”
“Going forward now we have the luxury of developing some intense in house training as we prepare for the upcoming regattas” commented a insouciant Tom Spithill (Head Coach).
Thank you to the CYCA for once again hosting the NSW Youth Match Racing Championships. Congratulations to the winners Tom Grimes & Team.
The next event for the RPAYC Youth Development Program will be the David Lukins Memorial Regatta 15-16 September hosted here at The Club.

Full results here




RPAYC - Sail for a Bale

We are helping raise much needed funds for Aussie Farmers! 

All money raised is going to the Buy a Bale Campaign to help struggling Aussie Farmers with the current severe drought.
A bale of hay costs $20 so get your crew together and dig deep for the people who really need it!
FACT: 98% of NSW is affected by Drought!
If you want to donate and can't make it down to the club then you can do so here.


$20 buys a small bale of hay and helps transport it to the affected areas
$60 buys 3 x $20 gift cards to help put food on the table
$100 buys a large bale of hay
$500 buys 5 large bales of hay
$1000 buys 10 large bales of hay
$5700 buys a single-trailer load of hay
$9500 buys a semi-trailer load of hay and transport it to an affected area. (up to 900 km) 



RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events

The RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events is now available online here

Speakers Corner - Friday 17th August

Come and join us on Friday 17th August, 2018 to listen to Brian Gray talk about HMS Galatea and the technical evolution of RN Frigates.
The talk traces the evolution from 20 gun frigates of the 18th century through to modern missile frigates of the 20th and 21st centuries. HMAS Galatea 1859 was commanded by Prince Alfred when it visited Sydney in 1868 and incorporated many important technical developments which influenced future warship designs.
Bookings through reception or online by Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | Pittwater Room 1200
$28 member/$33 non member including lunch | P: 9998 3700

NVR Yacht Club - 150 Year Anniversary - Burgee Exchange

While racing at Travemünde week I took a trip to Hamburg to join the 150 Year Anniversary of the NVR Yacht Club.  They are one of our many Reciprocal Clubs Worldwide. 

I had the pleasure of joining the party for the Cross Atlantic Race they held as part of the celebrations and visiting the Club House on the small but beautiful lake in the centre of Hamburg that they frequently sail on.

I wished them congratulations on behalf of the RPAYC and our members for their 150 year given that we had just had our sesquicentennial celebration last year.  

Andreas Christiansen. Chairman of NRV and I exchanged burgees as part of the celebrations.

Big thanks to Kaspar Stubenrauch the President of the German 5.5m Association who invited me to the celebrations.  

Written by Martin Cross 


Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast

A fantastic week of yachting was had with RPAYC represented by 2 x 5.5m competing at Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast.

Martin Cross sailing with Joachim & Johny Fluhrer placed 10th and John Bacon sailing with David Sampson placed 11th. 

An excerpt from the race report: 'Skipper John Bacon, from Sydney, Australia, is not disheartened but thoroughly enjoying racing in Travemünde. “Absolutely delight to be sailing Travemünde for the first time. We are hoping to get the 5.5 worlds at our home club in 2020 and ahead of that we are trying to get some practice in with all the stars in the class over here. The weather is beautiful, the winds are great and we are just having a fantastic time meeting everybody and learning more and more about the boat. And looking forward to getting it home and sailing it this summer.”

He explained the choice of boat, “We looked at buying a boat for Europe and eventually taking back to the worlds in Australia. The boat we have was originally called ‘The Sting’ and was built in 1993. It was one of the last Evolution boats that was built and measured and it’s a pretty good boat. It’s got a lot of the aspects of a modern 5.5 and so it’s pretty competitive and we are pleasantly surprised we are doing OK.”

“The boat is pretty interesting. It was the first boat that Christoph Wilke ever built and maybe we’ll do a couple of fancy things to it to see if we can squeeze more performance. But in the meantime we are just trying to learn how to make it go.”

The boats are being packed up and are now on route to Blighty for Cowes Week and then the Gold Cup and Worlds at the Royal Yacht Squadron. 

Good Luck for the upcoming events

View Regatta Videos Here 


Full results here




Yachting NSW Awards - RPAYC Winner

RPAYC are pleased to report that we had 3 members as finalists in the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards.  Fletcher Walters was nominated for Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year whilst Nina Curtis & Stacey Jackson were both nominated for Female Sailor of the Year. 

The awards took place last Friday night and the results were:

The winners include;
Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh
Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear
Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin  / Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis
Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor
Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry
Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine
Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan
Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club

Full press release from YANSW is below. 


Hunters Hill Sailing Club has been awarded NSW Club of the Year ahead of many others for their dedication and spirit in supporting sailing and their members.

The smaller, volunteer run club sits just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is surrounded by many larger neighbouring clubs. The club's President Maria Quinlan places their success on their dedicated team of volunteers.

"HHSC are delighted to have won NSW Sailing Club of the Year. Great recognition for this small volunteer club with a big heart and big ideas.

"Thank you to Australian Sailing for this award and to all of the volunteers at HHSC who are key to its success." Quinlan continued.

Another spectacular moment from the evening was the award for the Female Sailor of the Year of which could not be split between 2012 Olympic silver medallist and crew member onboard Brunel Racing in the 207-2018 Volvo Ocean race, Nina Curtis and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Darmanin.

Both have excelled in regattas over the last 12 months and it was only fitting to present the award to both sailors. Lisa Darmanin, who is currently preparing to compete in Aarhus, Denmark for the World Championship couldn't be more proud to have received the award and to call NSW home.  

"It's so great to receive this award alongside Nina Curtis. It's always so lovely to be recognised by the Australian Sailing community for our efforts even when we are so far from home. I love sailing in Sydney harbour it's definitely the best place in the world, so very proud to be from NSW!" Darmanin said.

In addition to the winners mentioned above, nine sailors from across NSW were selected from a long list of nominations to receive awards in their respected category. The winners include; Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club

Thank you to Manly 16" Skiff Club for hosting a great evening and to all the attendees who made it such a great night.

Time for your Antifoul? There is a 15% Members Discount

The RPAYC Boatyard is Pittwater's most modern and comprehensive boatyard and a 'one stop shop' for our members.  The boatyard has a range of onsite specialists who work together with the boatyard team to ensure that your vessel service is completed in an efficient and timely manner. Receive the antifoul package at 15% discount and be confident that our professional team will provide a superior finish and longer lasting results. Your package will include the lift, waterblast, wet rub, antifoul, 2-days on the hardstand, acid wash, environmental levy and launch. We are happy to quote competitively for any other antifoul on request or additional options, and the price we quote is the price you pay.

For more details, please contact Monique on (02) 9998 3751 or email boatyard@rpayc.com.au 


Annual General Meeting Held Tuesday 24th July at 8pm

The 2018 Annual General Meeting saw a number of presentations to Members including 50yr Membership, Life Member and The Clubmanship Award 2017/2018. Congratulations to all of the Members recognised for their outstanding service to the Club.

The 50 Year Members celebrated at the AGM were:
Bill Ebsary
George Mottl
Roger Russell
Roger Vincent

Life Member - Peter Kennett
Peter Kennett was elected a Life Member of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Peter (pictured at right with his wife, Helen, at last night's AGM) joined the Club as a Full member in 1974, previously being a junior member.
Peter has sailed since a young age, firstly in Manly Juniors and upon joining the club, as a Senior Member in Lasers, competing in State, National and World Masters Championships.
He also sailed in Etchells and can more recently be found each week racing keelboats.
Peter joined the General Committee of the Yacht Club in 1984. His help with consultation and legal expertise was invaluable to the success of that Committee.
He has served on the Race, Boatshed & Works, House & Election Committees.
Peter stayed on the General Committee until the Club restructure and then continued on as a Board Director.

Peter has now joined the Maintenance & Development Committee, and continues to generously offer legal advice to the Club.

Congratulations Peter! 

There were four nominations for two Directors, with Simon Grosser and James Mayjor elected. The Commodore thanked John Paul & Murray Glase for their nominations.

Julia Hornsby was elected as Rear Commodore Activities with the Commodore thanking Sal Ridulfo for his service. Leon Wilson and David Taylor were re-elected for the positions of Rear Commodore, Cruising and Centreboard respectively.

Elected Officers for 2018/19

Michael Lockley
Vice Commodore
Ron Palmer

Jim Bullough
Rick Welch
Simon Grosser
James Mayjor

Rear Commodores

Rear Commodore, Membership, Liz de Soyres
Rear Commodore, Yacht Race, Allen Stormon
Rear Commodore, Cruising, Leon Wilson
Rear Commodore, Centreboard, David Taylor
Rear Commodore, Activities, Julia Hornsby

The Clubmanship Award
The Clubmanship Trophy recognises the effort of Members who have made a significant contribution to the Club across a range of activities and is elected by the Commodore.

This year the Commodore choose a member who has made a significant contribution across a multitude of areas in a very unassuming but not unnoticed way including, to name but a few:
A regular part of the race management team and has been for countless years!
Regularly on hand to hear protests
Member of the Archives committee – spending hours on end in a windowless room that
We are proud to announce that the 2017/18 'Clubmanship Award' goes to David West.
Congratulations and well deserved David.



AGM Notice of Elections of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Following the Annual General Meeting held on 24 July, 2018, the Elected Officers for 2018/19 are: - Click Here

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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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