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


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

Applications are open for the 2017 RPAYC Youth Development Program

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program has been a launch pad for many of Australia’s top sailors from world champions, Olympians and America’s Cup winners. For the 2016/17 season the program has continued to excel on an international level.

One key achievement from the season would be Will Dargaville and his team, Josh Dawson, Sarah Parker and James Farquharson’s victory in 2016 World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championships in New Caledonia.

Dargaville continued his good form in 2016, taking out the Men’s World University Match Racing Championships in Perth. Fellow Youth Development team member Sarah Parker followed suit taking out the Women’s University Match Racing Worlds also held in Perth.

Head Coach Tom Spithill credits the success of the season to a strong overall squad.

“The YD (Youth Development) Program has been about sending a variety of teams to each event. Mixing experienced less experienced teams to events to promote learning through experience.” Spithill said. 

The regatta experience and competition rubs off during in house training. As Spithill explains competition is always fierce which brings out the best in both sailing and personality.

“We have had some of the best in house training that the program has seen in years, which in turn has brought in results. It is super competitive on the water, they want to tear each other apart! But off the water the squad has really gelled as a tight knit group, and have made friends for life.” Spithill said.

The impressive Youth Development Squad’s podium results for the season include:

1st World Youth Match Racing Championship – Noumea,  New Caledonia
1st Male World University Match Racing Championship - Perth
1st & 3rd Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship - Hobart
1st Hardy Cup - Sydney
2nd Centreport Youth International Match Racing Championship – Wellington, NZ
2nd Australian Youth Match Racing Championship – Sydney
2nd Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship – Sydney
2nd & 3rd NSW Youth Match Racing Championship - Sydney
2nd & 3rd Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship – Sydney

Unfortunately, the crew are not listed in the world rankings, as the rankings stay with the skipper, however it can’t be said enough how much the crew have contributed to these great results and the recognition they deserve as a group.

The current World Sailing Open Match Racing Rankings for our Youth Development Squad Members are:

Rank                                      Name
13th                                         Will Dargaville
73rd                                        Malcolm Parker
121st                                       Sarah Parker
161st                                       Clare Costanzo
190th                                      Emma May
492nd                                      Harry Hall

Current Women’s Match Racing Rankings
Rank                                      Name
10th                                         Sarah Parker
20th                                         Clare Costanzo
57th                                         Emma May

Going into 2017, things start to heat up again with regattas in Perth, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington over the January & February period. Teams are already out on the water training in the earlier hours of the morning or late afternoon fitting in with School, University and work commitments.

The Youth Development Program starts up again for 2017 in May, with details and expression of interest forms up on the club website 
For those younger sailors wanting to try out keelboat sailing and interested in later being a member of the Youth Development Squad then the ideal program for them would be the Intermediate Youth Development Program, however there are limited spots available. 




2017-2021 Australian Sailing Special Regulations now available

The Australian Sailing Special Regulations for 2017-2021 are now available to download from the Australian Sailing websiteBlue Book Special Regs Pt1Blue Book Special Regs Pt1For the first time, the Special Regulations have been published in two parts - Part 1 for Racing Boats including Monohulls, Multihulls and Trailables and Part 2 for Off the Beach Boats -  and are online free of charge in a bookmarked PDF format for all Australian Sailing members to access. The Special Regulations Parts 1 and 2 will also be published in Ebook formats compatible with Kindle, Apple and Android devices.

The Australian Sailing Special Regulations for 2017-2021 are effective from 1 July 2017 but have been published early to allow competitors ample time to prepare their boats. Ebook versions of the Special Regulations will be published in early 2017. RPAYC will be conducting its annual audit of boats intenting to compete from July 2017 throughout each Saturday in June. Boats are to book their audit with the Sailing Office and submit at the time of booking a FULLY completed audit form. Please note new Audit forms are expected to be available Mid April and will be publised on the clubs Regulations and Safety page of the website, here

The 2017-2021 Special Regulations can be found under the Safety section of the website.

To access them, click here:

RPAYC Summer One Design & Sports Boat Regatta

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club invites all eligible One Design Classes and Sports Boats including Etchells, Ynglings, Dragons, Melges 20/24/32, Vipers, Stars, Elliott 7s, Couta Boats, 5.5m, 11m  and others to compete in the Summer One Design & Sports Boat Regatta hosted by the RPAYC on the week-end of the 25th and 26th of February, 2017.

Racing will be held inshore from 1100hrs and will be a windward / leeward course, with up to six races across two days on the waters of Pittwater, with the course in the 'big pond' just north of Scotland Island.

The clubs Bistro 'Halyards' is open post racing for socialising, post race F/Bs, with the prize giving to be held on Sunday afternoon post racing.

Gather your friends, family, co workers and join these great weekend regatta's on Pittwater. Looking for a boat to sail? Let the office know. 

From the Spring One Design & Soprts Boat Regatta

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

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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).

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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

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