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

Australian Sailing - Rating Certificate Christmas Deadlines

Boat owners who are planning to compete in different regattas in the Christmas holiday period, please be advised that Australian Sailing will be closed from Thursday 22 December to Tuesday 3 January. No rating certificate applications will be processed during these dates and applications will need to be lodged prior to the office closure. 

To help you plan for this period, a reminder that certificate processing times are:

IRC applications normal processing time 10-15 working Days
IRC expedited applications processing time 3-5 working days
ORCi applications processing time 7 working days

Matteo Zuppini
Sailing Services Coordinator - Certification
T: 02 8424 7441 |
Level 1, 22 Atchison St St Leonards NSW 2065
Locked Bag 806, Milsons Point, NSW 1565 

Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race length draws keen skippers

Two skippers drawn by the longer distance of January’s first-ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race have marked the January 2, 2017 start date and are busy preparing crews and their steeds for the first offshore event of the New Year. 


Entry has been extended to December 15, 2016 by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Enter herefor the monohull, short-handed and multihull divisions.

Preferring a two to three day race to the usual day and a half ocean passage from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour is a key reason for both Steven Czapp’s entry as a first-time skipper of a boat he knows well, and Phil Bennett’s return since 2010, the last time he and King Billy competed in the RPAYC’s traditional calendar opener.

Since 2013 Turbulence, the first Adams 11.9m out of the mould back in 1979, has racked up 20,000 nautical miles in the Melbourne to Osaka and Brisbane to Vanuatu plus other major ocean races under previous owner Eric Marsh, Czapp’s step-father.

The Huntingfield Cup-Jubilees National Championship 2017

Jubilee yachts were the formation class of RPAYC on Pittwater in 1938. The story of the Jubes and RPAYC go back to the mid-1930s when a
RPAYC Member, JR Dingle, donated five hundred pounds to the club on condition that they did not sell Green Point (our lovely site) but instead
used the money to build improvements on the vacant land and adopt the Jubilee Class for racing on Pittwater. This offer was accepted.

The first race was held on the 17th of December 1938 when 14 Jubilees competed. The Jubilees formed the backbone of RPAYC racing on
Pittwater in these early days. The Huntingfield Cup has been contested annually since 1946 alternating between NSW and Victoria.
So it is most fitting that RPAYC will host the Huntingfield Cup, which is the equivalent of the Jubilees National Championship, from January the
21st to 23rd 2017.

There is a lot of interest in this event and the Jubilee Members of RPAYC are expecting around 15 to 20 yachts made up of local boats plus
boats from both Victoria and Queensland.
The Jubilee is strictly a one design simple yacht 18ft LOA and weighs in at just on one tonne. They are stoutly built with lots of lead under the
floor boards, a small jib, large main, plus a spinnaker. It is a very stable boat designed to race in up to 30 knots. Some describe them like an
old man’s 18 footer!!

Due to their very strict one design the Jubilees enjoy very close racing with only seconds separating them across the finishing line.
There are a couple of local boats that may be available to sail so if any member is interested in getting a crew together and using one of the
boats available let the sailing office know.

The Club is endeavoring to make spectator boats available and if any Member has a boat they can take out on any day
of the cup for this purpose please contact David Bray on 0406 9999 77 or email

The Notice of Race and Registration of entries are open, click here to enter

New to Sailing, wanting to practise your skills, or are volunteer or looking to volunteer with sailing

The club has introduced a number of training afternoons for sailors, boats and volunteers who help out with race management to practise their skills and learn new skills from existing Race Officers. North Sails have also assist by providing feedback to those boats on water. Each training day is open to any boats to participate in, meet in Halyards at 1700hrs for a quick briefing with sailing starting from 1800hrs, a post race sausage sizzle is provided.

Future dates:

Debbie Holder has been assisting with Race Management for a number of years and recently has taken the next steps to learn more about becoming a Race Officier so in time she can take the lead in running club events. Debbie has kindly offered to share her story.

Debbie Holder, Tuesday Twilight Training Sessions - Event Report
I’ve been thinking about becoming a Race Officer for a while and decided to jump in and have a go and start with being a Race Officer in Training. All current Race Officer’s I’ve spoken to, also Brendan & Katie from the Sailing Office have been terrific in encouraging me to do it.

Tuesday Twilight Training – November 15th 2016 1st Attempt was a bit nerve racking to be honest.
I’d been watching the weather for a few days now, checking the sunset time, thinking and discussing with Garry Holder (The Real Thing)  about elements I need to know and do. I decided during the day that it is a training session so we need to have as many starts as we could and a short race course to enable us to achieve the goal set. Speaking with David West (NRO) who was my Mentor for the night and also Jason Antill who is behind it, I was on the right track and that is what we would do. Jason wanted us to have a General recall so I had to throw that one in as well.

Once Jason had spoken to the competitors and introduced me as the Race Officer I said my plan was to hopefully get 3 short races in and we would turn them around as quickly as we could.
We left the dock and put the top mark in on the way down so if it needed to be moved Jason would do it for me. There were school kids having training in the area so I made sure we wouldn’t be in their way and continued on to set the course and the start line with the help of David.

Spoke to the competitors with the usual we’re on station and where Alfred’s 2 was located and we intended to start on time. All good. We ended up with 6 boats which was great for the first night.
We managed to get 3 races in and also a general recall so we had 4 starts. I’m sure the competitors wondered what I was doing but all came back and we went into sequence again. I did explain in the club later on why I had a general recall. I just had to pick which race was going to be more suitable for this. I even managed to change the top mark in between races so great practise for me. I did forget to change the start/finish line but a mental note was taken for next time.
There is so much you have to think about and time gets away from you very quickly. My thoughts are now - please be patient with your Race Officer as we want to get it right and give all competitors a fair and enjoyable sail.

I think it was a great night and speaking to as many as I could in the club afterwards all seemed to have enjoyed what we did. David and I started cooking the BBQ to get things rolling. A couple of hiccups which I found out about from some of the boats that come out to train themselves (didn’t know the courses and didn’t know what we had written on the blackboard – Course Number and bearing to the top mark ) but we can make sure next time they know and understand instead of just following the other boats.

I chose over the last few years to be a Volunteer on the start boat because it’s a great experience and huge learning curve. I am very fortunate that I get to work with quite a few talented Race Officer’s on a variety of different Races and Regatta’s. I even go and help at other Clubs when they’ve asked for it eg. Middle Harbour and the CYCA. You meet lots of interesting people along the way. I’m getting to know some of the umpires better when we have Regatta’s and I’m not afraid of asking questions if I don’t understand. Trust me there is a lot to learn from my side.
Come and try it – hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do.
Debbie Holder


If you would like to learn more about Race Management please contact the sailing office or view the volunteering page here. Assistance is always needed throughout the year for club and regatta events across both yachting and centreboard activities. 


2016 Laser NSW State Champs

By Steve Bryant

At the weekend (26th/27th December), almost 100 Lasers attended the Laser NSW State Champs, held at Georges River on Botany Bay. After attending many regattas at this venue as a supporting parent, this was my first time actually sailing there and Saturday’s condition showed how tough this place is to sail at. With a big breeze and plenty of chop, keeping the waves out of your boat became a very tricky task. Sunday was a bit easier, with slightly less breeze and a lot less chop. Our 4.7 fleet was a bit short on numbers compared to recent regattas as many of the kids had other school commitments. They still managed to have 5 racing out of a quality fleet of 21 boats. Nathan had a great weekend, fighting it out with a couple of his NSW squad team mates, but consistency paid off and with a drop of 3rd, he managed to just stay 2 points ahead after 6 races. Antony also sailed a very consistent regatta to grab 5th overall. Will, Morgan and Cam completed the RPA team.

Over in the Radials, RPA had 7 boats representing the club, with Jarrah showing the older members the way by finishing top club boat in 16th overall out of 51 starters – a great result in a tough fleet.

Stuart was again the sole Standard rig, and he grabbed 5th overall – 2nd Master behind the current World Champion. I for one was very sore come Sunday evening. Don’t think I could take 6 days of those conditions if we get them in Adelaide!

Tango steps up to the Etchells NSW State Championship podium

In a phenomenally close finish, a single point and two countbacks determined the top four placegetters at the Etchells 2016/17 NSW State Championship conducted off Palm Beach Headland, Sydney, in an area known as the Palm Beach Circle.

Chris Hampton’s effort in bringing his newish team of Sam Haines and Mark Andrews up from Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria paid dividends when Tango took out the series by a boat length in the final race six.

‘It takes two to tango’ is the expression and Peter Conde’s Encore team, runner-up by the narrowest margin, plus others, pushed the Victorians right up until the dying seconds.

“It was very close; we thought we’d blown it in the last race and we had to fight for every centimetre on the run to the finish,” Hampton shared.Etchells racing off the Palm Beach Etchells racing off the Palm Beach

“I’ve had 15 years in the class but this team only came together for the Etchells Worlds in Cowes in September where we won race one and blew third spot overall with a UFD (disqualification) in the last race. After this series we know we have some things to work on, mainly our starts. We are only a young team and we feel we are far off achieving our full potential.

“The boat is a Pacesetter; we bought the hull and fitted it out ourselves. We are very happy with the speed, we found it much more lively and responsive compared to the older hull, which is still at Cowes. We enjoy sailing against the best boats and sailors in the world and we have a busy program ahead including the Australian title in January then the North American circuit and the San Francisco worlds.”

Hampton’s boat is shiny new and the state title was the latest Tango’s debut regatta. Second placed Peter Conde’s Etchells called Encore (Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron) is a 1990 hull and he was the boat’s first owner. Last year he noticed it up for sale and bought it back. Campaigning with the same crew he had in the mid-1990s, Brian Hillier and Myles Baron-Hay, Conde pushed the 26-year old hull to its limit in the NSW championship to finish second overall on a countback and first Corinthian boat.

“It always was a good boat,” agreed Conde at the trophy presentation on Sunday November 27, 2016 at host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. “I just wanted to come back from sailing admin (performance director at Australian Sailing) and do my own sailing. The racing was incredibly tight in this series; I don’t think the fleet was as close 20 years ago.

“My ultimate aim is to have fun on the boat with these guys [Brian and Myles]. The 2018 worlds are at our backdoor in Brisbane and if the timing works out we’ll do it. We are a bunch of old guys so we don’t have super competitive expectations.”

Prior to this season Conde, Hillier and Baron-Hay last sailed together at the 1996 world championship in Cowes, UK. Though the bodies are older, over the weekend the trio demonstrated less hair definitely doesn’t equate to less flair.

Past national champion, Graeme Taylor’s Magpie sailing for Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria, finished third on a countback from Ray Smith’s The Cure, the winning Grand Master crew with a combined age of 150 plus years, all the way from Royal Perth Yacht Club.

The first NSW boat in the rankings was David Clark’s Fifteen+ (CYCA) in fifth and sixth was Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc (RSYS) in what is also Murray’s comeback season.

Reflecting on the one design series, race officer Kevin Wilson said, “We had three days and three different sets of conditions; the first day light out of the SE then on day two we had N-NE up to 15 knots and Sunday it was back to the SE. We had some comfortable seas and some very rocky seas, and that’s all part of ocean racing.

“It’s been fantastic watching, they are all so close together and come around the marks four, five and six deep. It’s been great to sail out of the Alfreds, the hospitality has been excellent.”

Australian class president David Ritchard and RPAYC Commodore Ian Audsley were delighted with a 38-boat state title roll up and Ritchard thanked sponsors Harken, Gill and North Sails one design.

RPAYC will host the Etchells Australian Championship January 11-15, 2017 and documents will be posted here shortly.

Final overall results


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Stable weather pattern for Etchells NSW State Championship

Media release  25 November 2016

Event: International Etchells 2016/17 NSW State Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, 25-27 November, 2016

Stable weather pattern for Etchells NSW State Championship 2016-2017

Mild to moderate afternoon easterlies and daytime temperatures in the mid-twenties are in store for thirty-eight entries contesting the Etchells NSW State Championship to be sailed off Palm Beach Headland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches starting today, Friday November 25, 2016.

Two world and national champions plus five other national Etchells champions and a raft of state champions will race side-by-side and against titleholders in other classes of boat.

Etchells world (1984), national and NSW state champion and recent class returnee, Iain Murray, made his way to Sydney this week from Fukuoka, Japan for his own sailing endeavours. As America’s Cup regatta director he ran last weekend’s final of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series then hopped on a plane to be a starter at the Etchells spring series.

Murray began sailing with Michael Coxon in the early 1980s before work and Olympic campaigns took over. He had a hit out 20 years ago at the San Francisco worlds, placing a very respectable third, and in 2014 was invited to rejoin Coxon’s Etchells crew.

Murray’s gloves are laced up once again and for the one design state title he’ll helm Northern Havoc together with crew Richie Allanson and Euan McNichol, a step towards his ultimate aim - the 2017 Etchells world championship back in San Francisco.

Under race officers Ross and Kevin Wilson Racing racing is due start with the first warning signal at 1255hrs daily, Friday to Sunday, and the long range forecast indicates a stable weather pattern for the state showdown, the prelude to the Etchells Australian Championship the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will host January 11-15, 2017.

Int. Etchells Class NSW Championship 2016-2017 - Day 1

Day 1 of racing in the Int. Etchells class NSW Championship 2016 saw all 38 competitors towed out to the start line on Friday. 

Racing got underway on time at 1300hrs. Conditions were perfect of Palm Beach with 8-13 kt Easterly breeze taking the fleet to the top mark of 1.6nm in thirty five minutes. It took just over sevety minutes to complete the race. 

The Cure won the first race with a good minute lead over over Encore. 

Race two commenced at 1450hrs after a General Recall, which saw the U Flag displayed. Race two saw a tighter fleet trace the course with Tango leading all the way with Ciao and Magpie following in second and third places.

View live updates and photographs on the Etchells Facebook site.  


The top 10 placers at the conclusion of day 1 overall are:

Series Results [OD] up to Race 2
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperCrewCrew.CREW..FromSers ScoreSail numRace 2Race 1
1 13TANGOChris HamptonMark AndrewsSam Haines ROYALBRIGHTONYACHTCL5.014431.04.0
2 5ENCOREPeter CondeBrian HillierMyles Baron-Hay RQYS8.08706.02.0
3 21THE CURERaymond SmithAlan SmithMike Hughes RPYC10.014459.01.0
42.0S28CIAODouglas Mc GainMichael OBrienStuart Clark CYCA12.012442.010.0
5 15FIFTEEN+David ClarkMark LangfordSasha RyanWill HowardCYCA12.013805.07.0
65.0S36AVALONMichael BellinghamHarry BethwaiteWill Canty RSYS15.0134610.05.0
7 40TOP 40Peter MerringtonGeoffrey BonouvrieIan McKillop RSYS/CYCA15.013327.08.0
8 10MAGPIEGraham TaylorJames MayoSteve Jarvin MYC16.09473.013.0
9 29NORTHERN HAVOCIain MurrayEuan McNicolRichard Allanson RSYS17.011198.09.0
106.0S19TRINITYJan ScholtenChris DawsonTom Grantham RPAYC23.0116417.06.0

HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championships - Day 1

Sunny skies and steady sea breezes have welcomed the 12 international teams for the start of the 2016 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater.

With the wind strengthening from the east to northeast throughout the day it showed the new comers what they were up against sailing in Pittwater’s shifty conditions.

Matthew Hughes from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron coming into his first HARKEN as a skipper has shined on the first day finishing the day with six wins from seven races.  

Local sailor and HARKEN veteran, Malcolm Parker from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club showed off his local knowledge and experience in the first day with five wins from six races having lost one race to George Anyon from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

“It was good out there today, it was pretty standard Pittwater conditions today so we felt comfortable and it was good to get the wins.” Said Malcolm Parker.Sarah Parker leading George Anyon to the gates Sarah Parker leading George Anyon to the gates

Anyon also showed off his knowledge of Pittwater with an equal scorecard to Parker with five wins from six races with an upset loss to Sarah Parker. Sarah, Malcolm’s sister skippers the only all girl team of the event and really stepped it up against the highest ranked skipper.

The Darwin team skippered by John Lynch couldn’t stack up a win during the day but sailed some strong races. Tom Vincent, a crew member on the team was happy with how the day progressed.

“It was a long day today but I think the team are starting to figure out the boats. We haven’t done much match racing or sailed Elliot 7s before but after today’s efforts I think we’ll be better tomorrow.” Said Tom Vincent.

Sitting on 100% with four from four is Will Boulden from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club who handled the conditions very well but will need to continue his consistency going into the second day of racing.

The forecast for day two of racing is looking like a much warmer day with a high of 32 degrees with testing winds from the west.

Keep updated with live feeds via:

To follow the race visit


·         Facebook @harkenyouthmatchracing

·         Twitter @Matchracing

·         Instagram @rpayc

RPAYC Discover Sailing Information Day

Everyone is welcome to the RPAYC Discover Sailing Information Day on Sunday 20 November from 11am to 2pm. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to learn what sailing life is all about and how to become involved at any age!
There will be a variety of dinghies rigged on the lawn to inspect and learn about, course information for holiday programs, youth learn to sail, adult learn to sail and twilight sailing experiences plus more!
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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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