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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

2016 Whisper Mug and 3 Islands Rally

This season sees the Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup and a new event, the Scotland Island Cup, join together as the "Three Islands Rally Series".  Each event stands on its own and all are tailored as family, fun and social events for all members to enjoy. If you only wish to race/rally in friendly and relaxed mode then these are the events for you!

The first event is the traditional Whisper Mug Rally dating back almost fifty years. 
There are two divisions:

  • a division for those owners who wish to sail the traditional rounding of Dangar Island and home.
  • a division for members to enjoy a more leisurely sail to Juno Point and return

All competitors may return to the club house for a cook your own bbq purchased from Halyards.
For full details, entry process and more refer to the NOR and details HERE.
If you have any queries just call the Sailing Office. 

RPAYC's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot will represent the country at 2016 Youth Sailing World Champs in NZ

With racing scheduled to commence today at the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championship, Australia’s stars of the future are in Auckland and ready to come up against the world’s best.  380 sailors from 65 nations are at Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland to contest this year’s event. 

The Youth Sailing World Championship, now in it’s 46thyear, has been a springboard for many stars of the sport, including 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medallists, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin. 

Australians will compete in all nine classes in Auckland, and the team came together in Melbourne last week for their final preparations. 

“We have a great team representing Australia this year,” said Laser Radial coach, Tristan Brown.  “We’ve got some strong sailors and a great team spirit.  Everyone is well prepared and really looking forward to the event. 

The young Aussies representing Australia are:

Girls single-handed (Laser Radial): Zoe Thomson of Royal Freshwater Bay Sailing Club and Fremantle Sailing Club, WA

Boys single-handed (Laser Radial): Finn Alexander of Double Bay Sailing Club, NSW

Girls Windsurfer (RSX): Courtney Schoutrop of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD

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

Mixed multihull (Nacra 15): Kyle Fortier and Bonnie Butler of Vincentia Sailing Club, NSW

Boys double-handed (420):  Nicholas Sharman of Mornington Yacht Club and James Grogan of Black Rock Yacht Club, VIC

Girls double-handed (420): Sophie McIntosh of Gosford Sailing Club and Emily Summerell of Gosford Sailing Club, NSW

Boy’s skiff (29er): John Cooley of Woollahra Sailing Club and Simon Hoffman of Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club, NSW

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

All the Aussies competing this year are ‘first-timers’ at the Youth Sailing World Championship, and will be vying to defend the Nations Trophy, which was won by the Aussies in 2015 in Langkawi, Malaysia. 

To follow the event:


A full list of sailors registered to sail in Auckland is available to view here -  Results are available via the results centre here -

By Megan McKay 

Farr 40 fleet returns to Pittwater

A large Farr 40 contingent is gearing up for the second event of the 2016/17 pointscore season, the Pittwater One Design Trophy this weekend, December 17-18, 2016.

Eight Farr 40s hailing from Newcastle to Melbourne will test themselves against the vagaries of the narrow stretch of water to the north of Scotland Island on the inshore day, and in the vicinity of Broken Bay’s entrance if the race committee and owners agree conditions are favourable for an offshore race course on the other day.

Opening series points went to Lang Walker’s Kokomo, which took out the One Design Trophy conducted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club in October while Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen secured the Corinthian trophy.

Rob Pitts’ Double Black, sailing for Sandringham Yacht Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip, is one of two Victorian Farr 40s stationed in Sydney for the summer calendar.  At the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship last month, Rio 2016 silver medallist in the 470s Will Ryan ran the tactics. For the Pittwater OD Trophy, local sailor Steve McConaghy is holding court for what will be Pitts’ first outing on the challenging and picturesque courses.

“Steve’s knowledge will be a huge advantage,” Pitts expects. “We are committed to the season and every regatta with a very stable crew, and that makes all the difference.”

On the feeling within the class in the early stages of the season he added, “I think there’s a really positive buzz, quite a few Corinthian boats and the fact we’ve got eight for Pittwater is a great outcome. There’s a real commitment from all the owners to race and perhaps the numbers are an acknowledgement by the Sydney teams of the effort and dedication to a strong class shown by the Melbourne crews.”

Though Pitts says Double Black is a fully-fledged Sydney boat “by the tyranny of distance”, there’s plenty of state pride as they move towards their season goal, a worthy outcome at the pinnacle NSW state title and National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy in February and March 2017, respectively.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion returns to racing at the Pittwater Trophy, this time with a new helm and crew, barring a couple of the professionals from last season. “Guido won’t be on board; it’s kids only,” Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis, Guido’s 28 year-old son, declared. 

“The boat is sitting unused so thought I’d get some experience. I’m pretty green to yachts but I’ve spent a lot of time in Flying 11s, 16-foot skiffs and A-cats, and I’ve done a couple of Farr 40 regattas. The crew are all punter mates from around the traps who have done some sailing. We’ve been doing a regular twilight campaign to get everyone familiar with their roles. We haven’t bent the boat… yet.”

As to the heady days of Transfusion winning every Farr 40 trophy going, Massimo promises, “We are not completely green; we understand the concepts though we may come unstuck in anything fresh or in a protest situation.”

Also returning to the one design class for the Pittwater regatta is Joe de Kock’s Good Form from Newcastle and local boat Windy Too, skippered by Carl Russett.

Racing is due to begin at 1100hrs on Saturday December 17 and 1000hrs on Sunday 18, either within Pittwater or an area termed the Broken Bay offshore zone. Courses will be advised in the sailing instructions and the PRO for the Pittwater Trophy will be the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s trusted Steve Merrington.

Entry list:

1.       Double Black – Rob Pitts

2.       Estate Master – Martin Hill

3.       Edake – Jeff Carter

4.       Exile – Rob Reynolds

5.       Good Form – Joe de Kock

6.       Transfusion – Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis

7.       Windy Too – Carl Russett

8.       Zen – Gordon Ketelbey

The 2016/17 Farr 40 Australian series is proudly sponsored by;
Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation

Instagram @Farr40_Australia     Facebook            Website

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                 
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                         
M: 0407 387 302 E:                   


Lisa Ratcliff

On Course Communications/Australian Farr 40 media

M: 0418 428 511



Pittwater Sailors Bring Home More Medals from Melbourne

Pittwater sailors have been competing at the Sailing World Cup 2016 Final in Melbourne this week. The Sailing World Cup is a World-class, annual series of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors. Over 2,000 of the World's leading sailors, representing over 75 nations have competed in the Sailing World Cup which offers a definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in the Olympic sailing world.

RPAYC Member Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin win Gold in Melbourne

Rio silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have gone one better in Melbourne, winning the Nacra 17 at sailing's last World Cup round.

Australia won two gold medals on the second-last day of competition, with Tess Lloyd and Eliza Solly taking out the 49erFX class.

Haylee Outteridge and Nina Curtis also won bronze in the 49erFX, while Australia had mixed fortunes in the 49er class.

Brothers William and Sam Phillips were heading into the medal race, but they were black flagged and finished fifth.

Compatriots Harry Price and Harry Morton won silver in the class behind Austria.

This week was the first time Waterhouse and Darmanin have raced together in the Nacra 17s since their near-miss at the Olympics, where Argentina took the gold medal from them by one point.

Waterhouse said they took careful note of what had happened in other races on Saturday at St Kilda.

"It was really shifty and quite challenging," he said.

"We were watching the other fleets and we saw several start line disqualifications, so we knew we had to be careful.

"When we finally got out there, we got a good start and controlled the race from there.

"We were leading at the first bottom gate and probably made the wrong call so we had to fight our way back, but we had fun doing it."

Australia should win more medals in Sunday's final racing, with Matt Wearn leading the Laser class and Jake Lilley also holding first place in the Finn category.

Rio silver medallists Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, had mixed fortunes on Saturday - they were u-flagged in the first race, but won the second and have a 20-point lead in the men's 470s.

As posted on

The Whisper Mug - "3 Islands Series"

The Whisper Mug - Sunday 18 December

Open to both monohulls and multihull owners.

This season sees the Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup and a new event, the Scotland Island Cup, join together as the "Three Islands Rally Series".  Each event stands on its own and all are tailored as family, fun and social events for all members to enjoy. If you only wish to race/rally in friendly and relaxed mode then these are the events for you!

The first event is the traditional Whisper Mug Rally dating back almost fifty years. 
There are two divisions:

  • a division for those owners who wish to sail the traditional rounding of Dangar Island and home.
  • a division for members to enjoy a more leisurely sail to Juno Point and return

All competitors may return to the club house for a cook your own bbq purchased from Halyards.

If you have any queries just call the Sailing Office.

This seriesis a great opportunity for all boats to enjoy a relaxed rally/race format with other members.

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. 


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