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


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


It’s Showtime for hot fleet at Sail Port Stephens

Belying a tropical 30-degree heatwave, Sail Port Stephens 2018 got off to a chilled start today in light and fickle westerly winds that preceded a late afternoon glass-out.

A record 78 boats – spread across three divisions for the first time – greeted the starter for a downwind dash from Nelson Bay to Shoal Bay, with the Ker 40 Showtime showing a clean transom to the chasing pack in Division 1.

From there it was a race of two halves, a work into a shifty 5-12 knot followed by a run in a fast-fading breeze. Fortune favoured those who’d done well early, as all three division winners on PHS were also the respective line honours victors.

Showtime co-owners Mark Griffith and Campbell Letchford nailed the start and, once in clean air, they sailed their own race.

“The breakwater side of the line was favoured so we gained 200 metres on the boats closer to the pin and then gradually pulled away,” Griffith said. “Then at the end of the race we got home before the wind shut out.”

Letchford said the Pittwater-based crew enjoyed the passage racing format that epitomises the laid-back Commodores Cup.  “We’ve won an IRC State Championship here at Sail Port Stephens but this was our first Commodores Cup. It was like being in the tropics without having to travel a couple of thousand miles,” Letchford added.

At the finish Showtime was seven minutes clear of its nearest rival, Toy Story. The Farr 44 Seahawk (Pete & Drew Van Ryn) from Cronulla grabbed second place on PHS in Division 1 from Warwick Miller’s well-sailed Beneteau First 50 Lumiere.

It was a similar story for Dennis Cooper’s Amante (CYCA), with the Sydney 36 managing to hold off the Sydney 38 Austral across the line.

“We were a bit late to the start because I misjudged the tide, but we hit the lead in our fleet after a few hundred metres and never looked back,” Cooper said. “From our point of view, it was absolutely perfect. That boat just loves going to windward in that weight of breeze [12 knots] and we took full advantage.”

2018-19 Youth Development Program Information & Trial Sailing Session

2018-19 Youth Development Program

Information & Trial Sailing Session
Saturday 12th May 2018
10:00 – 12:30

The Clubs World Renowned Youth Development (YD) program has been producing world class athletes for over 20 years!

The RPAYC is holding an information session for any interested youth wanting to know more about the YD program, the Advanced Fleet Racing program and the Advanced Match Racing Program. There will be a short seminar followed by a Q&A session and a trial sail on the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7’s, the training boats used for all YD programs.

Are you:

·        Aged 16-25 years of age.

·        Had prior sailing experience in keelboat or dinghies at either state, national or international level.

·        Able to commit to weekly training and racing events.

·        Willing to learn to work in a rewarding team environment.

·        A passion to take your sailing to the next level.

Then YD is for you!


Please register your interest for the day by RSVP to yd@rpayc.com.au

The close for expression of interest for the Youth Development program is the 16th of May 2018. Visit rpayc.com.au/youth-development-progamfor more information.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
16 Mitala St Newport, NSW, 2106

Autumn One Design and Sports Boat Regatta

The Autumn One Design and Sports Boat Regatta is fast approaching, scheduled for the weekend of 21-22 April. 

The third Series of four schedule events throughout the year, the weekend will see club members and visitors enjoy regatta racing inside of Pittwater with six races scheduled. The event is ideal for one design classes like Etchells, 5.5m, 11ms, Vipers, VxOnes, Melges 20/24s as well as Sport Boat Classes like the new on the scene Fareast28R. 

Competing again will be the Young 88 Class in their Open Championship Regatta. Over 15 boats are expected to line up in Pittwater with competitors coming in from across NSW. 

The regatta will see these classes compete on a windward leeward course of approximately 1nm resulting in some fast paced racing on Pittwater. If you don't own or crew on such boats but would like to be involved contact the Sailing Office about leasing a Elliot 7 for the week. 

2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Championship Video footage

The weekend put on great conditions for the club drone to take to the skies and capture some of the action from the 2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Championship. 

Looking for some photographs from the weekend, visit the RPAYC Photo Gallery here: http://rpayc.fotomerchant.com/rpayc-racing/regatta-s-championships


Day 2 of the Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Championship, Pittwater puts on a show

Day 2 of the 2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship saw the fleets take off, literally in the breeze on Pittwater. Racing commenced at 1100hrs today and a strong North Westerly was already set in at 15knots as the fleets started. 

Open fleet had three races to complete and Intermediate two. The Green fleet "got to take some of Pittwater home with them", said Coach Thomas Spithill, with the conditions testing the 30 strong fleet to the max. 

Albatross, Alba Falkenmire continued the ligthening pace shown on Saturday to take an unbeat lead, finishing in 1st pace with a 18pt buffer to 2nd placed Green Eyed Monster of Kye Rivers and 3rd place on countback was Pocket Rockect Ellen Murray.  

The Mighiest Muppet, Daniel Links was able to hold off Sketchy of Fletcher Walters by 4 pts to take the win in Open Fleet and the State Perpetual Trophy. The 55 boat strong fleet powered their way around Pittwater over 3 races, finishing an hour ahead of the official time limit of 1530hrs for racing. 

A huge thank you to naming sponsor Pacific Boating for making the event enjoyable for all, Adina as the NSW IODA sponsor and Boatcrewgear for supplying and kitting out all competitors in the latest wears.  


Boat Name
(Boat Type)
Skipper/CrewFromRace 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
1746AlbatrossAlba FalkenmireHunters Hill Sailing Club41121449
21432Green Eyed MonsterKye RiversGSC142517322527
31720Pocket RocketEllen MurraySLMASC1051031511529
41777K BunnyHenry MyersWSC510284212129
51611ShimmerCaitlin NashHHSC723101481430
61526Misty SeasAlex WyerGosford Sailing Club39677323232
71476All Fired UpWil RiversGSC975156121539
81408Captain ObviousFionn WaltersCanberra Yacht Club11312DNF
91733StingrayHarry WyerGosford Sailing Club211799292146
101730Wild OxSpencer OxnamHHSC2619819152652













FULL RESULTS can be viewed here. 

2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke















Day 1 of the Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Championship sees a battle building between Walters & Links

The 2018 Pacific Boating NSW & ACT Optimist Class Championship has commenced with 145 competitors across two course areas enjoying a full day of competition on Pittwater. The day saw the breeze steady increasing and putting the pressure on everyone including the race management teams.

Open and Intermediate Fleets filled Pittwater with a mass of white sails which saw the current Australian Champion, Fletcher Walters battle it out with his fellow RPAYC member Daniel Links. After 5 races, Daniel is wearing the yellow leaders jersey after day 1. The two traded places for each race, with Links ahead on placings 1-2-3-1-3 (10 points), to Walters 2-3-1-2-6 (14 points) going into Day 2 followed by Finley Scade in third place (26 points). 

In the Intermidate Fleet, Alba Falkenmire has take a clear lead ahead of the pack on 8 points after 4 races, in second is Caitlin Nash on 22 points. 

A fleet of 30 Green fleeters powered through 4 races today, with some inside pointers on Pittwater and its shifty winds from RPAYC's Club coach Thomas Spithill seeing all competitors cross the line. "These guys will be up with the Open Fleet in no time", said Spithill.  

The RPAYC is open from 0700hrs tomorrow. Racing commences at 1100hrs for the Open and Intermediate Fleets tomorrow, with Green fleet soon afterwards.  

The presentation and post race BBQ will be held in Halyards on Sunday asap after racing. Competitors and families are invited to enjoy the RPAYC facilities.  

  • Results will be Text (SMS) to registrants and will be available online here.
  • View and download photographs from the Regatta here.

2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke

Intermediate Youth Development Program, Join today for the April School Holidays

The Intermediate Youth Development Program (IYD) is fast approaching again for another year. This program acts as a great feeder program for the clubs world renowned Youth Development program.

This is a perfect opportunity for sails aged between 13 and 18 who are looking to expand on their sailing knowledge, and experience keelboat sailing.

The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of up to sixteen sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience.

“This is an awesome opportunity for youth sailors to take their sailing to the next level. For some of these guys, who have only ever sailed single handed, now they will be sailing with 4 other people on board.
It’s also exciting introducing both the symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers. The Elliott 7’s are very much a sports boat and give some awesome rides!”
Commented RPAYC head coach Tom Spithill

The sailors will not enjoy high intensity racing and training amongst themselves, but also against fellow sailors form the RSYS, CYCA and NCYC, who they will race against in the interclub series.

Expressions of interest for the program have been extended to the 30th of March 2018
Information can be found here: http://www.rpayc.com.au/youth-development-progam/the-intermediate-yd-program


The Old TImers Race & Luncheon

Old Timer’s Tackle Trophy

It’s that time of year again, where the club hosts the prestigious “Old Timers” race and luncheon. The Old Timers’ race which pre dates the modern Olympics, has now become one of the most coveted events on the sailing calendar and is scheduled for the 14 April.

The Old Timers’ race consists of a short non spinnaker “round the cans” style race in Pittwater. The race starts at 1100hrs and unlike previous years, the Luncheon will be after the race along with the prize giving. 

Also hotly contested is the Old Timers quiz, which keeps everyone’s brains ticking over as they answer difficult questions such a “How many sheep did the club have on premises in 1956?”, such questions that you won’t be able to rely on your iPhone to answer! (The answer if you are wondering is three!”)

The best performing boat on handicap will have their name engraved amongst other yachting legends on the beautiful Old Timers perpetual trophy, which is in memory of (Bill) W Headley Wiseman.

An 'Old Timer' is a member who is 65 years of age and has been a member for at least 10 years. 

To enter the race and nominate your Skippering Old Timer, download the entry form here or see the Sailing Office. Lunch bookings via Reception. 

Trophy came about after our father, Bill Wiseman, died in 1993. He had been a club member since the war. Going through his desk we found the piece of Sperm whale tooth which has been carved into a deadeye.

He had picked it up somewhere around the Sydney waterfront which he knew well from his school years onward both crewing, and in wartime, security surveillance with the Naval Auxiliary Patrol.

To hold this piece of tooth and feel its density and strength, natural lubricant and polished surface was to realise we had live history in our hands. Somewhere on the high seas a whaler had the need to replace a deadeye in the standing rigging.

Having no suitable timber (usually lignum vitae was used, according to Wikipedia), he took this whale tooth and patiently carved the groove around the outside into which the standing rigging would be spliced (much like a metal thimble we would use in an anchor line). Then he bored through and formed the three grooves to receive the lanyard and polished them to effectively become a triple block without sheaves or axle. The lanyard would be hauled tight through another deadeye on the gunwale to tension the shroud – our modern day turnbuckle.

How many years did it withstand the elements? Who could not bear to discard it when it was replaced? Who passed it on to Dad? To hold it was to know we could not toss it out now.

2018 Pacific Boating NSW & ACT Optimist Championship heads to RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is proud to be hosting the 2018 Pacific Boating NSW & ACT Optimist Class Championship this weekend, 24-25 March, 2018. Over 200 competitors across three divisions are expected to visit Pittwater. Open and Intermediate Divisions will be competing on what the locals call the 'Big Pond', the area of water north of Scoland Island, ideal for One Design racing of all sizes. The Green Fleet will be sailing in the 'Small Pond', the area of water north of Bayview or south of Scoland Island. 

The current Australian Champion, Fletcher Walters is looking forward to showing visitors to his home waters what he can do, no doubt his local knowledge of Pittwater will be in play with the Pittwater winds always ready to throw in some unexpected surprizes.  

Racing commences at 1230hrs for the Open and Intermediate Fleets on Saturday and 1100hrs on Sunday. Green Fleet under the Coaching eye of Thomas Spithill, Australian Sailing Coach of the Year andsupported by RPAYC Instructors Max & Sam.  

For the many visitors to RPAYC, a welcome guide is available online here, which identifies boat droff off and storage areas, car parking, trailer parking and facilities availble at the club. For parents not on water the club is open from 0700hrs each day for Breakfast and lunch, and late afternoon with Halyards afternoon menu available, for competitors a sausage sizzle will run post race each day. 

The presentation will be held in Halyards post racing on Sunday. Thank you to Pacific Boating and Boatcrewgear for supplying a range of great prizes. 

With an event of this size brings many volunteers both on land and on water, a big thank you to all who have and will be lending a hand this weekend putting together this great event for the sailors. 

Results will be Text (SMS) to registrants and will be available online here.

2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke













2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke2018 Pacific Boating NSW & Open Optimist Class Championship - Credit Brendan Rourke

Laser Metropolitan Championships hosted by DSC

Metropolitan Championships Drummoyne SC

Daniel Costandi 4.7 WinnerDaniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

Daniel Costandi 4.7 Winner

The NSW & ACT Metropolitan Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18th March at Drummoyne Sailing Club. DSC is a fabulous club with a great rigging area and on and off water facilities.

There were 77 entries for the event over the three fleets – 4.7 – 20 entries, Radial – 33 entries, Standard – 24 entries.

The regatta was in two parts with a gentle 9-12 knot easterly on Saturday followed by a boisterous 18 gusting to 30 knot north westerly on Sunday.

RO Col Chidgey set the sailors some challenges. Considering the tight race track defined by the west harbour islands and the many moored craft Col opted for journey courses rather than our normal trapezoid (essentially windward and return courses). There were two days of starboard rounding courses. This combined with restrictions on sailing inside moorings (including very many with little more than a small red float to mark them) lead sailors to refresh their knowledge of RRS rules which we seldom need to consider in our events. Some sailors managed the new situations and environment better than others.

Five races, of the scheduled six, were completed – two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Zoe Thompson clear Radial WinnerZoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

Zoe Thompson clear Radial Winner

The 4.7′s were dominated by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) who comprised 11 of the entries and the first five places. Daniel Costandi won all three of the breezy day races and won from Jack Ferguson who won both of the light wind races. Third was Sylvie Stannage who as well as RSYS also sails from adjacent Hunters Hill Sailing Club.

The Radials were dominated by the fabulous trio from WA lead by Zoe Thompson who won counting three first and one second place. Fellow WA sailors Elyse Ainsworth was second and Jacinta Ainsworth third. Jack Littlechild from RSYS and Double Bay SC was 4th and first Under 19 and Henry Otto from the same clubs was 5th and first Under 17.

In the Standards Nic Skulander from Woollahra SC counted three bullets in a convincing win from Oskar Hansen and Zac Skulander both from Middle Harbour ASC. Oskar was the first Under 21.

The full results of the event are HERE.

The DSC did a great job in staging this regatta. Thanks to DSC Commodore Grant Wakefield, Sailing Manager Peter Robinson and Col Chidgey and their teams for a great regatta.

There are some terrific photos of the event by Peter Robinson linked below. Just click the thumbnail to see the photo full screen.


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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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