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


RPAYC’s first female Life Member elected

RPAYC’s first female Life Member elected At the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s AGM held last month, long-serving member Elaine Fowler was elected the club’s first female Life Member.

Nominated by Rear Commodore Membership Peter McAdie and supported by the entire board and Rear Commodores, Elaine’s election to Life Membership was unanimously supported by the voting members.
Members of Elaine’s family and friends were on-hand to see her accept the honour.
“Over the past few years I have been privileged to be the right person at the right time to cross some old fashioned boundaries; first female full member and first female senior member,” said Elaine. “Being made a Life Member makes me very proud but also humble, because there are many deserving people in our club.”
Elaine joined the club as an Associate in 1977, at the time racing a Spacesailor 22 on Pittwater in the club’s Saturday pointscore races with her husband. She crewed on many other club boats, working all areas including bow, sheets and helm, and took a keen interest in navigation. A number of flagship offshore events, including eight Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Races, sit on her impressive sailing resume.

Naming of the "Jack Gale Training Centre”

A large crowd braved inclement weather on Sunday 20 July, 2014 to attend the turning of the first sod for the new RPAYC training centre development and the official naming of the building.  Jack and Joan Gale, sons Geoff and Rob and other members of the Gale family were in also attendance.

Newly elected Commodore Ian Audsley officiated for the ceremony, as Jack Gale turned the first sod of earth and unveiled a plaque officially naming the new training centre, “The Jack Gale Training Centre”, recognising Jack’s service and contribution to the Club, over nearly 60 years.  Long standing member, Peter Kennett spoke at length, highlighting the many and varied contributions of not only Jack, but also his wife Joan and sons, Geoff and Rob have made to the RPAYC.

The shovel used for the turning of the first sod will be used as a perpetual trophy for participation in Centreboard racing.  The inaugural winner for 2013-2014 is, Paul Hawke.

The Jack Gale Training Centre development is expected to commence in September 2014, with a scheduled completion date of January 2015.  Once finished it will become the Centre for Excellence for all of the Club’s training activities, as a Yachting Australia Discover Sailing Centre.

New Commodore and Vice Commodore Elected

96 members attended the 147th Annual General Meeting of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club held on Sunday 20 July, 2014.

Five members with 50 years continuous membership were honoured at the meeting.  Ian Downing, the late Carl Halvorsen, Kenneth Moxham, John Playoust and Leo Tutt.  All those in attendance spoke of their sailing careers and their great pride in the Club.

Mrs Elaine Fowler was elected to Life Membership of the Club. As the Club’s first female Full member, it was fitting that Elaine who given so much to the Club in her twenty one year of membership was elected the Club’s first female Life Member.

Following are the Elected Officers for the 2014/2015 year:

Commodore Ian Audsley
Vice Commodore Michael Lockley
John Bacon - Chairman of the Board
Jim Bullough - Director
Simon Grosser - Director

Rear Commodore Activities Norman Weaver
Rear Commodore Centreboard Malcolm Derry
Rear Commodore Cruising Jim Cormack
Rear Commodore Membership Robert Alder
Rear Commodore Yacht Racing Ron Palmer 

2014 Etchells Worlds Statistics-The Hole Way Team

The Hole Way Etchells Team (our boat was named in memory of past RPAYC member Michael Hole – always missed)
In late June I (Cameron Miles) was privileged enough to compete in my 10th Etchells World Championships. This time in the beautiful and historic port town of Newport, Rhode Island. The crew was made up of David “High Tower” Sampson and Grant ”Stretch” Crowle. and myself.
The Etchells is known worldwide as the class of sailboat in which the world's top professional sailors compete for fun. The 95 entries in this year's regatta held by the New York Yacht Club—(which is very close to a record for the class)—included America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race champions and Olympic medalists.

This year's fleet included:

  • Etchells World Champions from 1986-2013; 18 years of Champions represented
  • 21 Olympians, including medallists from every Olympic class
  • 22 competitors with America’s Cup experience
  • 6 competitors who have competed in the Volvo Ocean Race (previously Whitbread Around the World Race)
  • 49 sailors were named a Collegiate All-American, while five earned the InterCollegiate Sailing Association Sailor-of-the-Year award.
  • 2 former Rolex Yachtsmen/women of the year.
  • 60 competitors are 35 or younger
  • 22 female competitors with 4 female skippers and 1 co-skipper

RPAYC Centreboard Youth success at Qld Youth Week 2014

During the school holidays, 15 RPA sailors and their families traveled north to compete in four different classes at one of the East Coast’s premier events.
Queensland Youth Week, hosted by the very welcoming Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
In total there were 370 sailors from all States.
There were 33 opti sailors from NSW. So our contribution of 11 sailors in the class is a worthy indication of how successful we have been in our recruitment of young sailors.

Performance Boating Sales Sydney Yachts Pittwater Regatta

The Sydney 38 Class Association and Performance Boating Sales (PBS) are delighted to announce the first all-encompassing regatta for the Sydney Yachts range, the Sydney Yachts 2015 Regatta. The event will take place at RPAYC next February the 20th to 22nd with the Sydney 38’s racing as a One Design Class for their Australian Championship. Other Sydney Yacht Designs, 32’s, 36’s, 36CR’s, 39CR’s, 40’s, 41’s, 46’s and the 60s are invited to participate in their respected classes and will be scored on a Peformance Handicap System (PHS).

Past and present Sydney Yacht owners are being invited to attend with various models available for charter, as there are also overseas owners expected to take part.

Hamilton Island Race Week - RPA Members Sunset Drinks

All RPAYC Members who are travelling North for the Hamilton Island Race Week are invited to join fellow members for Sunset Drinks.

WHEN: 18 August, 2014 (Monday afternoon)
WHERE: One Tree Hill
TIME: From 4.30pm onwards
BYO: Drinks and Snacks
Pass the word around to other boats / members and crew of The RPAYC who will be at Hamilton Island this year.

Contact Debbie Holder for more information  on 0410 646 613

Safety Recall - GME specified EPIRBs

GME has issued a Safety Recall for specified EPIRBs on 8 July 2014 (attached), which follows a previous Safety Alert issued by GME in November 2013.
AMSA is currently in the process of facilitating communications to registered beacon owners affected by the GME Product Safety Recall. 
Any further questions should be made to GME directly. Their contact details are in the attached below..

Winter Ice Breaker Centreboard Series, Round 3

After the huge success of the first two rounds of the RPAYC Winter Ice Breaker Series, it is time for round three this Sunday the 20 of July. With over 70 boats registered, this event calls for some frosty action amongst the centreboard class including Optimists (Green/Silver/Open), Lasers (4.7/Radial/Full), Finns, 29ers, F11s and Open classes. 

Early Bird Winter Series

The Early Bird Winter Series commences on Saturday 26 July with a 1200hrs Pursuit race start. This is the final event for the 2013-14 season.

The Series is the perfect event to brush off the winter cobwebs and fine tune your boat for the fast approaching Spring Season in September. With over 30 entries recieved already competition on Pittwater is sure to be close.

The club welcomes entries from all Pittwater Sailors and encourages families and friends to participate in this fun and friendly Series. Pursuit races start at 1200hrs with boats been allocated their own individual start time as a minute of the hour. Handicap of 1 = 1201hrs.

Boats will be allocated into three divisions, if you havent as yet entered the Series or wish to enter casually for Race 1 visited the RPAYC online entry page: http://www.rpayc.com.au/yacht-racing/online-entry-system

Race Documents can be viewed online here http://www.rpayc.com.au/yacht-racing/race-documents/sailing-handbook and are also printed in the 2013-14 Sailing Handbook.  


Starting handicaps are issued from the sailing office from 0930hrs on race day.

Racing is scheduled for:

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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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