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


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

RPAYC's Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot have won GOLD with a race to spare!

France's Nacra 15 team and Australia's 29er girls have wrapped up gold with a race to spare at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships.
Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange lead the Nacra 15 fleet by 23 points going in to the final day of racing, enough of an advantage to see them claim gold in the first outing for the Nacra multihull at the Youth Worlds.
The gold also gives crew Dorange his third Youth Worlds gold medal having won the last two in the SL16 with then helm Louis Flament.

After coming ashore to congratulations from their team mates waiting to launch for the afternoon session, both boys had the same word to sum up the win, "It's amazing," said Mourniac before Dorange echoed, "Yes. It's amazing."

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

17 December 2016

Event: Farr 40 Pittwater One Design Trophy, December 17-18, 2016 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club with racing on Pittwater & Broken Bay

Mastering Pittwater on opening Farr 40 One Design Trophy day

Pittwater, sometimes called ‘shift water’, exhibited its best and worst on day one of the Farr 40 One Design Trophy and still the race management team managed four races in breeze three to 15 knots between Taylor’s Point at Clareville and the offshore community of Morning Bay which fronts the Kur-ing-gai Chase National Park.Credit: Crosbie LorimerCredit: Crosbie Lorimer

On Saturday afternoon, December 17, Martin Hill’s Estate Master crew was smiling having more often than not picked the right shifts, but they could well appreciate others’ frustration.

Estate Master’s tactician David Chapman said, “It was a typically tough Pittwater day, very shifty NW to SW and the whole team did a very good job staying patient. Our starts weren’t great so we were on the back foot but pulled ourselves to the front. Everyone had their moments, Double Black was up there, Joe de Kock looked good with Good Form and Mim (Massimo Belgiorno-Nettis) did really well for his first day of fleet racing driving Transfusion.”



November 29, 2016

Every four years the Conference of World Sailing gets together to review, update, and amend the rules of our sport. Bryan Willis, the chairman of the jury, put together a great synopsis of the changes and what you need to know going into 2017.

Download the new RRS and Australian Prescition from the Australian Sailing website: http://www.sailing.org.au/sport-services/racing-rules/

The Race Committee at the J/70 Midwinters - Photo by Chris Howell

Changes in sailing rules are announced every four years and are always a big topic of conversation at the yacht club and regattas. There’s no one better at explaining how to put the rules into practice than Bryan Willis. Willis has been chairman of the jury and chief umpire for some of the most prestigious sailing events in the world, including the America's Cup and Olympics. He has served on International Sailing Federation (ISAF) now called World Sailing Racing Rules Committee for over 25 years. Our thanks to Willis for providing the following summary of the changes that will be affecting our sport starting in 2017. 

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 -http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/entries/auckland_entries.php  Results are available via the results centre here -http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/results/index.php

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: farr40australia@gmail.com                   


Lisa Ratcliff

On Course Communications/Australian Farr 40 media

M: 0418 428 511

E: lisa@occ.net.au


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 http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/12/10/australia-wins-two-gold-sailing

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
matteo.zuppini@sailing.org.au | www.sailing.org.au
Level 1, 22 Atchison St St Leonards NSW 2065
Locked Bag 806, Milsons Point, NSW 1565 

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

Good Day 2 for the RPAYC Girls in the USA

20 Jul 2017

Day Two Report from the Governors Cup Regatta in Newport Beach California. Today saw the first round robin and 2 flights of the second round robin completed. The RPAYC team of Clare...

Read more

Tight racing on day 1 of the Governors Cup

19 Jul 2017

Tight racing on day 1 of racing here at the Governors Cup here in Newport Beach California.  Costanzo and her crew of Jess Angus, Emma May and Hannah Lanz started the...

Read more

The Battle for Fastnet Line Honors

19 Jul 2017

Finnish Whitbread Round the World Race legend Ludde Ingvall returns to the Rolex Fastnet in hopes of besting his own record.  By RORC Yesterday at 12:28am RPAYC Club Member, Ludde Ingvall still...

Read more

MC38 Winter Series act 3 to Ginger

18 Jul 2017

Media Release                                                                                                16 July 2017Event: MC38 Winter Series Act 3, July 15-16, 2017 on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club MC38 Winter Series act 3 to GingerIn the...

Read more

Ice Breaker Series Round three deliveries challenging and variable breezes

18 Jul 2017

The third instalment of the 2017 Ice Breaker series delivered challenging and variable light breezes and a cloudless blue sky and sunshine on another stunning Pittwater Sunday. There was tight...

Read more

Youth Development Squad takes flight for the Governors Cup & World Sailing Youth Match Racing Championships

18 Jul 2017

Clare Costanzo and her crew of Emma May, Jess Angus and Hannah Lanz will be representing the RPAYC and Australia as they get set to compete in both the Governors...

Read more

Flaky first day for MC38s in Winter Series Act 3

15 Jul 2017

Media Release                                                                                                15 July 2017 Event: MC38 Winter Regatta Act 3, July 15-16, 2017 on Pittwater hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club                                     Flaky first day for MC38s in...

Read more

Offshore competitors season meeting, 22 July

11 Jul 2017

Competitors looking to know more about home they can gain experience in offshore events and the schedule of events for the 2017/18 season are invited to attend a meeting on...

Read more


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.

Register here to receive the latest information on news and events at the Club
Club Newsletters
Please wait

Weather Links