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

     

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

Twilight sailing is here! Tuesdays - Thursdays - Fridays

It's the Twilight Season! Three Twilight events are scheduled this season so there is something for everyone. 

Thursday Non-Spinnaker Series
The Thursday Non Spinnaker Twilight season begins this Thursday 12 October, with a non pointscore race. The Spring Pointscore Series commences on the 26 October. 

Racing starts at 1755hrs for Division 3, 1800hrs Div 2 and 1805hrs for Div 1.

 

Women on Water Sailing!
Tuesday Twilight is tailored specially for women sailors. Race 1 is Tuesday 31 October.
If your spouse/partner owns a boat and you would like to take it sailing in this ten race fortnightly series, please let the Sailing Office know who can assist you with your preparation. We have a number of keen crew who are looking for boats. 

Need crew or wish to crew? See below for crew details or let the Sailing Office know.

 

Friday One Design & Sports Boat Mini Twilight Regatta Series
NEW for 2017/18 season is the short Friday Twilight Series scheduled over the peak daylight savings period. The Series is designed for One Design and Sports boats to enjoy windward / leeward races returning to the Edinburgh Bar for some sunset drinks and nibbles. A great event for those that have busy weekends or wish to compete in up to three short sprint races with fellow mates and family. Contact the Sailing Office about leasing a Elliott 7. 

 

Sign-Up Your Crew for the Twilight season

Skippers - why not get your crew to sign up and become a member of one of the premier Yacht Clubs in Sydney, receive all the benefits of being a member and enjoy racing on Pittwater this twilight season! Membership fees will be pro-rated - that's around $25 per twilight race! Contact our Membership Co-ordinator for more details or pick up a Membership Application form at Reception. 

Need Crew for the Sailing Season?

Sail Connect is a App based system that allows you to find crew or boats needing crew and also manage your race by race crew needs. Please note that Crew With me has advised that they will not be playing in the market of finding Race crew but shall remain supporting those that are looking to sail for leisure along with the other activities their system supports. 
To download - Click here for the Sail Connect app

Five Top Tips for Connecting with Crew & Skippers through MySail
Whether you’re into something fast, fun, competitive or cruisy, there’s likely something out there that’s right for you.
Keeping your yacht or crew profile up-to-date, being proactive and replying to messages in a timely fashion all help you connect with the right sailors or skippers.
Click here for My Sail team.

The Nautiseum

The Nautiseum is a painting by the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Billich. Inspired by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary, it is a surreal composition showing a gallery of paintings surmounted by Captain Cook’s Endeavour sailing magnificently into Sydney Harbour. Charles is well known for his opus on the arrival of the first fleet painted for the Australian bicentenary. This unique painting forms a stimulating sequel to that work.

There will be a limited edition of 150 signed prints of the original painting. The copies will be printed on high quality art paper and will be approximately 82x65cm including a white border with the RPAYC Sesquicentenary logo. All proceeds from copies purchased through the RPAYC will be donated to our IdS Fund supporting Sailability, Soldier On, the Sydney Invictus Games and other similar causes. The price for a signed limited edition of the Nautiseum is $ 950. However for a purchase in our
sesquicentenary month of October this is discounted to $ 750. If purchased at the Gala Dinner or Sesquicentenary Garden Party Charles Billich will be available to sign a personalised dedication on the print.

Charles Billich will be attending the Garden Party on Sunday (15 October) and will be able to sign copies of the artwork Nautiseum for members who purchase on the day. The Original Artwork and limited edition prints #2-149. Unlimited editions will be available for $150. 

DOWNLOAD AN ORDER FORM HERE

World Champions’ Big Sacrifice For Olympic Ambition

September 7, 2017

Australia’s reigning Youth World Champions in the 29er class, Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot, have announced they will forfeit their title defence to concentrate exclusively on pursuing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Bryant and Wilmot said they had “mixed emotions” about withdrawing from the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship in Sanya, China in December. However, qualifying for the next Olympic campaign sailing 49erFX skiffs demanded their singular focus.

“We aspired to compete again to attempt to defend our youth title in Sanya, but it’s become clear to us that our ultimate goal to represent Australia in Tokyo requires our total time and dedication,” the pair told Australian Sailing.

Trifecta of Queensland Championship titles held at 2018’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta

The Australian Sports Boats Association, along with Australian Measurement System (AMS) have jumped on board with Australian Sailing to host three new Queensland championships at Southport Yacht Club (SYC).

Host event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will crown the 2018 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships, the 2018 Australian Measurement System (AMS) Queensland Championships and the 2018 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Queensland Championships.

 “The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many state and national’s championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewmen are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said 2016 Australian Sports Boats Queensland State Champion, Graham Sherring.

Held from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 9th January 2018, the four-day regatta will be staged off shore the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.

All three titles are open to eligible class vessels Nationwide, with 46 entries confirmed, number expected to exceed 70.

“Bringing these high calibre championships to our premier regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and the Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions,” said Club Commodore, Kerry Noyes. 

Don't miss out on your piece of club history! Sesquicentenary Wines and Merchandise

This Shiraz and Chardonnay have been handpicked to celebrate the 150 years.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Chardonnay

Tinklers single vineyard ‘Poppys’ Chardonnay from NSW exhibits intense melon and lychee flavours which integrate seamlessly with flinty barrel ferment characters. The fruit was handpicked and then whole bunch pressed in this small winery, where the juice was transferred to French oak for wild fermentation. The wine would be best if you allow a minimum of two years in the bottle, then drink on a regular basis with good food such as BBQ seafood or creamy pasta or chicken.

RPAYC Sesquicentenary Shiraz Munari 2013 

‘The Ridge’ Shiraz is a fine example of a fruit driven cool climate Shiraz from Victoria.Red fruits, spice and a hint of pepper lead to a silky and finely balanced palate. The Ridge should cellar to 2023, and should be drinking at its best in 3-5 years.
 

Items For Sale

(Take away only - purchase from the bar.) 
  • Bottle Chardonnay/Shriaz                                       $25
  • 2 x pack (any mix)                                                   $50
  • 3 x pack wine (any mix) - wood gift box                  $88
  • 1 x bottle wine + 2 glasses                                      $69
  • 6 x bottles wine black flat pack 9 (any mix)             $150
  • 1 x wine in Birchwood cylinder                                $35
  • 1 x case 12 chardonnay or shiraz (no mix)             $285
  • 1 x wine glass                                                         $10
  • 6 x wine glasses - no gift box                                  $55
  • 12 x wine glasses                                                   $105              
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Australian Youth Match Racing Champions, Team Constanzo finish third

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Tom Grimes, Dante Olivieri, Eric Sparkes, Emma Harrison and Jess Grimes have been crowned the 2017 Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Champions after a long and frustratingly light final day at this year’s event. 

In the end, the Race Committee had to abandon their final attempt at completing the finals with the two finalists, CYCA’s Tom Grimes and Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s James Hodgson were tied 1-1 in the first to three point finals. The petit finals also had to be abandoned with again both teams locked together at 1 apiece. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s all female team led by Clare Costanzo were awarded the final podium spot after results had to revert back to the double round robin qualifying stage.

The morning began in a promising westerly breeze, similar to Thursday’s racing with competition resuming in the semi-finals stage. Overnight, Tom Grimes and James Hodgson had a 1-0 lead in their first to two point semi-finals over Finn Tapper (CYCA) and Clare Costanzo respectfully. On Friday, Grimes picked up exactly where he left off and with Tapper being called back early from the start, Grimes and co. sailed away with their second victory to advance into the finals.

Queensland’s Hodgson had a slightly harder run into his finals berth with Costanzo taking it to the higher ranked team, penalizing them in the pre-start. The early advantage though didn’t stick for long with Hodgson taking a big lead around the first lap to complete his penalty on the second beat. Costanzo though, kept her composure to close and overtake on the crucial final spinnaker run to square the semi-finals and take it to a winner-takes-all final race. 
In the final race, Hodgson controlled the start and in the 6-12 knot breeze, powered away upwind for a comfortable final race win to progress through to the Finals.

Coach vs Student in the final of the David Lukins Memorial Regatta

The David Lukins regatta was run over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September 2017. This was the eigth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, Volunteer and mate. David was awarded one of the clubs most prestigious awards, Volunteer of the Year award for 1998-1999. 

This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy (the largest Trophy in the club) designed by prestigious artist John Woulf.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the caliber of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:

  • 4 x Silver Medalists
  • 2 x Womens Match Racing World Champions
  • 2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
  • 1 x Moth World Champion

There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!

Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Rikki's new Aussie adventure

Media Release                                                                   18 September 2017

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2018 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Rikki’s new Aussie adventure

New Zealand yacht Rikki is confirmed for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and the bright red Reichel-Pugh 42 is due to arrive in Pittwater mid-December, well in time for the single line start on January 2, 2018. 

Owner Ray Haslar has lost count of the number of Tasman Sea crossings he’s made for various Australian East Coast bluewater events including 15 Rolex Sydney Hobarts and three of the Cruising Yacht Club’s midwinter Sydney Gold Coast races.

He’s decided this is the year to bring his one-off RP design built in 2011 from its Bay of Islands home to Aussie shores for a new adventure.

“Personally I like coming to Oz, it makes for a real adventure and the competition is always good,” Haslar said from abroad. “For the crew from Kerikeri Cruising Club it will be their first Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and we’re looking forward to it. Having a series after the coastal race makes the long trip worthwhile for us.”

Other than removing 300kg off the bulb given the boat was originally built a little too stiff, long-time yachtsman Ray and wife Lesley have campaigned Rikki without major alteration and taken out local titles including overall winner of New Zealand’s prestigious 2015 Coastal Classic Yacht Race.

Weather permitting Haslar estimates a seven day crossing from Kerikeri in the North Island to clear customs at Newcastle, north of Sydney, around December 14. The timing allows a couple of weeks to recover and make the switch from delivery to racing mode before the Kiwi crew fly in and the New Year race starts from a laid line to the north of Palm Beach headland at 1300hrs on January 2.

Three State Awards for the Alfred's in one weekend

On Saturday 16 September  the NSW ACT Sailing Award winners were announced at a glittering twilight function at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.  With over 50 nominations received across 10 categories, it made the job of the selection panel very difficult to select winners in each of the categories. 

Richard Hudson President of Yachting NSW commented; “The range of nominations received was immense.  It was marvellous to review the nominations and reflect on the success and contribution in which athletes, participants, volunteers from across NSW and ACT have made in sailing locally and worldwide."

"Nominations included winners of National Championships (both in Australia and abroad), World championships, Olympic & Paralympic medal success, and participation in the Americas Cup.  The high calibre of nominations received highlighted the strength of sailing in NSW and the ACT.”

Declan Brennan Regional Manager NSW & ACT was also impressed by the activities of the nominated clubs, Discover Sailing Centres and volunteers;

“It was great to see The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club take out the prize for Club of the year in their sesquicentennial year.  With their diverse range of sailing activities in dinghies, yachts, in both performance and participation and their work with the Wounded Warrior project and the Invictus Games, the Alfreds set a very high benchmark as an extremely active and diverse club. 

Hit the Road Jack – Sailing Royalty Farewells its King

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, farewelled one of Pittwater & Sydney’s all-time great sailors and much loved Club Life Member, Jack Gale, on Thursday 14th September 2017.

With close to 400 people in attendance, including America’s Cup Skipper, James Spithill,Olympian Colin Beashel and Multiple Americas Cup & World Champions, stories of Jack’s colourful life were in abundance reflected by all who spoke. From his energy for the continuous modernisation of the Club and its facilities, to Tom Spithill’s recollection of their time together on the start boat and Jack’s astonishing sense of humour who never held back on speaking his mind. Tommy said Jack was a great one for statistics even in his last few weeks was always able to recall sail numbers, skippers’ names, as well as an extensive knowledge of the history of boats, and even skippers and crew, who had sailed them. Jack’s sons Robbie and Geoff spoke of their dad’s love of sailing and especially his love of the Club, and of course, his favourite drink – the Alfred’s Commodore’s Punch, which was available after the service for all to enjoy.

Having held many differing jobs at the Club, Jack became well known for his yacht race management and administrative skills, and pioneering the Barrenjoey Circle race course where he was well known for not only starting and finishing races but laying the days marks and getting back to the club to start pouring the taps for competitors thirst.

An avid sailor himself, he finished runner up in the 1964 Olympic trials aboard the 5.5 “Altair”, sailed onboard “Gretel II” in the 1977 Americas Cup challenger trials, and later radio commentating at the 1983 America’s Cup. He sailed many Montague Island races on a variety of boats, however, inshore one design racing was his first choice.

Jack was employed by the RPAYC from 1956 – 1989 and was made a Life Member of RPAYC in 1994 and in 2014 the Club’s training facility was named The Jack Gale Centre, in honour of Jack’s significant contributions to the Club and the sport of sailing on Pittwater.

In a fitting tribute to Jacks personality and character, the final song played at the closing of the service was Ray Charles’s - ‘Hit the Road Jack’.

Farewell Jack - fair winds & calm waters – you will be greatly missed and remembered for sharing your generosity of spirit, knowledge and wicked sense of humour.


 

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About RPAYC

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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