Our vision is "Excellence in Sailing" and to provide a world-class yachting facility that attracts and involves members in the enjoyment of the sport and leisure activity that is sailing.
New to Sailing?
Going sailing is a great pastime, but for anyone without experience , it can be a bit daunting trying to work out how to get started. The following information is a guide to assist you getting on the water and enjoying the life sport of sailing.
"What sort of sailing do I want to do?"
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offers
- Year round Sail Training Programs for both Kids and Adults;
- Inshore and offshore yacht racing;
- Cruising events;
- Centreboard/dinghy racing;
- Social activities & events;
- A very successful sailing academy for Youth Development and;
- School programs
Not a sailor?or are you taking a break from sailing but still want to enjoy the sport? Then the RPA Volunteers program may suit you. At RPA we have a dedicated band of volunteers who come out on the water weekly to run the Club's racing program both for keelboats and centreboard. The learning continues with opportunities to operate (drive) club vessels, marine radio communications, knowledge on race management and setting courses, starting races and learning the weather conditions of Pittwater. No expereince is necessary, contact the Sailing Office for further details.
Please note: The sport of sailing can be a high risk activity. There is a significant element of risk in any activity associated with the outdoors and that persons participating as crew on a yacht or boat may be exposed to physical, mental and emotional hazards, adverse weather conditions and/or other unanticipated an unforeseen risks and dangers, and participate at their own risk.
"How do I start Crewing"?
Whether you are new to sailing, or an experienced sailor, the RPAYC can assist you in finding your first or next crewing opportunity.
In many cases the best way to find a crew position is to turn up at the club on a race day, two hours or so before the start time for that series and utilise the Crew Whiteboard which is located adjacent the Sailing Office in the main clubhouse.
The RPA also operates a Crew Register where skippers can search for crew prior to race days and contact you directly.
Don't be concerned if you believe you haven't got the right skills or knowledge to go sailing. That's the great thing about sailing, you can learn along the way with the guidance and mentoring from boat owners, their crew or club coaches.
"I own a yacht, how do I start Sailing"?
The beauty of sailing is you can cruise with the sun on your back, race other boats in various events from Twilight Sails to Sprint races or tackle the blue waters of Australia.
New to sailing or a first time boat owner? The RPA can assist you and get you on the right Tack, our Sail Training Programs - Skippers and Advanced Crew course can assist you in increasing your skill set. The course will consist of topics such as race planning, safety, roles & responsibilities and race strategies & tactics, while the practical days will be on water training to cement your new found knowledge. Looking for some hands on expereince? An experienced RPA club member or coach may be able to assist. Or just requiring crew? Join one of the online Boat Registration Apps.