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

     

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

Yacht Racing Program

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offers members and visitors the opportunity to compete throughout the week in a variety of events. Whether it is inshore, offshore, mini regattas, match racing, two handed, feature events or social fun days there is an event for you. View the event calendar for upcoming events.  
  • Boat Entries, Series or casual  are via the Online Entry System (TES).
  • Come Crewing! Jump on board a boat for any of the Alfred's events. Pre-register here or contact the Club directly on 9998 3700. Our Crew Captains can assist you find your next adventure. 

 

Annual Program

WEDNESDAY SERIES  

DescriptionInshore sailing every Wednesday throughout the year where crews can compete in a non-spinnaker race on the waters of Pittwater. Wednesday races are fun, social and competitive races fostering the club spirit of excellence in sailing.
Race format: Non-Spinnaker, around the cans racing in Pittwater with a mixture of upwind and downwind starts. Courses are chosen from the RPAYC Course list.
Race length average: 120-150 minutes.
Series:Wednesday racing is comprised of a number of series including: Spring, Summer, Autumn and the Winter Waterford Series
Starting times: From 1400hrs. View the Sailing Events to see when the next series commences.
Divisions: There are four divisions in the Wednesday Series.
Handicap:Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation. ORCclub Non-spinnaker Ratings are also applicable.
Special Regulations requirement:The RPAYC Wednesday Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 

 


Spring & Summer Program

THURSDAY TWILIGHT SERIES

Description:  

The Thursday Twilight Series is a series of club non-spinnaker races over spring and summer. Racing makes use of the lasting daylight with round the can courses inshore on Pittwater.

Race format:The Club's Twilight Pointscore Series(s) are held throughout spring and summer during daylight saving. These are fun, social races where crews return at the finish of the race for dinner in Halyards with fellow crew and guests and great weekly prizes.
Race length average:90 minutes
Series: The Thursday Twilight Series is held each week during daylight savings and is split into a spring and summer series.
Starting Times:From 1755hrs with Divisions 4 & 3 starting first, followed by Division 2 and Division 1.
Divisions:The Thursday Club Non-Spinnaker Series has 4 divisions, with division 4 catering for cruiser racer boats and being non-pointscore.
Handicaps:Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation.
Special Regulations requirements:The RPAYC Thursday Twilight Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 


TUESDAY WOMEN'S TWILIGHT SERIES "Women on Water"

DescriptionThe Women’s Twilight Series is a series of fun, social twilight races with spinnaker and non-spinnaker entries permitted. The rules of the Women’s Twilight Series allow for only one male per boat with that member of the crew not touching the helm throughout the race. Crews often follow up their evening with dinner in Halyards with fellow crew, guests and great weekly prizes.
Race Format: Run throughout spring and summer during daylight saving.
Race Length Average: 90 minutes
Series: The Women’s Twilight Series is held on alternative Tuesday evenings. There are two divisions depending on the type and speed of the yacht.
Starting Times: From 1755hrs
Divisions:  There are two divisions in the Women’s Twilight Series.
Handicap: Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation. ORCclub Ratings are also applicable.
Special Regulations requirement: The Women’s Twilight Series is a Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 


PITTWATER INSHORE SERIES & CLASSIC/COUTA BOATS INSHORE SERIES

DescriptionThe Pittwater Inshore Series is a series of Saturday races in an ‘around the cans’ style. This event is run alongside the Classic Boats Inshore Series which follows the same format.
Race Format:   The Pittwater Inshore Series is run throughout the RPAYC Spring/Summer season.
Race Length Average: 120-180 minutes.
Series: The Pittwater Inshore Series inc the Classic/Couta boat Series.
Starting Times: From 1330hrs.
Divisions:  There are (4) divisions in the Pittwater Series and separate division for Classic boats.
Handicap:  Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) using a weighted average calculation. IRC and ORCclub Ratings are also applicable.
Special Regulations requirement: The Pittwater Inshore Series & Classic/Couta boats inshore series is a Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 


MINI REGATTA SERIES

Description: The Mini Regatta Series is specifically designed for Sportsboat and One Design Classes. It  is a series of fast paced inshore racing featuring multiple windward leeward sprints. 
Race Format: Windward/Leeward sprints.
Race Length Average:35 minutes per race.
Series:  The Mini Regatta Series consists for 5 Saturday rounds with each round consisting of up to 3 races.
Starting Times: From 1300hrs.
Divisions: Divisions are allocated for Etchells, Melges 24s, Elliott 7’s, 5.5m, 11m, Vipers and other sports boats designs or mixed classes.
Handicap:   Scoring is determined by one design allocation, Performance Handicap System (PHS), ORCclub Ratings or Sportsboat Measurement System (SMS) where a valid certificate is provided.
Special Regulations requirement: The Mini Regatta Series is a Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 

 

 


COMMODORES CUP SERIES (inc Non Spinnaker Division) 

Description:   The Commodores Cup Series is held on a Saturday throughout the Spring and Summer season. The series is designed to offer longer style passage races in Pittwater and Broken Bay, may be sailed spinnaker or non-spinnaker. A great series for those looking to entertaining family and friends, new to sailing  or  the casual sailor. 
Race Format:  A mixture of passage and around the cans racing.
Race Length Average:90 -120 minutes.
Series:The Commodore’s Cup Series is spinnaker racing catering for those after competitive and social racing which also includes a non-spinnaker division for those boats looking to enjoy passage sailing on Pittwater. 
Starting Times:  The Commodore’s Cup Series starts from 1330hrs. The Non-Spinnaker Division starts at 1315hrs.
Divisions:The Commodore’s Cup caters for three (3) divisions. A fourth (4) division is allocated to the Mosquito Passage series.
Handicap:   Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS), exponential calculation and IRC/ORCclub Ratings are also applicable.
Special Regulations requirement: 

Both the Commodore’s Cup Series are Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 events.

Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook


 

 
CLUB MARINE EAST COAST BLUE WATER POINTSCORE SERIES

Description:The Club Marine East Coast Blue Water Coastal Pointscore Series (BWPS) is the most prestigious series on the RPAYC’s racing calendar. This series of offshore races is conducted along the east coast of  Australia between September and April.
Race format: Racing covers a wide range of conditions in a variety of courses between 18 and 370 nautical miles. They are a mixture of overnight (Category 2) and daytime events (Category 3). The major event is the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta , held during January each year
Series:  The series consists of 6 offshore races including the Bird Islet Race (R1 – Cat 3), Port Hacking Race (R2 – Cat 3), Boonedlah Island (R3 - Cat 2), the Pittwater to Paradise (R4 – Cat 2), Pittwater to Sydney Yacht Race (Friday night race R5 – Cat 3) and the Pittwater to Newcastle Yacht Race (R6 – Cat 3).
Starting Times:   View the schedule of events to see the starting times. 
Divisions:  One (1) division.
Handicap:     The Club Marine East Coast BWPS offers a variety of scoring options including PHS; IRC and ORCi.
Special Regulations requirement: Category 2 or 3 safety audits are required for BWPS races.
 

Note an amendment to Special Regulation 3.25.1 (d):

All boats in the BWPS shall carry on board a satellite phone for Category 2 events. The satellite phone shall have coverage for the duration of the race and be connected to main power or have a spare battery.

Amendment to Special Regulation 4.09 (c):

All boats shall carry an AIS Transponder for Category 2 events. The Transponder shall be operational and transmitting for the duration of the race and it is recommended that for ongoing journeys that it remains active. 

Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook


 

 

 
OFFSHORE SERIES

Division 1 - SHORT OCEAN POINTSCORE SERIES

Description:  The Short Ocean Pointscore Series (SOPS) offers competitors the experience of offshore day sailing with a mixture of windward/leeward and passage courses between Terrigal and Sydney. The series allows crew to experience offshore racing in a daylight environment for a competitive race experience or in preparation for longer offshore races like those in the Club Marine Blue Water Pointscore Series.
Race Format: SOPS races consist of a variety of windward/leeward offshore and passage style races.
Series:  The SOPS series is a great series for crew wishing to experience offshore sailing prior to competing in the BWPS series.
Starting Times:      Racing commences from 1230hrs.
Divisions:      There is one (1) division in the SOPS Series.
Handicap:     Scoring options include PHS; IRC and ORCi.
Special Regulations requirement: The SOPS Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 4 event.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 


OFFSHORE SERIES

Division 2, 3, 4 - BROKEN BAY SERIES

Description:  The Broken Bay Series is held in conjunction with the SOPS program and caters for boats who do not meet Australia Sailing Category 4 standards but still wish to do some offshore racing. Racing is conducted in the vicinity of Broken Bay.
Race Format:  A short offshore series,  with courses within Broken Bay up to 2nm offshore.
Series:  The Broken Bay Series is great for those looking to experience offshore sailing.
Starting Times: Races start from 1300hrs.
Divisions:  This series has up to three (3) divisions
Handicap: There are a variety of scoring options including PHS; IRC and ORCclub.
Special Regulations requirements: The Broken Bay Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event with additional RMS NSW Maritime requirements as listed on the form.
Entry:Online Entry System
Race Documents:Sailing Handbook

 

Winter Program

WEDNESDAY WATERFORD SERIES

Description:                        Wednesday races held throughout the winter months of the year with opportunity for crews to compete in a non-spinnaker race on the waters of Pittwater.

Race format:                       Non-Spinnaker, around the cans racing in Pittwater with a mixture of upwind and downwind starts.

Race length average:         120-150 minutes

Series:                                There are four (4) seasonal Series held over the year.

Starting times:                     From 1400hrs. View the schedule of events to see when the next series commences.

Divisions:                             There are four divisions in the Wednesday Series

Handicap:                            Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS). Weighted Average calculation. 

Special Regulations requirementThe RPAYC Wednesday Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7event.

LION ISLAND SERIES

Description:                        The Lion Island Series is held on Saturday’s during May and is characterised by a race around Lion Island. This is a fun and competitive race series to bring in the winter season of racing. Crews                                            and guests return to Halyards post-racing for social drinks and a presentation.

Race Format:                     This series has provision for spinnaker and non-spinnaker racing.

Race Length Average:       120 minutes

Series:                                Races commence in the vicinity NE of Scotland Island to Lion Island and back.

Starting Times:                    from 1200hrs

Divisions:                            There are up to four (4) divisions, with division 4 being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                          Races are scored using the Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation or IRC/ORC_club where a certificate is provided.

Special Regulations requirement: The Lion Island Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

WINTER SERIES

Description:                        The Saturday Winter Series consists of six(6) inshore races with provision for spinnaker and non-spinnaker boats. A handicapped start makes way for an exciting finish as boats finish around the                                            same time and results are calculated by place over the line. Also include will be a Womens Helm Series. 

Race Format:                     Courses are selected from the RPAYC Season Sailing Handbook list of courses.

Race length average:        120 minutes

Series:                                 Races take place on Saturdays in June and July.

Starting Times:                    Start times are dependent on individual handicaps, with the first boats starting at 1200hrs. Handicaps are released by 0930hrs on the day of each race.

Divisions:                            Up to four divisions, with division four (4) being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                         Races are scored on a Pursuit time of day handicap system.

Special Regulations Requirement:      The Winter Series is anAustralian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

TWO HANDED SERIES

Description:                        The Two Handed Series runs alongside the Women’s Winter Series and consists of four (4) inshore races in an ‘around the cans’ style. Racing takes advantage of the winter morning breeze on a Sunday.

Race Format:                      Inshore racing around the cans.

Race Length Average:        120 minutes

Series:                                 The Two Handed Series series commences in May and is held on the first Sunday each month through until August.

Starting Times:                    1000hrs

Divisions:                             There is one (1) division.

Handicaps:                          Races are scored on a Performance Handicap System (PHS) on weighted average calculation.

Special regulations requirement:  The Two Handed Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

WOMENS WINTER SERIES

Description:                        The Women’s Winter Series is run alongside the winter Two-Handed Series and consists of four (4) inshore races (first Sunday of each month in May-August)  in an ‘around the cans’ format.                                                  Boats contesting in the Women’s Winter Series must have a female helm. The race takes advantage of the winter morning breeze on a Sunday.

Race Format:                     Inshore racing with courses selected from the RPAYC list of courses.

Race Length Average:       120 minutes

Series:                                The series commences in May and is held on the first Sunday each month through until August.

Starting Times:                   1000hrs

Divisions:                           There is one (1) division.

Handicaps:                         Races are scored on a Pursuit time of day handicap system.

Special regulations requirement:  The Women’s Winter Series is an Australian Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

EARLY BIRD SERIES

Description:                       The Early Bird Series runs on a Saturday throughout July and August in the lead up to the new Sailing Season. The series consists of six (6) inshore races with provision for spinnaker and non-                                                spinnaker boats. A handicapped start makes way for an exciting finish as boats finish around the same time and results are calculated by place over the line.

Race Format:                    Courses are selected from the RPAYC  list of courses.

Race length average:       120 minutes

Series:                               Races take place on Saturdays in July and August.

Starting Times:                  Start times are dependent on individual handicaps, with the first boats starting at 1200hrs. Handicaps are released by 0930hrs on the day of each race.

Divisions:                           Up to four divisions, with division four (4) being non-spinnaker.

Handicaps:                        Races are scored on a Pursuit time of day handicap system. 

Special regulations requirement:  The Early Bird Series is an Australia Sailing (AS) Category 7 event.

HELMING POLICY

Members of Australian Sailing affiliated Yacht Clubs may helm a boat in an RPAYC event.The helm 'skipper' shall be noted when entering if not the primary contact. 

Every helmsperson shall be a member of their MYA (NSW Sailing membership).
 

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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