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


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


Intermediate Youth Development

The Program:

The Intermediate Youth Development Program consists of 16 sessions involving both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas:

  • Understand and developing advanced keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics
  • Brief introduction into match racing
  • Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events
  • Gain experience of sailing keelboats via crewing on members boats in club racing


  • 18-20 April               Easter School Holiday Period (training camp)
  • 21-22 April               One-Design Autumn Regatta (RPAYC)
  • 3 June                      NCYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
  • 10 June                    CYCA Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
  • 17 June                    RSYS Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
  • 24 June                    RPAYC Interclub Challenge (Regatta)
  • 7-8 July                    One-Design Winter Regatta (RPAYC)
  • 9-10 July                  Winter School Holiday Period (training camp)
  • 15-16 September     David Lukins Memorial Regatta (RPAYC)


The program will be run over 5 training days from 0900 to 1600. Each day will comprise of up to 3 theory sessions and 2 on water sessions.


Six fleet racing regattas are scheduled over the duration of the program, with regattas staged at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. A carpool service will be organized for an away event. Due to there being only two teams allocated for each club at the interclub regatta, this will mean only 10 of the IYD squad will be able to sail on the day. Each participant will do at least 1 interclub regatta.

For the RPAYC’s one design & sports boat regatta, the entire squad will compete in these events. One team will be selected within the squad to sail in the David Lukins Match Racing Regatta.


Sailors must be between the ages of 13-17 years old and have demonstrated sailing ability at a club level. Also desirable is experience in keelboats. All applications will be assessed on merit for the available positions. Applications must be submitted by Friday, 23 March 2018 with successful applicants notified by Friday, 30 March 2018, if not beforehand. 


Senior Youth Development Squad Members under the direction of Club Coach Tom Spithill will coach the Intermediate Youth develeopment Squad. 


$600.00 – Members $700.00 – Non-Members.

This includes all usage fees for the Elliot 7s, coaching, sail training material & RPAYC training shirt.


Applications for 2018 are now open. Interested applicants are asked to complete the following expression of interest form and return it to Thomas Spithill (Club Coach). 

Where to next:

Sailors who demonstrate a high level of keelboat skills may be invited to join The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Youth Development program for the remaining 2018 season and 2019 season.


Tom Spithill – Club Coach
Phone: 9998 3771
Email: yd@rpayc.com.au


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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