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

NSW Laser State Titles

Georges River hosted a large fleet of Lasers for the NSW States. There were several RPA members entered across all 3 divisions enjoying some fantastic conditions on both days of racing. Saturday was sailed in a dying breeze which just managed to hold on long enough for all fleets to get 3 solid race in. My highlight of the day was RPA sailors scoring 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Race 2 in the Standard fleet. Sunday morning was much warmer than the previous day, but unfortunately the breeze also took a change for the worse and decided not to turn up. After waiting for it to arrive, then swing, we eventually got back to the business at hand and started racing again. In the 4.7 fleet, Olivia and Bayley had a much better day, with Olivia getting a bullet in the first race of the day. At the end of the day, they were tied in 4th place, with Olivia edging it on count back – just 1 point off 3rd. Well done girls.  In the Radial fleet, which was stacked with squad sailors from all over the country (and World), Ollie got an absolute cracking start at the pin in Race 5 and lead the fleet right up the last bottom mark rounding. Some boats managed to get an overlap and push him back to 4th, but it was still a great result given the extremely high quality of the fleet. In the Standard fleet, Chris came out on top of the RPA sailors, just missing a 3rd place overall on count back, with Jan only 1 point behind. Those results basically summed up the whole weekend, great racing, great conditions and great fun. By the last race of the day, the breeze was really building and made everyone work hard right up to the end of the regatta. For those who know Georges River, dragging boats up across the sand at the end was probably the hardest part !

If you are an aspiring Laser sailor, you should seriously think about entering some of these regattas as they are a great opportunity to accelerate your skills in large competitive fleets. If you have any questions or are after some tips, please don’t be shy and ask some of the older sailors down on the lawn, we won’t bite.

Written by Steve Bryant

Full Results Here




Article from Laser Association

98 Lasers competed in the NSW & ACT State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 9-10 November.

The six scheduled races were completed in nice SE breezes ranging between 8 and 14 knots.

The small but competitive fleet of 4.7′s had some great racing with the ultimate winner Ethan Lozevski from Woollahra SC and Dobroyd AC. Second was Xavier McLachlan from RSYS and Double Bay SC and third a visitor from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Hamish Cowell. First female was fourth placed Olivia Williams from RPAYC.

The Radial fleet of 52 saw some very tight racing and lots of black flag starts. The winner by just two points was Jack Littlechild from RSYS, DBSC and RANSA. Second was Daniel Costandi RSYS, DBSC and GRSC and third was Sofiane Karim a visitor from   Société des Régates d’Antibes - Côte d’Azur France. First female was fifth place Marlena Berzins from RSYS and DBSC.

The convincing winner in the Standards was Campbell Patton from DBSC. Campbell won five of the six races and dropped his worst place 2nd. Second was Gavin Blake also from DBSC followed by a strong supporter of our events Victorian Steve Gunther from Port Melbourne YC. Behind Campbell there was very close racing with just six points between 2nd and 6th place.

The full results for the event are:




There are lots of photos of the event by Jon West HERE.


Annual Shore Power Lead ‘Test & Tag’ – Complimentary Service

Unlike household electrical wiring, the electrical wiring and equipment onboard your vessel resides in a corrosive marine environment that requires regular inspection and maintenance.  

The Club is committed to providing a safe facility and a particularly important aspect of the Club’s risk management responsibilities to ensure all Members with vessels on the marina are aware of the Club’s Shore Power Connection Policy.

To view the RPAYC Ship to Shore Connection Policy here. The Club requests all Facility Holders to review the policy and to check their lead and connection is compliant.


Annual Shore Power Lead ‘Test & Tag’ – Complimentary Service

The Club requires facility holder’s shore power leads to be annually ‘tested & tagged’.  To make this process as easy for Members the Club offers facility holders a complimentary “test & tag” for the lead that connects your vessel to shore power (one lead per vessel).  

If you would like a complimentary ‘test & tag’ undertaken, leave your coiled and tied lead with your name and boat name at Reception.  In most cases the lead will be inspected and ‘test & tagged’ within one to two business days, and assuming the lead passes, it will be ready for collection from Reception.  In the event the lead does not pass staff will be in contact to advise the reason, and in order to reconnect the vessel to shore power Members will be required to rectify or replace the lead.  If Members have already had their lead tested by an electrician or wish for an electrician to undertake the ‘test and tag’ please ensure a certification ‘tag’ is affixed to the lead if connected to the shore power.

Club staff will undertake a routine checks across the marina to ensure the ‘test & tag’ has been undertaken within 12 months and will ensure the ‘minimum safety requirements’ as outlined in the policy are met.  In the event the Club identifies the lead ‘test’ has lapsed beyond 12 months or where the lead doesn’t meet the minimum safety standards’, the shore power lead will be disconnected and the Member will be contacted.

Melbourne Cup 2019

What a fantastic Melbourne Cup Event we had here at the Club. With thanks to the organising committee, our MC John Lane Smith, members and staff who all worked hard to ensure that it was a fantastic day. 

The winners on the day (besides the horses and jockeys) were: 

Best Dressed Woman - Jenny Beck 

Best Dressed Man - Morgan Brownlow

Best Dressed Hat - Crystal Brownlow

Best Dressed Couple - Rosie & Rob Dross

Best Ditty - Janice Robertson

Last but definitely not least our amazing sponsors: Above & Beyond Boating, Club Marine, Sydney Marine Brokerage, Oro Bello Jewellery, Ocean Covers, Liz Muir Art, Moët and Chandon, Douglas Marine, G Brothers Mercedes-Benz, Modus Operandi, Crush Wines, Robert Oatley Wines

All images are available for free download  - Click Here 

Berth, Mooring and Locker Availability

The Club seeks expressions of interest from Members who may like to take up a berth, mooring or sail locker at the Club.

Current Availability


























Locker #29

Location Moonbar

Mooring #3

Length 40’- 50’

Mooring #4

Length 40’- 50’

Mooring #16

Length 50’ - 60’

If you are interested in securing a berth, mooring or locker, or require more information contact Leah (Membership & Marine Coordinator) telephone (02) 9998 3700 or email waterfront@rpayc.com.au

MC38 Class Act 6

Media Release                                                                                    4 November 2019

Event: MC38 2019 Season Act 6, November 2-3 hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club with racing on Sydney Harbour

MC38 Act 6 to Ginger and season pointscore to Lazy Dog

It’s been a while coming and for the closing Act 6 of the MC38 2019 season pointscore, Leslie Green’s Ginger Ninjas worked their way back to familiar territory, at the top of the class scoreboard.

Results from seven races in very different conditions on The Sound, the triangle between North, South and Middle Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, over the weekend of November 2-3, added up to Ginger taking the series win from Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan and Steven Proud’s Swish finishing third, as determined by a countback with Hooligan.

Green is enjoying the second half of his eighth decade, and still throwing his rocket-ship around tight windward/leeward courses alongside some of Australia’s best sailing talent. Over this past season a new, young crew has settled in under the mentorship of Green, Richie Allanson on main and Julian Plante calling tactics, and stepped-up each regatta.

“If you look at our season results we’ve been getting better and better,” said Allanson. “Our line up changed quite a bit after we last won the nationals and now the balance on the boat is right, and it’s working. We’ve got a great mix of crew including three young women all with vital roles who put in as much if not more than the blokes.”

On Saturday’s outing in 18-22 knots of north-easterly breeze gusting to the top end of the class range and poor visibility due to smoke haze, Ginger’s mainsheet hand added: “Our strategy was to keep it together and simple, and get around the track. We had a Steven Bradbury where guys were falling over in front of us, allowing us to pick up places. With scores of 5, 3, 2, 2 it was pleasing to be within striking distance with three races remaining,” Allanson added.

Among the incidents was the keel on Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed letting go, a replacement offered by Lang Walker from Kokomo’s garage, and Swish incurring lifeline and stanchion damage during a bump with another MC38.

Video of Act 6 thanks to Tilly Lock Media.


For Act 6, the class’ current yardstick crew of Lazy Dog were forced to jump ship late after an incident during a club race earlier in the week. “Conditions were benign on Wednesday so I thought I’d take the boat out,” co-owner Shaun Lane explained. “With the surge and super low tide at a Grotto Point mark, I put the boat on a Bommie. A new keel is on the way.”

Clare Crawford’s Assassin is awaiting a buyer, in the meantime she was happy for Lane and his Lazy Dog team to take her boat out.

“Our thanks to Clare for the loan of her boat which is in really good nick,” Lane said. “We put our sails on and we were ready to go,” added the Australian class president.

The MC38 class is well-known for owners rallying to help each other get off the dock and stay on the water when mishaps occur. Saturday was the perfect example; as fresh seabreezes increased the speed and intensity of racing, things went off-script onboard a number of 38s and spare parts needed to be quickly sourced and borrowed so the full fleet of six could complete the scheduled races.

Final regatta points were vital for Lazy Dog’s perfect 2019 season attendance record, and to remain in contention for the overall pointscore top place. Lazy Dog finished two points in front of Ginger and Hooligan wrapped up their season six points off second place.

Dates for the class’ 2020 season are still being finalised but Lane is happy to confirm the 2020 MC38 Australian Championship will be staged March 13-15 and Middle Harbour Yacht Club have agreed to conduct the racing.

Insta: mc38aus

Further information:

Lisa Ratcliff
Australian MC38 Association media
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

Flying Ant NSW States Round 1

6 RPAYC centerboard sailors travelled to Lake Macquarie for Round 1 of the Flying Ant NSW States. 5 of the 6 of them were new to the class with this being their first regatta in Flying Ants. 

For many of us having come from Optis the regatta was run at a very relaxed and welcome pace by SLMASC. A morning briefing by Adam Beashel, out for a race, back to the beach for lunch and some tips to work on for the afternoon and then one more race prior to debrief and packing up for the day. Rinse and repeat the next day. The progress made by all the sailors was dramatic. A steep learning curve but one that saw them smashing out high speed downwind reaches from early on the first day in winds gusting to 25kts.

The Flying Ants have been a welcome addition to the Centreboard lawn adding some options for sailors that want to have the camaraderie of a 2 handed boat and the excitement of a "mini 29er". 

Mat Butterworth, Andy Tuite and Andy Springer should be congratulated for driving the adoption of these boats within the club. 

Thanks very much to Adam & Lanee Beashel and SLMASC for putting on a couple of great day's racing and coaching.



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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