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

       

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

Licence Plate Recognition Camera

The Club is pleased to announce that the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) access to the lower car park is now operating. 

The LPR cameras provide Members the benefit of express entry into the lower car park without the need to ‘swipe’ a membership card.
 
Members are invited to register details of your personal vehicles by providing licence plate and membership numbers to Club Reception in person, by phone 9998 3700 or email reception@rpayc.com.au.
 
Q&A

What if I have more than one car? Members may register the licence plates of multiple vehicles however, the ‘anti-passback’ setting will only permit one vehicle per member in the car park at any one time (per Parking By-Law 3(i)).

Approach speed?  The safe driving speed from the Club main entrance pillars is 5km and it is recommended that members approach at this speed to avoid the need to come to a full standstill.

Do I still need my Membership Card?  Yes, Members should always have their membership card on hand in the event that the registration plate cannot be read.
 
Please refer to Club By-Law #3 for more information about parking at the RPAYC.

RPAYC Golf Day 2019

The annual Club Golf Day was held at Bayview Golf Club on Friday October 18.
Ten teams competed and the First Prize for Men was taken out by Team “Scoot” (Scott Robertson) and the First Prize for Ladies was taken out by Team “First Picasso” (Virginia McClelland).
The weather was beautiful for golf and Bayview Golf Club provided full amenities including lunch and breakfast and our thanks go to Skye Choueiri and the Bayview staff for their excellent attention.
The prizes were presented on the day by Past Commodore Ian Audsley with help from Brian Gray.

1st Place: “Scoot”  Scott Robertson, Andrew McDonnall, Matt Young and Chris Thorne
2nd Place to Team “Second Time Around” John McConnaghy, Kent Heazlet, Rob Wackett, and Gavin Ward
3rd Place to Team “The Bolter”  Rick Welch,  Berndt Fischer, Bob Sims, Rob Lang

1st Place Ladies Team & Best Dressed  “First Picasso” Virginia McClelland, Robyn Cole, Pam Parter,  Marlene McKewen

 

 

 

A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award

Not Dead...

by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS 21 Oct 08:00 AEDT

 John McConaghy with his Lifetime Achievement Award © Gregg Porteous
 
 

A terrific statesman of yachting had Australian Sailing's Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon him on Friday night. In his acceptance speech, John McConaghy noted that usually they hand these out just before you departed, which he certainly hoped was not going to be the case with himself.

An enthusiastic, vigorous and energetic man, he certainly left those qualities behind in the company he founded: the one that still bears his name today. Quality, strength, and lightweight would be other notable hallmarks for the organisation that started out making timber skiffs and cats, but moved into far larger craft and composites, and for their time, other super-exotic materials took over the whole scene.

 

 

Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bob stay. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bobstay - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
Black Jack's new bowsprit has a carbon bob stay. - photo © Crosbie Lorimer

So thankfully neither John, nor the company, are not going anywhere, albeit that the Australian operation has physically moved from Mona Vale to Gosford a little while back. The proud heritage includes many of the world's greatest ocean racers, and one of them recently ducked in, and nearly as quickly burned back out, after a makeover.

Black Jack's modified and fuller bow section, and shorter tail, along with her rig further aft as a result, then her aft deck flare to widen the sheeting angle, and larger separation of her for'ard sails, is immediately evident when you look closely at her. You would think they have gained a smidgeon upwind in anything other than dead light, and she will be noticeably swifter off the breeze.

 

 

Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group
Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group
Exiting the McConaghy facility in Gosford, you can see Black Jack's new lines. - photo © McLeish Group

RPAYC winners at the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards

Australian Sailing Awards 2019

18-10-19

What a night for Sailing, with a full house at the Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards night commenced with a spectacular video display of just some of the great sporting highlights from Australian athletes, coaches, club and volunteers across all fields of the sport at home and abroad.

This year’s awards featured two new categories, with the SheSails Award set to reward those who have driven female participation in the sport and the Sustainability Award recognising the clubs, classes, associations or individuals who have contributed to a more sustainable sailing industry.

The evening again saw a fantastic representation from the Club with multiple nominees including Jason Waterhouse in Male Sailor of the Year, Richard Slater in Official of the Year and Stacey Jackson on behalf of Ocean Respect Racing nominated in the Sustainability Award category and the Club for the Invictus Games – Sports Promotion with the addition of truly honorable lifetime achievement award.

The evening also saw the third year of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame announcement, all of which are displayed with honour at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

A common theme of the night was the growing strength of sailing in Australia and the many factors that go into contribute to the participation and enjoyment of the sport. Determination, opportunities, family, inclusion and fun, all shown through from the various winners and speakers on the night.

The Club did extremely well with the following Members winning there nominated categories.

Sustainability Award – Stacey Jackson & Team of Ocean Respect Racing

Official of the Year – Richard Slater

Lifetime Achievement Award – John McConaghy

Congratulations to our winners and nominees who have all shown their passion for sailing.

The full list of finalist and winners is noted below.  

Australian Sailing welcomes Suzanne Davies to the board

Australian Sailing is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Davies as an interim appointment to the board.

Davies brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of sailing clubs, having spent 12 years as General Manager of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) and now a Club Member and more recently was CEO of d’Albora Marinas.

Suzanne has actively contributed to wider industry initiatives, actively participating in several Australian Sailing conferences and workshops.  In 2012 Suzanne was a part of a working group that established the Australian Yacht & Boat Club Managers Group, which provides a forum for sailing club managers to share information, best practice and importantly how to promote and grow our sport.

“The Board of Australian Sailing are pleased to have Suzanne Davies join as an interim member of our Board. Suzanne is a highly experienced and respected sailing industry leader, and brings with her an intimate knowledge of how our clubs and how they operate.” said President of Australian Sailing, Matt Allen AM.

Davies will commence her interim role on the board with immediate effect. The posting will continue until the 2019 Australian Sailing AGM, which will take place at 10am on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Above image: Suzanne Davies - photo courtesy MIA

Re-Discover Windsurfing

The new club Windsurfer LTs were launched on Friday 18th October with a round of short sprint racing to the north of Bayview. Following a quick briefing and welcome to our visitors from Palm Beach Sailing Club we heading out for the first race. A few extra competitors were then pressganged into joining in when they showed a bit of curiosity on the Centreboard Lawn so a fleet of 15 boards set out for the first start. 

Race1 got away at 1730hrs with a fair amount of wobbling about at the start but with as the cobs webs were blown away a very close race ensued. It was clear from the early on that Steve Newman and Scotty O’Connor were going to be tough to beat having spent a bit more time on the boards and racing than the majority of the fleet. However following them home were Beau White, 3rd and Traks Gordon, 4th both as impressed with not having fallen off as with the great result.

Race 2 proved trickier at the start, the fleet rapidly bunched up at the favoured pin end. Some early starters struggled to get back but eventually cleared the line. The fleet rapidly split between the left and right of the course and when they came back together the righthand side had paid significantly with Jono Tuite leading round the top mark.

Jono lead at the gate but the efficient downwind pumping techniques of Steve, Scotty and Dan Wilson had seen significantly close the gap. Dan then slipped away passed upwind and led to the finish followed by Steve, a very happy Jono in 3rd and Scotty 4th. Traks had a respectable 5th with Heath Walters slipping through in 6th and Kerry Shimeld in 7th.

Race 3, with the pin still favoured saw another bunched start with plenty of dodgy tactics, sketchy manoeuvres and even a few entanglements. Once away the right was slightly favoured. Steve Newman resumed his favourite spot at the front with Scotty working through to second at the top mark and they stayed that way to the finish. Beau narrowly scraped a third, Nick, having swapped off the committee boat with Tommy 4th and Traks 5th.

 

Presentation was held on the Terrace outside Halyards over a few beers.

1st Steve Newman

2nd Scotty O’Connor

3rd Beau White

4th Traks Gordon

5th Jono Tuite – 1st Youth

 

Next twilight sprints – Friday 1st November. Briefing 1700hrs Centreboard Lawn.

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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