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


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


Welcome to new Rear Commodore Yachting

We welcome Rob McClelland as the new Rear Commodore of Yachting for 2020-21. Rob has been appointed by the board in a 1 year position until the next AGM due to the role becoming vacant when Allen Stormon was elected Commodore. 

Rob has been a member since 1997 and has sat on the following boards & committees over the years. 

* Centerboard Committe 2000 - 2008 
* Board 2002/05
* Chair of Board 2004/05
* Rear Commodore Activities 2008/2009/2010
* Maintenance and Development 2002 to 2009 then 2011 to current
* Coffs Committee 2010 to 2017
* Pittwater to Paradise Committee 2017 to 2019
* Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2019-
He has an impressive sailing history as well as being a National Race Officer. 
Sailing Highlights
* Admirals Cup 1975
* Fastnet Race 1975
* Sydney to Hobart x 3 
* Coffs Race x 7
* Sydney to Southport Race 
* Hamilton Island Race Week
* Bay of Islands Regatta x 5
Cruising to New Zealand and New Caledonia
Rob's current yacht is a Jeanneau 57 First Picasso owned since 2010.  She is currently moored in the Bay of Islands awaiting the present situation to clear. While they mainly cruise this yacht they have also raced her in 4 Bay of Islands Regattas in NZ with 2 series wins.
Rob commented: "The RPAYC has a distinguished history of yacht racing over its 150 plus years. While the future offers many challenges for sailing there are also opportunities and we need to able to exploit those.  The Yacht Race committee is the peak body within our club to coordinate yacht racing for all members. The sailing we do at RPAYC should be fun and offer opportunity for all members to compete with their yachts or as crew." 

Email the Rear Commodore Yacht Race at: rc.yachting@rpayc.com.au


Member Notice - Construction Projects

Over the next month the long-awaited clubhouse roof construction work and resurfacing of the lower car park will take place at the Club.
Roofing works & Access Changes
Commencing the week beginning 3rd August. 
During works, a staging compound will be set up to the side of the Clubhouse entrance and down the laneway which will be in place for a number of weeks while the roof replacement takes place.
Access to A-Arm, bathrooms, gym and Halyards takeaway will be via the ring road at the front of the Clubhouse.  There will be no pedestrian or vehicle access via the laneway to these areas.   Members are asked to take care when walking on the ring road, as it is also a two-way vehicle accessway for delivery drivers.
Car Park Resurfacing & Car Park Access Changes
Commencing from Wednesday 5th August
During the resurfacing works parking in the lower car park will be impacted and we ask for your patience during this time.
Lower car park will be restricted to DAY PARKING only or as sign posted day to day until works are complete. 
Important note;
•Overnight storing or garaging of vehicles, including motorbikes in any of the Club parking facilities is prohibited. The Club requests Members storing vehicles or motorbikes at the Club to immediately remove them from the parking facilities. 
•Vehicles/motorbikes in the lower car park during resurfacing works will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Women's Development Regatta & SheSails Regatta Expression of Interest

The women’s fleet captains have proposed the club host an inaugural Women’s Development Regatta using the Elliott 7s, this coming November. The aim is to create an environment conducive to learning and honing skills, and meeting other social sailors and club members, plus potential members.

The club can host a standalone regatta using eight of the RPAYC’s Elliotts (32 participants) OR combine with a Sprint Series weekend and use four Elliotts (16 participants). Both formats would include some basic theory, dedicated coaches and opportunities to socialise within the club’s COVID-19 restrictions, but for the latter we’d share a racetrack.

If you are keen to register an EOI please email sailing office sailing@rpayc.com.au by COB August 7 and include your preference for A) a standalone women’s training regatta or B) combining with a Sprint Series weekend and racing against other one-design fleets and sports boats or at least sharing a start line.

From: Lisa Ratcliff, Evelyn Harves & Nicole Butcher


Sailfit Gym - Opening Hours & Covid Marshals

Dear Sailfit Members,

From this Saturday 1st August, 2020, the NSW Government have put in place new rules for gyms to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in NSW. These restrictions require the Club to have a dedicated COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty at all times when the gym is open.

For this reason we have had to alter the opening times of the gym as follows:-

Monday to Friday 5am – 7pm
Saturday 6am – 5pm
Sunday 8am – 12pm

Tana and other Club staff will be your dedicated marshals during these restrictions. We thank you for your support to help us stop the spread by continuing to sanitise the equipment before and after use and adhering to the 1.5 metre social distancing.

The above times are of course subject to change depending on any further restrictions by NSW Government.

Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager

Variation to the Special Regulations for Training - SSSC Qualfications


A variation to the Special Regulations has been written to allow for an extension to current SSSC qualification holders.

Due to the reduced ability to hold refresher courses for the Safety and Sea Survival qualification, a variation has been written to allow for an extension to crew in Category 1 & 2 races to complete this course.

The variation approval expires on the 30 June 2021 but may be removed earlier if changes to the COVID circumstances allow for the resumption of courses.

During this time, it is encouraged for boat owners, persons in charge, and all crew to be vigilant with their onboard drills, practicing man overboard and safety briefings.

The variation approval can be read at https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/specialregs/.
By Melanie Peasey https://www.sailing.org.au/about/ourstaff/ 

Youth Development Squad hits the water

Its with great pleasure that we have finally been able to commence our Youth Development Squad program for 2020. The Squad together with our Intermediate Squad competed in the recent Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Regatta before settling into their rising sun Saturday training sessions. Due to Covid 19 impacts the program this year for the squad is slightly different and has been extended to December to provide the indepth keel boat sessions needed.

We also have been blessed to have former Head Coach Tom Spithill back on the training team to build the squads skills and knowledge.

Let's hope the Squad will be representing RPAYC soon at many Match Racing events.  

2020 YD Squad Members include:
- Jasmine Bridge
- Juliet Costanzo
- Antony Hawke
- Jemma Hodgson
- D'Arcy Kemp
- Thomas Quarrie
- Emma Rankin
- Alistair Read
- Thomas Rees
- Cameron Whiteside