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


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


Update from the General Manager - Deep Clean of Club Facilities

Dear Members,
As you are probably aware, there are two cases of COVID-19 identified at CYCA.  RPAYC has a strong association with CYCA, with mutual members, crew and contractors between the two Clubs. 
The Club would like advise that we’re not aware of any known cases of COVID-19 at RPAYC.  Given the sailing events over the weekend and the Club’s close ties with CYCA, as a precaution we have made the decision to carry out a ‘Deep Clean’ of some RPAYC facilities this afternoon; therefore access to the Club (including the gym) will be restricted until midday Thursday 30th July.
Access to take-away food and beverage will still be available from the Alfred’s “Grab and Go”.
The health and well-being of Members, staff, tenants and visitors remains our main priority, and we thank Members for your understanding and ongoing support.

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,
Craig Evans
General Manager

First MC38 regatta win for Swish

First MC38 regatta win for Swish

Close to two years of shooting for a MC38 one design class top result finally yielded Steve Proud’s Swish team the main prize, on dreary Pittwater in the shortened five-race Act 4 winter pointscore.

“We’ve had a couple of thirds before but this is our first regatta win; we’ve been chipping away for nearly two years and it’s finally starting to come together,” a grinning Proud said back at the conducting club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Video by Tilly Lock.

“We’ve got a really good bunch of sailors. Sometimes you just have to settle down and play your own game, and not let the nerves and everything going on around you get to you. It never lets up in that fleet. Opportunities come to you and take advantage of them; that’s how we played it today,” Proud added.

The Middle Harbour Yacht Club skipper named his team one by one, a special mention going to longtime tactician Billy Sykes. “Billy has been with me from the start, he’s put a great team together. We’ve got some excellent sailors. Nobody’s putting tickets on themselves; we just get out there and do the job.”

A second by two points for John Bacon’s Dark Star - looking resplendent following a recent makeover in Newcastle - is a great result for the local team. “We’re really happy and I’m really pleased for Steven, Billy and the Swish team - they have worked so hard,” Bacon acknowledged.

Most Valuable Player of the series goes to Dark Star’s mainsheet Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, who heads home to South Australia for his second quarantine stint in as many months, following a MC38 weekend regatta. “He’s done 28 days in quarantine for the Dark Stars,” Bacon pointed out.

Update from the General Manager 22/07/2020

Dear Members,
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Club over the COVID-19 restriction period. The virus is still with us and it remains really important that we do not become complacent and that we continue to follow the basic rules of social distancing and hygiene. With increasing infection numbers in NSW, authorities will be stepping up inspections of businesses across the state. RPAYC has been doing a great job complying with our COVID Safe Plan and will continue to do so to look after our members, staff and guests. 
Although restrictions remain in place, it is great to see members back in the Club after racing. Numbers of people permitted in the Club are limited at present and during these normally peak periods we have restricted access to members only at these times, however guests are welcome in the restaurant at other times. 
Please remember that current restrictions require all members and guests to be seated. Standing around having a drink and a chat or mingling between groups is not permitted. Please follow instructions from staff.
AGM News
RPAYC has a new Commodore and Vice Commodore!
Congratulations to Commodore Allen Stormon who was elected on Tuesday night in a hotly contested ballot.  There were 65 members in the Pittwater Room and, in a Club first, 35 members watched the AGM live from their loungeroom as Commodore Michael Lockley handed over the reins to his successor.  
There were no other contested roles on the night and the following people were announced as elected officials of RPAYC:
Leon Wilson, Vice Commodore
David Williams, Rear Commodore Cruising
Andrew Springer, Rear Commodore Centreboard
Julia Hornsby, was re-elected for a second term as Rear Commodore Activities 
Congratulations to all of our newly elected officers.
A new Rear Commodore Yacht Racing will be appointed by the Board at their next meeting. 
In other business, Commodore Michael Lockley presented the Clubmanship Trophy for 2019/20 to Bob Bennett in recognition of his key role in RPAYC’s Integrated disAbled Sailing (IdS) program.   Bob has been fundamental in driving both the Soldier On and St John of God sailing programs, arranging volunteer members to, not only donate their yachts, but also their time to take returned servicemen and women through sail training and family picnic days.  Further, Bob formed an important part of the RPAYC team to provide on-water support at the 2018 Invictus Games.  Through Bob’s great work, the Club has seen hundreds of returned servicemen enjoy sailing and time on the water.  Congratulations Bob!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank retiring Commodore Michael Lockley and Vice Commodore Ron Palmer for their dedication to the Club. Michael spent 7 years on the Board including 3 years as Vice Commodore and 3 years as Commodore. Ron was Vice Commodore for 3 years following his role as Rear Commodore Yacht Racing. I have appreciated their guidance and assistance, particularly over the recent COVID-19 journey, and wish them both well for the future.
Construction Projects
Over the next couple of months there will be construction work taking place at the Club. 
New fencing, paths and landscaping around the Boatyard are nearing completion. The new fencing looks great and we are very pleased with the improved access to the Clubhouse and tenant building. I would like to thank RPAYC staff Kylie Brown and Dan Deamer for their assistance in this project.
Work has commenced on the long-awaited Clubhouse re-roof project. Later this week there will be a crane on site moving roofing material into position and a staging compound set-up to provide roof access via a scissor lift. This compound will be in position for a number of weeks while the roof replacement takes place.
Following the re-roofing project, we will be heading straight into the resurfacing of the lower car park. The existing bitumen is well past its useful life and we look forward to providing an improved surface that will last for many years to come.
Please look after yourself and those around you. 
Kind regards,
Craig Evans
General Manager

2020 Mick Hole Winter One Design & Sports Boat Regatta

The Annual “Mick Hole” Winter One Design & Sports Boat Regatta was contested over the weekend with a great turnout of 26 boats racing across 4 divisions. 

This regatta is in memory of Mick Hole, a fierce one design competitor and friend of many at RPAYC.

Race Officer David Ritchard did a fantastic job to complete the full scheduled series of races with 3 races on Saturday in a 3-5 knot variable breeze and 3 races on Sunday in a 5-8 knot north westerly with the race area on Sunday up in Careel Bay. 

Kerrie was onhand to present the Mick Hole Perpetual Trophy which this year was awarded to the winner in the Int 5.5M Class which went to Black Magic skippered by James MacPhail. 

Results Here


This Tuesday’s scheduled AGM will be proceeding as planned. In recognition of the heightened COVID-19 situation and the potential hesitation of some members to attend, we are going to live-stream the AGM on Zoom. The live-stream will allow financial members of the Club to view the proceedings of the AGM, however you will not be recorded as attending the meeting nor have the ability to participate in the AGM process. Should you wish to take advantage of this live stream from the safety of your home please register your interest by emailing lisa.hughes@rpayc.com.au.

Our dining room will be open Tuesday evening prior to the AGM from 6.00pm; bookings are essential. Unfortunately given the nature of post AGM gatherings we will not be hosting drinks in Halyards Bar following this year’s AGM proceedings.

The AGM will be held in the Pittwater Room and chairs will be spaced to allow for distancing requirements. If you are feeling unwell or have attended areas that have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots please do not attend the Club, stay home and get checked. For hotspot locations please see here.