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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

The 2020 Hansa SKUD18 Australian National Championships will be held at 2020 Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta SYC



Its official, the "2020 Hansa SKUD18Australian National Championships" is approved by the International Hansa Class Association.

The International Hansa Class Association have jumped onboard with the 2020 SKUD18Australian National Championships at Southport Yacht Club (SYC).

Host event, Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta will crown the 2020 Hansa SKUD18National Champion.

“The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this Class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many State and National’s Championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewman Max Quan are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said the 2018 & 2019 Australian Para Sailing National Champion, Ross Manning. “The racing in the offshore waters off Surfers Paradise is second to none and it is wonderful of SYC to bring these Championships into their Premier Regatta Sail Paradise. We are anticipating an awesome fleet of the Skud18Class and we know the Competition is going to be really tough with competitors travelling from as far away as Perth, Melbourne & Sydney”.

Held from Thursday 2nd January to Sunday 5th January 2020, the four-day Regatta will be staged offshore the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.

With 66 entries so far, the Regatta is expected to exceed over 80 entries.

“Bringing these high calibre Championships to our premier Sail Paradise Regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions,” said Club Commodore, Ray McMahon.

It will be an amazing sight in January, giving the community the opportunity to watch the competing yachts within close proximity of the Gold Coast beaches.

For further information, or to lodge entries, go to:

-       Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club:www.sailparadise.com.au

2019 RPAYC Member Survey

An invitation to participate in RPAYC's 5th biennial member survey will be emailed to all RPAYC members, over the age of 18, on Monday 14 October 2019 by independent research company, Taverner Research. The email will include your unique link to participate.  Please look out for the email in your inbox (check your Spam folder as well!) from rpayc@taverner.com.au and Subject: RPAYC Membership Feedback for 2019.

Every member, over the age of 18, has the opportunity to enter the prize draw for the chance to win $500 credit to spend on any RPAYC product or service, or one of five Friday night dinners for two at Alfred's Table.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey.  Your feedback is important to continue to grow and enhance the Club for the benefit of all members.

If you do not receive the survey email or your email address has changed, please advise Reception at reception@rpayc.com.au.

Click here for the 2019 Member Survey prize draw - Terms & Conditions

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RPAYC 2nd & 3rd in Inaugural Thirkell Trophy

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club held their Inaugural “Thirkell Trophy” over the weekend. This under 23 Youth Match Racing Regatta was run in the clubs recently purchased second hand fleet of Elliott 6’s. NCYC purchased these 8 Elliott’s which were the boats used in the 2012 London Olympics, and are in near new condition.

Racing was conducted over two days in the harbour, in close quarters racing. The Alfreds was represented by two teams from the Youth Development Program, with Alistair Read and Cam Whiteside skippering. Both teams managed to make the semis, with Read finishing on equal points to Cole Tapper (CYCA) and Whiteside coming in third ranked.

Tapper elected to verse Miller (NCYC), leavening the other semis for both Alfreds team to battle it out.

Both Tapper and Read won their semis convincingly and progressed to the finals. In the finals, Read and Tapper found themselves in close matches. Tapper was getting the initial edge of the start line with Read using his upwind speed to force a lead change. Tapper and team proved to be the better team on the day and took the semi finals 3-1. Cam Whiteside finished a credible 3rd at his first event on the helm.

A big thank you to Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club for hosting a great event.

Our two teams comprised of:

* Alistair Read (Skipper), Emma Rankin and Sean Gregory

* Cam Whiteside (Skipper),  Jasmine Bridge and Tom Quarrie


2019 David Lukins Champions

The 2019 David Lukins Memorial regatta once again saw some of the RPAYC’s best sailors assemble for what has become one of the most sought-after trophies in the club, the David Lukins Memorial Trophy.

The regatta is run in memory of the late David Lukins, who was a tireless volunteer and well-respected member at the Alfred’s during his long association with the club.

The ages of the competitors competing this year ranged from 15 through to 60, where nine teams competed in this two-day match racing event run in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats.

After the completion of the round robin, the points were tight, with the top 4 spots hotly contested.

Murray Gordon (TEAM FOMO), managed to only lose one race in the round robin, to finish as top placed competitor. He chose Pat Langley (TEAM VAIKOBI) to verse, which was a surprising choice as Langley had finished 2nd behind Gordon in the round robin.

Malcolm Parker (TEAM Better late then never) and Nick “Chewbacca” Garland (TEAM HARKEN) filled up the other two semi-final berths.

Langley managed to surprise Gordon, who was the regatta favourite going into this competition having won this event twice previously.

Garland also managed to do a great job with both boat handling and speed to proceed to the finals, defeating Parker in the process.

The finals saw Nick Garland take the first race with a convincing win over Pat Langley.

The second race saw an aggressive prestart with the umpires penalising Langley for not keeping clear.

Langley however managed to keep control off the start line to lead around the course. By the final downwind Langley had amassed enough of a lead to undertake his penalty turn prior to finishing...or so he thought!

Disaster struck for Langley when he was unable to complete the penalty turn due to the spinnaker not being lowered below the boom (a requirement when match racing). Frustration was evident on Langley’s team as Garland sailed on by to steal the win in Steven Bradbury style.

For what would be the final race, disaster struck for Langley, who was unaware the start sequence had started for the best race. Langley was changing the spinnaker over to the other side of the boat, when suddenly Garland came and started to attack. Langley copped a penalty for not entering, and to add further insult to injury, damage to the Elliott’s steering system saw Langley have to reluctantly throw in the towel.

As a formality, Nick Garland and his team of Julian Plante, Ian McKillop & Grant Pellew had to complete the course on their lonesome.

On the final leg for the finish, it was clear that this was a very important win for Garland and his team with both Nick and team principle Grant Pellew both visibly emotional.

The team crossed the line to take the finals 3-0 in front of a large spectator fleet, which included members of the Lukins Family.


Commodore Michael Lockley thanked the large contingent of volunteers of umpires and race management who made this event possible.

David’s daughter Kylie was then invited up to present the beautiful Trophy in honour of her Father.

On receiving the Trophy, a clearly overwhelmed Garland had the following things to say “Out of all the sailing achievements I have had, nothing means more to me than being able to get my name on this trophy. David Lukins, was a very special person. He selflessly did so much for the sport of sailing, this club and personally for myself and other young sailors, through the youth development program”

“My team describes me like a bad owner driver, and they are probably right” joked Garland.

“I can’t thank them (my team) enough. I’ve been bridesmaid so many times before, reaching the semis and not progressing any further. Now we have done it!”


Full placings below:

1st Place Nick Garland (TEAM HARKEN) Julian Plante, Ian McKillop, Grant Pellew

2nd Place Pat Langley (TEAM VAIKOBI) Trent Barnabas, Paul Gudmunson & Pete Winter

3rd Place Murray Gordon (TEAM FOMO) Shane Lukins, Billy Sykes & James Catts

4th Place Malcolm Parker (TEAM Better Late Than Never)

5th Place Alistair Read (TEAM YD BLUE)

6th Place James Farquharson (TEAM GRAND V)

7th Place Chris Way (TEAM EASY TIGER)

8th Place Craig Souter (TEAM COCO)

9th Place Juliet Costanzo (TEAM YD RED)




Women's Twilight Series - Entries Open

The sailing office is now taking entries for the Women’s Twilight Series which starts October 29 and finishes March 23, 2020.

With new fleet captains Nicole Butcher, Evelyn Curtis and Lisa Ratcliff up and running, there is a renewed push to get more club boats out racing, and more women sailing in the series.

If you are an RPAYC boat owner who has enough female crew to compete we’d love to see you on the start line. Entry is free for full members, enter via https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/online-entry-system

If you are an owner willing to offer your boat for the ten-race spinnaker & non-spinnaker series but don’t have enough crew, register via TopYacht and let the sailing office know your situation. They and the fleet captains will try and match you with a suitable crew over the coming weeks.

If you are a female member looking for a crew spot, the fleet captains are building a register to match owners with enthusiastic crew. Email sailing@rpayc.com.au to register yourself and please include ‘Women’s Twilight Series’ in the subject line, then details of your sailing experience and contact information in the email body.

Members can also lease an Elliott 7 for the series. Please contact the RPAYC sailing office to arrange.

Avalon Travel Agency TravelView is kindly donating travel vouchers for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places weekly and Mistral Clothing is throwing their support behind the series, with lucky door prizes. 

If you have any questions about the twilight series please contact the sailing office who can put you in touch with our representatives. 

Evelyn, Nicole, Lisa


Photo - Thank You to Dee Why Camera Club 



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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