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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


RPAYC's Juliet Costanzo & Team crowned Champions

In a powerful Westerly breeze on Sydney Harbour, RPAYC's Juliet Costanzo and her team of elder sister Clare, Jess Angus, Ann Scholten & Emma Rankin became Australia’s newest Women’s Match Racing National Champion, defeating New Zealand’s Celia Willison 3-0 in the Finals.

Epic conditions were in order for the final day of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, with winds averaging 20knots for the day, the biggest gust on record topping 35knts.

The Race Committee got the teams out on time and in a light northerly wind to start the day, with the semi-finals getting underway with Round Robin winner, Costanzo matched up against the CYCA’s India Howard. The girls from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club only needed two matches to dispatch Howard on a difficult race track as the breeze fought its way round to the west.

In the other semi-final, Celia Willison gave it their all against Charlotte Griffin from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Both teams have traded blows throughout the competition and today’s semi-final dust up was exactly the same and went to a third and deciding race. Celia, only sailing through to the Finals on the last run of the race after Griffin overlaid into the finish and broached.

With the winds building in the last flight of the semi-finals, the Race Committee advised the teams to take refuge behind Clark Island, dropping their mains and remaining under tow till it was safe for racing to continue again. Holding the teams under postponement for a 20-minute break seemed key for the Race Committee as the breeze dropped down to 14-22 knots, enabling the Finals to commence.

In the petit-finals, after a disastrous first race, hooking the top mark, India Howard and her team of Elyse Guervara-Rattray, Dana Tavener, Katherine Shannon and Jaime Swavley outsailed the RSYS’s Charlotte Griffin to take a come-from-behind victory and steal third overall for the week.

In the Finals, both teams fought for every inch around the race track but superior boat handling enabling fast tacks, sets and drops saw Juliet Costanzo take out the series in commanding styling. Costanzo led at nearly every turning mark and took out her first Women’s National title as helm with an unbelievable scorecard of 19-2 over the three-day event. This is Juliet’s second National title, having last won the event as crew for her sister, Clare, back in 2016.

View Day 1 Video Here

View Day 2 Video Here

View Day 3 Video Here

Report & images courtesy of CYCA 




“Participate to WIN”

The Commodores Cup Series for 2018/19 has been transformed to now be the Club Keelboat Championship and is based on 8 races taken from the Club Annual Program throughout the Spring & Summer Season.

A boats best results from specific races held throughout the Spring & Sumer season will be accumulated at the end of the series to crown the winners in each division.

The series will consist of races from the Saturday Inshore Series, the Estuary / SOPS Series, Feature events, Wednesday Spring and Summer Series and Thursday Twilight Spring and Summer Series, giving everyone a chance to be a part of this new Championship.

Two (2) best results from Inshore Series.
Two (2) best results from Estuary / SOPS Series.
Two (2) best results from the following Feature Races - Pittwater Dash (Opening Day), Whisper Mug, Dicko Cup Marathon Series, Friends of David Booth Trophy Race.
Two (2) best results from Wednesday Spring Series, Wednesday Summer Series, Thursday Twilight Spring Series or Thursday Twilight Summer Series

For those that do not compete in the Wednesday or Thursday Series, your third best score in the Inshore and Saturday Estuary/SOPS Series will be used.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are those of the individual events or series - rules, eligibility and scoring are as detailed in the Notice of Championship in the Sailing Handbook.

To enter the Series boats are required to enter by selecting the specific Commodores Cup Series entry form which is online. Those not entered in the Series will not be scored.

The Sailing Office will maintain a spreadsheet of results for those that have entered the Series.

The entry fee is $ 50.00 for all competitors, which will help support our Youth Development Program. Entry deadline is 2nd October 2018. Must be entered to be eligible in the Series. Only members of the RPAYC are eligible to win the Commodores Cup Series.


Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Warwick Crossman whose image of our Centreboard Sailing at RPA Optimist sailors racing in the Selden Ice Breaker Series has been selected in the top eighty images for this year’s Mirabaud Sailing Image of the Year Awards in Switzerland.

The people’s choice category is driven by social media and this is our chance to get behind him and promote RPAYC, the Centreboard Division and the Optimist class.

To vote simply click on the link below and click on the like button. Its also worth taking a few minutes to browse all the images ….. some of them are amazing.



Click here to vote

Boatyard Bookings Filling Fast

There has been an increase in the number of people heeding the advice of the Boatyard and getting their bookings in early for the Summer sailing season with spaces filling up fast. Availability is now from December onwards.

If anyone is wanting their annual servicing done over the Summer months, get a booking in before it’s too late. Bookings can be changed, not having a booking means you may miss out altogether.
To book: Telephone Boatyard (02) 9998 3751 or email boatyard@rpayc.com.au


Coach takes the title again

The David Lukins Regatta was run over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September 2017. This was the ninth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, coach, volunteer and mate. This regatta has a strong connection with the clubs Youth Development (YD) program, as David volunteered countless hours helping shape the lives of many of our participants. 

This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the calibre of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:
4 x Silver Medallists
2 x Women’s Match Racing World Champions
2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
1 x Moth World Champion
3 x Volvo Round The World Races completed

There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!

This year saw 10 teams compete for the coveted title. 6 skippers out of the 10 teams were past graduates of the Youth Development Squad, some ranging back to our inaugural programs. 3 teams competing were from the current Youth Development Squad ,and the final team was skippered by the current Platu 25 Silver Medallist & long time supporter of our sailors, Chris Way.

For the finals it was a case of the Master v Apprentice. Tom Spithill our current coach of the Youth Development program (as well as a past graduate) fighting it out for the win against Clare Costanzo & her Fusion Racing Team who are current sailors in the Youth Development Squad. Tom Spithill and his team emerging the victors after a very good fight.

The teams all assembled back at the Alfred’s for the prize giving, where David’s parents Warwick and Marg attended to assist with the prizes. 

A clearly estatic and emotial Spithill was quick to praise David Lukins in his speech. “This has been some of the most enjoyable sailing I have done. This win, personally means a great deal to both Andy, Amy and myself. Dave was a huge influence in our lives both on and off the water, and to now have our names on a trophy in David’s name is one of the greatest honors”
Tom went on to comment post prize giving that “This regatta has a way of bringing sailing friends together, and I am not just talking competitors, all the volunteers, such as the race committee, markboat and umpires, all roles that David loved doing".

Final Results can be viewed here






RPAYC Crew on Top after Day 1

Day 1 of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship has delivered a perfect scorecard for sister combo, Juliet and Clare Costanzo from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Along with their crew of Jess Angus, Ann Scholten and Emma Rankin, they were able to have a perfect day with a final result of 8-0 (wins-losses).

After a short postponement this morning due to lack of wind, the race committee quickly fired off the races to make up time and finish the day on schedule with the first two of four round robins now complete.

For Juliet Costanzo, this is her first National Championship event as helm. Whilst her older sister Clare, whom won the Australian Women’s title back in 2016 as helm, has traded the tiller for crewing and is proving to be just as valuable in her new position.

With a building northerly breeze, the race committee set up a spectacular race course just off Point Piper with the wind peaking at 16 knots in the final races of the day. All teams handled the conditions well with tight racing throughout the day.

The chasing pack is currently led by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Charlotte Griffin on 5-3. Griffin and her team are looking to build off their recent regattas over the winter period and training program out of their Kirribilli based yacht club.

Closely following in third is New Zealand’s, Celia Willison. This week’s highest ranked skipper, at World #37 heading into the regatta, Celia finished the day on 4-4. Having finished runner up at the CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta earlier this month, Willison will be hoping to climb the leader board of the coming days and described the racing as ‘a lot of fun but stressful at times.’

India Howard, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had a tough day on the water, only managing two wins from her eight starts. With a new team on-board her Elliott 7m this week, she to is hoping that time over the coming days will see better results to come. Tanya Kelly, representing Queensland rounds out the leader-board on 1-7.

Follow the racing live at the live results page HERE.


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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