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


First Picasso Wins at Bay of Islands Race Week

Rob and Virginia McClelland’s Jeanneau 57 First Picasso took out First Place in the Bay of Islands Race Week Island Racing Division B. It is their second win at this event. The regatta commenced on the 23rd January and was three races over three days with all races counting in the point score.

The regatta started well for First Picasso with a win in race one against a competitive fleet of 20 boats. Race two resulted in third place with First Picasso now second overall by one point to Legacy, a Young 11, who won the race. This win followed a second in race one giving her three points to First Picasso’s four.

In order to win the event First Picasso needed to beat Legacy with a boat between them in Race three, the last race. The course was set at 29 nm around a number of the islands in the bay. It would prove to be a challenging race with a southerly breeze at the start which was soon to be influenced by a building sea breeze, creating many no wind zones in between the two competing breezes. After an average start First Picasso found a number of holes in the first part of the race and her chances were not looking good. However, after finding the sea breeze and making some good tactical decisions she was back in the game and by the finish she was far enough ahead of Legacy to get fourth place with Legacy in sixth giving First Picasso the win. However, it was close with only a 41 second margin to fifth place.

The crew was a mixture of Aussie’s and Kiwis; joining Rob and Virginia were Richard & Leigh Hudson, Trevor Hannah & Annie Taylor, the Kiwis included Ray Hasler, Roy Dickson, Debbie Whiting, Barbara Thompson and Hew Campbell.

It was a great regatta with perfect weather, good courses and an excellent team.





2019 Hardy Cup - RPAYC competing

Alistair Reid is making his debut as helm on the Youth International Match Race scene sailing at the prestigious Hardy Cup at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron this week. In recent years the RPAYC has posted some pleasing results, with Clare Costanzo’s historic win last year as an all-female team where they made history by breaking an 18-year run of male skippers adding their name to the Under 25 Trophy.

Over the past 3 years The Alfreds have featured in the finals which resulted in 2 victories. The pressure however this week is not on Alistair to win or final, but to go out there and make mistakes and learn. On-board Alistair will have great guidance with senior squad members James Farquharson (fresh from his Warren Jones win) and Jess Angus (Fusion Racing) helping bleed in the next generation of sailors with current squad members Antony Hawke & Jasmine Bridge. 
Alistair managed to have a great first day on the water resulting in 2 wins against what is a star studded field of competitors, including the current National Champion. His 2 wins were against the RNZYS & RSYS.
Racing can be followed live by www.matchracingresults.com or if you are down near Kirribilli they are racing right out the front!

Final 2018 Highlights Video


Club Marine Sail Expo

The Club has devoted the weekend of 27th & 28th April for the annual Club Marine Sail Expo.

The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo has matured into an occasion to showcase the Club and an enormous range of marine products and services.  It’s become familiar amongst both the sailing public and the broader community. As in recent years, the 2018 Expo directly generated a significant number of new memberships to RPAYC.  It also alerted a wide group of potential candidates to the sailing and boating opportunities available to members of the RPAYC. 
The Club is calling out for members to volunteer at the 2019 event. Volunteers are vital to the success of the event and provide event assistance, promote membership and reinforce the RPAYC “personality” to visitors.  Volunteers are assigned key areas including; Sign In/Greeting, Membership Stand and Car Park Assistance and a comprehensive brief of duties is provided. 
If you would like to volunteer some of your time on either Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th (or both days) please email sailexpo@rpayc.com.au to advise confirm your availability.

Event Website


Dicko Cup 2019 Results

The series start on Saturday, saw a 5-10 knot SE breeze, sufficient for all to get around the course, but the race record held by "If" and Martin Cross (1:20:53 from 2014) was never in danger of being broken.
After the race we had a sausage sizzle and prize giving on Hallets Beach with competitors and other members joining in the festivities. 
Race 1 results:
1st - The 5th Element (Tony Dickson)
2nd - Conspiracy (Martin Cross)
3rd - L'Espirit (Peter Byford)
Commodores Cup race:
1st - Pacesetter (Andy McPhail)
2nd - 2107 Racing (David Taylor)
3rd - Starlight (Julien Noakes)
1st - Heavans Gate (Greg Dunstan)
Best dressed - Kindred Spirit (Angus Gordon and crew)
Feldman Award - Galadriel (David Williams)
Beetlebomb - Gypsy Princess (Murray Glase)
The Dicko Cup has always at it's core has always been about member camaraderie and families enjoying each others company.
This was evident on Sunday when Leon Wilson held the "Rat Race" on Hallets Beach, definitely an eye opener.
If you want to know more, you'll have to join in next year.
Monday's race after the southerly change overnight looked suited to the heavier boats but the estuary was a mine field of light breezes, before finally 
becoming steadier after rounding Lion Island. With the finish just off Scotland Island, it was a long upwind leg and for some their Pittwater knowledge paid handsomely.
The presentation was held shortly after the race in Halyards.
Race 2 results:
1st - Galadriel (David Williams)
2nd - Still Dangerous (Ivor Burgess)
3rd - Scoot (Scott Robinson)
Catamarans -
1st - Mix'd Nutz (Jim Cormack)
Novelty -
Better late than never award - Bellissima (Greg Thomson)
Overall results for the 46th Dicko Cup:
1st - The 5th Element (Tony Dickson)
2nd - Jindarra (Matt Kirlew)
3rd - Enza (Sal Ridulfo)
Catamarans - Mix'd Nutz (Jim Cormack)

Passion Pop award - Verve (John Groves) 
[Once again you have to participate to learn what this awards about]
A big thank you to Leon Wilson and the cruising division for putting the Dicko Cup on their program, and helping keep this
important club tradition alive.
See you on the water,
Allen Stormon

Australia Day Long Weekend Hours

Clubhouse/Tender Operations

Sat 26: 
Bistro: 0800 – 1500
Bar: Trade dependent
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender:  0800 - 1800

Sun 27: 
Bistro: 0800 – 1500
Bar: Trade dependent
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender:  0800 – 1800

Mon 28: 
Bistro: 0900 – 1500
Bar: Trade dependent
Reception: 0800 - 1800
Tender:  0800 – 1800


International 5.5 Metre - Festival of Fives

Hi All,

We are looking forward to another great Festival of Fives this year in the last week of February.  Last year we had some epic racing during the Festival and the icing on the cake was when 5.5 Metres won both the spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions of the RMYC Classic Yacht Regatta (still not sure were the chart plotter prizes are going to be installed!).  http://www.5.5class.org/single-post/2018/03/25/Australian-Festival-of-Fives-2018

Please see below the events in the Festival of Fives for 2019.  Please get the dates in your diaries and get your entries in now.  Could you also please circulate this email to any other International 5.5 Metre owners not on this circulation list.   The more the merrier and we really do want to make a 'splash' and showcase these iconic boats in the run into the 2020 Worlds.  

International 5.5m Festival of Fives 2019

Saturday 23rd February.  RPAYC Friends of David Booth Regatta (Free entry to non-club members competing in the Nationals).


Sunday 24th February to Tuesday 26th February.  RPAYC Australian National Championships.  The winner of this championship will also be the nominated Australian Representative for the Scandinavian Gold Cup at the 2019 Worlds in Finland.


Wednesday 27th February.  Invitation to compete in the Woody Point Yacht Club Twilight Pursuit Race non-spinnaker (60 boats of all shapes and sizes).  Pittwater Alfred's Gold Cup for the winning 5.5m.  Followed by informal meal and prize giving at Lucky and Peps Newport.  Start time around 1800 exact time to be confirmed early in the week.  Please let me know if you are going to compete as I need to confirm the number of 5.5 Metres with the start boat. https://www.wpyc.com.au/sailing/

Thursday 28th February.  RPAYC Thursday Twilight Race.  Division 3.   5.5 Metre non-spinnaker Ladies Helm Race for the Champion 5.5 Metre “Associate” Trophy (we will resurrect this old classic 5.5m trophy from the 1980s).  Trophy will go to the first Ladies Helm on scratch (Free entry to non-club members competing in the Nationals).  Please invite a lady to helm your boat and join the race.  Other non-ladies helm 5.5 Metres can compete for the love of it! 

Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd March.   RMYC Classic Yacht Regatta.  Spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions.  https://www.royalmotor.com.au/images/pdfs/divisions/sailing/2019_Sailing/2019_Classic_Yacht_Regatta_-_NOR.pdf

Looking to seeing as many of you as possible out for the week.



PS: You might enjoy this old article on the Revive of the Five in Pittwater from 2017.  We are looking to add more chapters to this revival story. 




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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