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


AIRCALIN Match Racing Regatta in Noumea

Hosted by Cercle Nautique Caledonien (the CNC yacht club)

The RPAYC team of Juliet Costanzo (Skipper), Alistair Read (Mainsheet), India Howard (Trim) and Antony Hawke (Bow), accompanied by Angus Gordon as stand-in coach for Tommy Spithill (overseas at a different regatta) arrived in Noumea on Monday the 13th after the usual delayed flight and settled into their billets on yachts at the marina. While all 4 of the team are accomplished sailors they are a young group representing the future potential for RPAYC Youth Development. This is their first overseas match racing regatta and it was also the first time they had all sailed together. The other competitors range from about the same age as the RPAYC crew up to seasoned veterans of 40 years +. It is an open regatta with a youth component but all ages are in together, so there are some very tough competitors.

Tuesday was practice day and the team was fortunate to get both a morning and an afternoon session, which allowed them to practice in both of the potential course areas. There were some “interesting” tacks and gybes, not to mention quite a bit of discussion but their skills developed at warp speed during the day. Kite launching and recovery technique was “exciting” with coach Angus wondering just exactly what was going to happen next. The Elliot 6s are more tender than the Club’s 7s and the kite work is very different making it hard for crews not used to the 6s, particularly in stronger winds.


Wednesday was the first day of the regatta with the 12 teams sailing in 2 sessions using the 6 Elliot 6s owned by CNC. The breeze was 8 kts early on, building to 12 kts by the end of the day with a progressively building choppy seaway (racing was on the open ocean course). The team ended the day with a credible 3 wins and 4 losses however the result could have been very different.

In the first race they dominated the pre-start and looked like getting a brilliant start, but unfortunately they crossed the start a mere 2 seconds ahead of the gun only to have to return and re-start while their competition smoked off into the distance. They recovered to sail an excellent race finishing a boat length behind their competition having progressively hauled them back.

In the second race their start was much better and they were clearly in the lead when their traveller control rope broke and they were not able to maintain height upwind. Excellent downwind control meant they caught up and finished overlapped but unfortunately behind.

The third race was well put together and they had their first win.

The fourth race was again close but, having lead to the first mark the spinnaker launching and gybing downwind, on the first downwind leg, let them down, and they finished on the heals of their competitor.

The fifth race was the real disaster. Having established a lead, well ahead of their competitor they wrapped the kite so badly that it took all of the downwind leg, to sort out. Not only the kite was wrapped but also the kite sheets had tied up the bundle! This was their biggest loss and disappointment having had the race “in the bag”.

But, being the excellent competitors they are they were not phased so put together two very controlled wins in races 6 and 7.

Hence, while they finished with 3 wins out of 7 races, it was very close to being a very different story. The team really showed their potential and their maturity by recovering from some potentially very demoralizing situations. They ended the day in great spirits fully realizing just how close they had come to a very different outcome, and how much they had learned.

What a difference a year makes! Australia in for 2020 Olympic Games

What a difference a year makes! 
12 months ago youth RPAYC Members Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot fell in love with FX sailing and racing at the highest level against the worlds best sailors became their dream. 
The Olympic Games, being the pinnacle test for athletes became their goal.

"12 months ago we forfeited our opportunity to defend our youth world championship to focus on the important task of securing a spot for Australia in the 2020 Olympic Games. 12 months ago a very optimistic and detailed plan was developed to achieve our task. We are delighted and proud to wake up today realising our 12 month journey has reached its destination.
Australia now has the chance to compete in Tokyo!", said the duo. 

"Like all amazing journeys the path to the destination is riddled with unexpected twists and turns and the 2018 Hempel World Sailing Championships didn’t disappoint.
Not only did we achieve our goal, we got the chance to taste the feelings of being towards the top of the leader board during an event that saw many teams rise and fall like a yo-yo. 
We got to experience an environment that was high stakes for everyone and whilst our last day on paper looked our worst it will remain the most pivotal point for our future achievements and strength of character.
It’s a mixed feeling to accomplish something so special on the back of a tough day".

"Tears of missed opportunity to compete in the medal race were then replaced with tears of relief that we got what we wished for, and then came the tears of happiness... There were lots of tears to say the least! 
Today with dry eyes our focus turns to next years goal list. Today we begin our plan to qualify ourselves to be the team to represent Australia in the Tokyo Olympic Games!"
The journey begins by watching the medal race tomorrow, the following day the girls will fly home so Tash can finish her high school exams... finally! 
They will then crank up the intensity, time and energy to a new level!

Club Marine unveils Member Rewards Program

Press release

For immediate use

August 3, 2018

Club Marine has announced the launch of its exciting new Member Rewards Program, which is aimed at delivering exclusive benefits to its members via special discounts and other offers provided by a list of prominent marine businesses.

Speaking at the official launch of the Club Marine Member Rewards Program at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show, Club Marine CEO, Simon McLean said Australia’s largest recreational boat insurer had selected a range of premium program partners to deliver the best possible outcome for members.

“Club Marine Member Rewards has been a long time in development, with our hard-working Brand and Marketing team putting a lot of effort into the program to ensure members have a broad range of products and services – and associated discounts and special offers -- to choose from to enhance their boating lifestyles,” he said.

“Our Member Rewards Program partners have been selected to appeal to all our members, whether they’re into sailing, fishing, cruising, jetskiing or wakeboarding. This is a first for a marine insurer in Australia in terms of the size and scope of the program as we strive to deliver five-star value and benefits for our members.”


Initial program partners include Compleat Angler, Henri Lloyd, Hamilton Island, Musto, Big4, Australian Marine Wholesale, Barz Optics, Zhik, Jetpilot and Boat Shoes Online.

Club Marine is committed to growing its partner program with more exclusive discounts and other offers being added over time.

Members will automatically be enrolled in the Rewards Program upon purchasing Club Marine insurance and will receive the full value of the program immediately, with no points to collect or tiers to climb.

Benefits will take the form of special and exclusive discounts or value-adds.

“Our Member Rewards Program is part of our broader aim to extend the benefits our members enjoy when they sign up with Club Marine,” added McLean. “The launch of Member Rewards follows other recent initiatives, including the launch of our Social Media program, the Club Marine App, Club Marine Assist, our monthly eDM Club Marine eNews and our growing range of informative and educational videos on Club Marine TV.

“And we’ve also strived to improve the member experience when accessing our insurance services, with a particular emphasis on streamlining our Claims processes.”

Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championships

Nine teams, representing five Yacht Clubs and two States were competing for the title of NSW Youth Match Racing Champion over the two-day event held at the CYCA on the weekend.
This was the first event for the Australasian Youth Match Racing Circuit for 2018/19 and an opportunity for our RPAYC Youth Development Sailors to send two teams. With a fresh influx of first time participants in The Club’s world renowned Youth Development Program, this regatta provided a perfect opportunity to introduce some of these sailors to their first match racing regatta.
Niall Powers hopped on the helm for his first go as skipper, after having a tough first day with no wins on the board, Powers and his team came out the next day and showed great improvement winning 3 out of their 4 races.
James Farquharson skippering the second RPAYC team had a tough and bloody day on the water. During the RPAYC V RPAYC match, Farquharson had amassed a handy lead against sparring partner Powers. Farquharson was gybing into the bottom mark when crewmember Zoe Whitlock got her pinky finger caught between the spinnaker pole and the mast. At first Zoe thought it was a slight pinch, however on closer inspection it was quite a serious cut with blood spilling over the foredeck. Farquharson immediately showed good seamanship , calling over the umpire and safely transporting Zoe off the boat to receive medical treatment.
Whilst Farquharson is more accustomed to finishing further up the scoreboard, he showed great patience and team spirit, helping his team of newcomers learn the ins and outs of Match Racing.

“This was a great opportunity to introduce some new faces into the mix, and “Bleed” them into the sport of match racing (No pun intended!), I was really impressed with some of our senior squad members who showed great maturity helping their new squad members getting up to speed”
“Going forward now we have the luxury of developing some intense in house training as we prepare for the upcoming regattas” commented a insouciant Tom Spithill (Head Coach).
Thank you to the CYCA for once again hosting the NSW Youth Match Racing Championships. Congratulations to the winners Tom Grimes & Team.
The next event for the RPAYC Youth Development Program will be the David Lukins Memorial Regatta 15-16 September hosted here at The Club.

Full results here




RPAYC - Sail for a Bale

We are helping raise much needed funds for Aussie Farmers! 

All money raised is going to the Buy a Bale Campaign to help struggling Aussie Farmers with the current severe drought.
A bale of hay costs $20 so get your crew together and dig deep for the people who really need it!
FACT: 98% of NSW is affected by Drought!
If you want to donate and can't make it down to the club then you can do so here.


$20 buys a small bale of hay and helps transport it to the affected areas
$60 buys 3 x $20 gift cards to help put food on the table
$100 buys a large bale of hay
$500 buys 5 large bales of hay
$1000 buys 10 large bales of hay
$5700 buys a single-trailer load of hay
$9500 buys a semi-trailer load of hay and transport it to an affected area. (up to 900 km) 



RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events

The RPAYC 2018-19 Season DRAFT Program of Events is now available online here

Speakers Corner - Friday 17th August

Come and join us on Friday 17th August, 2018 to listen to Brian Gray talk about HMS Galatea and the technical evolution of RN Frigates.
The talk traces the evolution from 20 gun frigates of the 18th century through to modern missile frigates of the 20th and 21st centuries. HMAS Galatea 1859 was commanded by Prince Alfred when it visited Sydney in 1868 and incorporated many important technical developments which influenced future warship designs.
Bookings through reception or online by Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | Pittwater Room 1200
$28 member/$33 non member including lunch | P: 9998 3700

NVR Yacht Club - 150 Year Anniversary - Burgee Exchange

While racing at Travemünde week I took a trip to Hamburg to join the 150 Year Anniversary of the NVR Yacht Club.  They are one of our many Reciprocal Clubs Worldwide. 

I had the pleasure of joining the party for the Cross Atlantic Race they held as part of the celebrations and visiting the Club House on the small but beautiful lake in the centre of Hamburg that they frequently sail on.

I wished them congratulations on behalf of the RPAYC and our members for their 150 year given that we had just had our sesquicentennial celebration last year.  

Andreas Christiansen. Chairman of NRV and I exchanged burgees as part of the celebrations.

Big thanks to Kaspar Stubenrauch the President of the German 5.5m Association who invited me to the celebrations.  

Written by Martin Cross 


Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast

A fantastic week of yachting was had with RPAYC represented by 2 x 5.5m competing at Travemünde Race Week on the German Baltic Coast.

Martin Cross sailing with Joachim & Johny Fluhrer placed 10th and John Bacon sailing with David Sampson placed 11th. 

An excerpt from the race report: 'Skipper John Bacon, from Sydney, Australia, is not disheartened but thoroughly enjoying racing in Travemünde. “Absolutely delight to be sailing Travemünde for the first time. We are hoping to get the 5.5 worlds at our home club in 2020 and ahead of that we are trying to get some practice in with all the stars in the class over here. The weather is beautiful, the winds are great and we are just having a fantastic time meeting everybody and learning more and more about the boat. And looking forward to getting it home and sailing it this summer.”

He explained the choice of boat, “We looked at buying a boat for Europe and eventually taking back to the worlds in Australia. The boat we have was originally called ‘The Sting’ and was built in 1993. It was one of the last Evolution boats that was built and measured and it’s a pretty good boat. It’s got a lot of the aspects of a modern 5.5 and so it’s pretty competitive and we are pleasantly surprised we are doing OK.”

“The boat is pretty interesting. It was the first boat that Christoph Wilke ever built and maybe we’ll do a couple of fancy things to it to see if we can squeeze more performance. But in the meantime we are just trying to learn how to make it go.”

The boats are being packed up and are now on route to Blighty for Cowes Week and then the Gold Cup and Worlds at the Royal Yacht Squadron. 

Good Luck for the upcoming events

View Regatta Videos Here 


Full results here




Yachting NSW Awards - RPAYC Winner

RPAYC are pleased to report that we had 3 members as finalists in the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards.  Fletcher Walters was nominated for Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year whilst Nina Curtis & Stacey Jackson were both nominated for Female Sailor of the Year. 

The awards took place last Friday night and the results were:

The winners include;
Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh
Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear
Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin  / Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis
Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor
Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry
Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine
Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan
Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club

Full press release from YANSW is below. 


Hunters Hill Sailing Club has been awarded NSW Club of the Year ahead of many others for their dedication and spirit in supporting sailing and their members.

The smaller, volunteer run club sits just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is surrounded by many larger neighbouring clubs. The club's President Maria Quinlan places their success on their dedicated team of volunteers.

"HHSC are delighted to have won NSW Sailing Club of the Year. Great recognition for this small volunteer club with a big heart and big ideas.

"Thank you to Australian Sailing for this award and to all of the volunteers at HHSC who are key to its success." Quinlan continued.

Another spectacular moment from the evening was the award for the Female Sailor of the Year of which could not be split between 2012 Olympic silver medallist and crew member onboard Brunel Racing in the 207-2018 Volvo Ocean race, Nina Curtis and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Darmanin.

Both have excelled in regattas over the last 12 months and it was only fitting to present the award to both sailors. Lisa Darmanin, who is currently preparing to compete in Aarhus, Denmark for the World Championship couldn't be more proud to have received the award and to call NSW home.  

"It's so great to receive this award alongside Nina Curtis. It's always so lovely to be recognised by the Australian Sailing community for our efforts even when we are so far from home. I love sailing in Sydney harbour it's definitely the best place in the world, so very proud to be from NSW!" Darmanin said.

In addition to the winners mentioned above, nine sailors from across NSW were selected from a long list of nominations to receive awards in their respected category. The winners include; Coach of the Year - Mike Leigh Disabled Sailor of the Year - Lachlan Clear Female sailor of the Year - Lisa Darmanin Female Sailor of the Year - Nina Curtis Instructor of the Year - Locky Pryor Junior/Youth Sailor of the Year - Otto Henry Male Sailor of the Year - Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea Official of the Year - Lyn and Ian Pine Volunteer of the Year - John Maclurcan Club of the Year - Hunters Hill Sailing Club

Thank you to Manly 16" Skiff Club for hosting a great evening and to all the attendees who made it such a great night.

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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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