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


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

Mick Hole Winter One Design & Sports Boat Regatta

The Annual “Mick Hole” Winter One Design Regatta was contested over the weekend.
This regatta is in memory of Mick Hole, a fierce one design competitor and friend of many at RPAYC.
Competitors went out on the water on Saturday, hoping to get some racing in before the predicted strong westerlies came in.
A first race was attempted, however RO Steve Merrington made the correct call to postpone the first race as the breeze approached 35 knots.
Competitors seeked shelter in the lee of Scotland Island.

At around midday Chris Way was sent out in the Elliott 7 to test the conditions. Some amazing videos were captured as Chris and his crew took off like a skiff under spinnaker hitting high speeds, which at this time has been viewed over 16,000 times and shared over 95 times around the world online. View video here

Club stalwart Murray Gordon, who was crewing for Chris commented that it may be “a bit windy”.
As such the call was made to seek shelter back at the club, and come back a bit earlier for the next day to fit in the racing.

Day 2 got underway in a westerly breeze, ranging from 8 to 25kts.
The combined Etchells and Int 5.5M fleet saw the now notorious “Crawford Boys” weave their magic, somehow reading the top part of the course well, which was playing havoc with other skippers. One skipper who wishes to remain anonymous described the top part of the course as “harder to pick than a broken nose”.
The Crawford’s took the series with a clear 6-point win.

The largest fleet of the regatta was the sports boat class. The club’s fleet of 8 Elliott 7s were all out on the water with a mix of youth and wisdom. Also joining the Elliott’s on the start line was a Melges 24 and a Skud.
Tom Brewer and his team won the Elliott 7 class and as a result this year was awarded the prestigious Mick Hole Perpetual Trophy, with Micks widow Kerrie on hand to present Tom with the trophy. An elated Tom Brewer commented “That was some seriously good fun, my throw together team did a great job and we will definitely be back for next year”.

Out of the 5 races conducted on Sunday, there were three different heat winners in the E7’s, which showed the level of competition.
Two Youth Development and Intermediate Youth Development teams took the last 2 spots on the podium.
Fletcher Walters and his Intermediate Youth Development crew surprised many with their amazing speed and boat handling, particularly as they were short-handed and underweight. Fletcher was able to pip pre-regatta favourite Chris Way off the podium, getting Chris on countback due to their heat win.

The lone Skud surprised many by beating an Elliott across the line in a few races.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club bought up two new fresh youth crews to experience their first keelboat regatta. The team gained valuable experience and look forward to taking away their lessons learnt.

Back at the RPAYC it was a festive scene, with Matt Viser delivering some moving words about Mick noting “Mick would have been so stoked to see all these young sailors (in addition to the oldies) out there having a crack!)

A big thank you to Kerrie for not only sailing in the regatta (Int 5.5M), but for presenting the beautiful Mick Hole Trophy 🏆

Full Regatta Results Here

View Elliott 7 Video Here or Here 

Pictured l - r: Vice Commodore - Ron Palmer, 2019 Winner Mick Hole Trophy - Tom Brewer, Kerrie Shimeld & Matt Visser

Amendments to the Special Regulations


Amendments 1 and 2 to the Australian Sailing Special Regulations have issued addressing mandatory reporting of incidents and codeine.

The first of the two, Amendment 1 introduces a rule requiring safety incidents to be reported to Australian Sailing in accordance with the Guidelines for Incident Reporting set out by World Sailing at https://www.sailing.org/documents/offshorespecialregs

Whist there has been considerable variation in the way offshore sailing incidents are reviewed and reported, in Australia many clubs already perform these reviews voluntarily. These sailing incident reviews that have been done always highlighted valuable lessons.

As the national and international governing bodies for sailing it is appropriate for Australian Sailing and World Sailing to ensure that reviews of significant incidents and boat or equipment failures are conducted and that lessons learned are available to the sailing community.

The second, Amendment 2 removes low dose Codeine from the medical kit requirements for Category 1 to 3 races. The amendment is necessitated by changes made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Government’s Department of Health. The amendments have been published at https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/specialregs/. The Special Regulations published on the same page have also been updated to include the amendments.


For more information contact Glen Stanaway at glen.stanaway@sailing.org.au or by phoning 0417 446 727.


Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 23rd July

NOTICE IS HEARBY GIVEN that the Annual General meeting of members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will be held at the clubhouse, 16 Mitala Street, Newport, on Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 8.00pm.The Notice of Meeting and Elected Director Nominees have been sent by mail to all Full members.  


Australian Sailing - NSW & ACT Awards

What a great evening at the NSW & ACT Awards, The Alfreds and Members were finalists in nearly every category just showing the strength the Club represents at all levels.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners!! 🏆🥇⛵️ 
The Club winners who will now represent NSW at the Australian Awards later this year are: 

Annie Wilmot & Natasha Bryant
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Daniel Links
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 

Niall Powers 
Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club / The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Richard Slater
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover
The RPAYC (shared with CYCA, MHYC, RSYS)

Tom Spithill
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club








RPAYC Youth Adventures on Vata

Josh Grosser, is a 23 year old, 10 year RPAYC member, who learned to sail through the Newport Primary School program, and raced MJ’s with his good mate Ben Farrugia.

Graduating from the “Hamilton Farmer School of RPAYC tender boat driving” , Josh also attended Pittwater High School in 2014, and on completion worked in the Med on yachts for 12 months.

Josh returned to complete a Mechanical Engineering degree at Sydney University, combined with 2 semesters on exchange at the University of Utah, from where he also managed to score a crewing job sailing back from California through the pacific, on “SY Heitaros”, a 60m high tech ketch.

A surfer,  musician, and general lover of the sea, Josh and 4 of his mates decided 12 months ago, to buy a cruising boat and head off in search of remote surf in the South Pacific.

They acquired the yacht “Vata” from a couple who cruised her out from Canada, and have spent the past 12 months fitting her out for their trip, and learning to sail her.

“Vata” is a 36’ Canadian built sloop - http://sailingmagazine.net/article-568-cs-36-traditional.html

The crew includes Ben Farrugia, Hayden Cook, Lachie Inglis and James Norrish, all Newport locals of a similar age.

At 0800 on July 8th, they cleared Pittwater on the first leg of their voyage. Lord Howe Island will be the first stop, from where they plan to head to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and back down the Australian east cost, to be home for Christmas.

With 3 guitars, 10 surfboards, dive gear and 4 months worth of supplies, Vata is not going to win many races, but they may well win a prize for having the most fun, and hopefully will inspire some of our younger sailors to tackle adventures of their own…..

Vata will be flying the RPAYC and WPYC burgees on her trip, and hopefully will meet up with some fellow members along the way.

Follow the adventures of Vata at https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/SV_Vata


Bumper fleet confirmed for 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast & Race 1 of the RPAYC’s Club Marine Bluewater Series

Bumper fleet confirmed for 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast & Race 1 of the RPAYC’s Club Marine Bluewater Series

The newly formed Club Marine Bluewater Series features an eight race series this season and includes three events featured by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).

By including such events to the program the Alfred’s has been able to increase not only the number of races available but the variety and participants to compete against, creating some great interclub rivalry. For combined Club’s events the results from the individual race will be used to calculate the Club Marine Pointscore.

Competitors can either enter the Series or casual as per race via the online entry system.

The largest fleet in more than 10 years is assembling to tackle the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast, with 78 boats preparing to take on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 384-nautical-mile challenge starting on Saturday 27 July.

Representing the Alfred’s in the race includes;

  • Bushranger
  • Kioni
  • Pekijus
  • Popeye
  • Pretty Woman
  • Pelagic Magic
  • Quest
  • Showtime
  • Sticky
  • Wings
  • Wild Oats X
  • XS Moment


To enter the 2019-2020 Club Marine Bluewater Series visit the RPAYC Website https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/yacht-racing/online-entry-system. View current entrants in the Alfred’s Club Marine Bluewater Series Here.

Entry into Combined Club event’s is via the host Club and their entry conditions.

The Club Marine Bluewater Series consists of the following races: Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R1) Bird Island – Sydney - Rtn Yacht Race (R2) Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R3) Newcastle Rtn Yacht Race (R4) 75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – Organised by the CYCA (R5) Sydney – Bird Island – Rtn Yacht Race (6) Port Hacking - Rtn Race (R7) Port Stephens Race (R8).

“The 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race fleet is fantastic – more than 20 boats up from last year,” CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham says.

“The increased number of competing boats is reflective of an increased interest in the race, one of the most important and iconic events on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s calendar.

“It’s going to be a wonderful event, starting on Sydney Harbour – we hope sailing and sporting fans alike get right behind it!”

The 78-strong 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race fleet reads as a who’s who of Australian sailing. Headlined by the 2017 Tattersall Cup winner as overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Ichi Ban, skippered by Matt Allen, the fleet also includes a number of noteworthy entrants including 2017 PONANT Sydney Noumea winner Smuggler, the Oatley family’s Wild Oats X, Shane Kearns’ Komatsu Azzuro and reigning champion Chutzpah, skippered by Bruce Taylor.

The 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is the first race in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, culminating in the 75th race to Hobart - the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

For more on the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race visit goldcoast.cyca.com.au

Sydney to Auckland News

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07 Jun 2019

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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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