Welcome to the home of RPAYC Centreboard (OTB) Division
Come join the fun with the RPAYC’s centreboard division. Meet new families, make new friends and enjoy the excitement of the weekly racing competition.
RPAYC offers the best facility for dinghy racing on Pittwater with a welcoming friendly atmosphere. RPAYC centreboard provide a range of classes and skill based divisions to suit everyone from first time sailors, to kids, youth, adults and those future Olympians.
There is a range of boats to sail from entry level Optimists to foiling high speed performance Waszp. Whether you are looking for social sailing or white knuckle thrill rides there is a boat here at RPAYC for you.
RPAYC centreboard offers super convenient boat storage at the Club, chat to one of our friendly staff about options on storging your boat at the Club.
From September to April there is weekly Sunday racing commencing at 13:30. Winter months the Club hosts once a month its famous “Ice Breaker Series” which utilisies the morning breeze. View the racing calendar and supplementry documents in the links below.
To start racing at RPAYC centreboard you will need to:
- Join the club as a Full non-boat owner, General or Youth (7-21yrs) member. Family membership options are also available.
- Register your boat on the online entry system below.
- Come racing on Sunday, race briefing is at 12:30 on the centreboard lawn at the North East of the Club, racing starts at 13:30.
- You will need the mandatory third party insurance and comprehensive.
Club Marine, a Gold Sponsor of RPAYC can provide cover for accidental loss or damage, malicious damage and theft, including cover for masts, spars rigging and sails.
With the knowledge and understanding that every off beach dinghy is unique, so, depending on your boat, they let you choose between agreed and market value.
Get a Quote today
Talk to the folks at the club for any further information or advice at 02 9998 3700
- Selden for Sailing - Centreboard Winter Series 2020 (July 12, 2020 09:00)
- Selden for Sailing - Centreboard Winter Series 2020 (July 26, 2020 09:00)
- Friday @ the Alfred's - First Friday Dinner (August 07, 2020 18:30)
- Breakout Series - Welcome to RPAYC Party (August 08, 2020 16:00)
- Selden for Sailing - Centreboard Winter Series 2020 (August 09, 2020 09:00)
- Selden for Sailing - Centreboard Winter Series 2020 (August 23, 2020 09:00)
- Race Documents
- Notices & Amendments
- Racking/Storage Documents & Conditions
- Incident Mgt
- Lease a Boat to Train or Race in
- Team App
- Centreboard eNewsletter
- Centreboard Summer Series Handbook 2019-2020 (inc Amedment 1)
Notice of protest hearings and protest outcomes will be posted on the main club noticeboard, located in the foyer. Protest outcomes will also be posted to the website.
- Coronavirus Notice on Schedule of races - see Amendment #2
The RPAYC provides storage for members sailing dinghys that are activiely involved in Centreboard racing and training.
This storage area can be found on the northern end of the yacht club next to the Jack Gale Centre. Storage is not permisable until a Licence Agreement is in place.
Application for a new Centreboard Storage Position
This application is for those who would like a space to store their dinghy. You will recieve the first available space, if no spaces are available, you will be placed on a waiting list. No boat is to be stored/left on the lawn or carpark, all boats shall have a licence agreement in place prior to occupying a rack position.
To assist the application process, please ensure that you;
- Are a current RPAYC Member (applications for storage can be made once a membership form has been received.
- Have adequate insurance for the vessel, and are able to supply this to RPAYC. Visit Club Marine today to get a quote.
- Plan to regularly participate in club sailing.
A racking application will go through several stages before it is approved and you are able to store your boat at the club. Please allow 1 - 2 weeks for this process.
- Complete the Online Centreboard Storage Application Form
- Provide the Sailing Office with a signed Centreboard Racking ByLaws Agreement
- Staff will review your application and allocate you a spot. You will the receive a Facility Holder Licence Agreement Form. This forms the basis of your racking contract.
- Complete and return to the Waterfront Office your licence agreement.
- You will now be able to store your boat at the club and the racking charge will be included in your monthly statement.
Priority Centreboard Storage for existing users
Priority storage is allocated to the most active sailors, and those who may not be able to access the higher racks. Applications will be presented to the centreboard committee on a monthly basis, every effort will be made to accomodate sailors on the lower racking space, but where the spaces are already full, this may not be possible. You must already have a storage space in order to be considered for a priority space, this means you must have completed the aboave application before completing the below form.
Centreboard Storage Fees (subject to change)
Centreboard Opti (bottom/middle level)
Centreboard Opti (top level)
|Centreboard Racks (bottom/middle level)
||$ 42.30||per month|
|Centreboard Racks (top level)
||$ 36.25||per month|
|Rigged Vessels (allocated areas only, lawn not permitted)||$ 66.40||per month|
*** Fees reviewed annuall in Janaury.
As per the Licensing Agreement (part 19) and the Racking By Laws, "...one month’s notice of termination of agreement" is required. Notification is by email to email@example.com outlining your boats name, sail number and rack number.
As per part 1 of the Racking Bylaws: "Racks are the property of the Club and are not transferable when boats are sold".
The Club has a Centreboard specific Incident Management Plan. The key objective of this Incident Management Plan (IMP) is to ensure that if an incident related risk is realised there is a systematic approach to dealing with the incident to minimise adverse impact on all involved in the incident and the RPAYC.
Through the generousity of Carl Halvosen and dontations from Members the Club was able to obtain a number of Optimists, a Laser and a 29er for Members to Lease when enrolled in a Club Training Program 'Green & Intermediate Fleet' Training and Racing.
This is a great way to 'try before you buy' and contining sailing post Tackers.
Halvorsen Lease Scheme
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has a fantastic training initiative in place for those who are yet to own their own vessel or would like to trial a boat before committing to the purchase of one, the Halvorsen Lease Scheme.
There are a number of benefits to this scheme, including:
- Access to trial a vessel before committing to the purchase of one.
- Easy access to club facilities by having the boat already on premises at the club
- Member racking included foc at the Centreboard lawn. A great way to mingle with the Centreboard community and fellow club members.
The Halvorsen Lease Scheme is exclusive to members of RPAYC who are registered in a training course through the Sailing department.
The scheme offers a simple pathway from Tackers 3 Learn to Sail in to our Green & Intermediate Fleet program at RPAYC. The lease of a fibreglass Optimist will allow your child to easily transition into our squads (Green Fleet and Intermediate Green Fleet) and also see them participating in Club Racing with the Centreboard community and families on a Sunday.
Vessels Available for Lease
The Halvorsen Lease Scheme has a variety of vessels available for lease to cater to differing levels of training, abilities and interests
- 8 x Fibreglass Racing Optimist
- 2 x Laser
- 1 x 29er
Procedure to Lease
We have a simple Lease Procedure in place to lease a vessel via the Halvorsen Lease Scheme. By following these simple steps you are well on your way to sailing around beautiful Pittwater in an RPA vessel.
- Complete an application form Fill in a Halvorsen Lease Scheme application form outlining the dates you would like to lease the vessel email this to the Sailing Office firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure this is the correct form e.g To lease a Optimist please fill in the Optimist lease form.
- Delegation of equipment You will receive an email from the Sailing Office detailing the vessel you have been allocated, along with your lease start and finish dates. You are able to access the vessel from the first date outlined in the lease, one of our lovely Sailing Instructors will assist you in collecting your equipment and going through the items condition with you. It is highly encouraged that you take the equipment home with you following each session as we cannot guarantee the safety of the parts whilst out on lease. It is your responsibility to ensure the safety of the equipment whilst in your care.
- Completion of the Lease At the completion of the lease please notify your Sailing Instructor on the last day of training that you are retuning the equipment. The Sailing Instructor will go through each item with you and fill in a condition report. Lost of damaged equipment are payable by the user.
To learn more contact Millie Stevens from the Office. T&C's apply.
Volunteers are essential to the success of centreboard sailing. As such, all competitors that turn 13 on or after the 1st of September 2020 must agree to complete 2 duties in the summer sailing season. For those competitors under 13 years of age on the 1st of September require a parent or guardian to complete two duties per summer season.
Almost every weekend during the sailing season the centreboard division requires volunteers to manage the club race activities. Without volunteers racing does not occur.
We have a number of tasks to suit all skills and time commitments, from being the Race Officer (RO) to managing activities on land such as registration and launch boats on the ramp....There is something for everyone.
Some tasks do have specific requirements, ie you need to hold a valid NSW Boat Licence AND be an RPAYC member to be able to drive a club vessel.
Training opportunities are available throughout the year to help volunteers improve their skills, Australian Sailing and the RPAYC offer a number of courses that volunteering members of the RPAYC can claim reimbursement for. Such courses include:
- First Aid (inc AED/Oxygen).
- Race Officer training.
- Australian Sailing Powerboat courses - Safety Boat Course
- VHF Radio Licenses (online course).
- Vessel familiarisation & MoB training and certification in use of said vessels.
- Working With Children Check WWWC
See the Clubs E-News or contact the Sailing Office for further details.
How do I volunteer?
Chris Attwood has kindly offered to be the volunteer coordinator this season. Volunteers are critical to the smooth running of all Centreboard events at The RPAYC. The volunteer management system will help to facilitate the smooth management of volunteers. It is a fantastic and efficient way to ensure the Centreboard Sailors have sufficiently resourced race and safety teams. The committee asks those who are available and interested in volunteering for the volunteering for Centreboard Race and Safety management to sign up to the Dutyman system following this LINK. Once signed up you will receive an email with your login details, this will give you access to the roster and provide you with an opportunity to swap and request different duties on any given Centreboard event. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and for volunteering for The RPAYC.
If you would like to know more about the various roles you can assist with on-water and off-water aspects for Sunday racing please contact the Sailing Office on 02 9998 3700 or the Race Officer of the day. Volunteers shorebased and on water are always welcomed.
Classes Sailed & Race Committee Representatives
The RPAYC has a strong focus on international one-design classes in its dinghy fleet. By following the Australian Sailing Youth Pathway, young sailors are afforded the best opportunity to progress their skills and challenge themselves. Likewise, the endorsed adult classes provide an excellent platform for close one design racing and a vibrant state, national, and international racing circuit.
A single-handed boat that is safe and great fun for kids to learn to sail and race. The optimist provides a steady reliable platform for novice sailors, whilst also providing a technical challenge to those who want to race competitively. This is one of the largestclasses in the world, and the largest youth class in Austrlaia.
The class is limited to those under 16, and is ideal for sailors weighing 30 - 55kgs. Boats are quite cheap and parts are easily sourced.
To find out more about the International Optimist Click Here for the Australian International Optimist Association Website.
Laser 4.7 Class
A single-handed boat with a smaller rig for younger or lightweight sailors. To find out more Click here for link to NSW & ACT District Laser Association
A single-handed boat with a smaller rig than the Olympic Laser class. This suits the lighter weight sailors.
A single-handed boat with the full Olympic rigg. This suits adults sailors.
The Puffin Pacer a mixed crew dinghy suitable for young sailors and teenages.
Flying Ant Class
A double-handed skiff that is great fun for kids to develop into the 29er Class.
A single-handed foiling skiff that is great fun for youth and adults.
Australian designed fun double-handed skiff that is the feeder class for the Olympic 49er Class.
Hobie Wave encourage kids into sailing utilising the unique properties of the Hobie Wave, a craft suitable for training of young sailors and with a one design capability that provides thrilling for experienced sailors of all ages and abilities.
High Performance Catamarans
If you enjoy high speed, the cut and thrust of racing, the social aspect of double handed sailing and love long gliding spinnaker runs, RPAYC performance catamaran racing is for you. Our high performance Formula class of F16/18 spinnaker catamarans are suited to all ages and weights of teams 50-190kg. Lighter teams and single handed sailors race the F16 and heavier stronger crews the F18. A unique advantage of these boats is even though they are different sizes, they are the same speed around a course where 20 knot boat speeds are not uncommon. The classes boast a vibrant regatta circuit, new models can convert to foiling and F18 worlds will be held in Australia 2021.
REAR COMMODORE & CHAIRMAN: David Taylor
BOARD LIAISON: Lauren Crossman
MINUTES SECRETARY: Maxine Troop
VOLUNTEERS CO-ORDINATOR: Chris Attwood
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE LIAISON: Virpi Tuite
OPTIMIST CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: David Sampson
LASER CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Steve Bryant
FLYING ANT CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Andy Springer
WASZP CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Garry Essex
29ER CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Stewart Verity
MULTIHULL CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Beau White