Welcome to the home of RPAYC Centreboard (OTB) Division
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offers centreboard sailors year round racing and training. All ages welcome! During Summer racing is every weekend, whilst the Selden for Sailing Ice Breaker Series runs every 3rd Sunday in the winter months.
Centreboard Racing Commences at 1330hrs during Spring & Summer each Sunday, check the Centreboard Handbook for further details and additional events.
In the winter months May thru to August racing takes advantage of the early winds with a 0930hrs start time.
To compete in the Centreboard Program competitors must enter their boat via the online system, pay the prescribed Entry Fee and complete the Sign-On / Sign-Off register each week of racing located in the RPAYC Jack Gale Training Centre adjacent the Centreboard Lawn.
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
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.
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 level)
Centreboard Opti (middle/top level)
|Centreboard Racks (bottom/middle level)
||$ 40.75||per month|
|Centreboard Racks (top level)
||$ 34.95||per month|
|Rigged Vessels (allocated areas only, lawn not permitted)||$ 64.00||per month|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Volunteers are essential to the success of centreboard sailing. As such, all competitors that turn 13 on or after the 1st of September 2019 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.
A single-handed boat with a smaller rig for younger or lightweight sailors. 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.
A double-handed skiff that is great fun for kids to develop into the 29er.
Australian designed fun skiff that is the feeder class for the Olympic 49er.
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.
REAR COMMODORE & CHAIRMAN: David Taylor
BOARD LIAISON: James Mayjor
MINUTES SECRETARY: Maxine Troop
VOLUNTEERS CO-ORDINATOR: Chris Attwood
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE LIAISON: Virpi Tuite
ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE LIAISON: Ruby Scholten
CENTREBOARD COMMITTEE MEMBER: Malcolm Derry
OPTIMIST CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: David Williams
LASER CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Steve Bryant
FLYING ANT CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Andy Springer
29ER CLASS REPRESENTATIVE: Stewart Verity