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Nor-easters for Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race start

A combined fleet of 15 Queensland and New South Wales boats is due to line up to the north of Palm Beach Headland at 1pm on January 2, 2019 for the annual 370 nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise run up the picturesque New South Wales and south-east Queensland coasts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse says the last of the sou’easters are likely to influence Wednesday’s start before a dominant north-easterly flow settles in for the remainder of the passage race, which finishes outside the Southport Broadwater on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Winds north to north-east 15-25 knots and fine weather is good news for the older generation boats and crews running conventional rigs, less so for the multihulls and the general comfort level onboard across the fleet, plus the number of tacks it will take teams to zig-zag their way northwards in a heading breeze.

For the 2019 edition, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is upping media coverage including live commentary and drone footage of the start, which can be tricky to see other than from the Barrenjoey Lighthouse after a steep climb, or aboard a private vessel. On the start day, Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nicole Douglass will provide live commentary at

Encouragingly, four very different multihulls, from Dale Mitchell’s 9.2m Lombard trimaran Morticia to Drew Carruthers’ equally well-travelled 15m Queensland based catamaran Rushour, are registered– the most multihull interest in some years.

Among the monohull fleet, RPAYC race director Nick Elliott said the line-upbrings together a good selection of production boats; Jeanneaus, Beneteaus and X-yachts, and one-offs like Marcus Grimes’ JV42 called Insomnia, the single-hull line honours favourite.

“We pitch the race as the perfect stepping-stone for those looking to gain more offshore experience via a Category 2 race that offers a number of safe harbours along the way,” Elliott said, adding: “Southport is also a great place to meet the family at the other end and enjoy the Queensland holiday season, with all its offerings!”

The bluewater race’s finish partner, Southport Yacht Club, is well used to taking in tired and hungry yacht crews and showering them with warm Gold Coast hospitality. The 2019 edition, the third Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race, will be no different.

Following the completion of the ocean race SYC will run their annual short-course Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, January 6-9.

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Groupama 2018 Rushour first multi & corrected time winner_credit Eye Fly


Club Marine Pittwater to Southport start 2017_credit Andrea Francolini


Morticia starting in 2015 _credit Crosbie Lorimer

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Expression of Interest - Sydney to Auckland Yacht Race 2021

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join the celebrations in Auckland of the 150th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and the 36th Americas Cup.
After 12 months of discussions with the RNZYS, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is looking for potential entrants in both racing and cruising divisions and we are seeking Expressions of Interest for this exciting event from Sydney to Auckland in January 2021.

Partnering with the RNZYS for the finish of the race the RPAYC welcomes offshore capable racing and cruising monohull and multihull yachts to enter. The race will see divisions including IRC racing, Superyacht and a cruising rally. Take your race yacht over and compete in the many Anniversary Regattas and events celebrating 150 years of the RNZYS or cruise in company with your yacht to get ringside seats at the Americas Cup Regatta.

Visiting boats may also be interested in offshore racing and regattas in the Southern Hemisphere surrounding the event:

26th December 2020 – Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – organised by the Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2nd January 2021 – Pittwater to Paradise Race (Pittwater to Southport) – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club
26th January 2021 – Sydney to Auckland Race – Organised by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
6th – 21st March 2021 - 36th Americas Cup
May 2021 – Auckland to Sydney/Hamilton Is - TBD
August 2021 – Hamilton Island Race Week

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Henri Lloyd announced as the 2019 Merchandise official supplier

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is proud to announce that Henri Lloyd are the Official supplier of merchandise for the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta

Competitors are able to order directly online and have their crew gear customised. A range of Henri Lloyd merchandise will include Hats, Jackets, Polo's, Race shirts and Shirts are available in a variety of colours ans sizes. 

To view and order from Henri Lloyd follow the link below. 


Insomnia’s Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta countdown

Marcus Grimes is stepping into a new level of technology and style of racing with the purchase of the Judel/Vrolijk that was Elena Nova, now called Insomnia and racing from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney’s north.

Grimes assures that his boat monikers, High Anxiety for his previous Elliott 10.5 and now Insomnia, is no cause for concern. The Elliott came with the name and Grimes thought the follow up, Insomnia, ticked a few boxes. “It’s a nice progression on High Anxiety but something unique to us, reflecting on recent times with two kids under three. Plus the boat looked really wet so I thought the line "I can’t get no sleep" from Faithless’ 1990s song of the same name was quite fitting.”

Working towards the 2019 edition of the annual 370 nautical mile Cat 2 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race, and getting more sleep at home, are for now Grimes’ two driving goals.

“We are conscious that we have a big learning curve ahead and coach Tom Brewer has been helping us with the new processes and boat handling. Offshore racing is what we love to do so we will continue to work on learning to drive the boat and building our capability.

“I suspect it will be a while before we are too worried about results, but over time it would be nice to emulate some of Craig’s [Neil] success. For now we will just focus on getting over the finish line in the RPAYC’s Bluewater Pointscore and Short Ocean Pointscore series, trial some new crew and prepare for the Pittwater to Paradise race in January. After that we will see!” Grimes added.  

The distinctive grey and purple JV42, designed and first owned by former ORC world champion Christopher Plump in Europe, came to Australia for second owner Craig Neil who raced it out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for many years. 

“Very stripped out and very wet” are Grimes’ two early observations of his new toy, adding, “it gets up and planes downwind with lots of spray. Things are happening a lot faster than on the Elliott!”

An RPAYC weekend race to Newcastle in October marked Insomnia’s first fleet hit-out. Earlier in the month Grimes conducted a renaming ceremonyat the RPAYC, to win the favour of Poseidon for his brand new offshore campaign. Follow Insomnia at

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, an “Early Bird” Race Entry Fee on offer now!

Celebrating the Gold Coast’s 10th Anniversary Sail Paradise Series, host Club, Southport Yacht Club have opened an early bird race entry fee! 

A count down of 20 days to go to be able to be able to take up this early bird race entry fee of $150. Open to all eligible vessels, enter before October 1st, 2018 to receive this one off special.

Bartercard Sail Paradise 2019 will host a magnitude of Gold Coast fun and spectacular sailing conditions with 10 divisions competing over a four-day period. The 2019 Queensland Yachting Sailing Championships will again be contested at the annual event, with bragging rights up for grabs.

Entries are coming in fast from the Queensland contingents contending for the 2019 series with several Sydney vessels also expected following the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race commencing on January 2.

“The beautiful scenery makes for spectacular sailing here on the Gold Coast. We make sure everyone involved, skippers, crew, family and friends soak up more than just the sun during this series. I encourage you all to get your entries in and take up the opportunity of our one off early bird discount” said Commodore Ray McMahon.

Entries are now open for the Bartercard Sail Paradise series, held from 6th – 9th January 2019. The four-day offshore regatta will again follow the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Yacht Race. A 380 nautical mile offshore event hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. In it’s third year, both Club’s are pre planning to ensure the biggest and best combined series yet!

Held in summer school holidays, the premier sailing event brings an added option for sailors to combine the series with the ultimate Gold Coast family holiday. Many sailors take the option to bring their families to the Gold Coast and combine the series with fun filled Gold Coast family attractions.



Pittwater to Southport


The Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be starting on Sydney's Pittwater,  1 hour drive north from Sydney's CBD on January 2, 2019 and run through to 9 January, 2019.

The ocean race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Queensland's most popular coastal cities. Once on the Gold Coast boats will enjoy a four day series regatta hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.

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