March 22 - 28, 2015: Issue 207

 4th Annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2015 - at RPAYC

 James Spithill, Suzanne Davies General Manager of RPAYC and Corey Yeung, Club Marine State Manager

  4th Annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2015

21 & 22nd MARCH 2015 - 10am- 4pm

The 4th annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo, held over the week end of 21st and 22nd March, 2015 at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, is a free family focused community event. This year the Expo has over 60 exhibitors supplying goods and services to the professional and leisure sailor as well as providing information on sail training, club membership, cruising, dinghy and yacht racing.

Situated on beautiful Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is the state’s largest sailing club. The club is home to over 1950 members, over 340 yachts, 70 hardstand boats and 100 dinghies.  

The 2015 Expo features an extensive array of exhibitors with many leading marine industry brands represented. There is a large range of boats on display as well as other marine goods and services exhibiting including charter services, inflatable boats, marine paints, sail makers, shipwrights, marine groups, deck hardware, soft furnishings, electrical, batteries, ropes, marine insurance and much, much more. The event is open to the public and is free to enter.

Held in and around the club house and on the magnificent floating marina, it is an outstanding opportunity for visitors to witness the Club first hand, have a look at sailing boats, gather information about training, racing, cruising, children's programs and membership and gain professional advice directly from industry experts.

The Club offers car parking for up to 400 cars, however, a shuttle service will be arranged that will service Newport Beach carpark.

The event is being supported by the naming rights sponsor Club Marine.

Corey Yeung, Club Marine State Manager said, “The Hawkesbury River and Pittwater is one the most picturesque waterways in NSW. It's my local area and being on a yacht is one the  best ways you can enjoy and experience the beauty of Pittwater. Club Marine is proud to sponsor the Pittwater Sail Expo as it provides a great opportunity for the local community to learn about sailing, meet some industry experts and find out how easy it is to get out on the water."

Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo spokesperson Rob Cole said, “The expo is a community event and a great opportunity for people to see the club first hand, witness our magnificent waterway of Pittwater and learn more about all aspects of sailing.

“There’s already been a very strong level of interest towards this event from all aspects of the boating industry and people will have the opportunity to gain professional advice directly from industry experts. Anyone with an interest in sailing boats or wants to get into sailing is invited to come along.”

Visitors will enjoy a weekend of entertainment, food, club tours and product demonstrations. All visitors will have the chance to go into the draw to win some amazing lucky door prizes including an afternoon sailing on Wild Oats X.

On Saturday Lisa Ratcliff facilitated a Question and Answer with two times America’s Cup winner and Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year for 2014, James Spithill. Tom Spithill, current RPAYC Sailing Club Coach and brother of James was part of the Q&A 

The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo is on again today, 22 March 2015, between 10am-4pm on the grounds of the RPAYC located at 16 Mitala St Newport.

A visitor guide, complete with a list of exhibitors and map, is available online here:

 James Spithill, Lisa Ratcliff, Tom Spithill - photo by Stephen Collopy.