Team Racing Squad

The RPYC Team Racing Squad is open to all Members of the Club. However, if you are interested in taking part and are not a Club Member, please contact the Sailing Office. We will give you a ‘try before you buy’ trial. There are no additional costs involved, all training sessions are included as a benefit of Club membership.

The Team Racing Squad was established in 2012. Since 2015 the Squad has been coached by Jess Eastwell, who possesses vast Team Racing, Match Racing, general sailing and coaching experience. Every now and then other coaches are engaged to provide specific Team Racing aspects coaching.

The Squad trains once or twice a month (depending on the season) on the Club’s fleet of eight meter training yachts. Members of the group can also opt to attend one or two international Team Racing regattas each year. We have been attending the Royal Thames Yacht Club Cumberland Cup since its inception in the early 2000’s, and in the past have travelled to Porto Cervo to compete in Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s inaugural Invitational Team Racing Challenge. Every two years a group travels to the US to compete in regattas at Corinthian Yacht Club (Massachusetts) and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (Long Island, NY).

During the year the Club runs two practice regattas which we call the Impromptu Cup. The story behind the name is that the regatta was created when another scheduled regatta failed to get enough nominations. So, the Team Racing Squad was asked if they would like to conduct an informal training regatta; and so the Impromptu Cup was created.

Impromptu Cup results

  • Impromptu Cup 1 – June 2014 – Fethers/Thomas
  • Impromptu Cup 2 – November 2014 – Thomas/Hannaford
  • Impromptu Cup 3 – December 2015 – Hogan/Pye
  • Impromptu Cup 4 – April 2016 – Carlson/McMichael
  • Impromptu Cup 5 (Random Pairs format) – December 2016 – Team Pye
  • Impromptu Cup 6 (Random Pairs format) – May 2017 – Jamie Mercer

In 2015 the Club held the inaugural Swan River Team Racing Regatta, which is an invitational regatta. The Club is currently planning to host the next edition in September 2018, with the hope of attracting other Australian and international teams.

Swan River Team Racing Regatta results

  • June 2015 – RPYC Team Red – Jon Wallwork & Mark Hannaford – Ross O’Brien, Kitty Thomas, Ellie Sansom, Chris Pye, John Haynes, Chrissie Payne, Adan Escobar
  • September 2018 – This could be your name here!

Keep up to date with the happenings of the RPYC Team Racing squad via the Facebook group –

In order to register your interest and keep updated with training times and events, please contact the Boating Operation Office at or on 9389 1555.

Team Racing Calendar

RPYC Team Racing Squad 2017 Calendar

  • Saturday 27th May 0800-1400
  • Saturday 8th July 1300-1630
  • Saturday 22nd July 1300-1630
  • Saturday 5th August 1300-1630
  • Saturday 12th August 1300-1630
  • Saturday 26th August 1300-1630
  • Saturday 2nd September 0800-1400 – Impromptu Cup
  • Saturday 1st October – 1300-1630 – TBC
  • Sunday 22nd October – 0900-1230 – TBC
  • Sunday 12th November – 0900-1230 – TBC
  • Sunday 19th November – 0800-1230 – end of 2017 BBQ wind-up

Overseas Team Racing Regattas 2017

  • Corinthian YC – 2v2 Team Race – 9-10 September 2017 – Chris Pye, John Carlson, Dave Spearman, Jenny Spearman, Hilary Arthure, Dennis Vincent, Chris Hogan
  • Seawanhaka Corinthian YC – Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup (Team Racing) – 14-17 September 2017 – Chris Pye, John Carlson, Dave Spearman, Jenny Spearman, Hilary Arthure, Dennis Vincent, Chris Hogan
  • Royal Thames YC – Cumberland Cup – 8-12 May 2018 – Team TBC