CRUISING EVENTS and CRUISING NEWS
Sat/Sun16/17 September - Estuary Cruise Progressive Dinner
Sat 30/9 to Monday 2/10 - Bobbin Head
Sat/Sun 21/22 Oct - Refuge Bay
May to Sept 2017- Sesquicentenary Coral Coast Cruise webpage HERE
Nov FF - Vic Lawrence, Unit Commander, Marine Rescue Broken Bay
When attending all Club cruises please have your radio on and tuned to Ch16/77 so that you hear of any changes to cruise plans. The Cruise Coordinator will use Ch77 'calling all Alfreds Yachts' . If you have any doubts about a cruise going ahead please check with the Cruise Coordinator or with Reception.
Members are reminded to fly their Club burgee at all Club on water cruising events. A burgee is available for purchase at Reception.
November First Friday
Vic Lawrence - Unit Commander, Marine Rescue Broken Bay
Bookings Open - first week of October
From September - as the weather warms up - Cruise Committee will be back to arranging two cruises each month.
Sat/Sun 16/17 September
An estuary cruise with a progressive dinner. A fun weekend with a gentle sail to and fro!
see Cruising Newsletter for details
Sat/Sun/Mon 30 Sept to 2 Oct
Bobbin Head Long weekend
Sat/Sun 21/22 October
Refuge Bay Gathering
Sesquicentenary Coral Coast Cruise 2017
Follow the CC17 cruise boats on Marine Traffic and/or join our
closed facebook page Alfreds Cruising - for members only - to see some great posts.
RPAYC Mariner Mallorca Yacht Rally 2018
Book before 3rd August 2017 and receive an exclusivemember discount of $500 per person.
App for Marine Rescue NSW
You can log on/off using the app once you are registered. A great step forward for all cruising sailors. Read all about it HERE.
Did you know that several new weather stations have been put in place around Pittwater and information is available to all boaties to know the local conditions. Read about it HERE.
Old Flare Disposal
There have been some queries about the disposal of old flares. This link to RMS is helpful.
BOM changng rain terminology - On Thursday 9 October 2014 the Club was advised by the BOM that they are changing how they talk about rain on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website to help people make sense of rain forecasts. This will affect both land and marine forecasts.
Coastal and local waters forecasts routinely provide mariners with information about winds, seas, swell and, only when significant, a phrase describing the expected weather, i.e. thunderstorms, fog or heavy rain.
From next week, the BOM are making marine forecasts more useful for people planning to spend the day on the water by routinely adding more information about the expected weather. Instead of just including significant weather information, such as thunderstorms or fog, they will include whether it will be sunny, cloudy or rainy.
See also: http://bom.is/rain-terminology
Club Courses Courses are running soon. See all the details HERE. Contact the Sailing Office for more info.
What is an RPAYC Estuary Cruise?
Unless the weekend is called a Rally we sail to the destination in our own time arriving at any time on the first day - but generally before 4pm to 4.30pm if possible. There is always a get together over a few drinks that evening and you will be advised of the location by the Cruise Co-ordinator when you arrive or soon after. At drinks you should bring your own glasses, drinks, nibbles etc. If you do become a 'host' boat you are not expected to feed people or provide anything - people bring whatever they need. Other activities at a weekend away may include;
- a 'pot luck' dinner (when you take 'pot luck' with your dinner companions and the food that everyone puts in the middle of the table - this is usually arranged 'out of hat' or organised in some random way!
- a morning tea gathering - again BYO unless advised otherwise!
- a kayak expedition
- a dinghy exploration
- or anything else that anyone wants to organise!
Some locations have lots of moorings - eg Refuge or America Bay -and others have just a few moorings - such as Smiths Creek. You should be prepared to anchor having due respect to those already anchored or moored. Boats head home in their own time on Sunday - often after sharing casually arranged morning tea with others. Some may stay on for an extra evening if they are lucky!
Seminars All documents from past seminars are on the Club website and are very well worth downloading HERE - they are extensive and make great reference material - you need to login.
RPAYC Cruising Strategic Plan Cruise Committee has agreed a Strategic Plan to focus on objectives to develop cruising activity within the Club. You can dowload this document HERE.
Life Jacket Regulations - There are recent updates to requirements for wearing life jackets This is an important matter for all cruising sailors including kayaks and tenders. See a summary on the Club website below:
The following new requirements are relevant to many members:
In vessels less than 4.8m all persons must wear a lifejacket:
- at night
- on open (ocean) waters
- on alpine waters
- when boating alone
- when the boat is used as a tender more than 400 metres from shore
Persons in canoes/kayaks must wear a lifejacket when greater than 100 metres from an accessible shore in sheltered waters, and at all times in ocean waters.
NSW Maritime defines safety equipment requirements in terms of Enclosed and Open waters, with additional requirements if you are more than two miles offshore.
For Pittwater, the Enclosed Waters limit is a bit of a moving target. It is always south of a line between Barrenjoey and West Head but may extend to Middle Head when waves are less than half a meter trough to crest.
The implication of these limits is that on a typical summer’s day when the nor’easter kicks in during the afternoon a trip back from Halletts Beach to the Club will include passage through Open Waters and your vessel will need to carry the appropriate equipment for this classification - this is a NSW Maritime requirement.
Details of the requirements and an explanation of the changes may be found in this report. Click to download
Sat/Sun/Mon 30 Sept to 2 Oct
Bobbin Head Long weekend