16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700


16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Resources Page

The following information have been sourced to assist Members with items of safety and safety care & management. All publications are guides only. 

Australian Sailing Special Regulations Equipment Compliance for Boats competing in Yacht races

The following are the current Australian Sailing Special Regulation Compliance Forms (Blue Book (racing)) used by the Club:

  • Category 1 – Sydney to Hobart and Lord Howe races
  • Category 2 – Pittwater to Coffs & Cabbage Tree Islet races
  • Category 3 – Blue Water Series, Bird Island, Port Hacking, Sydney, Pittwater to Newcastle races
  • Category 4 – Short Offshore Pointscore Series
  • Category 5 – Port Stephens Regatta, Hamilton Island Race week
  • Category 7 – All Inshore and Broken Bay (to 02) racing - Note a RPAYC Cat 7 form is required.


Category 1, 2 & 3 races also require a radio inspection forms. The Notice of Race for a race may request additional frequencies to the ones listed in this Radio Audit Form. 

Category 1 & 2 races also require boats to have a AIS transponder installed as well are the boat to carry a satellite phone. 

Race documentation may also require additional information as outlined in the current RRS 'Blue Book' and specified in the Notice of Race.

 Lifejackets, Servicing and Types

It is a legal requirement that inflatable lifejackets are to be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Servicing an inflatable lifejacket should be carried out annually, unless the manufacturer specifies and permits a longer period. For newly purchased inflatable lifejackets, this period commences from date of purchase. If you are unsure when you purchased a particular inflatable lifejacket and cannot tell when it was last serviced, it is prudent to have it serviced immediately. 

Centre for Maritime Safety NSW guide to Servicing of Lifejackets (video) or download a pdf guide. Remember to check with the manufacturer if self servicing is allowed. 

Old4New lifejacket upgrade NSW Government & How to Service your PFD

The initial schedule of visits was developed in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services and targets popular boat ramp locations in key areas. It is important to note the Old4New initiative will run for at least two years and we will be reviewing and adding to the visit program. We recommend you continue to regularly check this website for updated schedules of boat ramps being visited.


Burke Service Information

Because of their specific functional nature Inflatable Lifejackets require an annual inspection regardless of whether they have been inflated or not.
The annual inspection should begin 12 months from original date of purchase we recommend that the date of purchase be recorded on the service maintenance schedule affixed to the inflation valve side of the Lifejackets bladder. Annual inspection is best carried out by one of our accredited service agents listed below or as an alternative for recreational use you can perform a simplified self inspection by following prescribed SELF INSPECTION PROCEDURES: http://www.burkemarine.com.au/service.php

Marlin Service Information

Please refer to our Owner’s Manual for more information regarding self service instructions, operation of Lifejackets and other care and maintenance information: http://www.marlin-australia.com.au/servicing.html

 Racing Rules of Sailing and Australian Sailing Special Regulations

The Racing Rules of Sailing & AS Prescriptions & Special Regulations (Blue Book) can be purchased online from Australian Sailing, or purchased from Chandlery's or Boating book shops.

 Online Racing Rules Quiz - Click Here 

Servicing Fire Extinguishers 

Members can have their fire extinguishers inspected with the Bosun's Locker or Betta Fire Services. 

Note: to pass an audit inspection New extinguishers will require the owner to produce the receipt for the extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers, including those purchased more than 6 months prior to inspection, shall be serviced, tested and fitted with a current tag by a licenced organisation/individual in accordance with:

- The manufacturer's instructions and

- Section 10 of Australian Standard AS1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.

The licenced organisation/individual shall be accredited for Portable Fire Extinguisher Maintenance by the FPAA (Fire Protection Association Australia).

New extinguishers have to be commissioned. They have to be certified and the numeral 1 stamped in the appropriate date column. At the expiry of the 6 month period extinguishers have to be certified again with the numeral 2 stamped in the date column. The process is repeated until new extinguishers are needed.

Under the Australian Sailing Special Regulations Fire Extinguishers shall be serviced/tested, by an authorised person, according to the manufactures' instructions. A recipt of this serives is required to be submitted & appropriate tagging of the extinguisher when having a Special Regulation Equipment compliance audit conducted. 

For further information on recycling expired fire extinuisher visit the Fire and Rescue NSW website.

Maritime Safety Briefing

This podcast safety briefing is presented jointly by RMS (Maritime) and Yachting NSW.

It is intended for the use of clubs to draw members and competitors to the attention of the risks you need to be aware on the water; and your obligations when part of an event that is conducted under an aquatic licence. View here

Disposing of expired Flares

Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date. 

Flares expire after three years. After this time, there is no guarantee they will fire when needed. Flares must be replaced before they expire and old flares, which are classed as explosives, must be disposed of properly.

Flares can now be placed into special containers at Maritime coastal service centres or integrated registries where they are stored for collection and transported to the Sterihealth facility at Silverwater, Sydney. The expired flares will then be destroyed at ultra-high temperature under strict environmental conditions.


The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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