CRUISING EVENTS and CRUISING NEWS
Up Coming Events
Portuguese Picnic - Sunday 29th July
The annual Portuguese Beach Club Picnics are held the last Sunday of each month. Members and guests are invited to participate in a friendly casual sail to Portuguese Beach from 1000hrs or just meet fellow friends on the beach for lunch - BYO food.
The Club provides a BBQ and tender service to and from your boat to the beach.
Remaining dates are:
July 29 - hosted by Leon Wilson
August 26 - hosted by Liz de Soyres
Start Time 1000hrs ‘ish’
Start Boat Alfreds 1 (VHF 77 – 0458 787 500)
Course Start off Bayview – Towlers – Stokes Point (P) – Finish (Portuguese Beach)
Services BBQ facilities and tender service from 1100hrs – 1500hrs
Save The Date - Cruise to Pearl Beach
The Cruise to Pearl Beach is on for 4th & 5th August, this will be hosted by John & Jo on Verve.
More Details To Come.........
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Planning has started for this prestigious event.
Cruise from Pittwater along the Queensland Coast as far as you wish meeting up with fellow members at planned rendezvous locations on a well spaced relaxing adventure.
Cruising is at your own timetable, supported by well tried plans and an experienced RPAYC cruising fraternity.
Timing is from May to October 2019
Pick your own dates to be away and how far you wish to sail
There will be a series of seminars leading into the Cruise. You do not need to participate in the Cruise to attend the seminars. See the Expression of Interest link.
For more information email email@example.com, phone 9998 3700 or speak to any member of the RPAYC Cruise Committee
To make your Expression of Interest for the Cruise and/or the seminars. CLICK HERE
A new 'Cruise Coordinator' flag.
On every Club cruise you will be able to identify the Cruise Coordinator (Leader) boat as it will be flying the "L" flag. Whether in a bay, 'down the creek' or on the open sea the "L"flag will be prominent.
Looking Ahead - Club Cruising Activities in 2018
First Fridays proposals
- August – Trivia & Info Night
- September – Hamilton Island Race Week "Fun in the Sun"
- October – Safety night including controlled use of flares
- November – Presentation of cruising related mobile apps
- December – Christmas dinner
On Water Events
- Coral Coast Cruise 2019 - Planning meeting to establis cruise framework
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.
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.
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
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