CRUISING EVENTS and CRUISING NEWS
Invictus Games Cruise Weekend
500 competitors from 18 nations will contest 11 medal sports and two feature events over eight days of fierce but friendly competition across Greater Sydney including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. The Invictus Games is more than a sporting event – it captures hearts, challenges perceptions and changes lives. In October 2018 join us to celebrate the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors.
RPAYC in conjunction with the CYCA is organising the sailing competition which will be held on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 21 October.
Alfreds Cruising will be providing spectator boats to allow club members to observe the racing close to the action.
The plan is to sail down to Sydney Harbour on the Saturday or earlier depending on weather take club members out on the harbour to watch the action on the Sunday and then sail back to Pittwater on the Monday.
It will be a great day on the Harbour and we will be providing lunch on the boats just BYO drinks . Pickup location and drop off will be care of MHYC T-Head Marina arm.
If you are interested in taking part in the cruise and making your boat available for spectators or as a spectator please complete the expression of interest.
Each Christmas/New Year, Alfred's Cruising arranges a longer coastal cruise. Last year members enjoyed cruising to Sydney Harbour / Port Hacking /Jervis Bay. This years destination being planned is Newcastle / Port Stephens / Broughton Island. Having a number of destinations will allow those who want to go for a shorter period to only cruise to Newcastle where we have reserved berths at Newcastle Marina. If you are lucky enough to be able to cruise for a longer period, the plan is to head further north to Port Stephens and Broughton Island depending on the weather conditions.
More details coming shortly.
Pittwater to Dunk Island Cruise Update 2019
As part of the Pittwater to Dunk cruise in 2019 there are a series of seminars being organised. These are open to all members of Alfreds Cruising not just those who are planning to take part in the cruise.
The first activity has been arranged by Neil Driscoll from Above and Beyond Boating on the 14th of September. He will be running the "Cast-Off" event at the club, this is a session that runs between 1500 and 1700 and is designed to help the attendees put together a clear pathway for preparing for voyages. You can find a link to the seminar here, registration is directly with Above and Beyond Boating.To make your Expression of Interest for the Cruise and/or the seminars. CLICK HERE
Future events planned are:
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
- 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 establish 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