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

Update from the General Manager 8/04/2020

Dear Members,

I trust that you are well and coping with the current situation, however, if you find that you are in need of anything that we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

A few days ago there was confusion about the use of boats during this time as non-essential travel is not permitted. The requirement to stay home appeared to exclude all forms of recreational boating. In recent announcements there have been some opportunities provided that allow us to get out on the water. Exercise is included as being essential and therefore sailing, fishing, paddling, kayaking, etc. is permitted. We are grateful for these boating opportunities that we have been provided with, however it does not mean that it is ‘business as usual’ and it is really important that boating is done in strict compliance with the regulations that have been put in place or we risk tighter restrictions being imposed.

Easter is normally a time when many of us think of heading away in the boat for a few days. This Easter is different. Our Prime Minister has asked us to “stay at home” and it is really important at this time that we follow those instructions to reduce the community transmission of the virus.

Additionally, while off-the-beach sailing is a great form of exercise, gathering on the lawn is prohibited.  I urge you to be mindful and observe social distancing requirements while rigging and packing up the boat on the centreboard lawn.  If there are too many other people on the lawn area please delay your activity until it is less busy.

There has been a very good graphic put together by the Boating Industry Association that explains what is allowed and also reminds boat owners of the social distancing requirements currently in place. Please take a moment to study that image and also read the following advice that the BIA has provided:  -

Stay Home.  Only go boating if you determine it meets the criteria of essential travel. If you do, only go out boating by observing the Health advice and regulations in your State which may include:

  • getting essential supplies such as food (for example this includes fishing in NSW) and groceries (return home without delay)
  • taking physical exercise in non-powered craft such as paddling and sailing is permitted in NSW
  • complying with your legal obligations that includes life safety, environmental protection and property protection associated with your boat.

If you are boating for a legitimate reason in NSW, you must:

  • only go out on your own or with one other person or with ‘people of the same household going out together’
  • keep at least 1.5m apart from people you do not live with which includes no gathering or rafting up
  • wash your hands before and after any time there is contact with shared surfaces for example when fuelling or at any other time you come in contact with any hard surface outside the family home
  • take the most direct route to the water and only boat locally
  • wear a lifejacket, especially if solo
  • remember You’re the Skipper – You’re Responsible
  • follow the official advice so boating is seen as part of the solution and recovery, and not a problem to be banned.

The rules around permissible activities are constantly changing and if you are unclear it is better to stay home than risk spreading or catching the disease or getting a fine.

Our Boatyard remains open and our team and the tenants are here to assist with repairs and servicing of vessels. It is essential that vessels are maintained not only to look after your asset but also to protect the environment. Travel from your place of berthing to the boatyard for servicing the vessel is allowed.

The waterfront staff are continuing to keep a close eye on member’s vessels and again we ask if you have any specific needs that you would like our team to perform please give the Club a call or email waterfront@rpayc.com.au

Our tender service continues to operate during these times, albeit with some restrictions in place regarding the number of passengers. Please contact the Club if you require further information or would like to book the tender.

Our ‘Grab & Go’ take away option is pleasing many members and is available 7 days a week for your benefit. Please find details in the Club’s newsletter, website or call the Club if you would like further details.

With no formal yacht racing currently allowed our Sailing Office team have set up a series of virtual racing events and our initial trial of this last Saturday was very successful. Details on how you can be involved as a participant or as a spectator are in today’s Newsletter.


Please look after yourself and those around you. I hope that you have a happy and safe Easter.

 

Kind regards,
 

Craig Evans

General Manager

RPAYC Virtual Regatta

The RPAYC eSailing Series April 2020 is here with racing Saturday 4th April - Wednesday 29th April.

For all information including NOR, SI, Amendements and some help with how to get to the training page and a useful video on how to get to the race page CLICK HERE.

See you on the race course.

Message from the Commodore

Do ALL your Sails meet the new Rules? - Changes to Sail Number Rules

At the 2019 World Sailing meetings their Racing Rules Committee approved changes to the rules relating to sail numbers. The changes introduce a requirement that numbers be of a contrasting colour to the body of the sail.

The changes approved apply to rules G1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 and can be seen in submission 216-19 at https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/21619RacingRulesofSailingRulesG1.2G1.3andG5-[25511].pdf.

The main thing that officials and boat owners need to know is that sail numbers will have to be of a contrasting colour. Boat owners who have sail numbers in a dark colour on a dark sail will need to have their sail numbers changed to something more contrasting by 1 January 2021. This problem is typically seen on ‘carbon’ coloured or dark grey sails.

Sail makers building new sails or doing repairs should also check the sail numbers and offer advice on whether the numbers need to be replaced with some of a contrasting colour.

Race officials serving on race, technical and protest committees may have to exercise some judgement when educating boat owners and crews on the upcoming rule change, and how to address it after 1 January 2021. Attention is drawn to G4 which guides a protest committee to warn and provide time to comply before penalising a boat.

Update from the General Manager 2/04/2020

Dear Members,

With further restrictions that have been announced this week we would like to remind you that we are here to help.

Last week we sent boat owners a message offering to monitor vessels if you are unable to attend.  The response to this was very positive and our team are very happy to carry out various checks on your behalf.  If you want to take advantage of this service please let our Waterfront team know waterfront@rpayc.com.au. Regardless of if you would like to take up this offer we want to assure you that our team is keeping a close eye on member’s vessels during this time.

Our tender service continues to operate, however due to tightening restrictions we are limited to one passenger only with the skipper at a time, unless the passengers are from the same family living under the same roof. In the case of a family the tender skipper will use their discretion as to the number of passengers that can travel, so please keep tender passengers to a minimum. There is also now a requirement that the tender is sanitised between each trip, so please be patient. 

The RPAYC Boatyard remains very busy and we will be keeping this facility open for as long as the government will allow. Our valued tenants continue to trade and your ongoing support would be appreciated. It is important that boats are maintained for a number of reasons, but particularly for seaworthiness at times of reduced use.

The Boatyard staff and tenants have noticed increased foot traffic in their area and ask that if you are thinking of speaking with them about work can you please use the phone where you can. We recognise that people are wanting to get out and exercise but we ask, for the safety of our Boatyard team, that you don’t use the Boatyard as a destination.

The Marina Industry Association and the Boating Industry Association are lobbying hard to both the State and Federal Government to have Marinas and Boatyards recognised as ‘essential services’ in the case that we are advised to go into full lockdown. This will allow us to continue to supervise, secure and maintain your vessels.

I remind members that we are providing take-away meals, pantry items and take-away alcohol from the Clubhouse. Details can be found in this newsletter and we hope that you will support this initiative.

Many members have asked if boating is still allowed at the moment. At the time of writing this message there is uncertainty due to contradictions between a Public Health Order that was interpreted by various agencies suggesting that any non-essential boating is banned and announcements today that suggested that some boating was allowed for the purpose of exercise providing social distancing requirements were being met. Australian Sailing is currently working to seek clarity from Maritime agencies and Governments in each State. Whilst they do, they are advising sailors to stay at home and stay safe, which means staying off the water for the time being.


As a Club and as a community I would ask that you keep in touch with each other and offer support, particularly to our more senior members. Please reach out to each other and the Club if you need a hand. As I said earlier, we are here to help.

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,
 

Craig Evans
General Manager

RPAYC Tenant Services & Specials

Douglas Marine Pty Ltd

Douglas Marine is your onsite Marine Mechanic business conveniently located at RPAYC, with mobile services available for offsite jobs in Sydney.
We are authorised dealers for Yanmar, Volvo Penta, Cathodic Anodes, Vetus and Seahawk Propellers and keep a large stock of genuine parts onsite.
We have a team of 9, with 4 trained mechanics, 2 apprentices and 3 office staff members.
 
Providing the following Marine Mechanical and Engineering work:
 
We pride ourselves on always giving a high level of service for our customers so that you enjoy your time on the water with peace of mind!
Thank you for supporting our family business.
 
Contact Details - Address: Workshop 12, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 16 Mitala Street, Newport, NSW, 2106
Phone: 9997 2616
Email: info@douglasmarine.com.au
Web: www.douglasmarine.com.au

Ocean Covers Marine Canvas & Upholstery

Overall Protection Cover for your Yacht (winter storage)
 
Ocean covers is designing and manufacturing a storage cover for your yacht to protect from all weather. This is a waterproof cover made from a light weight but extremely durable material. 
We are offering RPAYC members a 10% discount on these covers if booked in during the month of April 2020. 
For more information and quote please email info@oceancovers.com.au
 
   
 
   
Contact Details - Beryn Lawes, Ph: 0466 895 292, Email: beryn@oceancovers.com.au, Website: www.oceancovers.com.au

Sydney Marine Brokerage

 
As the resident yacht brokerage, and as fellow members of the RPAYC, we have been putting our heads together during these challenging times to find a way to support our community here at the club, whilst working within the new regulations and guidelines set by the government and keep our family business afloat.
 
We are putting an idea out there and requesting your feedback and expressions of interest in providing a service for all club members that can include the following support and offer you peace of mind that your pride and joy is safe and looked after if you aren’t able to get down to the club to do so, perhaps because of being overseas, interstate or being isolated at home.
 
The services we are offering include vessels on the marina, hardstand and on moorings anywhere on Pittwater:
·  Monthly Wash Downs and Detailing
·  Monthly Systems Checks
·  Vessel Dehumidifying
·  Engine Running and Reporting
·  Co-ordinating with Club Trades to Manage Repairs
·  Insurance Quotes
·  Liaising with Surveyors
·  Vessel Marketing
·  Vessel Movements
·  Anything else you would like organised, let us be your boat butler!
 
We will email a monthly report on your vessel including up to date photos, coordinate any work that needs doing on the boat and help out generally with any other services.
 
If this is of interest to you or if we can help at all in any way please get in touch with Andrew Withers on 0411 424 514 or email directly on andrew@sydneymarinebrokerage.com for further information.
 
We are proud to be part of the community here at the RPAYC and look forward to continue working with you through these challenging times.
 
 

For the complete list of Tenants CLICK HERE

 

Welcome New Tenant - SWS Pacific

The Club would like to extend a warm welcome to SWS Pacific who have recently taken up a tenancy at the Club. The office is situated on the first floor (upper level) of the 'Moonbar' Building located above the Jack Gale Training Centre (Centreboard).
 
SWS Pacific, official representative of the award-winning Schenker Watermakers, is delighted to be opening its sales and service centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Schenker Watermakers draws on over twenty years of design and manufacturing expertise to create a range of compact, lightweight and energy-efficient desalination units that are quiet, affordable and ideal for small spaces.
 
Whether you’re heading offshore, up-river or simply want peace of mind, the new Zen range guarantees a safe supply of clean drinking water for your boat. A Schenker Watermaker means no more queuing at marinas and with an end to onboard water rationing, everyone is happy.
 
The Schenker Watermaker engineers collaborated with boat owners to develop the new Zen range. The result was a range of water makers designed with fewer components and composite materials to reduce weight, and redesigned seals using nanotechnology for superior reliability. Offering the flexibility of 30, 50 and 100 litre per hour units, Schenker Watermakers use an easy-to-operate remote automatic controller, allowing timed operation and the all-important flushing. The Zen 30, 50 and 100 units are available in 12 or 24VDC, and the Zen 100 is also available in a 230VAC version. Schenker Watermakers Modular Range also offers larger energy efficient water maker up to 500 litres per hour. 
 
Boat owners can also opt for smaller units using the patented Energy Recovery System (ERS) allowing for even longer periods of quiet operation to meet all their water needs. The Zen 30 uses a mere 110W of power and the Zen 100 only 400W, which is easily sustainable using just the house batteries and renewables. The Zen can be installed upright or on its side providing boat owners multiple positioning options onboard.
 
The new Zen range has made a huge impact on the international marine water maker market since its launch last year. So much so that the company has expanded into a larger purpose-built factory. An increasing international network of sales and service centres makes the Schenker Watermaker a confident choice for every boat owner.
 
We look forward to seeing you in our new premises where we have demonstration water makers for you to see.
 
SWS Pacific
Official distributor for Schenker Watermakers
Ph. 1300 479 757
Ph. 0400 832 975
 
Email. sales@swspac.com
Website: www.swspac.com
 
 
 
 

NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service

Available for collection Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 16:00

In an effort to assist our members we launched a new service at the Club during the week. Our NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service is available for you from 10am today. All packed and ready for you to take home or straight out onto the boat. For your convenience some meals have been frozen for longer storage. We hope that you support this initiative and our Club. Please indicate what food and drinks you would like to order from the below form and either send the completed form to reception@rpayc.com.au or call 9998 3700 to order via phone.  

All items are subject to availability. 

 
Notes: 
 
# Orders received by 10am will be available for pickup from 10am the following day – there are ready to eat meals for immediate collection between 10am-4pm subject to availability.  
 
# Someone will call you to confirm your payment details and scheduled time for pickup, if you need pantry/freezer items asap please let the team know so we can try to assist you. 
 
# To customize your order or if there is something you would like that is not listed on the following options please get in contact with us, we are happy to help source items (subject to availability).  
 
 
 
 

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Message from the General Manager 26/03/2020

Dear Members,
A great deal has happened over the past week and like you, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has had to adapt to the ever-increasing demands and changes.
As you would be aware Clubs and Hotels were closed down on Monday. The government’s directive was to eliminate the possibility of people gathering within our facility. That said, there are many areas of our operation that remain open.

You would be aware that ‘take-away’ is currently allowed and we are gearing up to provide our members with a selection of fresh and frozen meals, along with other quick take away options such as pantry items for home and take away alcohol provisions. We will continue to update you on developments and hope that you will support this initiative for your benefit and also for that of the Club. Any unspent House Entitlement could be used on these purchases. Please also note that we will be extending the period that any unspent House Entitlement can be used into our next financial year.

Our Waterfront team continues to maintain our facilities, including our marina and boat storage areas. We appreciate that some members are regularly coming down to their vessels and many are still getting out on the water. I encourage this, but please adhere to government directives and share that experience with only your immediate family who are living under the same roof. Please do not gather or organise social racing or cruising events at this time. These events will not only unnecessarily put your fellow members in danger but also may prompt the government to clamp down on marina access and boatyard operations.

If you are self-isolating or minimising the time that you are out and about it is likely that you will not be attending to your vessel, therefore, while we are permitted to do so, we are offering facility holders a complimentary fortnightly comprehensive ‘Boat Check’. Club staff will undertake a fortnightly check of facility holders' boats from the lines through to the bilge and everything in-between! Should you wish to take advantage of this service, please click here to download the form and submit. Our Waterfront boys will also continue their daily 'dock walk' to keep an eye on your vessel so if you have any particular concerns we are here to assist; please contact us via email waterfront@rpayc.com.au or phone. Our Boatyard and our valued tenants continue to operate to look after your vessels. We would ask that you support these businesses and make sure that your boats are being appropriately maintained.

In a prior announcement I mentioned that bathroom facilities at the Club would be limited to those in Jack Gale Centre. We have rethought that directive and will make the main bathrooms in the Clubhouse available instead. These bathrooms will be accessible via the rear laneway using your membership card. Sailfit Gym was also closed on Monday as per government instructions. Tana Anderson continues to provide ‘open air’ personal training on the grounds of the Club for those still wishing to keep fit. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.

I would like to thank those of you who have contacted the Club offering words of support. It means a great deal to our staff who are doing their best in these trying times.

There will be tighter controls in coming days, weeks and months and we appreciate that many of our members will be impacted over this period. As a Club and as a community I would ask that you keep in touch with each other and offer support, particularly to our more senior members. Please reach out to each other and the Club if you need a hand.

Please look after yourself and those around you.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Craig Evans
General Manager
 
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About RPAYC

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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