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

Club Announcement - ALL organised sailing & training suspended

Dear Members

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

21/03/2020

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has been closely monitoring government advice as well as interpreting changing community expectations. With the safety of our members, guests and staff being our highest priority we have made significant changes in various ‘on-shore’ aspects of our Club operation.

Unfortunately, the time has come to consider our ‘on-water’ events. Effective immediately we have suspended all RPAYC organised sailing and training events until 30 April 2020. We will review our position prior to that date and communicate an update to members in due course.

Despite the suspension of organised sailing, we encourage you to still get out on the water.

Boating with your family is a great way of social distancing and is beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

Our Club ‘on-shore’ operations continue, albeit with some adjustment. We have received instructions from government limiting the number of people allowed in various areas of the Clubhouse based on the size of each room and compliance with social distancing requirements. RPAYC staff are committed to ensuring that we remain open for as long as we are able and ask for your understanding and support during this time.

Our marina, boatyard services, administration, food and beverage operation and our gym continue to operate so please support these aspects of your Club and our valued boatyard and retail tenants.

The decision to suspend ‘on-water’ events has not been made lightly. Organised sailing events at the Alfred’s are important to our Club culture, it’s ‘what we do’ and have been doing so for over 150 years. We look forward to getting you back out there as soon as it is possible.

Thank you for your on-going support and understanding. We will continue to keep you updated.

Please look after yourself and the health of those around you.

 

Craig Evans

General Manager, RPAYC

 

BoM Announcement - Sydney Enclosed Waters

Service Announcements

All scheduled release dates are subject to change due to technical and operational requirements.
Name change for Sydney Closed Waters (to Enclosed Waters)

Scheduled Release Date: Week of 23 March 2020

The name for the local waters area 'Sydney Closed Waters:Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Botany Bay' will be changed in response to public feedback, and following consultation with key stakeholders. The name will change to 'Sydney Enclosed Waters: Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Botany Bay' to reflect the naming convention used by state government regulations and local marine clubs and organisations.

This change will be reflected across all forecast, wind warning summaries, and map products.

BoM annoucements: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/announcements/

Membership March SPECIAL

 What better way to escape the busy work life than to go sailing on stunning Pittwater. 

Until the end of March, take advanatage of our $0 Joining fee across all categories of membership. 

Download a membership form and return prior to the 31 March to membership@rpayc.com.au or contact Leah on 9998 3700 to discuss how to become a member. 

View membership details and categories here https://www.rpayc.com.au/membership/become-a-member

Australian Sailing Special Regulations - Hatches and Companionways

A common problem area for boat owners and Equipment Auditors is how to assess the securing system to keep hatches closed and washboards in place.

We are finding that following close behind this is the related conversation between boat owners and Equipment Auditors about the washboards and why the lovely Dutch doors that come standard with the yacht are not compliant for Category 1 to 5 races.

Special Regulation 3.07.3 requires for Categories 1 to 5 that boats with a companionway extending below the local sheerline a system of blocking it off up to the level of the local sheerline. The requirement also says that the companionway has to continue to give access with those blocking devices in play. This is where washboards come into play.

The reason Dutch doors don’t comply for Categories 1 to 5 is that with them in place and closed there is no access. To enable access, the only way is to open the Dutch doors and they are no longer in place. Equipment Auditors are compelled to not pass an audit on the grounds of this non-compliance.

Fortunately installing washboards is a relatively easy task and does not require an expensive solution from the boat owner.

The solution for securing the hatch and washboards may vary from boat to boat depending on what latch is installed. Often the Equipment Auditor has seen all manner of approaches and can help the boat owner work something out. Ultimately the crew, whether they’re below or above deck, need to be able to open it from either side. As much as some skippers might like to hold their mutinous crew below, it is not permitted under the Special Regulations. Securing systems using keyed latches are not permitted due to risk of breaking the key.

Whilst the securing mechanisms could come in all manner of forms, the test is simple. Demonstrate opening it from below deck and from above.

If the boat is looking to compete in Category 1, 2 or 3 races, the hatch must be able to be kept closed whether the washboards are in place or not.

Full deatils available here...

Australian Sailing - Safety Information Notices

Four new Safety Information Notices have been published addressing batteries for racing yachts, navigation lights, crew briefings and sun protection.

Batteries used in racing yachts come in various forms. The Special Regulations do not provide any guidance on batteries other than specifying in SR 3.26 that they must be a sealed type. The notice comes in response to questions about Lithium Ion batteries and whether they are compliant with the Special Regulations (which they are). The thorough document was produced by Ray Shaw of the National Safety Committee.

Navigation lights are a complex issue especially with the way the Special Regulations interplay with the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. The complexity is amplified when considering the practical shortcomings of yachts’ sail and rig plans. This notice is another thorough body of work pulled together by Chris Oxenbould and others on a World Sailing working party.

The notice about briefing crew is a simple but important reminder to skippers and owners. A safety briefing should be conducted before each race no matter whether it is a twilight race, or offshore for a few nights. If an emergency arises it is important for all crew to be aware of where the safety equipment is stowed and how to use it.

The message about the need for sun protection has been around for a long time in Australia. Skin damage cause by UV exposure is possibly sailing’s greatest risk with many sailors having a need for treatment in later life. This notice reiterates the timeless message about sunscreen, hats, shirts and sunglasses.

The Safety Information Notices are published at https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/safety-notices/

Notice to Members - COVID-19

17 March 2020


Dear Members,

In response to Australian Government guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Board and management of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have implemented a number of actions to protect the health and well being of our members, staff and guests.

  1. After much consideration, the following is effective immediately but this announcement may change as the situation evolves, please refer to the Club website and emails for updates.
  2. At this stage, this week’s racing calendar will continue to run as scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday Twilights, Saturday Inshore, Centreboard and the final Tuesday Women’s Twilight race. Rather than gathering in Halyards prior to racing, members are encouraged to purchase takeaway food and beverage and head directly to their boats.
  3. Where necessary for the protection of our members and volunteers, yacht race management roles will be conducted by RPAYC staff.
  4. Following Tuesday Women’s Twilight Race (24 March), all racing will be cancelled until further notice.
  5. The Optimist NSW State Championship 2020 scheduled for 28/29 March has been postponed by the NSW Optimist Association.
  6. Halyards Bar & Bistro will open from 8am to 3pm daily, except Friday 20 March when Alfred’s Table will remain open for dinner with table sizes limited to ensure appropriate distances. Happy Hour will be held in Halyards on Friday 20 March and the New Members Welcome Evening is cancelled.
  7. Forthcoming RPAYC events are postponed until further notice – these include: Sail Expo (21/22 March), Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race (3 April), New Members Night (20 March), Little Black Dress Dinner (7 April), Old Timers Race & Lunch (18 April), as well as regular functions Family Friday nights, First Friday, Speakers Corner, Lunch & Bubbles.
  8. The tender service and boatyard will operate as usual.


We continue to ask all members to be vigilant to protect yourself and others from infection and require that you not attend the Club if:

  • You or anyone in your immediate family or work colleagues has COVID-19 or has been in contact with a known COVID-19 patient.
  • Your or anyone in your immediate family or work colleagues is in voluntary isolation or have recently returned from overseas.
  • You have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms.


Thank you to all members for your continued co-operation and support. We will be monitoring the Government guidelines for guidance on social interaction and gatherings for future Club racing and advise accordingly.

Yours sincerely


Craig Evans
General Manager 

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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