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


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


Barrenjoey Gold Cup Winner


Today saw the final of the Barrenjoey Gold Cup Regatta, the clubs selection regatta for the Australian Sailing NSW State Championsip Series to be held over the 22-24 May. 

6 races back to back, nail biting finishes! It came down to race 6 to secure 1st place, congratulations Josh Dawson on the win.

Josh will now go onto represent the club at the Australian Sailing NSW Championship over 2 rounds 22-24 May.

Commodores Message - Relaxation of Restrictions - Sailing

Dear Members,

The NSW Government have reduced a number of restrictions placed on the community, what do these mean for the club and our resumption to sailing and normal club house operations? 

I have prepared a short video outlining these restrictions and the clubs operations in a short video below.
We are not out of this pandemic so i stress to all to maintain and follow the rules set by the Government. 

Kind regards,

Michael Lockley


Relaxation of Restriction - Sailing

What do easing COVID-19 restrictions mean in my state or territory?


This week has seen most states and territories announce relaxations to their COVID-19 restrictions, which have had an immediate impact on how or if we can go sailing.

Australian Sailing has been working with state government agencies to clarify what the restrictions at various levels mean for sailing in each jurisdiction, including what activities are permitted and how this impacts clubs.

We have made submissions based on the SportAUS Rebooting Sport framework, providing our interpretations of their basic definitions and expanding these to capture the breadth and depth of our sport.

We have also sought clarification and/or exemptions for some sailing specific activities that relate to the 1.5m distancing and four square meter rules.

We believe sailing is a relatively low risk activity and have supported our case with risk mitigation strategies. Australian Sailing will soon publish further information to assist clubs with their “Return to sport” risk mitigation strategies. 

We have been able to publish the most up-to-date information on what the relaxation of the restrictions mean in each jurisdiction, answering such questions as "What does this now mean for sailing?" and "What organised activity is currently permitted in my state or territory?"


NSW May Update - Relaxation of Restrictions


Australian Sailing has received updated guidance regarding the impact of easing restrictions on sailing in New South Wales.

The NSW Government announced that it has eased the following restrictions on Friday 15 May 2020, including: 

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time
  • Up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time
  • Weddings up to 10 guests
  • Indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30
  • Religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers
  • Use of outdoor equipment with caution
  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions.

The NSW Office of Sport has been working closely with government agencies to provide guidelines and principles for sporting organisations to recommence activity in a safe manner, in adherence with the revised Public Health Orders.

The NSW Government notes that National Cabinet endorsed the Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on Friday 1 May 2020.

Now that the nature of these eased restrictions commencing on Friday 15 May 2020 are known, the Office of Sport is finalising this work as a matter of priority and we hope to have further update out to clubs and members over the next couple days.

What does this now mean for our sailing clubs?

  • Recreational sailing continues to remain a permitted activity;
    • Access to marinas is permitted
    • Access to fuel sales is permitted
  • Organised community sport is currently still prohibited, so club organised events and training can’t take place at this stage.

What vessels can we sail? - Recreationally

  • Yachts Yes, provided you maintain a maximum of 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene requirements are maintained. Maintain only outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Dinghies (single handed) Yes, provided you maintain a maximum of 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene requirements are maintained. Maintain only outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Dinghies (double Handed) No.  These boats are unable to comply with the 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m requirements
  • Windsurfing Yes, provided you maintain a maximum of 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene requirements are maintained. Maintain only outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Kiteboarding Yes, provided you maintain a maximum of 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene requirements are maintained. Maintain only outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Powerboats Yes, provided you maintain a maximum of 1 person per 4m2 and social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene requirements are maintained. Maintain only outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.

How many people can I have on board?

You must observe the not more than 1 person per 4m2 and maximum ten-person rule for outdoor gathers, be satisfied you have observed appropriate social distancing requirements and equipment is not shared.

Can clubs deliver racing and organised club events, i.e. Sport?

No, further updates are required from NSW Office of Sport. Australian Sailing are expecting these updates over the weekend.

Can clubs deliver face to face courses?

As the rules on gatherings and use of shared equipment remain in place, courses and programs are not permitted due to the practicable nature of delivering these courses whilst observing social distancing and use of shared equipment. This includes, but is not limited to;

  • Accredited Australian Sailing programs, including all activities within the Dinghy, Tackers, Keelboat, Powerboat and Windsurfing programs
  • Discover Sailing Days
  • Club organised learn to sail, windsurf or powerboat courses (non-Australian Sailing accredited courses)
  • Instructor and officials courses.

Is coaching permitted?

Yes, provided you remain within your regional boundaries; social distancing and hygiene is maintained; the ten-person rule is observed (including coach), and equipment, including coach boats, are not shared.

Further guidance for Sport

The return to ‘normal’ club activities and the re-start of sport nationally is under consideration.

Australian Sailing continues to work with NSW Office of Sport, the Federal Minister for Sport, Maritime, and NSW Health, as well as attending all relevant briefings from Federal and State departments. We expect further guidance to be released over the next few weeks and we will inform the sailing community of the impacts of any decisions and return to play measures.

If you have any questions, please contact your Regional Manager Carl Webster on 0415 707 305 or email carl.webster@sailing.org.au.

I will stand by to assist you (C-G-1)

As the world has come to terms with the shutdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic people have been looking at ideas to keep in touch and support each other.
Visual signalling is a maritime and sailing tradition and the San Francisco Yacht Club (Belvedere, CA), Staff Commodore Jim Robinson has been looking at ideas that Yacht Clubs across America and around the World could use to create a sense of camaraderie and a way to communicate with each other and their members so that they know the Yacht Club would be there when their Members are able to return to sailing.
With confirmation from the San Francisco National Maritime Museum, Staff Commodore Robinson established that the correct signals to display the message I WILL STAND BY TO ASSIST YOU are the C – G – 1 flags.
RPAYC are now flying the signals from our flagstaff.
Read up on the origins of this great initiative as reported on scuttlebutt here.

Club Race Official Course - Join the Team

This course is aimed at people who have a keen interest in Sailing and want to participate in another facet of the sport.

One of goals at the club is to increase the number of race officials across both our yachting and centreboard activities. Those who may be interested in becoming a Race Officer include parents who may have limited experience with sailing and want to contribute to the sport, volunteers at yacht clubs, existing sailors who wish to lend a hand and their expertise, and sailors who no longer actively participate in the sport.

This seminar is run online over 3 hours.

A schedule of the courses has been set from May through to June 2021 with courses running at a minimum of once a month, with additional courses over the next few weeks already scheduled.

Register to do your club race official course here www.sailing.org.au/clubraceofficer


Club Equipment Auditor Online Seminars

Course Overview

The National Equipment Auditor (NEA) Scheme provides a system for organising authorities (Clubs) to nominate Club Equipment Auditors (CEA) to audit boats for Category 3-7 races.

The Club Equipment Auditor (CEA) seminar is a free safety service provided to help ensure safety standards are consistently met through equipment compliance.

To become accredited as an Australian Sailing CEA you are required to:

  • Be a member of an Australian Sailing affiliated club.
  • Be endorsed by an Australian Sailing affiliated club to audit specifically for that club.
  • Attend the relevant Australian Sailing Equipment Auditors Seminar.
  • Pass the Australian Sailing Equipment Auditors Exam.

The Club Equipment Auditor seminar reviews:

  • The Cat 3-7 auditing forms.
  • All Category specific updates to the Special Regulations.
  • Procedures to be utilised whist auditing.
  • Where to obtain specific auditing information from the Racing Rules of Sailing and Special Regulations.

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