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

 
 

Saturday 25th April - ANZAC Day Hours

Anzac Day Hours 
Saturday 25th April, 2020
Food & Beverage Takeaway: 8am - 4pm
Tender Service & Reception: 8am - 5pm
 
 

There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years. While we will not be gathering at services or marches, there are still ways to acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered. CLICK HERE for more

Update from the General Manager 22/04/2020

Dear Members,
 
Today marks exactly one month since our Prime Minister called for Hotels, Restaurants and Clubs to close and also placed restrictions on the use of boats and other services that we all enjoy. It remains a difficult period with many uncertainties and ever changing restrictions being applied, but fortunately the growing list of restrictions have slowed down and there is now some clarity about the access and use of vessels at the Club. To summarise the current situation, I have put the most frequently asked questions into a Q&A format below. 
 
There are some very encouraging signs that the measures that have been put in place in Australia are working well and indications are that restrictions will slowly be eased providing that everyone does the right thing and statistics keep improving. However, it is not the time for complacency and it is really important that we abide by the rules until restrictions are gradually and formally lifted.
 
Q&A’s
 
Q. Can I use my boat?
A. Yes. Providing it is for essential reasons. Examples of reasons whereby you can use your vessel include if you require your boat to travel to and from home/ work, require it to source groceries and other essential services, or if it is for exercise. Sailing, fishing and paddling are all considered valid forms of exercise and are therefore allowed providing that social distancing rules are met both on the boat as well as at the marina, hardstand, boat ramp, etc. Transport for NSW does not consider general boating for recreational purposes as a reasonable excuse to be out on the water, therefore you must be able to satisfy the ‘essential reason’ requirement. 
 
Q. Can I arrange a ‘non-official’ event with a number of other boats?
A. Unfortunately the answer to this question is ‘No’.  Australian Sailing were advised by Transport for NSW that a group of sailors participating in a non-official event were cautioned last weekend, as too was their Club. Potential fines to individuals and the Club are significant, so please do not risk either the infringement or bringing the Club into disrepute. 
 
Q. Can I come down to the Club to check on my boat, work on my boat or have repairs and servicing carried out?   
A. Yes. You can access your vessel at the marina or mooring to check on systems and make sure that it is safe and compliant. You are also allowed to take your vessel (by road or water) to a marina or boatyard for repairs and services and likewise return it home or to its mooring or marina. I would also draw your attention to our free ‘Boat Check’ service that our Waterfront team are happy to carry out if you are self-isolating or if you are unable to get to the Club. Many boat owners have taken up this option and we are happy to assist. Details can be found in the newsletter.  
 
Q. Can I go away on my boat/ stay overnight on mooring?
A. No. Unfortunately, this is not permitted. This kind of activity is not recognised as essential and we have been warned by authorities that fines will be issued. I appreciate that this activity is important to many of our members and we are working closely with both the Boating Industry Association and Marina Industry Association on this issue as they have the ear of government. 
 
Q. Is the Club’s tender service still operating?
A. Yes. The tender is still available 7 days a week. Social distancing, limited numbers of passengers and disinfecting the vessel between trips are now required. Please observe the instructions of the skipper of the tender. 
 
Q. Is the Boatyard still operating?
A. Yes. The boatyard is still operating as per normal at this stage and has remained quite busy, however bookings have dropped off somewhat. I imagine that coming out of restrictions there will be a rush by members to get their boats into shape and would encourage you to look after your boats now to avoid potential delays later in the year. Our team and our valued tenants are ready and waiting for you.
 
Q. Can I get food and drink at the Club?
A. Yes. We have a ‘take away’ facility open in Halyards. This service is open 7 days and details of what is on offer can be found in the newsletter and on our website. We have fresh and frozen meals available that have been created by our chefs as well as some pantry items. Beverages are also available. Please support this initiative.
 
Q. When can I go racing again?
A. Unfortunately this is an unknown. Following our final pointscore race on Saturday 21 March 2020, I announced that we would be suspending racing until the end of April and that I would notify further at that time. With the end of April looming and the unlikely lifting of sporting restrictions in the immediate future I would think that the suspension will continue throughout May and possibly beyond. We want to get you back out there as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. In the meantime, we do have virtual racing taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please see details in the newsletter if you would like to be involved.   
 
Over the past few weeks there has been a significant number of meetings held to review the Club’s position during this time. Various scenarios have been considered and a great deal of work carried out as to the financial positional and operational aspects of our Club. This has been a difficult and demanding challenge with changing government legislations and stimulus packages that have had quickly evolving detail. I would like to recognise our Finance Manager Pam Stevens and Admin/ HR Manager Pip Lodder for their efforts. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance and guidance of Vice Commodore Ron Palmer throughout this process. Thank you Ron.
   
In closing I would like to thank members for their support and also their concerns for the welfare of our staff over this time. As you would be aware our casual staff in hospitality, sail training and waterfront have been stood down. Our permanent staff are busy catching up on race programs, training manuals, updating policy documents and the like while admin and accounting staff are finalising year end accounts, preparing for the annual audit and membership renewals. Staff will also be reducing leave liabilities over coming months and also focusing on a number of projects that we have listed. More details on this next week.  
 
Please look after yourself and those around you. If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Club.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Craig Evans
General Manager
 

Ways to commemorate Anzac Day 2020

There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years. While we will not be gathering at services or marches, there are still ways to acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered.

 1. Be part of the Community Ode - Record a video of yourself reciting The Ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on your social media. Respond “Going” to the Anzac Day 2020 Facebook event. Then use the hashtags #Anzacspirit and #lightupthedawn and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this Anzac Day.

 2. Light up the dawn at 6am on Anzac Day. Go to the end of your driveway, stand on your balcony or in your loungeroom and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed. You can pledge your support at rslanzacspirit.com.au 

3. Tune into live services and virtual commemorative services. This includes the 5.30am service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am virtual and streamed service (closed to the public) from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast live with more details to follow.

 4. Reach out to a mate or veteran who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to invoke the Anzac value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing. And if you know a veteran please call or reach out to them, check in on them, thank them for their service and help them if needed during this time.

 5. Donate to the Anzac Appeal online at anzacappeal.com.au. Donations support Australian veterans and their families in need.

 

 

 

Marine Business Tenancy Opportunity

Great opportunities exist for marine related businesses that want to base themselves at a location offering world class facilities and a built-in client base.
 
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club seeks business that will complement the ‘one stop’ convenience provided by our Boatyard and marine facilities to Club Members and visitors.

Your new work space includes a large workshop and office space situated at the entrance of the Club as package or may be considered separately.
 
The space available includes an office on the entrance facing (north) and a large workshop on the lower ground facing the Green Point hardstand and boasts excellent access to the Club’s Boatyard.

To learn more download the Tenancy EOI Prospectus today and or contact:
(02) 9998 3700 or email management@rpayc.com.au

 

Tenant Building

The Green Point ‘Tenant’ building is in a prime location at the left at the main entrance to the Club.

The space available includes an office on the entrance facing (north) and a large workshop on the lower ground facing the Green Point hardstand and boasts excellent access to the Club’s Boatyard.  The office has ample natural light and overlooks the Green Point Hardstand.

The Boatyard

The Boatyard not only services club members boats on the marina but also those on the hardstands, moorings, boats located on Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and beyond. 

  • 50 tonne travel lift
  • 860+ boat lifts per year
  • 341 berth marina and 70 hardstands

The Club's onsite tenants provide professional services to meet the boat maintenance needs of Club Members and visitors from Sydney and afar. Club tenants work with the Club's Boatyard to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for boat maintenance and the marina attracts visitors from all over the world.

Covid-19 - Maritime update from the BiA & MiA

The BIA has today 15 April received confirmation from Transport for NSW Maritime that under current COVID-19 restrictions in NSW the following applies: 

  • A person can pick up a boat from a dealer, broker or person that they have purchased it from and tow it home as it is considered a reasonable excuse under obtaining goods and services as is taking it to a dealer or broker to offer it for sale.
  • A person can drive to a dealership or retail store to pick up boat equipment under the obtaining goods and services excuse.
  • A person can access their vessel at a marina or on a mooring to check on systems and to make sure it is safe and compliant in line with undertaking legal obligations.
  • A person can take their vessel (by water or road)  to a marina or boat shed for repairs or service under obtaining goods and services and likewise return it home or to its mooring or marina.

This update provides some clarity to both business and public, especially as there have been cases of Police intercepting people and issuing warnings that their travel is unlawful, while travelling by water to boat yards for service, maintenance or repair. Transport for NSW is to update their website to reflect this information in due course.

 

Happy Easter - Trading Hours

Easter Long Weekend Hours

Good Friday 10th April - CLOSED
* The club will be closed on Good Friday.
* The tender service will operate between 8am - 5pm. For tender service telephone 0427 477 854.
Easter Saturday 11th April - Easter Monday 13th April
* Tender Service & Reception (via telephone 9998 3700) 8am - 5pm
* Food & Beverage (takeaway: coffee, ready made meals, beverages) 9am - 5pm
 
Keen to order ahead or view the takeaway options -
https://rpayc.com.au/images/Food-Beverage/Alfreds-Grab--Go-Takeaway---Hamper-Order-Form-11.04.20.pdf
 

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