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


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


Update from the General Manager 20/5/2020

Dear Members,
I hope that you are all well. 
Recreational Boating restrictions were eased in some areas over the weekend and the great news to come from this is that staying on your vessel overnight is now allowed. Social distancing and hygiene requirements are still in force; however, this now means that overnight escape that many of our members enjoy is again permitted. This was the announcement that came out on Saturday at noon, but not formally signed off until yesterday - Click here to view.
Organised Racing and Cruising events will however take a little longer to return. The RPAYC, as a Club affiliated with Australian Sailing (AS), is meeting regularly with other Clubs and AS to discuss the return of organised race competition and cruising activities. Club Commodores are meeting weekly to discuss and plan for the return to normal boating activities. AS is taking much of its direction from guidelines that have been prepared by the Australian Institute of Sport. At this stage we do not anticipate on water organised events returning until late June or July. 
There has also been some positive news on opening up Food & Beverage at the Club. The current restrictions allow Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes to have a maximum of 10 patrons at any one time. At this stage we will be continuing with our successful ‘Grab and Go’ take away food and beverage option, however for safety and financial reasons we will not be offering seated dining.
With the Club closure it has given some our staff the ability to tidy up and deep clean storage and kitchen areas, repaint and clean in Halyards annex, clean and tidy up paving issues, build garden edge retaining walls and tidy up Centreboard boat storage. Staff are making sure that everything is in place and ready to go for on-water and off-water activities when we are given the green light. Hopefully this is not too far away.
Again, a reminder if you wish to take advantage of the membership subscription rebate please make sure that you comply with the following requirements. The rebate will be equivalent to 50% of your monthly subscription fee and will be credited to your membership account. This arrangement commenced from  1 May 2020 and is intended to operate for an initial period of three (3) months. It will then be reviewed at 31 July 2020. In recognition of your support if we open prior to the end of July the 3-month rebate will still be honoured. This special rebate offer has been put in place by the Board in response to the difficult times and the restrictions that have been applied to our Club due to the Coronavirus pandemic for the period that the Clubhouse remains closed. To be eligible for this rebate, your annual membership subscription fee must either be paid in full and received prior to 31 May 2020, or you commit to the Club’s monthly direct debit arrangement and your monthly instalment is received on the 20th of each month.
We thank you for your continuing support of the Club and look forward to seeing you in the Clubhouse once again … hopefully soon.
Please look after yourself and those around you. 
Kind regards,
Craig Evans
General Manager

Tenant Spotlight - Sydney Marine Brokerage

This Weeks Tenant Spotlight is on Sydney Marine Brokerage - Yacht and Boat Sales.

Sydney Marine Brokerage is our onsite Yacht Brokerage specialising in Pre-owned yachts and power vessels and is located next door to the Chandlery here at the club.

Sydney Marine Brokerage is also the Australian exclusive dealer for Grand Soleil Yachts, Sasga Yachts and Smuggler Marine.

The Sydney marine Brokerage team include:
Andrew Withers – Owner/Sales
Richard Payne – Sales
Alyson Cohen - Admin
Karen Smailes – Marketing

If you are thinking about selling or upgrading your current vessel, please drop in and meet the team, they have some awesome RPAYC members listing deals and are very proactive and friendly in their approach.

Sydney Marine Brokerage is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9-5pm.
Phone: 9997 7907 or 0411 424 514
Email: andrew@sydneymarinebrokerage.com
See their latest listing here: www.sydneymarinebrokerage.com




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.