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

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 

Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2020 Postponed

Notice to Members

As you would be aware, the world has been monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with concern and these past weeks have seen public events being postponed or cancelled.

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club considers the health and safety of our members, staff and guests of high importance. The situation is rapidly changing and we will continue to monitor it. We will share updates with members as they become available.

Due to these current conditions RPAYC is of the view that the most appropriate action for Club events involving the gathering of a large number of people will be assessed on an event by event basis and postponed if thought appropriate.
After careful consideration the decision has been taken to postpone Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo 2020 (21-22 March) until further notice. We thank our naming rights sponsor Club Marine for their unwavering support.

Other events will be considered and information will be posted on the RPAYC website and social media sites, as well as on the Club noticeboard.

Please note, typical Club activities including Club racing will be business as usual.

 

Michael Lockley
Commodore RPAYC

  

America's Cup teams are feeling the pressure as the clock continues to count down to March 2021, the start of the 36th America’s Cup

Race 1 on 6 of March 2021 marks the first official race of the ‘Defence’ of the Auld Mug for the holder of the America’s Cup. It is the first occasion that the trophy is officially on the line since it was won in Bermuda in 2017.

However, for Emirates Team New Zealand they are taking the view that it’s not about defending the Cup, it is about simply winning it, much the same as all of the Challengers are trying to do.

“For the Challengers, all you are trying to do is win the Cup. When you are the Defender you also have other considerations, but at the end of the day, no matter who you are you still need to win it. So this mindset is a subtle change, but I think a correct one and it’s how we are all thinking here.” Explained Emirates Team New Zealand COO Kevin Shoebridge who has previously been in the position as both a Challenger and a Defender.

At the end of the day, today is just another date in the long and arduous campaign for everyone in the team, but Emirates Team New Zealand are looking at what is still to be accomplished if the team are going to be in a position to successfully win the cup again.

 

America’s Cup is heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is pleased to announce the famous ‘Auld Mug’, the America’s Cup, is headed across the Tasman Sea to the Club in March for a special weekend of events, marking the first time it has been seen in Australia since the 30th anniversary of Australia winning the Cup back in September 1983.

The America’s Cup will briefly leave its present home at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) to go on display at the Pittwater based club in Sydney over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. The RNZYS recently accepted the RPAYC as an entry for the Youth America’s Cup Challenge, and the two clubs have also joined forces to make the inaugural 2021 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race a success.

“We are very excited that the Cup is coming to the Club and that it has been accepted as the first ever challenger from Australia for the Youth America’s Cup Challenge. It will be a fabulous weekend for all concerned,” RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley said.

“We will also be promoting the inaugural Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race over that weekend,” he said, adding: “The Alfreds is a great place to go sailing and continues to produce champions from grass roots level.”

RPAYC members and guests will be invited to a function on the Saturday evening, among them government officials, well known sailors; in particular those with a connection to the Cup, who will be invited to speak. Aaron Young, Vice Commodore of RNZYS will be arriving with the Cup.

‘The Alfred’s’ has strong ties to the America’s Cup. Members Colin Beashel, Phil Smidmore and Rob Brown were on the winning 1983 team. The Club’s most famous Cup exponent though, is two-time winner, James Spithill. ‘Jimmy’ is lining up for his seventh tilt at the Cup, this time as skipper of the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge. Another member, Richard Slater, appointed Chief Umpire for the 35th AC in 2017, has been invited back in the same role for the 36th edition in 2021.

Others who will benefit from seeing the Cup, and most for the first time in their young lives, are the up to 150 Optimist sailors expected to take part in the RPAYC hosted Optimist NSW Championship on that same weekend.

On Sunday the RPAYC will launch its Youth Americas Cup team at the presentation to the NSW Optimist Championship sailors.

“Sunday, the focus will be on the Optimist sailors and local sailors from our Youth Development program and our Youth Squad. We will share with them the Club’s history of taking part in the America’s Cup - and winning it,” Commodore Lockley remarked. “It will give them food for thought on where they can take their sailing in the future.” 

For all information on the RPAYC and its events, please visit: https://www.rpayc.com.au/

For all information on the 2021 Moonen Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, please visit: www.sydneytoauckland.com

To Book your seat for the 'Conquer the Tasman Launch' on Saturday evening, please visit: www.trybooking.com/BIYIL 

By Di Pearson/Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race media

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Please credit photo as attached

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Further media information: Di Pearson, phone: 0410 792 131

 

 

RPAYC will be a hive of activity in 2020 - pic courtesy RPAYC                                                                  The America's Cup - Andrew Delves RNZYS pic

 

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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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