Transport for NSW Media Release
10 FEBRUARY 2020
Boaters across NSW are being warned to be on high alert for navigation hazards with significant debris and missing navigation markers after the weekend’s rain.
NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said the boating conditions are potentially so unsafe in many areas, it would be advisable to delay boating until flood waters have subsided and the clean up of waterways has taken place.
“Up and down the coast there is a significant amount of debris in the water and this is particularly dangerous when it is submerged or semi-submerged as it is impossible to know it is there,” Mr Hutchings said.
“An entire jetty structure was hauled out of the water and from the paths of nearby ferries just off Kirribilli Point earlier today by our Environmental Services team.
“There is a salvage under way for a 13 metre cruiser after it overturned in the surf conditions experienced at Balmoral Beach yesterday.
“In Camden Haven, a starboard lateral mark which indicates where it is safe to navigate, has been dislodged and found in the surf zone at North Haven Beach, several kilometres away.”
Mr Hutchings said the system of buoys, poles and lights helps boaters with safe navigation and guides boating traffic on NSW waterways.
“Without these navigation markers in place, there is the potential for vessels to run aground or get into difficulty while navigating.
This weekend sees the annual Pittwater Regatta 2020 take centre stage with the Sydney 38 Class Nationals (14-16); followed by (on 15-16) the Premier Class offshore series with 6 windward/leeward races scheduled; the Pittwater Estuary Series 2 races (1 per day) which includes the ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin Series', a fun competition based on boat make (Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Italia, Hanse, J Boats and more). A great new Perpetual has been handmade and will be presented to the Origin winner on Sunday and Inshore we have the Summer One Design and Sports boat and Y88 Class regatta, 6 W/L races.
Three course areas are planned to cater for the various racing formats on offer.
- From the Premier and Performance racing yachts, who will compete offshore on a grand prix windward leeward course
- The ENSIGN Yachts 'Country of Origin' Estuary Passage Series of races for club racers and cruisers.- CLICK HERE for more information
- Additionally there will be an inshore Summer Sprint Series for a variety of fast paced one design and sports boats.
On Saturday afternoon crews will be entertained back at the Alfred’s Clubhouse by the Aston Martini’s performing a great mix of Cool Swing and Classic Soul with a touch of class and lots of energy.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay is joining the festivities for Pittwater hosting the on water management of the Estuary Series.
Its official - Sara Bruce, Cooper Bellingham & Tash Bryant will represent Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC for the SailGP Inspire Racing Program in Sydney.
The global championship returns to Sydney Harbour on February 28-29. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Sydney. For further information on SailGP Inspire and to sign-up to future programs, visit SailGP.com/Inspire.
The 9th annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the weekend of 21st & 22nd March 2020. The Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo has matured into an occasion to showcase the Club and a large range of marine products and services. It’s become familiar to both the sailing public and the broader community.
The 2019 Expo directly generated a significant number of new memberships to RPAYC (30 full and general members). It also alerted a wide group of potential candidates to the sailing and boating opportunities available to members of the RPAYC.
The Club would like to ask for your participation as a volunteer for the event to reinforce the RPAYC “personality” to visitors. We have a number of volunteer positions available on the roster on both Saturday and Sunday however we are particularly interested to hear from members who may wish to volunteer on Sunday.
If you are able to assist, please email Liz Rear Commodore Membership email:firstname.lastname@example.org and include your day preference i.e. Sat/Sat (or both), whether the morning or afternoon suits you.
Two handed sailing has a strong pedigree and a big following in the northern hemisphere but with the notable exception of the Melbourne Osaka Race it hasn’t attracted sustained mainstream interest here.
Short-handed sailing represents a huge physical and mental challenge. You get virtually zero sleep and have to physically push the boat while balancing learning to work together as a team. All of which makes it complicated, but also extremely rewarding and it must be said, fun.
If any of that sounds interesting, as opposed to a nightmare, then there’s some good news as this year there is a big and some would argue long overdue expansion of short handed events on the sailing calendar.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is offering a short handed division in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race getting underway on Friday 3 April and in the Cat 1 Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. A few months later the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will include a two handed division in the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race 2020 as a qualifier for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will for the first time include a short handed division.
RPAYC Tuesday 11 February, 6.30pm. Halayrds Bistro also open for dinner.