At the 2019 World Sailing meetings their Racing Rules Committee approved changes to the rules relating to sail numbers. The changes introduce a requirement that numbers be of a contrasting colour to the body of the sail.
The changes approved apply to rules G1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 and can be seen in submission 216-19 at https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/21619RacingRulesofSailingRulesG1.2G1.3andG5-.pdf.
The main thing that officials and boat owners need to know is that sail numbers will have to be of a contrasting colour. Boat owners who have sail numbers in a dark colour on a dark sail will need to have their sail numbers changed to something more contrasting by 1 January 2021. This problem is typically seen on ‘carbon’ coloured or dark grey sails.
Sail makers building new sails or doing repairs should also check the sail numbers and offer advice on whether the numbers need to be replaced with some of a contrasting colour.
Race officials serving on race, technical and protest committees may have to exercise some judgement when educating boat owners and crews on the upcoming rule change, and how to address it after 1 January 2021. Attention is drawn to G4 which guides a protest committee to warn and provide time to comply before penalising a boat.
With further restrictions that have been announced this week we would like to remind you that we are here to help.
Last week we sent boat owners a message offering to monitor vessels if you are unable to attend. The response to this was very positive and our team are very happy to carry out various checks on your behalf. If you want to take advantage of this service please let our Waterfront team know firstname.lastname@example.org. Regardless of if you would like to take up this offer we want to assure you that our team is keeping a close eye on member’s vessels during this time.
Our tender service continues to operate, however due to tightening restrictions we are limited to one passenger only with the skipper at a time, unless the passengers are from the same family living under the same roof. In the case of a family the tender skipper will use their discretion as to the number of passengers that can travel, so please keep tender passengers to a minimum. There is also now a requirement that the tender is sanitised between each trip, so please be patient.
The RPAYC Boatyard remains very busy and we will be keeping this facility open for as long as the government will allow. Our valued tenants continue to trade and your ongoing support would be appreciated. It is important that boats are maintained for a number of reasons, but particularly for seaworthiness at times of reduced use.
The Boatyard staff and tenants have noticed increased foot traffic in their area and ask that if you are thinking of speaking with them about work can you please use the phone where you can. We recognise that people are wanting to get out and exercise but we ask, for the safety of our Boatyard team, that you don’t use the Boatyard as a destination.
The Marina Industry Association and the Boating Industry Association are lobbying hard to both the State and Federal Government to have Marinas and Boatyards recognised as ‘essential services’ in the case that we are advised to go into full lockdown. This will allow us to continue to supervise, secure and maintain your vessels.
I remind members that we are providing take-away meals, pantry items and take-away alcohol from the Clubhouse. Details can be found in this newsletter and we hope that you will support this initiative.
Many members have asked if boating is still allowed at the moment. At the time of writing this message there is uncertainty due to contradictions between a Public Health Order that was interpreted by various agencies suggesting that any non-essential boating is banned and announcements today that suggested that some boating was allowed for the purpose of exercise providing social distancing requirements were being met. Australian Sailing is currently working to seek clarity from Maritime agencies and Governments in each State. Whilst they do, they are advising sailors to stay at home and stay safe, which means staying off the water for the time being.
As a Club and as a community I would ask that you keep in touch with each other and offer support, particularly to our more senior members. Please reach out to each other and the Club if you need a hand. As I said earlier, we are here to help.
Please look after yourself and those around you.
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In an effort to assist our members we launched a new service at the Club during the week. Our NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service is available for you from 10am today. All packed and ready for you to take home or straight out onto the boat. For your convenience some meals have been frozen for longer storage. We hope that you support this initiative and our Club. Please indicate what food and drinks you would like to order from the below form and either send the completed form to email@example.com or call 9998 3700 to order via phone.
All items are subject to availability.