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.
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You would be aware that ‘take-away’ is currently allowed and we are gearing up to provide our members with a selection of fresh and frozen meals, along with other quick take away options such as pantry items for home and take away alcohol provisions. We will continue to update you on developments and hope that you will support this initiative for your benefit and also for that of the Club. Any unspent House Entitlement could be used on these purchases. Please also note that we will be extending the period that any unspent House Entitlement can be used into our next financial year.
Our Waterfront team continues to maintain our facilities, including our marina and boat storage areas. We appreciate that some members are regularly coming down to their vessels and many are still getting out on the water. I encourage this, but please adhere to government directives and share that experience with only your immediate family who are living under the same roof. Please do not gather or organise social racing or cruising events at this time. These events will not only unnecessarily put your fellow members in danger but also may prompt the government to clamp down on marina access and boatyard operations.
If you are self-isolating or minimising the time that you are out and about it is likely that you will not be attending to your vessel, therefore, while we are permitted to do so, we are offering facility holders a complimentary fortnightly comprehensive ‘Boat Check’. Club staff will undertake a fortnightly check of facility holders' boats from the lines through to the bilge and everything in-between! Should you wish to take advantage of this service, please click here to download the form and submit. Our Waterfront boys will also continue their daily 'dock walk' to keep an eye on your vessel so if you have any particular concerns we are here to assist; please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone. Our Boatyard and our valued tenants continue to operate to look after your vessels. We would ask that you support these businesses and make sure that your boats are being appropriately maintained.
In a prior announcement I mentioned that bathroom facilities at the Club would be limited to those in Jack Gale Centre. We have rethought that directive and will make the main bathrooms in the Clubhouse available instead. These bathrooms will be accessible via the rear laneway using your membership card. Sailfit Gym was also closed on Monday as per government instructions. Tana Anderson continues to provide ‘open air’ personal training on the grounds of the Club for those still wishing to keep fit. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.
I would like to thank those of you who have contacted the Club offering words of support. It means a great deal to our staff who are doing their best in these trying times.
There will be tighter controls in coming days, weeks and months and we appreciate that many of our members will be impacted over this period. 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.
Please look after yourself and those around you.
We are excited to launch 'Alfred's Grab & Go', which is now open!
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Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00
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- Park adjacent A Arm, short term parking
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- Pickup from Halyards
- Pre-order not essential
- Take Away Beverages available (individual or cases)
- Credit card or member charge (No cash)
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23 March 2020
Closure of the RPAYC Clubhouse
You may have heard by now, the Government has instructed all Registered Clubs to close indefinitely from midday today, 23 March 2020.
Accordingly, the main Clubhouse building of the RPAYC is now closed and it will not be possible for Members to access the licenced premises, reception and the gym until further notice.
At this stage, the close down direction does not seem to extend to our marina, boatyard and car park areas and so those aspects of the Club’s operations are currently unaffected – however this may change. Similarly, members will have access to the bathroom facilities at the Jack Gale Centre.
The Board and I will meet this afternoon to consider the options for the Club going forward. Considerations to our financial position, particularly in regard to our ability to retain key employees and the need to look after their interests, will be of high priority.
The Club’s ability to maintain our facilities, members vessels, provide adequate security and other services to members will continue. Our Boatyard, tenants and retailers will remain open and we would ask that you continue to support these business operations.
Instructions from government are changing frequently and we will keep you updated as things evolve.
While the impact of the economic shutdown is uncertain, the Club has the resources to manage through this period. With the support of our key staff and members and hopefully with the actions to avert the spread of COVID-19 being successful, we look forward to re-opening the Club in the near future.
Please look after yourself and the health of those around you.
General Manager, RPAYC