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

 
 

Long Weekend Trading Hours

October Long Weekend Trading Hours

 

Saturday
Halyards Bistro: 8am - 5pm*
Halyards Bar: 8am - 5pm* 
Reception & Tender: 8am - 5pm
Gymnasium: 6am - 5pm

Sunday DAYLIGHT SAVINGS STARTS
Halyards Bistro: 8am - 5pm
Halyards Bar: 8am - 6pm*
Reception & Tender: 8am - 6pm
Gymnasium: 8am - 12pm

Monday PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Halyards Bistro: 9am - 3pm
Halyards Bar: 9am - 5pm*  
Reception & Tender: 8am - 6pm 
Gymnasium: 8am - 12pm

* Trade dependant

 

Update from the General Manager - Removal of Sailing Regions

I am delighted to advise that as of this Saturday, 26 September, the ‘Sailing Regions’ that were introduced in August will be removed.
 
This news follows announcements that were made earlier today from NSW Health, NSW Office of Sport and Australian Sailing.
 
What this means for racing at RPAYC:

  • As of this Saturday there will no longer be any ‘regional’ restrictions for competitors and volunteers involved in our racing. 
  • In line with our previous communications, yacht racing will remain non-pointscore until the conclusion of racing on Wednesday 30 September 2020. Racing after next Wednesday will return to pointscore competition. 
  • The removal of ‘Sailing Regions’ does not ease other health orders and RPAYC is required to continue complying with our COVID Plan, including the restrictions on numbers of people allowed in our Clubhouse, the holding of events (including presentations), social distancing, remaining seated in hospitality areas, our sign-in/ sign-out procedures, etc. 
  • The Clubhouse remains open following racing and both members and non-members are welcome to attend within the maximum limits as set by NSW Health. 

The easing of these restrictions is great news and certainly a step in the right direction, however I would like to remind all members that we must not become complacent and continue to comply with current health measures to ensure that restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.
 
Please look after yourself and those around you.
 
Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager
24 September, 2020

Daniel Links - 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Winner

Congratulations to our sailor Daniel Links who has just been named as the winner of the 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Award.
A very well deserved award!
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Announcing the winner of the 2020 NSW/ACT Youth Sailor of the Year Award – Daniel Links from
After dominating the Optimist class in Australia for a number of years, Daniel managed to finish off his time in the class with a fantastic win in the Dutch Youth regatta against 350 boats. This was an exceptional performance in a mix of conditions and the first time an Australian had ever won a large international Optimist regatta. Daniel then went to Antigua in July 19 for the Optimist Worlds. In tough windy conditions not suitable to his weight Daniel finished a very strong 16th against a very tough field.
This Worlds was the largest ever with over 65 countries represented. 16th was the 2nd best result ever by an Australian at an Optimist Worlds. After the Worlds Daniel progressed to a 420 and after only 5 months in the class managed to win the Australian championships in Mornington in Jan 2020. Daniel and Jack Ferguson won 7 of the 12 races and won with a race to spare against a strong Melbourne contingent on their local waters.
 

RPAYC Race 1 SOPS, Estuary, Sprints & Cruising

There were a lot of firsts for sailing at RPAYC on Saturday 19th September.

It was the first time there were two handed boats racing in the SOPS fleet and also the first time a Multihull joined the offshore fleet in the SOPS.

It was also the first of the seasons Cruising races, a handicap start. 

The RPAYC ran 4 race courses on Saturday beginning with the Cruising Division race from Pittwater to Challenger Head.  The start was scheduled for 1000 but was delayed 30 minutes to allow the light NE wind/breeze to build and then off went the initial Cruising race.

The second course for the day was the SOPS (short for Short Offshore Points Score) sailed on the Palm Beach Circle.

Race Officer Elaine Fowler, onboard Alfreds I set course 43, a 19 NM overall course from Barrenjoey to First Point return.  The light NE was forecast to build over the day.  A runout tide pushing the yachts towards the start line saw a general recall and restart of the race.  The second start was more orderly with only two yachts OCS.   The breeze did build but only to a comfortable 10-13 knots from the NE blowing over the race course.  A short sea made for a nice beat up the shore to the windward mark. The 50 foot catamaran TOP GUN was first around the mark followed very closely by the Farr 46 PRETTY WOMAN.  They finished in the same order however TOP GUN extended her lead on the water.

Having started the SOPS fleet Elaine took Alfreds I back into Pittwater for the start of the Estuary Fleet near Long Nose Point.  A total of 13 yachts started in this race which saw the yachts sail a course across Broken Bay and then towards the Hawkesbury River and finally back around West Head to finish off Mackerel Beach.

In the meantime, further inshore, RO Stephen Merrington onboard Alfreds II set up the race course for a series of sprint races.  

Stephen set this fleet off in four winward leeward races in two divisions with 9 yachts competing.

What a busy day for our race committee & mark layers. Thank you for your time. 

Report by Rear Commodore Racing - Rob McClelland

Some Images Here

  

 

My Crash Course on Ocean Cruising – A Visit to Lord Howe Island

 
  
Meltemi in the Lagoon at Lord Howe Island dwarfed by Mt Gower

In late 2009 I had been for some time contemplating taking my nearly 3 year old catamaran, a Seawind 1160 named “Meltemi” up the coast to the Whitsunday Islands. At the time I was living in Nowra on the NSW south coast and the boat was kept in Currambine Creek at Huskisson.

My only experience in coastal cruising had been a few trips back and forth from Jervis Bay to Sydney and Pittwater. I had also done a few delivery trips for Seawind, but only as crew from Wollongong to the Gold Coast. But my navigational experience with offshore cruising was nil.

It was about this time that my next-door neighbour said he was planning a trip to Lord Howe Island. This began to sow the seeds of a plan in my mind to divert around the tiresome river bars of the NSW north coast by sailing from Pittwater to Lord Howe direct and then on to the Gold Coast. It all seemed so terribly simple. What could possibly go wrong?

I had looked on the chart plotter and yes, my charts included Lord Howe Island. I also purchased the paper charts of Lord Howe Island and all the way to the Whitsundays (a considerable expense, I might add). So, by early April of 2010 we were all ready to go cruising and brought the boat into the wharf at Huskisson. We started to load every conceivable item we might need. There was so much stuff that I needed to tow a trailer behind the car to get it all to the wharf. This was the first of the mistakes we made about cruising. Do not take unnecessary things with you that will just take up space and never be used.  As the gear was loaded on board and the waterline slowly sank it was apparent, we would eventually need to raise the level of the antifoulwaterline.

My proposed crew for this adventure was my wife, Jenny together with Graeme, an old school friend of mine and his wife Annie, none of whom had any real sailing experience. I had sailed since I was born and was confident that the boat could be sailed single handed in an emergency. Again, what could possibly go wrong? Graeme and I sailed the boat up to Pittwater a week or so ahead in an uneventful journey to do a final pack at RMYC with the girls before departure.

Sailing under bare spinnaker on the way to Pittwater

I was advised that fuel was only available in jerry cans and at great expense on the island, so we took an additional 120 litres of fuel with us as well as the boat’s full tanks which I calculated would enable us to motor all the way to the Gold Coast via Lord Howe if we needed to. As it turned out, this was a good move.  We left RMYC on 23rd April at 10am on a beautiful sunny day with a light northerly breeze and motor/sailed past Barrenjoey Headland and out into a calm ocean. Zoom out far enough on the chart plotter and you will find that Lord Howe Island is on a rum line course of 410 nm at roughly 74.5 degrees. Place a waypoint on the entrance to the lagoon and settle back to enjoy the ride. Seemed sosimple!

The crew hard at it during theafternoonwatch                                            

The calm before thestorm

Boatyard Summer Bookings, Work Berths & Tenant Services

Boatyard Summer Bookings, Work Berths & Tenant Services

The Club wishes to advise our members that your Boatyard is extremely busy and is currently booked out until mid November. If you are wanting your boat ready for those all important Christmas and summer school holidays make sure you get your reservation in soon in order to avoid missing out. Members are also welcome to carry out DIY work on their own vessels on the boatyard but must hold a Marine Card and be inducted on site (speak to Monique for details).  Our Club Tenants offer a comprehensive suite of onsite services to ensure all your boating needs are met; electrical, trimming, rigging, shipwrighting, engineering, water maker specialist, a well-equipped chandlery and onsite brokerage. Click here to view a list of Tenants.

Do you know that as a benefit of Membership, Full or General Intermediate Members are entitled to 7 free work berth days per year?  Work berths are located in the berths adjoining the Green Point Hardstand and are available Monday to Friday in order for maintenance to be carried out.  Discounted work berths are also available for Club Members for work being carried out requiring more than the 7 day Member entitlement. (work berths are not available for the purposes of battery charging, provisioning, cleaning or taking on of water. Work berths are subject to availability).

Work berth reservations can be made via Boatyard Office and through Club Tenants.  For more information or to make a booking please contact the Boatyard Office telephone (02) 9998 3751 email boatyard@rpayc.com.au

SheSails for RPAYC

The RPAYC will be represented at this year’s SheSails Open Regatta hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and scheduled for November 28-29, by Nicole Butcher, Lisa Ratcliff and Lauren Crossman.

Competitors and organisers are hoping a NSW government easing of restrictions in relation to out of area visitors means the regatta can go ahead at full capacity utilising the club’s fleet of Elliott 6s.

Regular on Darren Drew’s Crowther 50 Top Gun, Nicole Butcher, has previously helped at Newcastle to deliver the women's development regattas and this year will helm while Lisa, who also crews on Top Gun for the women’s twilight series, will be on the main.

Lauren's sailing career encompasses Lasers, match racing and achieving the bucket list special of participating in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In fact, all three women completed the 75th running of the Great Race, Nicole on Noel Cornish’s St Jude, Lisa on Ashok Mani’s classic S&S Windrose sailing for Tasmania and Lauren on Keiran Mulcahy’sSoozal.

Newcastle will be the first event for this newly formed crew and the RPA is getting behind the team, offering an Elliott 7 for training.

Up to 16 teams will race windward/leewards on Newcastle Harbour over the weekend series.

Event website

Update from the General Manager 16/9/2020

Dear Members,

I hope that you are all well.

Thank you everyone for your patience over the last few months while construction has been occurring at the Club.

You will be happy to know that the lower car park resurfacing project, boatyard fencing & pathway project and the new Clubhouse roof project have all been completed. For more details on these projects please see the below ‘Building Notes’.

During the replacement of the Clubhouse roof the builders installed temporary props to support the weight of works on the roof. We also removed a number of old skylights, installed plasterboard ceilings and lighting above the stairs, hallway and ladies’ toilets. While this work was being carried out, access upstairs was restricted and therefore our Food & Beverage operation was limited to the ground floor of the Club.

Now that the roof and other upstairs building work is complete, we will be reopening Edinburgh Bar for Friday night drinks. Thank you to our regular Friday night customers that have continued to meet for Friday drinks in Halyards throughout the building program. I am sure that you will be happy to get back into the Edinburgh Bar from 5pm this Friday. Please note that COVID-19 measures remain in place and adherence is still required.

The current health measures and restrictions that are in place can often be frustrating and sometimes the inconsistencies are difficult to accept. Please be aware that the staff at the Club are doing their best to make sure that we adapt to the ever-changing rules and comply with measures of NSW Health. Hopefully with the positive signs of reduced community transfer of the virus and lower numbers of active cases we will see some of the current measures being eased, however in the meantime there is no room for complacency. The Club has had 4 surprise visits from different government agencies to check our COVID Plan and compliance. I am happy to say that the inspectors have been satisfied with our operation each time.

Building Notes: -

During the recent building work at the Club there were a number of improvements made in addition to just resurfacing the car park and putting a new roof on the Clubhouse. Following are details of just some of the improvements that were made.

 

Boatyard Fencing, Access Control and Entry Path: -

  • Improved entrance path for members and guests
  • New access path from the car park to Green Point Hardstand, Boatyard Office and tenant facilities
  • New timber fencing facing the entrance and car park area with a large automated sliding gate and increased gate opening width to allow truck access
  • Increased landscaping and improved lighting
  • The removal of brush fencing, which was replaced with a metal fence between the boatyard and the Clubhouse
  • New chain-wire fencing and access control gates to regulate access into the boatyard
  • Improved safety for pedestrians with a well-defined path, eliminating the shared roadway bottleneck at the boom gates and improved visibility at the laneway between the Clubhouse and the Boatyard.

Car Park Resurfacing: -

  • Improvement to levels to reduce rain water pooling
  • Installation of underground conduits and pits to allow for future services, particularly to the marina facility
  • Installation of spoon drains on the ring road around the Club
  • Installation of a water diversion/ speed hump
  • An increased number of car stops to improve safety (particularly on the edge of the sea wall)
  • New concrete curbing at the entrance
  • Improved glass bead line marking (noting that the line marking will also be improved on the upper 2 levels of the car park and also sections of the Crystal Bay Hardstand to better define boat areas and the pedestrian path

Clubhouse Roof Replacement: -

  • Structural and Hydraulic Engineer review
  • Installation of bridging between purlins to increase structural integrity
  • Installation of safety mesh below roof sheeting
  • Improved insulation
  • Roof safety points were installed for those that work on the roof in the future
  • Installation of hail guards
  • Increased number of stormwater outlets
  • New ceilings above the stairway and female toilets and improved lighting to these areas and the hallway
  • Painting of the above areas, upstairs lobby and reception

Check out the improvements next time you’re at the Club.

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,

 

Craig Evans

General Manager

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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.