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

NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service

Available for collection Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

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 reception@rpayc.com.au or call 9998 3700 to order via phone.  

All items are subject to availability. 

 
Notes: 
 
# Orders received by 10am will be available for pickup from 10am the following day – there are ready to eat meals for immediate collection between 10am-4pm subject to availability.  
 
# Someone will call you to confirm your payment details and scheduled time for pickup, if you need pantry/freezer items asap please let the team know so we can try to assist you. 
 
# To customize your order or if there is something you would like that is not listed on the following options please get in contact with us, we are happy to help source items (subject to availability).  
 
 
 
 

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Message from the General Manager 26/03/2020

Dear Members,
A great deal has happened over the past week and like you, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has had to adapt to the ever-increasing demands and changes.
As you would be aware Clubs and Hotels were closed down on Monday. The government’s directive was to eliminate the possibility of people gathering within our facility. That said, there are many areas of our operation that remain open.

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 waterfront@rpayc.com.au 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.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Craig Evans
General Manager
 

Alfred's Grab & Go Home Made Meals

We are excited to launch 'Alfred's Grab & Go', which is now open!
Available for collection 
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

THE DETAILS
  • Drive or walk via the ring road
  • Park adjacent A Arm, short term parking
  • Access Halyards Bistro via the side gate near A Arm
  • Pickup from Halyards
  • Pre-order not essential
  • Take Away Beverages available (individual or cases)
  • Credit card or member charge (No cash)
Contact us to arrange a pre-order or for any queries or custom requirements you may have. 
Phone - 9998 3736
Full details here

Closure of the RPAYC Clubhouse

23 March 2020
 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

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.


Craig Evans
General Manager, RPAYC

 

Club Announcement - ALL organised sailing & training suspended

Dear Members

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

21/03/2020

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has been closely monitoring government advice as well as interpreting changing community expectations. With the safety of our members, guests and staff being our highest priority we have made significant changes in various ‘on-shore’ aspects of our Club operation.

Unfortunately, the time has come to consider our ‘on-water’ events. Effective immediately we have suspended all RPAYC organised sailing and training events until 30 April 2020. We will review our position prior to that date and communicate an update to members in due course.

Despite the suspension of organised sailing, we encourage you to still get out on the water.

Boating with your family is a great way of social distancing and is beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

Our Club ‘on-shore’ operations continue, albeit with some adjustment. We have received instructions from government limiting the number of people allowed in various areas of the Clubhouse based on the size of each room and compliance with social distancing requirements. RPAYC staff are committed to ensuring that we remain open for as long as we are able and ask for your understanding and support during this time.

Our marina, boatyard services, administration, food and beverage operation and our gym continue to operate so please support these aspects of your Club and our valued boatyard and retail tenants.

The decision to suspend ‘on-water’ events has not been made lightly. Organised sailing events at the Alfred’s are important to our Club culture, it’s ‘what we do’ and have been doing so for over 150 years. We look forward to getting you back out there as soon as it is possible.

Thank you for your on-going support and understanding. We will continue to keep you updated.

Please look after yourself and the health of those around you.

 

Craig Evans

General Manager, RPAYC

 

BoM Announcement - Sydney Enclosed Waters

Service Announcements

All scheduled release dates are subject to change due to technical and operational requirements.
Name change for Sydney Closed Waters (to Enclosed Waters)

Scheduled Release Date: Week of 23 March 2020

The name for the local waters area 'Sydney Closed Waters:Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Botany Bay' will be changed in response to public feedback, and following consultation with key stakeholders. The name will change to 'Sydney Enclosed Waters: Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Botany Bay' to reflect the naming convention used by state government regulations and local marine clubs and organisations.

This change will be reflected across all forecast, wind warning summaries, and map products.

BoM annoucements: http://www.bom.gov.au/weather-services/announcements/

Membership March SPECIAL

 What better way to escape the busy work life than to go sailing on stunning Pittwater. 

Until the end of March, take advanatage of our $0 Joining fee across all categories of membership. 

Download a membership form and return prior to the 31 March to membership@rpayc.com.au or contact Leah on 9998 3700 to discuss how to become a member. 

View membership details and categories here https://www.rpayc.com.au/membership/become-a-member

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/

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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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