It is my great pleasure to announce that Yacht and Centreboard racing at the RPAYC is resuming sooner than originally planned.
As you know, the yachting office has been standing by and planning for this eventuality since the Clubhouse closed in March and we have been working with other major clubs and Australian Sailing to that end.
The RPAYC will recommence yacht racing on Saturday 6 June with the rescheduled Lion Island Series.
The rollout of events will be comprised of:
- The Lion Island Series which will keep with tradition and run each Saturday in June being the 6, 13, 20, 27, followed by the Early Bird Series.
- The Wednesday Waterford Series will commence on 10 June, weekly till the 26 August.
- The Centreboard Winter Series will be held on two Sundays of each month commencing on the 14 June through to August. With single and doublehanded crews now allowed.
More details will be provided soon, including NEW Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, how to enter, crew lists, on water social distancing and crew limitations, however, it is important to note that while social distancing restrictions have been reduced while racing, they still apply at the Club Premises The Clubhouse will not at this stage be open as normal and we will issue guidance on access to food, drinks, change facilities, etc. shortly.
To assist members ability to go sailing, short-handed and non-spinnaker divisions will be the order of the day until NSW reaches Stage 3 of the Australian Government Framework for a COVID Safe Australia. This approach has been agreed by the major Sydney and Pittwater clubs during this time of transition.
In addition, until the maximum number per boat of 10 crew is relaxed, no participating yacht may carry more than this number. The 10-person rule will be fully applied by the RPAYC with Members who breach it, at risk of disqualification. As we have seen with other sports, the community expects us to honour both the letter and intent of these rules and we must respect this.
Get in – Sail – Get out, will be the theme for racing at this time.
Finally, I wish to add that all Sydney Clubs are working towards the same goals and restrictions and I ask that skippers and crew to follow the guidelines set out and displayed around the club to ensure that all restrictions to be lifted in a timely manner.
If you have any questions about the above, our Sailing Office Team are here to help. Please contact the office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can also be found on Australian Sailing’s website here.
See you out on the water, at a distance… very soon!