I hope that you are all well.
Last week’s announcement on the relaxation of restrictions for recreational boating was well received. This change has increased the scope of what is allowed on boats and removed the limit that existed under the ‘essential activity’ restriction that was in place. Many of our members were very happy to hear that they can again overnight locally on their vessels.
Just as it was with the introductions of many COVID-19 restrictions it is equally challenging to keep up with the rate at which they are being eased. We have a number of plans in place for the coming weeks, however with the way things are moving these plans may be overtaken and will likely be subject to change.
During the last week we have received great news that organised boating events are now permitted. In line with other Australian Sailing affiliated clubs in NSW, yacht racing will recommence at RPAYC from Saturday 6 June with the Lion Island Series and centreboard will back from Sunday 14 June with their Winter Series. Our cruising fleet will also be taking advantage of the eased restrictions with a cruise to Bobbin Head, from Saturday 6 June to Monday 8 June. The current social distancing and hygiene requirements must be adhered to; the ‘new normal’ will look a little different and information will be supplied to advise what is required from all participants.
I am also pleased to advise that with the increased numbers of patrons allowed to dine at the Club we will be recommencing some F&B dining services. From Thursday 4 June we will be open for up to 50 patrons. Dining will be set up in the Admiral’s Cup Room and Edinburgh Bar with 25 patrons in each area. From Thursday 4 June we will be open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Bookings must be made by a member and numbers will be limited to 8 people. Dining will be limited to a maximum of 90 minutes per booking. Access into the Club will be via the main glass doors into reception. Bookings are essential and there are to be no ‘walk-ins’ during this time. For more details please call the Club.
Our successful ‘Grab & Go’ take away service will continue to operate from Halyards 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.
Our Boatyard business has remained reasonably steady throughout the period; however, bookings have dropped off a little while boat owners were waiting for restrictions to be eased and racing to resume. Now would be a good time to think about booking your vessel in for its annual maintenance and repair.
A final reminder, if you wish to take advantage of the membership subscription rebate being offered by the RPAYC Board, please make sure that your annual membership subscription fee is paid in full prior to 31 May 2020, or that you have committed to the Club’s monthly direct debit arrangement by returning the form no later than 28 May. Direct Debits instalments are automatically charged to your account on the 20th of each month, however, in May the Finance team will run a special debit on Friday 29 May to ensure that members who haven’t already done so can take advantage of this offer. The rebate will be equivalent to 50% of your monthly subscription fee and will be credited to your membership account. This arrangement commenced from 1 May 2020 and is intended to operate for an initial period of three (3) months. It will be reviewed at 31 July 2020. In recognition of your prompt commitment and support, if we open prior to the end of July the 3-month rebate will be honoured. This special rebate offer has been put in place by the Board in response to the difficult times and the restrictions that have been applied to our Club due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As restrictions continue to ease, we look forward to welcoming you back into the Club and resuming activities. The ‘new normal’ may look a little different for a while and we thank you for your on-going support and patience as we move forward. Your safety is our main concern.
Please look after yourself and those around you.