I hope that this message finds you well.
On the water
I had the pleasure of getting out on the water last weekend for the first time in many months. A fleet of around 80 boats participating in the Lion Island Series was exceptional. The following day our centreboard fleet hit the water with around 100 entries involved in the first race of the Winter Series. A total of around 600 sailors competed at RPAYC over the weekend assisted by dozens of valuable volunteers and there were also many other members out enjoying their boats in less competitive pursuits. There is nothing better than getting out on the water and escaping thoughts of COVID 19 for a few hours.
COVID 19 restrictions continue to be eased by the NSW Government. On 1 July there will be further eased restrictions on community sport and contact will be permitted during competitive sailing and training. There will be no limits on crew numbers at this time, however the skipper will need to ensure those on board maintain social distancing where reasonably practicable whilst not involved in competition and training.
Around the Clubhouse
Monday 15 June saw our gym re-open after being closed for almost 3 months. There are some restrictions in place on class sizes, maximum numbers of people allowed in the gym, and social distancing, hygiene requirements and contact tracing are in place. This ‘new normal’ has been well received by our gym members who are glad to be back training.
Meetings are back on! We continue to encourage meetings to take place via electronic means, however 17 June saw our committees once again being able to meet ‘face to face’ at the Club proving certain requirements are met - please see details here.
While restrictions have been easing in many areas unfortunately we still have no clear indication as to when our Food & Beverage operation will be back to normal. There have been announcements on the number of people permitted in the Club, however the rules requiring patrons to be seated and observing social distancing do not allow us to provide the casual and friendly club environment that we are all familiar with. Standing around having a drink and a chat or gathering in areas that we have not nominated for dining are not permitted. Our current operation of ‘Grab N Go’ in Halyards and seated dining and drinking upstairs in the Edinburgh Bar and Admirals Cup Room will remain in place until social gatherings around the bar are once again permitted.
Unfortunately the current restrictions make it impossible to hold post-race presentations and other functions in the Club and we walk a fine line to ensure that we comply. I appreciate that many of you are over this whole COVID 19 situation and can’t understand why we are not relaxing the restrictions within the Clubhouse. Believe me, if I could I would. The reality is that COVID 19 is still in our community and restrictions remain in place. We must also acknowledge our social behaviour and the risk that this poses to many of our members who may be considered vulnerable to this infection.
This week we were inspected by the Office of Liquor and Gaming and we have also had visits from the police. There is no room for complacency at the moment and hefty fines apply for non-compliance. I am pleased to report that authorities are satisfied with the measures that we have in place.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support of the Club.
Please look after yourself and those around you.
General Manager, RPAYC