Thank you for your ongoing support of the Club over the COVID-19 restriction period. The virus is still with us and it remains really important that we do not become complacent and that we continue to follow the basic rules of social distancing and hygiene. With increasing infection numbers in NSW, authorities will be stepping up inspections of businesses across the state. RPAYC has been doing a great job complying with our COVID Safe Plan and will continue to do so to look after our members, staff and guests.
Although restrictions remain in place, it is great to see members back in the Club after racing. Numbers of people permitted in the Club are limited at present and during these normally peak periods we have restricted access to members only at these times, however guests are welcome in the restaurant at other times.
Please remember that current restrictions require all members and guests to be seated. Standing around having a drink and a chat or mingling between groups is not permitted. Please follow instructions from staff.
RPAYC has a new Commodore and Vice Commodore!
Congratulations to Commodore Allen Stormon who was elected on Tuesday night in a hotly contested ballot. There were 65 members in the Pittwater Room and, in a Club first, 35 members watched the AGM live from their loungeroom as Commodore Michael Lockley handed over the reins to his successor.
There were no other contested roles on the night and the following people were announced as elected officials of RPAYC:
Leon Wilson, Vice Commodore
David Williams, Rear Commodore Cruising
Andrew Springer, Rear Commodore Centreboard
Julia Hornsby, was re-elected for a second term as Rear Commodore Activities
Congratulations to all of our newly elected officers.
A new Rear Commodore Yacht Racing will be appointed by the Board at their next meeting.
In other business, Commodore Michael Lockley presented the Clubmanship Trophy for 2019/20 to Bob Bennett in recognition of his key role in RPAYC’s Integrated disAbled Sailing (IdS) program. Bob has been fundamental in driving both the Soldier On and St John of God sailing programs, arranging volunteer members to, not only donate their yachts, but also their time to take returned servicemen and women through sail training and family picnic days. Further, Bob formed an important part of the RPAYC team to provide on-water support at the 2018 Invictus Games. Through Bob’s great work, the Club has seen hundreds of returned servicemen enjoy sailing and time on the water. Congratulations Bob!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank retiring Commodore Michael Lockley and Vice Commodore Ron Palmer for their dedication to the Club. Michael spent 7 years on the Board including 3 years as Vice Commodore and 3 years as Commodore. Ron was Vice Commodore for 3 years following his role as Rear Commodore Yacht Racing. I have appreciated their guidance and assistance, particularly over the recent COVID-19 journey, and wish them both well for the future.
Over the next couple of months there will be construction work taking place at the Club.
New fencing, paths and landscaping around the Boatyard are nearing completion. The new fencing looks great and we are very pleased with the improved access to the Clubhouse and tenant building. I would like to thank RPAYC staff Kylie Brown and Dan Deamer for their assistance in this project.
Work has commenced on the long-awaited Clubhouse re-roof project. Later this week there will be a crane on site moving roofing material into position and a staging compound set-up to provide roof access via a scissor lift. This compound will be in position for a number of weeks while the roof replacement takes place.
Following the re-roofing project, we will be heading straight into the resurfacing of the lower car park. The existing bitumen is well past its useful life and we look forward to providing an improved surface that will last for many years to come.
Please look after yourself and those around you.