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


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

Update from the General Manager 8/04/2020

Dear Members,

I trust that you are well and coping with the current situation, however, if you find that you are in need of anything that we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

A few days ago there was confusion about the use of boats during this time as non-essential travel is not permitted. The requirement to stay home appeared to exclude all forms of recreational boating. In recent announcements there have been some opportunities provided that allow us to get out on the water. Exercise is included as being essential and therefore sailing, fishing, paddling, kayaking, etc. is permitted. We are grateful for these boating opportunities that we have been provided with, however it does not mean that it is ‘business as usual’ and it is really important that boating is done in strict compliance with the regulations that have been put in place or we risk tighter restrictions being imposed.

Easter is normally a time when many of us think of heading away in the boat for a few days. This Easter is different. Our Prime Minister has asked us to “stay at home” and it is really important at this time that we follow those instructions to reduce the community transmission of the virus.

Additionally, while off-the-beach sailing is a great form of exercise, gathering on the lawn is prohibited.  I urge you to be mindful and observe social distancing requirements while rigging and packing up the boat on the centreboard lawn.  If there are too many other people on the lawn area please delay your activity until it is less busy.

There has been a very good graphic put together by the Boating Industry Association that explains what is allowed and also reminds boat owners of the social distancing requirements currently in place. Please take a moment to study that image and also read the following advice that the BIA has provided:  -

Stay Home.  Only go boating if you determine it meets the criteria of essential travel. If you do, only go out boating by observing the Health advice and regulations in your State which may include:

  • getting essential supplies such as food (for example this includes fishing in NSW) and groceries (return home without delay)
  • taking physical exercise in non-powered craft such as paddling and sailing is permitted in NSW
  • complying with your legal obligations that includes life safety, environmental protection and property protection associated with your boat.

If you are boating for a legitimate reason in NSW, you must:

  • only go out on your own or with one other person or with ‘people of the same household going out together’
  • keep at least 1.5m apart from people you do not live with which includes no gathering or rafting up
  • wash your hands before and after any time there is contact with shared surfaces for example when fuelling or at any other time you come in contact with any hard surface outside the family home
  • take the most direct route to the water and only boat locally
  • wear a lifejacket, especially if solo
  • remember You’re the Skipper – You’re Responsible
  • follow the official advice so boating is seen as part of the solution and recovery, and not a problem to be banned.

The rules around permissible activities are constantly changing and if you are unclear it is better to stay home than risk spreading or catching the disease or getting a fine.

Our Boatyard remains open and our team and the tenants are here to assist with repairs and servicing of vessels. It is essential that vessels are maintained not only to look after your asset but also to protect the environment. Travel from your place of berthing to the boatyard for servicing the vessel is allowed.

The waterfront staff are continuing to keep a close eye on member’s vessels and again we ask if you have any specific needs that you would like our team to perform please give the Club a call or email waterfront@rpayc.com.au

Our tender service continues to operate during these times, albeit with some restrictions in place regarding the number of passengers. Please contact the Club if you require further information or would like to book the tender.

Our ‘Grab & Go’ take away option is pleasing many members and is available 7 days a week for your benefit. Please find details in the Club’s newsletter, website or call the Club if you would like further details.

With no formal yacht racing currently allowed our Sailing Office team have set up a series of virtual racing events and our initial trial of this last Saturday was very successful. Details on how you can be involved as a participant or as a spectator are in today’s Newsletter.

Please look after yourself and those around you. I hope that you have a happy and safe Easter.


Kind regards,

Craig Evans

General Manager

RPAYC Virtual Regatta

The RPAYC eSailing Series April 2020 is here with racing Saturday 4th April - Wednesday 29th April.

For all information including NOR, SI, Amendements and some help with how to get to the training page and a useful video on how to get to the race page CLICK HERE.

See you on the race course.

Message from the Commodore

Do ALL your Sails meet the new Rules? - Changes to Sail Number Rules

At the 2019 World Sailing meetings their Racing Rules Committee approved changes to the rules relating to sail numbers. The changes introduce a requirement that numbers be of a contrasting colour to the body of the sail.

The changes approved apply to rules G1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 and can be seen in submission 216-19 at https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/21619RacingRulesofSailingRulesG1.2G1.3andG5-[25511].pdf.

The main thing that officials and boat owners need to know is that sail numbers will have to be of a contrasting colour. Boat owners who have sail numbers in a dark colour on a dark sail will need to have their sail numbers changed to something more contrasting by 1 January 2021. This problem is typically seen on ‘carbon’ coloured or dark grey sails.

Sail makers building new sails or doing repairs should also check the sail numbers and offer advice on whether the numbers need to be replaced with some of a contrasting colour.

Race officials serving on race, technical and protest committees may have to exercise some judgement when educating boat owners and crews on the upcoming rule change, and how to address it after 1 January 2021. Attention is drawn to G4 which guides a protest committee to warn and provide time to comply before penalising a boat.

Update from the General Manager 2/04/2020

Dear Members,

With further restrictions that have been announced this week we would like to remind you that we are here to help.

Last week we sent boat owners a message offering to monitor vessels if you are unable to attend.  The response to this was very positive and our team are very happy to carry out various checks on your behalf.  If you want to take advantage of this service please let our Waterfront team know waterfront@rpayc.com.au. Regardless of if you would like to take up this offer we want to assure you that our team is keeping a close eye on member’s vessels during this time.

Our tender service continues to operate, however due to tightening restrictions we are limited to one passenger only with the skipper at a time, unless the passengers are from the same family living under the same roof. In the case of a family the tender skipper will use their discretion as to the number of passengers that can travel, so please keep tender passengers to a minimum. There is also now a requirement that the tender is sanitised between each trip, so please be patient. 

The RPAYC Boatyard remains very busy and we will be keeping this facility open for as long as the government will allow. Our valued tenants continue to trade and your ongoing support would be appreciated. It is important that boats are maintained for a number of reasons, but particularly for seaworthiness at times of reduced use.

The Boatyard staff and tenants have noticed increased foot traffic in their area and ask that if you are thinking of speaking with them about work can you please use the phone where you can. We recognise that people are wanting to get out and exercise but we ask, for the safety of our Boatyard team, that you don’t use the Boatyard as a destination.

The Marina Industry Association and the Boating Industry Association are lobbying hard to both the State and Federal Government to have Marinas and Boatyards recognised as ‘essential services’ in the case that we are advised to go into full lockdown. This will allow us to continue to supervise, secure and maintain your vessels.

I remind members that we are providing take-away meals, pantry items and take-away alcohol from the Clubhouse. Details can be found in this newsletter and we hope that you will support this initiative.

Many members have asked if boating is still allowed at the moment. At the time of writing this message there is uncertainty due to contradictions between a Public Health Order that was interpreted by various agencies suggesting that any non-essential boating is banned and announcements today that suggested that some boating was allowed for the purpose of exercise providing social distancing requirements were being met. Australian Sailing is currently working to seek clarity from Maritime agencies and Governments in each State. Whilst they do, they are advising sailors to stay at home and stay safe, which means staying off the water for the time being.

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. As I said earlier, we are here to help.

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager

RPAYC Tenant Services & Specials

Douglas Marine Pty Ltd

Douglas Marine is your onsite Marine Mechanic business conveniently located at RPAYC, with mobile services available for offsite jobs in Sydney.
We are authorised dealers for Yanmar, Volvo Penta, Cathodic Anodes, Vetus and Seahawk Propellers and keep a large stock of genuine parts onsite.
We have a team of 9, with 4 trained mechanics, 2 apprentices and 3 office staff members.
Providing the following Marine Mechanical and Engineering work:
We pride ourselves on always giving a high level of service for our customers so that you enjoy your time on the water with peace of mind!
Thank you for supporting our family business.
Contact Details - Address: Workshop 12, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 16 Mitala Street, Newport, NSW, 2106
Phone: 9997 2616
Email: info@douglasmarine.com.au
Web: www.douglasmarine.com.au

Ocean Covers Marine Canvas & Upholstery

Overall Protection Cover for your Yacht (winter storage)
Ocean covers is designing and manufacturing a storage cover for your yacht to protect from all weather. This is a waterproof cover made from a light weight but extremely durable material. 
We are offering RPAYC members a 10% discount on these covers if booked in during the month of April 2020. 
For more information and quote please email info@oceancovers.com.au
Contact Details - Beryn Lawes, Ph: 0466 895 292, Email: beryn@oceancovers.com.au, Website: www.oceancovers.com.au

Sydney Marine Brokerage

As the resident yacht brokerage, and as fellow members of the RPAYC, we have been putting our heads together during these challenging times to find a way to support our community here at the club, whilst working within the new regulations and guidelines set by the government and keep our family business afloat.
We are putting an idea out there and requesting your feedback and expressions of interest in providing a service for all club members that can include the following support and offer you peace of mind that your pride and joy is safe and looked after if you aren’t able to get down to the club to do so, perhaps because of being overseas, interstate or being isolated at home.
The services we are offering include vessels on the marina, hardstand and on moorings anywhere on Pittwater:
·  Monthly Wash Downs and Detailing
·  Monthly Systems Checks
·  Vessel Dehumidifying
·  Engine Running and Reporting
·  Co-ordinating with Club Trades to Manage Repairs
·  Insurance Quotes
·  Liaising with Surveyors
·  Vessel Marketing
·  Vessel Movements
·  Anything else you would like organised, let us be your boat butler!
We will email a monthly report on your vessel including up to date photos, coordinate any work that needs doing on the boat and help out generally with any other services.
If this is of interest to you or if we can help at all in any way please get in touch with Andrew Withers on 0411 424 514 or email directly on andrew@sydneymarinebrokerage.com for further information.
We are proud to be part of the community here at the RPAYC and look forward to continue working with you through these challenging times.

For the complete list of Tenants CLICK HERE



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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