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

 
 

Welcome to new Rear Commodore Yachting

We welcome Rob McClelland as the new Rear Commodore of Yachting for 2020-21. Rob has been appointed by the board in a 1 year position until the next AGM due to the role becoming vacant when Allen Stormon was elected Commodore. 

Rob has been a member since 1997 and has sat on the following boards & committees over the years. 

 
* Centerboard Committe 2000 - 2008 
* Board 2002/05
* Chair of Board 2004/05
* Rear Commodore Activities 2008/2009/2010
* Maintenance and Development 2002 to 2009 then 2011 to current
* Coffs Committee 2010 to 2017
* Pittwater to Paradise Committee 2017 to 2019
* Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2019-
 
He has an impressive sailing history as well as being a National Race Officer. 
 
Sailing Highlights
 
* Admirals Cup 1975
* Fastnet Race 1975
* Sydney to Hobart x 3 
* Coffs Race x 7
* Sydney to Southport Race 
* Hamilton Island Race Week
* Bay of Islands Regatta x 5
Cruising to New Zealand and New Caledonia
 
 
Rob's current yacht is a Jeanneau 57 First Picasso owned since 2010.  She is currently moored in the Bay of Islands awaiting the present situation to clear. While they mainly cruise this yacht they have also raced her in 4 Bay of Islands Regattas in NZ with 2 series wins.
 
Rob commented: "The RPAYC has a distinguished history of yacht racing over its 150 plus years. While the future offers many challenges for sailing there are also opportunities and we need to able to exploit those.  The Yacht Race committee is the peak body within our club to coordinate yacht racing for all members. The sailing we do at RPAYC should be fun and offer opportunity for all members to compete with their yachts or as crew." 
 

Email the Rear Commodore Yacht Race at: rc.yachting@rpayc.com.au

 

Women's Development Regatta & SheSails Regatta Expression of Interest

The women’s fleet captains have proposed the club host an inaugural Women’s Development Regatta using the Elliott 7s, this coming November. The aim is to create an environment conducive to learning and honing skills, and meeting other social sailors and club members, plus potential members.


The club can host a standalone regatta using eight of the RPAYC’s Elliotts (32 participants) OR combine with a Sprint Series weekend and use four Elliotts (16 participants). Both formats would include some basic theory, dedicated coaches and opportunities to socialise within the club’s COVID-19 restrictions, but for the latter we’d share a racetrack.


If you are keen to register an EOI please email sailing office sailing@rpayc.com.au by COB August 7 and include your preference for A) a standalone women’s training regatta or B) combining with a Sprint Series weekend and racing against other one-design fleets and sports boats or at least sharing a start line.


From: Lisa Ratcliff, Evelyn Harves & Nicole Butcher

 

Member Notice - Construction Projects

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, PARKING & ACCESS CHANGES
Over the next month the long-awaited clubhouse roof construction work and resurfacing of the lower car park will take place at the Club.
 
Roofing works & Access Changes
Commencing the week beginning 3rd August. 
 
During works, a staging compound will be set up to the side of the Clubhouse entrance and down the laneway which will be in place for a number of weeks while the roof replacement takes place.
 
Access to A-Arm, bathrooms, gym and Halyards takeaway will be via the ring road at the front of the Clubhouse.  There will be no pedestrian or vehicle access via the laneway to these areas.   Members are asked to take care when walking on the ring road, as it is also a two-way vehicle accessway for delivery drivers.
 
Car Park Resurfacing & Car Park Access Changes
Commencing from Wednesday 5th August
During the resurfacing works parking in the lower car park will be impacted and we ask for your patience during this time.
Lower car park will be restricted to DAY PARKING only or as sign posted day to day until works are complete. 
 
Important note;
•Overnight storing or garaging of vehicles, including motorbikes in any of the Club parking facilities is prohibited. The Club requests Members storing vehicles or motorbikes at the Club to immediately remove them from the parking facilities. 
•Vehicles/motorbikes in the lower car park during resurfacing works will be towed at the owner’s expense.
 
 

Sailfit Gym - Opening Hours & Covid Marshals

Dear Sailfit Members,

From this Saturday 1st August, 2020, the NSW Government have put in place new rules for gyms to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in NSW. These restrictions require the Club to have a dedicated COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty at all times when the gym is open.

For this reason we have had to alter the opening times of the gym as follows:-

Monday to Friday 5am – 7pm
Saturday 6am – 5pm
Sunday 8am – 12pm

Tana and other Club staff will be your dedicated marshals during these restrictions. We thank you for your support to help us stop the spread by continuing to sanitise the equipment before and after use and adhering to the 1.5 metre social distancing.

The above times are of course subject to change depending on any further restrictions by NSW Government.

Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager

Variation to the Special Regulations for Training - SSSC Qualfications

PUBLISHED MON 27 JUL 2020

A variation to the Special Regulations has been written to allow for an extension to current SSSC qualification holders.

Due to the reduced ability to hold refresher courses for the Safety and Sea Survival qualification, a variation has been written to allow for an extension to crew in Category 1 & 2 races to complete this course.

The variation approval expires on the 30 June 2021 but may be removed earlier if changes to the COVID circumstances allow for the resumption of courses.

During this time, it is encouraged for boat owners, persons in charge, and all crew to be vigilant with their onboard drills, practicing man overboard and safety briefings.

The variation approval can be read at https://www.sailingresources.org.au/safety/specialregs/.
 
By Melanie Peasey https://www.sailing.org.au/about/ourstaff/ 

Youth Development Squad hits the water

Its with great pleasure that we have finally been able to commence our Youth Development Squad program for 2020. The Squad together with our Intermediate Squad competed in the recent Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Regatta before settling into their rising sun Saturday training sessions. Due to Covid 19 impacts the program this year for the squad is slightly different and has been extended to December to provide the indepth keel boat sessions needed.

We also have been blessed to have former Head Coach Tom Spithill back on the training team to build the squads skills and knowledge.

Let's hope the Squad will be representing RPAYC soon at many Match Racing events.  

2020 YD Squad Members include:
- Jasmine Bridge
- Juliet Costanzo
- Antony Hawke
- Jemma Hodgson
- D'Arcy Kemp
- Thomas Quarrie
- Emma Rankin
- Alistair Read
- Thomas Rees
- Cameron Whiteside

 

Update from the General Manager - Deep Clean of Club Facilities

Dear Members,
 
As you are probably aware, there are two cases of COVID-19 identified at CYCA.  RPAYC has a strong association with CYCA, with mutual members, crew and contractors between the two Clubs. 
 
The Club would like advise that we’re not aware of any known cases of COVID-19 at RPAYC.  Given the sailing events over the weekend and the Club’s close ties with CYCA, as a precaution we have made the decision to carry out a ‘Deep Clean’ of some RPAYC facilities this afternoon; therefore access to the Club (including the gym) will be restricted until midday Thursday 30th July.
 
Access to take-away food and beverage will still be available from the Alfred’s “Grab and Go”.
 
The health and well-being of Members, staff, tenants and visitors remains our main priority, and we thank Members for your understanding and ongoing support.

Please look after yourself and those around you.


Kind regards,
 
Craig Evans
General Manager

First MC38 regatta win for Swish

First MC38 regatta win for Swish

Close to two years of shooting for a MC38 one design class top result finally yielded Steve Proud’s Swish team the main prize, on dreary Pittwater in the shortened five-race Act 4 winter pointscore.

“We’ve had a couple of thirds before but this is our first regatta win; we’ve been chipping away for nearly two years and it’s finally starting to come together,” a grinning Proud said back at the conducting club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Video by Tilly Lock.

“We’ve got a really good bunch of sailors. Sometimes you just have to settle down and play your own game, and not let the nerves and everything going on around you get to you. It never lets up in that fleet. Opportunities come to you and take advantage of them; that’s how we played it today,” Proud added.

The Middle Harbour Yacht Club skipper named his team one by one, a special mention going to longtime tactician Billy Sykes. “Billy has been with me from the start, he’s put a great team together. We’ve got some excellent sailors. Nobody’s putting tickets on themselves; we just get out there and do the job.”

A second by two points for John Bacon’s Dark Star - looking resplendent following a recent makeover in Newcastle - is a great result for the local team. “We’re really happy and I’m really pleased for Steven, Billy and the Swish team - they have worked so hard,” Bacon acknowledged.

Most Valuable Player of the series goes to Dark Star’s mainsheet Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, who heads home to South Australia for his second quarantine stint in as many months, following a MC38 weekend regatta. “He’s done 28 days in quarantine for the Dark Stars,” Bacon pointed out.

Update from the General Manager 22/07/2020

Dear Members,
 
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.
 
AGM News
 
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.
 
Construction Projects
 
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. 
 
Kind regards,
 
Craig Evans
General Manager
 
   
 
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Update from the General Manager - Deep Clean of Club Facilities

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About RPAYC

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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