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

 
 

RPAYC Winter Merchandise

The temperature has definitely dropped, check out the Clubs 'special' winter range of merchandise. We have stock available now for you to order online for delivery to your door.

For pricing, sizing and to view the full range and order click here.  

Use your Club Membership discount code at the payment screen "coupon" - RPAYCM10

 

 

Saturday 25th April - ANZAC Day Hours

Anzac Day Hours 
Saturday 25th April, 2020
Food & Beverage Takeaway: 8am - 4pm
Tender Service & Reception: 8am - 5pm
 
 

There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years. While we will not be gathering at services or marches, there are still ways to acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered. CLICK HERE for more

Update from the General Manager 22/04/2020

Dear Members,
 
Today marks exactly one month since our Prime Minister called for Hotels, Restaurants and Clubs to close and also placed restrictions on the use of boats and other services that we all enjoy. It remains a difficult period with many uncertainties and ever changing restrictions being applied, but fortunately the growing list of restrictions have slowed down and there is now some clarity about the access and use of vessels at the Club. To summarise the current situation, I have put the most frequently asked questions into a Q&A format below. 
 
There are some very encouraging signs that the measures that have been put in place in Australia are working well and indications are that restrictions will slowly be eased providing that everyone does the right thing and statistics keep improving. However, it is not the time for complacency and it is really important that we abide by the rules until restrictions are gradually and formally lifted.
 
Q&A’s
 
Q. Can I use my boat?
A. Yes. Providing it is for essential reasons. Examples of reasons whereby you can use your vessel include if you require your boat to travel to and from home/ work, require it to source groceries and other essential services, or if it is for exercise. Sailing, fishing and paddling are all considered valid forms of exercise and are therefore allowed providing that social distancing rules are met both on the boat as well as at the marina, hardstand, boat ramp, etc. Transport for NSW does not consider general boating for recreational purposes as a reasonable excuse to be out on the water, therefore you must be able to satisfy the ‘essential reason’ requirement. 
 
Q. Can I arrange a ‘non-official’ event with a number of other boats?
A. Unfortunately the answer to this question is ‘No’.  Australian Sailing were advised by Transport for NSW that a group of sailors participating in a non-official event were cautioned last weekend, as too was their Club. Potential fines to individuals and the Club are significant, so please do not risk either the infringement or bringing the Club into disrepute. 
 
Q. Can I come down to the Club to check on my boat, work on my boat or have repairs and servicing carried out?   
A. Yes. You can access your vessel at the marina or mooring to check on systems and make sure that it is safe and compliant. You are also allowed to take your vessel (by road or water) to a marina or boatyard for repairs and services and likewise return it home or to its mooring or marina. I would also draw your attention to our free ‘Boat Check’ service that our Waterfront team are happy to carry out if you are self-isolating or if you are unable to get to the Club. Many boat owners have taken up this option and we are happy to assist. Details can be found in the newsletter.  
 
Q. Can I go away on my boat/ stay overnight on mooring?
A. No. Unfortunately, this is not permitted. This kind of activity is not recognised as essential and we have been warned by authorities that fines will be issued. I appreciate that this activity is important to many of our members and we are working closely with both the Boating Industry Association and Marina Industry Association on this issue as they have the ear of government. 
 
Q. Is the Club’s tender service still operating?
A. Yes. The tender is still available 7 days a week. Social distancing, limited numbers of passengers and disinfecting the vessel between trips are now required. Please observe the instructions of the skipper of the tender. 
 
Q. Is the Boatyard still operating?
A. Yes. The boatyard is still operating as per normal at this stage and has remained quite busy, however bookings have dropped off somewhat. I imagine that coming out of restrictions there will be a rush by members to get their boats into shape and would encourage you to look after your boats now to avoid potential delays later in the year. Our team and our valued tenants are ready and waiting for you.
 
Q. Can I get food and drink at the Club?
A. Yes. We have a ‘take away’ facility open in Halyards. This service is open 7 days and details of what is on offer can be found in the newsletter and on our website. We have fresh and frozen meals available that have been created by our chefs as well as some pantry items. Beverages are also available. Please support this initiative.
 
Q. When can I go racing again?
A. Unfortunately this is an unknown. Following our final pointscore race on Saturday 21 March 2020, I announced that we would be suspending racing until the end of April and that I would notify further at that time. With the end of April looming and the unlikely lifting of sporting restrictions in the immediate future I would think that the suspension will continue throughout May and possibly beyond. We want to get you back out there as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. In the meantime, we do have virtual racing taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please see details in the newsletter if you would like to be involved.   
 
Over the past few weeks there has been a significant number of meetings held to review the Club’s position during this time. Various scenarios have been considered and a great deal of work carried out as to the financial positional and operational aspects of our Club. This has been a difficult and demanding challenge with changing government legislations and stimulus packages that have had quickly evolving detail. I would like to recognise our Finance Manager Pam Stevens and Admin/ HR Manager Pip Lodder for their efforts. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance and guidance of Vice Commodore Ron Palmer throughout this process. Thank you Ron.
   
In closing I would like to thank members for their support and also their concerns for the welfare of our staff over this time. As you would be aware our casual staff in hospitality, sail training and waterfront have been stood down. Our permanent staff are busy catching up on race programs, training manuals, updating policy documents and the like while admin and accounting staff are finalising year end accounts, preparing for the annual audit and membership renewals. Staff will also be reducing leave liabilities over coming months and also focusing on a number of projects that we have listed. More details on this next week.  
 
Please look after yourself and those around you. If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Club.
 
Kind regards,
 
 
Craig Evans
General Manager
 

Ways to commemorate Anzac Day 2020

There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years. While we will not be gathering at services or marches, there are still ways to acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered.

 1. Be part of the Community Ode - Record a video of yourself reciting The Ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on your social media. Respond “Going” to the Anzac Day 2020 Facebook event. Then use the hashtags #Anzacspirit and #lightupthedawn and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this Anzac Day.

 2. Light up the dawn at 6am on Anzac Day. Go to the end of your driveway, stand on your balcony or in your loungeroom and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed. You can pledge your support at rslanzacspirit.com.au 

3. Tune into live services and virtual commemorative services. This includes the 5.30am service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am virtual and streamed service (closed to the public) from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast live with more details to follow.

 4. Reach out to a mate or veteran who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to invoke the Anzac value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing. And if you know a veteran please call or reach out to them, check in on them, thank them for their service and help them if needed during this time.

 5. Donate to the Anzac Appeal online at anzacappeal.com.au. Donations support Australian veterans and their families in need.

 

 

 

Marine Business Tenancy Opportunity

Great opportunities exist for marine related businesses that want to base themselves at a location offering world class facilities and a built-in client base.
 
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club seeks business that will complement the ‘one stop’ convenience provided by our Boatyard and marine facilities to Club Members and visitors.

Your new work space includes a large workshop and office space situated at the entrance of the Club as package or may be considered separately.
 
The space available includes an office on the entrance facing (north) and a large workshop on the lower ground facing the Green Point hardstand and boasts excellent access to the Club’s Boatyard.

To learn more download the Tenancy EOI Prospectus today and or contact:
(02) 9998 3700 or email management@rpayc.com.au

 

Tenant Building

The Green Point ‘Tenant’ building is in a prime location at the left at the main entrance to the Club.

The space available includes an office on the entrance facing (north) and a large workshop on the lower ground facing the Green Point hardstand and boasts excellent access to the Club’s Boatyard.  The office has ample natural light and overlooks the Green Point Hardstand.

The Boatyard

The Boatyard not only services club members boats on the marina but also those on the hardstands, moorings, boats located on Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and beyond. 

  • 50 tonne travel lift
  • 860+ boat lifts per year
  • 341 berth marina and 70 hardstands

The Club's onsite tenants provide professional services to meet the boat maintenance needs of Club Members and visitors from Sydney and afar. Club tenants work with the Club's Boatyard to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for boat maintenance and the marina attracts visitors from all over the world.

Covid-19 - Maritime update from the BiA & MiA

The BIA has today 15 April received confirmation from Transport for NSW Maritime that under current COVID-19 restrictions in NSW the following applies: 

  • A person can pick up a boat from a dealer, broker or person that they have purchased it from and tow it home as it is considered a reasonable excuse under obtaining goods and services as is taking it to a dealer or broker to offer it for sale.
  • A person can drive to a dealership or retail store to pick up boat equipment under the obtaining goods and services excuse.
  • A person can access their vessel at a marina or on a mooring to check on systems and to make sure it is safe and compliant in line with undertaking legal obligations.
  • A person can take their vessel (by water or road)  to a marina or boat shed for repairs or service under obtaining goods and services and likewise return it home or to its mooring or marina.

This update provides some clarity to both business and public, especially as there have been cases of Police intercepting people and issuing warnings that their travel is unlawful, while travelling by water to boat yards for service, maintenance or repair. Transport for NSW is to update their website to reflect this information in due course.

 

Happy Easter - Trading Hours

Easter Long Weekend Hours

Good Friday 10th April - CLOSED
* The club will be closed on Good Friday.
* The tender service will operate between 8am - 5pm. For tender service telephone 0427 477 854.
Easter Saturday 11th April - Easter Monday 13th April
* Tender Service & Reception (via telephone 9998 3700) 8am - 5pm
* Food & Beverage (takeaway: coffee, ready made meals, beverages) 9am - 5pm
 
Keen to order ahead or view the takeaway options -
https://rpayc.com.au/images/Food-Beverage/Alfreds-Grab--Go-Takeaway---Hamper-Order-Form-11.04.20.pdf
 

COVID-19 Update: NSW advice on boating restrictions

Dear Members,

This afternoon both RPAYC and RMYC were contacted by Broken Bay Water Police asking us to advise our members that they can not stay overnight anchored or moored on your boat even if it’s only 2 persons. They advise that you can go out on your boat briefly but can not stop to have a bite to eat or sleep. Those not complying with regulations and directions of the police may be fined.

Whilst the message to ‘Stay at Home and only go out if essential’ remains in place, Transport for NSW has also just updated its information for boating to show what activity is permitted and not permitted under the restrictions.

Significantly, there is advice that access to your vessel or mooring to maintain or service it, is permitted under the social distancing restrictions. This is considered undertaking legal obligations or obtaining goods or services.

Details of the announcement are available here.

If in doubt, don’t go out!

Stay at Home this Easter.

 

Craig Evans
General Manager, RPAYC  

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.

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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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