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


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


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


Welcome New Tenant - SWS Pacific

The Club would like to extend a warm welcome to SWS Pacific who have recently taken up a tenancy at the Club. The office is situated on the first floor (upper level) of the 'Moonbar' Building located above the Jack Gale Training Centre (Centreboard).
SWS Pacific, official representative of the award-winning Schenker Watermakers, is delighted to be opening its sales and service centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Schenker Watermakers draws on over twenty years of design and manufacturing expertise to create a range of compact, lightweight and energy-efficient desalination units that are quiet, affordable and ideal for small spaces.
Whether you’re heading offshore, up-river or simply want peace of mind, the new Zen range guarantees a safe supply of clean drinking water for your boat. A Schenker Watermaker means no more queuing at marinas and with an end to onboard water rationing, everyone is happy.
The Schenker Watermaker engineers collaborated with boat owners to develop the new Zen range. The result was a range of water makers designed with fewer components and composite materials to reduce weight, and redesigned seals using nanotechnology for superior reliability. Offering the flexibility of 30, 50 and 100 litre per hour units, Schenker Watermakers use an easy-to-operate remote automatic controller, allowing timed operation and the all-important flushing. The Zen 30, 50 and 100 units are available in 12 or 24VDC, and the Zen 100 is also available in a 230VAC version. Schenker Watermakers Modular Range also offers larger energy efficient water maker up to 500 litres per hour. 
Boat owners can also opt for smaller units using the patented Energy Recovery System (ERS) allowing for even longer periods of quiet operation to meet all their water needs. The Zen 30 uses a mere 110W of power and the Zen 100 only 400W, which is easily sustainable using just the house batteries and renewables. The Zen can be installed upright or on its side providing boat owners multiple positioning options onboard.
The new Zen range has made a huge impact on the international marine water maker market since its launch last year. So much so that the company has expanded into a larger purpose-built factory. An increasing international network of sales and service centres makes the Schenker Watermaker a confident choice for every boat owner.
We look forward to seeing you in our new premises where we have demonstration water makers for you to see.
SWS Pacific
Official distributor for Schenker Watermakers
Ph. 1300 479 757
Ph. 0400 832 975
Email. sales@swspac.com
Website: www.swspac.com

NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service

Available for collection Monday - Sunday: 09:00 - 16:00

In an effort to assist our members we launched a new service at the Club during the week. Our NEW Alfred's Grab & Go and Hamper Service is available for you from 10am today. All packed and ready for you to take home or straight out onto the boat. For your convenience some meals have been frozen for longer storage. We hope that you support this initiative and our Club. Please indicate what food and drinks you would like to order from the below form and either send the completed form to reception@rpayc.com.au or call 9998 3700 to order via phone.  

All items are subject to availability. 

# Orders received by 10am will be available for pickup from 10am the following day – there are ready to eat meals for immediate collection between 10am-4pm subject to availability.  
# Someone will call you to confirm your payment details and scheduled time for pickup, if you need pantry/freezer items asap please let the team know so we can try to assist you. 
# To customize your order or if there is something you would like that is not listed on the following options please get in contact with us, we are happy to help source items (subject to availability).  

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Message from the General Manager 26/03/2020

Dear Members,
A great deal has happened over the past week and like you, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has had to adapt to the ever-increasing demands and changes.
As you would be aware Clubs and Hotels were closed down on Monday. The government’s directive was to eliminate the possibility of people gathering within our facility. That said, there are many areas of our operation that remain open.

You would be aware that ‘take-away’ is currently allowed and we are gearing up to provide our members with a selection of fresh and frozen meals, along with other quick take away options such as pantry items for home and take away alcohol provisions. We will continue to update you on developments and hope that you will support this initiative for your benefit and also for that of the Club. Any unspent House Entitlement could be used on these purchases. Please also note that we will be extending the period that any unspent House Entitlement can be used into our next financial year.

Our Waterfront team continues to maintain our facilities, including our marina and boat storage areas. We appreciate that some members are regularly coming down to their vessels and many are still getting out on the water. I encourage this, but please adhere to government directives and share that experience with only your immediate family who are living under the same roof. Please do not gather or organise social racing or cruising events at this time. These events will not only unnecessarily put your fellow members in danger but also may prompt the government to clamp down on marina access and boatyard operations.

If you are self-isolating or minimising the time that you are out and about it is likely that you will not be attending to your vessel, therefore, while we are permitted to do so, we are offering facility holders a complimentary fortnightly comprehensive ‘Boat Check’. Club staff will undertake a fortnightly check of facility holders' boats from the lines through to the bilge and everything in-between! Should you wish to take advantage of this service, please click here to download the form and submit. Our Waterfront boys will also continue their daily 'dock walk' to keep an eye on your vessel so if you have any particular concerns we are here to assist; please contact us via email waterfront@rpayc.com.au or phone. Our Boatyard and our valued tenants continue to operate to look after your vessels. We would ask that you support these businesses and make sure that your boats are being appropriately maintained.

In a prior announcement I mentioned that bathroom facilities at the Club would be limited to those in Jack Gale Centre. We have rethought that directive and will make the main bathrooms in the Clubhouse available instead. These bathrooms will be accessible via the rear laneway using your membership card. Sailfit Gym was also closed on Monday as per government instructions. Tana Anderson continues to provide ‘open air’ personal training on the grounds of the Club for those still wishing to keep fit. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.

I would like to thank those of you who have contacted the Club offering words of support. It means a great deal to our staff who are doing their best in these trying times.

There will be tighter controls in coming days, weeks and months and we appreciate that many of our members will be impacted over this period. 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.

Please look after yourself and those around you.
Kind regards,
Craig Evans
General Manager

Alfred's Grab & Go Home Made Meals

We are excited to launch 'Alfred's Grab & Go', which is now open!
Available for collection 
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

  • Drive or walk via the ring road
  • Park adjacent A Arm, short term parking
  • Access Halyards Bistro via the side gate near A Arm
  • Pickup from Halyards
  • Pre-order not essential
  • Take Away Beverages available (individual or cases)
  • Credit card or member charge (No cash)
Contact us to arrange a pre-order or for any queries or custom requirements you may have. 
Phone - 9998 3736
Full details here

Closure of the RPAYC Clubhouse

23 March 2020



Closure of the RPAYC Clubhouse

You may have heard by now, the Government has instructed all Registered Clubs to close indefinitely from midday today, 23 March 2020.

Accordingly, the main Clubhouse building of the RPAYC is now closed and it will not be possible for Members to access the licenced premises, reception and the gym until further notice.

At this stage, the close down direction does not seem to extend to our marina, boatyard and car park areas and so those aspects of the Club’s operations are currently unaffected – however this may change. Similarly, members will have access to the bathroom facilities at the Jack Gale Centre.

The Board and I will meet this afternoon to consider the options for the Club going forward. Considerations to our financial position, particularly in regard to our ability to retain key employees and the need to look after their interests, will be of high priority.  

The Club’s ability to maintain our facilities, members vessels, provide adequate security and other services to members will continue. Our Boatyard, tenants and retailers will remain open and we would ask that you continue to support these business operations.

Instructions from government are changing frequently and we will keep you updated as things evolve.

While the impact of the economic shutdown is uncertain, the Club has the resources to manage through this period. With the support of our key staff and members and hopefully with the actions to avert the spread of COVID-19 being successful, we look forward to re-opening the Club in the near future.

Please look after yourself and the health of those around you.

Craig Evans
General Manager, RPAYC


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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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