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

 
 

Breakout Series

Being confined to land over lockdown has inspired the emergence of a new offshore race from Sydney to Port Stephens, the Pantaenius Breakout Series.

Celebrate the long-awaited return to offshore racing and cruising with a series of day races starting from Sydney Harbour and ending in Port Stephens.
 
The Breakout Series includes three coastal passage and three inshore passage races to be sailed in conjunction with a Cruise in Company between August 8 and 14, 2020.
 
Racing will be conducted in three divisions – Performance, Two-Handed and Cruising (non-spinnaker).  There will be a post-race social function at each finishing location, with a gala prize presentation on Friday night. The Organising Authority is Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Port Stephens Yacht Club in conjunction.

Starting in Sydney Harbour on Saturday August 8, arriving at Pittwater to overnight at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Followed on Sunday by racing further up the road to the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. On the Monday there is the race to our final destination, Port Stephens, and this is followed by a lay day.

There will be three days of racing from the Wednesday, with a passage race out and around all the islands and back. Anyone who knows the area will know just how tactical this will be. There is then two more days of racing inside, before boats can make their way home.

Race documents and online entry at www.breakoutseries.com.au.

Lion Island Series - 3 days to Go!

The NEW Lion Island Series commences on Saturday 6 June, 1200hrs. The series relplaces what would have been the Winter Series. 

It's great that organised sailing events are allowed but there are still a number of Covid-19 restrictions in place that all competitors need to adhere too which are outlined in the Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions. 

Racing commences at 1200hrs and is a Non-spinnaker series.  A maximum of 10 crew per boat is applicable, recommended crew limits are contained in the Notice of Race and below. Social Distancing rules (1.5m apart) still apply whislt racing including a new requirement to submit a crew list per race.

A boats crew list can be submitted via a boats entry form, update existing entry. Or via a mobile link: http://tymob.net.au/1159 

The maximum recommended number of crew:

LOA/BoatType Max Recommended Crew
More than - 12.00m (39ft)8
10.00-11.99m6
8.00-9.99m5
11m OD Class4
Less than - 8.00m3
Etchells/Int5.5m/Elliott7/Sports Boats2

It's a perfect time to try 2 handed sailing, if you are not comfortable using your own vessel the club Elliott 7s can be leased for th series.

Contact the Sailing Office for details sailing@rpayc.com.au  

Entry is FoC for Members, vistors are welcome.

NOTICE OF RACE & SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

ENTER HERE

WHAT DIVISION AM I IN? 

CREW LIST update & or Submission. Click Here for weekly Crew list submission (A how to guide submit) 

See you on the water.

Waterford Winter Series - Amended

The NEW Wednesday Waterford Series commences on Wednesday 10 June running through to the end of August. 

It's great that organised sailing events are allowed but there are still a number of Covid-19 restrictions in place that all competitors need to adhere too which are outlined in the Amended to the Wednesday Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions. 

Racing commences at 1400hrs and is a Non-spinnaker series.  A maximum of 10 crew per boat is applicable, recommended crew limits are contained in the Notice of Race and below. Social Distancing rules (1.5m apart) still apply whislt racing including a new requirement to submit a crew list per race.

A boats crew list can be submitted via a boats entry form, update existing entry. Or via a mobile link: http://tymob.net.au/1159 

The maximum recommended number of crew:

LOA/BoatType Max Recommended Crew
More than - 12.00m (39ft)8
10.00-11.99m6
8.00-9.99m5
11m OD Class4
Less than - 8.00m3
Etchells/Int5.5m/Elliott7/Sports Boats2

It's a perfect time to try 2 handed sailing, if you are not comfortable using your own vessel the club Elliott 7s can be leased for th series.

Contact the Sailing Office for details sailing@rpayc.com.au  

Entry is FoC for Members, vistors are welcome.

NOTICE OF RACE & SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

ENTER HERE

WHAT DIVISION AM I IN? 

CREW LIST update & or Submission. Click Here for weekly Crew list submission (A how to guide submit) 

AMENDMENTS & NOTICES

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See you on the water.

Update from the General Manager - 2/06/2020

Dear Members,

I hope that you are all well.

Organised boating events are back this week! After our period of hibernation, we’re excited to kickstart activities back at RPAYC this Saturday with Race 1 of the Lion Island Series and our Cruisers heading to Bobbin Head for a long weekend cruise. Centreboard racing will recommence the following weekend with the Winter Series.

Dining is back! We look forward to welcoming you back into the Clubhouse from this Thursday. We are currently limiting dining to a maximum of 50 patrons at a time, split into two separate areas upstairs. This ‘soft opening’ will give us an opportunity to get members back into the Clubhouse following a shutdown of nearly 10 weeks. We will be open for lunch from this Thursday 4 June and, at this stage, lunch will be available Thursday-Sunday, dinner available on Friday night and breakfast on Saturday-Sunday. Bookings are essential, so please contact reception.

Our successful ‘Grab’n’Go’ take away service will continue to operate from Halyards 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.

The welcome back to the Club and organised boating will look a little different for a while. Social distancing, hygiene and contact tracing requirements will be here for some time to come and have required us to put in various processes to be compliant, but more importantly for the protection of our members, guests and staff. We remind everyone that if you are feeling unwell please stay home and if you have any COVID-19 symptoms please go and get tested.

Please see our “RPAYC re-opening FAQ’s document here.

Club Projects. There are a number of projects about to commence at the Club. A new Boatyard fence is being installed, including a continuation of the pedestrian path to improve access to the Clubhouse. Our lower car park will be resurfaced and the traffic flow and boom gate access location will be changed to allow for easy access to the Clubhouse and to create an open and welcoming first impression of the Club.  Lastly, we will also be replacing the Clubhouse roof. It was hoped that these projects would be completed over the ‘lock-down’ period, however this is not the case due to restrictions being lifted much sooner than initially anticipated.


The AGM is scheduled to be held at 8pm, Tuesday 21 July. Nominations for Elected Officers open on Monday 8 June and Members wishing to stand for an elected role may collect a Nomination Form from reception or download it via the Members Portal on the RPAYC website. Nomination Forms must be returned before the closing time of midday on Monday, 22 June 2020. Voting times, if required, will be advised with the Notice of Meeting.
 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members who have renewed their RPAYC membership; your support of the Club is greatly appreciated.

I hope that my weekly messages over the past 3 months have been useful. As restrictions ease so too will the frequency of these messages, but please do not hesitate to contact the Club if you have any questions. Phone 9998 3700 and email management@rpayc.com.au

Please look after yourself and those around you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Craig Evans

General Manager

Annual Yachting & Centreboard Prizegivings 2019-2020

With the current Covid-19 restrictions we were unable to hold our annual Centreboard & Yachting Awards in May, but be assured we have not forgotten the fantastic achievements and successes of our sailors over the 2019 - 2020 Season and plans are afoot to recognise these efforts and award the silverware as soon as we are all able to get back together to celebrate.

Dates and arrangements to be announced.

Placegetters can be viewed under race results: https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing-results

Volunteer of the Year Announced - the awardee is...?

Volunteer of the Year

It is with great pleasure that the Commodore, Michael Lockley annouced today that Martin Cross has been awarded the 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Martin’s hard work and dedication to the Australian Int 5.5m Class and a mission to bring the Int 5.5m World Championship to the RPAYC all came together in January 2020. For many years Martin has competed internationally in the Int 5.5m class and throughout this time he has been working towards bringing the World Championship to Australia. As the Int. 5.5m Class President when a southern hemisphere championship was on the cards he presented the RPAYC as the perfect host, steeped in class history and with a reputation for producing fantastic sailors and boats.

Martin then dedicated his time endlessly and energy to ensuring that the World Championship was one to remember for the club and all the competitors, families and volunteers. No detail was left to chance, shipping, and boat transport, accommodation, social events and of course the racing was planned meticulously.

Congratulations Martin from all of your fellow Members of RPAYC and the competitors who attened the 2020 International 5.5m World Championship on a superb performance. 

  

Welcome back to our Members and Guests - Reopening FAQs

It’s our pleasure to advise our valued members, their guests and visitors that RPAYC Clubhouse will be reopening from Thursday 4 June 2020 in line with the State Government’s conditions for re-opening Clubs and Hotels.
The following conditions will be managed that permit us to re-open as we take every precaution to ensure that all members, guests and employees are safe in our club.
 

Food and Beverage Services

Our new bistro service will open Thursday through Sunday for lunch from 11.30am, Saturday and Sunday for Breakfast from 8.30am and Friday night for dinner from 6pm, however due to Covid-19 restrictions, the bistro will be only be open for seating upstairs in the Edinburgh Bar and Admirals Cup Room. Bookings are essential with no walk ins accepted.  Bookings can be made through reception on 9998 3700 with a maximum of 8 person per booking. We will only be accepting 25 patrons in each room with specified seating times, with social distancing rules applying. Entry will be via the front reception door.
 
We will continue to operate our Grab and Go takeaway from Halyards 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. 
Entry will be via the back of the Club, adjacent A-Arm parking spaces.
The function areas of the Club will remain closed until conditions are eased.
All birthday vouchers will be extended 6 months for financial members and can be used at the Bistro.
 

Physical distancing

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure members and employees comply with Safe WorkAustralia’s ‘physical distancing’ standards applying to hospitality venues, including floor markings and signage, and staff will be onsite at all times as part of the Club’s strict safety measures.
 
At this time members cannot stand around bar areas, walkways or in groups, and must be seated unless you are moving to another part of the club.
 
We will prominently display any mandated CovidSafe signage that has been issued by relevant Government authorities.
 
We will manage physical distancing as part of all on premise and takeaway services.
Employees have been certified and trained in Hygiene / COVID compliance prior to re- commencement of their respective employment.
 

Dining Groups

Patrons are to be seated at all times unless moving throughout the venue. Gatherings are not permitted.
The 1 person per 4 square meter rule must be adhered to at all times.
 
 

Meetings

Wherever practical it is encouraged that meetings continue to be held by electronic means.
Where ‘face to face’ meetings are required: -

• Maximum of 10 committee members (for the time being) + any support staff

• Practice physical distancing where practicable.

• Practice good hygiene before and after meeting.

• If any committee member is unwell they must stay home.

• Meetings must be booked in advance (preferably 48 hours prior) through Club reception.

• ‘Sign-in’ process is required.

• Meeting tables are to be disinfected prior to the meeting and at the conclusion of the meeting.

• Meeting organiser must offer committee members the ability to join the meeting by
electronic means and should encourage that more vulnerable members join the meeting by
electronic means.

 

Sailing Activities

Sailing commences at the Club from Saturday 6th June, 2020, with the Lion Island Series. 
Current ten person per boat restrictions are in place until further notice.
Crew lists are required weekly for all organised races & training participant registers.
Get in, Sail, Get Out.
See information on Sailing requirements in the relevant NoR’s and here –  Let’s Go Racing.

Cleaning

Whilst the Club has been closed, we have undertaken a deep clean of the entire venue spaces in preparation for our re-opening.
We will be regularly cleaning areas and surfaces that are frequently touched, observing Safe Work Australia’s ‘cleaning’ standards applying to Clubs.
 

Hygiene

We encourage members and guests to adopt Safe Work Australia’s ‘hygiene’ standards applying to hospitality venues, and we will be encouraging members to clean their hands regularly. Alcohol- based sanitiser are available at Club entries and exits, as well as other locations throughout the Club Boatyard and Jack Gale Centre.
We will encourage contactless payments at point of sale stations where signage will be displayed.
 

Restrooms

We have always maintained clean restrooms at RPAYC and we will now be taking additional measures to clean and promote hygiene in our restrooms. The bathrooms in the Clubhouse downstairs will remain closed inside with access from the outside road.  The upstairs bathrooms will be open for use by members dining in the Edinburgh Bar and Admirals Cup Room.  The bathrooms at the centreboard area will reopen on Sunday 7 June.
We will clean frequently touched surfaces more regularly.
 

Let's go RACING - New regulations & requirements

Let’s Go Racing


Race Day
REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENT TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

  • Club activities, including racing can resume as long as the Public Health Order is complied with;
  • It is recommended that crew limits are adhered to; however, no boat shall carry more than 10 persons on board at any time (see the NoR for reommended crew numbers);
  • Practise good hand hygiene before and after sailing;
  • Avoid physical contact;
  • Halyards Grab and Go Takeaway service is in operation 7 days a week;
  • Changerooms and kitchens will remain closed – arrive dressed and ready to sail, meet at the boat;
  • Stay home if you are unwell;
  • Don’t share drinks or towels;
  • Sharing of equipment should be avoided and if necessary, it should be kept to a minimum;
  • Shared equipment, if any, should be regularly wiped down and sanitised, as practicable after use; 
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable; and
  • All competitors shall follow the one person per 4 square metres rule ashore to ensure sufficient physical distancing between people;
  • The RPAYC encourages all competitors to use the COVIDSafe App whilst at the club.

Crew Lists - Yachting

  • A complete and accurate crew list per event & race shall be submitted through the online entry system TopYacht.
  • An SMS will be sent to the Primary boat contact, on a scheduled race day. The SMS will contain a link that will prompt you to update your crew list (save the link). Alternatively, crew lists can be updated and maintained through your TopYacht entry by login into your entry and updating the crew details in your entry form.
  • In both case TY will remember those that have previously sailed with you (as listed in your crew list); Less than 5 minutue process once your crew are initally added. A How to Guide is available here and is also sent when regisitering. 
  1. ADD PREVIOUS CREW or
  2. MANUALLY TYPE IN YOUR CREW DETAILS
  3. SELECT 'ON BOARD' box when finished
  • The crew list shall contain the following information for each crew: Full Name RPAYC Member No. AS No. Telephone No. Email address Person to contact in the event of an emergency (Name and Telephone Number).
  • The Primary contact will recieve an email with their daily crew as well as the office. The race officer of the day will be alerted to the POB associated to your boat for the day.
  • Failure to provide a complete and accurate crew list prior to the start of each race shall result in a score of DSQ without a hearing. Changes RRS63.1 & A5.

 

Crew Lists - Centreboard

  • A complete and accurate crew list per event & race shall be submitted through the online entry system Australian Sailing RevSport portal.
  • Each Crew, Skipper or Mate shall register their details as requested. 
  • The crew list shall contain the following information for each crew: Full Name RPAYC, Member No., AS No., Telephone No., Email address, Person to contact in the event of an emergency (Name and Telephone Number).
  • If crew change per round from the Initial entry then a new crew registration is required.
  • Crew sbumissions/updates are required before each Sunday of scheduled races.

 

What does your social distancing plan of 1.5m look like on your boat?

ORC Renewals now Open

 

Its time to renew and or submit your yacht applications for a 2020-21 ORC certificate. Be it for offshore racers (ORCi) or the ever building inshore club certificates (ORCc). Applications are via Australian Sailing and are submitted online. Are you a One Design Yacht? If so, don't forget to check the exisitng One Design certificates available online for your Class, if it already exisits then your application takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

Current certificates will expire 30 June, 2020 so get in early with your re-validations ready for the Early Bird Series  in July.

If you would like to know more information about obtaining a rating your yacht please contact the Sailing Office at sailing@rpayc.com.au

We have a number of key club measurers as well who are happy to assist you wth your boat measurements. ORCc are self measured where as ORCi certificates require an official measurer.

Selden for Sailing Centreboard Winter Series

  

New for 2020, the Selden for Sailing Centreboard Winter Series. We welcome Selden for Sailing back as the sponsor of this new series. The Selden group is the worlds leading manufacturer of masts and rigging systems in carbon or aluminium for dingies, keelboats or yachts. Whether cruising or racing, performance and safety can be achieved when you sail with products from Selden.

This new series will consist of 6 rounds (18 races) between June & August and open to Members and Non Members.  

How can i volunteer? With all events volunteers are required and restrictions also apply to race management teams, we appreciate all assistance, please contact the sailing office sailing@rpayc.com.au if you can assist. 

It's great that organised sailing events are allowed again but there are still a number of Covid-19 restrictions in place that all competitors need to adhere too which are outlined in the Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions. 

Social Distancing rules (1.5m apart) still apply and per Round Crew lists are also required.  The entry portal has been setup to that all participants are now required to enter, crew included. When enter one's self comptitors will indicate if they are crew or the helm and what boat they are sailing on for that Round. 

Sign on & Off will be done by a sole volunteer who will check you off adjacent the Jack Gale Centre. 

Jack Gale Bathrooms will be open and the main club house but it is advised to come down ready to sail, sail, and then leave. 

Race Documents:

  • Results - Provisional Subject to Audit 

 

 

Dates

  • Round 1 – 14 June
  • Round 2 – 28 June
  • Round 3 – 12 July
  • Round 4 – 26 July
  • Round 5 – 9 August
  • Round 6 – 23 August

Crew Details

Please note:

All participants 'Skippers' or 'Crew', shall all register by using their own Australian Sailing number and Date of Birth.

For Double Handed registrations, each participant shall also be required to supply their crewmate's details as well, at the time of entry: 

  • Crew Australian Sailing Number
  • Crew First & Surname
  • Crew Date of Birth
  • Crew Emergency Contact Name
  • Crew Emergency Contact Mobile
  • Crew/Emergency Contact Relationship

On the Day

Socail distancing measures will be strictly maintained by all. 

Cars and trailers may enter the lower carpark to unload, simply buzz at the boomgate for Reception. Following this, all trailers must then be taken over and left in the Crystal bay carpark.
A section of the lower car park may be allocated for rigging boats.

Please ensure the concrete area on the lawn is kept free for people/boats to access the launching ramp. 
Due to the restricted space on the lawn, it is essential that all boats are taken home on Sunday after racing. *casual storage fees will apply.
Rigged boats that are not competing in the Series will be moved into the RPAYC car park and or Boatyard to free up rigging spaces on the lawn for competitors.

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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.