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

 
 

Niall Powers joins the Sailing Team

We would like to welcome Niall Powers to the Sail Training Team as Senior Head Instructor, many of you will know Niall as he is a regular at the club participating in our Youth Development program as well as instructing, racing and volunteering at the 

club for a number of years.

Niall grew up sailing at the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, starting out in a Manly Junior and then progressing into a Flying Eleven. He also sailed a number of other classes including multihull's and skiffs and is currently sailing one-design keelboats, competing in youth match racing events in Australia and Internationally, as well as sailing a 13ft Skiff at the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club. 
 
 Niall began his coaching career over 5 years ago, and since then has worked with clubs across Sydney to deliver a high standard of training to youth sailing programs as well as delivering SSSC, Radio, Essential Navigation, Powerboat courses and developing safety management systems. 
 
Niall was the winner of the Instructor of the Year at the 2019 Australian Sailing – NSW & ACT Awards.
 
Niall will be working with the Clubs instructors on developing and delivering our Discover Sailing Centre sailing training activities and development programs at the Club.

 

Notice to Members - Australian Sailing Update 17 August 2020

NSW Covid-19 Update - 17 August 2020
PUBLISHED MON 17 AUG 2020
In response to increased cases of COVID-19 in NSW, Dr Kerry Chant (Chief Health Officer - NSW ) is advising of further public health measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission related to participation in community sports. These updated recommendations will help clubs to meet the NSW Government’s aim of achieving no community transmission in NSW and will support community sports to continue operating safely.
 
It is essential that community sports organisations have a COVID-19 safety plan in place, and are fully compliant with this plan: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry- guidelines/community-sporting-competitions-and-full-training-activities
 
In addition, please implement the following updated public health recommendations:
 
Cease activities that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions, for example by regatta's, regional or state championships or competitions. 
 
Examples of inter-regional mixing include activities which bring together participants (including spectators and officials) from organisations in different regions of Sydney, from a rural area into a metro area and vice versa, and movement between different rural areas.
 
Cease any activities that result in overnight stays (e.g. multi-day training camps) due to increased risk of COVID transmission in residential-type settings with shared facilities
 
Cease face-to-face social activities relating to community sports (e.g. award ceremonies, BBQ's, end-of-season social gatherings, post-training group dinners)
 
Avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible
 
For local activities, limit spectators to one parent only, where the child requires parental supervision during the sporting activity.
 
Clubs are requested to please commence implementation of these recommendations by Wednesday 19 August. NSW Health anticipate that these recommendations will need to be in place for the next 6 weeks. I will continue to update you in relation to the continued need for these public health measures. I would like to thank your club for your support and ongoing attention to providing a COVID-19 safe environment.
 
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to give the NSW Club Services Staff a call or email.
 
Remember
GET IN – SAIL – GET OUT still applies;
Stay home if you are unwell;
Club activities including racing can continue as long as the current Public Health Orders are complied with;
Limit activities to small groups where possible;
Practice good hand hygiene before, during and after sailing;
Avoid physical contact where possible;
Do not share drinks, towels, clothing etc;
Encourage sailors to arrive dressed, ready to go.
Contact tracing records must be kept
Encourage the use of the COVIDSafe app for everyone whilst at your club.
Follow the one person per 4 square metres rule ashore to ensure sufficient physical distancing between people.
 

General Manager's Message

Dear Members

I hope that you are well and managing to enjoy the Club and get out on the water during these strange times.

Safety of our members, staff, tenants and guests remains our highest priority and while some may feel that our ‘signing in and signing out’ of the Clubhouse procedures, restriction on numbers permitted into various areas of the Club and the introduction of COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals may be extreme compared with other venues I can assure you that it is with your best interests in mind and also to meet the expectations of NSW Health.

Over the past week or so there has been encouragement from our Premier that people working in face to face positions should be wearing face masks. You will note that many of our staff, particularly our Food & Beverage staff, that have direct customer contact are now wearing masks. The wearing of masks is not yet mandatory; however, it is encouraged in situations where social distancing is difficult. We are constantly monitoring this situation and will adjust our policy on the wearing of masks as required. We would encourage that members consider their own personal safety at the Club and the wearing of face masks will be part of the new normal in the foreseeable future. The Club has ordered a small quantity of RPAYC branded face masks as staff PPE which will also be available for interested members.

Further in this newsletter are details on our Clubhouse roofing project and also the resurfacing project to our lower carpark. Both of these projects will cause disruption for the next few weeks. I apologise for any inconvenience.

Internally we also have a few projects underway at the moment with a full review of the Club’s IT systems and a full safety audit of our operations. Both of these projects are being carried out by external companies who are working with RPAYC Management.

The Club recently went through an audit process with the Marina Industry Association’s Global Gold Anchor Program. The Club was once again awarded with a 5 Gold Anchor rating. The rating remains in place for three years and this is the third time that the Club has achieved this status. Many thanks to the team involved in achieving this, particularly Kylie Brown and the Waterfront Team who drove the application and made sure that the facilities were up to the high standard required. Well done team!

Please look after yourself and those around you.

Kind regards,

Craig Evans
General Manager
 

Resurfacing Works in the Club's Lower Carpark

Resurfacing works will commence on Tuesday 18 August 2020 and we anticipate works to be completed approximately on Wednesday 26 August 2020. During this time there will be no vehicle access to the lower carpark until works are complete and large vehicles, trailers and trucks will be restricted from accessing the carpark until approximately Monday 31 August 2020 to prevent damage to the new surface.

Ring Road Access Restriction Tuesday 18 August 2020

The Club wishes to notify Members on marina arms A to D (and moorings) that there will be no pedestrian access on the ring road Tuesday 18 August 2020. To enable Members to access vessels on the marina the tender service will temporarily operate to/from berth G9. To request a tender service to/from your vessel on Tuesday 18 August 2020 please contact the Club Reception (02) 9998 3700. The tender service will operate from 8am until 5pm.

Access to the gym on Tuesday 18 August 2020 will be via the terrace gate (to the right of the Clubhouse entrance).

Important Parking Changes

The Club anticipates that the closure of the lower carpark for this extended period will result in temporary inconvenience to Members, visitors and contractors, however, to further maximise parking the following measures will be in place;

  • ‘5 minute drop off zone’ will be established utilising the Visitor parking (at the front entrance outside the tenant building)
  • ‘Chandlery Visitor Parking’ will be moved temporarily to the two parking positions, located next to the mid car park entrance, please only use these positions if visiting the chandlery
  • Top carpark boom gate will be down duration of works
  • Tenants and their staff are required to park at the Crystal Bay Carpark
  • Members requiring overnight or parking up to 3 nights are requested to park at the Crystal Bay Carpark
  • External Contractors are required to park at the Crystal Bay Carpark
  • No parking permitted on the hardstands

Members with vehicles in storage are requested to immediately move vehicles offsite.

Centreboard Boat Relocations

To prevent damage to boats in storage at Centreboard in the southern racks, adjoining the car park, the Club staff will move boats onto the Centreboard lawn in the lead up to the asphalting on the northern side of the car park. Boats will be returned to the racks on Thursday 20 August ahead of the Winter Series. If Members would prefer to move their own boats from these racks please contact waterfront@rpayc.com.au.

  

Notice to Members - Update from Australian Sailing

Australian Sailing has advised that with the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and in particular those who are school aged, the next 6 weeks have been deemed critical for cases within our state.  NSW Health are currently reviewing restrictions for community sport and it is expected that these may increase over the next couple weeks. Read more...

Please remember:-

  • GET IN – SAIL – GET OUT still applies;
  • Stay home if you are unwell;
  • Club activities including racing can continue as long as the current Public Health Orders are complied with;
  • Limit activities to small groups where possible;
  • Practice good hand hygiene before, during and after sailing;
  • Avoid physical contact where possible;
  • Do not share drinks, towels, clothing etc;
  • Encourage sailors to arrive dressed, ready to go.
  • Contact tracing records must be kept
  • Encourage the use of the COVIDSafe app for everyone whilst at your club.
  • Follow the one person per 4 square metres rule ashore to ensure sufficient physical distancing between people.
  • Carparks, Centreboard lawn, Green Point and Crystal Bay areas are not social gathering locations - please do your part to reduce the risk to fellow members and guests.

Congratulations to Matt Crawford & crew - Winners of RSYS OD Ice Breaker Regatta

Congratulations to Matt Crawford and crew on FLIRTATION!

The One Design Ice Breaker regatta held by RSYS over the weekend 8 - 9 August attracted a fleet of 17 boats.

After 6 races over the two days, Matt Crawford on Flirtation (EAUS1026) out of the RPAYC dominated. Congratulations.

Flirtation (EAUS1026) Matthew Crawford RPAYC
Flying High (EAUS1475) JC Strong RSYS
Havoc (EAUS1473) Iain Murray RSYS
Umami (EAUS1250) Matty Whitnall RSYS

View full results at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/2/results/series/718/pointscore?handicap=s

Photos by Karyn Gojnich and Michael Mansley

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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.