Update from the General Committee

27.03.20

Dear Members,
 
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Introduction


Following the General Committee (GC) meeting last night, we thought it was very important to provide an update to all our Members on what was discussed and the current position of our Squadron.

Most of you no doubt are close enough to the news hitting us each day, however, we wish to share with you our current views upfront which are assisting with our decision making.

- Timing: We have all heard that this Pandemic will last for somewhere between 3 months (if we can flatten the height of the Bell-shaped curve through strict social distancing) to approximately 18 months (worst case of a scalable vaccine being implemented globally.) We all hope the issue of flattening the Bell-shaped curve plus the shortening of the length through fast work and great scientific minds occurs. In the meantime, your GC has explored and will continue to review all options, both the worst and best scenario. We are currently planning for a most likely scenario of approximately 6 months, with tightening Government restrictions in the meantime and ultimately these restrictions being lessened leading into our spring sailing season.

- The globe has seen pandemics before, some worse than others in scale, all having a devastating impact on the communities involved. But History says communities bounce back. We know this so well in our sailing community. To use a sailing analogy: Covid-19 is not just a black southerly buster coming through but could be like a tornado if we don’t all work individually and together to find solutions. So we must “batten down the hatches” and ride it out. We will survive this as a Club but we all must work both individually and together to ensure this.

- The Squadron is currently in a solid financial position. We have no debt and have built up cash reserves for the car park project of approximately $800,000. However, this cash position will not last even in the most likely scenario unless we dramatically curtail both operational and capital expenditure. In addition, with our now dramatically reduced operational revenues, we will have to turn to ensuring our Members' subscriptions due next month is consistent with our Club’s “Member for Life” philosophy. The GC has and will continue to prudentially manage your Club's finances.

- Our priority is how best to support our Members and staff through these difficult times. With the right planning and prioritising and all working together, we are confident that we can get through this situation and be ready to welcome you and your guests back to enjoy the Squadron as soon as allowed.

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Current situation

As you will all be aware, our circumstances are changing on a daily basis. Regrettably, the last week has been one of the most difficult in the Squadron’s long history. The following points are important to note;

- Staffing: 

In the current environment with announcements daily from different levels of Government, we have been forced into closing parts of the Club. As a result, we had to stand down 70 staff. This was obviously extremely tough on our staff / management, and Members who knew many of these great individuals. The decision had to be made to protect the future of our Club and to also allow the staff to access the recently announced government support. We stood them down with the hope that one day they will be able to rejoin us if they so choose. We also provided a modest ex gratia to help them all until Government support kicks in next month. 
 

- Clubhouse, Waterfront and events:

The clubhouse is closed with the exception of the Cellar and the newly introduced frozen and ready to eat take away options. These are proving to be extremely popular, so please look at these online. We can arrange home delivery of these meals as well as anything from the cellar.

All Club events are now cancelled until 1st September.

Accounts and Administration will be generally working from home with minimal staff onsite.

All Sailing is cancelled including the “Academy” until further notice. This now includes the Combined Clubs Winter Series as well as the Winter Youth Programs.

The Waterfront operations are currently open, including the tender service, and we encourage our Members to make use of this facility now more than ever. We will be announcing a new service to Members shortly to check / service boats during this period. This may change in the future if further restrictions and definition of essential services are changed by the Government.

All Capital works have been deferred. Expenditure of the Car Park repairs project will be the first capital works project to be recommenced once we are in a financial position to do so.

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Subscriptions        


We now need your support more than ever. We continue to look to our Members for support if possible, to renew their subscriptions. Our annual subscription renewals are due to be sent out mid next month. We appreciate that this is not the best timing, but are hopeful that our “Member for Life” philosophy will help us through this time. Please note the following;

The 2020/21 Membership rates will be frozen at the same level as 2019/20.

We remind our Members that they can pay on a monthly basis by direct deposit (this year without any administration charge.)

We plan to offer Members the opportunity to pay two years of subscriptions upfront at the 2020/2021 rate. This will not only significantly help our cash flow but will also be a discount for Members with no subscription increase in 2021/22 for those who pay in advance. We understand that not all Members will be able to take this up.

As a Club, we fully respect that everyone’s personal circumstances are different and we will continue to work through scenarios for dealing with the impact of this crisis on our Members. As part of the Squadron’s philosophy of “Membership for Life” the GC is examining options to support Members to continue with their membership until the Club is fully operational again. If any Members are experiencing difficulty, please contact the CEO or any of the Flag Officers, and the Finance Committee will consider any requests and make recommendations to the General Committee for sign off.

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The Future


The GC are continuing to explore all the many ways that our Club can remain strong albeit under these exceptional circumstances. To this end, our Sub Committees will continue to meet on a regular basis. This is now happening electronically and has already started this week.

Over the next few months, we will be introducing some new online courses so that our Members continue to feel engaged and part of our wonderful community. We appreciate the great work all involved in RSYS communications and particularly Ms. Isabel Wartho. We are calling for help from any member with information technology “hands-on experience” in web mastering and social media platforms to support Isabel and the team. Please contact Will Pettigrew if anyone is interested.

Finally, as we mentioned above, these are challenging times which this current generation hasn’t seen before. We want to thank all our Members for their understanding and ongoing support. We must acknowledge and sincerely thank our Management team for being able to steer us through these recent headwinds. In particular, we would like to recognise the professional leadership of our CEO, William Pettigrew.

Please all stay healthy and reach out to other Members, and also to your GC Members if you need any assistance during this period.
 
Regards,
 
The General Committee

Boatshed is open!

If you’re stuck at home and concerned about your boat, rest assured, the RSYS Waterfront team will keep a close watch on all Member boats in Careening Cove, Neutral Bay and Shell Cove. If your boat is on the Hardstand, we will check your cradle, covers and inspect bilges on a regular basis.  
 
For a small charge, we will board your yacht or motorboat, inspect the covers, check the batteries, run the engine, examine the bilges and bilge pumps and advise you of any issues. To book this service, please contact Louise Alves louise@rsys.com.au
 
Going for a sail? Our tender service is operating as usual, albeit with a maximum of 4 persons per vessel. Fuel is also available.
 
Why not take advantage of this quiet period to attend to repair and maintenance jobs? Our staff are on hand for anti-foul jobs, shipwright, electrical and mechanical work. Please submit a job request here 
 
We have undertaken an intensive program of cleaning and realigned staff shifts to minimise any risks associated with our work environment.
 
Please feel free to contact Ned or Louise on 02 9017 0161 if we can be of assistance. Our focus is supporting our Members and their vessels during this challenging time.
 
Stay safe. 
Ned, Louise and the Waterfront Team

Dine at Home

RSYS Take-away or Home Delivery Service

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Dear Members, 

Do you miss your delicious meals at the Club? Are you alarmed by bare shops? Concerned about elderly relatives? Trying to feed the family? 

We are here to help! Chefs Ian McInnes and Sean Collett are cooking up delicious solutions for you - for take-away or home delivery.

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Download our Dine at Home Menu here

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1. To order, please call Reception on 9955 7171 during office hours or email front@rsys.com.au. Please quote your Member Number. 

2. Please collect your order from the Main bar.
Monday to Friday, 3pm – 8pm, last orders 7.30pm.
Saturdays, 12pm – 2pm & 3pm – 8pm, last orders 7.30pm.
Sundays, 12 – 2pm

3. Deliveries: minimum order $25, delivery radius 5km, orders must be paid for in advance. Our staff will knock at your door and drop your order, no cash accepted.
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FROZEN MEALS  (single serve, heat & eat) 

Chilli Con Carne, Steamed Rice GF $10
Chicken Cacciatore with Penne Pasta $10
Beef & Mushroom Bourguignonne with Steamed Rice GF $13
Bolognaise Ragu with Penne Pasta  $10

Once defrosted, please consume within 3 days.

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FRESH PRODUCE  (two serves, cook at home)

500gm Prime Grainge Beef Mince $10
2 x 250gm each Black Angus Sirloins, Café de Paris Butter $36
2 x 220gm each skin on Marinated Chicken Breast, Garlic & Herb, Olive Oil $22
2 x 200gm each Teriyaki Tasmanian Salmon Portions $26
4 x 150 gm Confit Duck Marylands $39

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A LA CARTE DINING 

All menu options are available for Takeaway or Delivery (distance limits apply) at the following times:

Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm
Sundays, 12 – 2pm

 

Grainge Beef Burger $17
cheddar, house pickles, iceberg lettuce, ancho chili mustard, bacon ranch, chips

Cone Bay Barramundi Fish n Chips $21
tartare sauce, salad

Fresh Fish of the Day $29
Spinach Puree, Saffron Aioli, Prawn Oil, Asparagus, Lemon Balm GF

Roasted Blue Eye Cod $29
Roasted Tomato Romesco, Rapini, Taggiasche Olives, Almonds, Parsley Essence GF

Roast Confit Duck Maryland $31
Caramelized Grapes, Hawaiian Yam, Sugar snaps, Orange & Star Anise Jus GF

Chargrilled Riverina Beef Fillet $31
Mushroom Puree, Cavalo Nero, Forest Mushroom & Parmesan Crust, Pink Peppercorn Jus.

 

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SIDES

Roast Broccoli & Brussel Sprouts, coriander pecan pesto  GF V $10

Rocket, Pear & Parmesan Salad, Green Goddess vinaigrette  GF V   $10

Wedges, sour cream, sweet chilli $13

Cheese Platter
Australian and imported gourmet cheeses, Damson plum paste, crackers $20

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COOKED ROASTS

Pre-ordered by 3pm Monday - Thursday for pick-up or delivery from 5pm the following day.
Pre-ordered by 3pm Thursday for pick-up or delivery from 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Junee Marinated Lamb Leg (serves 6-8)     $147

Porchetta Roast, seasoned rolled pork belly (serves 6-8)    $160                                                                 

Whole Grainge Signature Black Angus Beef Striploin M3+ (serves 6-8)  $170

Whole Roasted Tasmanian Ocean Trout, lemon and dill, tartare sauce (serves 6)   $135

Portuguese Style Grilled Peri Peri Whole Free Range no. 18 Chickens (3 chickens, serves 6-8) $115

All Roasts served with roast potato, vegetables, table salads & gravy.

 

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SANDWICHES



Junee Lamb Pita
pickled sweet peppers, dijonnaise, Swiss cheese, cabbage  $10

New Orleans Muffaletta
mortadella, salami, Provolone cheese, olive salsa $10

Roast Chicken 
rapini pesto, Fior di Latte, avocado, multigrain bread $10

Ortiz Tuna Salad
cornichons, radish, cracked pepper aioli, iceberg lettuce  $10

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Members are welcome to purchase wines from the Master Take away List and collect these from the Main Bar during the above hours. 

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Announcement

23.3.20

Letter from the Commodore

Dear Members, 
 
The Federal Government’s new directive on closing ‘non-essential venues’ directly impacts the Squadron. Your General Committee and the Squadron’s Senior Management team met this morning to discuss the new measures and we would like to advise you of the following closures, effective immediately:

Clubhouse amenities
The Dining Room, Careening Cove, Members Bar and CCA Bar are closed. 
Club Function rooms (Bennelong, Milson, Kirribilli, Shell Cove) and Library are closed. 
Club accommodation (clubhouse and Elamang Avenue) are closed. 

Sailing 
All Club activities have been suspended until further notice. This includes racing, Youth training, the Annual Cruise, D65s, Stepping Stone House. Club equipment (Elliott 7s, SUPS, RIBs) may not be taken out.

Please remember that these new rules are designed to protect Members, guests and staff and as such, we must comply. Please respect our staff's health by minimising any face to face interactions. Unavoidable meetings should be pre-arranged.  

Please do not visit our Club unless you are collecting food & beverage 
and then, do not come if:

- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues has COVID-19
- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues has been in contact with a known COVID-19 patient
- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues is in voluntary isolation, say as a recent overseas returnee
- anyone has a cold or flu-like symptoms.


On the positive side…

The Fort Denison Cellar is open. Members may enter, peruse and purchase. You are also very welcome to place an order by phone or email 9017 0121 kimberly@rsys.com.au 

Our new Dine at Home ordering service for take-away meals and fresh produce will continue. This service has already proven to be extremely popular with Members – a hundred boxes have been collected so far. We can also arrange Home Delivery. Click here for details.

Waterfront and Boatshed services are open. Our staff are on hand to see to your repair and maintenance jobs. Our tender service is running to its usual schedule – though please note, maximum capacity is four persons per vessel. 

Social activities We are actively investigating how activities such as Yoga, Book Club, Guest Speaker Events and Wine Tasting can move into an online environment so that our Member communities can continue to be informed and entertained whilst staying at home. Please keep a close eye on the OnBoard Weekly newsletter published on Thursdays. View recent editions here.

The closure of clubhouse activities will reduce the number of staff required on site. Regrettably a number of personnel will be affected. 

We will share additional information as soon as it becomes available. Updates will also be posted to the Squadron website www.rsys.com.au and via our e-newsletters. If you know a Member who doesn’t have access to a computer, please call them to share these updates. 
  
These are challenging and difficult times, yet I am confident that the strength of community spirit that exists at our Club will help us to pull through. I urge you to take care of your health, safeguard the health of those around you and follow all official guidance.

Warm regards,
 
David Ward
Commodore

RSYS Operations FAQs

19.3.20

Today we would like to tell you about what you CAN still do at the Club, the Clubhouse services still running and the facilities that are at your disposal. Read on!

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CLUBHOUSE 


OPEN: The Dining Room and Main Bar for lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)
OPEN: The CCA for breakfast and lunch (seven days)
     Note: Advance bookings are essential – ‘no walk-ins’
OPEN: the kitchen – for Chef's Dine at Home menu click here for details
OPEN: Conference and private dining rooms are available, with modified settings
CANCELLED: Club house accommodation bookings until at least 1 May 2020

Q: Can I just turn up for lunch?
A: Advance bookings are essential so that we can manage room settings.

Q: Can I bring a group?
A: Maximum six to table. Tables are spaced well apart.

Q: How can the Club assist Members?
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Our storerooms are full and our chefs are cooking up a storm! We will shortly publish a
Dining Out Menu – a variety of Squadron classic meals for you to order and take-away.

Please address your queries to Reception front@rsys.com.au 9955 7171

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The Fort Denison Cellar

OPEN: for take-away purchases and wine deliveries within Sydney Metro
Please address your queries to kimberly@rsys.com.au 9017 0121

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Social Activities & Functions

CANCELLED: Grand Buffets, wine tastings, Wine Dinners, Book Club, Cruising Division, Literary Lunches, Opera by the Harbour, VIVID cruise tours.
CANCELLED: Bridge games, Bridge lessons, Dinner & Duplicate Bridge, Stepping Stone House Bridge Day.

Q: I booked an event, will I get a refund?
A:
We have not charged your House Account

Q: What about future Club events?
A: All Club functions are suspended until at least 1 May 2020.

Please address your queries to frances@rsys.com.au 9017 01156

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SAILING

Private Sailing

YOU CAN:
use the tender service to access your boat
bring your boat to the Pond
access water and fuel
use the Jib crane to launch your keelboat
engage the RSYS boatshed staff for repair and maintenance work
work on your own boat on the hardstand
order provisioning platters
enjoy coffee and meals in the CCA (booking required - see below)

Please address your Waterfront queries to louise@rsys.com.au 9017 0161

Q: Can I launch my own dinghy?
A: You are still able to access your boat and go sailing however at this point in time we cannot offer any form of on water safety support.  We also are not able to make the club RIBs available to parent Members to act as on water support.

If you are going to go sailing:

  • As always, look at the weather forecast for Sydney Closed waters before launching.
  • Check the current warnings for NSW.
  • Go with a friend, in pairs (ie two boats keeping together on the water rather than one boat sailing alone)
  • Carry some form of communication such as a mobile phone and know who you are going to contact if you do get into trouble.  The Club will not be in a position to handle any rescues.
  • Ensure someone knows what time you are leaving, and what time you are expected back.  The Club Sailing Office cannot assume this responsibility.
  • Be aware of other Members accessing the outer pond arm.  Please stack dollies on top of each other in a position that allows other users to safely navigate a path on the arm.
  • As always, be aware of other traffic on the Harbour (ferries, motorboats, yachts etc.)

 Sailing is a wonderful sport that builds independent thinkers but things can go wrong and parents need to appreciate the potential risks of sailors sailing alone, or even sailors heading out in groups on a busy commercial Harbour.  Trouble could be as simple as a boom disconnecting from a mast or something breaking on a boat making it difficult to sail, or could even be an accidental hit to the head with a boom.  Please consider all ‘What If’ scenarios before sailing, and in particular before sailing alone.

Q: Can I hire a SUP?
A: This is available to Members and can be booked online here.

Q: Can I hire an Elliott7?
A: Not at the present time.

Q: Can I hire a Club RIB?
A: Not at the present time.

Q: Can I hire a Club Laser?
A: Not at the present time.

 

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Racing


CANCELLED:

PONANT Friday Twilight,

Sunday Twilight
All Saturday racing (Summer Series, Mini As, Mini Bs, Varuna Trophy race)
Stepping Stone House Regatta

DF65 Racing

All Youth Dinghy Racing and Training

 

Q: What does this mean for our race officials?   

A: Unfortunately this spells the end of the 2019/2020 sailing season. Thank you to our valued volunteers for their diligence and commitment throughout the sailing season.

Q: Will external events proceed?

A: RPEYC Wednesday afternoon racing is cancelled.
Please check with the host clubs:

SOPS racing on March 21 run by MHYC https://www.mhyc.com.au/
The Manly Yacht Club Women’s Challenge https://www.myc.org.au/
Combined Clubs Winter Series - to be advised.

Please address your queries to margaret@rsys.com.au 9017 0152

 

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Cruising

CANCELLED: The Annual Squadron Cruise and monthly Cruising Division meetings.

Please address your queries to margaret@rsys.com.au 9017 0152

 

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The Sailing Academy

CANCELLED: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Youth Dinghy Sailing activities
All Tackers, Teens, LOTS and Open Keelboat learn to sail programs
 

Q: I booked a course, can I get a refund?
A: Of course, we will give you a credit towards a future course.  We will publish a new schedule of course dates and times as soon as practicable.  If you would prefer a refund or would like to discuss anything please contact our Sailing Academy Manager angus@rsys.com.au 9017 0154

Q: I’m hoping to join the Senior Keelboat Development Program
A:
We hope to publish some details in the coming weeks however our start date is now delayed.  Please send an expression of interest to angus@rsys.com.au

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