Bid from Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Pittwater, Australia to host 2020 Worlds
June 4, 2018
Latest News: 2020 WORLDS Shipping to Australia $US 7,500 return - Re: Proposal at the AGM at Cowes to hold the 2020 Worlds at RPAYC, Pittwater, Australia.
Dear 5.5m Friends Worldwide,
As many of you will be aware the Australian 5.5m Association and the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (who have just celebrated their 150 year anniversary) have offered to host the International 5.5m 2020 Worlds and Gold Cup at Pittwater (just north of Sydney in January 2020 https://www.rpayc.com.au/).
The decision on the destination for the 2020 Worlds and Gold Cup will be voted on at the AGM at the 5.5m Worlds in Cowes in August. We hope given the exceptional return shipping price we have secured, the convenience and the excellent sailing location you will support our proposal to hold the Gold Cup and Worlds in Australia.
The exciting news from 'down under' is, that after a lot of hard work, Hoegh Autoliners A.S. of Norway, the International Roll On / Roll Off (RO/RO) shipping company have offered highly competitive transport rates for the event. The price return from Europe or USA is $US 7,500 including all shipping, port and standard Custom and Bio Security costs (note as we are still over 18 months away from the event this price might vary by a small amount). The price for one way shipping will be half the above price at $US 3,750.
We have done everything possible to make getting to Australia and back straight forward, convenient and relatively inexpensive for all the European and US boats. The overseas boats should be able to finish their 2019 season then ship the boats to Australia and then back in time for the start of the 2020 season in the Northern Hemisphere. We hope that many of you will put this in your diaries now. Come and celebrate Christmas and especially New Year in Sydney and get away from the winter before the event! https://www.australia.com/en-ca/places/sydney-and-surrounds/guide-to-sydney.html
The straightforward procedure for shipping is as follows:
Simple Shipping Documentation:
EACH yacht owner will need to complete and provide the following documents ahead of shipping.
1- International Carnet* for each yacht (or sale documents in the case of a yacht which has been previously sold and is coming to stay in Australia).
2- Copy of Marine Transit Insurance policy (Current)**.
3- Origin Country road registration trailer Certificate (current for the whole period the trailer is in Australia).
4-Owner contact details – Full name, Address, Email and phone numbers (for both Europe/USA and Australia).
5- A letter from the owner authorising the Australian 5.5 metre Association or its nominee to act on the boat owners behalf in the matters of shipping and Customs clearance.
6- The 5.5m Australian association will obtain Customs and Bio Security clearance and Bills of Lading*** for transportation.
7- All documents will be returned to the yachts owner upon completion of the transportation roundtrip.
Easy Shipping Logistics:
1- Owners will be asked to deliver their 5.5m securely lashed and covered on its road trailer, to the Hoegh Line terminal at the load port by a date to be set in November 2019. For North Europe the load port will be Antwerp. For North America either Baltimore or Jacksonville.
2- The yacht/trailer should be very clean with no soil or mud (if the boat or trailer is dirty it may require cleaning in Australia which will incur additional costs to the owner).
3- The boat may contain items of the yachts equipment and or sailors gear, but must exclude any dangerous items, (eg distress flares, paint, chemicals, etc) or food items. Any wooden boat must be in good condition with no signs of rot or woodworm.
4- The yachts mast should be lashed in its normal transportation position on top of the hull.
5- The trailer must have a normal auto 50MM towing hitch, jockey wheel and auto connection power cable.
6- After deliver to the origin port Hoegh Line will tow the trailer(s) into their vessel and lash the trailer to the ships deck for sea carriage (note the boats are stored within the RO/RO ships).
7- At destination port, Port Kembla in New South Wales, the trailer will be made available once Customs and Bio Security formalities have been completed. Club representatives will deal with this.
8- Australian 5.5 metre class association and/or RPAYC members experienced in towing keelboats (5.5m and Etchells) will tow the trailers between Port Kembla just south of Sydney to the regatta site at RPAYC Newport.
9. The boats will be parked in a boom gated car park at the RPAYC awaiting your arrival. Owners will just need to arrive put up the mast and crane in. RPAYC has 2 keelboat cranes.
10. After the event the process is reversed. Owners need to just pack up their boats as normal for road transport. The boats will arrive back at the origin port for the owner to arrange pick up by the end of March ready to start the 2020 northern hemisphere season.
Flights to Australia:
The closest airport to the RPAYC at Newport is Sydney International Airport which is 50km away.
Return economy flights to Sydney from Europe have come down considerably recently. Flights in January 2019 are currently retailing at between 1,000 - 1,300 Euros ($US 1,180 - 1,500) per person (From Zurich and Paris, cheapest to recognised carrier e.g. Emirates, Qantas, British Airways).
The cost of a taxi from Sydney International Airport to Newport is about about 115 Euros ($US 135). There is good public transport with a train into Sydney and a bus that leaves every 10 minutes to Newport which costs 15 Euro ($US 18) in total. A shuttle bus can be booked for 52 Euro ($US 60).
This Hotel is 1km from the RPAYC and a pleasant 10 minute walk by the shore. The range of cost for the rooms is 142 Euros ($US 165) to 195 Euros ($US 227). Based on room costs for January 2019. If Australia is selected for the 2020 Worlds in August we would look to pre-book as many rooms as possible in this hotel.
For mid January 2019 AirBnb currently has 53 places that can be booked around Newport at an average daily rate of 150 Euro ($US 175). Included within this are 34 entire homes at an average daily rate of 185 Euros ($US 210).
We hope to welcome you to Australia in January 2020 for a great Gold Cup and Worlds and look forward to you supporting our proposal at the AGM at the Worlds in Cowes in August this year.
International Carnet*: A Carnet is an international Customs document issued by the Chamber of Commerce in the origin country before the boat leaves that country, it requires the boat owner to provide a documentary security equal to the boats value. This would be used in the event that the boat does not return to origin (eg is sold whiie in Australia) to secure the amount of duty/GST which should be paid in that instance. The Carnet replaces normal Customs clearance and is terminated and the documentary security released when the boat is returned to the origin country. Fees for a Carnet vary from country to country, but usually around US$100.00 each.
Marine Transit Insurance Policy**: Boat owners should contact their current insurance provider. They will normally provide transit insurance as an extension of the existing policy.
Bill of Lading*** This is the freight document issued by the shipping company to evidence the Contract of Carriage between the boat owner and the shipping company from origin port to destination port. Its purpose is similar to that of a Consignment Note for transportation.