Newsletter #4 Australian Gold Cup and Worlds 3rd to 13th January 2020. Only 5 months away Time to enter and start shipping.
Martin Cross writes:
It was great to catch up with so many people at the Cup Races and Worlds in Helsinki. Thanks to all the members and volunteers from NJK for hosting a fantastic event and even organising some Aussie weather for us to feel at home including the hottest day for 175 years. And big congratulations to Kristian, Johan and Trond for taking out a rare double.
We are very encouraged to hear that so many people are now about to ship their boats out to Australia to join what we expect to be around 15 Australian boats (including 3 Moderns) at what we want to be a Gold Cup and Worlds to remember. The second Australian boat is being shipped from Antwerp this week.
Please find below the latest shipping information. Please read this in conjunction with the shipping instructions first sent in Newsletters since June 18.
The latest information from Pete McNamara a RPAYC member who is overseeing the Shipping is:
"For those planning to ship their boat from Antwerp – the last Hoegh vessel which will predate the start of the bug season (Sept 1) is Hoegh Transporter V145, ETD Antwerp 26 Aug, ETA Pt Kembla (Sydney) 11 Oct. Please contact Ilomar Agencies, Antwerp, Natalie Van Der Haden Tel 00323 2346384 to confirm booking details.
If you decide to use a later vessel, the boat and trailer will require BMSB bug treatment and this is at the rate of €20.00 per cubic meter as measured by the terminal (approx. 60cbm). Sorry – we were hopeful that the rate might reduce, but it has not.
For those who might want to ship their boat through Livorno. This shipping takes about 9 weeks instead of the 6 weeks from Antwerp as the ships come back into Northern Europe before heading to Australia. The last vessel which predates the bug season has already passed Livorno, so you may use any future sailing, but boat and trailer will be subject to bug treatment which is at the rate of €9.00 per cubic meter as measured by the terminal (actual cubic meters +1%, Minimum of €1,000.00. Terminal costs €280.00 + agency fee €50.
There was to be a later sailing which beat the bug season, but the Australian Quarantine authority has decided that vessel will require bug treatment at all European ports.
If you wish to use Livorno, please contact the above to make a booking and get vessel receiving information/dates, etc."
JUST TO REMIND YOU
AS EXPLAINED IN THE INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL NEED TO GET BOTH AN ATA CARNET FOR YOUR BOAT AND A CPD CARNET FOR YOUR TRAILER. THIS WILL SIMPLIFY TEMPORARY IMPORT AND EXPORT TO AUSTRALIA AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ALLOW YOUR BOAT TO BE TOWED AS IS WITH YOUR CURRENT REGISTRATION PLATES ON AUSTRALIAN ROADS. WITHOUT THE CPD CARNET WE CANNOT USE OUR CARS TO TOW YOUR BOAT TO THE CLUB AND BACK TO THE PORT. WITHOUT THE CPD CARNET THE BOAT AND TRAILER WOULD NEED TO BE TRANSPORTED ON A FLATBED TRUCK THIS WILL INCUR SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL COST (SOMEWHERE IN THE REGION OF AN ADDITIONAL €2000).
WHEN DROPPING OFF YOUR BOAT TO ANTWERP PLEASE REMEMBER THE PERSON DROPPING THE BOAT WILL NEED THEIR PASSPORT TO CHECK IN AND ALSO THERE IS A COST OF €25 TO WEIGH THE BOAT AND TRAILER (MINUS THE WEIGHT OF THE CAR).
COULD YOU PLEASE NOW GET YOUR ENTRIES IN:
Links NORs and Entry can be found here: https://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/5-5m-world-champ-2020
Some people coming to Australia asked us to give some additional ideas of what else you and your family can do apart from sailing. Here are some of our suggestions around the club and for the rest of the Australia. There are many more outlined in many websites. Also do not forget the experiences of a hot Aussie Christmas and of course the epic New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour (Pittwater Harbour also has fireworks but not on the same scale).
Around Newport and the Club and Sydney
Bilgola Beach. A sea facing beach with a swimming pool cut in the rocks and a nice small cafe. Any other of the other 17 Northern Beaches are also nice.
Manly Beach. There is a surf school here which may be a good day to have a go of learning to surf (they also do surf lessons at Palm Beach).
There are 15 other beaches that are all good and have a different character. Freshwater Beach is a nice small beach and has an excellent but slightly expensive Sardinian restaurant called Pilu.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse a nice 30 minute walk with great views over Palm Beach and Pittwater. The famous television Show "Home And Away" is filmed on Palm Beach (called Summer Bay in the show). There is also a nice cafe The Boat House by the car park.
You can take a short ferry from Palm Beach Wharf to a place called The Basin on the other side of Pittwater (you can also take your own RIB if you have one). A great place to usually see some wild Australian Animals (wallabies, kookaburras, goannas etc). You need to take your own picnic or BBQ food (there are public gas BBQs available to cook your food).
If you have or hire bikes there is probably the nicest bike ride in Sydney close by. It is about a 40km ride from Newport to a place called Akuna Bay (there is a Marina and Coffee Shop there). Akuna Bay is in the Ku-ring-Gai National Park. It is a loop around Akuna Bay a bit hilly with a 3km descent and climb.
There are also lots of bush walks in the Ku-ring-Gai national park (12km from the club). This park has been around for over 100 years and you can see Australia as it was. On the Basin Track there are some Aboriginal Rock Carvings about 400m from the car park. You can climb the Willunga Track around 800m to watch the sunset (the highest place in the park). At the end of the road is West Head. This has some old gun emplacements from the 2nd World War. Great view over Barrenjoey and the Palm Beach Circle. It another good cycle route very quiet about 25km from the small car park just of McCarrs Creek road to West Head and back.
There is a Sydney Bridge Climb where you can climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge. This needs to be booked in advance takes about 3 hours with all the safety checks.
Taronga Zoo in Mosman is an old Victorian Zoo right on the edge of the harbour. Chance to see all the Australian Animals and the Bird Show is particularly impressive.
The Blue Mountains and Three Sisters are about two hours drive from Sydney. Spectacular scenery. A great walk down a thousand steps to the valley floor about a 2km walk with the trees, tree ferns then you can catch a very steep funicular railway and walk back. A good day out.
Away from Sydney we would recommend
Uluru (the Red Centre). About 3 hours flight from Sydney. Suggest 2-3 day stay. Right in the centre. A unique landscape unlike any on earth. Desert with spectacular views. In January average temperature 35 degrees high and 19 degrees low (average of 3 days rain). Hotel accomodation with air conditioning and swimming pools for the middle part of the day. Walking early morning and late evening. A walk around the Rock is about 10 km walk. Many cultural things to do and the 'Sound of Silence' dinner in the desert is very special. A chance to really see the stars!
Visit the Tropics and Great Barrier Reef. We would suggest Palm Cove or Port Douglas as the places to stay. You would fly into Cairns. About 3 hours from Sydney. In December or January it is the rainy season which runs from November to April, so expect to get wet. The temperature will be about 30 degrees. Trips out to the reef to dive or snorkel on this wonder of the World are readily available. Weather permitting you can also visit the Daintree Tropical Rain Forest (protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hiker’s paradise).
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible downunder for the New Year and 2020 Gold Cup and Worlds.