Widely recognised as one of Australia’s premier yacht clubs since its inception in the 1920’s, the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay occupies a prime position in Sydney’s northern beaches area. Deservedly, the club won Marina of the Year for 2011-2012.
Like many yacht clubs with extended histories, RMYC’s roots were established by a dedicated group of boat owners with a common interest in boating. With the passage of time, the club has transformed from a small, semi-rural establishment to their current modern facilities catering for a diverse community of cruising, sailing, racing, fishing and social members.
Open seven days per week, the club is also a popular destination for visitors who are welcome to berth alongside the 300 metre long floating dock that serves as the outer perimeter of the marina. Recent improvements ensure that the club continues to enjoy a strong membership with active participation in a plethora of club events and activities.
The Marina Industry Association of Australia’s International Gold Anchor Marina Rating Scheme bestowed four and a half Gold Anchors on the club (with five Gold Anchors being the highest rating possible ). This relatively new system of rating marina facilities is aimed at assisting the boating public in selecting a marina that meets their needs. There’s quite a rigorous 102 point assessment process which includes appraising the quality of facilities and services offered, marina and shore side infrastructure, environmental considerations as well as food and beverage offerings.
RMYC came up trumps in recognition of their commitment to providing members and visitors with a dynamic, engaging club focused on providing exceptional customer service. RMYC has also achieved Level 3 in the MIAA’s Clean Marina Program which is focused on preventing the discharge of pollutants into the water and air.
Reasons to Linger
Located in the southern reaches of the north/south elongated stretch of water known collectively as Pittwater, the club welcomes visitors to call in for lunch or dinner, whether arriving by land or sea. The Quarterdeck Brasserie adjoins the garden forecourt and heated swimming pool, offering dreamy views across the harbour. Pittwater itself is a fairly tranquil stretch of water, lacking the exuberant ferry traffic of Sydney’s main harbour to the south, making it a favoured destination for sailors who prefer not to churn through chopped up, sloppy waters.
With two fuel docks to minimise waiting times, a sewage pumpout facility was recently installed, which is free to use for members or fuel customers. Diesel is available from the outer western arm fuel dock, while diesel and petrol are both available from the southern inside fuel dock.
Members have the option of berthing on floating docks or swing moorings, plus the Club maintains moorings for members at America Bay, Refuge Bay, Coasters Retreat and Little Patonga. A slipway is able to haul out vessels up to 60 tonnes, whiles there’s engineering, electrician and shipwright trades onsite. Secure parking for boat owner members as well as dock security provide peace of mind for those participating in the myriad of events thatclub management put together. The Quarterdeck Brasserie offers a Boat Pack service, where members can pre-book sumptuous catering packs that include such delights as lobster, prawns and Sydney Rock Oysters. They’ll even deliver it to your boat in the marina with a chilled bottle of wine if you ask nicely!
Australia Day Brunch & Boat Parade (January)
Broken Bay Game Fishing Tournament (March)
Marine Art Show (June)
Timber Boat Festival (November)
46 Prince Alfred Pde, Newport Beach NSW (north of Sydney)
Ph 02 9997 5511
Wet Berths – 218
Swing Moorings – 49
Dry Berths – Nil
Max berth length – 20m
Fuel – Yes (two fuel docks)
LPG – Yes
Haul out – Yes Chandlery No
Monitor VHF- No
Wifi Internet – No
Chandlery – No
Bar – Yes
Restaurant – Yes
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