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On Water Safety

Newcastle has a busy working harbour.  A Safety Information booklet is available at no charge from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Office, Newcastle Ports Corporation and NSW Maritime Newcastle.

This booklet may be viewed and downloaded in PDF format by accessing the media and publications page on the Newcastle Port Corporation website through the link listed below.

Click HERE to download a copy of the Safety Information booklet.

Equipment Audit Forms

Yachting NSW with the assistance of Yachting Australia manage and publish the Equipment Audit Forms for Safety Categories 1 to 7.

CLICK HERE to be directed to the Yachting NSW Website where Equipment Safety Forms can be downloaded.

NCYC has a number of YNSW Accredited Safety Auditors who can review and sign off on your necessary YA Special Regulations Equipment Audit Forms. Please contact Club Captain Ernie Thirkell or the Sailing Office to organise your next safety inspection. Contact  details are located on the Contact Us page.

Harbour Warning 

It is absolutely essential that yachts do not interfere with the safe passage of commercial shipping on, or near Newcastle harbour. Discussions with the Newcastle Harbour Master and Waterways reveal the following information of which all skippers should be aware of:

  • The Port of Newcastle operates 24 hours and 365 days a year. On average there is at least 10 major shipping movements per day. It is classed as a busy Port
  • The navigation channel is only 185m wide at the heads. Ships that do not require tugboats are up to 50m wide.
  • The ships start “Entering” Newcastle harbour approximately 4km off the breakwaters. Inside this limit THEY CAN NOT TURN OR STOP. They must keep approaching.
  • Ships generally enter the harbour at about 8-10 knots in order to maintain steerage way. However this speed will increase with different wind and weather conditions. They cannot and will not slow down or turn to avoid yachts. Many ships have a blind spot of at least 500m ahead.

For these reasons a skipper that feels it is necessary to start his engine in order to demonstrate his intention of clearing the channel and to keep clear of an approaching vessel may do so with the sailing committee’s approval without penalty.

Your co-operation in this matter is essential if we are to continue sailing within the harbour.

NCYC maintains a comprehensive Risk Management Plan and Emergency Management Plan which are lodged with NSW Maritime Annually when obtaining its aquatic licences. These plans will be initiated in the event an emergency situation occurs that necessitates these plans being actioned.

Day Race Emergency Management Plan – Run Sheet / Summary for Yachts

NCYC maintains comprehensive emergency management plans which specifically cater for the various categories of sailing events organised by NCYC.

NCYC Day Race Emergency Management Plan Contacts & Summary.  This document is not NCYC’s comprehensive Emergency Management Plans but instead a tool for use on yachts and NCYC assets to enable responsive communications and better respond to emergency situations if and when they arise.