1st OCTOBER 2021

Hello from your President Kerry Benson

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This is the newsletter that I love to write because we can now welcome members back to meetings and events. We have a “roadmap” to the future established by govt and compliant club rules for RMYC meetings and our gatherings in public places of 20 people. However, it could be longer than Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”. Content below includes

  • Vale Adrian Stanford & tributes for a great bloke – ex PMEA president 1997 – 2009
  • Meeting and events under covid restrictions for remainder of 2021.
  • Double vaccination certificates - see govt info below.
  • Entry requirements for Royal Motor Yacht Club – see below
  • Last day for renewal of membership was Sept 30.
  • Christmas luncheon at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – Sunday 12 Dec.

Adrian Stanford farewell tributes

Here are some tributes received this week. At our AGM evening, members will have a chance to pay tribute in free discussion. He was a legend in his time as president for 12 years of the club’s 27-year history. “On the highway to heaven”. We extend our condolences to his family.

Thanks for letting us know Kerry.

Adrian did quite a few rego inspections for me. Lovely guy.

Condolences to his family.

Peter Sledge


Sorry to hear that.

All the best to his family and close friends. 

Wade Taylor


That’s terribly sad news. 

I didn’t know him well, but Adrian was president when I joined, and he was always very kind and generous of spirit. 

Condolences to his family and friends. 

Kind regards,

Chrissy Bratkovic


Adrian was a wonderful, quiet & friendly asset of PMEA.

As President for 12 long years, he helped bind the members together with his competent handling of meeting procedure, as well as overseeing club vehicle displays at Newport & Narrabeen.

Adrian was first and foremost a Biker with a passion for British Panthers, a large bike with a forward sloping cylinder around 600 to 650 ccs.

Adrian’s brother also shared this passion and became a PMEA member.

Panthers were suited to sidecar operation so in his later years Adrian built up a more modern Japanese bike with an attached chair that was easier to ride in club outings.

Adrian’s interests were British & I recall him purchasing a very unusual rather streamlined Rolls Royce of around mid 30s vintage, it was quite a standout.

The club owes Adrian a debt of gratitude for his PMEA endeavours.

Ride on my friend.

David Rundle


Hi folks - I joined PMEA a very long time ago as my neighbour John Dunphy was in it, also up on Bilgola Plateau was Bod Radnidge - [ you can call me God]- and bill lacey who started it all. Later, Adrian Stanford became pres.  And his brother Alister was also a BMW biker - he was a QF aircraft e.g., like me, so I often saw him at airbases.  I lost most of my good shots due to that lousy w.10, but have a few of Adrian if that helps - John Dunphy knew him very well as he was treas. Also - he might have some better ones. Adrian was solid mech. And always helpful to me with any classic motorcycle problems - he had some wonderful simple sayings.   Ronnie the hammer used to refer to him as - ‘yr worship ‘at mtgs.  - ride on Adrian

Jack Cairns


Meeting and events under covid restrictions for remainder of 2021.

 My wife, Sue and I are both double vaccinated and have proof on our iPhone Wallet app which can be shown quickly for entry to regulated places. We have been warned that signing into clubs could be a lengthy process if people do not have quick access to their double vaccination evidence, causing angst to those behind them in the queue. Please allow extra time to sign into clubs. Single vaccination is not sufficient for meetings or events such as BBQs and there are no exceptions.

 I respect that vaccination is a personal choice and will not enter a debate with anyone. We will simply apply the regulations of govt and organisations we use.

Next meetings - Royal Motor Yacht Club Top Deck function room at 7.30pm. This room has a capacity of 80 guests based on the 4 sq m rule with distanced seating. Masks and sanitising will be supplied on entry. Members must remain seated. (Note, we can now revert to Tuesday evenings except for the first week back when the club is not open Mon or Tues after 5pm)

Wednesday 13th Oct – Feature technical session - Restarting laid up vehicle’s forum by Ron Howell & Greg Lakeman + John Kaye Video 2021 Display Day at RMYC.

Sunday 17th Oct run – free BBQ at McCarrs Creek reserve – separate groups limit 20 each – must prebook and register attendance on our new QR code set up as in the shops & elsewhere.

Tuesday 26th Oct – Annual General meeting including awards, followed by general meeting. Tributes to 2 past presidents and a surprise video of a colourful member.

Sunday 12th Dec - PMEA Christmas luncheon & display as per last year at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Over 100 guests allowed. Cost & menu to come – subsidised as usual. Please book the date.

Tuesday 14th Dec – last 2021 meeting.

Tuesday 11th Jan 2022 – new year! Better than 2021 we hope!

Refer to the Vice President's report and events section for more details. See below for club rules and vaccination certificates.

Membership note

Those who have not renewed by September 30 and have been unfinancial since July 1 will be no longer members of PMEA.   If they wish to re-join, they must apply for a Membership Form and submit it to the Committee. We have about a dozen prospective new applicants waiting to join. Currently we have about 400 financial members.   

Happy motoring

Kind Regards,

Kerry Benson


To Loyal RMYC Members and Guests,

As we prepare for takeaway starting this Friday 1st October at 10am, the NSW State Government has shared exciting plans on how to roll out the 3-stage Roadmap out of lockdown with an estimated date of Monday 11th October reopen when the state hits the 70% double-dose vaccination target.

Under the reopening NSW roadmap, the following freedoms will apply to fully vaccinated adults (16+) & those with a medical exemption certificate for staff, members & guests at Stage 1 and Stage 2.

STAGE 1 - Projected for Monday 11th October 2021

·   The first stage of reopening will be at 70% vaccine coverage, which is expected to be achieved by Monday 11th October.

·   Up to 5 visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 & under).

·   Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

·   RMYC will operate indoor areas with one person per 4 sqm including Salt Cove Brasserie, The Garden Bar, Lounge Bar, Office, Reception, Mariners Bar, Horseshoe Cove Room, Executive Board Room, Marina Office & Top Deck Function Room.

·   One person per 2 sqm outside areas including the Garden Forecourt, Water View Terrace, Compass Terrace, Pearl Pontoon & Marina.

·   Group bookings will be limited to 20 people.

·   Standing while drinking is only permitted outside.

·   Masks will remain mandatory in all indoor areas except when seated while enjoying food & beverages, except children under 12 years.

·   Customer-facing staff must wear masks indoors & outdoors at all times.

·   Entertainment will recommence on reopening under the above conditions with Festoon Fridays on Friday 15th October 2021 & Sunday Wind Down on the 17th October 2021. Both will be held on the outdoor Compass Terrace.

·   QR coding on entry remains mandatory for all members, staff & guests.

·   Proof of Vaccination must be presented to enter.

·   RMYC members are fully responsible for all guests they bring onto our premises both marina & clubhouse & must adhere to the same rules & regulations.

·   The only entry points into RMYC will be front reception (level 2) & the Garden Forecourt (ground level) where our staff are on hand for all access & enquiries.

·   RMYC will remain closed on Monday & Tuesday from 5pm until Monday 25th October & will then open 7 nights.

STAGE 2 - Projected for Monday 25th October 2021

·   The second stage of reopening will be at 80% vaccine coverage, which is expected to be achieved by Monday 25th October when regional travel will resume.

·   As part of the second-stage reopening, gatherings in homes will increase from five people to 10 people, however, the 20-person outdoor gathering limit will remain.

·   The 1 in 4 sqm (indoors) and 1 in 2 sqm outdoor will remain as per stage 1.

·   Group bookings will remain limited to 20 people.

·   Masks will remain mandatory in all indoor areas except when seated while enjoying food & beverages, except children under 12 years.

·   Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors.

·   The requirement to be seated while drinking indoors is removed.

·   Monday Night Twilight Sailing will return on Monday 25th October 2021 (subject to NSW Government guidelines)

·   The RMYC AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th October at 7.30pm in the Top Deck Room.

·   The Opening Day of the 2021/22 Boating Season will be held on Saturday 30th October 2021 from 10am.

·   The Melbourne Cup Luncheon will take place in the Garden Forecourt on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

·   QR coding on entry remains mandatory for all members, staff & guests.

·   Proof of Vaccination must be presented to enter.

·   The only entry points into RMYC will be front reception (level 2) & the Garden Forecourt (ground level) where our staff are on hand for all access & enquiries.

STAGE 3 - Projected for Wednesday 1st December 2021

·   The third stage of reopening is not pinned to a vaccination target but has an expectation of around the 92% vaccination coverage of the adult population by this date.

·   Stage 3 outlines further relaxation of the rules for unvaccinated members & guests.

·   RMYC will operate with one person per 2 sqm inside & outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking & life returns to more normality.

We cannot wait to welcome you back to our great Club as quickly & safely as possible. We can only hope normality, our events & socialising returns soon.

Stay safe everyone & we can't wait to see you all soon.

Jayson McDonald - CEO

Chris Lee - Commodore


Adrian Stanford - ex president & gentleman

Motorcycle enthusiast.

Family man

Events Update from your Vice President David Cawthorn

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Finally, we have some good news that PMEA General Meetings and Events can now restart in October in line with NSW Government Health Rules.

It seems like eons ago that we had our last Sunday event to E-Valance at Hornsby on Sunday 13th June!

I’ll be doing some research into café Events, these may initially need to be cafes that have outdoor seating, and which ones may be open in the foreseeable future. Of course, you will need to be double vaccinated to attend a PMEA meeting or Event and provide proof if requested.

In addition to the above, restrictions currently for that time will mean that only 20 persons outdoors can gather. Therefore, our first scheduled Event will be another PMEA BBQ at McCarrs Creek on Sunday 17th October (weather permitting), featuring British Cars.

Strictly this will be a ticketed event only with pre-booking via the PMEA website. We will have 2 x BBQ’s, meaning that we can have 2 x groups of 20 persons maximum in each group, socially distanced apart in the grounds.

PMEA have also obtained a QR Code for this event, so you will need check in via QR Code, as per other QR coded venues. I’m sure folks you’re used to the process by now!

Once you book via the website, you will receive a confirmation email with individual ticket number. This means that we will be able to track those attending and provide proof if asked. There will be GROUP ONE and GROUP TWO, once the 1st group is fully booked, you can book under GROUP TWO. You will not be able to ‘mingle’ from one group to the other. Depending on indications of attendance, we may be able to open another group of 20 for a ‘BYO Picnic’, which won’t partake in the BBQ. So, 1st in best dressed! Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

All Events during November and December are being reviewed, so please regularly check on the website for updates.

The only confirmed Event for December is now our annual PMEA Xmas party with car display, scheduled for Sunday 12th December at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Newport. Details to come on the Events page of the website.

It is essential to regularly check the PMEA website for up-to-date information and amendments.

All future PMEA Events and General Meetings will naturally be subject to the current COVID rules at that time.

Don’t Forget

New PMEA windscreen banners have been procured, these are available for $25 each, please log-in to the Members section of the website and go to Club Shop where you will find a picture and instructions on how to order. Should you have any difficulties, please contact me directly.

The Michael Andrews Memorial Trophy (MAT) has concluded for another year. Points are recorded for attendance at every General Meeting and all Events. I will be presenting the MAT Trophy to the winner at the upcoming AGM, now confirmed for Tuesday 26th October.

Please do coming along to this meeting for this and our other club awards for 2020/2021 and congratulate the winners.

Keep those wheels turning

David Cawthorn

Vice President & Events.