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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club operates a full service boatyard, highly
regarded for its quality workmanship and customer service. Lifting in
excess of 850 boats annually and antifouling over 450, the yard is supported
by number of on-site contractors to fulfil vessel repair needs.
Due to the impending retirement of our current Manager, the club seeks an
experienced, service focused Operations Manager, who in co-operation
with the Boatyard Services Manager, will continue the efficient running of
the boatyard’s daily operations. This is an interesting and exciting role
which assumes overall responsibility for the yard operations including
leading and motivating a team of around a dozen staff, co-ordinating with
contractors and providing a high level of service to all clients.
The successful candidate will ideally have experience in running a busy
boatyard (as manager or 2IC), be able to co-ordinate and prioritise multiple
tasks, demonstrate superior communication and influencing skills and an
advanced knowledge of vessel maintenance requirements.
Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and a full job
description is available on request.
Applications should be made in writing to the General Manager at
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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Magnus and one of the shipwrights helped me, a small
boy, convert a rowing dinghy into a small sailing dinghy. I used
two tomato stakes for mast and boom, the shipwright made a
centreboard casing and I made the rope rigging.
I kept the sailing dinghy down at Halvorsens at Bobbin
Head for five shillings a week! I gave my widowed mother some
measurements and she made some sails for me out of old linen
bedsheets. The mainsail even had battens made out of three
We lived at North Turramurra so riding my bike down to
Bobbin Head was easy. They were great days and resulted in
a small boy’s love for sailing which has never left me. The staff
down at Halvorsens were always helpful and whenever I needed
help to lift my boat down from the rack one of them was there.
Magnus was indeed a great sportsman who also played rugby.
Although they will forever be remembered as boatbuilders and
great sailors I will remember them as gentlemen who fired up a
small boy’s imagination in sailing.
Geoffrey H. Mills,
[See Magnus Halvorsen Obituary on page 62.]
Underwater Research Group divers
highly trained in scientific methods
We refer to the article ‘Divers push marine park agenda’
by David Lockwood (Afloat Oct’15). The article is misleading,
incorrect on several counts, and provides no evidence to support
the author’s assertions of bias in the collection of scientific data.
Underwater Research Group of NSW (URG) has been providing
data to scientists for over 50 years. We have been involved in
countless scientific programs, collecting specimens for the
Australian Museum, data on fish and invertebrate populations,
marine debris projects and many more. Our divers are highly
trained in scientific methods; several of our current members
are qualified marine scientists. We work with several major
Universities and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science; during
2015 we were involved in no less than six marine science projects,
all on a volunteer basis.
The author’s assertion that people in Sydney are catching
fish, therefore our data are questionable, is fundamentally flawed.
Catch data (how many fish people are catching) concentrate
the figures by selection of the best fishing spots and the use
of burley and fish finders, are limited to species which respond
to the bait and fail to detect fish too small to be hooked. Such
data are a poor indication of overall fish abundance and density
and are scientifically invalid as a measure of species richness.
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