More windy conditions for Saturday's Racing

Racing on Saturday once again brought strong winds but not enough to call off racing, allowing boats to go out and enjoy some fast-paced racing. There was a decent turn out of boats for most divisions and classes, producing great competitive racing as always. Due to last week’s abandonment of racing for the one design boats, the Etchells, Dragons and Ynglings were excited to get back on to the water to kick start their season!

Podium Results

Spring Race Two - 10th September

Division 1

  1. Ultreya - Rod Pearse
  2. Sydney – Charles Curran
  3. I Super - Peter Campbell

Division 2

  1. Solange - A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson
  2. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall

Division 3

  1. Beowulf – Stafford Watts
  2. Zues II – Jim Dunstan
  3. Come by Chance – John Nutt


  1. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back

Mini A - 10th September (Standings after 3 races)


  1. Adolescence – Steve Billingham 5 pts
  2. Itchy – Will Northam / Jamie Watson 11 pts
  3. Dot - David Seaton 12 pts


  1. Liquidity – Richard Franklin 4pts
  2. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate 7pts
  3. Abracadabra – Nicholas Hogg / John Marty 27pts


Click here to view full results

Opening Day success

What a magnificent Opening Day we enjoyed on Sunday 11 September!

The sun shone, bunting fluttered, cannons boomed and several hundred Members and their guests enjoyed the garden party atmosphere.

The Parade of Sail was colourful and entertaining, with the following boats awarded prizes:

Rapunzel - Best Dressed Overall   Crackerjack - Best Dressed Boat    Genovefa - Best Dressed Crew

You can view more photos on the RSYS Facebook page. Don't forget to 'Like' us.

Weekend Racing

Match Racing

This weekend of the 10th and 11th of September, we’ll see five members from the Squadron’s keelboat development squad compete in the 2016 Marinassess Womens Match Racing Regatta hosted by our neighbours at the CYCA. The team is being skippered by Claudia Thackray, with crew consisting of Katherine Shannon, Maddie O’Shea and Sarah Dawes and Charlotte Alexander. The Marinassess regatta was first held in 1996 and slightly changed format in 2009 due to increasing participation and involvement, allowing a higher degree of improvement in terms of skill, competency and crew work development. There are eight teams currently entered, including former Olympians and an international team from RNZYS, which is sure to bring a high standard of sailing! We wish you girls the best of luck and have fun! Stay tuned for results next week.

Saturday 10th September Racing

As this Saturday is a designated Kirribilli finish day, be sure to come back to the club after racing! Chef will be offering complimentary sausages, onions, condiments and bread for you to construct a delicious hot snack!

Mini A Regatta

-Etchells & Dragon

-First warning signal: Dragon 1230 hours, Etchells 1330 hours

-Start/finish boat - RSYS Mischief



Spring Series 

-Divisions 1-3, Kirribilli finish

-First warning signal – 1245 hours

-Start/finish boat – RSYS Gitana



RSYS to host 2016 Extreme Sailing Series Grand Finale

The Squadron has a long history of hosting prestigious sailing regattas, and I am delighted to inform you that from 8-11 December this year, we will welcome the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet when they contest the eighth and final Act of the 2016 series. 

Members will enjoy a ringside view of the action unfolding in front of the Clubhouse, including insights into the racing from expert commentators.

Now in its tenth season this adrenaline-fuelled global series has given our beloved sport of sailing a new dimension, providing high levels of competition and sporting entertainment. A new fleet of hydro-foiling GC32s has replaced the Extreme 40s, and so far the 2016 Series is proving to be another fast-paced and thrilling year.

The 2016 Series comprises Acts in: Muscat, Qingdao, Cardiff, Hamburg, St Petersburg, Madeira Islands, Lisbon and concluding in Sydney. 
Visit the Extreme Sailing Series website here
View results to date here

This is an exciting event for our Club to host, and the Committee and Club staff will ensure Members’ access to and enjoyment of the regatta are maximised, whilst minimising any disruption to Club services and facilities during peak times. 

Closer to the time we will publish further information about the regatta as well as details of some exciting activities from the Series organisers. For now, please save the dates 8-11 December; I look forward to seeing you at our Club for this event. 

Richard Chapman

Howling winds greet new season

Strong Westerly and West North West winds hammered Sydney Harbour on Saturday 3 September, the start of the RSYS Spring season racing. Gusts were recorded at a high of 43 knots at 10am, sustained an average of 20+ knots until 3pm, with gusts recorded at over 30 knots up until 4pm!

To no one’s surprise, racing was abandoned for the one design boats, and emotions of both disappointment and relief were common amongst the sailors.

Divisions 1-3 were able to race amongst these challenging conditions.

Saturday’s podium results:

Division 1

  1. Equiknox – John Molyneux / Peter Bray
  2. Ultreya – Rod Pearse
  3. I Super – Peter Campbell

Division 2

  1. Solange – A King / T Carrol / W Hutchinson
  2. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall

Division 3

  1. Beowulf – Stafford Watts (pictured above)
  2. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  3. Mingara III – Philip Crane

Click here for full results

Fingers crossed, the weather gods are a bit kinder to us for this week’s racing and Opening Day on Sunday 11 September.

Photo credit: John Jeremy (Winter season)

History of the James Craig

Join the Cruising Division on 28 September when Alan Edenborough will talk about the James Craig, how it was rescued from a Tasmanian grave, patched up, towed to Sydney and after much fundraising, fully restored. An heroic tale not to be missed!

About our speaker Alan Edenborough

•    More than 40 years involvement with the Sydney Maritime Museum, home of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. 
•    Served three terms on the Board of the Museum. Today, project director & specialist consultant focussing on a new home for the Museum.
•    Still an active Fleet volunteer. 
•    Found 1874 barque, James Craig, as a beached hulk in remote southern Tasmania in 1972. 
•    Mounted and led 16 month salvage effort culminating in 1973 in successful tow of James Craig from Recherche Bay to Hobart. 
•    Also involved in the restoration of other historic vessels in the Sydney Heritage Fleet.
•    Still actively involved in national and international maritime museum professional organisations

Event details
Date: Wednesday 28 September
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Members book online here

Racing to commence this Saturday!

The new season starts on Saturday 3 September with a packed calendar that caters for all needs and preferences. With racing held on five different days over the season, getting involved is a must!

Highlights include:

The Mini A&B Regatta Series

The Mini A series for the Etchells and Dragons and the Mini B regattas for Ynglings and Sport boats create highly competitive and enjoyable racing every fortnight. Perfect for both long- time boat owners and those who don’t own a boat – simply book one of our Club’s new Elliott 7s and get involved! Click here to make a booking

Spring Series

Starts 3 September and concludes 17 December, seamlessly complementing the Mini A&B series, Inshore and Offshore racing. Comprises divisions 1-3, Etchells, Dragons and Ynglings, it is sure to go off with a bang! If you do not own a boat and want to get involved, make sure you join our Crew Register here

Opening Day

Join us on Sunday 11 September at 11am for the official launch of the new Sailing Season. Commodore Richard Chapman will fire the great cannon at 12 noon and acknowledge the Parade of Sail. Boat owners decorate their yachts with bunting, and their crew appear in all manner of crazy fancy dress. It's a spectacle not to be missed!

Friday and Tuesday Twilights

Racing will begin on Friday 7 October and Tuesday 8 November. These social series providing amazing afternoon sailing conditions for all, regardless of sailing abilities; it’s the perfect way to end a long day or week. The Intermediates committee has again secured free use of the Elliott 7s for Intermediates Members - a great incentive for those who do not own a boat or want to get back into sailing!

Sunday Series

Commences 9 October. This 10 race non-spinnaker series is held approximately every fortnight until 26 March 2017. On Sunday 16 October, we will join SASC for their Platypus Trophy. It will be a pointscore race for RSYS boats. It is not too late to enter!

Click here to view the full sailing calendar

Click here to view the Notice of Race


New to sailing?

Join one of our Adult Discover Sailing courses on our Club's Elliott 7s. 
Click here to find out more.


We look forward to seeing you on the water very soon!


Opening Day 2016

The RSYS Spring/Summer sailing season will be officially launched on Sunday 11 September. Sailors participate in our traditional Parade of Sail and land-based Members enjoy a garden party and buffet lunch. 

Commodore Richard Chapman will fire the great cannon at 12 noon; boat owners decorate their yachts with bunting, and their crew appear in all manner of crazy fancy dress. It's a spectacle not to be missed! Members are very welcome to bring family and friends.

We will serve drinks and canapés on the lawn from 11am, a jazz band will entertain guests, and children can enjoy the giant jumping castle. After the fun, enjoy our traditional seafood buffet in the Carabella Room or a casual lunch in the CCA. (View CCA Menu here)

Reservations essential! Members please book via Reception


Race Week - and they're off!

Australia’s largest offshore regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, commenced on 21 August. A number of RSYS Members are amongst the record fleet of 252 boats. All sizes of boats are involved, from 30 metres down to 6.5 metres, single hulls to triple hulls, cruising and foiling boats all accounted for. 

Layday came early on day 3, despite best efforts by the race committee to get some divisions racing out on the Eastern course area, in the Turtle Bay vicinity.

The fleet of cruisers and cruising multihulls waited patiently offshore for close to four hours, filling in time swimming, sunbaking, barbequing and following three humpback whales which obligingly glided close enough for photo opportunities read more here.

Several Squadron Members are competing in either a six or seven race series. Here are the results going into race 3.

Forty - Steve Barlow - Rating Class Division 2 - 3rd 

Botany Access Cocomo - Peter Sorensen OAM- Rating Class Division 2 - 5th

Knot Crazy - Drew Jones - Cruising Class Division 3 - 11th

One O Nine - Robert Salteri - Cruising Class Division 1 - 13th 

Sydney - Charles Curran - Racer/Cruiser Division - 2nd

Tashtego - Joe Atkinson & Jack Thomas - Non Spinnaker Division 2 - 1st

Team Hollywood - Ray Roberts - Rating Passage Division - IRC 2nd, ORCiO 1st

Ichi Ban - Matt Allen - Rating Racing Division A - IRC 2nd, ORCio 1st

Photos by Andrea Francolini

Literary Luncheon: 'Rosetta'

Alexandra Joel will discuss her biographical novel 'Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story' at a lunch event on 16 September.
The story traces her quest to uncover the truth about her scandalous great-grandmother and a shocking century-old secret at the heart of her family. It was not until three-quarters of a century later that Joel discovered her great-grandmother’s name and embarked upon her research.
Event Details
Date:  Friday 16 September
Time:  12 noon
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost:  $65 pp (includes two course lunch, sparkling wine on arrival,  beer, wine & soft options with lunch)

The 2016 Commodore's Ball

The Commodore warmly invites you to this formal dinner dance event on 27 August.

Dress up in black tie and party frocks, enjoy canapés and a sumptuous three course dinner with fine wines and dance the night away to the tunes of well-known Sydney party quartet The Aston Martinis.

Event details
Date: Saturday 27 August
Time: 6.30pm-11pm
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Members' guests
includes canapés, three course dinner, fine wines, beers and entertainment.