Paspaley ‘Month of the Pearl’ Events

June is the Month of the Pearl, and to celebrate, Paspaley's Creative Director Christine Salter will host a series of events at RSYS for Members and their guests.

Discover why Australian South Sea pearls are the rarest and most valuable pearls in the world and how they are cultivated. Explore the innovative craftsmanship and contemporary design behind their Signature Collections.

Event details:
1) Friday 23 June 12pm for a light lunch
Cost: $65  BOOK HERE


2) Wednesday 28 June 6pm for a three course dinner. 
Cost: $85   BOOK HERE


Tuesday Twilight series partner.

Combined Winter Series - Race 3

Saturday 20 May was the third day of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. There were 71 boats competing across the different divisions, making it another busy day on the harbour. However the weather conditions for the day were not ideal... as there was never really any consistent breeze direction or strength. A lot of boats received a DNF as a result of the conditions, making it a long day on the water for people. Still, any day on the water is a good day!

Podium Results (PHS):   

Super 30

  1. Optimum – Stuart Jordan – RSYS
  2. Mr Mojo – George Kompolthy – RANSA
  3. Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York – CYCA


  1. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees - SASC
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS

Division 1

  1. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid - RSYS
  2. Erica – Peter Williams – RSYS
  3. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA

Division 2 - All boats DNF

Division 3

  1. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA
  2. Black Diamond Bay – Kerry Lehman - RANSA
  3. Midwicket – David Ham - SASC

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Double Dutch – Phil Tanner - SASC
  2. Fortune of War – Adrian Gruzman - RANSA
  3. Well Inclined – Brian McKean - RSYS


View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Squadron Cruise Prize Giving

The highly anticipated 2017 Squadron Cruise prize giving dinner was held on 5 May. This year’s Squadron Cruise took place in Pittwater from Easter Monday to 24 April and attrcated 40 boats. 

The annual cruise caters for all types of sailors,  racing and social, with extensive on-shore activities and competitions. One of the most popular events held, is the Galley Gourmet Challenge… see below for category winners. Also below, are the winners of each award, division and the various activities. 


“Spirit of whole hearted competition and participation” Award

Tula – Ivan Resnekov
Erica J Trophy 

“Spirit of the cruise” Award

Viva – Ken Hudson 
William Brian Northam Trophy

Division 1

Ticket of Leave – Max Prentice

-    1st Inshore point-score
Windsong Trophy

-    1st Offshore point-score
Allan Payne Trophy

Division 2

Windflyt – Doug Sturrock

-    1st Inshore point-score
Bob Tinning Trophy

Division 3

Margaret Rintoul – Bruce Gould

-    1st Inshore point-score
New York Yacht Club Trophy

Nautical Quiz

Sweet Chariot – Jill & David Henry


Sweet Chariot – Jill & David Henry

** Special thank you to John Hancox (Magnificat) for producing the crossword & nautical quiz

Coursemaster “Nav-est” competition

About Time – Julian Farren-Price
1st place Offshore

Allegro – John Taylor
1st place Inshore 

** Special thank you to “Coursemaster” for kindly donating the ICOM VHF handheld radio

Galley Gourmet Challenge 

Hell Razer – Simon Wulf

Tonic – Robert Pizzie

Main Course
Kirribilli – Olwen Bowe-Beale

Kirribilli – Olwen Bowe-Beale

Combined Winter Series off to a successful start!

Saturday 6 May was the first day of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. With 90 boats competing across six different divisions, Sydney Harbour was quite busy as sailors flocked to the water to enjoy the warm sunny conditions. Temperatures reached 26c with light to medium N/NE winds which stabilised after midday just in time for racing. The day was very positive with strong turnouts and competition across all divisions. There were 10 more boats competing this year compared to the same time last year when there were 80 boats for race one.


Podium Results (PHS):

Super 30

  1. Mr Mojo – George Kompolthy – RANSA
  2. Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York – CYCA
  3. Optimum – Stuart Jordan – RSYS


  1. Lolita – Nick Cassim – SASC/RSYS
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS
  3. Tamaris – Greg Sproule – SASC

Division 1

  1. Great Xpectations – Rod Wills – CYCA
  2. Erica – Peter Williams – RSYS
  3. Molly – Frank Hetherton – SASC

Division 2

  1. Solange – W Hutchinson/T Carrol/A King – RSYS
  2. Can Can – Roman Tarnawsky – RSYS
  3. The Jackal – Peter Rozenauers

Division 3

  1. Primary Wave – Bart Foley – SRB
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan - RSYS
  3. Tingari – John Jeremy - RSYS

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin/Chris Harper – RSYS
  2. Hyperion II – Ian & Anna Shepherd – RANSA
  3. Sahara – Jeff Muscat – RPEYC


View full Results here


Article by Angus Olding
Photo by John Jeremy

2017 Trans-Tasman Challenge

It was that time of year again: two of Australasia’s leading Royal Yacht Squadrons battled it out for Trans-Tasman Challenge glory and bragging rights.

Since its inception in 1974, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) have competed in this special ‘Mate vs Mate’ regatta which has become an important tradition for both clubs. Each year alternating in location and typically represented by Flag officers from each club.

Having been hosted and won by RSYS in 2016, RNZYS were certainly keen to use their home advantage to reclaim the win for 2017 at their home club in Auckland. The two day regatta was held on 29 and 30 April and consisted of six races being completed on the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 7s. Unfortunately, the RSYS could not retain the win this year. Yet it is always an amazing experience and great to spend time with our good friends across the Tasman. Congratulations to RNZYS for winning. 



  1. Aaron Young – RNZYS – 13 pts
  2. Ian Cook – RNZYS – 18 pts
  3. Steve Mair – RNZYS – 19 pts
  4. Andrew Aitken – RNZYS – 24 pts
  5. Richard Chapman – RSYS – 29 pts
  6. Geoff Davidson – RSYS – 33 pts
  7. David Wood – RSYS – 34 pts
  8. Richard Hammond – RSYS – 46 pts


View Full Results here


By Angus Olding