Dragon Interport Regatta

RSYS hosted the Pacific Rim Dragon Interport between Royal Hong Kong YC, Kansai Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron last weekend.  Unfortunately, Royal Vancouver YC was unable to field a team. 

The format of the event was three boat teams racing over six round robins. Club Dragons were rotated between the races to ensure fairness, and in true Corinthian spirit, Squadron team members were not permitted to sail their own boats. 


The Squadron was represented by most of the current Dragon sailors and past supporters of the Interport event.  Japan fielded a particularly strong team.  In the final result, RSYS and Kansai YC stood equal on matches won, but RSYS prevailed with a score count of 41 to 43.  The RO for the event was Jim Hawkins, himself a former Interport sailor, who did an excellent job completing four of the scheduled six round robins.  Sunday delivered fabulous conditions for teams racing.

A spectacular Gala dinner and presentation was held at our Club on Sunday night. I believe our guests very much enjoyed the entire event and their time being hosted by RSYS.  The next Interport will be at Kansai Yacht Club  in early 2021.



View final results here

View more photos here

Article by Richard Franklin
Photos by Darcie Collington Photography


Sunny Sunday Twilights

A record 16 boats joined us for the Twilight race on Sunday 8 December.  It was a spectacular evening on the Harbour with 13 - 18 knots from the ENE.  A cruise ship leaving Circular Quay at approximately 4:00pm provided a challenge for competitors trying to work out which side of the Harbour to sail to keep out of its way.

Once again it was fast finishing Assassin with Phil Cutts taking the win in the Non-Spinnaker Division.  Second was As You Do helmed by Alexandra Curtin followed by Amy Gojnich on Solacious. In the One-Design Spinnaker division it was 'Team Miller', pictured below, who tapped into some help from our Optimist sailors, who took the win.  Our Optimist sailors had already had an afternoon on the water with their own Youth dinghy racing but backed up for the Sunday Twilight.  Second was Tissa Jayasekera on Elliott 2, and third overall was Yertle helmed by Warrick Back.  

Many thanks to our Squadron volunteer race officers Joyce Wayne and and Susan Wade who were our race management team for the evening.

Our next Sunday Twilight will be held on 22 December. Dinner will be available in the Careening Cove.
Enter online here
Reserve a table in the CCA here (log into the members Area)

2020 Stepping Stone House FUNdraiser

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like-minded people. This fundraising regatta is a great way to give your company some exposure – boat and individual sponsorship packages are available. After racing, enjoy convivial post-race drinks and a carvery. Alternatively, spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Squadron's beautiful Carabella Room overlooking the harbour.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for more than 30 years and RSYS has been the Principal Sponsor since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 24 March 2020 for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 26 March 2020 for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

Bridge day information here

Regatta information here


Matt Allen Squadron dinner

RSYS Member Matt Allen AM has recently completed his tenure as President of Australian Sailing and will share his views on the sailing universe at a Squadron dinner event on Wednesday 29 January 2020. 

His address will encompass:

     - How he developed Australian Sailing and where he sees its future role.

     - What's new in World Sailing.

     - Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and other developments in Olympic sailing.

     - Ocean racing at the Grand Prix level, indepth look at Ichi Ban's success

Matt's talk will be followed by a Q & A session - so come prepared with your questions. 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 29 January
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $92 includes 2 courses and wines.

Members may book here









Match racing update

One of the Squadron’s Keelboat Program teams competed at the 2019 Musto International Match Racing Championship held by the CYCA in Rushcutters Bay. This was the second event for our team after their successful completion of 'The Harken' at RPAYC the week prior.

Led by Jed Cruickshank, the team, comprising Jack Littlechild, Charlotte Alexander, Jameson Prescott and Aiden Mansley, started the event strongly and held their own against some of the best sailors on the youth circuit, including last year's RSYS Hardy Cup winner Nick Egnot-Johnson.

Unfortunately, exhaustion from racing for 10 days straight eventually got the better of the team and they struggled to maintain their performance in the final two days of racing. Jed and his team ended the regatta in 12th overall but have placed themselves in a very good position in the lead up the Hardy Cup which will run at the Squadron from 2-6 February 2020. 

By Zac Quinlan

Photos CYCA Media