RSYS Webinars on rewind

The Squadron has embraced the digital age during Lockdown and this week Members have enjoyed a variety of webinars and online meetings.

'Reflections on the modern ANZAC experience'

We were treated to an excellent presentation on Monday. Squadron Member Lt. Col. Peter Curran told the stories of Capt. Stuart Milson who lost his life at Gallipoli, and Peter 'Des' Kearney who served in WW2. He then introduced fellow Member Maj. Gen. (ret'd) Angus McLachlan  AO who spoke movingly of the Anzac spirit of today's veterans - often very young people. 

'The living sea walls of Sydney Harbour'

Dr Melanie Bishop, a coastal biodiversity expert from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, gave us a tour of several sites around our harbour, examining the different 'tile' structures deployed and their varied success rates in attracting new life to our foreshores. Keep your eyes open the next time you take a walk! 

'Optimal Sail Trim'

Andrew Parkes and Alby Pratt from North Sails are holding weekly webinars on Thursdays at 12.30pm. The first sessions covered Mainsail and Jib trim. 

If you missed these online events, fear not! They are recorded and published on our website in News & Events/ Video Gallery  and our YouTube channel (it's a good idea to subscribe to our channel so .that you don't miss any recordings.)  Catch up now.

Book Club

The Squadron Book Club is continuing its monthly discussions via Zoom meetings. We will discuss  'The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose' at 11.30am on Tuesday 26 May. 


Our Bridge community hasn't missed a beat and are playing frequently via BBO - Bridge Base On-line. It is a world-wide platform and free to join. If you would like to join in, please phone any of the Bridge Committee members - their numbers in the Bridge phone book – and we shall get you started.


Mother's Day offer

Mother's Day is Sunday 10 May and we are here to help you to celebrate with the special Mum in your life. If she is isolating, why not arrange a Home Delivery to her? The Squadron is happy to deliver to addresses within roughly 5km of our Club at no extra cost. 

Menu Special
Roast Free-range chicken with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Pommes Dauphinoise, Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Broccolini and Sage Sauce, served with Salad and Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake for dessert. PLUS home-made Macaroons - especially for Mum.

Small (half chicken, serves 2) $32, Large (serves 4) $60, 
or $50 and $78 including a bottle of NV Jansz Cuvee Brut Sparkling or 6 Peroni beers (When ordering, please specify in the Special Requests field)

This meal is available for takeaway or home delivery on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May.
Please place your order by 5pm Thursday 7 May.

A Mother's Day Bouquet
Why not delight the special Mum in your family with a beautiful flower arrangement on Mother's Day?
We are pleased to offer:
- Bucket arrangement (colours/varieties will vary) $95
- Bouquet of Lilies $60
Flowers may be collected or delivered together with your meal orders on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May.
Please place your flower orders by 5pm Thursday 7 May.

Place your order here or call Reception 02 9955 7171.



RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series 2020

Are you missing racing against your fellow Members?  Get involved in our RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series while you’re at home during the lockdown.

To kick off, we are offering three regattas: Tuesday Twilight, Saturday Main Series and Sunday Youth Dinghy.  Let us know if you think we should have another day of the week … Perhaps our Wednesday racers?  

Our first week across all series will be a training session to help us all get up to speed with eSailing.  There is some setup required and you will need to register.

All the information you need is here

We can’t wait to see you out on the (virtual) water!

Nominate your Sailor of the Year!

Let's recognise our top sailors!  

The RSYS Sailing Committee is calling upon Members to nominate an appropriate person for one of the five significant awards for the 2019-2020 sailing season. The time period for consideration for the award is 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020. Those awards are: 

Yachtswoman of the Year 
Yachtsman of the Year  
Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year
Youth Sailor of the Year
Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy new

If you know someone who you think should be acknowledged, please read the criteria for each award and complete the online nomination form. Your contribution would be very much appreciated.  Nominations close on Friday 15 May.

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Award Criteria

Yachtswoman of the Year - The Joanne Trophy
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Joan Godfrey.  A sailor of more than 50 years she started out in VJs at Vaucluse, then in 12ft Skiffs and eventually in keelboats.  She was and enthusiast, deeply involved and an active participant rather than a spectator.  The trophy is to be awarded annually to a woman who, like Joan:

  • Sails regularly from the Squadron
  • Is, above all, enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant - even if her role be relatively unobtrusive

The activities can relate to any aspect of sailing from junior to family sailing.  It should preferably not be oriented towards, but not exclude, competitive sailing. There is no age limit. 

Yachtsman of the Year - The Idris Cup  
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Idris Wolseley Picton-Clark, born in Sydney in 1894 to a pioneer family.  Mrs Clark was a life long devotee of both rowing and sailing. To be awarded to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron amateur yachtsman or woman of the year.  In making the award the principal considerations are: 

  • Excellence in local, national and international sail competition
  • Demonstration of the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct

Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year - Carabella Tray
This award will recognizes a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in club and regatta events.

Youth Sailor of the Year
Criteria for this award, established in 2019 is: 

  •  Aged 25 or under as of April 30 in the year of nomination
  • Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and or international competition
  • Have followed a committed training program during the award year, and brought recognition to RSYS competitive sailing
  • Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship

Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy
In its inaugural year, this trophy will be awarded to the best sportsperson of the year at the club. This award embodies the spirit and traditions of the club and encompasses the love of competition, fair play, support of the sport of sailing and contribution to club life. The award shall be awarded by the sailing committee who shall consider following guidelines in its deliberations:

  • The winner shall be a member of the RSYS
  • The member shall embody the club values of Integrity, progressiveness, inclusiveness, respect and safety
  • The winner must have competed in a sailing event run by the RSYS in the award period
  • Shall demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship at all times. Their behaviour shall be ethical, appropriate, polite, and fair
  • Shall contribute to the development of the sport of sailing
  • Shall contribute to club life
  • Should display courage in what they undertake either in competition or service
  • The activities in the previous full club year, based on membership fee due date, shall be the basis of consideration.
  • A nominee may be professional however activities undertaken in a professional capacity will be excluded from consideration
  • Nominations shall be received from the general membership
  • Committee members are eligible for the award but they may not be nominated by a current member of any committee
  • A member may not self nominate.

Past Winners

Yachtsman of the Year

2018-19 Martin Hill
2017-18 Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
2016-17 Rob Lowndes
2015-16 Paul Clitheroe
2014-15 Roger Hickman

Yachtswoman of the Year

2018-19 Karyn Gojnich
2017-18 Maddie O'Shea
2016-17 Jeanne-Claude Strong
2015-16 Millie Brown
2014-15 Jeanne-Claude Strong

Crewperson of the Year

2018-19 Richard Allanson
2017-18 Will Ryan
2016-17 David Chapman 
2015-16 David Chapman
2014-15 David Chapman

Youth Sailor of the Year

2018-19 Brooke Wilson




New online take-away & delivery service

We are pleased to announce that the Squadron's Dine at Home Take-away and Home Delivery meals service is now available via our new online shop.

You may order from several menus; then simply select Take-away or Delivery, enter your details, preferred take-away or delivery time, click 'submit' ... and lay the table for a delicious meal!

We offer:

FAMILY MEALS (Large serves 4, Small serves 2)
FROZEN MEALS  (single serve, heat & eat) 

ANZAC Day special: 7 hour Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, available for pick up or home delivery on Friday 24 April ONLY. 
Please place your order by 5pm Thursday 23 April.


Home delivery or Take-away available for:
Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Sundays, 12 – 2pm.


Please note

- You will receive a confirmation email (if you don't, please check your Junk folder). 

- All purchases will be billed to your Member House Account

- Take-away: Please collect your order from the Northern Entrance (near the Main Bar) during the above hours. Please ring the bell and a staff member will meet you at the door. 

- Deliveries: minimum order $25, delivery radius around 5km, orders must be paid for in advance. Our staff will knock at your door and drop your order, no cash accepted.