Adult Learn to Sail Courses

Whether you're a nervous novice or looking to get back on the water and brush up your skills, RSYS runs a variety of sailing courses to suit you on our new fleet of Elliott 7s.

Australian Sailing courses include Start Crewing, Start Helming, Start Skippering and Spinnakers. We run Ladies courses on Wednesdays and Open courses on Sundays. 

There are 2 courses on offer: Start Crewing plus Start Helming, and Start Skippering
6 Wednesdays, 0930-1330hrs
15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar 2017
Cost: $710 (Members) and $760 (Non-members)

Open Classes
2 courses: Start Crewing and Start Helming 
4 Sundays, 0900-1230hrs
12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar 2017
Cost: $420 (Members) and $448 (Non-members)

Start Skippering
4 Sundays, 1300-1630hrs
12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar 2017
Cost: $420 (Members) and $448 (Non-members)

Additional courses running March-April.

Further information and enrolments here

Winners 1966, Grinners 2016

RSYS Member Nigel Stoke is taking Fidelis to Hobart this year - 50 years after her first win.

He held a party at the Club, introducing his crew and sharing David Kellett's scrapbook of press cuttings covering the 1966 race.

The crew shirts read 'Winners 1966, Grinners 2016'.

Good luck chaps!


Kings of cool Alinghi win Sydney finale to secure third Extreme Sailing Series™ title

Sunday 11 December:  In a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire, Arnaud Psarofaghis' men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.

It's the third time Alinghi have won the Extreme Sailing Series following victories in 2008 and 2014 but the first time they've done so 'flying' on the new lightning fast GC32 catamarans.​


Extremes Day 4 update

Sunday 11 December: racing will commence in front of the Clubhouse at 2pm.

Come on down - believe it or not, there are some carpark spaces available for Members!




Heer's the official Day 3 press release:

Extreme Sailing series to go down to the wire ofter sensational penultimate day in Sydney

The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Act 8 leaders Alinghi and overall table toppers Oman Air on the penultimate day of the 2016 season finale in Sydney.

Roman Hagara’s Austrian crew had the pedal firmly to the metal as they notched up three impressive wins and three more podium finishes from the day’s eight races, revelling in the fresh 13 to 20-knot easterly breeze.

As Red Bull Sailing Team celebrated their trio of back-to-back victories it looked like they were on course to end the day in pole position until Swiss crew Alinghi upped the ante claiming honours in the last two races of the day, leaving Hagara’s men just six points behind.



Extreme fun on Day 2

Spectators enjoyed three hours of racing in front of the Clubhouse today.

After yesterday's dramas, cautious race officials commenced with flights of four boats for two circuits, but as the wind shifted from west to south, he called for the full fleet to race for two further races. The eight boats showed off their foils to full advantage - without any capsizes or other mishaps. 


You can read further reports and view videos on the official website


Day 2 start update



Race officials have instructed competitors to leave dock at 1.15pm this afternoon for a 1.45pm warning flag. We look forward to several hours of calibre racing in front of the Clubhouse.  

The wind is currently 20 kts westerly and is forecast to shift to a 15 kt southerly. These lighter conditions should allow the GC32s to fly their code zeros and show off their foiling capabilities.   

Extreme Sailing is underway!

The Clubhouse is transformed and day 1 of the Extremes is underway. Flags are flying, the eight competeing boats are berthed on the inner pontoon and the grounds are abuzz with young athletes, the media and the series entourage.

At the Skippers' press conference, Morgan Larson of Oman Air said "On behalf of all the sailors we’re honoured that the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron made such a progressive decision to effectively give the club to us for the event.”

The first race took the fleet out to Clark Island in a choppy 25-30 kt nor'easter. Alinghi gave a foiling masterclass; Oman Air literally took to the air; Discover Madeira avoided a spill but Land Rover took a dip in the Harbour. 



Day 2, Friday 8 December

1300-1600 hrs Stadium racing in front of the Clubhouse
1600 hrs Open water racing.


Note to Members
Please bring your Member card for quick access to the Club. The car park fills up very quickly as do the surrounding roads, so please take public tarnsport or taxis where possible. 

Members who do not have a lunch reservation are welcome to gather on the Youth lawn where we have set up an alfresco café / bar.



NZ takes up Extremes challenge

RNZYS Performance Programme, sponsored by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, has become the second of two wildcard teams to announce their challenge to the regular line-up at the final Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™, from 8-11 December on Sydney Harbour.

Following the announcement of wildcard entry Team Australia last week, the addition of RNZYS Performance Programme brings the longstanding and fierce sporting rivalry between Australia and New Zealand to the Extreme Sailing Series stadium.

The team will be led by Kiwi Chris Steele, who brings experience as a two-time New Zealand Match Racing champion, as well as GC32 expertise.

“It’s an extremely exciting opportunity to be here racing against guys who have been competing all season,” said Steele, who has recently been awarded one of only three Tour Cards for the 2017 World Match Racing Tour.

“We’ve handpicked the best guys from the youth Performance Programme at the RNZYS who race in the foiling Nacra 20s, which has given them a good taste of foiling.”

Sharing his knowledge from the fast-paced world of Stadium Racing, Steele continued: “My advice to the youth members of the team is to be prepared. It’s a high-paced style of racing that many of them won’t have experienced before and there’s no room for errors. You just need to be sharp with your thinking, extremely physical and really put everything into it.”

Joining Steele as mainsheet trimmer and tactician is Graeme Sutherland. Twice Youth Match Racing International champion, Sutherland is coach and manager for the RNZYS Youth Training Programme’s foiling squad.

The remainder of the crew consists of a selection of highly talented youth sailors from the foiling squad, who will take it in turns onboard the GC32 throughout the Act.

Logan Dunning Beck boasts the recent accomplishment of being the 2016 Weymouth Sailing World Cup champion in the 49er, while Harry Hull and Josh Salthouse are both crew members of 36 Below Racing match racing team alongside Steele.

Tim Snedden is an accomplished Skiff sailor who brings valuable GC32 experience to the table having had a month of training, and fellow floater Luca Hyatt Brown has competed in a range of classes including the 420 and TP52.

The team will take their place on the start-line in just two days time as the grand finale of the 2016 season gets underway, with a mix of open water and Stadium Racing. Find out more about the event and how to follow here.

RNZYS Performance Programme (NZL)
Skipper/Helm: Chris Steele (NZL)
Mainsheet Trimmer/Tactician: Graeme Sutherland (NZL)
Trimmers: Logan Dunning Beck (NZL)/ Harry Hull (NZL)
Floaters: Tim Snedden (NZL)/Luca Hyatt Brown (NZL)
Bowman: Josh Salthouse (NZL)

Malaysian regatta success for Fuller

Squadron Member David Fuller is toasting his success at the Raja Muda International Regatta in Malaysia.

David sailed a perfect series winning eight out of eight races in Division 3 on the yacht Fujin which he had chartered. The clean sweep in the series repeating his success of four years ago with the same yacht which was previously known as Ichi Ban

The Regatta is run by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club and draws many Australian competitors. After the racing concluded, the prize giving was held at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. David is pictured above centre holding the Dato' Abdul Aziz Ismail Challenge Trophy, together with Olympic Gold medallist Nathan Wilmot, nephew of Commodore Chapman.

View full results here


RSYS 2016 One Design Championships

RSYS hosted the 2016 Yngling National Championship as well as the 2016 Dragon NSW Championship from 2 to 4 December. Nine races were completed in both championships, allowing for significant improvements from teams over the three days as well as rewarding teams who performed consistently. Six Dragons competed in the NSW Championship and 14 in the Ynglings. Included in the Yngling fleet were two visiting teams: Ariane and Declan Ritchie from Queensland and past International Yngling World Champion Maarten Jarmin from the Netherlands.

The conditions over the three days were generally very suitable for racing on the Harbour. A slight delay on the Friday for racing was a bad as it got, as steady breeze filled in for the rest of the weekend along with nice warm temperatures. The long weekend of racing was a great success and a credit to all those who were involved in the execution and organisation of the two events. Congratulations to all competitors and the winners!


Overall Results




  1. Miss Pibb (YAUS60) – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – 14 pts
  2. Soria (NED355) – Maarten Jamin – 14 pts
  3. Evie (AUS59) – Karyn Gojnich – 20 pts


  1. Pourquoi (YAUS8) – Ariane Ritchie – 30 pts
  2. Street Hassle (AUS25) –Elyse Guevara-Rattray – 40 pts
  3. Wyandot (AUS4) – Bryan Riddell – 47 pts



Scratch and PHS

  1. Whimsical (DAUS217) – Gordon Ingate
  2. Liquidity (DAUS216) – Richard Franklin
  3. Ascalon (DAUS209) – Jim Hawkins and Andrew Howe


View full results here

By Angus Olding

Saturday 3 December Results

A packed day of racing with race 13 of the Spring series and the second day of the Yngling Australian Championship and the Dragon NSW Championship. The wind conditions on the day were quite steady with approximately 10 knots from the SE which slowly shifted further East later in the day.

The results for the Ynglings and Dragons will be published separately after the completion of their final day of racing on 4 December.


Podium Results- 3 December

Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. Much Ado V – John & Michael Stephen  
  3. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid   

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Stephen Ellis
  2. Ambitious – David Matthews
  3. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar

Division 3

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Casamajor – Charles Moore
  3. Norn – Robert Albert


  1. QRS – Simon Bird & Alistair Stone
  2. Umami – Christian Brook / Ant Elliott
  3. Plan A – Andrew Patterson


View full results here 

By Angus Olding