Squadron Keelboat Program 2019/2020

SKP Overview

The RSYS  Squadron Keelboat program (SKP) was founded in 2000 and provides the opportunity for youth sailors aged 13 – 23 years to become involved in keelboat racing at a state, national and international level. The program also places a significant emphasis on assisting sailors in getting onto larger yachts to compete in the RSYS summer and winter seasons including the offshore series. 


Open to both members and non-members, the program utilises the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s sports boats and other Squadron owned vessels to develop the sailors’ boat handling skills to an advanced level. The program is coached by Nev Wittey a previous America’s Cup skipper and Olympian and supported by the SKP management team of Zac Quinlan, Angus Stranack, and RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich. 


The SKP is comprised of two squads: the junior squad and the senior squad. The junior squad is targeted at dinghy sailors (13 - 18 yrs old) or previous participants of RSYS keelboat camps and introduces the sailors to keelboat racing at a state level. The senior squad is targeted at sailors (17 - 23 yrs old)who are currently competing at a national level in either dinghies or keelboats and aims to provide them with opportunities to compete at international keelboat events including on the Youth Match Racing Circuit. 


How to Apply 

Registrations for the Squadron Keelboat Program will be open soon. 

Contact Angus Stranack (E: angus@rsys.com.au or Ph: 02 9017 0154) if you have any questions or would like more information.to express your interest in the program.

Elliott 7s

In February of 2015, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron commissioned a fleet of new Elliott 7s keelboats. The Elliott 7s is a one design performance keelboat, specifically designed for youth development squads and keelboat training courses. The boats are extremely versatile and have been set-up to for both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.

Regattas & Racing

Squadron Development Program participants will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the Squadron at various regattas and competitions across Australia and internationally. Participants of the program will also compete in the Mini B series to test the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the program.