COVID-19 Updates


29 May 2020

The RSYS Clubhouse is gradually re-opening and we are working to provide a safe environment for Members, Guests and Staff. Please read our COVID Risk Mitigation Policy. 

COVID Risk Mitigation Policy


28 May 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Clubhouse restaurants are gradually re-opening for Members and their guests to enjoy. Please note that in accordance with current regulations, each venue can only seat 50 diners, and only with advanced bookings.

The Careening Cove will re-open on Monday 1 June serving breakfast and lunch every day and dinner on Saturday evenings.

The Dining Room will re-open on Tuesday 2 June serving lunch on Fridays, and dinner from Tuesday to Friday. 

Make a reservation here

COVID contact tracing
We are required by the Authorities to gather contact details for every Member and guest before they enter our premises. On the day of your visit to the Clubhouse, please complete a Dining Contact Form to help us to streamline the signing-in process. Our staff will be on hand at the Club entrance to assist you and your guests if required. 

On the day of your visit, please complete this Dining Contact Form


27 May 2020

Note to Skippers

Please assist us to comply with COVID regulations by completing the Crew Contacts Form before every sailing event.

Crew Contacts Form 



21 May 2020

Sailing to recommence 6 June

Following a meeting this morning between Sydney area yacht club Commodores, we are pleased to announce that recreational boating, training and sailing competition will recommence from the Squadron on Saturday 6 June.

This news is 'hot off the press' and we will publish a fuller update, including appropriate new risk management procedures, on this page.  In the meantime, please note there have been new procedures introduced when accessing the Club and the Pond.  These procedures are essential for the protection of both our Members and staff so we encourage everyone to take the time to read the latest updates.
Again, we thank all Members for their forbearance and support during these challenging times. Through our many online offerings, we are hoping to keep our community connected. If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us via an email to

Captain Karyn Gojnich


15 May 2020

Re-opening of the Squadron Stage 1 (Updated from 14 May)

Current RSYS Operations

From Friday 15th May 2020 the NSW Government’s easing of restrictions will take effect. RSYS welcomes these relaxations as a club we are emerging from hibernation very cautiously to ensure the Club is a safe location for Members.  We encourage all members to download the COVIDSafe app and help play an important role in curbing the spread of the virus.

Please note the following conditions remain in place and must be abided by:

  • Social distancing, 1.5 metres and hygiene, and with adequate spacing (1 person per 4m2).
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Members visiting the Club to use the Waterfront facilities will be required to book in advance and also sign in at the start of each visit so the Club can maintain a register of who has been on site for possible subsequent ‘tracing’. 

Waterfront Services 

The tender service is operating seven days a week during Waterfront operating hours:

Weekdays 7.30am – 4pm

Weekends   8am – 5pm

The Tender service will run from the Outer Pontoon on weekdays but move to the Inner Pontoon on weekends  Carriage is limited to one tender skipper and two passengers from the same household.  The pick-up area is clearly marked with signage.  We kindly ask that you are patient with our Waterfront staff who are running the tender service and maintain social distancing whilst waiting. Please call 0405 971 800 on approach to minimise the wait.

We regret that the Walker Bay dinghies are not currently available.

Outer Pontoon

Members may access and use the outer pontoon for the purpose of maintaining and preparing their boats in anticipation of the resumption of sailing. Please note this permission does not extend to sub-contractors. 

Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.

It is mandatory to call on VHF 73 on approach and before docking on the Outer Pontoon.  
Strict use of VHF radio is requested to ensure docking is co-ordinated.  The Inner Pontoon arm is closed.

Boat owners must use the area specifically demarcated for yachts. Our Dock Master will restrict the number of vessels in the Pond at any time and will seek assurances that the number of persons onboard complies with current guidelines. 

Boats are welcome to stay in the Pond for up to two hours only. They must be secured with your own dock lines and may not be left unattended. There is no overnight berthing available. Members may borrow the hoses and dock trollies stored with the Dock Master but must sanitise them prior to return. Boat owners are reminded to ensure their passengers observe social distancing rules whilst on the Pontoon.

Hardstand and Dinghy storage

Members may access their personal vessels stored at the club and launch them for sailing in the area specifically demarcated for these boats.

Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.

The Jib Cranes may be used for launch and retrieval, provided social distancing rules are observed. The dock master will operate the cranes to ensure contamination is reduced.

Optis and Lasers may be launched from the Pond in the area specifically demarcated for Dinghies, provided social distancing rules are observed. To ensure the launching ramps are located appropriately, it is essential to notify the Waterfront office when intending to launch and for sailors to acknowledge that RSYS is not able to provide an on-water safety support.

Social distancing  - 1.5 metres, hygiene and adequate spacing (1 person per 4m2) must be maintained at all times.

Member’s Shed

Members may access their storage lockers in the Members’ Shed, however please comply with the social distancing rules, be prompt and do not touch any items except your own. Members may not conduct DIY work in the Members’ Shed.


The Boatshed remains open for all your maintenance and repair needs. The team has undertaken an intensive program of cleaning and realigned staff shifts to minimise any risks associated with the work environment.   Our Waterfront staff are providing a complimentary daily visual inspection to Members with boats on the Hardstand, RSYS moorings and those who are signed up to the RSYS Tender service.

Please contact or call 9017 0161 to discuss your requirements.

Members may not conduct DIY work on boats that are on the Hardstand for work being undertaken by the Boatshed.


Stage 1 relaxation on dining restriction for Clubs allows up to 10 diners at a time. The Committee and Management have considered the logistics and found the options to be neither practical or equitable. We have developed a roadmap for opening the Clubhouse after the lifting of restrictions in Stage 2, that will allow up to 20 diners at a time. No doubt there will be changes to this plan between now and then as we receive new information from the Government and industry sources. Staff and Members alike are keen to re-open as soon as possible, but we will only do so once we are certain it is in the best interests of all and can be achieved safely.

Home Dining Service
The Squadron kitchen offers a variety of cooked meals for Members, both Takeaway and Home Delivery.

Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Sundays, 12 – 2pm.

View menu here

The Fort Denison Cellar

OPEN: for take-away purchases and wine deliveries within Sydney Metro.

Please address your queries to 9017 0121

Other areas

The Dining Room and Main Bar – CLOSED

The Careening Cove Anchorage – CLOSED

Conference rooms – CLOSED

Private dining rooms – CLOSED

Club house accommodation CLOSED


Frequently asked questions:

Q: Can I book a future event at the club

A: Call our events coordinator Frances Allison and discuss. P:  +61 2 9017 0156


Q: I booked a course, can I get a refund?

A: Of course, we will give you a credit towards a future course. We will publish a new schedule of course dates and times as soon as practicable. If you would prefer a refund or would like to discuss anything please contact our Sailing Academy Manager 9017 0154


Q: Can I hire a SUP?

A: Not at the present time.


Q: Can I hire an Elliott7?

A: Not at the present time.


Q: Can I hire a Club RIB?

A: Not at the present time.


Q: Can I hire a Club Laser?

A: Not at the present time.

Past issues of OnBoard Weekly

7 May Message from the Rear Commodore

23 April Letter from the Rear Commodore

22 April eSailing launch

7 April 2020 Revised Notice on Waterfront Access

3 April 2020 Letter from the General Committee

27 March 2020 Update from the General Committee

23 March 2020 Letter from the Commodore

17 March 2020 Coronavirus Precautions