Squadron Keelboat Program 2019/2020

The Squadron Development Keelboat Program is a performance keelboat training program for both members and non-members aged between 13 - 30 years.

The SDKP is made up of 2 squads that run over varying lengths of time

  • The Development Sailing Squad (DSS) for 6 months from May – August (Ages 13-25)
  • Senior Development Sailing Squad (SDSS) 11 months May – March (ages up to 30)

Both squads will introduce participants to performance keelboat racing and enhance their sailing skills to an advanced level.

The Development Sailing Squad (DSS) is open for 13 – 25-year old’s and will be looking to introduce participants to performance keelboats and advanced sailing techniques. The squad will train once a fortnight on the Squadron’s Elliott 7s and will be led by our Head Coach and Senior Members. Members of the squad will have opportunities to compete at development regattas depending on selection. The Development Squad will begin in May 2019 and continue through until August 2019

The Senior Development Sailing Squad (SDSS) is for sailors of all ages who have a background in competitive sailing or who have progressed through the DSS. The SDSS will have a coached training session every fortnight but are expected to sail every week. There will be a Fitness program will be provided and will need to be followed in the sailor’s own time. Members of the squad will have multiple opportunities to represent the Squadron at performance regattas both nationally and internationally. Those chosen to race at regattas will then have extra trainings leading up to the regattas. The Senior Development Sailing Squad will begin in May 2019 and conclude in March 2020.


How to Apply 

The Squadron Development Sailing Program will select participants annually from a pool of interested and invited sailors. 

Sailors looking to apply must be between 13 – 30 years old, have a sailing background and be a member of an Australian Sailing accredited sailing club. Those wishing to be part of the SDSS will need to be a RSYS member.

 For those ready to take their sailing to the next level please:


  1. Read and understand program outline and the subsidises available in the document below
  2. Read and agree to Appendix A: Program Conditions, Athlete Code of Conduct and Selection Criteria.
  3. Fill out an Online Form and attach your sailing CV: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/rsys/events/40297/
  4. Submit a written request for a subsidy to the Sailing Office.

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.