Cruising Division: ‘The Yachts of Walter Reeks’

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Cruising Division: ‘The Yachts of Walter Reeks’

24 March 2021 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm


Walter Reeks – his yachts and sailing craft

Squadron Member David Payne recently retired as the Curator of Historic Vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum. As part of his wide-ranging work and research he has collected considerable information on Australia’s first professional Naval Architect, Walter Reeks (1851 -1925).

Reeks designed a diverse range of private and commercial craft over almost five decades of work in Sydney and he was a prominent RSYS Member too. David will focus this presentation on the many yachts and sailing craft he designed, including significant yachts for Members and a proposed challenge for the America’s Cup in 1889.

This event will take place in the Carabella Room, followed by dinner in the CCA – advance reservations are essential.

Pictured above right, the 72 footer Era under full sail off Sydney heads, and below, the 22 footer Varuna on the harbour.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 24 March
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start
Venue: Carabella Room, then CCA.
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up and indicate if you would like a dinner reservation in the CCA.


This event is open to Members and their guests. Members, please register via the form below.


24 March 2021
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
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Carabella Room


Isabel Wartho
02 9017 0177