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July 2020

Piloting in Sydney Harbour webinar

22 July 2020 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Captain Luke Nye, a Marine Pilot with NSW Port Authority, will take you behind the scenes and tell you about a typical working day of a Marine Pilot in Sydney, the challenges and unique nature of Pilotage in Sydney Harbour and delve into the 'science' behind ship handling. Younger members of our audience will be keen to hear how to become a Pilot and what the initial and continuous training of Pilots involves; Luke will discuss simulation and manned models.…

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August 2020

Cruising Division: ‘Women Sailors’

26 August 2020 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Presentation Many women have now completed successful circumnavigations of the world, competed and won in the classic yacht races and won gold at the Olympics and Para Olympics. Kay Cottee, pictured, was the first woman to sail around the world, nonstop and single handed in 1987/88. Jessica Watson repeated the voyage in 2009/10. These women faced many challenges including being rolled over, pitch poled, dismasted, knocked down, washed overboard and the loss of the keel or rudder. Both Kay and…

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September 2020

Cruising Division: ‘Anaconda II’

23 September 2020 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Presentation 'To beat the Clippers - Racing to England aboard Anaconda II'. RSYS Member John Taylor (JT) recalls his adventures as a crew member aboard the South Australian ketch Anaconda II in the 1975 Financial Times Clipper Race, sailing non stop from Sydney to Dover in the UK. Icebergs, rations, power failures and a knock down were just some of the challenges the crew encountered. Our Speaker JT started sailing Holdfast Trainers, aged 12, at Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club…

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October 2020

Cruising Rendezvous

3 October 2020-5 October 2020

If you don't have plans for the long weekend (3-5 October), why not join other cruising enthusiasts for a sail north to Broken Bay. The plan is to moor up on Saturday night in Coasters Retreat (subject to wind) and go ashore Sunday for a BBQ lunch. If you would like to hear about any further developments, please send your Expression of Interest to John Hancox. Please note: The activity will be conducted under the current COVID-safe regulations ie gatherings…

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Cruising Division: ‘Sydney Harbour Events’

28 October 2020 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Presentation Club Member Drew Jones is the Senior Special Aquatic Events Officer at Roads and Maritime Services. He will share his experiences of running events on Sydney Harbour.  NYE, Australia Day, Sydney to Hobart start, SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, Sail Sydney, SailGP, Vivid, Opera on the Water, Australian Boat Race, Redbull Flugtag, Invictus Games, Majestic Princess runway arrival into Sydney... you name it Drew has been involved. Our Speaker Drew Jones is the Senior Special Aquatic Events Officer at Transport…

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November 2020

Cruising in Company

1 November 2020

Cruising Excursion to Quarantine Beach on Sunday 1 November. Back by popular demand! Join us for a casual lunch at the Boiler House Restaurant at Quarantine Beach. We will meet in the CCA for breakfast at 8.30 am (optional), then enjoy a leisurely sail/motor over to Quarantine Bay. Please send your Expression of Interest to John Taylor, details below.  

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PONANT ‘Unchartered Antarctica’

19 November 2020 - 5:00 pm-5:40 pm

PONANT is our Friday Twilight Partner and they invite RSYS Members to their next live online event: ‘Unchartered Antarctica onboard Le Commandant Charcot’ on Thursday 19 November at 5pm.     Mick Fogg                               Craig Farrell                         Nicolas Dubreuil Craig Farrell, National Business Development Manager, will host the online event. He will be joined by Nicolas Dubreuil,…

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Cruising Division: ‘The Magic of European Waterways’

25 November 2020 - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Presentation The Magic of European Waterways Rob and Rosemary Peterswald will take you through their canal travels in Holland, Belgium and France onboard their cruiser 'Linna', pictured. This event will take place online via Zoom.   Our Speakers Rob and Rosemary Peterswald.   Register This event is open to Members and their guests. Please register via the 'Website' link below. We will send you a confirmation and reminder.

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December 2020

Cruising Division: Christmas Get Together

10 December 2020 - 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Dinner We are delighted to announce that we are able to gather again in the clubhouse and enjoy a Christmas 'Get Together'. It will be wonderful to socialise again in person after the months of Zoom meetings. Please join us from 6.30pm in the Members' Bar. Dinner in the Carabella Room will commence at 7pm. Numbers are limited due to current restrictions, please book soon! The menu will be Christmas themed and the format will comprise main and dessert, alternately…

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January 2021

Cruising Division Dinner ‘Arctic Cruising’

27 January 2021 - 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Carabella Room Australia

Fully booked, waitlist only Presentation The Cruising Division has invited Hugo van Kretschmar to give an illustrated presentation about his fascinating journey aboard the converted 60’ Tasmanian cray fishing boat ‘Ada Hardy’. Hugo and his wife Karen started from Sydney in 2008 and have since travelled more than 30,000nm, meandering their way across the globe. In late 2019 they cruised the fjords of Norway to well north of the Arctic Circle (including a mid-winter cruise!) and then across to the…

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February 2021

Cruising in Company

21 February 2021

Back by popular demand! Join us on Sunday 21 February for a casual lunch at the Engine Room Bar, Q Station at Quarantine Bay. We will meet in the CCA for breakfast at 8.30 am (optional - please book with the Club), then enjoy a leisurely sail/motor over to Quarantine Bay and anchor. Tender transport boat to shore is available but please bring your own tender if possible. Lunch at 12.30pm with food and drinks purchased from the bar menu. If you…

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Cruising Division: ‘Performance to Pleasure’

24 February 2021 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Carabella Room Australia

Fully booked, waitlist at Reception Dinner arrangements We have been working on the best way to accommodate guests comfortably and give them a good dinner as conveniently as possible whilst abiding by the Covid rules. Members tell us they love being in the Carabella Room but we can no longer offer a hot buffet as in the past. So for this event we will trial a new arrangement whereby you will hear the talk in the Carabella Room and then…

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March 2021

Cruising Division: ‘The Yachts of Walter Reeks’

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

Presentation 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…

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April 2021

Annual Cruise

10 April 2021

Squadron Annual Cruise 10-17 April 2021 The Squadron Annual Cruise is the highlight of the year for many Members, families and friends – some have been enjoying this event for decades! Over the course of one week during the Easter school holidays, 30-40 Club boats (motor and sailing yachts) set sail for Broken Bay, Cowan Creek, Coal & Candle Creek and Pittwater. The itinerary generally includes a sausage sizzle on Halletts Beach, a progressive dinner, drinks and canapés on Waterfall Beach…

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Annual Cruise Presentation

23 April 2021 - 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
Carabella Room Australia

Presentation Night Enjoy an evening in the Carabella Room with your fellow Cruisers to celebrate this year's race winners and reminisce about the fun times at this year's Annual Cruise. Event details Date: Friday 23 April Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm Venue: Carabella Room Cost: $65 includes two courses, coffee & chocolates. Beverages can be purchased from the Bar. Registration Via the form below

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May 2021

Cruising Division: ‘Life & Voyages of Captain Cook’

26 May 2021 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Carabella Room Australia

Fully booked, waitlist via Reception Presentation Meet Captain James Cook, possibly the world’s greatest explorer. We will learn about his early life, his Scottish connection, his merchant navy career and his move to the Royal Navy. Find out who influenced his life and career, and how he learnt his trade. By exploring his voyages you will gain an understanding of just what a remarkable man he was and how he led his crew. We will review his achievements and discoveries,…

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June 2021

Cruising in Company

12 June 2021-14 June 2021

June long weekend Cruising Division event Saturday 12 June 1130 or 1430hrs Spit Bridge for raft-up destination at South arm of Sugarloaf Bay. Drinks on board then Progressive Dinner on boats in the evening. Overnight Sugarloaf. Sunday 13 June Dinghy and kayak excursions to the upper reaches of Sugarloaf. Relocate to Echo Point for booked lunch at Echo on the Marina Excursions on the upper Middle Harbour walking tracks Overnight Echo Point. Lunch at Echo Point Marina has been organised…

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July 2021

Cruising Division: ‘Eastern Australian Current’

28 July 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:00 pm

Due to the current restrictions, this event will be held online as a Zoom webinar. Please register via the new link below. Presentation The East Australian Current - where "Finding Nemo" was half right By Iain Suthers, Sydney Institute of Marine Science & UNSW The EAC is a powerful western boundary current draining warm water from the south Coral Sea into the Tasman Sea. It is the western side of the South Pacific Gyre, which is strengthening due to the…

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August 2021

Cruising Division Online: ‘Flag Etiquette Afloat’

25 August 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Webinar Presentation Don't know your pennant from your burgee? Unsure whether to fly the red or blue Ensign? Our local Vexillographer John Vaughan (that's flag expert to you and me) will unfurl these mysteries and more. He will also reveal the design of the new RSYS racing flag to be introduced in the new sailing season. Our Speaker John Vaughan is a vexillographer and is considered to be Australia’s leading authority on the design, etiquette, protocol and history of flags.…

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October 2021

Cruising Division: ‘Australia’s Relationship to the Pacific’

27 October 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Researching Australia's Relationship to the Pacific - A talk by Dr Ian Hoskins Australia’s deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Pacific. In Australia & the Pacific, Ian Hoskins – award-winning author of Sydney Harbour and Coast – expands his gaze to examine Australia’s relationship with the Pacific region; from our ties with Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to our complex connections with China, Japan and the United States. During this talk, Hoskins will reveal…

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November 2021

Cruising Division: ‘Anchoring’

17 November 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Fully booked, waitlist at Reception Cruising Division: 'Members Helping Members' Following our successful meeting to discuss how best to approach the Pond, set fenders and tie up securely, we are pleased to offer our Members a new informative seminar on the topic of anchoring. Committee Members Glen Madsen and Richard Lawson will share their tips on: Types of anchors Choosing your anchorage Coming to anchor How to check anchor is holding Anchoring courtesy. Event Details Date: Wednesday 17 November Time: 6pm…

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Cruising Division: ‘Wrecked on the Endeavour’

24 November 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Presentation followed by dinner in the clubhouse The wreck of the Barque Endeavour II off Parengarenga Harbour, New Zealand 22 February 1971 The Endeavour II (formerly Monte Cristo) a three masted Barque was built in Vancouver in 1968 and sailed the east coast of North America before leaving Ensenada, Mexico for the voyage to Sydney via Tahiti to re-enact the landing of Captain Cook in Botany Bay in April 1970. Squadron Member David Salt joined the crew shortly thereafter in…

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December 2021

Cruising Division: Christmas Get Together

9 December 2021 - 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
Carabella Room Australia

Please join us for a festive dinner to bring together our Cruising community after so many months apart. We will enjoy a festive themed dinner and review photos from the past year on big screens. Let's make it a party with some dress up fun - please wear a hat of some description: pirate, Akubra, fascinator, flat cap, top hat, bonnet... We look forward to seeing you again in the clubhouse on Thursday 9 December. Event details Date: Thursday 9 December Time:…

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