RSYS COVID Bulletins

12 January 2021

We are delighted to welcome back Members, their guests and other sailors from the northern part of the Northern Beaches following the lifting of restrictions.


6 January 2021

Dear RSYS Members & guests,

The current COVID situation in Greater Sydney is very volatile.  As a club, the health and welfare of our Members and staff continues to be of the highest priority.

We are guided by NSW Health, our total capacity at the club is restricted to 300, ensuring that  we have 4 square metres of space in indoor areas and 2 square metres of space in outdoor areas.

We are now using the NSW Government QR code system for Members and guests checking in to the Club in all areas (Dining areas / Tenders / Hardstand.)  Please enter the clubhouse via the CCA sail area.  Access to Level 4 (Reception) is currently restricted to assist with the COVID sign-in procedures. There is now an additional Host desk under the sail in the CCA to streamline this sign in procedure.

When racing, all sailors are still required to be registered via SailSys before the race start.

All staff in a customer related role will be wearing face masks, and we ask that Members also wear a mask when visiting the Fort Denison Cellar, Wudyong House Crested Goods Outlet, all indoor office areas including Reception, the Waterfront Office, the Sailing Office, the Accounts & Administration office.

Conditions of Entry to RSYS

Please do not enter the Squadron by land or water if you or any member of your household:

  • Reside in the Northern Area of the Northern Beaches Local Government Area
  • Visited any other ‘hot spot’, as defined by NSW Health here
  • Have been unwell
  • Had a COVID test and are awaiting the result
  • Reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID.


Dining reservations

Members, please make advance reservations for the Dining Room and CCA, even if you are just popping in for coffee. This helps us to comply with COVID rules and ensures that we have sufficient staff to offer you first class service.



Maximum capacity on the tenders is 6 passengers. Please access the tender service via the driveway as there is strictly no access through the Boatyard. To ease the pressure on the tender service and to reduce waiting times, only one pick up to each boat is available. Drop your crew off at the outer pontoon and take your vessel back to the your mooring with one crew member to assist.

The tender service runs on Monday until 4pm, Tuesday until 8pm,  Wednesday until 6pm,  Thursday until 4pm,  Friday until 8pm,  Saturday & Sunday until 6pm.  The pick up/drop off area is a 5 minute zone, available to collect and drop off crew members. Strictly no berthing anywhere on the inner pontoon.

Two hour berthing is by booking only. Bookings can be made with the Waterfront Team by calling 9017 0161 or emailing On weekends, call the Dockmaster on 0405 971 800. Available each day between 8am to 4pm.

All vessels entering the Pond must contact the Dockmaster via VHF radio channel 73 (call sign “Squadron Tender”) or call 0411 586 314.  No vessels are to be left unattended in the Pond at any time without prior permission from the Waterfront Manager or Dockmaster.


Friday Twilight Tender Service 

  • The Pond will be closed on Friday except for the pickup and drop off of crew. See the Pond map below.
  • Each tender is limited to SIX passengers only.
  • Only one trip per vessel.
  • After racing, there will be limited spots for berthing in the pond, available for Members’ boats moored in bays not serviced by the Squadron tender who have booked for dinner. This won’t work if you don’t book with Louise on 9017 0161.

These restrictions will ensure we get everyone back to the Club in a timely and COVID safe manner.

We appreciate Members’ ongoing support.
RSYS Flag Officers



Message from the Commodore

Dear Members,

COVID has reared its head again in Sydney. I write to you today to urge you to take all precautions and comply with all guidelines to minimise the risk to our Club’s community. Your Committee and Club Management are closely monitoring the COVID situation and taking all necessary steps to keep our Members, guests and staff safe at this time.

Please do not enter the Squadron by land or water if you reside in the Northern Beaches Council area, as outlined above in red, until further notice.

I remind you please to stay away if you have:

  • visited any other ‘hot spot’, as defined by NSW Health here
  • been unwell
  • had a COVID test and are awaiting the result.

This is a rapidly developing situation. I urge you to check in to RSYS channels for regular updates

This has only recently been built and is still in its infancy, however now is the moment to put it to use to deliver instant alerts to Members, and we encourage you to download our App on to your Smart Phone or Tablet.

Click here for iTunes
Click here for GooglePlay

We will send out Push notifications, which you can configure as sound alerts or banners as you wish. Once installed, you will have the Club at your fingertips: contact any department, view a menu, call the tender, look up racing results, check Seabreeze, order wine.

Visiting the Squadron
The Clubhouse and Waterfront are open as usual. Signing-in, hand sanitising and distancing protocols remain in place to offer our Members and their guests a safe and enjoyable experience. Sailors will receive separate updates regarding upcoming races.

We send our Members and their families in the areas affected our very best wishes at this time.

Yours sincerely,
David Ward



RSYS is formulating its response to the current situation in Sydney and will post again shortly. Please check in again regularly for the latest news on sailing, waterfront and clubhouse activities.


10 December 2020

We are pleased to advise that COVID restrictions have eased at our Club.

• The 4 square metre rule has been removed, and density limits in the Club are now determined in accordance with 1 patron per 2 square metres in both indoor & outdoor areas.
• Patrons are now permitted to stand in outdoor areas. Patrons in indoor areas will still be required to remain seated.
• There are no longer limits on group and booking sizes, however for the comfort of other diners we ask that in the Careening Cove Anchorage you still limit your table size to 20 guests and in the Carabella Dining Room to 10 guests.
• Dancing is now permitted with up to 50 people allowed to dance at any one time.
• All Members and guests must still sign-in electronically on arrival at the Club for each visit.
• Advance bookings must still be made, either online or via reception for dining, coffee and drinks at the Club.
• The RSYS is still required to register and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan as well as other prescribed measures, such as physical distancing of 1.5 metres where practicable, mandatory electronic sign-in, and the use of COVID-19 Safety Hygiene Marshals.
• We have updated our COVID-19 Safety Plan to incorporate these changes.

Click here to view the updated conditions of entry


COVID Contact Tracing

Updated 3 December 2020

The COVID Contact Tracing Form is no longer available on this site as Authorities require your submission as you enter the Club, and not in advance.

Please use your phone to scan the QR code when you arrive. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Please note this applies to dining venues and also around the waterfront. Boats participating in any RSYS racing, including all Twilights, are also required to register all crew via the Race Management System. 

Thank you for your co-operation.
RSYS Reception 02 9955 7171


Please note:

Tender capacity is back to normal but the following restrictions are still in place:

Pond is closed from Thursday evening until 4pm on Friday (except for pick up and drop off of crew).

Short term berthing
is allowed between 4pm-6pm (skipper MUST stay with the boat).

After racing
, the pond will only be available to Members’ boats moored in bays not serviced by the Squadron tender. This won’t work if you don’t book with Louise on 9017 0161.

For the most uptodate information, click here for Australian Sailing



Friday Twilight Tender Service 

Please be advised of the following update in regards to the RSYS Waterfront;

  • Tender capacity restrictions now removed
  • Pond access remains restricted


Friday Twilight Tender Service 

  • The pond will be closed on Friday except for the pickup and drop off of crew. See the Pond map below.
  • Each tender is limited to three passengers only.
  • Only one trip per vessel.
  • After racing, there will be limited spots for berthing in the pond, available for Members’ boats moored in bays not serviced by the Squadron tender who have booked for dinner. This won’t work if you don’t book with Louise on 9017 0161.

These restrictions will ensure we get everyone back to the club in a timely and COVID safe manner.

Crew Contact information

To help the Club manage its obligations under our COVID Safe plan, boats are required to enter crew contact details (including the skipper) in SailSys prior to 1000 hours on each day that the boat intends to race. Login to SailSys here If you need assistance, please give me a call on 9017 0152. Boats not complying with this requirement shall be scored DNC.


24 September 2020

Good News!

The NSW Health recommendations to limit cross-regional community sport will be lifted from this Saturday. This means there is no restriction on where skippers or crew come from within NSW.

If you have been holding off going sailing, this weekend is the time to blow away the cobwebs before pointscore racing resumes in October.

We are pleased to advise that Australian Sailing along with other NSW State Sporting Organisations has received this morning from NSW Office of Sport and NSW Health changes to the requirement for the regional restrictions.

Australian Sailing NSW/ACT said:

“From Saturday 26 September, interregional community sporting competitions can recommence without restricting these activities to regions or zones, where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the community sporting activity in place.

The advice provided in August regarding limiting spectators to one parent per child, and inter-region sport and recreation activities has been removed, however organisations must still ensure their activity is delivered in compliance with the Public Health Order and the COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements.

This includes the requirement to:

– Adhere to the 500-person limit for community sport activities (including participants, officials and spectators) and/or adhering to the one person per four square metre rule in indoor spaces.
– Organisations and spectators are to ensure that physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres is maintained between people that do not come from the same household.
– Sailing organisations and participants should continue to avoid shared travel arrangements such as car-pooling, along with minimising social gatherings before and after the event.

We appreciate clubs’ support in reducing the risk of community transmission at this critical time and for the patience and understanding over the last couple of weeks whilst dealing with the recommended restrictions from NSW Health. Australian Sailing are continuing to work with NSW Health to best ensure sailing is able to proceed going forward in a normal fashion.”


Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Confirmed COVID-19 cases are associated with the following locations and have been classified by NSW Health for action.

This information will be updated if further locations are identified. Locations are removed when 14 days have passed since the last known date that a confirmed case was associated with the location.


Conditions of Entry – revised

Please do not enter the Squadron by land or water if you or any member of your household:
• are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);
• have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious);
• are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
• reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
• have returned from Victoria or international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days.

Member/Guest Declaration:
• I am not, nor is anyone I live with or in close contact with, undergoing testing or awaiting results for the COVID-19 virus;
• I have not, nor has anyone I live with or am in close contact with, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and have not been medically cleared as non-contagious;
• I do not have any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);
• I have not visited any of the venues listed, (, during the periods that NSW Health requires you Self-isolate and get tested immediately or Monitor for symptoms;
• I will, at all times, maintain social distancing measures (as per the NSW Health guidelines) with respect to other Members, visitors and staff;

Our priority has to be the health and welfare of our Members, guests and staff at this time.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Commodore David Ward

New COVID-safe sailing rule – revised

Message from RSYS Captain of Sailing Karyn Gojnich.

Australian Sailing received advice from NSW Health last week in regard to community sport in the current COVID environment. Sailors are requested to comply with the recommendations from the Chief Health Officer to all community sports, to avoid inter-regional mixing, in particular within the Greater Sydney area. NSW Health have requested State Sporting Organisations for water-based sports in Greater Sydney (i.e. Sydney Harbour) to designate ‘regions’. Australian Sailing have followed this request for the longer term benefits of the sport and put forward regional zones as requested. These recommendations are in play at this stage until the end of September.

Click here to see the Sydney Harbour regional zones (revised 28Aug2020)

Over the next five weeks, to help discourage travelling for community sport, it is recommended that skippers and crew are only allowed to race in organised events out of RSYS with those residing in Area A. As always, skippers take responsibility for the health and safety of their crew. Skippers will need to decide how best they can comply with the new recommendations while still safely manning their boats. This is a change to the way many boats and clubs would normally operate. We request that you follow the recommendations to ensure that sailing complies with NSW Health recommendations for sport.

RSYS understands that the introduction of the ‘Sailing Regions’ may potentially hinder some boats and crew from being able to compete. As a result, all races scheduled until the end of September will be non-pointscore races. This decision has been taken so as to not disadvantage those skippers who may feel they are unable to race because they, or members of their crew, live outside the designated club region.

Our Academy offerings for Tackers and Keelboat courses will be deferred until the end of this five week period and we hope that it can restart training courses in October. View the Sailing Academy pages here

Please note:
• It is still possible for boats from other regional zones to join us on the water for racing.
• It is still possible for all Members to come to the Club.
• Everyone is required to complete our Club Visit Contacts declaration for each day you visit the Club.

Yours in sailing,
Karyn Gojnich
RSYS Club Captain

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