Since 1862, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has attracted a diverse community of Members who share a common interest in the sport of sailing and in enjoying world-class facilities both on-water and ashore.

Our mission is clear: to promote the sport of sailing, encourage the vibrant usage of our Club, and nurture the Member for Life philosophy.

At RSYS, we provide an array of offerings tailored to cater to the yachting community and those who simply seek the serenity of our stunning waterside Clubhouse. Our commitment to a Member-centric experience and our dedication to promoting sailing sets us apart.



Our on-water and sailing offerings include:
  • Access to year-round racing opportunities
  • Access to our extensive inshore racing opportunities, including our twilight sailing program
  • Access to offshore racing opportunities
  • Bespoke sailing coaching
  • World-class ancillary training opportunities
  • Learn to Sail programs
  • Leisure equipment hire and Elliott 7 Charter
  • Extensive cruising opportunities (including our infamous Annual Cruise)
  • Foundation Support for International Regattas



Our historic Clubhouse acts as one of Sydney’s most beautiful venues for both grand and intimate events with almost every room offering unrivalled views down Sydney Harbour. Within the Clubhouse, our Members enjoy world-class dining options every day of the week at one of our two restaurants, professional corporate facilities and event rooms capable of comfortably hosting over 150 guests.

In house offerings include:
  • Car Park Access
  • Accommodation
  • Access to private function facilities (Weddings, conferences and wakes)
  • Access to the private Fort Denison Cellar
  • First class fine dining
  • Waterfront dining
  • Special guest and speaker dinners
  • Exclusive club events (including our annual balls)


Membership categories

Membership Categories

Our membership is categorised into six groups based on age, location and affiliation.

- Metropolitan (40 years and over)
- Youth (5 – 17 years or Family Membership)
- Intermediate (18 to 39 years)
- Country (Usual place of residence, per electoral roll, more than 100km radius from Kirribilli)
- Absentee (place of residence outside Australia)
- Affiliate (Family Membership)

Each cohort receives different benefits and level of access to the Club. These benefits and access levels are highlighted in the Membership Prospectus below.



Member Nominations

We welcome new Members to the Club by connecting with current Members.

There is currently no waiting list and completed nomination forms will be considered by the Election Committee at their quarterly meeting on the fourth Thursday of February, May, August and November, subject to change.

Members over 18 years of age and who have been a Member for longer than two years are able to propose new Members.

Please note that a part of the application process involves an introduction meeting between the proposing Member, candidate and Member of the Election Committee. 

Enquiries about the nomination process should be directed to our Membership team (E: [email protected] Ph: +61 2 9017 0157)