45th RSYS Annual Cruise

A fleet in excess of 30 racing yachts and support boats are anticipated for the RSYS Annual Cruise which will commence Saturday 12th April and finish in Pittwater on Thursday 17th April. This one is a bit unique due to Easter falling right in the middle of the school holidays. The committee deemed it best to have the cruise prior to Easter and finish it at Pittwater in case some boats would like to stay and enjoy Pittwater over the Easter period.

So I guess we better pack 8 days of fun into 6! I am sure we are up to the challenge and just to prove there is no rest for the wicked there is no lay day this year due to the Cruise finishing on Thursday.

This year the program for the Cruise is primarily in the Hawkesbury with the final night at the always welcoming Royal Motor Yacht Club for our traditional Cruise function. A great way to end the cruise.

Racing will again be managed by Rob Ridley and Chris Stone with the aim of having the last boats finish within around 2.5 hours of starting for the inshore races.

Saturday 12th will be the first ocean race to Pittwater, weather permitting. The fleet will rendezvous at Hallets Beach where the committee will put their cooking skills to the test serving up over 150 complimentary sausages on a roll to the hungry hoards.

Sunday will be a gentle inshore race with a raft up at the typically tranquil Mushroom Bay. This is handy for changing crews on Sunday night at Akuna and the famous Progressive Dinner will be on to sample the fleets culinary skills.

Monday will be our second inshore race with a raft up in Pinta Bay, often we see 20 or more boats anchored stern to shore. The bay will abound with aromas as the competitive crews vie for supremacy in the Creative Cuisine cooking competition. Of particular note this year is that a winning meal will be served in the Careening Cove Room for a limited period of time.

On Tuesday the second and final Offshore race will take place to determine the winner of the prestigious Alan Payne Trophy followed by a get together in Yeomans Bay, a location we have not really explored before.

Our second last day will see the 3rd Inshore race followed by meeting in Refuge Bay with BBQ’s available on the beach for those who want to cook their own and regardless I am sure crews will get together to discuss the days adventures.

Finally on Thursday we will enjoy the concluding race of the inshore series and return to civilisation at the Royal Motor Yacht Club for our final function dinner and get to marvel at the dance moves of the fleet. Not to mention announcement of the Creative Cuisine competition.

Additional activities include a Youth sailors prize that will be given to the boat with the lowest average age of people on board across the Inshore Series races.

We are delighted that Bill and Dee Manning have again prepared our Cruise Crossword.  The Crossword is a challenging and entertaining way of filling idle hours between sailing and partying.

Vice Commodore Richard Chapman (Nand V) is again donating a prize to the winner of the ETA competition; an ICOM VHF Handheld Radio .  This is awarded to the boat that most accurately assesses its elapsed time across all of the 6 races.   We are very grateful for Richard’s continued generosity and I am sure you will all join me in thanking him.

There will be no official RSYS event over the Easter period however I am sure interested parties will discuss possible venues to meet up during Easter.

I would like to re-iterate that the cruise is not just for racing sailors. More and more people are enjoying the cruise on their motor boats and taking advantage of our proximity to the incredibly beautiful Hawkesbury and the company of their friends. Most participants come back year after year and I can recommend you give it a try, you just might get hooked!

Cruise Captain
Julian Farren-Price