Stepping Stone House FUN raiser

RSYS was pleased to host the 20th running of the Stepping Stone House Bridge and Regatta days on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 March. This fund raising event attracted 320 participants who raised much needed money for this important Youth charity. 

Event organisers and Club Members Richard and Sandy Lawson write: 

The annual Bridge day was held in the Carabella Room and attracted 136 players - a record number! Ladies and gentlemen enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, a day of fun, complemented with a delicious lunch. Max Connery entertained everyone with a heart-warming success story about a Stepping Stone House 'graduate'. A substantial contribution was made to the raffle and the prize was won by one of the ladies.

Sandy Lawson addresses the Bridge players

The Regatta day was wonderfully supported by the donation of 19 yachts and crews from the Squadron, four from CYCA and one from MHYC. This allowed us to entertain 184 guests on a beautiful afternoon, with the breeze varying from 14 down to 10 knots. We had the harbour to ourselves except for the 18 ft Skiffs sailing their Australian Championship, which added interest to the day.

Commodore David Ward presents the winner's trophy to Quest

At the conclusion of the sailing we returned to the club for refreshments and enjoyed a carvery meal. We then conducted a successful auction, run by our great supporter Glen Madsen, and announced results of the giant raffle. Although it is still too early to confirm the exact amount raised, we believe we have raised similar sums to last year, ie close to $100,000. This is an outstanding effort! I would like to thank the yacht owners, sponsors and individuals who so generously supported this annual event.

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Outlaw wins Farr 40 Nationals

Tom and Alan Quick’s Outlaw sailed in a league of its own at the three-day Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy, winning eight races from 10 starts. Outlaw was formerly Ruffian, owned by RSYS Member Guido Belgiorno-Nettis.

The regatta was hosted by RSYS from 8-10 March 2019 with Rob Ridley as PRO. Day two was contested offshore in heavy conditions, pictured above.

RSYS Member David Chapman was Tactician on Outlaw, pictured below. Squadron Member Sam Hill finished third and onboard he had Youth Members Finn Alexander and Oscar Hansen. 



1    Outlaw (AUS040)    Tom & Alan Quick    
2    Double Black (SM2008)    Rob Pitts    
3    Forty (8001)    Sam Hill    (RSYS) 
4    Edake (007)    Jeff Carter    
5    Nutcracker (6530)    Rob Davis & Andy Baker    
6    Exile (8884)    Rob Reynolds    
7    Zen (64221)    Gordon Ketelbey    
8    Good Form (5588)    Joe de Kock    
9    Solymar (9327)    Jason King    9

View full results here 

Watch highlights video here 

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media
Images Tilly Lock Media

New Women's Sailing Award

I am pleased to announce a new perpetual trophy: the Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award, kindly donated by Member Jan Williams.
The award objective is to encourage women aged 55 and over who have either sailed as a teenager/earlier in life and/or completed the LOTS program (Ladies of the Sea) at our Club, thus they are returning to sailing or starting later in life. The characteristics are the love of sailing, commitment and enthusiasm and a growing skill base. We are seeking nominations now.

Tuesday Twilight sailors - please submit your nomination here by Sunday 10 March. [Nominations have now closed] 

The award recipient will be revealed on Tuesday 12 March at the Tuesday Twilight end of season presentation.



RSYS Captain & Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator
Karyn Gojnich

Optimist Travellers Trophy regatta

It is a great demonstration of the strength of RSYS Youth Sailing that 16 of our Youth Sailors, with ages ranging from 8 to 14, represented our Club at RPAYC in the International Optimist class on Sunday 3 March. There was a total fleet of more than 105 boats, so RSYS sailors made up over 15% of the overall fleet, and the eight RSYS Green fleet sailors amounted to more than 30% of their fleet. If our Youth are an example, the future of RSYS is assured.

Conditions were fantastic, with sunshine all day and moderate winds on the three courses on Pittwater near Scotland Island, allowing four to five races to be completed by each fleet. The regatta was very well run by our hosts at Prince Alfred.

Several of our sailors stepped up to Intermediate from Green fleet, and in particular our girls Harriet McLachlan and Vidhi Gupta sailed really well, with Harriet winning the first race and finishing 5th overall and Vidhi finishing her first regatta in the Intermediate fleet. 

A few of our Open sailers were fatigued by the schools regatta at Woollahra the previous day, but overall everyone performed well with Connor Warner our standout and strongest Open sailor.

Our Green fleeters had a great day. Stirling McKay scored a second place and many had several top 10 finishes. It was a great regatta for the Green fleet sailors, several of whom were in their first Optimist Regatta, demonstrating great depth and hope for our future Youth program, and most importantly, they had great fun!

Our next Optimist regatta is the NSW State Championship at Gosford on 30-31 March, and we hope for a similar representation from RSYS Optimist sailors. We also have the Laser Metro Championship at RPAYC on 15-16 March, so March will be very busy for the Youth sailors, staff and coaches.

By Richard McLachlan

The National Sailing League


The Sailing Champions League (SCL) is a winning concept in the northern hemisphere, taking off from the start-up league in Germany in 2013 to involve 21 nations and more than 300 clubs in 2019. Now it’s the southern hemisphere’s turn!

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, host club of the recent SailGP world premiere, is the launchpad for the first ever National Sailing League (NSL) event in Australia. The regatta will run from  25 – 28 April 2019. The format is three days of one design keelboat racing, using six Elliott 7s, and a maximum of 24 teams competing in 45 races of 12-15 minutes duration to find the top two clubs in the Women’s, Youth and Open divisions.

The top Australian and New Zealand Open division teams automatically qualify for a spot at the SCL final in St Moritz, Switzerland in August. 

The top two Youth teams will be eligible to compete at the SCL Youth Event in Kiel, Germany in June and the top two Women's teams at the SCL Women’s Final in 2020.

RSYS will enter up to three teams (one in each division) and we are looking for teams (made up exclusively of RSYS Members) to represent our Club at this event. You must submit an expression of interest to register your interest.

Send us your Expression of Interest today

Read more about the NSL and how to participate

General Enquiries to the NSL


Photo Darcie Collington Photgraphy