Sail an Elliott!

In February 2015 the Club took delivery of its four brand new Elliott 7 club boats. The Elliott 7 is an exciting, modern, dynamic, state of the art 7 metre keelboat ideal for wide range of abilities from the seasoned match-race to the learning-to-sail beginner.

The Club has opened up new opportunities for members to use our new fleet with a view to getting as many people as possible on the water enjoying sailing. The opportunities for the season are:


Tuesday Ladies Twilights 
The four new Club Elliott 7s are available for female sailors in the Tuesday Ladies Twilight, free of charge. The programme is designed to expand female Member sailing opportunities and expand the social side of racing at the RSYS. The racing will include a combined division of Elliott 7s and Ynglings and prizes for the winner of the division at the conclusion of racing. 
Further information and online bookings here.


Friday Night Intermediates Twilights
The Intermediates Committee has secured the use of the four Club Elliott 7s for the Friday Night Twilight series, free of chargeThe programme is designed to introduce Intermediate Members to the social side of racing at the RSYS and enjoy the incredible facilities our Club has to offer. 
Further information and online bookings here.


Saturday Mini Regatta Sportsboat Division Racing 
The club has introduced a Sportsboat Division to the Mini Regattas. This is a great opportunity to extend your competitive sailing in a dynamic and exciting division on Saturdays throughout the season. We anticipate Elliott 7s from other clubs will participate, as well as a group of similar boats such as J70's, VXones and Vipers.
Further information and online bookings here.

Provisioning for Cruising

The Cruising Division invites you to another enjoyable and informative presentation. On 28 October we turn our attention inwards - to the subject of food, glorious food!
We are pleased to welcome Paul and Clare Ley from Pilgrim Sailing who will reveal the recipe for successful onboard catering to help you nourish and flourish whilst cruising. 
Paul is an RYA Yacht-master with Master 5 and MED3 and also a RYA keelboat instructor and has thousands of miles under his keel. Clare has also sailed thousands of sea-miles and combines her 20 year experience in the corporate world with her talent for entertaining, bringing out the fun and social aspect of a day's sailing. They will share their knowledge and experience, with a focus on catering for cruising.
Event details
Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner in the Carabella Room afterwards and continue the conversation with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Get your kids sailing

In 2013 RSYS adopted the Yachting Australia new Learn to Sail program for children called the Tackers Program. Tackers is a mass participation program aimed at introducing children aged 8 to 12 to sailing in a fun, safe, accessible and affordable way. The program offers children the opportunity to start on a pathway to ongoing involvement in clubs through gradually progressing over several seasons.

The Tackers program utilises the Optimist sailing dinghy. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy sailed by children up to the age of 14. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but never registered. It is sailed in over 120 countries and in the last Olympics 85% of medal winning skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors.

The RSYS Tackers Program is open to both members and non-members, with a priority given to grand/children of members. Tackers sailors are provided with a boat for all training, receive instruction from certified Yachting Australia instructors as well as receiving a Tackers Kit Pack and Certificates with each level.  Participants in an RSYS Tackers program need to own their own PFD (life jacket). For assistance in choosing a PFD please feel free to contact the Sailing Office.

Start Tackers 1 in September school holidays, follow through with Tackers 2 in Term 4 and Complete Tackers 3 in the January school holidays in time for Green fleet for Term 1.

The price for all courses for all times is $440.00.

Upcoming Courses & Bookings in 2015-2016

Term 4, 2015

Course Sessions Dates Enrol
Tackers 1 - Having Fun 8 x Saturdays 0830-1100 10th Oct - 28th Nov HERE - Closing 2 Oct
Tackers 2 - Tricks and Techniques 8 x Sundays 0730-1000 11th Oct - 29th Nov HERE - Closing 2 Oct
Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast 8 x Sundays 0730-1000 11th Oct - 29th Nov HERE - Closing 2 Oct

January School Holiday Camp 2016

Course Sessions Date Enrol
Tackers 1 - Having Fun 4 days 0830-1530 Mon 11th Jan - Thu 14th Jan HERE
Tackers 2 - Tricks and Techniques 4 days 0830-1530 Mon 11th Jan - Thu 14th Jan HERE
Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast 4 days 0830-1530 Mon 11th Jan - Thu 14th Jan HERE

Term 1, 2016

There'll be no sailing on the 26th/27th March weekend.

Course Sessions Date Enrol
Tackers 1 - Having Fun 8 x Saturdays 0830-1100  13th Feb - 9th Apr HERE
Tackers 2 - Tricks and Techniques 8 x Sundays 0730-1000 14th Feb - 10th Apr HERE
Tackers 3 - Sailing Fast 8 x Sundays 0730-1000 14th Feb - 10th Apr HERE


What's it all About?

Tackers is a great sailing program for children aged 8 to 12 – it’s fun, safe, and best of all, affordable! Yachting Australia provides more Tackers Infomation here.There are three levels that sailors progress through.


Tackers 1 – Having Fun 

Tackers children sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and children have the chance to sail with others in their group.

Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques

If Tackers are confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support and encouragement from the Instructors.

Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

This is a chance for the children to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and sail more efficiently.

What's Next...

Once having completed the Tackers program Sailors move into Green Fleet, having purchased their own fibreglass Optimist, and start learning the skills of racing and enjoying all the other elements the sport can offer.

If you have any queries or are ready to book, please contact Andrew Phillips or call 9018 0153.







Youth Sailing parents' party

Calling all existing and new parents of Tackers, Green Fleet and Racing Divsion Sailors. Join us on 10 October for a social evening in the CCA, where you'll meet the Youth Committee and get to know other parents. 

This will be a ticketed event and will include a generous selection of canapés. Beverages at own cost.

Event Details
Date: Saturday 10 October
Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Venue: CCA
Cost: $38.50pp 
Non-members please contact

Faster results from new race management

The Squadron’s new race management system got its first real test,  and came through with flying colours, in last Saturday’s Mini A regatta for the International Etchells class.

The sophisticated computer system, developed by John Maclurcan and Alan Phillips, means that race officials can now publish results on the Squadron website from on the water in real time.

They are also being displayed on screens in the clubhouse bars, while an SMS with daily results of each boat are emailed directly to boat owners.

“The Etchells mini regatta, with three races, was the first real working test for the new race management system,” race officer Ian Kingsford Smith said after the racing last Saturday,

“The committee boat has an onboard computer and as each boat crosses the finish line we just press the appropriate boat’s sail number to record its elapsed time.

“Once all boats have finished, the race officer checks them and is satisfied all is correct, he clicks the ‘publish results’ button and they go up instantly on the Squadron website,” Ian explained. “It can be done in a matter of seconds.”

Ian said the same system is used on other courses, including divisions, where the onboard computer is also be used to calculate corrected time results before uploading them to the Squadron website.

There is also a new format for members to download results on the Squadron’s website, which includes the ability to click on an individual yacht’s elapsed and overall placings.

Other Sydney Harbour Clubs have been using the system this year, including the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, RANSA and the CYCA for its Spring Series.

A fleet of 18 Etchells raced in Saturday’s Mini A regatta with just seconds between the leading boats in each race as the fleet sailed in a 10-12 knot easterly breeze.

Starting off the Squadron,  the Etchells sailed a four lap course with a 1.5nm windward leg to Shark Island in race one,  followed by two one lap races with  slightly longer legs of 1.65nm. 

The results saw three winners, Magpie (Steve Jarvin), Ciao (Doug McGain/Michael O’Brien) and Foolhardy (Commodore Richard Chapman and Richard Lawson) with the most consistent scoring of the regatta being  Foolhardy.

The Commodore’s son, David Chapman, helmed Foolhardy on Saturday before heading overseas again to compete in international regattas.

David notched up a 4-2-1 result card with Foolhardy, which was top scorer in the regatta, ahead of Ciao (3-1-6) and Avalon (2-8-4).

In other racing, Graeme Lambert notched up his second win of the season, winning the Duke of Gloucester Cup for Division 1, with Jackie Clare (Geoff Davidson) second and line honours winner Sydney (Charles Curran) third.

Division 2 saw a close duel between Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar) and Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) with Jessica Rabbit leading the fleet home but Ellipse winning on corrected time and the Carleton Cup.  Second place went to Arcturus (Peter Davenport), third to Ambitious (David Matthews). Jessica Rabbit placed fifth on handicap.

Philip Crane’s Mingara II scored a comfortable handicap win in Division 3, also a trophy race for the Xarifa Teapot, with Tingari (John Jeremy) second and Zeus II (Jim Dunstan) third.

Only three boats contested the Dragon class, with Liquidity (Richard Franklin) outsailing to win the William Hamilton Strain Trophy from Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) and Abracadabra (Nicholas Hogg).

Peter Campbell