Swedish cruising information evening

On Wednesday 22 April the Kirribilli Room at The Squadron was filled with members of the Cruising Division for an information evening presented by Mariner Boating Holidays (MBH) on cruising in Sweden and the 2016 Sweden Yacht Rally they will host from 29 July to 13 August 2016.

Trevor Joyce from MBH provided an engaging visual presentation highlighting the incredible scenery and destinations one can only see and experience by cruising Sweden and the Stockholm Archipelago.

"The Stockholm Archipelago offers visitors a labyrinth of islands, channels and small ports, with the inhabited few offering real connection with the sea-going Swedes," said Trevor. "This is their summer playground," he added.

"There are 25,000 islands in one very unique waterway, and sailing on flat water in 12 knots of the prevailing southerly breeze is the norm.

"Ancient history, distinctly Northern European culture and a storied maritime tradition are just a few of the things you’ll discover cruising the Baltic Sea," said Trevor

On the must see list Trevor included Stockholm’s old town ‘Gamla Stan’ and the Vasa Museum, featuring the only preserved 17th century ship in the world where 95% of what you see is original.

And he said one cannot leave the Archipelago without first stopping at a nature mooring and stepping ashore an uninhabited island boasting lush forest, where you can stroll meandering walking paths to discover the natural beauty of Sweden.

Trevor spoke about the unique Swedish way to moor at these tranquil nature harbours; stern anchor with bow to shore and a step ladder to land to go and explore.

"From the bustling city of Stockholm to serene uninhabited islands boasting verdant scenery, topped off with friendly local hospitality and cuisine to die for, Sweden offers a truly unique cruising destination," he said.

Mariner Boating Holidays is hosting a Rally in this unique Swedish destination from 29 July to 13 August 2016. For more information on this Rally visit www.marinerboating.com or phone 1300 131 724.


James Craig to visit Sydney Cove

As part of Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the Tall Ship James Craig will make a rare visit to Sydney Cove Overseas Passenger Terminal from 23-24 May.
This magnificently restored square-rigger will be open to the public for a “gold coin” donation on both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Guides will be on hand to answer visitors' questions and to show them around the ship. Visitors will be able to board from 0900 on both days and the last tour on each day will board at 1600.
At 1730 on Sunday 24 May, James Craig will leave her berth at the Overseas Passenger Terminal taking passengers to view the VIVID spectacular light show. People wishing to join this cruise can book online at www.shf.org.au or by phoning 02 9298 3888.

Wine Masterclass - USA

Join us on 21 May to sniff, swirl and slurp your way around the Napa Valley, Oregon and Sonoma under the expert guidance of Gerard O’Bryan from Apostrophe Wines.
After the Masterclass, why not book a table and enjoy a two course set menu in the Carabella Room. Featured wines will be available to buy at take away prices.
Event details
Date:  Thursday 21 May
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:   $40 for Masterclass, $82 for Masterclass and dinner.

Coastal Navigation Forum

The Cruising Division invites you to an evening presentation on 27 May to learn how to prepare for coastal passages, what gear is required, what procedures are used for navigating during a passage and much more.

Presenters Michael Milne-Home and Peter Williams will share lessons learned the hard way and then open up the discussion for others to comment and recount their stories. It’s an ideal opportunity for less-experienced navigators to seek advice. 
Event details
Date:  Wednesday 27 May
Time:  6-8pm
There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP online here.
Why not continue the conversation afterwards over drinks and dinner in the CCA.
Please make reservations via Reception.

RSYS Member Survey is open

The 2015 Member Survey is now open and will remain open for three weeks until 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 May 2015.
The survey can only be accessed via the online link that we have emailed to current RSYS Members. If you cannot find our email to you, please check your spam filter and junk mail folders. If you still see no email from us, please write to Michelle Baeza at michelle@rsys.com.au who will forward you the link. 
The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete and it is important that you complete it in the one sitting. Survey responses are anonymous and we look forward to receiving your honest and constructive input.
We encourage Members to discuss this undertaking with fellow Members and remind those without an email address or access to a computer that they can take part by visiting the Club to complete the survey.
Once we have collected and carefully reviewed the feedback we will be in further contact with you all to share the results.