All set for Hardy Cup 2020

The Squadron will host 11 teams of elite young sailors from Europe, USA, New Zealand and New Caledonia as well as Australian clubs, to contest the 2020 Hardy Cup. The Squadron's annual Grade 3 match racing regatta for 18-25 year olds will be held from 3 - 6 February in the waters just off our Club.

We look forward to welcoming teams from New York Yacht Club, Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Noumea Yacht Club, and Australian sailors from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, CYCA and RPAYC. Eight of the 13 teams competing are placed in the top 100 of the World Sailing match racing rankings, so the competition is sure to be fierce.

The Squadron first held this regatta in 2001. America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy OBE put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying 'It is a tremendous pleasure to watch future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.'


RSYS is fielding two teams this year, coached by Club Member Nev Wittey:

RSYSOpen (above)
Jed Cruickshank – Helm, Jack Littlechild – Main, Jameson Prescott – Pit, Charlotte Alexander – Trimmer, Aiden Mansley - Bow

RSYS - Women’s 
Maddie O’Shea – Helm, Marlena Berzins – Main, Ella Delaney – Pit, Brooke Wilson – Trimmer, Tiana Wittey – Bow.

Keep in touch with Hardy Cup updates via Facebook


Lunch Event with Sir James Hardy OBE
Families, friends and Club members from all participating clubs are warmly invited to hear Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE at a special Hardy Cup lunch at the Squadron at 12pm on Tuesday 4 February. 

Sir James will describe the origins of this Youth event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.

Tickets are priced $115. and may be booked via RSYS Reception on 9955 7171.
RSYS Members may book online here

Matt Allen dinner event

RSYS Member Matt Allen AM has recently completed his tenure as President of Australian Sailing and will share his views on the sailing universe at a Squadron dinner on 29 January 2020.

Matt will discuss:
     - How he developed Australian Sailing and where he sees its future role.

     - What's new in World Sailing.

     - Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and other developments in Olympic sailing.

     - Ocean racing at the Grand Prix level and an indepth look at Ichi Ban's success

Matt's address will be followed by a Q & A session - so come prepared with your questions. Members are welcome to invite guests.

Event details
Date: Wednesday 29 January
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $92 includes 2 courses and wines.

Members book online here

SailGP spectator offers

We are pleased to offer Members a 15% discount on tickets for the following SailGP Spectator Experiences when SailGP returns on February 28 and 29, 2020. 

Island Area 
Watch the racing from land and be front row on Shark Island, in the middle of the Sydney Harbour race course. The Island Arena offers front row seats combined with big screens for action replays and live race commentary.

Official Spectator Boats 
SailGP spectator boats, run by Captain Cook Cruises, get you to the heart of the action on Sydney Harbour, enjoy an amazing view of the racing together with live race commentary. 

Adrenaline Yacht Program
Those seeking the ultimate luxury experience can purchase an Adrenaline Yachts package to watch the racing from the decks of your own luxury yacht positioned within the public exclusion zone. Limited charter or own-boat options are available for corporate or private use (boats 12m+)

Bring Your Own Boat
Boat owners can soak up the electric atmosphere and action of Sydney SailGP from the comfort of their own vessel. Boaters can register their vessel for free to receive live updates from race management, including racecourse position and timings to help get the best position on water. The first 50 registered boat owners will be invited to an exclusive SailGP Q&A in the lead up to race weekend.

Behind the Scenes Tour 
Exclusive tours are available to go behind the scenes at the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island. Get up close to the world-class athletes and shore teams as they make final preparations to the world's fastest sail racing boats - the F50s. Tours take place from Monday to Thursday, February 17-27 inclusive.

Find out more and get tickets here

Redeem a 15% ticket discount for Race Day experiences here by using the 'unlock' code ASSYSGP15




Level 2 water restrictions

The tougher Level 2 water restrictions now in force restrict how boat owners can use water outdoors when maintaining their boats. We encourage you to heed the following from Sydney Water:

You can:

Wash your private boat for 10 minutes using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle after the boat has been in seawater. The Club has fitted timers and trigger nozzles to all hoses on the Hardstand and pontoons. Members and their crew are requested to use them and not remove them. 

Flush boat motors with a bucket or a purpose-designed flushing device connected to a hose

Fill water tanks on a boat using a hose, as long as you don't leave the hose unattended or allow the tank to overflow

Clean bilges using a high-pressure cleaning device or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle

Wash your trailered vessel and trailer using a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash

Clean essential safety components of boat trailers (eg wheel bearings or brakes) using a high-pressure cleaning device or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Wash your private car, truck, van, motorbike or caravan using a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash 

You can't:

Hose your car, trailer or boat with a hose, even if the hose is fitted with a trigger nozzle, except as described above

Clean your vehicle with a high pressure cleaning device if it's connected to the drinking water supply (by a hose)

Leave hoses and taps running unattended.



Christmas opening hours

The Squadron Clubhouse, Sailing office and Waterfront hours of operation over the Christmas period are as follows:

The Dining Room, Careening Cove and Cellar hours vary, please click here for full calendar

Accounts & Administration
Will close at 12pm on Tuesday 24 December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2 January 2020.

Sailing Office
Will close at 12pm on Tuesday 24 December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2 January 2020.

The boat yard will close on Friday 20 December and re-open Monday 6 January 2020. During this period tender and fuel services will be available as follows:

Friday 20                      7.30am – 8pm (Friday twilight)               
Saturday 21                  8am – 6pm
Sunday 22                    8am – 7pm (Sunday twilight)
Monday 23                    8am – 4pm
Tuesday 24                   8am – 4pm
Wednesday 25              CLOSED
Thursday 26                  8am – 6pm
Friday 27                       8am – 6pm
Saturday 28                   8am – 6pm
Sunday 29                     8am – 6pm
Monday 30                    8am – 6pm
Tuesday 31                    8am – 1am

Wednesday 1                 8am – 6pm
Thursday 2                     8am – 6pm
Friday 3                          8am – 6pm                                
Saturday 4                      8am – 6pm
Sunday 5                        8am – 6pm
Monday 6                       Yard re-opens 7.30am – 4pm

We wish our Members and their families a safe and joyous Christmas. 

Best wishes to those Members and staff competing in the Sydney to Hobart race, and fair sailing to all who are cruising this season.

The team at RSYS.


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Hardy Cup lunch with Sir James Hardy

The Squadron will host the Hardy Cup, one of Australia's most prestigious Youth match racing events, from 2-6 February 2020.

The Hardy Cup trophy was donated by our Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE, himself an America's Cup winner, World Champion and Olympic yachtsman, to promote the match racing helming and tactical skills of young sailors. 

Sir James will give an address and describe the origins of this marquee Squadron event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.

The lunch will take place on Tuesday 4 February 2020 in the Carabella Room. Members are welcome to bring guests.

Event details and bookings here











Fun and success at Sail Sydney

The Squadron fielded 33 Youth and four Adult sailors at this year's Sail Sydney event hosted by Woolahra sailing Club from 12-15 December.

It was a great event for our young sailors.  They were treated to light and shifty winds for the first three days and finished off the event in a strong NE seabreeze.  Many of our more experienced competitors reached the podium of their respective classes, and there were some very pleasing performances from our newer Members.  Everyone had a terrific time over the four days of racing.

The Opti fleet was coached by each day by Charlotte Griffin and the Lasers had a varied coaching staff during the event led by Mike Leigh, Locky Pryor, Zac Quinlan and Oskar Hansen.

The event was held across 4 different courses.  The RSYS managed Course Area D with Ian Kingsford Smith as the Race Officer and assisted by Susan Wade, Bill Fleming, Kylie Wilson, Phil Maloney, Campbell McKay, Karyn Gojnich, Geoff Davidson and David Ritchard onboard the committee boats and safety boats.  The team worked long hours from 9-6pm most days and over the duration of the regatta ran over 30 races.

Sail Sydney began as a test event for the 2000 Olympics and has grown in recent years to become the dinghy event with the largest number of participants in the Southern hemisphere. Hundreds of competitors travelled to and across Australia to enjoy four days of high-class, adrenaline-filled racing for all dinghy classes.


Congratulations to our Squadron Youth sailors:

Int 420 
-    1st Jack Ferguson (crew)
-    4th Ryan Littlechild (helm)
-    7th Gretel Payne (crew)

Laser 4.7 - above
-    3rd Xavier McLachlan
-    5th Kane Sablatnig
-    9th Garth Bickford
-    10th Connor Warner
-    14th Thomas Whitehead
-    15th Oliver McLachlan
-    16th Ella Delaney
-    17th Hamish Crabb
-    19th Isobel Payne

Laser Radial - above
-    2nd Otto Henry (pictured above)
-    4th Mark Louis
-    5th Jack Littlechild
-    7th Zac West
-    8th Brooke Wilson (pictured top)
-    9th Daniel Costandi
-    11th Marlena Berzins
-    14th Evie Saunders
-    15th Mina Ferguson
-    24th Ian Louis
-    25th Annabelle Connery
-    27th Ashton Scott

Laser Standard
-    2nd Finn Alexander
-    9th Campbell Patton

Techno Plus
-    3rd Vaughan O’Shea (pictured below)

Optimist Intermediate
-    7th Ben Tattersall
-    8th Stirling McKay
-    10th Raphael McLachlan
-    12th TJ Ly
-    16th Viraj Gupta
-    17th Patrick McLachlan
-    18th Flynn Winton

Optimist Open
-    13th Spencer McKay
-    25th Benedict McKay
-    37th Harriet McLachlan


On-water photos by John West Photography

Others by Karyn Gojnich

Tuesday Twilights report

This season we are celebrating our fifth year with our partner Paspaley, and sixteen years of Ladies Twilight racing on a Tuesday evening.  In the first season back in 2004 there were four races in November and four in February.  This season we kicked off with three weeks of ‘practice’ in October, have a 12 race series with 6 races in November and December, we have two non-point score races in January, and then the remaining six races in the series starting February.

Our numbers continue to grow.  We have 21 boats entered in the Ladies Mixed Division, 12 in the Ladies One Design Division and 8 in the Open Mixed Division. Welcome to The Count, Joli, Whistling Kite, The Jackal, Saga and Handsoff who are all sailing their first Tuesday Twilights with us.

Thank you to all of the skippers and boat owners that have once again taken on our Ladies of the Sea (LOTS) and keelboat course graduates.  It makes a huge difference to be able to reinforce the lessons learned on the club’s Elliotts, but it is also a great way to grow our club community. If you are not on a boat yet, or you have room on your boat for one or two more, please let me know.

Last week I think we were all wondering if we would make it around the course with the ENE breeze under 10 knots eventually fading and being replaced by a light westerly, forcing some boats to have to work upwind back to the club.  It was a tough decision for our race officer Trish Stanley to send us on a full course. Special mention must go to the Ladies on Cavatina, the first boat to start but not quite able to get back to the finish before sunset.  Next time it is light, keep an eye out for Code Flag ‘S’ before the start, indicating a shortened course.


Congratulations to Ros Bradley of Meridian, above, on being the first boat home in the Ladies Mixed Division.  Second was Annabel Hammond (Richard & Jill Hammond’s daughter) on Kookaburra, pictured below, and third was Kate McCann and the crew on Coco.  It was a close tussle all the way around the course between Elliott 4 - Nikki O'Shea and The Jackal helmed by Amy Gojnich (yes, my daughter).  The Jackal took the win on corrected time, second was Jan Newland on Yertle and third Nikki O'Shea on Elliott 4.  Kim Ketelby and her crew on Elliott 1 found out the hard way that they had not secured the spinnaker halyard with a good bowline, and just 6 seconds separated Olga Skatkova on Elliott 3 and Courtney Harris and the Youth Sailing mums on Elliott 2.



In the Open Division, the new crew shirts made all the difference for Chris and Jan Harper and the crew on Crackerjack taking the win. Tangaroa skippered by Tony Gooch was second and James Merrington and the crew on Mercier third.

Congratulations to Sophie Nelson and the Lively crew who were closest to their start time, and Melissa Taylor who won the lucky door prize, below.  Finally, a big thank you to Eve Shepherd and crew Charles, Anne and Tash from Trilogy who handled the presentation.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 10 December, will be the first race in our three race sub-series.  The Ladies non-spinnaker division will race for The Gypsy Moth IV trophy, the original starboard winch from the Gypsy Moth IV sailed in Sir Francis Chichester's solo journey around the world in 1967.  The Ladies spinnaker division will compete for the Bluebird trophy which was inspired by the Warn sisters, Joyce and Patricia, who started their long sailing career in Bluebirds, moved on to Dragons and later to Ynglings.  Joyce, pictured below right, is one of our regular race committee on the verandah on a Tuesday night helping with recording.

Tuesday 17 December is our final race before Christmas, so please 'Join the Spirit', have some fun and come in fancy dress and decorate your boats - I will have a little prize for the best in show!

I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Karyn Gojnich
RSYS Captain
Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator 

Sunny Sunday Twilights

A record 16 boats joined us for the Twilight race on Sunday 8 December.  It was a spectacular evening on the Harbour with 13 - 18 knots from the ENE.  A cruise ship leaving Circular Quay at approximately 4:00pm provided a challenge for competitors trying to work out which side of the Harbour to sail to keep out of its way.

Once again it was fast finishing Assassin with Phil Cutts taking the win in the Non-Spinnaker Division.  Second was As You Do helmed by Alexandra Curtin followed by Amy Gojnich on Solacious. In the One-Design Spinnaker division it was 'Team Miller', pictured below, who tapped into some help from our Optimist sailors, who took the win.  Our Optimist sailors had already had an afternoon on the water with their own Youth dinghy racing but backed up for the Sunday Twilight.  Second was Tissa Jayasekera on Elliott 2, and third overall was Yertle helmed by Warrick Back.  

Many thanks to our Squadron volunteer race officers Joyce Wayne and and Susan Wade who were our race management team for the evening.

Our next Sunday Twilight will be held on 22 December. Dinner will be available in the Careening Cove.
Enter online here
Reserve a table in the CCA here (log into the members Area)

Dragon Interport Regatta

RSYS hosted the Pacific Rim Dragon Interport between Royal Hong Kong YC, Kansai Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron last weekend.  Unfortunately, Royal Vancouver YC was unable to field a team. 

The format of the event was three boat teams racing over six round robins. Club Dragons were rotated between the races to ensure fairness, and in true Corinthian spirit, Squadron team members were not permitted to sail their own boats. 


The Squadron was represented by most of the current Dragon sailors and past supporters of the Interport event.  Japan fielded a particularly strong team.  In the final result, RSYS and Kansai YC stood equal on matches won, but RSYS prevailed with a score count of 41 to 43.  The RO for the event was Jim Hawkins, himself a former Interport sailor, who did an excellent job completing four of the scheduled six round robins.  Sunday delivered fabulous conditions for teams racing.

A spectacular Gala dinner and presentation was held at our Club on Sunday night. I believe our guests very much enjoyed the entire event and their time being hosted by RSYS.  The next Interport will be at Kansai Yacht Club  in early 2021.



View final results here

View more photos here

Article by Richard Franklin
Photos by Darcie Collington Photography


2020 Stepping Stone House FUNdraiser

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like-minded people. This fundraising regatta is a great way to give your company some exposure – boat and individual sponsorship packages are available. After racing, enjoy convivial post-race drinks and a carvery. Alternatively, spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Squadron's beautiful Carabella Room overlooking the harbour.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for more than 30 years and RSYS has been the Principal Sponsor since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 24 March 2020 for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 26 March 2020 for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

Bridge day information here

Regatta information here