Paspaley Twilight Presentation

Please join us for a celebratory prize giving dinner on 10 March following our final race of the season. We are moving upstairs to the Carabella Room this year for a delicious hot buffet!

Chris Paspaley, Executive Director and third generation family member, will attend and introduce the latest Paspaley Signature Collections for you to admire and try on. He will then present beautiful pearl jewellery prizes and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage vaults that lie beneath the Paspaley flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Tickets cost $55 pp and include a glass of bubbly on arrival, pearl meat canapes, a mini hot buffet and gourmet salads, followed by tea/coffee and chocolates. 


Event details
Date: Tuesday 10 March
Time: Straight after racing, around 7.30pm
Dress: Neat crew sailing attire (no need to dress up)
Venue: The Carabella Room (upstairs)
Cost: $55 pp 

Please book via Reception and advise boat name





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Optimist Travellers Trophy

24.2.20 The Optimist Travellers Trophy continued last week at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Squadron was represented in the Open Fleet by Benedict McKay, Harriet McLachlan and Louis Tilly, and in the Intermediate Fleet by Thomas Flannery, Viraj Gupta, Spencer McKay, Stirling McKay, Raphael McLachlan, Ben Tattersall and Flynn Winton - some of whom raced in Intermediates for the first time.

MHYC put on a well-organised event and even turned on the most perfect weather Sydney’s had this summer. The bacon and egg rolls were plentiful as the 76 entrants rigged and launched from the sandy beach. 

The courses were out on the Sound, surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of cliffs in almost every direction. The sea was a little lumpy with a large amount of chop over the top of a rolling swell, offering the competitors a challenge few have likely taken on before.


The breeze very gently built from the South East but with some significant lighter patches and some reasonable shifts. There was opportunity all over the course for those who took the time to look around both at the start and up the course. With so many waves, power settings were required and bailing was essential.

Stirling and Raphael got off to a great start, coming first and second in Race 1. Stirling continued his winning streak through Races 2, 3 and 4, giving him an overall 1st place in the Intermediate Fleet.

Competition was tough in the Opens, and after an individual recall in Race 3, the fleet became more line-shy. It was tight racing all through the fleet and a genuine learning experience for all.

The races were short and sharp and the fleet headed back to the beach by mid afternoon. The stacker was swiftly loaded after the race (including a quick lesson for the parents who haven’t towed before – thanks Cam!) then unloaded at the Squadron before an evening of washing the sand (and even a rogue snail) from the sailing gear.

A great day was had by all. Well done to those who participated.

View full results here

Article by Tabitha Winton and Jervis Tilly.

Photos by Jervis Tilly & MHYC media.

Youth Teams Racing fun

24.2.20 On the weekend of 22-23 February, a young team of eight sailors from RSYS competed in the 2020 ACT Teams Racing Championship on Lake Burley Griffin, ACT. The event was hosted by the YMCA Canberra Sailing Club, alongside 17 other teams from NSW and ACT schools and the ANU. 

L to R: Issy Payne, Xavier McLachlan, Abby Gilbert, Raph McLachlan, Viraj Gupta, Hamish Longstaff, Oliver McLachlan, Ben Tattersall.   

It was the first teams racing experience for most of our squad, and a steep learning curve. The team competed in seven races in variable conditions, from drifting starts in the morning with patches of wind coming through the course, to a thrilling afternoon of 10-15 knots. After tight losses against the experienced ANU and CGGS squads, our team quickly improved with the super-calm and supportive assistance of coach Zac Quinlan, finishing with four wins out of seven races (2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1) and a creditable 9th place after the first day. 


The improvement across the day was marked, as the squad learned from the short-course format, using their fleet racing backgrounds to improve on the start line and get to the first shift. All our young sailors enjoyed it immensely, especially the instant debriefs with coach Zac after each race as the boats were changed over, putting new plans into practise in their next races and acquiring skills they’ll be using back in normal fleet racing.

Coach Zac Quinlan commented, 'The Squadron team did a great job to focus on their boat speed and were often some of the fastest boats in their races. Throughout the day, our sailors proved that as long as you have good boat speed you are able to get out of almost every teams racing situation and often sail around competitors.'

The squad were very keen to get back out there on Sunday, but a complete glass-out saw all racing cancelled by 1:30pm and an early departure for Sydney.

Abigail Gilbert, Xavier, Oliver, and Raphael McLachlan, Viraj Gupta, Isobel Payne, Ben Tattersall and Hamish Longstaff represented the Squadron, alongside two teams from SCEGGS Redlands, who also train at our Club. It was a sociable event, with much friendly rivalry between RSYS and Redlands (and parents). We gathered for a group dinner at the Kingston Hotel which was another highlight of the weekend. It was very pleasing to see the Squadron and Redlands teams working together as one big team to look after our Club's Pacers before, during and after the regatta to unload, rig, derig and reload the trailers. Special mention to Abby Gilbert, assisting so many boats out of the water on Saturday afternoon.

The RSYS team would like to thank the Sailing Office for their support and the provision of the RSYS Pacers for the weekend. We also thank coach Zac Quinlan, and Club Captain Karyn Gojnich in particular for her assistance and encouragement in sending this first team from the Squadron to a schools Teams Racing event.  

Article by Sophie Hunt


PONANT Friday Twilights

We are delighted to announce that PONANT, the luxury expedition cruising specialists, will support our Club’s Friday Twilight series for the next two years. 
This agreement builds on an established connection: Club Member Sarina Bratton is the Chairman of PONANT for Asia Pacific, and several Members have enjoyed cruises with the company. 
RSYS Vice Commodore Christian Brook said, “We are very excited to have PONANT on board. They are the world leaders in Cruising and offer a prestigious partnership. We look forward to the exciting opportunities they will offer our Members."
After racing on Allegro last Friday with John Taylor and crew – and winning their division! – Captain David Marionneau and his wife Johanna Stansfield, PONANT Partnerships Manager for Asia Pacific, presented the weekly prizes to our division winners. 

Captain David Marionneau said, “I’m honoured to have presented our new alliance with the Squadron last Friday. We feel a positive synergy with the RSYS as we share fundamental values including Excellence, Integrity and Respect for the sea. Yachting is part of Ponant’s DNA with our emblematic triple-masted classic sailing yacht Le Ponant. Our fleet of modern luxury expedition small ships sails across the seven seas to encourage our guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability. We look forward to welcoming you on board.’’

We will shortly reveal the grand prize to be awarded at the end of season presentation dinner on 3 April 2020. 

If you would like to learn more about PONANT cruises, please visit their website at


Image @StudioPONANT/Philip Plisson 

What's new in sail technology?

Club Members, their guests and all sailing enthusiasts are invited to a hear an in-depth talk on what's new in sail design on Wednesday 26 February. 

Our speakers are Andrew Parkes and Alby Pratt from North Sails and they will cover topics such as: sail design, the latest technology, sail handling systems and sail finishing details to suit them. 

All RSYS Members are very welcome to attend this event and to bring guests.
Interested non-members should please contact David Henry.


Event details
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Venue: Careening Cove
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, please RSVP for dinner afterwards.
RSVP here