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