RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series 2020

Are you missing racing against your fellow Members?  Get involved in our RSYS eSailing Lockdown Series while you’re at home during the lockdown.

To kick off, we are offering three regattas: Tuesday Twilight, Saturday Main Series and Sunday Youth Dinghy.  Let us know if you think we should have another day of the week … Perhaps our Wednesday racers?  

Our first week across all series will be a training session to help us all get up to speed with eSailing.  There is some setup required and you will need to register.

All the information you need is here

We can’t wait to see you out on the (virtual) water!

Nominate your Sailor of the Year!

Let's recognise our top sailors!  

The RSYS Sailing Committee is calling upon Members to nominate an appropriate person for one of the five significant awards for the 2019-2020 sailing season. The time period for consideration for the award is 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020. Those awards are: 

Yachtswoman of the Year 
Yachtsman of the Year  
Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year
Youth Sailor of the Year
Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy new

If you know someone who you think should be acknowledged, please read the criteria for each award and complete the online nomination form. Your contribution would be very much appreciated.  Nominations close on Friday 15 May.

Annual Awards nomination 2020
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Award Criteria

Yachtswoman of the Year - The Joanne Trophy
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Joan Godfrey.  A sailor of more than 50 years she started out in VJs at Vaucluse, then in 12ft Skiffs and eventually in keelboats.  She was and enthusiast, deeply involved and an active participant rather than a spectator.  The trophy is to be awarded annually to a woman who, like Joan:

  • Sails regularly from the Squadron
  • Is, above all, enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant - even if her role be relatively unobtrusive

The activities can relate to any aspect of sailing from junior to family sailing.  It should preferably not be oriented towards, but not exclude, competitive sailing. There is no age limit. 

Yachtsman of the Year - The Idris Cup  
Donated to the club in memory of Mrs Idris Wolseley Picton-Clark, born in Sydney in 1894 to a pioneer family.  Mrs Clark was a life long devotee of both rowing and sailing. To be awarded to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron amateur yachtsman or woman of the year.  In making the award the principal considerations are: 

  • Excellence in local, national and international sail competition
  • Demonstration of the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct

Flag Officers' Crewperson of the Year - Carabella Tray
This award will recognizes a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in club and regatta events.

Youth Sailor of the Year
Criteria for this award, established in 2019 is: 

  •  Aged 25 or under as of April 30 in the year of nomination
  • Have a record of outstanding achievement in national and or international competition
  • Have followed a committed training program during the award year, and brought recognition to RSYS competitive sailing
  • Have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship

Ruth McCance Memorial Trophy
In its inaugural year, this trophy will be awarded to the best sportsperson of the year at the club. This award embodies the spirit and traditions of the club and encompasses the love of competition, fair play, support of the sport of sailing and contribution to club life. The award shall be awarded by the sailing committee who shall consider following guidelines in its deliberations:

  • The winner shall be a member of the RSYS
  • The member shall embody the club values of Integrity, progressiveness, inclusiveness, respect and safety
  • The winner must have competed in a sailing event run by the RSYS in the award period
  • Shall demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship at all times. Their behaviour shall be ethical, appropriate, polite, and fair
  • Shall contribute to the development of the sport of sailing
  • Shall contribute to club life
  • Should display courage in what they undertake either in competition or service
  • The activities in the previous full club year, based on membership fee due date, shall be the basis of consideration.
  • A nominee may be professional however activities undertaken in a professional capacity will be excluded from consideration
  • Nominations shall be received from the general membership
  • Committee members are eligible for the award but they may not be nominated by a current member of any committee
  • A member may not self nominate.

Past Winners

Yachtsman of the Year

2018-19 Martin Hill
2017-18 Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea
2016-17 Rob Lowndes
2015-16 Paul Clitheroe
2014-15 Roger Hickman

Yachtswoman of the Year

2018-19 Karyn Gojnich
2017-18 Maddie O'Shea
2016-17 Jeanne-Claude Strong
2015-16 Millie Brown
2014-15 Jeanne-Claude Strong

Crewperson of the Year

2018-19 Richard Allanson
2017-18 Will Ryan
2016-17 David Chapman 
2015-16 David Chapman
2014-15 David Chapman

Youth Sailor of the Year

2018-19 Brooke Wilson




New online take-away & delivery service

We are pleased to announce that the Squadron's Dine at Home Take-away and Home Delivery meals service is now available via our new online shop.

You may order from several menus; then simply select Take-away or Delivery, enter your details, preferred take-away or delivery time, click 'submit' ... and lay the table for a delicious meal!

We offer:

FAMILY MEALS (Large serves 4, Small serves 2)
FROZEN MEALS  (single serve, heat & eat) 

ANZAC Day special: 7 hour Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, available for pick up or home delivery on Friday 24 April ONLY. 
Please place your order by 5pm Thursday 23 April.


Home delivery or Take-away available for:
Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Sundays, 12 – 2pm.


Please note

- You will receive a confirmation email (if you don't, please check your Junk folder). 

- All purchases will be billed to your Member House Account

- Take-away: Please collect your order from the Northern Entrance (near the Main Bar) during the above hours. Please ring the bell and a staff member will meet you at the door. 

- Deliveries: minimum order $25, delivery radius around 5km, orders must be paid for in advance. Our staff will knock at your door and drop your order, no cash accepted.


Revised notice on Waterfront access


Update from the General Committee

Dear Members,

As you all know, we are in a rapidly changing environment. Your General Committee is endeavouring to protect Members and their families, as well as staff and contractors, from the worst-case scenario of loss of life in our community.

Last Friday we issued some guidelines relating to our Waterfront amenities. This was based on our interpretation of current legislation and our wish to comply with the overarching ethos of protecting the broader community and in particular our front-line emergency services and medical professionals.

It is still the General Committee’s belief that if you don’t need to be out, you should stay at home and not go to the Squadron.

Over the weekend we received some constructive feedback from Members who are concerned about being able to undertake essential upkeep on their personal property across the dinghy storage, Hardstand and swing moorings. After deliberation, we wish to re-calibrate our communication as follows:

The tender service will operate from the outer pontoon seven days a week during Waterfront operating hours (listed below). The pick-up area will be clearly marked with signage. Due to government-enforced social distancing regulations, the tender is limited to one passenger and one vessel skipper. We kindly ask that you are patient with our Waterfront staff who are running the tender service and maintain social distancing whilst waiting. Please call 9017 0161 on approach to minimise the wait. 

We are not able to guarantee that the Walker Bay dinghies can be adequately sanitised and safe to use. They will not be available for the time being.

Members requiring access to Hardstand vessels may do so during Waterfront operating hours. We ask that you call ahead so that we can plan and manage social distancing. 
This week: Monday – Thursday   7.30am – 4pm
Easter long weekend: Friday – Monday   8am – 5pm
Thereafter: weekdays 7.30am – 4pm, weekends   8am – 5pm. 

Members may access their storage lockers in the Members’ Shed, however please comply with the social distancing rules, be prompt and do not touch any items except your own. Members may not conduct DIY work in the Members’ Shed for the time being.

We would reiterate that:

The Pond is closed other than as a safe haven in emergencies

No DIY work is permitted in the Pond or in the Yard.

We can confirm that we are investigating the possibility of financial concessions in respect of dinghy storage, Hardstand and swing moorings. We hope to advise you of any concessions shortly, based on our financial modeling and our work in seeking rent reductions from the relevant government authorities.  

Whilst we respect our Members' ability to make considered decisions regarding their safety, and to interpret Government regulations and guidelines, we also take seriously our duty of care to Members, staff and contractors, and ask for your assistance by adhering to these policy changes.

The General Committee



Tips for vessel hibernation

By RSYS Waterfront Manager Ned Brown

Here is a useful check-list if you are concerned about your boat's wellbeing during the period ahead.

Check all mooring lines are secured properly. Consider setting up a back-up line from the mooring loop to a cabin or cockpit winch.

Ensure all sea-cocks and thru-hull fittings are closed. Ensure hoses and drains have been cleared.

Make sure battery switches are turned to the OFF position, and that battery terminals are clean and connections are not loose. If you have a solar charging system, make sure connections are in good condition and batteries are receiving charge. If you don’t have a solar system, solar “trickle chargers” are an affordable way to help keep your batteries topped up. They can be placed on your vessel and connected to your batteries via alligator clips. These are available from Whitworths and other marine outlets.

Check bilge pumps and float switches are in good working order. Check pumps on both manual and automatic settings.

If you have hard antifoul applied to your vessel’s hull (Ultra 2, VC Offshore, Vivid), you may want to contact a hull diver to wipe down the hull every 4-6 weeks. Most hull divers will be available through the lockdown.

Ablative antifouls (Micron Extra, Altex no.5 and Altex no.5 Plus) should require little maintenance, so long as your vessel has been antifouled in the last 12 months.

If you’re unsure what type of antifoul is on your vessel, contact us and we can assist.

Propspeed is a great product for your vessel’s running gear but requires regular use for maximum performance. Propspeed is not designed to sit stagnant or be scraped or scrubbed by a diver. If possible, you can put your engine into forward and reverse a few times every 2-4 weeks. This will throw off any growth that might begin to accumulate on your propeller.

Check hoses for signs of deterioration.

If possible fill diesel vessels with fuel. The more oxygen present in your fuel tank, the higher the likelihood of your tank developing diesel bug, which can cause complications in the future. There are diesel additives that can help prevent diesel bug.

Ensure anodes are present. If anodes are needed, contact us ASAP so that we can organise.

Remove all food items, bottles and cans containing liquids, bedding and clothes.

Clean fridges and freezers, leave doors propped open.


The RSYS Waterfront team are on hand to assist Members in any way.
Please call Ned or Louise in the office on 9017 0161 or email