RSYS Cruising Division

A Unique Community of Members

The Cruising Division goes from strength to strength with a diverse programme of short weekend cruises and monthly presentation nights. Our goal is to assist Members, both experienced and novice, to take their boats out more often and enjoy cruising with confidence.

We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm.  The meetings regularly attract 70-80 Members and their guests and offer a diverse selection of practical and enjoyable talks ranging from engine maintenance and rigging to local history and tales of voyages undertaken. We’re a sociable bunch – under normal circumstances, after each talk we stay on for a meal as a group to continue the conversation, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends in the Club. Details appear in the Cruising Division e-newsletter.

Our Cruising programme includes overnight raft-ups, weekend or week-long ‘Cruising-in-Company’ outings and the Squadron Annual Cruise.

If you would like to find out more about our activities, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter here and if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Isabel Wartho in the RSYS Office at or Tel: +61 2 9017 0177.

Wed 25

Cruising Division Talk

May 25 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Cruising Information

Koonya Cup

This beautiful double-handled Stirling Silver trophy, Edinburgh hallmark 1803-4, was donated to the Squadron by William L. Fesq in 1975. It is awarded to the owner of a yacht on the RSYS register which has carried out a cruise under sail and auxiliary power of more than 900 nautical miles, terminating within a year.

Recipients of this award include Michael Thurston, David and Jill Henry, Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones.

2007 Drina
Michael Thurston

Drina 2014 North West Passage

Michael set sail on 15 April 2006 from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.  He traveled via Sydney to Opua in the Bay of Islands, to compete in the Auckland to Vudu yacht race. After a side trip to the Yasawa Islands, Michael headed north, visiting Wallis Island, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and the Tolelau Islands.  He reached Kirabati, 90 nautical miles north of the Equator.  The trip home included the small island nation of Tuvalu, Fiji and Noumea.

Drina traveled 9,423 nm, spent 64 nights at sea and visited 9 countries.

2016 Sweet Chariot IV
David and Jill Henry

Sweet Chariot IV in Phi Phi Islands

From April 2006 to November 2015, David and Jill circumnavigated the world via the Red Sea, covering 38,000 nm. They officially entered 47 countries in just under 10 years.

Prior to their circumnavigation of the World, their voyages included:
February 2001: Sydney to Tasmania, 1,800 nm.
May 2002 to May 2003: Anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Australia including Tasmania in the wake of Matthew Flinders, 12,000 nm.
February 2005: Sydney to New Zealand and return via Lord Howe Island, 3,000 nm.

2018 Wine-Dark Sea
Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones

Wine-Dark Sea in the Whitsundays

Peter and Sarah sailed their yacht Wine-Dark Sea from Port Jackson to Darwin over an eventful 8 month journey from April to November 2017. They covered 4,000 nm.

During the journey, Peter and Sarah participated in the RSYS Annual Cruise, sailed around Fraser Island, visited the Whitsunday Islands, repaired the boat in Cairns and sailed across the Gulf of Carpentaria before making landfall in Darwin.