Annual Cruise 2023

15-22 April 2023

Documents & Information

Notice of Race
Cruise entries
Sailing Instructions
Cruise Handbook
Presentation Dinner

Cruise News

Race Results

Look how much fun we had in 2022!

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Itinerary April 2023


General Information

The Squadron Annual Cruise is the highlight of the year for many Members, families and friends – some have been enjoying this event for decades!

Over the course of one week during the Easter school holidays, 30-40 Members’ and friends’ boats (motor and sailing yachts) set sail for Broken Bay, Cowan Creek, Coal & Candle Creek and Pittwater. The itinerary generally includes a themed beach party on Halletts Beach, a progressive dinner, drinks and canapés on Waterfall Beach (Refuge Bay) and an informal dinner at the RMYC.

For racing enthusiasts, there is also a program of up to seven non-spinnaker ‘friendly’ races comprising five inshore races and two passage races, from Sydney to Pittwater and return, and one lay day.

Gather family and friends, borrow, charter or bring your own boat to enjoy a great week on board and ashore. Many lifelong friendships have been forged on Squadron Cruises. Click here to see how much fun we had last year.

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Paul Thackray
Cruise Captain


Compulsory Skippers’ Briefing & Welcome Dinner
Race Officer, Rob Ridley and Cruise Captain Paul Thackray will be conducting the compulsory Annual Cruise Skippers’ briefing at 6pm in the Carabella Room.  A representative from each boat must attend the briefing.  Important details on weather, safety and social activities will be discussed and information packages distributed. The CCA will be open for dinner afterwards, so we can continue to discuss cruise matters informally.  Please book online or by phoning reception on 9955 7171.

Hallets Beach Party
Last year we dressed up in a Gilligan’s Island theme, to reflect our ‘castaway’ status on the the beach.

2022 marks 60 years since Gretel, representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, challenged the America’s Cup. In recognition of this anniversary, the theme for this year’s RSYS Cruise Hallets Beach Party is defined by the Newport Rhode Island yachting scene in the early 1960s.

This was the era of JFK and Jackie… Think:

  • on water, white shorts and belts and polo shirts…
  • off water, yachting jackets and caps …maybe cravats …Thurston Howell III lives on…
  • capri pants, head scarves and big sunglasses…

It is all about navy on navy, white on white and white and navy. It’s a navy and white party with 1960s accessories!

There will be prizes for the individuals and the crew best channelling the theme.

Progressive Dinner
The Cruise Progressive Dinner is on again!  The idea is to encourage greater socialization amongst all entrants by meeting on various yachts for an informal meal.  Those participating are requested to raft up with the boats in your allocated dinner group as advised at the Skippers Briefing. Register your intention to participate on the entry form or with

Paella Night KMYC
Come ashore and enjoy dinner, served by Food Adventura. Choose Lamb and/or Seafood on your entry from.  Paella will be served with an authentic Spanish salad, freshly baked bread rolls and homemade Aioli.  Eco-friendly plates, serviettes & bamboo cutlery will be provided. Tickets will be included in your information package for proof of purchase (BYO drinks and glasses).

RMYC Dinner
Dinner will be casual in the RMYC Garden Forecourt at 1830 hours (menu prices). A berthing plan will be distributed during the Cruise for those who have pre-booked.

Presentation Dinner 6 May
Enjoy an evening in the Carabella Room with your fellow Cruisers to celebrate this year’s Cruise. Perpetual trophies will be awarded including;
Erica J Trophy – a boat or individual that exhibits the spirit of wholehearted competition and participation.
Brian Northam Trophy – a skipper who emulates the Spirit of the Cruise.

Event details
Date: Friday 6 May
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 includes two courses; beer, wines & soft drink package; tea, coffee & chocolates.
Book online here

A complementary medallion is available as a memento. They are engraved with the year, boat name and skipper. If you would like one, please send me your engraving details to by 27 April.



Navigator Estimate (sponsored by Coursemaster)
Each competitor estimates their elapsed time to complete the day’s course.
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The Committee thanks Jill Henry from Sweet Chariot IV, for producing the Cruise Crossword.  It will be distributed in Pittwater with Cruise News #1. It is based on the boat names from the entries. Please give your completed crossword to one of the Cruise committee or Rob Ridley by Sunday 24 April.  The winner will be announced at the Cruise Presentation Dinner on Friday 6 May.

Photo Competition
Cruise participants are invited to join the photographic competition – a chance to show off your photographic skills on and off the water.  There are two categories:
“Afloat”   a subject which includes a boat(s) under sail or power (racing or cruising)
“Other” any subject on shore, at anchor etc.
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Galley Gourmet Challenge
This year marks the 11th year of the Galley Gourmet Challenge! A regular highlight of Annual Cruise, this event is aimed at amateur chefs skilled in the art of producing delicious meals with limited facilities.
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Past GGC Winning Recipes

Seeking inspiration for your next cruise? Trish Stanley has collated winning recipes for you to peruse.

Click on the dish to view the recipe.

Canapés/Finger Food from the beach at Refuge Bay

Bloody Mary Oyster Shots 2017 Runner-up : Erica
Crab in Witlof with Salmon Pearls, Pomegranate 2017 Winner: Hell Razer
Haloumi wrapped in Proscuitto 2016 Runner-up : Crackerjack
Smoked Salmon Roulades 2015 Runner-up : Hell Razer
Smoked Trout Mousse on Homemade Blinis 2016 Winner : Tula
Thai Fish 2015 Winner : Crackerjack


Artichoke Heart & Pesto Tart 2018 Winner: Tula
Smoked Trout salad with Salsa Verde 2018 Runner-up : The Count
Tagliatelle With Crabmeat & King Prawn 2017 Winner: Tonic
Scallops on Half Shell In Prosecco & Cream 2017 Runner-up : Kirribilli
Balmain Bug with Pea Puree & Chilli 2016 Winner : Tonic
Ceviche 2016 Runner-up : Mystere
Sushi Rolls with Salmon Skin  2015 Winner: Tula
Roasted Vege and Goat’s Cheese Filo Parcel 2015 Runner-up: Crackerjack
Vodka Cured Salmon 2014 Winner : Sorcerer
Flambé Sausages 2014 Runner-up : Mystere​
Pittwater Mussels 2013 Winner : Zephyr
Banana Prawns  2013 Runner-up : Magnificat
Avocados with Ginger Sauce 2012 Winner : Willyama
Steamed Prawns 2012 Runner-up : Crackerjack
Quail in Proscuitto 2011 Winner : Limelight
Mushroom Bay Mushrooms  2011 Runner-up : Crackerjack


Whole Jewfish Tarator 2018 Winner : Gunwana
Garlic Beef Filet with Red Wine Jus 2018 Runner-up : Willyama
Blue Eye Cod with Spiced Coconut Cream 2017 Winner : Kirribilli
Fillet of Beef with Horseradish Cream 2017 Runner-up : Erica
Paella 2016 Winner : Wine Dark Sea
Marinated Spatchcock 2016 Runner-up :Hot Chilli
Veal Saltimbocca alla Ribalta 2015 Winner : Limelight
Garlic Beef Filet with Avocado Sauce 2015 Runner-up : Willyama
Herb Crusted Flathead Fillets 2014 Winner : Sorcerer
Massaman Lamb Shanks 2014 Runner-up : Indefensible
Spicy Crusted Salmon 2013 Winner : Zephyr
Cruise Pasta with Porcini Sauce 2013 Runner-up : Crackerjack
Baked Fresh Tuna 2012 Winner : Limelight
Tuna Steak with Herbs/Spices 2012 Runner-up  : Hot Chilli
Stuffed Aubergine  2011 Winner : Ticket of Leave
Marinated Butterflied Lamb Leg 2011 Runner-up : Crackerjack




Deconstructed Dark & Stormy Banoffee Pie 2018 Winner : Tula
Chocolate Ripple Log 2018 Runner-up  : Gunwana
Tulle Horns with Persian Sour Cherries Coulis 2017 Winner : Kirribilli
Tiramisu    2017 Runner-up : Wine Dark Sea
Deconstructed Banoffee Pie  2016 Winner : Crackerjack
Coffee Dates with vanilla bean yoghurt   2016 Runner-up  : Hot Chilli
Honey & Cinnamon Baked Pear with OP Rum 2015 Winner : Mystere
Ginger & Lime Tapioca with Chilli Mango 2015 Runner-up : Tula
Berries on the Bay 2014 Winner : Crackerjack
Chocolate Cherry and Hazelnut Cake 2014 Runner-up : Sorcerer
 E-fig-ma    2013 Winner : Crackerjack
 Tortas de Aceite Citron 2013 Runner-up : Zephyr
Bananas in Pyjamas 2012 Winner : Crackerjack
Cherry Pie 2012 Runner-up : Senta
Dragon Rice   2011 Winner : Hot Chili
Luscious Layers 2011 Runner-up : Crackerjack


Junior Chef

Leilas Beef & Mushroom Stew 2017 Winner : Huligan
Tick Tock Tea Cups 2016 Winner : Huligan
Almond Macaroons 2015 Winner : Crackerjack

Cruise photo gallery

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