Sayonara Cup Regatta Summary


The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron after winning the Cup from Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in 2019 is excited to announce the Sayonara Cup will be held in the International Etchells Class. 

The 4 Signatories of the Deed of Gift, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania & Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron have also agreed to extend invitations to challenge to the top 21 Yacht Clubs in Australia.

History of the Sayonara Cup

History of the Sayonara Cup

The Sayonara Cup is considered to be Australia’s equivalent of the America’s Cup. Conceived post-federation in 1903 as an interstate challenge between the traditional rivals of Melbourne and Sydney, the match racing event initially between large yachts but gradually evolved to accommodate changes in yacht types and other States.

The experienced gained by Australian yachtsman racing for the trophy lead to Australia’s first challenge of the America’s Cup. Whilst the event has experienced periods of dormancy, it is still regarded as one of Australia’s Premier yachting trophies and continues to support the friendly interstate rivalry it was founded upon.

Read more about the history of the Cup HERE

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Sayonara Cup Info

Previous Winners:

2019 - Whimsical, RSYS (NSW)
2009 - Karabos IX, RYCT (TAS)
2004 - Imagination, RPEYC (NSW)
2000 - Isis, RPEYC (NSW)
1997 - Ellen J, RPEYC (NSW)
1996 - Freycinet, RPEYC (NSW)
1994 - Karabos VIII, RYCT (TAS)
1993 - Sea Joy VII, RSYS (NSW)
1992 - Karabos VII, RYCT (TAS)
1991 - Karabos VII, RYCT (TAS)
1990 - Karabos VII, RYCT (TAS)
1989 - Karabos VII, RYCT (TAS)
1988 - Maj Britt, RYCT (TAS)
1987 - Maj Britt, RYCT (TAS)
1986 - Rawhiti, RSYS (NSW)
1985 - Rawhiti, RSYS (NSW)
1984 - Kirribilli II, RSYS (NSW)
1962 - Saskia, RSYS (NSW)
1956 - Saskia, RSYS & RPAYC (NSW)
1955 - Saskia, RSYS (NSW)
1954 - Frances, RYCV (VIC)
1953 - Erica J, RYCT (TAS)
1952 - Frances, RYCV (VIC)
1951 - Frances, RYCV (VIC)
1932 - Vanessa, RYCV (VIC)
1931 - Vanessa, RSYS (NSW)
1930 - Vanessa, RSYS (NSW)
1929 - Vanessa, RSYS (NSW)
1928 - Norn, RSYS (NSW)
1910 - Culwalla III, RSYS (NSW)
1909 - Sayonara, RYCV (VIC)
1907 - Sayonara, RYCV (VIC)
1904 - Sayonara, RYCV (VIC)

Contact Us

RSYS Sailing Office

Phone: +61 (2) 9017 0152

Email: [email protected]

Address: Sailing Office, 33 Peel St, Kirribilli NSW, Australia 2061

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