Squadron Keelboat Program

About

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s keelboat program was founded in 2000 and aims to provide Youth Members with the opportunity to become involved with keelboat racing at a Club, national and international level.

The 2022-2023 program places a renewed focus on developing sailors’ keelboat handling skills with both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers to an advanced level. Sailors will have the opportunity to test their skills throughout the season at a variety of local and international match racing and fleet racing regattas.

The program uses our Club’s fleet of Elliott 7s keelboats and other Squadron owned vessels to develop sailors’ boat handling skills to an advanced level. The program is coached by Nev Wittey, Olympian and America’s Cup skipper, and is supported by the SKP management team of Jack Littlechild and RSYS Captain Michael Lindsay.

Junior Squad

The SKP Junior Squad is targeted at sailors aged 13 – 18 years old who are active dinghy or keelboat sailors and can demonstrate a high level of fleet racing skills.

The Junior Squad will train once a week and focus on developing an intermediate to a high standard of boat handling skills in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s. Sailors will have the opportunity to compete in various local and state regattas including the Harken International Match Racing Championships and the Junior Match Cup.

Applications are now open for the Junior Squad and will close at 5:00pm on Monday 2 May 2022.

Senior Squad

The SKP Senior Squad is targeted at sailors aged 17 – 22 years old, who can demonstrate a high level of sailing ability at a national level or have previously participated in the SKP.

The Senior Squad will train once a week and focus on refining their keelboat handling and match racing skills at an advanced level. Sailors will have the opportunity to be selected to compete at national and international youth match racing events.

Applications are now open for both the Senior Squad Early Intake & General Intake. Early intake applications close at 5:00pm Sunday 3 April 2022. General intake applications close at 5:00pm on Sunday 15 May 2022.

Open Squad

The SKP Open Squad is targeted at sailors aged over 22 years old, who can demonstrate a moderate to high level of sailing ability in keelboats or have previously participated in the SKP.

The Open Squad will train once a fortnight and focus on refining their keelboat handling and match racing skills at an advanced level. Sailors will have the opportunity to compete in club racing and be selected to compete at national and international open match racing events.

Applications are now open for the Open Squad and will close at 5:00pm on Sunday 15 May 2022.

Apply Now

Applications for the 2022-2023 season are now open for all Squadron Keelboat Program squads!

Squadron Keelboat Program Regattas

Program Documents

SKP Program Handbook 2022-2023 – Click Here

SKP Calendar 2021-22 – Click Here

SKP Regatta Expression of Interest – Click Here

SKP Volunteering Expression of Interest – Click Here

Contact Us

Jack Littlechild (SKP Coordinator)

E: keelboats@rsys.com.au

Ph: +61 9017 0153

SKP Social Media

RSYS Facebook – Click Here

RSYS Instagram – Click Here

SKP Instagram – Click Here

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