RSYS was pleased to host the 21st running of the Stepping Stone House Bridge and Regatta days on Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 March . This fund-raising event attracted 432 participants who raised much needed money for this important Youth charity.
Event organisers and Club Members Richard and Sandy Lawson write:
The annual Bridge day was held in the Carabella Room and Neutral Bay Verandah and attracted 156 players– a record number! After the disappointment of last year’s event cancellation due to Covid, it was thrilling to see so many Members and friends return in such numbers to our Clubhouse. Ladies enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, a day of sociable competition, complemented with a delicious lunch. Max Connery, Chair of the Stepping Stone Foundation, described new initiatives to assist Indigenous youths achieve independence, and then introduced a delightful SSH ‘graduate’, Amanda, who touched us with an account of finding security, guidance and purpose through her time in care.
Hellrazer, Carabella V, Zen
The Regatta day attracted 30 Club Member yachts which was a very generous response from our Members. A total of 276 sailors from Sponsor companies were accommodated and sallied forth into a pleasant 12 kt nor-easterly breeze and bright sunshine … but not for long! As the fleet approached Shark Island, an ominous black front developed, (lending our photographer John Jeremy a spectacular backdrop to his boat portraits) and a heavy deluge soaked the sailors. The race committee shortened the course – but wouldn’t you know it, as the fleet headed for our Club, the skies cleared and the sun shone again. A damp but cheerful crowd made their way to the Careening Cove for a well-earned carvery meal and refreshments.
We then conducted a successful auction, run by Club Member Glen Madsen in full auctioneer mode, and announced the results from the giant raffle. Although it is still too early to confirm the exact amount raised, we believe it is in excess of $100,000 – a superb effort! Our warmest thanks to the yacht owners, sponsors and individuals who so generously supported these fundraising events. We are also indebted to Commodore Rex Harrison and John Taylor for organising the regatta and to Richard Lawson, John Jeremy and Rob Ridley for manning Mischief.
SSH CEO Jason Juretic sailed on board Solange and also took some great action shots:
Please visit steppingstonehouse.com.au to discover how you could support a homeless young Australian.