Squadron Development Program 2018 - 2019

The Squadron Development Program is a performance keelboat training program for both members and non-members aged between 13 - 24 years. The program consists of two squads, the Junior Development Squad and the Senior Development Squad.  Both squads will introduce participants to performance keelboat racing and enhance their sailing skills to an advanced level.


The Junior Development Squad is for 13 - 17-year-olds and will introduce participants to performance keelboats and advanced sailing techniques. The squad will train once a week on the Squadron’s Elliott 7s. Members of the squad will have opportunities to compete at development regattas depending on selection. The Junior Development Squad will begin in April 2018 and continue through until August 2018.


The Senior Development Squad is for 18 - 23-year-olds who have a background in competitive sailing. The squad will be training several times a week including fitness and theory sessions. Members of the squad will have multiple opportunities to represent the Squadron at performance regattas both nationally and internationally. The Senior Development Squad will begin in April 2018 and conclude in March 2019.


How to Apply 

The Squadron Development Program will select 20 participants annually from a pool of interested and invited sailors.

Sailors looking to apply must be between 13 – 23 years old, have a sailing background and be a member of a sailing club.

For those ready to take their sailing to the next level please:

  1. Read and agree to the Program Conditions, Athlete Code of Conduct and Selection Criteria.

  2. Contact Locky Pryor (E: locky.pryor@rsys.com.au or Ph: 02 9017 0154) to express your interest in the program.

  3. Complete a Squadron Development Program Expression of Interest Form.


Elliott 7s

In February of 2015, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron commissioned a fleet of new Elliott 7s keelboats. The Elliott 7s is a one design performance keelboat, specifically designed for youth development squads and keelboat training courses. The boats are extremely versatile and have been set-up to for both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers.


Regattas & Racing

Squadron Development Program participants will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the Squadron at various regattas and competitions across Australia and internationally. Participants of the program will also compete in the Mini B series to test the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the program.