General Information

The RSAYS offers members and members’ guests a wide choice of sailing and racing format from which to choose.

Weekend Racing

Two Divisions of Keelboats race Saturdays and some Sundays over summer, and six times on Sundays during winter. Keen competition between the Squadron and the neighbouring Clubs doubles the size of the fleet, to provide excellent racing locally. The Adelaide Etchells Fleet races on Saturdays, between October and April. The Offshore Racing Series provides a great training ground and practice for those intending to do a Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race or Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race.

Twilight Series

There are no spinnakers, but plenty of competition in and out of the Port River on Wednesday nights during daylight-saving months. It is a great introduction to racing and a way for skippers to entertain Corporate Sponsors, finishing with dinner and prize giving on the Squadron’s Quarterdeck to relive the excitement on the water.

Women’s Keelboat

The Women’s Keelboat Series offers competitive racing for women with abilities ranging from beginner to advanced. Races are conducted on Sundays on eight occasions during the summer season. The Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta is conducted annually in Melbourne and the Squadron is represented.

Coaching for Men and Women

A two-day course in keelboats is offered to those beginning sailing or with a little experience who would like to get more into racing or cruising. It is also beneficial for intermediate and advanced sailors who would like to extend their abilities. The course is conducted in September each year. Please contact the Squadron Office for more information.

Adult Learn to Sail

Courses in Dinghy racing are run on demand for adults wishing to learn dinghy sailing. They are run by qualified instructors, and logbooks are included and marked off. There are four weekly sessions to get you sailing around a triangular short course in the shelter of the Port River.

Navigation Courses

Run by Australian Sailing, they are available two or three times a year.

Sea Safety Instruction

Offshore racers are required to undertake a short theory and practical training course and to update regularly in order to qualify to race in offshore events. The Sea Safety and Survival Course (SSSC) required for Category 2 races and above is also run when there is interest. For further information on the above racing or training, please contact the Sailing Coordinator via email sailing@rsays.com.au

Junior Training Courses

Under the guidance of qualified Yachting Australia instructors, these training courses are sailed in the Club’s fleet of Pacers in the Port River, in good view of parents and siblings. If you are eight years old and upwards and can swim, you are eligible. Two programs offering fortnightly sessions over the summer months on Sunday mornings, one before Christmas and one after, allow for other outside family activities. Beginner, Intermediate and Beginner Racing groups are catered for. This culminates in a fun weekend camp away in March for all participants and parents. For further information on Junior Training, please visit the Juniors area of this website, or you can contact the Junior Sailing Coordinator.

Cruising

Several cruises are offered on a regular basis every few months to varying destinations across or up and down the Gulf. Dinner evenings are very popular, with guest speakers invited to talk on their travels, sharing valuable and entertaining information to those who are new, as well as those with plenty of experience. This is a great way to meet fellow cruisers. For further information on cruising, please visit the Cruising area of this website, or you can contact the Cruising Committee Chairman.