Update to permitted COVID boating activities

With the easing of NSW restrictions Australian Sailing has provided an update on permitted on water activities, that now allows for recreational boating, with social distancing. One step closer to resuming racing. See the AS website for details .


The Commodore comments on the current situation, and passes on the latest advice from Australian Sailing

Whitbread 73-74 Around The World Race & RANSA

If you look at the pictures in the Rushcutter Room you would have seen photos of the 1973-74 Whitbread around the world race with RANSA as a stop over point. Check out the story of the first edition of what we now know as The Ocean Race in this restored footage of the first race.

Commodore's Message COVID-19

I am sure you would have received a lot of COVID-19 emails and messages lately, but I wanted to let things settle a bit before providing you with an update of RANSA activities and its response to the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 RANSA Events & Office

This is an update for you regarding specifically what is happening or not happening at RANSA and how you can assist for the foreseeable future. All RANSA events including the last Twilight have been cancelled or postponed. See how you can assist going forward.

RANSA Pirates Day - Postponed due to COVID-19

Unfortunately due to the spread of COVID-19 and as this is a charity event for kids we have taken the decision to postpone the event most likely until September. A new date will be announced as soon as practical.

RANSA Regatta 2020 highlights

Once again we had a successful RANSA Regatta with 72 boats entered across multiple division on a perfect sailing day with light to moderate breeze. Special thanks all the volunteers that made it possible. Here are a couple of photos from the day.


SailPASS is an Australian Sailing initiative to help ensure that those sailing as casual crew are on record, and have the benefit of AS personal accident insurance. RANSA along with most of the Sydney clubs are supporting this initiative. From the new twilight season all would-be crew who are not members of RANSA or another AS affiliated Club and who do not therefore have AS cover will be asked to register for a SailPASS, and skippers are encouraged to ask them to do so via this website.

January Hawkesbury Cruise

Dave Giddings & "Sylvara" are heading to the Hawkesbury on Thursday 2nd-15th January & are inviting any interested RANSA cruisers to join them for an "in company" sail and meet up. There is also a short race on Pittwater 4th January & dinner at RPAYC planned.

CYCA Hosts RANSA Board

On Thursday night the Board of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia graciously hosted the RANSA Board for a working dinner to discuss areas of mutual concern and to improve cooperation in the management of sailing in general and Rushcutters Bay in particular.

RANSA Flags Worn at Blessing Of Fleet

At the blessing of the fleet last week there were number of flags flying on our mast. It was quite a significant occasion and the first time all have been worn together. Our Burgee, the Commodores flag, the Fleet Commanders flag and the Australian White Ensign

Sail Past & Blessing Of The Fleet Photos

The Royal Australian Navy have new yacht to be named ‘NAVY ONE’, which they will be sailing in the RANSA Twilight series and with an all Navy crew in Sydney to Hobart Race in December. Rear Admiral Mead and a senior Navy Chaplain blessed the new boat & the RANSA fleet before the first Twilight.

Grants Committee Volunteers Needed

Unfortunately RANSA was not successful in obtaining the NSW Government community grant for the replacement committee boat. The experience gained has made us even more determined to fight for grants, so volunteer to be on a Grants Committee to win some funding.

Adam & Emma on Navy Bear & other cafe ventures

RANSA now has the DA for Navy Bear Cafe, but we are still waiting on other WMC approvals. Adam & Emma who operate the cafe are RANSA members and run other similar cafe's. Here is a story from the Mosman Daily about their latest venture at Mosman Rowers and working with RANSA.

Replacement Constitution Voted in Favour at AGM

At the AGM on Friday 30th August, 2019 93.5% of the eligible attendees or their proxies voted to accept the proposed constitution, so it is now our working document replacing the Articles of Association.

Volunteers Wanted For All Committees

RANSA is a volunteer based sailing club with most functions performed by its dedicated club members. We need additional volunteers for all the standing Committees, and we also want to create a Grants Committee to chase additional government grants. Call the Office for more info, everyone welcome!


We are planning to publish a 'History of RANSA' and need your help! Many members have knowledge of the history of RANSA. Naval, sailing, local community and administrative, and we want to collate these facts into a "coffee table book".