Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

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Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
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Legal statusactive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
English, French
WebsiteRoyal Sydney Yacht Squadron

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is a yacht club located in North Sydney, Australia in the suburb of Kirribilli. The squadron was founded in 1862. It has occupied its grounds in East Kirribilli, near Kirribilli House since 1902. It is home to Sydney webcam.


The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron was founded when nineteen yachtsmen met in the office of The Hon William Walker MLC on 8 July 1862, to found a yacht club to be designated 'the Australian Yacht Club'. An application was made for a Royal Warrant and the Patronage of the Prince of Wales. On 27 June 1863 the Commodore, the Hon William Walker MLC, received a letter from the Colonial Secretary's Office notifying him of the Prince of Wales' willingness to become Patron of the 'Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron'. This letter also issued an Admiralty Warrant authorising the use of the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty's Fleet. The present patron is HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

It was not until 1902 that the squadron was able to lease a property at Wudyong Point on the eastern side of Kirribilli, with a stone cottage, a landing stage and a slipway. The site was occupied on 24 January 1903. The whale's jawbones, forming an archway over the pathway, had come from a whaling station at Twofold Bay. The flagstaff was salvaged from the collier Bellambi and presented by F.G.W. Waley Esq.

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is one of the main members of the International Council of Yacht Clubs.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron


The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is a private member sailing club. The squadron grounds, facilities and services are provided for the enjoyment and utilization of members and invited guests in their company. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is not open to the public.

The Squadron's main objective is to promote sailing as a sport.

Youth Sailing[edit]

The squadron’s Youth Sailing program commenced in 1960. The aims of the program are, broadly stated, to foster and promote sailing and to provide young men and women with social skills, confidence, values and friends that will place them in goods stead to approach the challenges of life.

The youth program uses 3 Laser Classes, 4.7, Radial and Standard, and the Optimist Class.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Sydney Sails : The Story of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's First 100 Years (1862-1962), compiled for the Squadron's committee by P. R. Stephensen ; with preface by H.R.H. the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Angus and Robertson, 1962
  • Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 1862-2000, written by Jim Murrant for the Squadron's committee, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 2000, ISBN 0646385631


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