The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
Located on the waterfront of Brisbane’s eastern Bayside suburb Manly, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is home to one of this State’s oldest and most prestigious sailing and cruising clubs. Formed in 1885, the Squadron has a long history of supporting and encouraging sailing as a sport that continues today.
Sailors at all levels – from beginners in Optimists or Sabots and juniors in a variety of dinghies through to our elite sailors competing with distinction in class championships at International and Olympic events – come to RQYS to enjoy sailing on Moreton Bay. The Squadron itself hosts regular Club Championship races for our Members, along with State, National and International regattas.
The Powerboat Committee organises friendly navigation racing events, competing in Squadron Members’ vessels and against other clubs in Queensland and interstate. Our Vessel Register currently numbers around 1,000 boats of various sizes, shapes, lengths and designs, from racing dinghies and small craft through to racing and cruising yachts, Yachtshare mono- and multi-hull sail and power vessels, and of course power boats ranging from traditional timber Moreton Bay cruisers to more contemporary high-speed vessels.
It’s not all racing though, with families enjoying the delights of relaxing on their yachts while cruising around the islands with the Sail Cruising Group and the Powerboat Cruising Group, taking advantage of the more leisurely side of boating. Both groups have regular events with weekend trips to local destinations, as well as longer cruising rallies – combining vessels from both groups – to exotic locations.
RQYS also has its own private island retreat at Canaipa Point on Russell Island in southern Moreton Bay, complete with a caretaker, campsites, open fire pit, an amenities block and swimming pool, for the exclusive convenience of our Full Members and their guests.
We are proud of our Sailing Academy which is instrumental in introducing the next generation of sailors to our sport and the Squadron’s Tackers youth program has developed into one of the largest and most successful in the country. And we are immensely prouder of our amazing team of volunteers, afloat and ashore, each of whom makes a vital contribution of their time and experience to help ensure our activities and events are top-class.
A warm welcome is guaranteed and we look forward to seeing you, and helping you belong to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
Happenings @ RQYS
- Photos from the Opening Day of the 137th Sailing Season, September 2021
Our Patron (now-former) Governor Paul de Jersey’s final salute of his term in office.
- Photos from the afternoon with our Olympians, 2021
A wonderful opportunity for our Members, guests and supporters to hear first-hand stories from Tokyo 2020(21).
- Australiawide Boat Sales Pop-up Regatta at RQYS
RQYS hosted with 30 boats competing. Photos from the two days of racing have been compiled into a video for your enjoyment. Congratulations to all competitors on a fantastic regatta!
- Fantastic photos from the RQYS Frostbite Series 2021
Thank-you, Beryl Roberts, for the wonderful photos!
- Photos from the Yachtshare Brisbane Yachting Expo 2021
And we’ll be doing it again, bigger and brighter, in 2022!