578 Royal Esplanade, Manly, Q 4179

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august, 2019

31aug9:15 am8:00 pmFeatured135th Opening DayThe Opening Day to the 135th Sailing Season of RQYS9:15 am - 8:00 pm AEST

Event Details

Opening Day is a highly anticipated event in the Squadron’s calendar. It is the perfect opportunity for our members to bring their friends and family together in celebration of the Squadron, our history and the diverse RQYS fleet.

A full schedule of events can be found below – the day begins with a Morning Tea for all members and guests at 9:15 am and a full schedule of events follow throughout the afternoon and into the evening, See our full list of events below:

Morning Tea
Opening Day Ceremony
Sail Past
Opening Day Festival on the Lawn

Membership Specials
Marina Specials
Full Members Lounge
Tackers Land – Kids entertainment area
Famous Faces of RQ – prizes to be won!
Live Music
Food Stalls
Vintage Car display

And…of course there is racing!!
Come and join us for a free race with Off the Beach classes racing on a Triangle Course, and the Division Yachts & Etchells on a Short Passage Race; the Division Yachts and Etchells Race is subject to entry numbers. Entries for the passage race MUST be lodged by Friday 23rd August by emailing
Dinghies and Off the Beach sailors are also encouraged to participate in the Sail Past.

Any boats wanting to participate in the Sail Past, it is best to register early! Send a note to Lynne at with your name, boat’s name, boat make/model, and some interesting information about your boat or its history. Click Here for Information on the Dressing of Ships

The RQYS Sailing Academy will be running Discover Sailing activities including: stand-up paddle boarding, Opti Sailing, Elliott 6 Sailing, Far East 28R Sailing, and on-shore simulators!

The Full Members Lounge, sponsored by Moet Hennessy, will be the ultimate destination on the day. Enjoy a luxurious glass of champagne and relax in the comfortable lounge. All Full Members will receive a free glass of champagne, Hendricks Gin, King Island Cheese taster and a freshly shucked oyster by our Harbour View Restaurant chefs! Please see our Membership Team to receive your FREE tasting card on entry to the Full Members Lounge!

As the sun sets, the fun doesn’t end with live music from Nik Phillips & Family performing on the stage until 8pm, food stalls available for dinner – gourmet burgers, wood fired pizzas, Mexican cantina, curry in a hurry and RQ noodle boxes! The Sailor Jerry Bar on lawn and food stalls will be open through to 8pm, when the festivities conclude for the day!

*Please note that our our regular dining menus will not be available on the day. This includes the Harbour View Restaurant, Boardwalk Cafe & All Day Dining Menu.


    • Day 1
    • August 31, 2019
    • 9:15am Morning Tea9:15am - 10amMorning Tea

    • 10am Seating for Guests of Honour Arrival10am - 10:10amFlag Officers, Members and Guests assemble on Boardwalk for arrival of Guests of Honour - Guest seating in marquee

    • 10:10am Call to Order10:10am - 10:15amCall to order by the Officer of the Day - Mr Grant Somerville

    • 10:15am Arrival of Guests of Honour10:15am - 10:20amArrival of Guests of Honour, Governor of Queensland, His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs de Jersey

    • 10:20am Opening Day Ceremony10:20am - 11amAddress of Welcome – Commodore, Capt Barry Cuneo; Blessing of the Fleet – Chaplain: Reverend Peter Devenish-Meares; Opening of 135th Yachting Season - Governor of Queensland

    • 11:30am Fleet Sail Past11:30am - 12pmFleet Sail Past – guests are invited to board a vessel or enjoy the spectacle from the shore.

    • 12pm Opening Day Festival12pm - 8pmRQYS Opening Day Festival commences and continues throughout the afternoon and evening on the lawn for members, guests and bona fide visitors.

    • 1pm Opening Day Regatta1pm - 4pmEtchells, Division 1 Pursuit Race, Off the Beach Classes

    • 6pm Commodore’s Happy Hour6pm - 7pmCommodore’s Happy Hour at the Sailor Jerry Bar on the lawn


(Saturday) 9:15 am - 8:00 pm AEST


Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

578 Royal Esplanade, Manly