About the HRYC

The Hawkesbury River Yacht Club sails from Brooklyn, north of Sydney, on the beautiful waters of Broken Bay.

The HRYC fleet currently comprises yachts (both monohulls and multi-hulls) ranging from 7 to 13 metres in overall length, but we also welcome trailerables and sports yachts. Our calendar of events includes round-the-buoys racing, cruising and social sailing activities.

The club’s history reaches back to 1992. Until 2012, the Club’s home base was a restored naval munitions barge floating off Parsley Bay, close to where most of our yachts are moored. This floating clubhouse is still located at Parsely Bay, but no longer belongs to the Club. The membership of the club ranges form experienced sailors to beginners. All are welcome.

The club’s racing calendar commences in the third saturday of August and finishes on the first Saturday of June. The club conducts four series:

  • a ten race “Windward – Leeward Series” with races usually on the third Saturday of the month.
  • a ten race “River Passage Series” around laid and permanent marks in Hawkesbury River, Cowan Creek, Broken Bay and Pittwater.
  • a short three race “Sprint Series” on the third Saturday in November
  • a four race “Offshore Series” over two weekends – boats race from Broken Bay to Port Jackson on the Saturday and race back the next day.

Points from the Windward-Leeward and River Passage Series are combined to determine line honours and handicap winners of the Combined Season’s Pointscore Series. The Frank Braybrooks Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winner of this combined series using the club’s Performance Handicap System (PHS).

Results from the Windward-Leeward and River Passage Series before Christmas are combined to determine the winners of the Spring Series. Similarly, Results from races in these two series held after Christmas are combined to determine the winners of the Autumn Series.

The HRYC also conducts special trophy races such as the annual Three Islands Race and Crew’s Trophy Race. Member also have the opportunity to participate in the “Broken Bay Interclub Challenge”, a 4 race series held between the RMYC Pittwater, Avalon Sailing Club, Palm Beach Yacht Club and Gosford Sailing Club.

Races normally last about 2-3 hours, although the interclub series races and the Three Islands Race take longer. We have a varied social program which includes cruising and invitation events with other clubs. Each day on the water is usually followed by a get together at the Angler’s Rest Hotel, Brooklyn where sailors and family have a chance to renew friendships and share the excitement of the day.

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