Entries now open for the 2023/24 Sayonara Summer Series

It’s time to celebrate our twenty sixth year of Classic Yacht racing on Port Phillip with the

2023/24 Sayonara Summer Series

120 years have passed since Sayonara won the inaugural Interstate Challenge (now named the Sayonara Cup) in January 1904.

It’s framming at the Jim Jam time… Your RMYS and CYAA Wizz Team now have our 2023/24 Summer Series baking away in the oven of readiness on the RMYS website.

Attention Skippers!!
It’s time to crank up the heat on those hibernated bones.

Click through to open the RMYS one-stop shop for the CYAA Summer Series, including entry link and series documentation: Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, Course descriptions and links for entering, start lists and results.

A big shout out must go to the RMYS Wizz, Janet Dean, for the set up of the Classics documentation page and its presentation as a one stop shop on the RMYS website.

Take a look at our CYAA Website for more 2023/24 Sayonara Summer Series news.  and thanks to Ross Clark, skipper of Martini, for a Norwegian Wood episode.


Sayonara Cup Newspaper Clippings

To celebrate and reprise those 120 year-old moments when Sayonara was the challenger and winner from the
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria for inaugural Interstate Challenge Series, conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht
Squadron in Sydney, the CYAA, in collaboration with RMYS and mentored by Bert Ferris, are providing access to the recently digitised newspaper records of that time.

These records consist of five volumes covering the years 4th Jan 1904 to 27th August 1910.

Click through to access Volume One. Links to all volumes are in each volume.

Sign Off Time… 

Regards to all and to our team of Port Phillip classic yacht skippers, sharpen up those pencils.

Peter Costolloe
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper

Download a print version of this announcement (pdf) 

The following images and clippings are extracts from the 1904 records…

The Victorian Challenger Sayonara leads the NSW defender Bona out through the Sydney Heads to compete in Heat one of the Interstate Yacht Challenge Series on 3rd January 1904. Sayonara won the Series and her owner, Albert Gollin, proposed future challenges be named the Sayonara Cup.

Sayonara Owner and Crew in Sydney

Flashlight by Talma, 374 George Street.

The Interstate Challenge trophy is named the Sayonara Cup at the Hotel Australia 15th January 1904.

Extracted from the RMYS Sayonara Cup Newspaper records, Vol 1, page 45. 

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