Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Prize Giving

The final race and presentation dinner will take place on Tuesday 14 March in the CCA.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable event. Paspaley will present eight Australian South Sea pearl pendants and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage bank vaults that lie beneath their flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Four pendants will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn on the night. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series.

Please reserve your table via Reception.

Last year's happy winners:

 

 

 

RSYS Youth 3rd in Wellington

On 14 February, members of the RSYS Youth Development programme and coach Klade Horsechildt, embarked on a tour of New Zealand consisting of the Nespresso and Centreport International Youth Match Racing regattas, held in Auckland and Wellington respectively. The two weeks were an amazing experience, equally for skill development, exploring a new country and also catching up and making a lot of new friends.

The Nespresso regatta was hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, from the 15-19 February. RSYS had one team entered in this event comprising Nick Rozenauers helming, Mitch Evans on main, Angus Olding trimming, Zac Quinlan on bow and Ben Fraser as float. The team definitely learnt a lot during the regatta, due to the different sailing conditions, especially the huge tides in Auckland Harbour. The weather could never really make its mind up as well, with all four seasons making an appearance on most days of the regatta, adding to the fun of it all.

The team sailed quite well in the regatta, making a few mistakes along and facing some adversity with the boats and umpires. Yet we managed to make the quarter finals though then sadly knocked out by Matthew Hughes from RNZYS who finished 2nd after the round robin. RSYS went on to finish 8th overall. Big congratulations to Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) who won the event in his last ever Youth match racing event due to aging out.

After a couple of days rest, including a little bit of ten pin bowling, the team flew to ‘windy’ Wellington where we met another member of the programme, Fergus Abbott. RSYS entered two teams in the Centreport regatta, a perfect opportunity for Mitch Evans to have his first experience of match racing regatta steering. Mitch’s team also consisted of Ben Fraser doing main and spinnaker, Fergus Abbott jib and bow and Mikey from RPNYC as float. The other RSYS team consisted of Nick Rozenauers helming, Angus Olding doing main and spinnaker, Zac Quinlan jib and bow and Tristan from RPNYC as float.

Unfortunately in the early morning of the first day of the regatta, Mitch and Angus both caught the notorious bug that had haunted teams at the Nespresso regatta the previous week. Both were out for the day, resulting in Mitch receiving seven black flags. Luckily Ben could take Angus’ spot for the day, so Nick could continue. By day 2, both had recovered their health and were able to sail. The weather in Wellington this year was quite uncharacteristic, as there was no days called off due to too much wind. Some days were even hot and glassy on the water at times.

Nick Rozenauers and his team were able to make the semi finals after the completion of two round robins and Mitch’s team finished 7th, a huge achievement after not sailing for one whole round robin. Mitch beat Frankie Dair from the USA in the sail offs to keep his 7th spot, whilst in the semis, Nick was beaten by Finn Tapper (CYCA) who went on to win the regatta - congratulations! Nick and his team faced Matthew Hughes (RNZYS) in the petits for a ‘mate vs mate’ rematch from the quarter finals at Nesspresso. The RSYS team was able to win 2-0 and claim 3rd overall at the regatta.

The Youth Development members would like to thank all the billet families who hosted us whilst we were away: the Hughes, Martels and Whiteheads/Wrights. A big thank you as well to the two Royal Port Nicholson boys, Mikey and Tristan, who helped both teams in Wellington regatta get a bit closer to the maximum weight, the host clubs, the sponsors, the RSYS for sending us and our coach Klade. 

 

By Angus Olding

Fast and furious RSYS Youth racing

Thirty RSYS Youth racers faced off on Sunday 12 february in the first Club Championship for 2017. A southerly front made for increasingly challenging conditions, spiced up with some hair-raising gusts.

The 10 Optimists got off to the first of two clean starts. Racing was close, with the first five finishing within one minute of each other. As the conditions deteriorated, a smaller group managed to finish the second race and head for home - fast! 

 

Results:

The seasoned Laser fleet were in no mood for hanging around. A couple pushed their luck in the first start and were rewarded with recalls. Increasingly brisk conditions added to the overall excitement on the race 2 startline with most of the fleet over. The rarely displayed black flag went up and four sailors got BFD’d on the restart. 

The racing was close with the smaller 4.7 rigs taking it to (and sometimes past) the larger Radials. The downwind legs proved tricky for some, with ferocious gybing and dramatic capsizes. But what they are all going to remember is the feeling of quite literally flying … downhill dinghy sailing at its best.

Results:

While some of our racers came out a little worse for wear, overall we saw great competition, many thrills and quite a few spills. A great day at the Squaddie.


By Vanessa Swiderski
Photos by Michael Hansen

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

A great number of Squadron Members attended the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart from 9-11 February. Club entries included Commodore Richard Chapman's family motor cruiser 'Nand V', Alan Reece's yacht 'Vittoria', and Sean Langman's 100 year old trading vessel 'Olive May'. Rob Hardy, a long term Senior Member, and his son trailed their 20ft half cabin launch 'Toby 2' all the way from Lake Macquarie to the festival to be on the same pontoon as the gathering of Dutch vessels, which were the main attraction at this year's festival. 

Richard and Alan had delivered their boats to Hobart during December and January with the help of other Squadron Members, and enjoyed many hours of cruising on the Derwent and surrounding waterways. 'Vittoria' is on the way back to Sydney and 'Nand V' is expected to leave Hobart on Sunday this week. Those of us who attended were amazed by the quality of the exhibits and the hospitality of the Tasmanians.

According to this year's festival programme, the previous event in 2015 saw 22,000 people attend, with an estimated expenditure to the Hobart economy of $30m and possibly $60m to the overall Tasmanian coffers! If you have not attended one of these festivals, I would strongly suggest you add it to you personal bucket list.

   

By Richard Lawson
Photos:
Sean's fully restored trader 'Olive May', view over Hobart, Alan Reece on 'Vittoria', an old stream launch, a beautiful 100yr old motor launch in superb condition.

Hardy Cup Results

RSYS hosted the prestigious Youth Match Racing regatta the ‘Hardy Cup’ from 5-9 February. Ten teams from around Australia, as well as overseas, competed for four days. It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces participating this year and a great indicator of the value that Youth Match Racing regattas bring to all those involved, both in the sense of skill development and the life-long friendships made. 

We really enjoyed sailing against such a variety of people from so many different places, each bringing varying skills, not only from Match Racing but from other spectrums of sailing, which all added to the experience. The conditions for the week tested every team - we were dealt all four seasons of weather that week. The quality of racing was very high and competitive, and the opportunity we had to sail against some of the best Youth sailors around was priceless. As Sir James Hardy said at the prize giving ‘It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.’ 
 


RSYS l to r: Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan, Alex Rozenauers, Nick Rozenauers, Mitch Evans with Sir James


The regatta was also a positive step forward for the RSYS Development Programme: the team finished 5th and only narrowly missed out on the Semis, going down 2-3 in the Quarter Finals against RPAYC. It was great preparation for the team’s New Zealand campaign where we will compete in Auckland and Wellington for the Nesspresso and Centreport regattas respectively. 

Overall, the regatta was a huge success and a credit to all involved. It would not have been possible without Sir James Hardy facilitating the regatta, and everyone greatly appreciated his commitment, along with other Members who watched the regatta every day aboard his yacht. A huge thank you as well to the numerous ‘Red Shirt’ volunteers who were involved all day, every day, ensuring the competitors were comfortable and happy. Last but not least, thank you to the Squadron families who hosted Interstate and overseas teams. 

View more photos here

Overall Results


1st Rooklyn DBSC (pictured top)
2nd Costanzo RPAYC
3rd Takahashi RNZYS
4th Hughes RNZYS
5th Rozenauers RSYS (pictured above)
6th Grimes CYCA
7th Wilson RNZYS
8th Gowans SYC
9th Lynch Darwin
10th Solly SYC

By Angus Olding
Photos by Hamish Hardy and Raoul de Ferranti