Tricky conditions for 20 Jan Friday Twilights

It was the second Audi Alto Artarmon Friday twilight race post-Christmas and New Year for race 13 of the series. Shifty winds kept crews busy as wind directions swung N to SE to E to N again. The mercury hovered around 30c creating muggy conditions, until a slight drizzle arrived, to the relief of the competitors. The weather may be to blame for the slightly lower turnout this week with 46 boats out on the water. Nevertheless, it was very enjoyable for those who raced.

Congratulations to the winner of the Audi for the week, Chris Harper from Crackerjack. 




Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  3. Just Quietly – Donald & Sue Swanson

Division 2

  1. Zig Zag II – Malcom Shaw & Mike Seymour
  2. Koolaroo – David FitzSimons
  3. Co Co – Russell and Melissa Taylor

Division 3

  1. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  2. Flying Circus – John Greenwood & Geoff Deakin
  3. Patsy – Daneil Yaffe

Division 4

  1. Valentis
  2. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


View full results here 

By Angus Olding


Australian Youth Championship Success

Congratulations to the 14 RSYS Laser sailors who competed in the Australian Youth Championship held at the Adelaide Sailing Club from 10–14 January. It was a terrific event for the RSYS sailors and it was the first Youth national championship in the Laser class for many of our young sailors.  

In the Laser Radial, Marlena Berzins was the top performer, winning the Youth Female National Championship and finishing 10th overall. Oskar Hansen followed closely behind in 15th and had a race win in the first race. Henry, Carlotta and Maddie were all racing in their first Radial Youth Nationals and soaked up the experience to prepare for next year!  

For more information on Youth sailing at our Club, please contact Andrew Phillips in the Sailing Office at: or call 9017 0153.

RSYS Laser 4.7 Results (45 Boats)
1st – Jack Littlechild
8th – Boston Cortis
9th – Will Cooley
14th – Zac West
18th – Daniel Costandi
20th – Mark Louis
27th – Brooke Wilson
33rd – Sylvie Stannage
44th – Riley Evans

RSYS Laser Radial Results (47 Boats)
1st Female and 10th Overall – Marlena Berzins
15th – Oskar Hansen (pictured)
32nd – Carlotta Cruesemann
34th – Henry Davison
38th – Maddie O’Shea

By Mike Leigh (Coach)

Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge

MRX Yachting & the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron invite RSYS Members and crews to submit an “Expression of Interest” to compete in the 2017 Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge running 23-26 March.

The Challenge is an invitation fleet racing event for leading yacht clubs around the world. Entries are invited from the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The Regatta will be organised by RNZYS and Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club as part of the Auckland Regatta.

The event will be sailed in 11 identical Farr 10.2 metre MRX Yachts each with six crew. There will be one practice day and three race days. Up to 13 windward leeward and harbour course races will be held on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

This strict one design racing provides the very best crew vs crew competition! The boats are ready to sail and cannot be altered, so all you need to bring is an able crew and your sailing gear.

More information here

If any Members are interested in submitting a crew please contact the Sailing Office or submit an Expression of Interest through the event website.



Sean Langman Presentation

RSYS Member, blue water racer and wooden boat enthusiast Sean Langman will give a talk on Wednesday 25 entitled "Cruising Preparation from Ocean Racing". All Members and guests welcome.

Sean will speak about how he successfully combined his twin passions by taking his 1932 gaff-rigged cruising yacht ​Maluka of Kermandie to Hobart this season. He will discuss the challenges he faced, from the structural to achieving Cat 1 compliance.

Sean is a man of many talents: he is well known through his boatyard business Noakes; his wooden boat restoration business in Tasmania; and for skippering the Australian GC32 foiling catamaran in the recent Extreme Sailing Series hosted by RSYS.

Photo credit: Rene Chapman

Event details
Date: Wednesday 25 January
Venue: Carabella Room
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. We will meet in the Members Bar from 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Why not stay for dinner afterwards in the CCA and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017

In 2017 the club again lends its support to the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta (SHR) with club Saturday racing being put on hold to allow our competitors the opportunity to sail in this brilliant harbour wide regatta. 

Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the 1960's, as a response to growing fleet numbers  initiated the Middle Harbour Regatta which saw 469 yachts of various sizes racing in 12 classes on Middle Harbour. The Regatta drew large crowds to the foreshores and the highlight was the "cock of the harbour" race off between the class champions using a yardstick handicap. It is in the spirit of this competitive and high profile past that Middle Harbour Yacht Club presents, the Sydney Harbour Regatta raced on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The event will deliver a full weekend of competitive yacht racing on the 4th and 5th March 2017.

In 2017 we see the Sydney Harbour Regatta, in its 12th year, as the largest keelboat regatta in Australia with an expected 250 plus boats vying for the podium place.

For all RSYS competitors there is plenty of opportunities to get involved in some quality racing. All entries and document for this regatta can be found on the Sydney Harbour Regatta website at