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COVID-19 Updates

9 July 2020

COVID-19 safety reminder

Dear Members,

As delighted as we are to welcome you back to enjoy our Club's facilities and amenities, we urge you to observe all guidelines to avoid another lock-down situation. 

If you have a high risk of COVID-19, have symptoms of the virus (even if mild) or live with someone who has, please do not come to the club.

The Dining Room and Careening Cove are open; room capacity is restricted.  Table bookings are limited to 20 guests in the CCA and 10 guests in the Carabella Dining Room, and advance bookings are essential. On the day of your visit to the clubhouse, please complete a Dining Contact Form. We will take your temperature as you enter the club. 

Private functions, Weddings and Conferencing opportunities are also now available, limits on guest numbers may apply.  Please contact our Functions Department to discuss the options. 

The RSYS team.


 

1 July 2020

Clubhouse Dining arrangements

Please note that in accordance with current regulations, 4 square metres must be allowed for each person on premise, table bookings are limited to 20 guests, and only with advanced bookings. 

We are required by the Authorities to gather contact details for every Member and guest before they enter our premises. On the day of your visit to the Clubhouse, please complete a Dining Contact Form to help us to streamline the signing-in process. Our staff will be on hand at the Club entrance to assist you and your guests if required. 

Complete the Dining Contact Form here

Please note, completion of the Dining Contact Form is not a booking. 
 

17 June 2020

The NSW Health authorities have announced further relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions as they relate to recreational boating. 

Sailing clubs are required to undertake a detailed risk assessment and mitigation program taking into account the current COVID-19 restrictions and how we can best comply “where practical” to protect the health of our staff, Members and their families.  Unfortunately, there will be no return to “normal operations” for some time yet and some restrictions will stay in place. 

A reminder that no matter what steps the Club can put in place, Skippers are ultimately responsible for their boats and the safety of the crew. It is important, that from a community perspective, we are all seen to honour both the letter and spirit of the rules which have been designed to protect us all.  Part of our COVID-19 Safe program is educating skippers and crew regarding safe practices on and off their boats.  All skippers accessing boats from RSYS are asked to complete the following:

COVID-19 Skipper Training



All Members wishing to access boats from RSYS are also reminded:

  • To use the tender service, please make a booking with our Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800
  • When participating in organised racing, crew lists and COVID-19 declarations are made via SailSys prior to 10am on race day
  • When participating in organised dinghy training, sailors must be registered in advance here

 

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Australian Sailing in pursuing negotiations with the NSW authorities which have allowed the early return to sailing activities in the harbourThere has also been a very cooperative and supportive liaison between clubs, particularly the CYCA, RSYS, RANSA, MHYC, RPAYC, RMYCBB, SASC, MYC and RPEYC who have collaborated weekly since the pandemic hit.


 

From 13 June 2020

  • Twenty-person limit per boat and social distancing of 1.5m required where reasonably practicable.
  • All activities are required to be non-contact and social distancing of 1.5m maintained where reasonably practicable (Hugging, sitting shoulder to shoulder on the rail/in the cockpit isn’t acceptable, crossing with 1.5m during a tack etc is ok)
  • Recreational boating is exempt from the 4mrule whilst afloat, however the skipper needs to ensure those on board maintain 1.5m social distancing where reasonably practicable
  • Competition is permitted
  • Training is permitted however clubs are required to limit activities to small individual groups with a maximum of 20 participants (inclusive of coaches and support staff);
  • Not more than 1 person per 4mon club grounds and within facilities
  • Change rooms and showers are open for use (RSYS has an elevated cleaning regime)
  • Current Public Health Order needs to be complied with at all times


 

From 1 July 2020 (subject to change)

  • Full contact allowed during training and competition with no limits on crew numbers.
  • Recreational boating is still exempt from the 4mrule whilst afloat, however the skipper needs to ensure those on board maintain social distancing where reasonably practicable whilst not engaged in competition or training.
  • Change rooms and showers are open for use (RSYS has an elevated cleaning regime)
  • Contact tracing record must be kept for all participants, spectators, officials, coaches, staff, contractors, and visitors.
     

The NSW Office of Sport has advised Australian Sailing that the NSW Government will not be following the National Cabinet endorsed Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on Friday 1 May 2020. It will instead rely solely on the NSW Public Health Orders.


 

11 June 2020

Private Functions

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer small private dining functions, so you may celebrate with canapés and bubbly or host a private dinner party.

Please note:

  • Max 10 guests per booking
  • Hosts will be asked to complete a Dining Contact Form
  • We regret Conference bookings are not yet available.

View our Functions menus here

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10 June 2020

Dear Combined Clubs Winter Competitors

Further to last weekend's communication in regards to recording crew contacts, crew details can now be recorded in our race management system, SailSys.
 
As per the NSW Government COVID-19 guidelines, RSYS is obliged to ensure that all skippers provide the Club with a crew contact list for all participants sailing in an RSYS event. The basic steps the skipper needs to complete are:

1.    Log into to your SailSys profile https://app.sailsys.com.au/login
2.    Via your SailSys dashboard (on the left click on account to get the drop down menu and then select crew)
3.    Select the race you wish to allocate crew
4.    Enter the basic contact details of the crew (name, email address and phone number). Whilst the form asks for the Australian Sailing number, this field is not mandatory.
5.    Once a crew member is created for your boat they can be easily selected from the pool of crew for subsequent races.
Select this link for full details on how to complete the crew list via SailSys. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to give the Sailing Office a call on 9017 0152.

All skippers are required to keep crew lists up to date. Any changes must be made prior to 1000 hours on each day that the boat intends to race. Boats not complying with this requirement shall be scored DNC.

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3 June 2020

Our Clubhouse has re-opened!

The Careening Cove offers breakfast and lunch every day and dinner on Saturday evenings.

The Dining Room serves lunch on Fridays, and dinner from Tuesday to Friday. 

Please note that in accordance with current regulations, each venue can only seat 50 diners, table bookings are limited to 10 guests, and only with advanced bookings.

Around the Club: 
Our smaller reception rooms (Bennelong, Milson, Shell Cove etc) remain closed for the time being but we are hopeful that we will be able to re-open these soon.

The Fort Denison Cellar is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

The Elamang and Peel Street apartments are open, however the House rooms remain closed.

More information here

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3 June 2020

Return to COVIDSafe Sailing

Information for Sailors 
Recreational boating is now permitted under the NSW Government Public Health Orders, however these orders may be reversed if boaters are seen to be disregarding the requirements for social distancing or clubs become a source of transmission. 

RSYS is pleased to be able to re-commence sailing during June, but COVID-19 is still with us and the way we sail needs to adapt. We are all obliged to work together to fight the transmission of the virus, so the club has introduced some new requirements for racing. 

At Home 
•    If you are a person with high risk of COVID-19, or have symptoms of the Virus (even if mild), stay at home 
•    It is strongly recommended that all sailors download the Australian Government COVID-19 contact tracing app (COVIDSafe) and keep it active at all times 
•    Any tasks that can be done at home, should be done at home (e.g. crew briefing, debriefing, getting dressed for sailing etc.) 

Before Racing 
To provide for possible tracing, all competing boats are required to register all their crew details (Boat name, crew name and contact number) before each race. The penalty for not registering before the start of racing is disqualification from the race.
To register online visit https://www.rsys.com.au/covid-19/crew-contacts 

Ashore 
The “new normal” for sailing at RSYS and other NSW clubs is GET IN, SAIL & GET OUT.....  
For the foreseeable future there will be no prizegiving get-togethers after sailing.

•    Arrive dressed and ready to sail 
•    Minimise the use of change rooms, bathrooms and communal areas 
•    Shower at home instead of at the Club 
•    The 4m2 rule applies ashore and sailors should maintain at least 1.5m distance 
•    Avoid congregating on the lawn, on the hardstand, waiting for the tender, on the pontoons 
•    Hand hygiene stations are available at a number of locations 

The CCA is open however table bookings must be made in advance to be seated.   For Saturday and Sunday, takeaway sandwiches, sausage rolls, pies, coffee and takeaway drinks will be available from the bar. 

Everyone entering the clubhouse will have to register their name and contact details. 
Please visit https://www.rsys.com.au/covid-19/dining-contacts

Afloat 
•    There is a maximum of 10 persons aboard any boat 
•    Where possible, sailors should maintain at least 1.5m distance apart 
•    No stacking the rail – crew must remain at least 1.5m apart while on the rail 
•    No unnecessary body contact (e.g. hand shaking, high fives) 
•    No sharing of drink bottles, clothing, food and towels etc. 
•    Avoid sharing of equipment – bring your own lifejacket, gloves etc. 
•    No spinnakers while racing,

Tender Service
Carriage is limited to one tender skipper and two passengers.  The pick-up area on the inner pontoon is clearly marked with signage.  We kindly ask that you are patient with our Waterfront staff who are running the tender service and maintain social distancing whilst waiting. 

To minimise the wait and reduce tender service demand a designated area on the inner pontoon will be available for the essential movement of crew or equipment to or from your vessel. Keeping the inner pontoon clear other than for these quick drop and go will allow access for a greater number of vessels.  Dockmasters will be available to assist. 

Outer Pontoon 
Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.  

Boat owners must use the area specifically demarcated for yachts. Our Dock Master will restrict the number of vessels in the Pond at any time and will seek assurances that the number of persons onboard complies with current guidelines. 

Boats are welcome to stay in the Pond for up to two hours only. They must be secured with your own dock lines and may not be left unattended. There is no overnight berthing available. Members may borrow the hoses and dock trollies stored with the Dock Master but must sanitise them prior to return. Boat owners are reminded to ensure their passengers observe social distancing rules whilst on the Pontoon.

It is mandatory to call on VHF 73 on approach and before docking on the Outer Pontoon.  
Strict use of VHF radio is requested to ensure docking is co-ordinated.  
 

Hardstand and Dinghy storage
Members may access their personal vessels stored at the club and launch them for sailing in the area specifically demarcated for these boats.

Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.

The Jib Cranes may be used for launch and retrieval, provided social distancing rules are observed. The dock master will operate the cranes to ensure contamination is reduced.

Optis and Lasers may be launched from the Pond in the area specifically demarcated for Dinghies, provided social distancing rules are observed. To ensure the launching ramps are located appropriately, it is essential to notify the Waterfront office when intending to launch and for sailors to acknowledge that RSYS is not able to provide an on-water safety support.

Social distancing  - 1.5 metres, hygiene and adequate spacing (1 person per 4m2) must be maintained at all times.    Remember – Everyone participates at their own risk.
 

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29 May 2020

The RSYS Clubhouse is gradually re-opening and we are working to provide a safe environment for Members, Guests and Staff. Please read our COVID Risk Mitigation Policy. 

COVID Risk Mitigation Policy

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28 May 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Clubhouse restaurants are gradually re-opening for Members and their guests to enjoy. Please note that in accordance with current regulations, each venue can only seat 50 diners, and only with advanced bookings.

The Careening Cove will re-open on Monday 1 June serving breakfast and lunch every day and dinner on Saturday evenings.

The Dining Room will re-open on Tuesday 2 June serving lunch on Fridays, and dinner from Tuesday to Friday. 

Make a reservation here

COVID contact tracing
We are required by the Authorities to gather contact details for every Member and guest before they enter our premises. On the day of your visit to the Clubhouse, please complete a Dining Contact Form to help us to streamline the signing-in process. Our staff will be on hand at the Club entrance to assist you and your guests if required. 

On the day of your visit, please complete this Dining Contact Form

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27 May 2020

Note to Skippers

Please assist us to comply with COVID regulations by completing the Crew Contacts Form before every sailing event.

Crew Contacts Form 

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21 May 2020

Sailing to recommence 6 June

Following a meeting this morning between Sydney area yacht club Commodores, we are pleased to announce that recreational boating, training and sailing competition will recommence from the Squadron on Saturday 6 June.

This news is 'hot off the press' and we will publish a fuller update, including appropriate new risk management procedures, on this page.  In the meantime, please note there have been new procedures introduced when accessing the Club and the Pond.  These procedures are essential for the protection of both our Members and staff so we encourage everyone to take the time to read the latest updates.
 
Again, we thank all Members for their forbearance and support during these challenging times. Through our many online offerings, we are hoping to keep our community connected. If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us via an email to rsys@rsys.com.au.

Captain Karyn Gojnich

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15 May 2020

Re-opening of the Squadron Stage 1 (Updated from 14 May)


Current RSYS Operations

From Friday 15th May 2020 the NSW Government’s easing of restrictions will take effect. RSYS welcomes these relaxations as a club we are emerging from hibernation very cautiously to ensure the Club is a safe location for Members.  We encourage all members to download the COVIDSafe app and help play an important role in curbing the spread of the virus.

Please note the following conditions remain in place and must be abided by:

  • Social distancing, 1.5 metres and hygiene, and with adequate spacing (1 person per 4m2).
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Members visiting the Club to use the Waterfront facilities will be required to book in advance and also sign in at the start of each visit so the Club can maintain a register of who has been on site for possible subsequent ‘tracing’. 


Waterfront Services 

The tender service is operating seven days a week during Waterfront operating hours:

Weekdays 7.30am – 4pm

Weekends   8am – 5pm

The Tender service will run from the Outer Pontoon on weekdays but move to the Inner Pontoon on weekends  Carriage is limited to one tender skipper and two passengers from the same household.  The pick-up area is clearly marked with signage.  We kindly ask that you are patient with our Waterfront staff who are running the tender service and maintain social distancing whilst waiting. Please call 0405 971 800 on approach to minimise the wait.

We regret that the Walker Bay dinghies are not currently available.


Outer Pontoon

Members may access and use the outer pontoon for the purpose of maintaining and preparing their boats in anticipation of the resumption of sailing. Please note this permission does not extend to sub-contractors. 

Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.

It is mandatory to call on VHF 73 on approach and before docking on the Outer Pontoon.  
Strict use of VHF radio is requested to ensure docking is co-ordinated.  The Inner Pontoon arm is closed.

Boat owners must use the area specifically demarcated for yachts. Our Dock Master will restrict the number of vessels in the Pond at any time and will seek assurances that the number of persons onboard complies with current guidelines. 

Boats are welcome to stay in the Pond for up to two hours only. They must be secured with your own dock lines and may not be left unattended. There is no overnight berthing available. Members may borrow the hoses and dock trollies stored with the Dock Master but must sanitise them prior to return. Boat owners are reminded to ensure their passengers observe social distancing rules whilst on the Pontoon.
 

Hardstand and Dinghy storage

Members may access their personal vessels stored at the club and launch them for sailing in the area specifically demarcated for these boats.

Bookings must be made in advance with the Waterfront office using the tender mobile 0405 971 800.

The Jib Cranes may be used for launch and retrieval, provided social distancing rules are observed. The dock master will operate the cranes to ensure contamination is reduced.

Optis and Lasers may be launched from the Pond in the area specifically demarcated for Dinghies, provided social distancing rules are observed. To ensure the launching ramps are located appropriately, it is essential to notify the Waterfront office when intending to launch and for sailors to acknowledge that RSYS is not able to provide an on-water safety support.

Social distancing  - 1.5 metres, hygiene and adequate spacing (1 person per 4m2) must be maintained at all times.
 

Member’s Shed

Members may access their storage lockers in the Members’ Shed, however please comply with the social distancing rules, be prompt and do not touch any items except your own. Members may not conduct DIY work in the Members’ Shed.
 

Boatshed

The Boatshed remains open for all your maintenance and repair needs. The team has undertaken an intensive program of cleaning and realigned staff shifts to minimise any risks associated with the work environment.   Our Waterfront staff are providing a complimentary daily visual inspection to Members with boats on the Hardstand, RSYS moorings and those who are signed up to the RSYS Tender service.

Please contact repairs@rsys.com.au or call 9017 0161 to discuss your requirements.

Members may not conduct DIY work on boats that are on the Hardstand for work being undertaken by the Boatshed.
 

Clubhouse

Stage 1 relaxation on dining restriction for Clubs allows up to 10 diners at a time. The Committee and Management have considered the logistics and found the options to be neither practical or equitable. We have developed a roadmap for opening the Clubhouse after the lifting of restrictions in Stage 2, that will allow up to 20 diners at a time. No doubt there will be changes to this plan between now and then as we receive new information from the Government and industry sources. Staff and Members alike are keen to re-open as soon as possible, but we will only do so once we are certain it is in the best interests of all and can be achieved safely.

Home Dining Service
The Squadron kitchen offers a variety of cooked meals for Members, both Takeaway and Home Delivery.

Monday to Friday, 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Saturdays, 12 – 2pm & 3 – 8pm (last orders 7.30pm)
Sundays, 12 – 2pm.

View menu here
 

The Fort Denison Cellar

OPEN: for take-away purchases and wine deliveries within Sydney Metro.

Please address your queries to jamie@rsys.com.au 9017 0121
 

Other areas

The Dining Room and Main Bar – CLOSED

The Careening Cove Anchorage – CLOSED

Conference rooms – CLOSED

Private dining rooms – CLOSED

Club house accommodation CLOSED

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Frequently asked questions:

Q: Can I book a future event at the club

A: Call our events coordinator Frances Allison and discuss. P:  +61 2 9017 0156 frances@rsys.com.au

 

Q: I booked a course, can I get a refund?

A: Of course, we will give you a credit towards a future course. We will publish a new schedule of course dates and times as soon as practicable. If you would prefer a refund or would like to discuss anything please contact our Sailing Academy Manager angus@rsys.com.au 9017 0154

 

Q: Can I hire a SUP?

A: Not at the present time.

 

Q: Can I hire an Elliott7?

A: Not at the present time.

 

Q: Can I hire a Club RIB?

A: Not at the present time.

 

Q: Can I hire a Club Laser?

A: Not at the present time.


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Past issues of OnBoard Weekly

7 May Message from the Rear Commodore

23 April Letter from the Rear Commodore

22 April eSailing launch

7 April 2020 Revised Notice on Waterfront Access

3 April 2020 Letter from the General Committee

27 March 2020 Update from the General Committee

23 March 2020 Letter from the Commodore

17 March 2020 Coronavirus Precautions

Squadron Keelboat Program Info Session

8 July 2020

The Squadron’s Keelboat Program will host an on-water and information session for sailors aged 13 - 23 years old who are interested in keelboat racing on Tuesday 14 July in the afternoon. The session is open to both Members and non-members, and will be led by the SKP head coach Nev Wittey. 

The on-water component of the session will provide sailors the opportunity to train on our Club's fleet of Elliott 7s sports boats and move through the various positions on the boats. Sailors will also have the opportunity to mingle with previous SKP squad members and learn about the various sailing pathways the program offers. 

The information session will be led by Nev Wittey, Zac Quinlan and RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich. This session will be used to outline the plan for the upcoming season, changes to the program and address any questions the sailors might have. Parents of sailors interested in the junior squad are also invited to attend the information session.

For more information about the Welcome Afternoon or to register for the event please click here. 

SKP Overview

The RSYS Squadron Keelboat program (SKP) was founded in 2000 and provides the opportunity for Youth sailors aged 13 – 23 years to become involved in keelboat racing at a state, national and international level. The program also places a significant emphasis on assisting sailors in getting on to larger yachts to compete in the RSYS summer and winter seasons including the offshore series. 

Open to both Members and non-members, the program utilises the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s sports boats and other Squadron owned vessels to develop the sailors boat handling skills to an advanced level. The program is coached by Nev Wittey a previous America’s Cup skipper and Olympian and supported by the SKP management team of Zac Quinlan, Angus Stranack and RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich. 

The SKP is comprised of two squads: the junior squad and the senior squad. The junior squad is targeted at dinghy sailors (13 - 18 yrs old) or previous participants of RSYS keelboat camps and introduces the sailors to keelboat racing at a state level. The senior squad is targeted at sailors (17 - 23 yrs old)who are currently competing at a national level in either dinghies or keelboats and aims to provide them with opportunities to compete at international keelboat events including on the Youth Match Racing Circuit. 

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RSYS to challenge Youth America's Cup

1 July 2020 

A syndicate of Squadron Members has launched a challenge for the Youth America’s Cup which will take place in Auckland in 2021. Youth Members Otto Henry and Maddie O'Shea have been selected to lead our entry.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), as part of its America’s Cup and 150 year anniversary celebrations, is hosting the Youth America’s Cup to coincide with the main event in Auckland in 2021.  Whilst exact dates and format for the event remain unconfirmed (given changes forced by COVID-19), the finals races are currently scheduled to overlap with the early stages of the America’s Cup finals in March.

In true NZ style, RNZYS has decided to run the event in unique boats - foiling monohulls (of course!)  Designed by the NZ America’s Cup team, they are essentially scaled down America’s Cup yachts with a (very busy) crew of two males and two females.  RNZYS has completed building the first (of six) of these boats and sailing trials commenced two weeks ago.  This event has generated global interest with RNZYS having so far received 15 entries from 12 countries.

To facilitate RSYS’s participation, a group of 10 Members have formed a syndicate to fund, select and manage the team for the event.  Managing the syndicate is Mark Johnson. The other Patrons are Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Ivan Wheen, Greg O’Shea, David Griffith, John Winning, Matthew McCann, Rob Salteri, Ian Oatley and Rupert Henry.  Between the group they have 240 years of combined Squadron membership.

The syndicate’s aims are:
•    To have RSYS appropriately represented at a world class, high profile, Youth sailing event.
•    To assist some of our best junior sailors to gain experience in global competition.
•    To foster camaraderie amongst younger and older members of RSYS and between RSYS and other global yacht clubs - sailors, officials & flag officers.
•    To play hard but fair, while aiming for a result that will make our Members proud.

With the structure and funding already in place, RSYS, via Vice Commodore Christian Brook, formally issued RNZYS with a Notice of Challenge. Their Commodore, Ian Cook, has accepted this under Article 6.4 of the Protocol.  Formality aside, Commodore Cook commented, “We are delighted to accept a challenge from a club with which we have enjoyed a very long and friendly relationship.”


Racing will be on the AC9F Kōtare (credit andrewdelves)

“These unique foiling monohulls will offer challenges like nothing previously seen, with racing more closely resembling SailGP than anything we have associated with Match Racing,” commented Mark Johnson.

To skipper our Club’s entry, the syndicate has selected young RSYS Member Otto Henry who, from a very young age, has shown himself to be a talented sailor.  Most impressive has been his ability to compete at the highest level, at younger ages than his opposition.  A few highlights of Otto’s sailing bio:  

•    2014 – 1st Australian Opti Nationals - at 11 years of age, the youngest ever winner
•    2015 – 5th Polish Opti Worlds, against a prequalified fleet of 275 sailors, he became the highest ever placed Australian and by far the youngest serious competitor.  
•    2015 – 2nd NZ Opti Nationals
•    2016 – 1st Australian Opti Nationals
•    2017 – 1st Japanese 420 Championships
•    2017 – 1st French 420 Championships
•    2017 – 1st World Champion ISAF Youth Worlds, 420 (youngest ever winner, again)
•    2017 – 1st Australian 420 Championships
•    2018 – 6th Open 420 Worlds
•    2018 – 2nd ISAF Youth Worlds, 420
•    2018 – 1st Japanese 420 Championships
•    2018 – 1st Australian 420 Championships

By the middle of 2018 Otto was too heavy for 420s and so moved to Lasers where he competed against well-established elite program competitors.
•    2019 - 5th – Australian Radial Championship. Highest placing for a new Laser sailor
•    2019 - 3rd - Kiel Week Radials
•    2020 - 2nd Australian Youth Radial Championships
•    2020 – 1st Laser Metropolitan Championship  

Otto’s attention has now turned fully to foiling boats.
 

The other crew member already selected came through the Squadron Youth Program and is one of our best youth sailors: Maddie O’Shea. She is a two times Australian representative at the ISAF Youth Worlds and has competed in multiple overseas regattas. Maddie’s recent results include: 

Australian Youth Sailing Team 2018 & 2019
•    2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships Medemblik Amsterdam 
•    2018 1st Female and 6th overall Japanese Youth Olympic Regatta 
•    2018 1st u19 Female at the Oceanic Laser Nationals 
•    2018 1st Youth Female Sail Melbourne 2018
•    2018 2nd Female at the Australian Youth Championships 
•    2018 12th World Sailing Youth Worlds Texas 
•    2018 1st Youth Female, 3rd Female and 7th overall at Sail Sydney 
•    2018 32nd Laser Radial Youth Worlds Kiel Germany
•    2018 RSYS Yachtswoman of the year 
•    2019 2nd Female Radial Australian Youth Nationals 
•    2019 2nd Place (overall) and 1st Place (Female) - NSW/ACT States (Laser/ILAC Radial Class)
•    2019 3rd Female Youth Laser Nationals 
•    2019 23rd Laser Radial European championships 
•    2019 3rd National Sailing League and 1st Youth Team
•    2019 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta (helms person) 5th.
  


Of late, Maddie has been match racing with her all female RSYS crew (credit Darcie Collington)


The challenges faced by this team in mounting a campaign in such a high-profile event are significant, particularly given the uniqueness of the boats.  It is early days, and while many questions remain, the Patrons are applying significant yachting and organizational experience to give the best chance to make this RSYS challenge successful.

“We look forward to providing Members with updates on our progress in the coming months,” concluded Johnson.

More information about the event and a video showcasing the new AC9F can be found on the RNZYS website here
 

 

 

Winter Series underway

16 June 2020.

The opening race of the Combined Clubs Winter Series was held on Saturday 13 June.

David Ross from 'alouette' writes, "Clearly the pent-up demand to get out on the water after weeks of Covid-19 enforced isolation was on show on Saturday with a huge fleet of 74 yachts milling around the start line raring to go.

"Unfortunately the weather gods, while producing a warm and sunny day, failed to realise that wind is an essential requirement for a racing yacht and, as is typical for winter racing, caused the race starts to be delayed by one hour.

"Once the light north-easterly breeze materialised, Rob Ridley and the Race Management Team were able to set a start line and get all five divisions away.  The race was shortened at the second mark and all yachts bar one crossed the finish line with some close racing on display."

Tony Coleman of Euphoria was peased to win Spinnaker Division 1, "It was very pleasing to see a large fleet out again on Saturday for the first race of the Combined Clubs Winter Series post-COVID.

"After a delayed start, a gentle NNE sea breeze filled in and enabled a shortened race to be successfully sailed on a beautiful sunny day on the water. In Division 1 with spinnakers (although no spinnakers were allowed that day), About Time, Euphoria and Forty filled the first three places on the water, with Euphoria winning on corrected time after making the most of a good start in clear air at the pin end of the line."

Stuart McLean of Solveig II won Non-spinnaker Division 1. “A great boat end start put the crew under pressure to keep us near the lead. They did a fantastic job of optimising our sail trim, the online Norths tutorials in recent weeks helped to give us an ideal windward leg to BB. Thanks to Alby and Half Ounce for all the tips and to RSYS for organising the talks."

Division 1 Spinnaker
1        7133    Euphoria    Anthony Coleman    RSYS    
2        FAUS66    Balmain Tiger    Brian Wood    BSC    
3        505    Alouette    Mark Kirby    RSYS

Division 2 Spinnaker
1        5651    Zin Zin    Stephen Mc Gowan    SASC    
2        2131    Tingari    John Jeremy    SASC    
3        5148    Agent 88    Stephen Ellis    RSYS

Non-Spinnaker Division 1
1        38038    Solveig II    David / Stuart McLean    RSYS    
2        SYD25    Carabella V    Matthew McCann    RSYS    
3        6827    Takana    David Seaton    RSYS

Non-Spinnaker Division 2
1        21    Ciara    Paul Williams    RSYS
2        364    Paper Moon    Denis Williams    SASC    
3        6847    Hyperion II    Ian Shepherd    RANSA

Classic Division
1        30 KA400    Scarlett O'Hara    Robert Skol    RANSA    
2        A16    Mister Christian    David Salter    SASC    
3        A1    Ranger    Shaun McKnight    SASC

View full results here

Photos by John Jeremy,
 

Back Racing!

10 June 2020 Twenty two boats and more than 120 sailors joined us for last Saturday’s Sailing reboot.  The sun was out and there were smiles all around despite the general lack of wind on the Harbour.  A shortened course was signaled for the pursuit race and the smaller limit boats started at 12 noon in approximately 5 knots from the north west. 

Andrew Parkes from North Sails joined us on the water as a follow up to the Sail Trim Webinars.  Tips for boats in the light conditions included; ease the main halyard, soften up the luff, double check the vang was not too tight and ensure there was no tension on the back stay.


 
Thanks to the crews that joined us including Agent 88, Alouette, Beowulf, Can Can, Coco HYC17, Euphoria, Gail Force, Genovefa, Gunga Din, Hell Razer, KIRSTEN III, Lively, Much Ado, Norske, Phoebe, Senta, Solange, Solveig II, Takana, Tom Thumb, Viva la Vita, Vivace and ZigZag2.  Unfortunately the race was eventually officially abandoned when the breeze died completely.  Most boats got close to Shark Island and based on times that were unofficially taken at the Shark Island first around was Agent 88 (Steve Ellis), followed by Beowulf (Stafford Watts) and then Norske (Robert Dickson).  We look forward to contesting the Revonah Cup next year over the June long weekend in 2021. 
 
Many thanks also to John Maclurcan and Rob Ridley for running the race for us.

 By Karyn Gojnich