‘Ladies of the Sea’ Coaching Regatta open for entries

The Notice of Race has been posted and entries are open for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s inaugural ‘Ladies of the Sea’ coaching regatta. The two day event on Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 is open to keelboats, and one design Elliott 7s, Ynglings and J70s. Boats can participate with an all female crew or female helm with a mixed crew and choose to use a spinnaker or not.

For all participants, across racing and race management, the event will aim to challenge and nurture crews with mentors providing the opportunity for all to enhance their capabilities, build confidence and develop skills on the water.

Racing will be conducted with short windward/leeward courses on Sydney Harbour both afternoons. In the morning, notable Australian yachtswomen will provide coaching sessions and in-boat mentoring. To ease our participants into the day, we will hold Hatha style Yoga sessions on the Club lawns overlooking the harbour. 

The event is the brainchild of Squadron Captain and Olympian Karyn Gojnich who was inspired by similar dinghy coaching events in Victoria. “RSYS has run Ladies Twilights on Sydney Harbour for 15 years and our community of passionate female sailors has grown tremendously in this time. During the 2018-19 season we had more than 180 sailors in yachts ranging from 20ft to 50ft most Tuesday nights. The time is right to up the ante with a full regatta including sailors from other clubs. My aim is to develop confidence and skills for Sailors, Coaches, Instructors and Race Officials,” said Karyn.

The Squadron is an accredited Australian Discover Sailing Centre and runs a packed schedule of introductory keelboat sailing courses popular with women of all abilities and ages. “We hold ladies only classes, branded as ‘Ladies of the Sea’ (LOTS), specifically to encourage women into our sport in a nurturing and supportive environment. Graduates are invited to join our Paspaley Tuesday Twilights for a taste of the camaraderie and exhilaration of racing. It is extremely rewarding to see our ladies grow from crew to helm and some eventually become boat owners too,” Karyn added.

The event will wrap up with a formal dinner ‘Inspirational Women in Sailing’ on Sunday evening. Our partner Paspaley will award beautiful pearl jewellery prizes, and we will hear from some of Australia’s most prominent female sailors including Olympians Lisa Darmanin and Lucinda Whitty, Ocean Respect Racing’s Vanessa Dudley and Katie Pellew-Spithill, and Australian Sailing’s Chief Keelboat Instructor Nikkie Jones.

Full media release here

Program & NOR here

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RSYS wins the NYYC Cup!

Three races were completed overnight with no shortage of drama on the race course, and ultimately Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron claimed the title as this year’s champion. The Invitational Cup will head down under!

Results here
Team profile

     
 

The successful Squadron team comprised: 
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Male Helmsperson), Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis, Marlena Berzins, Nicholas Cleary, Christopher Cook (Male Boat Captain) (*non RSYS), Michael Dunstan, David Edwards, Tom King (Tactician), Greg O'Shea, Ivan Wheen.  

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Media release

Royal Sydney Shines on Challenging Final Day and Takes the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Down Under

NEWPORT, R.I. — It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing's most-prized trophies, the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and San Diego Yacht Club started the 12th and final race separated by six points, which was anything but a safe margin in this competitive 20-boat fleet. The Australian team had the edge in the overall standings, but skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team put the regatta title right in play with a sub-par start while San Diego bolted to the head of the fleet and was, for a while, back in the virtual regatta lead.

Using the superior boatspeed and sterling tactical that had gotten them out of trouble all regatta, Royal Sydney ground back into the top 10 and then into the top five, leaving San Diego hoping for a miracle that wouldn't come. The RSYS team was simply too polished. After 12 races in a full range of conditions, they sailed through the final finish line in fourth place to become the first Southern Hemisphere club to win the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

"It's unbelievable," said Belgiorno-Nettis shortly after a dockside celebration with his team. "You can't describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia, to be able to put a team together who I love dearly, every one of them, starting with my wife, to actually win a championship like this. The New York Yacht Club Invitational is one of great regattas in the world." 

Save for one bad race on the regatta's third day, the San Diego Yacht Club team had sailed a nearly flawless regatta through nine races. Even though they carried a one-point lead into the final day, it was hard to bet against the youthful West Coast team. But then came the second windward mark rounding of today's first race. With Royal Sydney rounding ahead, in third place, San Diego tried to squeeze just too much out of a thin layline and ended up pasted to the windward mark while the bulk of the fleet sailed past. A certain top-10 finish became an 18th.

Now trailing first place by 13 points, SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks and crew showed remarkable reslience with a win in the second race while Belgiorno-Nettis and crew (at left) struggled to an eighth. That brought the title back into reach for the final race. With the pressure on, the Australians rose to the occasion.

"Luckily for us, we're good in the [stronger winds] and there was quite a lot of wind in that last race, and we were able to get the boat rumbling," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "Mike Dunstan, my main trimmer, and my other trimmer on jib, David Edwards, they just set up the boat so it was easy for me to sail. I could just punch the numbers out. It’s all about being consistent. So we were able to chip our way up from quite deep. We were in 12th at the start and ended up in fourth. That was pretty good. Occasionally I’d look around and see where people are…think to myself ‘oh how did that happen?'"

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments lower in the standings. Anthony O'Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club team once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork's first Invitational Cup podium.

"We're absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special," said O'Leary. "We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you're thinking, 'They're may be two more races, maybe one.' Things seemed to go better and better for us. We're delighted."

Another team that spent the day on the up escalator was the crew representing the host New York Yacht Club (at right), led by co-skippers Andy Fisher and Ray Wulff. After a very up-and-down regatta, the team found its groove on the final day. With three solid races, including a wire-to-wire win in the day's first race, Fisher, Wulff and Co. moved from 10th to sixth in the overall standings.

"As a team we just came together, and each day we were getting stronger and stronger," said Wulff. "Today we just felt, 'You know what, we've just got to go out there and sail as strong as we can.' Representing the Club, we wanted to make sure we finished on a strong note."

The regatta closed with a spectacular Rolex Awards Banquet on Harbour Court. Regardless of finish, it was a time for to celebrate a week of great sailing against friends old and new. 

The next Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be sailed in September of 2021. The request for invitation process will begin before the end of the year. For U.S. yacht clubs, next September's Resolute Cup is the only path to securing an invitation to the big show in 2021. 
 

Photos @ROLEX / Daniel Forster
 

SailGP returning to RSYS in 2020

Following the successful launch of the SailGP series in Sydney earlier this year, the Squadron has again been selected to host key elements of the Sydney event in February 2020.

Media release:

Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year – when Sydney kicked-off the global league’s inaugural season – SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2. Tickets for Sydney SailGP will go on sale November 1. 

SailGP, the annual global championship, currently features teams representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States. 

SailGP’s 50-foot flying catamarans – the fastest sail racing boats in the world – are piloted by some of the world’s best sailors, including Australian Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, who is currently leading the inaugural season heading into the Season 1 Grand Final next weekend in Marseille, France. Slingsby became the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during an action-packed race last month at Cowes SailGP. 

“Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level,” said Slingsby. “There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney. It’s one of my favorite places to sail and to win this year was the perfect start to our season. We’ll be aiming to make it a repeat victory next year.”

“Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch SailGP earlier this year on every level – the iconic harbor backdrop, the competition, the fans – and we can’t wait to return,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails, and other exciting upgrades on the F50s. The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive, and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheater to showcase these incredible athletes and boats.”

More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team win the historic home event on Sydney Harbour in February 2019. Overall, the landmark event reached 96 million people worldwide.

Recognizing the benefit of the event – which saw US$21 million spent in relation to Sydney SailGP and a total economic impact of US$18 million – Tourism Australia is supporting SailGP for 2020. Sydney SailGP will help promote Australia as a tourist and major events destination, and drive visitor growth and expenditure.

“It’s fantastic that New South Wales continues to attract major sporting events and we are delighted to welcome SailGP back for the second time," said Minister for Sport John Sidoti. “I encourage all fans to get out and see the Australia SailGP Team take on the world’s best sailors next February on Sydney Harbour.”

Next week, the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final will take place in Marseille, culminating with the season’s top two teams going head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all US$1 million prize. Following Season 1 events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes (UK), Slingsby leads the overall standings by four points ahead of fellow Australian Olympic gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, helm of the Japan SailGP Team. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Marseille

 

ABOUT SAILGP

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and New York, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). Visit SailGP.com for more information.

 

 

Wine-Dark Sea wins at Magnetic Island


Wine-Dark Sea finally broke the second place barrier of previous years to score overall victory in Division 2 at Townsville Yacht Club’s SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.  

Peter Lowndes with a mostly RSYS team said it was 'An awesome week's sailing at Magnetic Island Race Week with an awesome crew. A true champion team. 

'There were tears when we crossed the final finish line and realised we had the win. Tears as we all remembered Sarah who would have loved to have been here sailing and celebrating the win.'

Despite being one of the smallest boats in division 2, Wine-Dark Sea sailed as the scratch boat for most of the week. The WDS crew took line honours in 3 of the 5 races and were on the podium for all but one race despite their handicap increasing by more than 10% over the regatta. Results of 1-3-3-(8)-2 won them the regatta by two points from Ian Edwards’ Wings (NSW), a relatively new Dehler 46 with carbon rig, and third placed Robbo Robertson's It’s Time. 

Said Pete of his Lyons 49, 'Not too shabby for a 17 year old alloy rigged cruising boat! That's the first time we’ve been called a lightweight flyer.'


A fitting celebration for this wonderful crew


At the presentation event, the crew of Wine-Dark Sea were also awarded the inaugural 'Sarah Goddard-Jones' trophy.  Nominated by the fleet, the award is for the team best representing the spirit of the regatta, the crew who most embodies Sarah's ethos for seamanship and sportsmanship above all else.

Magnetic Island Race Week was held from 29 August to 4 September with five days of racing on Cleveland Bay.  This year the regatta attracted 76 boats from around Australia.  

For all information and full results: www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au
Regatta dates for next year 27 August to 2 September 2020.

Glorious Opening Day 


Thank you to all our Members who attended the Squadron's 157th Season Opening Day last Sunday. 

Commodore David Ward greeted the assembled audience of VIPs and Members and launched proceedings by firing the cannon from the Youth lawn. The participants in the Parade of Sail saluted the Commodore, boats decorated, bunting flying and sporting all manner of fancy dress. 

Congratulations to our winners: 

Best Dressed Boat - Mercier, James Merrington
Best Dressed Crew - Rapunzel, Richard & Sandy Lawson
Best Dressed Boat & Crew - Margaret Rintoul, Bruce Gould 
Commodore’s award (people’s choice) - Much Ado, Richard Brooks & Co


Mercier


Rapunzel

many thanks to Amanda Hicks, Karyn Gojnich and John Jeremy who took photos of the day's proceeedings,
You may view their photos here.