RSYS Members win the Etchells Worlds (again!)

Squadron Members Iain Murray and Richie Allanson have won the 2019 Etchells World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA along with fellow crew member, well known Sydney yachtsman Colin Beashel, in their boat Havoc.  The Havoc team were clinical in their sailing all through the event and led the regatta from the end of day one and continued to lead the regatta everyday thereafter to comfortably win the event by two points from their fellow Australians on Magpie: RSYS Member James Mayo, sailing with Graeme Taylor and Tom Slingsby.

It was a fantastic regatta for all the competing RSYS teams who finished in the top half of the 37 strong fleet, drawn from across the globe and featuring previous Etchells world champions, Olympic gold medalists and America's cup sailors. The excellent performances by all of the RSYS Etchells teams at the World Championships highlights the enormous depth of talent amongst the RSYS Etchells fleet; the Squadron has now producing back to back Etchells Worlds champions for two years in a row following on from Martin Hill's (our 2019 Yachtsman of the year) win at the 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane. Martin and his crew finished a very respectable 8th in the 2019 event.

Congratulations to all the RSYS Members on great results.

View full results here

RSYS Members to compete at Etchells Worlds

Good luck to all RSYS Members competing in the 2019 Etchells Worlds commencing on Tuesday 25 June through to Saturday 29 June in Corpus Christi Texas USA. This fleet of 37 strict one design boats is red hot and features many past and current world champions and Olympians.

Leading the Squadron charge at this event and defending his current Etchells World Champion title is Martin Hill, our Club's 2019 Yachtsman of the Year.

Also helming her own boat at the Etchells Worlds event is RSYS Member Jeanne-Claude Strong. Joining her is crew mate and Club Member Marcus Burke.

Another Squadron Member helming their own boat is Iain Murray who last week ran the Sail GP event in New York. Sailing with Iain is fellow Member Richie Allanson.

RSYS Member Mark Johnson also will also sailing onboard his boat Roulette with former Etchells world champion Jud Smith helming.

Good luck all!

All boats will be equipped with a tracking device…you can watch live race tracking here.

Races will be available for replay at the same link.

Pictures and videos will be posted on the Corpus Christi Yacht Club Facebook page (and Instagram) @ccyachtclub as they are available. 



AS State awards finalists announced

The Squadron is delighted to reveal our Members who have been shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Sailing NSW/ACT Awards, acknowledging their sporting achievements and service to our sailing community.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 6 July at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
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Martin Hill 
David Chapman

Karyn Gojnich

Ryan Littlechild & Jack Ferguson 
Brooke Wilson
Will Cooley
Otto Henry 

Joyce Warn

Ian Kingsford-Smith 

.Good luck all!


Japan pips Aussies at New York SailGP

In front of large crowds lining the waterfront in downtown Manhattan, the Japan SailGP Team – helmed by double Olympic medalist and RSYS Member Nathan Outteridge – beat off strong competition from Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team to win its first event in the inaugural SailGP season.

An intense final match race took place between the two notorious rivals on the Hudson River racecourse, which saw drama before the start as the high-powered F50s, capable of intense speeds, made contact. A penalty to Australia saw Japan eventually get the better of the season’s leaders and take the victory in New York.

“Here we knew it would be a challenge and what I am really proud about is that our whole team focused every single step of the way,” said Outteridge. “I am relieved because we really needed a win, we deserved to win, and I am proud of everyone’s effort. The Aussies are, without a doubt, the team to beat, and I think now we are starting to even out the playing field and can’t wait until Cowes.”

New York’s urban landscape provided an extra challenge for the world-class athletes this week as they battled shifting breezes and varied wind speeds on a smaller, more challenging racecourse. Boat handling and maneuvering on the foils was significantly more of a factor than ever before as the boats flew around the Hudson at the fastest speeds yet seen on SailGP, with the Australia team hitting a top speed of 48.69 knots (nearly 60 mph). It was the superior adaptability of the Japanese team that won the event on the Hudson.

“It was tough conditions, but the Japan team was better. They’ve been better than us the last two days, and they deserve the win,” said Slingsby. “The way this sport has gone, and the way Nathan and my careers have gone has been amazing, and we’re so happy to be here racing each other; unfortunately, it’s on different teams, but it also makes it more fun.”

Team Japan celebrate

The United States SailGP Team, led by Rome Kirby, gave the estimated 30,000 people lining the shore a reason to cheer when they crossed the finish line first in race five. Scoring its first ever SailGP win on home turf was a special moment for the United States SailGP Team, and a move that placed the crew third overall at the event.

“The boys were pretty fired up to go racing today, and it showed,” said Kirby. “To win a race is awesome but we want to win events. But we’re happy to be on the podium, and it was awesome to see the crowd out there.”

Only one point separates Japan and Australia on the Season 1 leaderboard, but now four teams have proved they are capable of winning races, putting the pressure on for the next event in Cowes.

One team that will be looking forward to racing in Cowes is the Great Britain SailGP Team, which suffered a capsize on the Hudson that significantly damaged its wingsail. The British will be eager for redemption in front of their hometown crowd at the first European event of SailGP’s inaugural season.

“It’s been a disappointing weekend all in all for us – we learned a lot from our capsize yesterday, and I’m proud as a team of how we came back after that setback,” said helmsman Dylan Fletcher.

SailGP’s next stop is Cowes, UK, over the weekend of August 10-11, when the home of British sailing will be able to witness the intense racing and awe-inspiring speeds of the F50s.

>> final leaderboard can be found here

>> watch the highlights video here

SailGP in New York

The action is moving to the Hudson River, known for the changing wind shifts through the Manhattan skyscrapers, strong currents and tidal flow, which will test the world-class athletes to their limits. Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team has a target on its back heading into New York. Who will come out on top? 

Members and their guests are invited to watch the racing on the TV in the CCA at 7am on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June. 

>> catch up on the highlights from Sydney and San Francisco