Youth Laser Success

Well done to all the RSYS sailors who took part in the Laser NSW State Championship over the weekend. It was super to have such a large turn out and to see the continued improvements the sailors have made through their training.

In particular we applaud Marlena Berzins for winning the Radial and Finn Alexander for taking out the Standard divisions.

The regatta was run by Double Bay Sailing Club who conducted six races over the two day event.

For more information about joining our Club's Laser racing or training programs, please contact the RSYS sailing office or call Locky Pryor on 9017 0154.

RSYS overall results are shown below:

4.7s (25 entries):
2 - Brooke Wilson
3 - Mina Ferguson
4 - Jack Ferguson
6 - Sylvie Chris Stannage
7 - Daniel Costandi
12 - Mark Louis
17 - Daniel Kemp
19 - Ash Baber
21 - Gretel Payne

Radials (59 Entries)
1 - Marlena Berzins
5 - Jack Littlechild
7 - Zac West
10 - Jarrah Sheppard 
17 - Maddie O'Shea
21 Rob Lowndes
26 - D'Arcy Kemp
45 - Tim Stubbs-Race

Full Rig (48 Entries)
1 - Finn Alexander
6 - Oskar Lindbjerg Hansen
44 - David Ferguson


Full results can be found at:

Christmas at the Squadron

There are many social occasions to look forward to this Summer - please mark your diary!
Why not invite some friends and introduce them to our wonderful Club?

  Chef's Christmas Specials download the order form
  3 December Summer Wine Show book here
  7 December Bridge Members Christmas luncheon book here
  8 December Intermediates Christmas drinks at the Roof Top Bar
11 December Cruising Division Christmas Drinks book here
13 December Duplicate Bridge Christmas Dinner book here
13 December Family & Friends Night book here
14 December Christmas Dining In Night book here
17 December Children’s Christmas party Waitlist only
19 December Book Club meeting and Christmas Lunch book here
20 December Wine Tasting book here book here
26 December Sydney-Hobart ferries and lunch Waitlist only
31 December NYE Dinner book here

Milson Silver Goblets: Yandoo XX too Strong

An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, the deserving winner of the 2017 Milson Silver Goblets Etchells regatta sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from November 13-17.

A twilight racer on a busy Sydney Harbour veered too close to a mark of the Etchells course during the closing race and dragged it out of position, thereby throwing the Goblets fleet into chaos. Rather than trying to sort out a messy multi-boat situation in the protest room, race officer Rob Ridley decided the cleanest solution was to abandon the fifth and final race of the unique twilight series, which became the fleet’s one dropped score.

Second by seven points, Rupert Henry’s Vivienne, is a new crew who came together for their first sail on the opening day of the Goblets. The skipper is in the early stages of a possible class comeback after five years away supporting his children’s dinghy sailing pursuits.

Henry’s regular crewman Greg O’Shea plus Josh Chant and Alice Tarnawski combined smoothly to slot in behind Strong’s practised Yandoo XX crew of tactician Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey.

“I love the Goblets regatta,” said Strong. “It attracts really talented sailors and the competition is tough. We were lucky to sail pretty consistently all week and my thanks go to my beautiful team who did a great job, as did the Squadron in spite of a twilighter sabotaging them on the last day. Congratulations to Rupert Henry and Grant Crowle and their teams,” the lone woman owner/skipper among 26 starters added.

Rupert Henry’s boat has sat untouched on the RSYS hardstand since the club hosted the Etchells Worlds 2012. He’s excited about dipping his toe back into the closest racing he says he’s ever experienced. “Etchells racing engages my head so much; I’m exhausted every night. If you make a two metre steering error it will catch up with you at the next mark, it’s not like ocean racing where you can recover. It’s the closest racing I’ve ever done; the same reason the ‘legends’ love it.”

Asked whether he’ll try for a spot at the class’ world championship in Brisbane in October next year Henry said, “That’s a TBA. Three of us have young kids so we are just happy at the moment being harbour warriors. But we have a trailer....”

Third placed Etchells, The Hole Way skippered by Grant Crowle, finished five points off Vivienne and fourth overall was Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong 2. 


Flynn’s been racing Etchells since 2004 and is aware of new faces and more professionals joining teams, which isn’t out of step when a world title looms. “Some new people and fantastic sailors have come into the class and that’s the wonderful thing about Etchells sailing. It’s the only sport in the world you can race against world and Olympic champions whereas you can’t play tennis against Roger Federer or drive a Formula One car!”


Sydney Etchells fleet captain Mike Tyquin said in summary, “We’re very fortunate in our class to have great mix of sailors from the very peak of our sport and also as importantly a strong group of enthusiastic and committed broader base of Corinthian and club racers. The Milson Silver Goblets really is a showcase of all that is great about sailing Etchells and sailing on Sydney Harbour. The racing this week was incredibly close and great fun. Congratulations to JC and her team, they are the hardest working crew in our fleet and deserve all their success.”


Mercedes-Benz Sydney and Zhik supplied prizes to placegetters and Yandoo XX add their name to the stunning perpetual trophy for the second time.

Sydney Etchells fleet sailors now turn their sights to the NSW state title run out of RSYS from February 16-18, 2018 and look forward to hosting 40 boats from other clubs and interstate. Details coming soon and all are welcome.

Goblets 2017 video

Sydney Etchells website and full results at

Find out more at:


By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Decorated Silver Goblets fleet led by Yandoo XX

There is local club racing, and then there’s the Etchells Sydney fleet fighting for the annual Milson Silver Goblets trophy on Sydney Harbour, and raising a warning flag for other states and nations on the strength of the NSW field preparing for next year’s world championship.

Half of the 26 Silver Goblets skippers are either past Etchells national champions, world champions in any class, America’s Cup sailors or Olympic representatives in sailing, and some fall into multiple top-level categories. Then there are the likes of Magpie’s crew, Iain Jensen and guest skipper Tom Slingsby driving for owner Graeme Taylor, who between them add Olympic gold medallist cachet to the talent mix.

Three races into the five-race twilight series on Sydney Harbour and the only female skipper, Jeanne-Claude (JC) Strong, leads the fleet by six points with her Etchells Yandoo XX.

Tactician Seve Jarvin said, “We’ve had three good starts and stayed in the top bunch. The courses are short, within the harbour’s natural boundaries, and that makes the starts all-important.  We aren’t winning races but we are finishing in the top two to four, and in the Etchells fleet that’s pretty solid. JC runs a very good program; she’s very dedicated to doing it properly and it’s good to see the results coming for us at the Queensland title and here,” Jarvin added.

Second on progressive scores is Rupert Henry’s Vivienne and third is Magpie, in spite of the crew playing musical chairs.

London Laser gold medallist and Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby skippered races one and three, and will see out the week, and Iain Jensen moved aft from mainsheet to tiller on Tuesday. Steve Jarvin and James Mayo are both regular Magpie crew and not long back from finishing second at the 2017 Etchells World Championship with Taylor at the helm. Jarvin’s holding onto his seat for this Goblets and Mayo jumped in as third crew when Slingsby needed a leave pass.

New Etchells Sydney fleet website and full results so far at

Some of the sport’s most decorated plus a strong youth component and class veterans have made the most of the late afternoon nor’easters and plenty of spring sunshine delivering sublime conditions for races one to three. An afternoon shower is forecast for Thursday November 16 and on Friday the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm and sea breezes up to 20 knots.

Following a Mini Regatta race on Saturday afternoon, an evening trophy presentation back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will celebrate the placegetters among the teams. The majority of the fleet sail for the host club with a small number representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to the north and Cronulla Sailing Club to the south.

Keen to encourage the next generation of Etchells sailors and build on the class’ four-decade long legacy, as well as for strength and talent reasons, a number of owners are choosing to round out their crew with younger sailors and professionals such as Jarvin and tactician David Chapman sailing with Martin Hill on his Etchells called Lisa.

Tiana Wittey, pictured above, is the 18 year-old daughter of Olympic sailor turned coach Neville Wittey and is an important long-time member of Yandoo XX. “I’m consistently the youngest in the fleet,” she said. “At dad’s suggestion I hopped on Yandoo at a Newcastle regatta eight years ago when JC needed another 40 kilos of crew weight, and I’ve been there ever since.”

She says her crew worked hard over winter for the current season - two or three weekly on-water training sessions starting at 6am at the RSYS, plus gym work. Like many among the Goblets fleet, their aim is to qualify for the 2018 Etchells World Championship to be hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Wittey notes there aren’t many women in the fleet and says, “One day I’d love to have an all-women crew. JC has been an incredible mentor; she’s taught me beyond sailing, about organisation and how to run a business.”

And Wittey threw down a challenge to other Etchells owners: “There’s no weigh-in, so why not grab a young boy or girl and throw them on board. Etchells racing needs to be affordable and accessible to attract young people.”

Find out more at:


By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Further information:


Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e.

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet Communications Officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151

Friday Twilights 10 November

There were 67 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Simon Dollard from Cerberus, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!



Division 1

1    A147        Ticket of Leave    Max Prentice    
2    98            Gunga Din            Ivan Wheen    
3    8001        Forty                     Sam Hill

Division 2

1    6635        World's Apart       Christopher Stannard    
2    6182        Grendel                Tom Cehak    
3    SM74       Lively                   Sophie Nelson / Marcus Stewart

Division 3

1    6745        Onaview            Richard Petrie / David Baker    
2    5865        Pinta II              Kym Evans    
3    6998        Genovefa          Genevieve Slattery

Division 4

1    6758        Bonsela             Charles Agnew    
2    370          Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    6821        Jacana              David Creer


1    Elliott 4        

View full results here 



Golden twilights for Milson Silver Goblets fleet

Sydney fleet captain Michael Tyquin says local Etchells crews climbing towards selection for next year’s class world championship in Brisbane are all too aware that the Milson Silver Goblets regatta marks the time to really knuckle-down in the pre-worlds phase.

The Sydney fleet is preparing to host one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar, a unique five-race midweek series called the Milson Silver Goblets to be sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the twilight. The time of day makes the most of minimal harbour traffic and daylight savings, with beautiful late afternoon spring conditions on Sydney’s world famous harbour. 

Enter here 

“Goblets is the start of things getting serious for those hoping to qualify for next year’s world championship,” Tyquin said. “The Silver Goblets leads into the nationals in Perth then back to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron for the NSW state champs in February, and from that follows a world qualification series in March-April.

“As well as being one of Australia’s largest fleets, the Sydney fleet is one of the most competitive in the country with owners who have recently been on big campaigns with professional crew for the worlds in San Francisco and last month’s Queensland championships.”

Racing will take place after 1745 hours over five consecutive evenings from November 13 to 17 on a track likely to be between Kirribilli Point and South Head. Three races constitute a series.  

Up to 30 Etchells are expected with room for more on the start line and back at the host club. “We encourage entrants from outside the Sydney fleet and warmly invite crews from Pittwater, Lake Macquarie, Gosford, Cronulla and any other individual Etchells sailors,” the fleet captain added.

So far the starter’s list includes former Etchells world champion and Australian Sailing’s performance director Iain Murray with Magpie, Martin Hill’s Lisa, the 2016 winner, and the best placed NSW team at last month’s QLD Etchells state championship, Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX which finished third on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Strong will line-up with her state title crew of Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey for the Silver Goblets. “The regatta has always been very prestigious and drawn plenty of good sailors. We won it a while back (2015) and it would be nice to win it again. People find it convenient to sail after work and usually the breeze is decent, not like in winter when it’s typically light. Heavier breeze is more fun!”

The Silver Goblets will be presented to the winner on Saturday 18 November at around 5pm after the Mini Regatta. Sailors, family and friends are invited to drinks and dinner ‘Under the Sail’.  

The Etchells Sydney fleet is pleased to announce new partnerships with Mercedes-Benz Sydney and Zhik, the Australian manufacturer of technical sailing gear, and exciting prizes for Silver Goblets competitors.

Dating back to the 1970s, Silver Goblets past winners include Colin Beashel, Richard Hammond, Richard Chapman, Michael Coxon and Neville Wittey. The most recent series, held in February this year, went to Julian Plante and David Edwards’ Iron Lotus.

The International Etchells was designed in 1966 by Skip Etchells and the first moulds arrived in Australia in 1973. In terms of one design racing in Australia, the Etchells fleet endures in strong numbers and brings together an impressive line-up of America’s Cup, national and world champions plus youth crews who want to see how they stack up against two older generations of the sport’s heroes.

Follow the action on Facebook and Instagram 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC
Photo by Andrea Francolini

Further information:

Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e. 

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet Communications Officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151


Congratulations Finn Alexander

Club Member Finn Alexander, 18, has been awarded Australian Sailing Youth Sailor of the Year 2017. His success was announced at the annual awards ceremony on Friday 3 November. 

He's had a superb year - he convincingly defeated a strong fleet to win the Laser class Youth World Championship and took a first-placing and fifth overall at the Australian Laser Championships.

'It’s been a long journey for me to try to get to the top of the youths. I’m really happy to have made it through with the help of a lot of really great coaches and mentors, my parents and friends.'  Read more here

The occasion also marked the inaugural Australian Sailing Hall of Fame, and RSYS was honoured to have three of its illustrious Members inducted: Grant Simmer OAM, Sir James Hardy OBE and Bill Northam.

Grant and Sir James were recognised for being part of the team of Australia II that won the America’s Cup in 1983 -  breaking America’s 132-year winning streak in sport’s oldest trophy; truely one of the most remarkable feats in Australian sporting history. 

Bill, together with  Peter ‘Pod’ O’Donnell & James ‘Dick’ Sargeant achieved Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medal, winning the 5.5mR class at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. Bill was the skipper, and at age 59, and a grandfather of five, was the oldest Australian to have ever won an Olympic gold medal. Read more here




Morna Cup and Saturday racing

The Morna Cup was contested on Saturday 4 November and attracted 29 boats and their crews. The Morna Cup is the second event of the RSYS Perseverance Trophy Series, the first being the Gascoigne Cup held on 21 October. Saturday's race also counted towards the CYCA SOPS series, being Race 3. 

The fleet consisted of yachts from the CYCA, MHYC, NSC and the RSYS; there were 15 competitors in Division 1 contending the Morna Cup and 14 in Division 2 competing for the G Carter Trophy. The winner of the Morna Cup was Tim and Edward Cox of Minerva, representing the RSYS. They won by more than two minutes in their corrected time over Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons (MHYC) who finished 2nd. In Division 2, Dennis Cooper’s Amante (CYCA) was victorious and took out the G Carter Trophy, improving on his last result of 3rd in the Gascoigne Cup.

The weather on the day was wet and windy. A consistent southerly breeze was present for the whole day peaking in strength at around lunchtime, above 20 knots. A few showers and scattered clouds kept the temperatures in the high teens. The conditions set the scene for competitive and intense racing for all boats. A big thank you to Race Officer Martin Clark and his team for running another great day of racing.


Podium Results – Morna Cup

Division 1

  1. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox – RSYS
  2. Nine Dragons – Bob Cox – MHYC
  3. Khaleesi – Andrew & Pauline Dally – RSYS

Division 2

  1. Amante – Dennis Cooper – CYCA
  2. Saltshaker – Peter Franki – CYCA
  3. Botany Access Cocomo – Justin Brownbill - MHYC


Also on Saturday 4 November was the usual Saturday racing for the RSYS. There were 37 boats out on Sydney Harbour competing across the three divisions, Etchells and Ynglings.


Podium Results- Saturday Series 4 Nov

Division 1   

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. I Super – Peter Campbell
  3. Huntress – Philip Grove

Division 2        

  1. Alouette – John Waring
  2. Can Can – Roman Tarnawksy
  3. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson

Division 3                

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Abracadabra – Nicholas Hogg
  3. Casamajor – Charles Moore


  1. Yandoo XX – Jeanne-Claude Strong
  2. Shindig – Mike Tyquin
  3. Umami – Christian Brook / Ant Elliott


  1. Blackadder – Gary Pearce
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman
  3. Yertle – Jan Newland


Full Results: click here





Friday Twilights 3 November

Breeze, no breeze, southerly change, doldrums and finally a southerly buster to carry the fleet around! The lucky ones hand their hand wrapped around a good red before the rain started; some were not so lucky...

There were 73 boats on the water all ambitious to get the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Mitch Mulally, the new General Sales Manager at Audi Alto Artarmon made the presentations and Stephen Anstice from Therapy, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!



Division 1

1    7100    M                    Steven & Michele Hatch    
2    7838    Blackwood     Alastair & Susan Metcalf    
3    102      Kookaburra    Richard Hammond

Division 2

1    683      Senta                Julie & Terry Clarke    
2    7327    Zeus                 Jim Dunstan    
3    505      Alouette           John Waring

Division 3

1    6761    Tashtego            Joe Atkinson / Jack Thomas
2    8858    Love Child        Joanna Love       
3    1008    Star Ferry         John Conroy

Division 4

1    6680    Ostara                     Glenn Richard
2    6660    Devil's Advocate    Ken Miller
3    6758    Bonsela                   Charles Agnew


1    Elliott 1        
2    Elliott 3
3    Elliott 2

View full results here


Christmas Fun at the Squadron

There are many social occasions to look forward to this Summer. Why not invite some friends and introduce them to our wonderful Club?

Summer Wine Show
Sunday 3 December 11am-2pm
Sample and purchase fine foods and wines for Christmas
Members $20, Guests $25
book here

Bridge Members’ Christmas luncheon
Thursday 7 December 11am
A festive buffet with Bridge tables available as required
Members & Guests $82
​book here

Intermediates’ Christmas Drinks
Friday 8 December 5.30pm
Sundowners & live music at the Roof Top Bar

Squadron Grand Buffets
Saturday 9 December 6pm, Sunday 17 December 12pm
Adults $72, Children $32
​book here

Cruising Division Christmas Drinks
An evening on the James Craig
Monday 11 December 6pm, $86
book here

Family & Friends Night
‘Flavours of Shenzhou’
Wednesday 13 December 6pm
​book here

Christmas Dining-In Night
Thursday 14 December 7pm
Our popular Yuletide dinner with carol singing
Members & Guests $130
​book here

Children’s Christmas Party
Sunday 17 December 12-3.30pm
With Santa, a petting zoo, a magic show, jumping castles
Buffet lunch $72 Adults, $32 Children, $10 for entertainment only
​book here

Wine tasting
Wednesday 20 December 6-8pm
​book here

Boxing Day Ferries and Lunch
Tuesday 26 December 11.15am
​book here

New Year's Eve
Sunday 31 December
Celebrate with dinner in the CCA
​book here

Success at Etchells QLD Champs

The Sydney Fleet was very well represented and achieved excellent results at the States hosted by RQYS from 27-29 October.  

The fleet of 37 boats completed seven races in fine conditions.  

RSYS Member Jeanne-Claude Strong of YandooXX achieved third overall. She commented: 'RQYS put on a great regatta, and competition was pretty fierce. We were lucky to have good starts, and we got to the top mark in the first five boats every race, so we were happy with that. Two wins weren’t enough for us to defend our title from last year, but we gave it our best!'



1st The Cure 1445, D Clark, A Smith, M Luxton, R Smith 17 pts

2nd Magpie 947 G Taylor, J Mayo, S Jarvin 19 pts

3rd YandooXX 868 JC Strong, S Jarvin, M Burke, T Wittey 23 pts

4th GenXY 864 M Chew, A Deeks, B Vercoe, B Donovan 31 pts

5th Top40 1332 P Merrington, G Bonouvrie, I McKillop 39 pts

6th Iron Lotus 1442 T King, D Edwards, I Wheen, O McMahon 39 pts 

9th The Holeway 1306 G Crowle, H Rockford, J Mayjor 55 pts

11th Ciao 1244 D McGain, S Clark, M O'Brien 62 pts

19th Thelastone 1392 S Billingham, A Dolin, W Lewis 107 pts

23rd Surprise 1128 M Fisk, B Sims, R Fisk 125 pts

Photo finish: YandooXX vs Magpie race 4

Photo by Adventures of a Sailing Girl


View full results at

Photos and videos at Etchells Australia