Winter series concludes

The Squadron's 12 race series within the Combined Clubs Winter Series drew to a close on Saturday 28 July. 57 boats representing RANSA, SASC, CYCA, RPEYC, and RSYS participated. Commodore Richard Chapman made the presentations the the Pointscore winners after racing and commended everyone on their fortitude in braving the cold and variable conditions.

Chapman thanked the volunteer race management team, 'Without your continued dedication and assistance each week, our Members would not be able to enjoy club racing.'

Congratulations to all those who competed and we look forward to seeing you next year. If you would like a bit more Winter racing, the 15 race series continues. Casual entries are welcome. Contact the RSYS Sailing Office here.


Overall Results:

Division 1

1st Huntress, Phillip Grove RSYS

2nd Erica, Peter Williams RSYS

3rd Peregrine, J Stephen & Hugh Torode RSYS

Division 2

1st Moonbeam, Bart Foley SASC

2nd Alouette, John Waring & David Ross RSYS

3rd Silky, Tony Hirst RANSA


Division 3

1st Gotcha, Tony Morris RSYS (pictured above)

2nd Esquisse 2, Richard Staines RANSA

3rd Beowulf, Stafford Watts


Non-spinnaker division

1st A-Bus, Andrew Goldfinch RPEYC

2nd Gail Force, Graeme Smith RSYS

3rd Ostara, Glenn Richard RSYS

Super 30 division

1st Sigurd, Ian Dencker RANSA

2nd Optimum, Stuart Jordan RSYS

3rd Calypso Magic, Graham Turnde SASC

Classic division

1st Fagel Grip, Jerry Lees SASC

2nd Hoana, Martin Vandewal SASC

3rd Intrigue, Gavin Moss RSYS

Trophies galore at the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards

Squadron Members and staff took out five of the nine awards categories at the Yachting NSW event on Saturday 21 July at the Manly 16’ Skiff Sailing Club. 

Rupert Henry and Greg O’Shea (pictured above, 2nd left) have been awarded Male Sailor of the Year. They won the Melbourne-Osaka race in record time earlier this year. 

Rupert's son Otto Henry took Junior / Youth Sailor of the Year. He wasn't able to collect the award in person as he is at the Youth Worlds.

John Maclurcan won Volunteer of the Year, for his tireless work as Handicapper. 

Coach of the Year went to Mike Leigh for his success with our Youth Laser program. 

Locky Pryor was awarded Instructor of the Year for rapidly growing the Squadron's adult and junior Learn to Sail programs. 

Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, 'It's a very big year for RSYS and I'm delighted that our elite sailors, dedicated volunteers and hard-working coaches have been acknowledged by the sailing community.'



A win at the Yngling Worlds

Congratulations to Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance who were the top placed all female crew at the Yngling Worlds in Riva, Lake Garda.  

Karyn writes: 'Lake Garda is the most amazing place to sail. We were smashed on the start line with 47 boats. When we did get off the line we had good results of a 4 and a 7. Sailing in the thermal induced Ora wind, the race was a bit of a one way track to get to the right hand side of the course, so not many opportunities to climb the fleet after a poor start. We finished 19th overall and won the Linge Cup - Women's Perpetual World Championship Trophy (ie first all female team).  

'Fellow RSYS Member Alan Reece sailed with his sons Michael and Jordan, finishing 27th. They were hampered by broken gear but did win the all important race back to the crane on the last day.

'International regattas are fun and worth the effort. We had eight nations competing: AUS, AUT, DEN, GER, NED, SLO, SUI & USA but when you get a bad start and have to go around marks five to ten boats wide, it is challenging.  

'Also supporting us in Riva were International Yngling Association (IYA) secretary Chris Harper, IYA Communication and promotions Jan Harper (both RSYS), IYA Chief measurer Peter Carter and head of the International Jury for the regatta Steve Hatch.  All helped us put on a great Australian Party.'

View results here

Wine-dark Sea success at CYCA winter series

Wine-Dark Sea has wasted little time in getting back to winning ways after her eight month cruising 'sea-battical' from Sydney to Darwin last year.

After what could be described as a warm up event for her race crew, she managed a modest 8th in her first race, before gracing the podium with a 2nd the following week. A consistent three weeks of two 5ths and a 4th followed. Things had obviously gelled by then as the next three weeks resulted in consecutive wins.

Having hit the lead of the pointscore at this stage, the brains trust went to work to figure out the combinations and permutation for the last two races, one of which we wouldn't contest due to a crew 50th up at Magnetic Island (the last place we raced in anger). We figured out only four boats were a danger and their task was next to impossible. Two boats, Quetzacoatl and Rum Jungle, had to win both of the final races; Sports Bar had three points to play with and The Goat had four points. On top of this we had to come outside the top five in the final race.

Results of the penultimate race arrived in Magnetic Island during the party, and the competition had been whittled down to one boat: The Goat. We later found out that one of our crew had defected for the week and assisted The Goat in taking them to the win in this race. That made the crew choice for the race a bit easier... He would be allowed back onboard but would be relegated to a sewer position!

The entire crew sweated on the forecast for the final race, hoping for a fresh breeze. It was forecast but an hour before the start hadn't eventuated. On cue though, as racing got underway, a 15-25 knot gusty sou'wester piped in. All we had to do was keep between The Goat and the finish line. We managed this and even put a few more boats between us. Apart from that it appeared to be a lacklustre performance of only 7th (discarded) and included a destroyed spinnaker. Nevertheless we managed the fastest elapsed time for our course, a feat we did for six of the nine starts we contested, and wrapped up the series win. Sports Bar actually managed their requisite 2nd and 1st in the last two races and ended up on the same number of points as us, but their inferior number of race wins relegated them to 2nd. The close racing through the season meant that The Goat’s 10th in the last race dropped them off the podium, with the last podium position taken by Quetzacoatl.

Sarah and I are ecstatic about our boat's performance as we are rebuilding her crew. We look forward to rejoining the Division 1 fleet again for the Short Inshore Series in the coming summer season.

Other division podium positions by RSYS Members included a 3rd for Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire in Division A, 2nd for Howard Elliot’s Viva La Vita in Division D and 2nd for Paul Clitheroe’s Balance in the IRC Division.

Article by Pete Lowndes
Photos by Greg Davies and CYC Media

On a winning streak


With only one day until the racing begins at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Texas, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are set to perform in the Nacra 15 division.

A relatively new team to the fleet, Will and Evie have achieved some exceptional results over the last few months including first at both the 2018 Nacra 15 National Championship and the 2018 Australian Youth Nacra 15 Championships, 2nd in the U16 division at the World Championships in Barcelona and 3rd at the Singaporean Nacra 15 National Championships. In addition to selection for the Australian Youth Sailing team at the Youth Worlds, their outstanding performances also qualified the pair for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year.

Will has sailed competitively since he was ten years old in a variety of classes in Sabots, Optimists and Lasers. Despite being afraid of the wind when he began Will quickly progressed and represented Australia at the Optimist World Championships when he was 13 years old.

Likewise, Evie has been involved in the sailing community since she was very young. Having competed in at a national level in Sabots, Flying 11's and 29ers, the Youth Worlds will be her second time representing Australia at an international event.


Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Laura Carrau/BISC, Unknown

Yngling Worlds underway

The Yngling Worlds are underway in the spectacular setting of Riva on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

There are 47 entries from 8 nations including two Australian boats also representing RSYS. On board AUS 59 are Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance, who have chartered a Dutch Yngling, made by the boat builder Mader that is very similar in setup to their own Australian boat.

The other Australian boat sailing under AUS 335 is a family affair with Alan Reese and his sons Michael and Jordan.

Also flying the Australian flag at the regatta is international and chief Yngling Measurer Peter Carter and his wife Lorraine. They are joined by Chris Harper, the current International Yngling Association (AIYA) Secretary, and his wife Jan, who has been supporting the AIYA communication and promotions for many years. 

Lake Garda is a magnificent body of water that attracts sailors from all over the world year round. It also showcases sailing in its many forms including sail boarding, kit surfing, optimists, 29ers and this last week on the water we even crossed tacks with 18ft skiffs that were contesting their European Championship. 

Racing gets underway today at 1pm with two races scheduled.  The forecast for later in the week is looking unusually light so the race committee may exercise their option to sail a third race in the day. It is a 10 race series, including one drop when 5 or more races have been completed.

Follow race results here

Going for gold again!

As current 420 youth world champions, Otto Henry (RSYS) and Rome Featherstone are in fine form to defend their title in Texas next week.

The teammates have competed together since September 2016 and have rapidly ascended through the 420 fleet despite living on opposite sides of the country. Otto and Rome place a focus on their boat handling and race tactics during training blocks in the lead up to regattas and have achieved exceptional results, placing first in seven of the ten regattas they have attended together. These results include 1st at the Youth Sailing World Championships 2017 in the 420 division, 1st at the Australian Youth 420 Championships 2018, and 1st at the Japanese 420 Junior Youth Sailing Championship 2018.

Both sailors began sailing at a young age with encouragement from their families and quickly progressed in competitive fleets. The pair's natural talent on the water was almost immediately evident - each boy won the Optimist National Championship after only sailing in the class for two years. Otto won the championship in 2014 and Rome the year after in 2015.

In the lead up to the championships next week the duo have been training out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club at an Australian Sailing Youth camp. After the four day camp and training against other 420 teams in their boat 'Indian Pacific', a name reflecting the distance between their homes and a reference to the train that goes between the two oceans, both Otto and Rome are looking forward to the competition.


Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Thomas Moya/Sailing Energy

Radial sailors prepare for Youth Worlds

As two of the Squadron’s strongest Laser Radial competitors, Maddie O’Shea and Campbell Patton are training hard with the Australian Youth Squad in the lead up to the Youth Sailing World Championships 2018. The championships will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas, the USA from the 14 – 22 July.

As the female representative for Australia in the Laser Radial division, Maddie O’Shea has had an extremely successful year of racing with her dedication to training paying dividends. A few of her most impressive results include 1st at the Australian and Oceania Open Laser Championships 2018 in the Radial U19 women’s division, 2nd at the Australian Youth Championships 2018 in the Radial women’s division and being offered a place in the NSW Youth Sailing Team. In addition to her success on the water, Maddie received the RSYS Joanne Trophy in recognition of her commitment to competitive Laser sailing, contributions as a volunteer at the Squadron and as a role model to other youth sailors.

Representing Bermuda at his second Youth Sailing World Championships Campbell Patton looks forward to pushing himself and hopes to build upon his recent results. Beginning in an Optimist when he was seven years old Campbell has been encouraged to become a competitive sailor by his parents both of whom have competed at an elite level. Transitioning to the Laser Campbell started to find his element and at recent events has had a string of exceptional results, especially at the Laser Radial Youth European Championships 2018 where he placed third out of 154 boats.

With less than five days before racing begins in Texas, both Maddie and Campbell are extremely excited to compete at the championships.

“I’m looking forward to sailing in some breeze and seeing old friends,” Campbell said.

Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page:

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (Maddie O'Shea), Gãbor Cserto (Campbell Patton)

SDP sailors take the win!


Congratulations to our Senior Development Program (SDP) youth members who have won the final event of the Interclub Championship Series 2018. 

The Interclub Series is between the three major yacht clubs in Sydney (RSYS, CYCA and RPAYC), as well as the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. The series is an opportunity for each of the clubs youth teams to compete in keelboat fleet racing and practise their skills. 

The final event was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater last Sunday 24 June. With a light westerly breeze in the morning both our teams led the fleet for the first few races and as the breeze shifted south their clean crew work secured them the win.

Team A, led by Jack Littlechild, were Boat of the Day placing first in all but two races. A mixed crew of new SDP members and one senior, the team sailed fast and kept the tactics simple. Evie Haseldine (Main Trimmer) commented on the day, "I had lots of fun, the racing was really close especially when the southerly came through".

Team B, led by Charlotte Alexander, also had a successful day placing third overall. Another mixed crew, Charlotte was one of the favourites coming into the day after her win at the Newcastle event. Leading the fleet in the first two races the team started the day strong, however as the southerly built they struggled to separate themselves from the fleet. Charlotte commented on the day, "it was a good day of racing and I learnt a lot. My crew did a great job and kept us in the top 3 for most of the races."

The SDP squad's next event is the Shelving Systems Match Cup at the CYCA on Saturday 30 June. 

L - R: Klade Hauschildt (coach), Jack Littlechild, Evie Haseldine, Zac Quinlan, Charlotte Gray,  Madi Kornman, Charlotte Alexander, Angus Olding and Will Cooley.


Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Klade Hauschildt



Squadron sailors success at Kiel Week

Over the last two weeks, several of the Squadron’s best sailors competed in the world’s largest sailing event, Kiel Week 2018. 

Representing the Squadron in the Laser Radial Open division Zac West fought hard throughout the event. Unfortunately, due to a crossover with the beginning of the ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships Zac missed the last day of racing. Overall Zac placed 40th out of 174 boats, a superb result. Entering the World Championships on a high, Zac continued to demonstrate his sailing and tactical abilities throughout the event. After five days of racing in varying conditions, Zac secured 25th place out of 92 boats, an outstanding achievement.

Oskar Hansen also represented the Squadron, competing in the Laser Standard division. Despite an extremely competitive fleet, Oskar sailed exceptionally well with several top 20 results. Oskar ended the regatta in 90th place out of 118 boats.

In the 470 fleet, the Squadron was represented by two teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Katherine Shannon and Dana Tavener continued to improve placing 17th overall, a superb result. In the men’s division, Will Ryan and Mat Belcher continue to dominate the fleet with another 1st place. 

Transitioning from the 49er, Nathan Outteridge and Haylee competed in the mixed Nacra 17 division, their first event together. After a strong result in the first race, the duo suffered damage to their brand new boat after a collision with a Japenese team and their disqualification from that race. Returning for race four Nathan and Haylee pushed their boat hard and secured a string of good results. Overall they placed 9th out of 40 boats, an amazing result for their first event. 

The Squadron is extremely proud of each of the sailors that competed at Kiel Week and their outstanding results. 

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (L: Oskar Hansen Training in Sydney, R: Zac West Training in Sydney), JPN Bulk Head Photography (Katherine Shannon and Dana Taverner Competing in Japan), Sascha Klahn (Will and Mat at Kiel Week), Segel Bilder (Nathan and Haylee at Kiel Week)

King Billy takes the Win!

Congratulations to Phil Bennett and his crew aboard King Billy, who placed 1st in IRC Division 3 of the PONANT Sydney to Noumea Yacht Race 2018.

After a 20 year hiatus, the 1,064 nautical mile race returned with adverse conditions testing all those competing. The Squadron was represented by two yachts: King Billy and James Murchison’s Abracadabra, both of which finished in the top 17 places.

Despite the race being described as “hard as some Hobarts”, Abracadabra arrived in Noumea early last Saturday morning with a time of 5 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes. The team aboard King Billy was close behind, finishing in 6 days, 4 hours and 32 minutes.

John Taylor one of the crew members aboard King Billy commented on the race "it was very wet, cold and often windy. We were on starboard tack for six days.”



Images: Bryan Gauvan Photography (CYCA) , Andrea Francolini (CYCA)
Article: Zac Quinlan