ICOYC Cruise British Columbia

This year’s International Committee Of Yacht Clubs cruise will visit British Columbia from 3-13 September. The fleet will comprise 25 boats, both power and sail. Crews come from the Seattle YC and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club together with members of ICOYC yacht clubs from around the world including Royal Southern YC on the Solent and three from our own RSYS.

Members from the Squadron include David & Jill Henry, John & Robbie Hancox, James & Gaila Merrington, David & Sarah Salt, Peter Hemery & Pamela Hennessy, Richard & Sandy Lawson, and Rob Anderson along with several friends. The Salts, the Lawsons and Hemery participated in a previous ICOYC Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay in 2015 which was an outstanding event. 

Find out more here

Cruising Division presentation

The Next Cruising Division talk will take place on 23 May. Come and hear Sarah Goddard-Jones and Pete Lowndes of Wine-Dark Sea describe the first leg of their planned circumnavigation of Australia which commenced in Sydney but curtailed in Darwin, and the method by which the boat was returned to Sydney.

Always entertaining, Sarah and Pete are certain to provide an interesting evening.
Members may book online here

This presentation replaces the scheduled talk by Michael Thurston on Drina's South Georgia Expedition.

Drina departed Brisbane in September 2017 bound for South Georgia and a circumnavigation of Antarctica but has experienced two knockdowns in the Southern Ocean which has resulted in serious damage to the yacht, requiring a diversion for repairs and wintering. 

You can read about the knockdown events on their Facebook page dated 11 April here.

Youth Sailors compete in Europe

Congratulations to the RSYS sailors who competed in the European championships last week.

In the Radials, Campbell Patton (pictured above) had a terrific event in Hungary finishing 3rd out of 154 boats. This has been a huge past few weeks as just a week ago he qualified to represent Bermuda at the Youth Worlds in Texas later in the year.

The 4.7s Europeans were held in Greece, and RSYS was well represented with Brooke Wilson finishing 11th, Sylvie Stannage 20th and Mina Ferguson 25th in a fleet of 104 boats. In the men's fleet, Boston Cortis did a great job finishing 32nd from 200 entries.

RSYS Members also participated in the presitgous Princess Sophia Trophy in Palma Majorca last week, with over 1200 Olympic class sailors competing in one of the largest events on the circuit. Finn Alexander led the Laser Mens Open fleet after two days and finished very credibly in tough conditions against a number of Olympic Medalists.

We will provide updates throughout the year of some of the RSYS sailors on the Olympic circuit, as August will see the first opportunity for countries to earn qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Back at home, several of our Youth sailors made the NSW Youth Sailing team in numerous classes. RSYS will be represented in the 4.7s by Sylvie Stannage, Mina Ferguson, Brooke Wilson, Daniel Costandi and Evie Saunders (trial). In Laser Radials by Campbell Patton, Maddie O’Shea, Zac West, Boston Cortis and Tom Green. In Windsurfers by Vaughn O’Shea and in Nacra 15 by Will Cooley. This is a great achievement by all who have made the squads.

An Etchells shines brightest in the Varuna Trophy

Ten of our RSYS champion yachts and sailors came together to challenge for the Varuna Trophy. This challenge is by invitation only and the invitees are the top place getters in RSYS various classes and divisions. This makes for very exciting and competitive racing.  

Winds on Saturday 14 April were strong and shifty, which made racing demanding but still a lot of fun, according to the sailors.

The winner of the 2018 Varuna Trophy is the RSYS flagged Etchells Roué skippered by Mike Morris and crewed by David Brittain on mainsheet and bowman Matthew Seidel.

“This is a wonderful way to complete the season” said the winner Mike. When asked about his race strategy, he said it was quite simple: "Get in front of Malcolm Shaw and stay there!”  Congratulations to all on Roué for a great victory.
Second place went to another RSYS boat, the Sydney 60, aptly named Sydney and skippered by David Kellett and Charles Curran. The third placed yacht was the Etchells Plan A skippered by Andrew Patterson and sailing under the CYCA burgee. Congratulations to these crews as well.

A huge thank you to all competing champion yachts and we are looking forward to even greater numbers next year.

View the results here

RSYS Sailing Survey 2018

We have come to the end of another busy sailing season and in preparation for next season we would appreciate your input to sailing activities at RSYS.  We have prepared a short survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time to complete.

We would like to hear from boat owners and crew, both RSYS members and non-members and would appreciate your response by Thursday 26 April.

The survey is anonymous however all survey respondents that choose to leave their contact details at the end of the survey will go into a draw to receive dinner for two at the club up to the value of $250. 


We have also designed a survey for our Tuesday Twilight community

Your feedback will assist in future planning of the Club's sailing activities.
Yours in sailing,
Christian Brook and RSYS Sailing Committee

Yngling 50th Anniversary Celebration


Join us to celebrate 50 years of sailing in the International Yngling Class at the RSYS on Sunday 27 May.

Relive Yngling history via our 'sailors from the couch' covering the Early Days, Wittey Era, Olympic Era and the Present Day. 

Discover Sailing
Time: 10am to 12:30pm
A short sail (30 - 60 minutes) on an Yngling with experienced Yngling Sailors. No charge but you must register via Try Booking system below.
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: The Dining Room and Verandah
Graze from a selection of international foods from the countries where Ynglings are sailed
Cost: $50pp (drinks not included - available from the bar)

For queries, please contact Gary Wogas 0424 999 047 or australianyngling@gmail.com

Please book via this Trybooking link




Friday Twilight lucky winners

The Carabella Room was packed with sailors eager to win the Friday Twilight high participation lucky draw prize on 6 April. The presentation was made by Sarah Connell, group marketing manager for our generous sponsors Audi Alto Artarmon and Alto Land Rover.

Commodore Richard Chapman observed that the RSYS Friday Twilight Series was certainly one of the most popular on Sydney Harbour, having attracted 97 block entries plus several casual entries each week. 

"We could not run our Twilight racing without our dedicated team of volunteer race officials led by Wayne Hinchcliffe. They had some difficult moments spotting sail numbers particularly in southerly breezes, which seemed to blow many a Friday Twilight.  It is not unusual to have a dozen boats finishing within a two minute period, sometimes four and five abreast across the line. This is a tribute to John Maclurcan’s handicapping, but a race officer’s nightmare. I sincerely thank all of you, for your valuable time and effort and for giving up your Friday nights. Thank you also to the Careening Cove Anchorage staff, tender drivers and the Sailing Office team," he added.

The winner of the weekend for two at the Emirates 'One and Only Wolgan Valley' and a weekend in an Audi, Land Rover or Jaguar of their choice was Zeus, owned by Jim Dunstan (pictured above.) Congratulations!

The winners of the consolation prizes were:

An Audi Drive Day - Huligan, David Servi
A Jaguar Drive Day - Ostara, Glenn Richard
Degustation Cellar Dinner for six - Kookaburra, Richard Hammond

"Rain, Hail or Shine Prizes” were awarded to the two boats that competed in every race: 
Well Inclined, Brian McKean
Lively, Sophie Nelson & Marcus Stewart
Well done for your commitment and dedication!

The 2018-19 Friday Twilight series commences 12 October 2018 - see you then!


Youth Sailors on the Podium Again


Over the last two weekends, our youth sailors have been busy competing at the Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championship and the 2018 NSW Optimist Championship. With similar wind conditions on both weekends, the competitions saw our sailors achieve some great results.

The Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championships was held out of Drummoyne Sailing Club and saw 22 members of our Laser Squad compete. Despite scorching hot temperatures on the first day of the regatta and strong winds on the second day, our sailor performed exceptionally well. In the 4.7 fleet, our sailors took the first six places with Daniel Costandi, Jack Ferguson and Sylvie Stannage filling out the top three. In the Radial fleet, our sailors also performed well with Jack Littlechild and Otto Henry placing fourth and fifth. In the Standard fleet, Oskar Hansen continued the squad’s outstanding performance placing second. A big thank you to the parents and sailors who assisted the coaches throughout the regatta.

The 2018 NSW Optimist Championship also saw a strong performance by our youth sailors. Hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the regatta drew a large entry list including five of our own optimist sailors. With little breeze on the first day and strong breeze on the second, our sailors kept up with the best and achieved good results. Oliver McLachlan was the highest placed Squadron sailor placing 13th out of 47. Douglas Cassidy, Isobel Payne and Spencer McKay were close behind placing 18th, 19th and 21st. Another big thank you to the parents and sailors who were extremely helpful in transporting the boats and their assistance throughout the regatta.

Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championships Full Results: https://bit.ly/2umrYyl 

2018 NSW Optimist Championship Full Results: https://bit.ly/2DXx5EE


HillPDA Racing claims second Farr 40 national title 

Martin Hill’s HillPDA Racing defended its Farr 40 Australian Champion status on Sydney Harbour, four wins and two seconds among eight races tallying up to a final unbeatable score 15 points in the black. 

Watch the Day 3 video highlights here, thanks to Tilly Lock Media

“We cleared out from the fleet today with faultless crew work and two more bullets,” the proud skipper said following the Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy presentation hosted by RSYS on Monday March 19, 2018. “It means a lot to have the other crews say we deserved to win,” Hill added.

Tactician for Hill, Tom Slingsby, is nearing the end of a hectic Australian summer program and the Sydney nationals threw up plenty of late season grenades. “We assume the weather is still summer-like, but it’s starting to change. We had super light and super windy moments, abandoned races and relocations, and it was extremely shifty all three days. The crew work on our boat was amazing; we didn’t have one mistake, even in 25 knots.”

Second on a countback went to Australian class president Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen. The Middle Harbour Yacht Club/RSYS team opened their campaign with two wins and a handy head start, then hung on to post a second in race six and possibly benefit from a shortened series.

Tom Quick’s Outlaw and Jeff Carter’s Edake were willing a third and final race on the closing day, their very last opportunity to pull enough points off Zen to finish with the silver medal. The weather remained on Zen’s side.

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley took the series right up to the 1500hrs deadline for starting race nine, delaying the 1100hrs scheduled start while the breeze clocked 180 degrees, then moving the fleet around the harbour between The Sound, Obelisk and Sow & Pigs reef in search of the prevailing light winds. By the time the mid-afternoon nor’easter started to settle, the clock had expired.

“We took a lot of points out of Gordon today but in the end we ran out of time,” Quick said of the countback deficit and Outlaw’s third overall. “It was great racing with great people and a superb effort by David (Chapman, Outlaw’s tactician) and the team.

“We rarely saw 10 knots today, more like 6-8 knots and a bit of tide running out so it was a bit bouncy. Sunday was also challenging with ferries, ships, skiffs and other boats drifting around; every type of vessel was out there!

“That’s two regattas and two countbacks,” Quick added, referring to the NSW State Title scoresheet when Outlaw narrowly finished second to HillPDA Racing.

On Saturday May 5 the Farr 40 class will celebrate 20 years when present and past Farr 40 sailors gather at the RSYS. “We are looking forward to reuniting the current teams and getting together with former owners, tacticians and key crew members to celebrate such a momentous occasion,” the class president said.

The Australian Farr 40 class is considered the strongest combined fleet in the world, and Sydney has hosted three world championships.

View the 2017-18 National Championship results here

The Australian Farr 40 Association thanks its 2017-18 season supporters:

Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation 

Instagram @Farr40_Australia     Facebook    Website

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media
Photos by Jannie Hughes

Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                       
M: 0407 387 302 E: farr40australia@gmail.com                


Friday Twilights 16 March

There were 68 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize, though the light breeze frustrated some who didn't make it back to the Club in time. Still - no such thing as a bad evening on the harbour.... Paul Williams of Takana, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

Is your boat eligible for the end of season lucky prize draw? Check this list.

Don't forget to reserve a table for the presentation night dinner on Friday 6 April Click here


Division 1    

1    8001      Forty    Sam Hill    
2    7367      Jackie Clare    Geoff Davidson    
3    38038    Solveig II    David & Stuart McLean        

Division 2    

1    6601    Well Inclined    Brian McKean    
2    B409    Avanti    Peter Clarke    
3    505      Alouette    John Waring / David Ross    

Division 3    

1    698      Out of the Blue    John van Ogtrop    
2    6827    Takana    Paul Williams    
3    5627    Tangaroa    Tony Gooch        

Division 4    

1    7095    Corrib II    David Leonard    
2    6758    Bonsela    Charles Agnew    
3    7169    Topaz Too    Paul Wood        


1    E4        Elyse Guevara-Rattray               
2    E1        Amy Gojnich                   
3    E2        Sara Ladd

View full results here

Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Winners

Our thriving community of sailors cheerfully sailed through drizzle and the lightest breeze in last night’s final race of the series. Our generous sponsor Paspaley showcased a delightful display of pearl jewellery of the most exquisite artistry and our sailors enjoyed trying on the pieces. 210 Members and their guests then enjoyed dinner and cheered the series and trophy winners announced by Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator Karyn Gojnich.  

Congratulations to Penny Scardifeld and Margaret Houston of Cavatina (above) for winning the Jan Rowed trophy for the Ladies non-spinnaker pointscore. Nikki Shannon, Vivace came second and Eve Sheppard from Trilogy third. Jan Newland and Megan Howard on Yertle won the spinnaker pointscore and the Lady Helm trophy. Each skipper was presented with a pair of Paspaley pearl earrings.

In the Mini Series, Cavatina won the Gypsy Moth IV trophy and Angelica Veness on Miss Pibb (below), took out the Bluebird trophy donated and presented by Joyce Warn. 

Paspaley also awarded pearls to the winners of the lucky draw prizes. To be eligible, boats had to have sailed in 75% or more of the races. The recipients were: Sandy Lawson, Rapunzel; Sara Ladd, Evie; Anna Connery, Enigma and Jill Hammond, Kookaburra. 

We thank Paspaley for their generous support of the 2017/18 Tuesday Twilight series – their third with RSYS – which has contributed to the significant increase in participation. This season we welcomed 11 new boats to the fleets and placed 50 enthusiastic female sailors across 20 boats. A big thank you to all of the boat owners and skippers that undertook to mentor the newcomers. 

The 2018/19 series will commence on 13 November 2018. See you then!