Etchells in action!

Grant Crowle's The Hole Way taking on the heavy squalls that battered competitors on day 2 of the QLD Championship (aka Pre Worlds.)

The fleet was a veritable armada of former World Champions in Etchells and other classes, America’s Cup stars, round the world ocean racers, as well as Olympic legends. Racing concluded on Tuesday 16, and RSYS Members took two podium places: 
1st Iron Lotus AUS1442 Tom King, David Edwards, Greg O'Shea, Ivan Wheen (pictured below)      
3rd Havoc AUS1461 Iain Murray, Grant Simmer, Richard Allanson.

Dave Edwards commented 'We are really happy with the result! We're looking forward to the Worlds next week - the competition will definitely ratchet up a notch - there will be more than 90 boats on the start line and the Squadron will be well represented.'

View full results here


Top and bottom photos by Nic Douglas. Iron Lotus trophy shot by Kylie Wilson.

Alto Jaguar Land Rover Twilights underway

We are delighted to announce that the 2018-19 series will be sponsored by Alto Jaguar Land Rover. Each week, one lucky skipper will win the chance to drive a car for the weekend. Our sponsors are also pleased to renew their special offer to RSYS Members: a $1000 credit to your House Account when you purchase a new or demonstrator vehicle between now and 27 April 2019 and $500 credit for a pre-owned car.

View the new ranges at Alto Jaguar and Alto Land Rover

The series got off to a cheerful, if damp, start on Friday 12 October. School holidays and heavy rain reduced the fleet considerably - there were just 36 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Land Rover for the Weekend prize. Alexander Hamilton of Coco, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations.


Division 1    

1 Pazazz II    Robert Drury    
2 Viva La Vita    Howard Elliott    
3 Assassin    John Vandervord   

Division 2

1 Avanti    Peter Clarke    
2 Frankly My Dear    Brett Howard    
3 Oscar    Hugh Murray-Walker

Division 3      

1 Much Ado    Richard Brooks    
2 S'Wonderful    John Marty    
3 Magnificat    John Hancox

Division 4    

1 Beowulf    Stafford Watts    
2 Topaz Too    Paul Wood    
3 Wyreepi Too    Ian Robertson

View full results here

Yngling Master Class

Michael Nash, Australian Yngling Sailing Champion 2011, will give a sailing master class on Thursday 25 October at RSYS. This will be of interst to anyone who'd like to find out more about sailing this class - all welcome.

Michael will give a short presentation about how to improve your sailing and answer questions from the audience.

He has been a long-time designer of successful NS14s and been a National Champion in multiple classes. He won the Australian Yngling Championship in 2011 and came 7th in the 2017 Yngling World Championship. Michael will share his experience sailing an International Yngling.

Event details
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 8-9pm
Venue: Shell Cove Room
Cost: Entry is by gold coin donation, to cover the cost of future seminars and master classes.

Registration via the Yngling Association's website
NB registration closes at 7pm Thursday 25 October

2018 Members Survey

Our Club continues to grow and change, so all Members can enjoy the best the Club has to offer, now and into the future.

It’s been three years since we last received feedback via our Members Survey regarding the services and facilities that you believe are important for your Club. Vital enhancements and improvements to the Club have been undertaken since we received your feedback in 2015.

Commodore David Ward, your General Committee and Club Management encourage you to provide us with your views and ideas again, so our Club can continue to deliver what our Members want.

All categories of Members are encouraged to participate in the 2018 Members Survey - Metropolitan, Affiliate, Country, Senior, Life and Intermediates. Please have your say and help shape the future for your Club. Your ideas and feedback matter.

Look out for the online Members Survey which opens 23 October – please watch your inbox for the email link where you can have YOUR say.

Good start to Youth Olympic Games

RSYS members Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are currently lying 5th overall with four more races to be sailed in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games mixed multi hull event.

This is the third Youth Olympic Games and includes 100 sailors from 44 different nations sailing in five events. Racing is being held out of Club Náutico San Isidro in the Argentine capital and includes debuts for two classes – Girls' and Boys' Kiteboarding (Twin Tip Racing) and the Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15). The Girls' and Boys' Windsurfing (Techno 293+) has returned for its third consecutive Games.

Conditions are challenging with the wind difficult to read on the 'chocolate' coloured water. The course area is also affected by a strong current flowing in and out from Río Paraná, Argentina's largest river at more than 4,800 km long, that is just north of the sailing venue.

In race 1, the committee showed its intentions and five boats were declared UFD and disqualified for being over the line in the last minute before the start.

The Australian Nacra team have been sailing consistently in a fleet with very tight racing, especially in the stronger breezes. Quite often the top ten boats are finishing within 40 seconds of each other.

At the start of race 8 the Australians were involved with an incident with the Austrian Team. Unfortunately the Australian boat was damaged and taking on water for Races 8 and 9. After submitting a request for redress, the jury decided to protest both AUT and AUS to establish the facts. AUT was then disqualified from Race 8 and AUS awarded redress for races 8 and 9 as their performance was made significantly worse through no fault of their own.  

The team had a lay day today and will be on the water for the next two days to complete the series.

The Australian contingent L to R: Ryan Palk (Coach), Will Cooley & Evie Haseldine (RSYS Nacra 15), Hailey Lee (Windsurfer), Mani Bisschops (Kiteboard), Alex Halank (Windsurfer), RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich (Sailing Team Manager).

Sailing Results can be followed here

View photos here

Article by Karyn Gojnich


High hopes for Australian Sailing Awards 


We are delighted to hear that the following RSYS Members and staff have been short-listed for the 2018 Australian Sailing Awards:

Rupert Henry & Greg O’Shea – Offshore Sailor of the Year 
Matt Allen – Male Sailor of the Year & Offshore Sailor of the Year
Nathan Outteridge – Male Sailor of the Year
John Maclurcan - Volunteer of the Year
Otto Henry – Youth Sailor of the Year 
Locky Pryor – Instructor of the Year 
Mike Leigh – Coach of the Year

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 19 October. Good luck all!

RSYS shines at NSW Youth Champs

Over the Long weekend the RSYS Youth Sailing community made their annual pilgrimage to the YNSW Youth Championships up at 
South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club. With more than 400 competitors across numerous classes, it was one of the biggest regattas most kids
and parents had ever been to. 

RSYS was represented by more than 30 young sailors in classes ranging from Optimists, Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials, Bic Technos (windsurfer), Nacra 15s (catamarans) and 420s.

This was one of the biggest ever representations by the RSYS Youth Fleet and showed the strength of our program, not just at club level, but at a state and national level, and we came away with some great results.

- Zac West won a tightly contested Laser Radial class, with all the RSYS sailors inside the top 15.
- In the Laser 4.7s RSYS claimed the trifecta with Brooke Wilson 1st, Mina Ferguson 2nd and Daniel Costandi 3rd.
- Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson claimed 2nd and Gretel Payne 7th in the 420s.
- Vaughn O’Shea came 4th in the Bic Techno.
- Rohan Stannage in his first regatta in the Nacra 15s finished 7th.

While RSYS didn’t claim any podium places in the Optimist class, the squad made some big improvements:

- Vidhi Gupta, Tom Flannery, Viraj Gupta and Charlie Whitnall all sailed in Green fleet for the first time and finished in the top 12.
- Several sailors all moved up a fleet with seven sailors all moving through to Intermediate and Open Fleets.

Click here to view full results

Australian Sailing videos here

The off-water action was also a geat success and greatly enjoyed by all. We booked accommodation at Point Wolstonecroft Sport and Recreation camp and 36 sailors and their families stayed in the lodges for group dinners and activities. Plenty of interclub, interclass and even parent vs child competitions went on after sailing. Basketball, Disc Golf and Giant Chess were just a few of the challenges that were put out to the team. Rumour has it one father even had to retire, claiming an injury after too much Disc Golf!

We would like to thank Youth Sailing Chair Niki O’Shea for organising the food for such a large group - by all accounts the food was top grade and there are calls for you to start your own catering company.

The next event on the Calendar is the first round of the RSYS Club Championship on 21 October, followed by the Youth Season Opening dinner to which everyone is invited. Click here for more information on the dinner.

Article by Locky Pryor

RSYS Members lauded by Farr 40 class

The Farr 40 class has recognised Squadron Members Martin Hill, Lang Walker, Richard Perini and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis for their enduring contribution and success at a gala event held at our Club. Pictured above are l to r: Hill, fellow RSYS Member Marcus Blackmore, Perini and Belgiorno-Nettis; Walker was unable to attend the event. .

Farr 40 Media release

Farr 40 class celebrates two decades 

On the opening weekend of the 2018-19 Farr 40 season, a gala ball brought past and present class champions and current one design crews together in Sydney to mark two decades of Australian racing.

A crowd of 120 spent Saturday evening, September 22, at the prestigious Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on the water’s edge at Kirribilli, the traditional home of the Farr 40’s world and national titles, reminiscing, honouring the class’ key influencers and celebrating the significant milestone.

Among the formalities, lifetime class membership was awarded to four names, all well-known in sailing and business circles, by Australian Sailing president Matt Allen, himself a former Farr 40 owner.

Lang Walker, a two-time national champion and long-time class contributor; Martin Hill, international class president 2011-2017, national president and dual Australian champion; Richard Perini, world champion and triple national champion and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, a six-time Australian champion, world champion and former class president, were all granted Australian Farr 40 class life membership.

 “The Farr 40 class influenced international sailing by successfully blending professionals and amateur sailors and moving them around the world, like the Kenwood Cup and Admiral’s Cup once did,” Matt Allen told the audience. “The class also developed a lot of sailors into professionals and amateurs into better sailors, and brought a lot of women into the sport.”

Born from the drawing board of Farr Yacht Design, the high performance 40-footer took the benefits of modern materials into an economic platform for short course racing that was demanding, exciting and not beyond the capabilities of Corinthian teams and sailors of all ages. The owner/driver rule influenced the boat’s design and added to its perennial nature and a well organised international class has kept the class active and very relevant 21 years after the first boat was launched at Newport Rhode Island, USA. 

Farr 40 racing in Australia commenced in 2000 with vitamin baron Marcus Blackmore and the Hooligan crew taking out the first-ever national title. John Calvert-Jones, Perini and Blackmore were top of the leader board for many years until 2007 when Sydney developer Lang Walker won his first national championship.
The same year the Australian class was established, John Calvert-Jones proved the southerners’ mettle on the world stage, becoming the first Aussie skipper to win a world championship on foreign waters. In 2013 the annual national series was named in honour of the Australian Farr 40 founding-father, becoming the Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy.

From 2009 Guido Belgiorno-Nettis dominated the class, winning six national championships almost back-to-back. Most recently Martin Hill and his HillPDA Racing team set the benchmark.

The audience at the RSYS ball also paid tribute to Forty owner, Sam Hill, at the class’ anniversary ball. Hill reinvigorated the Australian fleet in 2013, securing a multi-year deal with major sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management and helping create a multi-state east coast competition that took the fleet south to Hobart and as far north as Queensland, all supported by a professional class administrator and media services, which are ongoing.

The 2018-2019 season runs from September 22-23, 2018 to April 2019 and follows the same east coast challenge formula - a combination of pointscore and social regattas stretching between Sydney and Port Stephens culminating in the NSW and Australian titles in March and April next year, respectively.

Current Farr 40 Australian President Gordon Ketelbey (also a Squadron member) added, “The enduring Australian Farr 40 class is going strong and the owner group, including two new owners in Janey Treleaven and Jason King, is eager for another season of thrilling one design racing on the beautiful waterways of Sydney Harbour, Pittwater, Newcastle and Port Stephens.”

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

Main Series Race 3

Racing on 15 September started on time on a hot day with a building and gusty westerly of 12-17 knots. The puffs of almost 30kts kept all the crews on their toes sailing the North Westerly course. 

13 Etchells sailed three races in their Mini A regatta with many using this mini regatta to sharpen their crew work prior to the Etchells Worlds in Brisbane in late October. The day was won by Top 40, with Michael Coxon making a guest appearance as helmsmen with a convincing scoreline of 1,1,2 for a total of 4 points. Doug McGain on Ciao took out second place, pushed hard by Martin Hill on Synergy.

In the mixed fleet Division 1, 11 boats started with Anthony Coleman’s Euphoria handling the puffy conditions well to win the Duke of Gloucester Cup. Peregrine finished 2nd and last year's winner Ultreya came 3rd.

In Division 2, the Carleton Cup was won by Trevor Campbell’s Solange, with Grendel and Can Can making up the minor placings.

Division 3 was racing for the Xafira Teapot and was won by Gavin Moss on Intrigue. Windsong 2 placed 2nd and Tingari 3rd.

Racing for the mixed fleet continues this coming weekend (Saturday 22 September) before a brief pause in racing for the October long weekend.



Division 1 

1        7133        Euphoria    Anthony Coleman    
2        154          Peregrine    John Stephen    
3        11001      Ultreya    Rod Pearse

Division 2 
1        7409        Solange    Trevor Carroll    
2        6182        Grendel    thomas cehak    
3        SM500    Can Can    Roman Tarnawsky

Division 3 
1        DAUS175    Intrigue    Gavin Moss (pictured below)    
2        132              Windsong 2    John Vickery    
3        2131            Tingari    John Jeremy

Etchells - Mini Regatta
1        1332             Top 40   Peter Merrington/Geoff Bonouvrie (1, 1, 2) (pictured above)
2        1244             Ciao       Douglas McGain (3, 4, 4)
3        1272             Synergy Lawson/Chapman/Hill (5, 6, 3)


View full results here
View photos by Karyn Gojnich here

Article by Declan Brennan


DBSC Women's Laser Regatta

RSYS sailors and club mothers participated in the Double Bay Sailing Club's Inaugural Women's Laser Regatta held last weekend.

Nikki O'Shea, Michelle Costandi, Sophie Hunt, Dorotea West, Brooke Wilson, Maddie O'Shea, Katherine Shannon, Mina Ferguson, Sylvie Stannage, Evie Saunders and Jo Van Hagen joined the 47 strong fleet of sailors ranging from complete novices to regular, very competitive sailors.

Nikki and Sophie in action

The weekend was not just about sailing. Both days kicked off with Yoga on the deck and included coaching both off and on the water. Saturday night was a sit down dinner at the club to hear from a range of women about their experiences in sailing, including Rio Silver Medalist Lucinda Whitty and Kim Bangel, a mother of four who, with no previous sailing experience, signed up for the Clipper Race and sailed from Perth to Sydney, then competed in the Sydney Hobart, before sailing back up the Australian Eastern Coast. 

Supporting the weekend coaching was Krystal Weir (World champion sailor and Olympian), Ashley Stoddart (Rio 2016 Olympian), Karyn Gojnich (3 times Olympian 1988/2004/2008), Marlena Berzins (twice National Youth Champion, Top six Australian Female Laser Radial) and Jaime Ryan (2016 Rio Olympian).

Principal Race Officer Robyn Tames (Australian Sailing National Race Officer, State Judge, Match Racing and Teams Racing Umpire) headed up the race committee.

Brooke and Maddie race for the line

RSYS sailors featured amongst the awards:

U17 4.7                     Brooke Wilson (RSYS)
4.7 Overall                Brooke Wilson (RSYS)

U21 Radial                Sylvie Stannage (RSYS) (pictured top)
Open Radial              Candice Cushway
Radial Overall           Sylvie Stannage (RSYS)

Green Fleet 4.7          Hayley Messenger
Green Fleet Radial    Kylie Symonds

Wild Child (biggest variation in results): Sophie Hunt (RSYS)
Enthusiasm and sportsmanship: Sophie Hunt (RSYS)
Funniest Capsize: Nikki O'Shea (RSYS)

Most Improved:         Emily Ball
Happiest Sailor:         Christine Linhart
Best Dry Capsize/Recovery: Azura Gacoin
Biggest Risk Taker (start cowboy): Brianna Sparre
Best Backwards Sailing: Belle Parker
The most borrowed boat prize: Georgie Haysom
Congeniality Prize:     Ray Martin
Gutsiest and Committed Prize (plus longest commute): Annabelle Connery  


You can read more about the event and view further photos here

Article by Karyn Gojnich
Photos by Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass


Magnificent Opening Day

What a delightful Opening Day we enjoyed on Sunday 9 September! The sun shone, bunting fluttered, cannons boomed and several hundred Members and their guests enjoyed the garden party atmosphere.

Commodore Chapman greeted Members and their guests for the last time and saluted the colouful Parade of Sail lead by MV Lady Hopetoun, a classic example of the grace and style of Edwardian steam launches of her period. 

The fleet approaches the clubhouse. 

The following boats were awarded prizes:

Best Dressed Boat & Overall Best Dressed - Allegro, Melissa and John Taylor


Best Dressed Crew - Margaret Rintoul, Bruce Gould


Commodore's Award - Forty, Sam Hill.


You can view more photos here


Photos by John Jeremy and Will Pettigrew.