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Northern Havoc takes out 2018 Etchells NSW Championship

Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Chris Hampton’s Tango from Brighton, Victoria, maintained the rage to finish first and second at the 2018 Etchells NSW title sailed on Sydney Harbour in superb conditions.

 >> View day three video here

 “We’ve had lovely nor’easters for the past two days and quite strong ebb tides which really opened the race course and the opportunities, and you could see this in the scores,” Murray commented. “You had to get a good start and get up that first beat. It wasn’t easy. We had some good races and some less so - in the end our tough races weren’t as tough as for others.”

 Murray and Hampton finished day one Captain and Commander respectively, and that’s how the final series scores panned out, just a single point separating the two front-runners after three days of hard grind hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet.

 “Iain and his crew really won the regatta on Saturday when they carried on with a broken backstay in the second race and then with a jury-rigged set-up posted a good score in race 6,” said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin adding, “That performance really underlined how well they sailed”. 

 Martin Hill’s Lisa Rose moved into third overall from a 40-boat fleet representing NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Hill is spreading himself across two classes approaching the season-end; the Farr 40 nationals next month at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as skipper of HillPDA Racing and the 2018 Etchells World Championship.

 “This was our first regatta as a team on the new boat and we are building up to do as well as we can at the Brisbane worlds in October we’ve luckily already qualified for,” said tactician David Chapman. “We have a three-year campaign planned and we are trying to work out the best crew fit. Martin steers, Julian Plante’s on main and he used to steer, I’m doing tactics and I used to do main and Mark Langford is on the bow.

 “In two weeks we are going to defend our Etchells NZ National Championship title, then we’ll do the Victorian States and then we are ramping up for the world championship at RQYS. We’ve committed to next year’s worlds in Texas then Fremantle the year after. After that Martin will decide whether he’s happy to continue; as he says, ‘it’s the best fleet in the world’,” Chapman added.

 Matt Chew’s Gen XY was the highest placed Queensland team, fourth in the final standings against Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron clubmate Peter Conde’s Encore in seventh place and winning Etchells Grand Masters.

The Royal Perth Yacht Club team campaigning The Cure finished just outside the top 10 but in terms of their worlds preparation skipper Ray Smith said the series was perfect. “It was fun and challenging with difficult conditions on Friday. We had fairly specific goals for this regatta and while it’s nice to get higher up the results sheet they weren’t the only criteria - we were trying out a couple of new systems and sails, and it wasn’t my boat. A very tough fleet; at least 15 solid crews.”

 One of four Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth teams cracked a top ten finish on day three, Sunday February 18, 2018, skipper Will Dargaville leading the crew. He described Friday’s outing as “average” then on Saturday in the final race Pam was holed solidly at the bow (not their fault). A quick duck and sail-repair tape patch job later and the youth crew went back out on Sunday to finish tenth over the line in the series’ final race eight. A lucky draw winning ticket also gifted the team a brand new North Sails jib.

 “We’ve been sailing for a couple of months; we’ve never really done big fleet keelboat racing and we improved each day,” the young skipper said. In awe of the talent on display Dargaville added: “the fleet quality this weekend will be hard to beat heading into the worlds.”

 The RSYS’ next Etchells event is the Etchells Sydney Fleet’s world qualifying series March 27 to April 7 comprising seven races.

 RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said Saturday and Sunday were picture perfect, nor’easters averaging 17 knots and boats spread across the width of the harbour from the start north of Clark Island to the top marks towards Watson’s Bay. “The fact they were using the whole harbour means they felt they could do well right across the course,” Ridley said.

 The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them provided excellent competitor prizes.

Sydney Etchells list of entries and website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ 

Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

NSW Championship - day one to Iain Murray

Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.

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Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner.

RSYS Member Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight.

“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.

“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added.

Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep.

“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.”

Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said the racing was compact and competitive with little spread between first and last finishers on two course areas, one starting in Taylor’s Bay and the other in Chowder Bay to accommodate the right trending breeze.

“The fleet enjoyed fluctuating 15kts gusting up to 18, a bit of a lottery with the wind, plenty of summer sunshine and Sydney Harbour to themselves,” Ridley said, noting Saturday will bring the hordes from Sydney’s many yacht clubs plus recreational boaties out in numbers, thereby changing the series’ dynamics.

Racing commences at 1330hrs on Saturday February 17 in forecast nor’easters and on Sunday the first warning is at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydneywho between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.

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Sydney Etchells list of entries and website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ 

Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

video by mikemcloughlinmoments

photo by darcicphotography

Etchells NSW Championship - the path to the Worlds

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The Australian Etchells fleet is edging towards a world championship in Brisbane and the NSW title regatta on Sydney Harbour this weekend is an important opportunity for those crews with a worlds challenge brewing to test their mettle against some of the class’ best. 

Four Queensland entries plus one each from Victoria and Western Australia are making the journey to join the majority NSW contingent in the three-day regatta, February 16-18, hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. 

A strong fleet of 41 Etchells will commence their NSW title contest on Friday, among them many former national champions and a number of world-beaters, in the popular one design class that’s been around since the 1960s and according to Queenslander Matt Chew “has always been cool”. 

For Gen XY skipper Chew and his crew Ashley Deeks, Ben Vercoe and Brian Donovan, the NSW title marks the start of their run towards a home world championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in October. 

“We have kept training pretty low key and now we are doing the NSW event and then the Victorian championship. We are ramping up and planning to peak at the end. We’ll see; we are trying to time our run to the worlds,” Chew said. 

On the cool factor he reckons: “Etchells have always been cool. I sail all the foiling boats but there’s something about coming back to an Etchells that levels the field. In other classes it’s about athleticism but with Etchells it’s who picks the wind. It’s very pure and simple; I think that’s why a lot of pro sailors come back to the class, to measure themselves against their peers.” 

Sydney Etchells fleet captain Mike Tyquin says, “Yet again after more than 40 years the Etchells Class shows its depth of class and broad appeal with a fantastic 41 boat fleet in Australia’s largest and leading one design keelboat class. The racing will be a real spectacle on Sydney Harbour and RSYS is ready for the fleet to put on a great regatta. Looking at the start list I can make the case for about a dozen boats to have a claim on winning the regatta, and of course plenty of well-performing club crews will mix up the results. I am very excited about what the four youth teams from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will bring, I expect them to perform very well." 

Winner of the RSYS Milson’s Silver Goblets last November, Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, is just one of the notable entries. Other ranked sailors include past world champions Iain Murray (Northern Havoc), Peter Merrington (Top 40) and Olympic gold medallist Tom King skippering the 2012 Etchells Worlds victor Iron Lotus he co-owns with David Edwards and Ivan Wheen. 

An eight-race schedule is planned over three days and each afternoon the ‘Maillot Jaune’, or in this case a yellow North Sails flag, will be awarded to the ‘boat of the day’ with the best set of scores. 

The weekend forecast indicates strongest winds on Friday - up to 19kts of SSE breeze, SE to 8kts on Saturday and even lighter sou’easters on Sunday.

On Friday 16 February the first warning signal is at 1230hrs, on Saturday the program commences at 1330hrs and on Sunday it reverts back to first warning at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.

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View list of entries and crew at https://www.rsys.com.au/images/2018/MASTERENTRYLIST2018.pdf  
Full results will be posted at https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

 

 By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

 

Landmark Hardy Cup Win

Congratulations to Clare Costanzo (RPAYC) and her team who have won the Hardy Cup 2018. 

For the first time since its inauguration in 2001, a female led all-women crew brilliantly captured the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s longstanding Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta trophy at the end of four days of intense competition on Sydney Harbour.

Last year Clare Costanzo and her Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club teammates finished bridesmaids at the same event. On Thursday February 8, 2018 the RPAYC’s five-strong youth team beat George Anyon’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team 3-0 in the finals, sailed in 20+ knot nor’easters off the host club at Kirribilli.

In doing so Costanzo broke an 18-year run of gun male skippers taking out the grade 3 youth event, and with an all-female crew.


l to r: Ruby Scholten, Celia Wilson, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz and Clare Costanzo

Costanzo, Jess Angus, Hannah Lanz, Ruby Scholten and Celia Willison celebrated with a swim and some champagne then official photos before three of the five dashed to the airport for a 7.30pm flight to New Zealand, where training for the final youth match racing regatta in the series of three begins today, Friday 9 February.

“We’ll have to celebrate our win at the end of the next regatta, the Nespresso Cup,” the 21-year-old winning skipper said from the airport, flanked by Angus and Lanz and a change of teammates for New Zealand’s premier youth match racing event.

“We were aiming for a podium finish; to win is amazing. The results are a credit to the crew, we won by out-sailing the boys in terms of our crew work. On the last morning we said to our coach Tom (Spithill), ‘where’s our motivational speech?’ and he said, ‘you don’t need it!’ A big thank you to Tom, who never stopped believing in us, and the RSYS race management team,” Costanzo added.

Spithill has spent the week on-water supporting his two RPAYC crews, the other helmed by Clare’s younger sister Juliet. Today he’s waking up in Auckland where he will coach and mentor two different teams fielded by his club for the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 9 - 13.

“The result is huge for women in sport. This team proved how competitive they are both in terms of their match racing tactics and boat handling skills on the Elliotts,” the proud coach said of the ground-breaking Hardy Cup victory.

Second was George Anyon (RNZYS) and third was Tom Grimes (CYCA).

Anyon (RNZYS) vs Costanzo (RPAYC)

RSYS Commodore Richard Chapman summarised: “The Hardy Cup sits at the end of the youth match racing summer calendar so the teams are well-practised and we’ve been privileged to watch first-rate competition all week. In Thursday’s finals we witnessed some of the best and closest match racing we have ever seen.

“It’s been an excellent regatta for top youth sailors like Clare and George Anyon, but also for the less-experienced skippers such as Hayden Brown from Sandringham and the RNZYS’s Patrick Harris, who made it through to the semi-finals and pushed Clare all the way.

“It’s wonderful to see match racing return to favour; it’s a terrific discipline for both young sailors learning their craft and also the sailing stars of tomorrow who have America’s Cup ambitions,” the Commodore added.

The four-day schedule of round-robin racing whittled down to four finalists was completed under the guidance of race officer Ian Kingsford Smith and his on-water team in consistent Sydney summer conditions. Morning winds were generally too light for racing to commence, then the NE sea breeze arrived at lunchtime and built to 18 knots over the course of most afternoons, stronger on the last day.

Very noticeable to RSYS organisers was the camaraderie between the teams from NZ, interstate and around Sydney, and the respect shown to Costanzo and her team throughout the series.

The Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta will be held at the Squadron next year from the 3rd to 7th of February 2019. 

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Article by Lisa Ratcliff, On Course Communications
Photos by Darcie Collington, Darcie C Photography
Video by Mike McLoughlin, Mike McLoughlin Moments

 

Hardy Cup Day 3

 
Competitors enjoyed an excellent day on the water today, 7 February, with the first of the knock-out rounds.

George Anyon's team (RNZYS) continued to find their form, the only team to make it through to the semi finals 3–0. The teams skippered by Clare Costanzo (RPAYC) and Tom Grimes (CYCA) both went through 3–1, while the match between John Lynch (DSC) and Patrick Harris (RNZYS) was a real thriller with five races. After Harris took the first race, Lynch won the next two putting them on match point. Lynch took a "must win" match to draw level, two apiece, and then went on to take the final deciding match to go through to the semis 3–2. Incredibly close racing!

The Semis and Finals will be held tomorrow, Thursday 8 February - come down to the squadron and watch the action!
Sailing will take place in front of the Clubhouse between 11.30pm and 3.30pm. The best view will be from the lower (Junior) lawn. We will set up tables and chairs so that Members and their guests can order snacks, meals and beverages from the CCA and enjoy the afternoon's racing accompanied by a commentary by super-coach Nev Wittey.

RSYS Youth Coach Klade Hauschildt commented 'This regatta was an essential learning experience for Charlotte Griffin and her all-girl crew. Individually, they are talented sailors but this is their first season together, so I'm not focussing on their result (12th) but I am confident they will coalesce into a formidable team next season. Nick Rozenauers' team got through to the Quarter Finals however some technical faults in their starts saw them lose out to Tom Grimes, CYCA. They then took 7th place overall in the playoffs. Neverteess the crew is happy and motivated for the coming year for which they will remain together as a performance crew.' 

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