27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta 

Eight Squadron sailors, Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd, Kat Zbroja-Wotherspoon, Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Olga Skatkova, Liz Borberg, Maria Nash and Teresa Dowding, traveled to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta on Port Phillip Bay.

It was a huge leap for the ladies from competing on an Yngling in the Tuesday Twilight series to the Melges 32 class, so they were thrilled to come first in AMS Division One.

Congratulations ladies!  

Read the full story at mysailing.com.au

RSYS 2nd at Open QLD Match Racing

Last weekend Squadron Development Program members Mitch Evans, Ben Fraser, Henry Rochford and Angus Olding, along with their coach Klade, ventured to the Gold Coast to compete in the Open Queensland Match Racing Championship. Throughout the course of the regatta, three round robins were completed along with the top two finals series, on a racecourse very different to Sydney Harbour. The regatta was hosted by Southport Yacht Club, and racing was run off the main beach at Hollywell and Dux. The club is situated on the river, and competing in narrow waters with a lot of tide was definitely a different experience for the RSYS team. A new set of skills and strategies had to be adopted…and fast, to remain competitive!

The RSYS team managed to finish 2nd out of five teams after completion of the round robins. This secured them a place in the final against the undefeated James Hodgson, representing Sunshine Coast Sailing Club. Unfortunately, the team lost in the final 3-0. Nevertheless the regatta was great practise and experience in the lead-up to our next regatta in early July, taking place in Darwin. 

By Angus Olding


MC38 Act 2 Winter Series

Over the weekend the Squadron hosted Act 2 of the MC38 Winter series. Race one was held on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The boats experienced a truely gloomy winter's day. Sunday also brought strong SW winds that reached about 30 knots at times, so racing was intense and fast paced, quite the opposite to Saturday's light conditions.

Leslie Green’s Ginger was the stand-out, winning all four races. His core tactician was RSYS Member David Chapman. Act 2 was also the debut for Chris Way’s Easy Tiger VI and although finishing at the bottom end, they will definitely be coming back harder next time. Act 3 of the series will be held out of RPAYC from 15-16 July.



  1. Ginger – Leslie Green – CYCA – 4 pts
  2. Vino – Steven Coates – RPAYC – 10 pts
  3. Hooligan – Peter Johnson – RPAYC – 15 pts
  4. Dark Star – John Bacon – RPAYC – 16 pts
  5. Easy Tiger VI – Chris Way – RPAYC – 16 pts

Article: RSYS Member Angus Olding
Photography: RSYS Member Kylie Wilson

Combined Winter Series Race 6

Following a 'bye' last week due to the long weekend, all four clubs met again on Saturday 17 June for race six of the Combined Winter Series. There were more then 40 boats on the water which raced in steady, low to medium strength S and SW winds, which produced quite a nip in the air.

Currently in the overall Combined Series point-scores: Hell Razer has a healthy lead in Division 1, with a 9 point buffer over second position. Solange narrowly claims first place ahead Silky in Division 2. In Division 3, Primary Wave is currently in front by 8 points. Fagel Grip is clear ahead in the Classics Division, 18 points ahead of second. In the Non-spinnaker Division, Hyperion II and A Bus only have a one point difference between them, and in the Super 30 Division, Mr Mojo and Optimum are equal first.


Podium Results (PHS): 


Super 30  

  1. Matagi – Simon Oliver - BSC
  2. Sigurd – Ian Dencker - RANSA
  3. Mako – Cameron Wiklund - RANSA

Division 1

  1. Euphoria – Anthony Coleman - RSYS
  2. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA
  3. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid – RSYS

Division 2  

  1. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar - CYCA
  2. Silky – Tony Hirst - RANSA
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS

Division 3

  1. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA
  2. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  3. Capriccio – Tony Craven - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Til The Fat Lady Sings – David Smith - RANSA
  2. A Bus – Andrew Goldfinch - RPEYC
  3. Sahara – Jeff Muscat – RPEYC


View full results here  


By Angus Olding

Mooloolaba Success

Over the long weekend 39 of the best Etchells teams congregated in Mooloolaba for the highly competitive 2017 Line 7 Etchells Australasian Championship. Representing RSYS were: Iron Lotus, Yandoo XX, Great White Hunter and Shindig, with several more Members crewing aboard other boats. Congratulations to James Mayo aboard the winning boat Magpie (pictured below) and to Tom King, David Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen on Iron Lotus (above) who finished 2nd overall.

Ivan Wheen commented: “The Etchells Australasian Championship has had a history of either balmy or very inclement weather. The 2017 regatta was forecast to be wild and woolly, so we took every bit of gear we owned including the kitchen sink - but it ended up mild and sunny with breezes under 20 knots. The Mooloolaba Yacht Club put on a great show on the water with the Wilson brothers giving us seven solid races, and each evening the club hosted some great get togethers. 

"The competition in this class is definitely not getting any easier, and it was clear that the crew of Magpie, Graham Taylor (G.T), Steve Jarvin (Mothy) and James Mayo (Nugget), had been training and were in a league above all the other crews. They won the regatta with a great display of boat speed and boat handling which was especially evident during the last race when they started very deep and relentlessly chipped away at the fleet and claimed second place in that race and a win for the regatta. Hats off the the Magpie crew, it was a well deserved win," he added.

The 2018 Worlds will be held in Brisbane from 17-27 October, and the Iron Lotus crew, along with many of our RSYS Etchells competitors, are looking forward to crossing swords with all the usual suspects between now and then.


RSYS Results:

2nd – IRON LOTUS (1442) – Tom King, Ivan Wheen, Owen McMahon and David Edwards

12th – YANDOO XX (868) – Jeanne-Claude Strong, Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Tiana Wittey

15th – GREAT WHITE HUNTER (1401) – David Dunn, Andrew Howe, Michael Coxon

21st – SHINDIG (1268) – Robert Weir, Mike Tyquin, Paul Thackray


View full results here

By Angus Olding
Photography by Alex McKinnon