Duel on Derwent for Sayonara Cup Defence

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has received a challenge from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron for the coveted Sayonara Cup, renewing the match-racing contest between two of the nation’s senior clubs after a break of a decade.

The RSYS has already named its challenging yacht and team, Whimsical and skipper Matt Whitnall, the RYCT’s Defender Trials will be held this coming Saturday with a best-of-seven match races between prominent club members Nick Rogers and Elliott Noye.

The Defender Trials and the Challenge Match will be sailed in International Dragon class yachts. The Deed of Gift of the Sayonara Cup does not restrict the event to one particular class but it has been sailed in the Dragon for the past 30 years.

Rogers won the Sayonara Cup from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in 2009 and is a veteran of the Dragon class, winning the Prince Philip Cup 11 times as well as a World championship and this year winning the Masters and Corinthian trophies at the Worlds in Perth.

His crew of Karabos XI on Saturday will be Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows.

Noye, the 2019 Tasmanian champion in the SB20 class, is a newcomer to the event. He is sailing Ridgeway with his crew, Ed Snowball and Ollie Nicholas.

The RSYS team comprises Max Whitnall (helm), David Chapman and David Giles sailing Whimsical. Team patron is the doyen of the Dragon class Gordon Ingate.

Whitnall is an active Etchells sailor out of the Squadron, Chapman a former Hardy Cup winner and international sailor in varied classes, notably as a tactician. Giles has sailed for many years with Ingate on his International Dragon, Whimsical.

The Sayonara Cup was the premier trophy for Australian yachting from 1903 to 1962. Modelled on the America’s Cup Deed of Gift, it was established as a match-racing event between large yachts representing New South Wales and Victoria.

The perpetual trophy was named after the winner (from Melbourne) of the first challenge match between the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

Despite periods when no events took place, the Sayonara Cup remained well-known to the general public and the experience gained by Australian yachtsmen racing for the trophy led them to consider challenging for the America’s Cup in the late 1950s when the New York Yacht Club adopted the International Twelve Metre Class.

The Sayonara Cup was then sailed in the slightly smaller International Eight Metre Class yachts, with the event expanded to include challenges from Tasmania as well as NSW and Victoria, with the RYCT’s challenger Erica J bringing the trophy to Tasmania for the first time.

Colourful Sydney yachtsman Bill Northam introduced new competition when he imported from England what was reputed to be the world’s fastest Eight Metre, the Fife designed Saskia. For the first time in 24 years the Sayonara Cup returned to the RSYS.

With Australian yachtsmen focusing on the America’s Cup challenges in Twelve-Metres, the Sayonara Cup became dormant until the 1980s when it was contested in the one-

design International Dragons. Victorian, NSW and Tasmanian boats have all taken part at different times.

In 1984 and 1985, the RSYS defender won, but in 1987, the RYCT challenger took the trophy back to Hobart, and it was successfully defended in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.

In 1993, the RSYS challenger won, but the RYCT regained the trophy the following year in 1995. In 1996, the Sayonara Cup returned to Sydney but this time to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, which then defended in 1997, 2000 and 2004 before the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Nick Rogers won again in 2009.

Over a period of 56 years the RYCT has won the Sayonara Cup nine times, past winners being the Eight-Metre class yacht Erica J, skippered Ted Domeney in 1953, then the International Dragon Maj Britt helmed by Stephen Boyes (1987 and 1988), followed by Nick Rogers sailing Karabos VI in 1989, Karabos VII in 1990, 1991 and 1992, Karabos VIII in 1994, and regained from the RSYS with Karabos IX in 2009.

Rogers’ winning crew in 2009, Leigh Behrens and Simon Burrows are back aboard Karabos XI for this Saturday’s Defender Trials on the River Derwent.

 

Words: Peter Campbell

Photo: Penny Conacher

Havoc wins Etchells NSW Championship

Congratulations to Havoc, skippered by Colin Beashel and crewed by Henry Kernot and RSYS Member Richard Allanson, for winning the 2018-19 Etchells NSW State Championship. The event was hosted by the Gosford Sailing Club and the Gosford Etchells Fleet from 15-17 February. 

Second place went to Magpie skippered by Graeme Taylor with crew Ben Lamb and RSYS Member James Mayo.

RSYS member Jeanne-Claude Strong on Etchells 1435 took 3rd place with crew Seve Jarvin, Kate Devereux and RSYS member Marcus Burke. Congratulations all!

See the full results here

Photo by Alex McKinnon Photography

Australia wins Sydney SailGP


The first leg of the SailGP series was witnessed by more than 20,000 people who took to the water on our spectacular harbour, providing the perfect amphitheatre for the season kick off. Tom Slingsby led the Australian team to victory, heading the leaderboard as the fleet moves to San Francisco for the second leg. 
 
Two intense days of racing saw six national teams do battle in the world’s most technologically advanced catamarans, competing to get the first points on the leaderboard and closer to the $1 million Season 1 prize.

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match analysis

The Committee wishes to thank Squadron Members for supporting our Club's initiative to hold this event. They appreciate that holding events such as these can be very disruptive to your use of Club facilities and therefore thank you for your forbearance, leading up to and during the event. They hope you enjoyed the racing. 

 

SailGP set for take off

 

RSYS is excited to be hosting the first leg of the international SailGP tour starting this week. Six national teams (including an Australian team) will be racing identical supercharged 50 foot catamarans engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Racing & Broadcast
Friday, February 15, 4-6 p.m. 
Saturday, February 16, 3-5 p.m. 

Fox Sports: Live host broadcast; full race replays (check local listings)
Kayo Sports: Live multi-view video
SailGP APP: Supplementary video and data; full race replay (24 hours post-race)
Facebook: Full race replay (24 hours post-race)

VHF channel 20

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A message to our Members
The event organisers will occupy the main floor of the clubhouse from 11 - 19 Feb. We ask for your forbearance with any inconvenience this causes but hope that you appreciate this is a prestigious event our Club is hosting and that you have the time to enjoy the spectacle either from the CCA or out in the Harbour..

Watch the action from your own boat
Please note there will be established public viewing areas and exclusion zones. If you registered for the SailGP Boater program, they will email you course information. Last minute flags may be collected from Woolahra sailing Club. You can listen to live commentary on VHF channel 20.

RSYS Careening Cove
Book a table for lunch (call Reception) and enjoy the action from large TV screens showing the live stream broadcast and expert commentary. Please enter the CCA via 'Under the Sail', not through the clubhouse. NB the race track will not be visible from the terrace. The boats will dock briefly at RSYS before and after racing to collect and deliver the crews. 

RSYS Youth Sailing lawn
We will set up tables, chairs and a refreshment stall serving beer, wine and soft drinks. Members and their guests can enjoy the action from large TV screens showing the live stream broadcast and expert commentary.

RSYS Rooftop Bar
Friday 15 Feb from 4pm. Please do not enter via the Shell Cove Room but via the side door adjacent to the Club rooms. 

Merchandise
RSYS Sailing Office has an attractive range of commemorative T-shirts, polos, caps and jackets on sale until Saturday. 
view SailGP merchandise list here

 

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Note to Members

Next week will be very busy at our Club. Please note:
•    This is a high profile event and there will be security guards at all entrances
•    Carry your Member card to expedite access
•    Car park is reserved for Members only
•    You must sign in your guests prior to their arrival or they will not be granted access
•    The CCA will be open for breakfast & lunch on Friday 15 Feb to Sunday 17 Feb and for dinner on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 Feb
•    The Dining Room will not be open Monday 11 Feb - Tuesday 19 Feb, re-opening 20 Feb.

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For Sailing Members 

If you wish to watch the action from your boat, please register with the SailGP Boater program. Then collect a SailGP flag from RSYS on Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 Feb, 10am-2pm. You may also collect your flag on race days from Woollahra Sailing Club. 

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RSYS Sailing schedule

Boat owners and sailors, please note that from Monday 11 - Tuesday 19 Feb the RSYS sailing program will be as follows:
12 Feb Tuesday Twilights 
13 Feb RPEYC Wednesday Series
15 Feb Friday Twilights CANCELLED
16 Feb Saturday all racing CANCELLED
17 Feb NO Youth training.
19 Feb Tuesday Twilights 
Please advise your crew.

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RSYS Waterfront

From Monday 11 – Tuesday 19 Feb, access will be affected by SailGP activities as follows:
•    Fuel available as normal
•    Tender service available as normal
•    The Hardstand and outer pontoon are closed
•    The inner pontoon is to be used for pick ups, drop offs and tender service
•    Access to inner pontoon is via CCA or the ‘goat track’
•    No berthing anywhere - short or long term
•    No access to the Members shed
•    Boatshed closed 
•    Skippers must sign in their crew on arrival otherwise they will not be granted entry to the Clubhouse.
•    Non-member crew should identify themselves at entry points and provide the name of the vessel/skipper they are sailing with. 

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Stepping Stone House Fundraiser

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like minded people. Give your company some exposure. Enjoy post-race drinks and a carvery. Or spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Club's beautiful Carabella Room.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for more than 29 years and RSYS has been a proud supporter since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 5 March for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 7 March for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

Bridge day information here

Regatta information here