Paspaley Tuesday Twilights blast off

Our Paspaley Tuesday Twilight fleet enjoyed an invigorating start to the new season series on 13 November with a solid 20 knots from the north east, gusting to 25-27 knots.

There was a great turnout despite the fresh wind which might have scared off a few. We had 29 starters out of 39 entered overall, comprising 16 in the Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division, 10 in the Ynglings/Elliotts and 3 in the Open Non-Spinnaker Division. This compares to just 25 in the first race last season. 

We are delighted to welcome new skippers and crew to the fleets including Coco (Jenny Farrell), Meridian (Ros Bradley), Khaleesi (Pauline Dally), Sophie Hunt in the One Design spinnaker division and Morag Bheag (John Maclurcan) in the Open Division.

Congratulations to this week's winners:

Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division - Jenny Farrell (Coco), Nikki Shannon (Vivace), Kristina Brenke (Gaia)
Ladies Spinnaker Division - Sophie Hunt (Elliott 1), Catherine Curtis (Elliott 2), Kat Wotherspoon (Evie)
Open Division - John Maclurcan (Morag Bheag)
Best Start - Ros Bradley (Meridian)

We are thrilled to have Paspaley partner with us for a third season. Their beautiful prizes this year year are eight pairs of Keshi stud earrings, featuring 9mm Baroque Keshi pearls set in 18kt yellow gold, pictured below, which we will present at our final race night on 12 March 2019. We will award four pairs to our winners based on results, and four as lucky draw participation prizes in which there will be one entry for each boat that competes in 75% or more of the pointscore races.

 

 


 

2018 Etchells World Champions!

RSYS Member Martin Hill, owner and skipper of Lisa Rose 1449 has won the 2018 Etchells World Championship. Congratulations Julian Plante, Martin, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke, pictured above.

Martin commented: 'It was both a thrill and relief to cross the finish line in the final race to win the Championship. Nothing can prepare you for such a competitive fleet and a starting line that is 1.2 km in length. It was the combined skill of Julian Plante on Main, Mat Belcher on Tactics, Sean O Rourke on the jib/kite and Michael Blackburn as our coach, that weaved the magic to give us the 17 point wining margin.

'I should also mention congratulations to the Australian Sailing Team with both Mat Belcher and (RSYS Intermediate Member) Will Ryan with Victor Kovalenko as their coach, achieving 1 & 2nd  respectively overall. They are a class in their own.'  

Further Squadron Members also won prestigious awards: Iron Lotus 1442, comprising Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O'Shea, took out the Corinthian trophy, below centre, and Jean-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award, below right.

Honourable mentions in the top 20 of this top calibre fleet include Mark Johnson of Roulette 1377 in 8th place; Ian McKillop, Top 40 in 11th and Doug Flynn of Wobbegong 2 in 18th. Well sailed all!

The championship event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Brisbane Etchells fleet from 22-27 October. The event attracted 94 boats including a strong international showing from Hong Kong, USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Nigeria and Bermuda. Competitors sailed nine races with one drop. Lisa Rose's consistency won the day: 2.0    2.0    21.0    6.0    2.0    6.0    1.0    6.0.

View full results here

Photos - top: Emily Scott Images, below SurfSailKite.

Friday Twilights 26 October

Cool, shifty conditions greeted the fleet on Friday 26 October - as well as a returning supertanker. There were 51 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Jaguar for the Weekend prize. Paul Williams of Takana, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

A beautiful evening. Photo by Sarah Goddard-Jones.

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Results

Division 1 
1    Blackwood    Alastair Metcalf    
2    Viva La Vita    Howard Elliott    
3    Assassin    John Vandervord

Division 2 
1    Well Inclined    Brian & Anthea McKean    
2    Worlds Apart    Christopher Stannard    
3    Koolaroo    David FitzSimons

Division 3 
1    Onaview    Richard Petrie    
2    Flying Turtle    Phil Wait    
3    Star Ferry    John Conroy

Division 4 
1    Corrib II    David Leonard    
2    Wyreepi Too    Ian Robertson    
3    Ostara    Glenn Richard

Elliott 7s
1    Elliott 3        
2    Elliott 2        
3    Elliott 1    

View full results here

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Our 2018-19 series is sponsored by Alto Jaguar Land Rover. This week, Alto's sales manager Max MacDonald presented bottles of wine to our Division placegetters. We enjoyed the opportunity to admire the new F Type displayed on the hardstand. Don't forget the 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

 


 

2018 Members Survey - open now!

Dear RSYS Members, we have emailed you the Commodore's invitation to participate in the 2018 Members Survey. If you can't see this email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folder. If you still can't see it, please contact us.

If you have a relative without an email address, please let them know they can complete the survey via your emailed link, or in person at the Club.

We look forward to receiving your feedback. The survey closes 10 November.

Warm regards, 

Will Pettigrew
Club CEO

The Melbourne to Osaka Race

Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea will recount their record-breaking Melbourne to Osaka Race earlier this year at a presentation to the Cruising Division on 28 November. 

The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race is the longest ocean race in the world, with the exception of the circumnavigation races. Adding to the challenges created by the huge distance of 5500NM are that it is a two-handed race, competitors must endure the hardships of an equator crossing, the Doldrum latitudes and the frontal latitudes of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres. The physical, emotional, navigational and technical challenges are huge, especially when attempting the race in a 62 foot grand prix race yacht that had the potential to either to break the race record or destroy the two men sailing her in the attempt...

Find out how they did it!

 

Event details

Date: Wednesday 28 November
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.
Dinner reservations essential. 

 

Members book online here