Youth Laser Success

Well done to all the RSYS sailors who took part in the Laser NSW State Championship over the weekend. It was super to have such a large turn out and to see the continued improvements the sailors have made through their training.

In particular we applaud Marlena Berzins for winning the Radial and Finn Alexander for taking out the Standard divisions.

The regatta was run by Double Bay Sailing Club who conducted six races over the two day event.

For more information about joining our Club's Laser racing or training programs, please contact the RSYS sailing office or call Locky Pryor on 9017 0154.

RSYS overall results are shown below:

4.7s (25 entries):
2 - Brooke Wilson
3 - Mina Ferguson
4 - Jack Ferguson
6 - Sylvie Chris Stannage
7 - Daniel Costandi
12 - Mark Louis
17 - Daniel Kemp
19 - Ash Baber
21 - Gretel Payne

Radials (59 Entries)
1 - Marlena Berzins
5 - Jack Littlechild
7 - Zac West
10 - Jarrah Sheppard 
17 - Maddie O'Shea
21 Rob Lowndes
26 - D'Arcy Kemp
45 - Tim Stubbs-Race

Full Rig (48 Entries)
1 - Finn Alexander
6 - Oskar Lindbjerg Hansen
44 - David Ferguson


Full results can be found at:

Christmas at the Squadron

There are many social occasions to look forward to this Summer - please mark your diary!
Why not invite some friends and introduce them to our wonderful Club?

  Chef's Christmas Specials download the order form
  3 December Summer Wine Show book here
  7 December Bridge Members Christmas luncheon book here
  8 December Intermediates Christmas drinks at the Roof Top Bar
11 December Cruising Division Christmas Drinks book here
13 December Duplicate Bridge Christmas Dinner book here
13 December Family & Friends Night book here
14 December Christmas Dining In Night book here
17 December Children’s Christmas party Waitlist only
19 December Book Club meeting and Christmas Lunch book here
20 December Wine Tasting book here book here
26 December Sydney-Hobart ferries and lunch Waitlist only
31 December NYE Dinner book here

Milson Silver Goblets: Yandoo XX too Strong

An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, the deserving winner of the 2017 Milson Silver Goblets Etchells regatta sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from November 13-17.

A twilight racer on a busy Sydney Harbour veered too close to a mark of the Etchells course during the closing race and dragged it out of position, thereby throwing the Goblets fleet into chaos. Rather than trying to sort out a messy multi-boat situation in the protest room, race officer Rob Ridley decided the cleanest solution was to abandon the fifth and final race of the unique twilight series, which became the fleet’s one dropped score.

Second by seven points, Rupert Henry’s Vivienne, is a new crew who came together for their first sail on the opening day of the Goblets. The skipper is in the early stages of a possible class comeback after five years away supporting his children’s dinghy sailing pursuits.

Henry’s regular crewman Greg O’Shea plus Josh Chant and Alice Tarnawski combined smoothly to slot in behind Strong’s practised Yandoo XX crew of tactician Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey.

“I love the Goblets regatta,” said Strong. “It attracts really talented sailors and the competition is tough. We were lucky to sail pretty consistently all week and my thanks go to my beautiful team who did a great job, as did the Squadron in spite of a twilighter sabotaging them on the last day. Congratulations to Rupert Henry and Grant Crowle and their teams,” the lone woman owner/skipper among 26 starters added.

Rupert Henry’s boat has sat untouched on the RSYS hardstand since the club hosted the Etchells Worlds 2012. He’s excited about dipping his toe back into the closest racing he says he’s ever experienced. “Etchells racing engages my head so much; I’m exhausted every night. If you make a two metre steering error it will catch up with you at the next mark, it’s not like ocean racing where you can recover. It’s the closest racing I’ve ever done; the same reason the ‘legends’ love it.”

Asked whether he’ll try for a spot at the class’ world championship in Brisbane in October next year Henry said, “That’s a TBA. Three of us have young kids so we are just happy at the moment being harbour warriors. But we have a trailer....”

Third placed Etchells, The Hole Way skippered by Grant Crowle, finished five points off Vivienne and fourth overall was Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong 2. 


Flynn’s been racing Etchells since 2004 and is aware of new faces and more professionals joining teams, which isn’t out of step when a world title looms. “Some new people and fantastic sailors have come into the class and that’s the wonderful thing about Etchells sailing. It’s the only sport in the world you can race against world and Olympic champions whereas you can’t play tennis against Roger Federer or drive a Formula One car!”


Sydney Etchells fleet captain Mike Tyquin said in summary, “We’re very fortunate in our class to have great mix of sailors from the very peak of our sport and also as importantly a strong group of enthusiastic and committed broader base of Corinthian and club racers. The Milson Silver Goblets really is a showcase of all that is great about sailing Etchells and sailing on Sydney Harbour. The racing this week was incredibly close and great fun. Congratulations to JC and her team, they are the hardest working crew in our fleet and deserve all their success.”


Mercedes-Benz Sydney and Zhik supplied prizes to placegetters and Yandoo XX add their name to the stunning perpetual trophy for the second time.

Sydney Etchells fleet sailors now turn their sights to the NSW state title run out of RSYS from February 16-18, 2018 and look forward to hosting 40 boats from other clubs and interstate. Details coming soon and all are welcome.

Goblets 2017 video

Sydney Etchells website and full results at

Find out more at:


By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Decorated Silver Goblets fleet led by Yandoo XX

There is local club racing, and then there’s the Etchells Sydney fleet fighting for the annual Milson Silver Goblets trophy on Sydney Harbour, and raising a warning flag for other states and nations on the strength of the NSW field preparing for next year’s world championship.

Half of the 26 Silver Goblets skippers are either past Etchells national champions, world champions in any class, America’s Cup sailors or Olympic representatives in sailing, and some fall into multiple top-level categories. Then there are the likes of Magpie’s crew, Iain Jensen and guest skipper Tom Slingsby driving for owner Graeme Taylor, who between them add Olympic gold medallist cachet to the talent mix.

Three races into the five-race twilight series on Sydney Harbour and the only female skipper, Jeanne-Claude (JC) Strong, leads the fleet by six points with her Etchells Yandoo XX.

Tactician Seve Jarvin said, “We’ve had three good starts and stayed in the top bunch. The courses are short, within the harbour’s natural boundaries, and that makes the starts all-important.  We aren’t winning races but we are finishing in the top two to four, and in the Etchells fleet that’s pretty solid. JC runs a very good program; she’s very dedicated to doing it properly and it’s good to see the results coming for us at the Queensland title and here,” Jarvin added.

Second on progressive scores is Rupert Henry’s Vivienne and third is Magpie, in spite of the crew playing musical chairs.

London Laser gold medallist and Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby skippered races one and three, and will see out the week, and Iain Jensen moved aft from mainsheet to tiller on Tuesday. Steve Jarvin and James Mayo are both regular Magpie crew and not long back from finishing second at the 2017 Etchells World Championship with Taylor at the helm. Jarvin’s holding onto his seat for this Goblets and Mayo jumped in as third crew when Slingsby needed a leave pass.

New Etchells Sydney fleet website and full results so far at

Some of the sport’s most decorated plus a strong youth component and class veterans have made the most of the late afternoon nor’easters and plenty of spring sunshine delivering sublime conditions for races one to three. An afternoon shower is forecast for Thursday November 16 and on Friday the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm and sea breezes up to 20 knots.

Following a Mini Regatta race on Saturday afternoon, an evening trophy presentation back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will celebrate the placegetters among the teams. The majority of the fleet sail for the host club with a small number representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to the north and Cronulla Sailing Club to the south.

Keen to encourage the next generation of Etchells sailors and build on the class’ four-decade long legacy, as well as for strength and talent reasons, a number of owners are choosing to round out their crew with younger sailors and professionals such as Jarvin and tactician David Chapman sailing with Martin Hill on his Etchells called Lisa.

Tiana Wittey, pictured above, is the 18 year-old daughter of Olympic sailor turned coach Neville Wittey and is an important long-time member of Yandoo XX. “I’m consistently the youngest in the fleet,” she said. “At dad’s suggestion I hopped on Yandoo at a Newcastle regatta eight years ago when JC needed another 40 kilos of crew weight, and I’ve been there ever since.”

She says her crew worked hard over winter for the current season - two or three weekly on-water training sessions starting at 6am at the RSYS, plus gym work. Like many among the Goblets fleet, their aim is to qualify for the 2018 Etchells World Championship to be hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Wittey notes there aren’t many women in the fleet and says, “One day I’d love to have an all-women crew. JC has been an incredible mentor; she’s taught me beyond sailing, about organisation and how to run a business.”

And Wittey threw down a challenge to other Etchells owners: “There’s no weigh-in, so why not grab a young boy or girl and throw them on board. Etchells racing needs to be affordable and accessible to attract young people.”

Find out more at:


By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Further information:


Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e.

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet Communications Officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151

Friday Twilights 10 November

There were 67 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Simon Dollard from Cerberus, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!



Division 1

1    A147        Ticket of Leave    Max Prentice    
2    98            Gunga Din            Ivan Wheen    
3    8001        Forty                     Sam Hill

Division 2

1    6635        World's Apart       Christopher Stannard    
2    6182        Grendel                Tom Cehak    
3    SM74       Lively                   Sophie Nelson / Marcus Stewart

Division 3

1    6745        Onaview            Richard Petrie / David Baker    
2    5865        Pinta II              Kym Evans    
3    6998        Genovefa          Genevieve Slattery

Division 4

1    6758        Bonsela             Charles Agnew    
2    370          Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    6821        Jacana              David Creer


1    Elliott 4        

View full results here