ICOYC Cruise British Columbia

This year’s International Committee Of Yacht Clubs cruise will visit British Columbia from 3-13 September. The fleet will comprise 25 boats, both power and sail. Crews come from the Seattle YC and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club together with members of ICOYC yacht clubs from around the world including Royal Southern YC on the Solent and three from our own RSYS.

Members from the Squadron include David & Jill Henry, John & Robbie Hancox, James & Gaila Merrington, David & Sarah Salt, Peter Hemery & Pamela Hennessy, Richard & Sandy Lawson, and Rob Anderson along with several friends. The Salts, the Lawsons and Hemery participated in a previous ICOYC Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay in 2015 which was an outstanding event. 

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Cruising Division presentation

The Next Cruising Division talk will take place on 23 May. Come and hear Sarah Goddard-Jones and Pete Lowndes of Wine-Dark Sea describe the first leg of their planned circumnavigation of Australia which commenced in Sydney but curtailed in Darwin, and the method by which the boat was returned to Sydney.

Always entertaining, Sarah and Pete are certain to provide an interesting evening.
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This presentation replaces the scheduled talk by Michael Thurston on Drina's South Georgia Expedition.

Drina departed Brisbane in September 2017 bound for South Georgia and a circumnavigation of Antarctica but has experienced two knockdowns in the Southern Ocean which has resulted in serious damage to the yacht, requiring a diversion for repairs and wintering. 

You can read about the knockdown events on their Facebook page dated 11 April here.

RSYS Sailing Survey 2018

We have come to the end of another busy sailing season and in preparation for next season we would appreciate your input to sailing activities at RSYS.  We have prepared a short survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time to complete.

We would like to hear from boat owners and crew, both RSYS members and non-members and would appreciate your response by Thursday 26 April.

The survey is anonymous however all survey respondents that choose to leave their contact details at the end of the survey will go into a draw to receive dinner for two at the club up to the value of $250. 


We have also designed a survey for our Tuesday Twilight community

Your feedback will assist in future planning of the Club's sailing activities.
Yours in sailing,
Christian Brook and RSYS Sailing Committee

Youth Sailors compete in Europe

Congratulations to the RSYS sailors who competed in the European championships last week.

In the Radials, Campbell Patton (pictured above) had a terrific event in Hungary finishing 3rd out of 154 boats. This has been a huge past few weeks as just a week ago he qualified to represent Bermuda at the Youth Worlds in Texas later in the year.

The 4.7s Europeans were held in Greece, and RSYS was well represented with Brooke Wilson finishing 11th, Sylvie Stannage 20th and Mina Ferguson 25th in a fleet of 104 boats. In the men's fleet, Boston Cortis did a great job finishing 32nd from 200 entries.

RSYS Members also participated in the presitgous Princess Sophia Trophy in Palma Majorca last week, with over 1200 Olympic class sailors competing in one of the largest events on the circuit. Finn Alexander led the Laser Mens Open fleet after two days and finished very credibly in tough conditions against a number of Olympic Medalists.

We will provide updates throughout the year of some of the RSYS sailors on the Olympic circuit, as August will see the first opportunity for countries to earn qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Back at home, several of our Youth sailors made the NSW Youth Sailing team in numerous classes. RSYS will be represented in the 4.7s by Sylvie Stannage, Mina Ferguson, Brooke Wilson, Daniel Costandi and Evie Saunders (trial). In Laser Radials by Campbell Patton, Maddie O’Shea, Zac West, Boston Cortis and Tom Green. In Windsurfers by Vaughn O’Shea and in Nacra 15 by Will Cooley. This is a great achievement by all who have made the squads.

An Etchells shines brightest in the Varuna Trophy

Ten of our RSYS champion yachts and sailors came together to challenge for the Varuna Trophy. This challenge is by invitation only and the invitees are the top place getters in RSYS various classes and divisions. This makes for very exciting and competitive racing.  

Winds on Saturday 14 April were strong and shifty, which made racing demanding but still a lot of fun, according to the sailors.

The winner of the 2018 Varuna Trophy is the RSYS flagged Etchells Roué skippered by Mike Morris and crewed by David Brittain on mainsheet and bowman Matthew Seidel.

“This is a wonderful way to complete the season” said the winner Mike. When asked about his race strategy, he said it was quite simple: "Get in front of Malcolm Shaw and stay there!”  Congratulations to all on Roué for a great victory.
Second place went to another RSYS boat, the Sydney 60, aptly named Sydney and skippered by David Kellett and Charles Curran. The third placed yacht was the Etchells Plan A skippered by Andrew Patterson and sailing under the CYCA burgee. Congratulations to these crews as well.

A huge thank you to all competing champion yachts and we are looking forward to even greater numbers next year.

View the results here