Trophies galore at the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards

Squadron Members and staff took out five of the nine awards categories at the Yachting NSW event on Saturday 21 July at the Manly 16’ Skiff Sailing Club. 

Rupert Henry and Greg O’Shea (pictured above, far left) have been awarded Male Sailor of the Year. They won the Melbourne-Osaka race in record time earlier this year. 

Rupert's son Otto Henry took Junior / Youth Sailor of the Year. He wasn't able to collect the award in person as he is at the Youth Worlds.

John Maclurcan won Volunteer of the Year, for his tireless work as Handicapper. 

Coach of the Year went to Mike Leigh for his success with our Youth Laser program. 

Locky Pryor was awarded Instructor of the Year for rapidly growing the Squadron's adult and junior Learn to Sail programs. 

Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, 'It's a very big year for RSYS and I'm delighted that our elite sailors, dedicated volunteers and hard-working coaches have been acknowledged by the sailing community.'

 

 

A win at the Yngling Worlds


Congratulations to Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance who were the top placed all female crew at the Yngling Worlds in Riva, Lake Garda.  

Karyn writes: 'Lake Garda is the most amazing place to sail. We were smashed on the start line with 47 boats. When we did get off the line we had good results of a 4 and a 7. Sailing in the thermal induced Ora wind, the race was a bit of a one way track to get to the right hand side of the course, so not many opportunities to climb the fleet after a poor start. We finished 19th overall and won the Linge Cup - Women's Perpetual World Championship Trophy (ie first all female team).  

'Fellow RSYS Member Alan Reece sailed with his sons Michael and Jordan, finishing 27th. They were hampered by broken gear but did win the all important race back to the crane on the last day.

'International regattas are fun and worth the effort. We had eight nations competing: AUS, AUT, DEN, GER, NED, SLO, SUI & USA but when you get a bad start and have to go around marks five to ten boats wide, it is challenging.  

'Also supporting us in Riva were International Yngling Association (IYA) secretary Chris Harper, IYA Communication and promotions Jan Harper (both RSYS), IYA Chief measurer Peter Carter and head of the International Jury for the regatta Steve Hatch.  All helped us put on a great Australian Party.'

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Wine-dark Sea success at CYCA winter series

Wine-Dark Sea has wasted little time in getting back to winning ways after her eight month cruising 'sea-battical' from Sydney to Darwin last year.

After what could be described as a warm up event for her race crew, she managed a modest 8th in her first race, before gracing the podium with a 2nd the following week. A consistent three weeks of two 5ths and a 4th followed. Things had obviously gelled by then as the next three weeks resulted in consecutive wins.

Having hit the lead of the pointscore at this stage, the brains trust went to work to figure out the combinations and permutation for the last two races, one of which we wouldn't contest due to a crew 50th up at Magnetic Island (the last place we raced in anger). We figured out only four boats were a danger and their task was next to impossible. Two boats, Quetzacoatl and Rum Jungle, had to win both of the final races; Sports Bar had three points to play with and The Goat had four points. On top of this we had to come outside the top five in the final race.

Results of the penultimate race arrived in Magnetic Island during the party, and the competition had been whittled down to one boat: The Goat. We later found out that one of our crew had defected for the week and assisted The Goat in taking them to the win in this race. That made the crew choice for the race a bit easier... He would be allowed back onboard but would be relegated to a sewer position!

The entire crew sweated on the forecast for the final race, hoping for a fresh breeze. It was forecast but an hour before the start hadn't eventuated. On cue though, as racing got underway, a 15-25 knot gusty sou'wester piped in. All we had to do was keep between The Goat and the finish line. We managed this and even put a few more boats between us. Apart from that it appeared to be a lacklustre performance of only 7th (discarded) and included a destroyed spinnaker. Nevertheless we managed the fastest elapsed time for our course, a feat we did for six of the nine starts we contested, and wrapped up the series win. Sports Bar actually managed their requisite 2nd and 1st in the last two races and ended up on the same number of points as us, but their inferior number of race wins relegated them to 2nd. The close racing through the season meant that The Goat’s 10th in the last race dropped them off the podium, with the last podium position taken by Quetzacoatl.

Sarah and I are ecstatic about our boat's performance as we are rebuilding her crew. We look forward to rejoining the Division 1 fleet again for the Short Inshore Series in the coming summer season.

Other division podium positions by RSYS Members included a 3rd for Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire in Division A, 2nd for Howard Elliot’s Viva La Vita in Division D and 2nd for Paul Clitheroe’s Balance in the IRC Division.
 

Article by Pete Lowndes
Photos by Greg Davies and CYC Media

On a winning streak

 

With only one day until the racing begins at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Texas, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are set to perform in the Nacra 15 division.

A relatively new team to the fleet, Will and Evie have achieved some exceptional results over the last few months including first at both the 2018 Nacra 15 National Championship and the 2018 Australian Youth Nacra 15 Championships, 2nd in the U16 division at the World Championships in Barcelona and 3rd at the Singaporean Nacra 15 National Championships. In addition to selection for the Australian Youth Sailing team at the Youth Worlds, their outstanding performances also qualified the pair for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year.

Will has sailed competitively since he was ten years old in a variety of classes in Sabots, Optimists and Lasers. Despite being afraid of the wind when he began Will quickly progressed and represented Australia at the Optimist World Championships when he was 13 years old.

Likewise, Evie has been involved in the sailing community since she was very young. Having competed in at a national level in Sabots, Flying 11's and 29ers, the Youth Worlds will be her second time representing Australia at an international event.

 

Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Laura Carrau/BISC, Unknown

Going for gold again!

As current 420 youth world champions, Otto Henry (RSYS) and Rome Featherstone are in fine form to defend their title in Texas next week.

The teammates have competed together since September 2016 and have rapidly ascended through the 420 fleet despite living on opposite sides of the country. Otto and Rome place a focus on their boat handling and race tactics during training blocks in the lead up to regattas and have achieved exceptional results, placing first in seven of the ten regattas they have attended together. These results include 1st at the Youth Sailing World Championships 2017 in the 420 division, 1st at the Australian Youth 420 Championships 2018, and 1st at the Japanese 420 Junior Youth Sailing Championship 2018.

Both sailors began sailing at a young age with encouragement from their families and quickly progressed in competitive fleets. The pair's natural talent on the water was almost immediately evident - each boy won the Optimist National Championship after only sailing in the class for two years. Otto won the championship in 2014 and Rome the year after in 2015.

In the lead up to the championships next week the duo have been training out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club at an Australian Sailing Youth camp. After the four day camp and training against other 420 teams in their boat 'Indian Pacific', a name reflecting the distance between their homes and a reference to the train that goes between the two oceans, both Otto and Rome are looking forward to the competition.

 

Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Thomas Moya/Sailing Energy