Squadron Development Program EOI

We are seeking expressions of interest from sailors aged 13-30 years, members and non-members, to participate in the 2019/2020 Squadron Development Keelboat Program. 

Training is conducted on our fleet of Elliott 7s and provides on and off water training sessions and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques while exposing the sailors to the format of Match Racing.

The SDKP consists of two squads which run adjacent to each other but with different durations:
Development Sailing Squad (DSS) for ages 13-25 yrs, May – August (6 months)
Senior Development Sailing Squad (SDSS) up to 30yrs, May – March (11 months)

Both squads will introduce participants to performance keelboat racing and enhance their sailing skills to an advanced level. Sailors must have demonstrated sailing ability at a club level and keelboat experience is also desirable.

Interested? Please come to our Information and Training day on 4 May at 9am in the RSYS Youth Training Room.

Further information here or email locky.pryor@rsys.com.au

Dinghies' final summer race

'RSYS dinghy sailors enjoyed their final race day of the Summer season on Sunday afternoon in a sparkling nor’easter,' writes Youth sailing parent Sophie Hunt. 

We had a terrific turnout, including additional competitors in the Laser fleet in the form of Jervis Tilly and Campbell Mackay who took on our incredible Youth sailors in the Laser Radials.

The Opti race fleet was joined by three of the new Club Pacers, and swelled even further with our big Opti Green fleet joining in for the last two races. 

There were some standout results after three races for each fleet, notably Spencer Mackay, who won all three heats in the Optimist Open fleet.

In the Laser Radials, there was tight racing between Brooke Wilson, Zac West and Dan Costandi who each won a race. Xavier McLachlan and Kane Sablavik raced hard in the Laser 4.7s, and in the Pacers, Gianni Watson and Hamish Longstaff enjoyed success. The day finished with a terrific Burger Night in the CCA. 

From here the Youth and dinghy sailors get straight into the Winter season with a great program of training, racing and regattas ahead.  

A very special thanks to RSYS Youth Co-ordinator Locky Pryor for his excellent organisation of the Dinghy and Youth programs, as well as his unfailing enthusiasm and encouragement of all our Youth sailors (and parents).

Article and photos by Sophie Hunt

Find out more about RSYS Dinghy Sailing here

Learn to Sail courses here


Gold at 420s NSW State Championship

Congratulations to RSYS Youth Sailors Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson who won the International 420 NSW State Championship hosted by Woollahra Sailing Club last weekend. 

Teams came from QLD, VIC as well as NSW to contest the regatta. Ryan and Jack notched up eight back to back race wins and stunned the competition in an impressive display of skill, boat speed and strategy.

Jack and Ryan are pictured above in RALOAH 56448, rounding a mark; below, leading the fleet and bottom far right, at the presentation.

The team are in the NSWIS gym two mornings a week, and on the water Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays preparing for the International 470 Open World Championship to be sailed out of Vilamoura, on Portgual's south coast 3-11 July. The boys will then have two days to make their way to Gdynia, Poland for the Youth Sailing World Championship being sailed 13-20 July.

View results here

MYC Women's Challenge - Take 2

Last Sunday some of our female Members, as well as a few LOTS graduates and Club staff, sailed in the re-run of the Manly Yacht Club's Women's Challenge, an event that has been running for 22 years on Sydney Harbour.

Sailors were spread throughout the fleets on Mondo, Peach Teats-Velocity, Moonraker, Morkuska, Evie and Shining Star-Holly. All boats had a female on the helm, and some consisted of all-women crews.


It was a sparkling sunny day, a vast improvement on the torrential rains of the original scheduled race day two weeks prior. The abating westerly winds funnelling over the course area between Quarantine Beach and Balmoral provided plenty of opportunities for big gains, as well as big losses, throughout the afternoon.


The Ynglings had a successful day with Evie (AUS59) comprising Jane McCullough, Vicki Kornman and Karyn Gojnich taking 1st on corrected time in Division 2. Elyse Guevara, Phillipa Howse and Alison Cowle on board Shining Star-Holly (AUS48) pictured top and above, came 3rd.  


As it was an hour's sail to Manly, then a two and a half hour race, both crews were very appreciative to have Adam Tran onboard a RIB for a tow back to the Squadron after racing.

Some great photos by Dale and Crosbie Lorrimer here
and more by Marg Fraser Martin here
View results here


Photos above by Dale and Crosbie Lorrimer, Adam Tran & Isabel Wartho

Optimist NSW State Championship

After great lead up work and training from Locky and the coaches, RSYS Youth Sailing assembled a big fleet of Opti sailors to head up the M1 to Gosford for the Annual State Championship.

TJ Ly pulled on the RSYS bib for his first regatta, so big congratulations to him, he did really well.  Unfortunately injuries to three of our team left us with 17 at the starting gun. Heavy rain Friday night and Saturday morning made for a muddy boat park, however the skies cleared and the wind blew for terrific conditions by the first signal on Saturday. 

The Open fleet were in their 3rd race on Saturday before a very strong southerly, gusting well over 20 knots, blew up Brisbane Waters and had its way with the fleet. Luckily the Intermediate and Green fleets were already safely ashore. Harriet McLachlan was the top girl in Intermediates on day 1, and Connor Warner and Benedict McKay had a great first day in the Opens.

Sunday started early after the premature finish on Saturday. The first gun was at 10am, again with superb conditions of 10-12 knots, though with a slightly strong (for the Green fleet ) southerly with a bit of a nip to it, so all sailors rugged up.

Stirling McKay showed real class in Green, but they all sailed really well and as always learnt a lot with time on the water.

A special mention to RSYS sailor Nick Kellaher in Green fleet: he won the Sportsmanship award for pulling out of a race and circling RSYS sailor Abby Tattersall in his boat when she was in trouble, blowing his whistle to attract the attention of the coach boat and staying with her until they came over. As a result he didn’t have time to finish the race, but that didn’t bother him a bit. This fantastic effort is wonderful and Nick is highly commended for his great efforts and tremendous values.

In Intermediates, Harriet worked hard and just held on to her top 10 position, winning the trophy for highest placed female sailor, with Ben Tattersall and Maddie and Kate Atkinson showing great improvement and good results from their hard work. They will be a real threat in future regattas.

In Opens our team worked hard for some mixed results. Benedict and Spencer McKay showed their class and experience and were the top RSYS sailors at the end of the weekend and big congratulations to them, both having a better second day. 

Congratulations to Gosford Sailing Club who ran a great regatta all weekend and were terrific hosts. The location, management and organization could not be faulted. 

The Summer season finishes soon, and then we move to Winter training, the East Coast Championships in June and State Youths in September. The Squadron looks forward to hosting a Travellers Trophy Regatta for the Optis in late August.

By Richard McLachlan