Next gen mast and sail systems

Bret Perry from Advanced Wing Systems will give a free talk on Wednesday 23 October about new soft wing technology.

Drawing on his experience with America’s Cup and Farr, he will break down the myths and misconceptions about soft wings and explain why they are the perfect alternative for racing and cruising alike.

Over the past five years Bret has been primarily focused on the R & D of the Advanced Wing Systems soft wing – the SRW. He will bring the K8 Sports boat (pictured above) to the Squadron to give you a close look at the system, and if the wind allows, hoist the SRW in the dock. Please make your way down to the Pond from 5pm to examine this fascinating new technology. Do book a table for dinner afterwards.


Event details
Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Please make a reservation for dinner in the CCA.










Sunday Twilights underway

The first Sunday Twilight race kicked off last weekend under spectacular conditions. After a weekend of showers, the sky cleared to a beautiful blue and we had a really pleasant 8-10 knot nor'easter. 

This season we have moved to fortnightly racing. We have 15 boats entered in the Open (non-spinnaker) division, and currently four in the One Design (spinnaker) division.  The Club Elliotts are available to charter for anyone looking to get out on the water, please contact the sailing office to find out more. 

Sunday twilight is a great way to finish off the weekend.  It is a family affair on 'Solacious' pictured above, with three generations on board.  I can highly recommend a roast for the family back in the CCA.  Please help our Club by booking in advance for your Sunday night dinner, and if you want to order a roast, orders need to be in by 3pm the Thursday prior to racing. Contact Reception. 

Next race is on Sunday October 27.



Laser 'Coasts' Championships 

RSYS was well represented this year at the Coasts, held at Gosford Sailing Club from 12-13 October. Three Laser 4.7 and seven Laser Radial Youth sailors made the trip to Gosford. They were ably coached over the two days by RSYS coaches Mike Leigh, (Saturday), Finn Alexander (Saturday and Sunday) and Oskar Hansen (Sunday). 

Winds on Saturday were light to medium, varying between 4 and 11 knots between noon and 4 pm. On Sunday they were again light and variable, from 4-7 knots. 

In the 4.7 fleet of nine, Xavier McLachlan made a tactical error in race 1 for a DNC, but followed this with two bullets to be well placed. Kane Seblatnig led into day 2 with a highly consistent three second places. On Sunday they swapped a 4th and 2nd place, and being even on points, Xavier took the regatta win - a little luckily - on a count back. Garth Bickford scored a bullet in the last race to finish 4th and will be a serious threat in the coming regattas. 

In the larger Radial fleet of 35 sailors, Otto Henry led into Sunday with Dan Costandi a strong third. These positions held at the end of the regatta, and Mark Louis finished a close 4th. It was great to see RSYS super coach Marlena Berzins return to dinghy competition and Matt Whitnall competing for RSYS in a full rig Laser. 

As always, Gosford Sailing Club ran a great regatta and were terrific hosts. 

By Richard McLachlan


Click here for regatta report from GSC

Full results here 

More photos

RSYS Optis at NSW Championships 

The NSW State Youth Championships were held at Point Wolstoncroft from 5-7 October 2019. Joining the Squadron's strong representation in Lasers, 420s and Boards, seven young Optimist Dinghy sailors enthusiastically participated.

Benedict McKay reports:

In the Intermediate class we had Ben Tattersall and Stirling McKay, and in the Open fleet, Harriet McLachlan, Spencer McKay, Connor Warner, Louis Tilley (pictured above) and myself. 

Day 1:
The Opti fleet had 70 boats across the Open and Intermediate fleets, many of these from interstate. After all the boats were rigged our Squadron sailors were ready to go for a 10am start. The course was set just around the head with a 6-10 knot breeze. At the end of the day, both fleets had some very impressive results, Stirling managed a 7th in the Intermediates, while in the Open fleet Harriet and Spencer both took advantage of the left-hand shift and achieved top 20 results.
Day 2:
Day two saw more consistent breezes which meant the race committee aimed to get four races in. The conditions were 7-15 knots as well as a consistent oscillating breeze. Both the first and second races were very light which proved testing for our sailors. The third and fourth races had more breeze which made the races very tactical. At the end of the day, Ben T finished with a very strong top 10 finish as well as two other top 20s. The Open fleet also had some good results: I finished 10th and Connor climbed in the standings after some good races.
Day 3:
The sailors left the beach at 9:15am ready for the last two races of the regatta. The forecast was looking light but as the competitors left, strong winds greeted them on the way out. In the Intermediate fleet, Ben finished the regatta with a 17th and a 15th which put him into a great spot to finish the regatta. In the Open fleet, the sailors were fatigued which meant that they had mixed results. In the last race, Spencer finished with a 12th place. The participants were done for the weekend and were pleased with their results. Everyone achieved their personal bests - a big shout out to Louis who smashed his previous record.

Thank you to RSYS Intermediate Members Charlotte Griffin and Jack Littlechild who coached both fleets and did a great job teaching everyone new skills and helping them to improve.



LOTS of courage, competition and camaraderie

Young Madi Kornman, skipper of the all female crew racing Zig Zag 2, steeled her nerves, called for the spinnaker hoist and beheld a most satisfying sight as the red kite unfurled and set.

"I had been too nervous to fly the kite in the first two races, but on the third, I finally summoned my courage and went for it. It was so exhilarating to watch it fly, my crew did an amazing job," said Madi afterwards.

Madi's sentiments were echoed by many other participants at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's inaugural Ladies of the Sea Coaching regatta held over the weekend 5-6 October. Many women said they had long sailed with family members but were now discovering sailing for themselves and especially the joy of helming. 

"I've sailed with my father, my brothers, my husband... Now I'm sailing for myself!" said one.
"I loved helming a smaller boat as a change from crewing on a yacht," said another.

The one design fleet

​Each day kicked off with a good stretch during the morning Yoga session.

An integral component to the event was classroom and on-water coaching conducted by Australian Sailing’s Chief Keelboat Instructor Nickie Jones, Ocean Respect's Vanessa Dudley and Lindy Hardcastle - a Sydney-Hobart veteran who worked with the larger keelboats. RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich led the coaching for the One Design division with help from Linda Bell (Balmain SC), Courtney Smith (Newcastle YC) and RSYS Members Michael Nash and Eddie Moult.

Nickie commented, "I believe in showing, not telling. First we discuss techniques and manoeuvres in the classroom and then they head out on the water and try it for themselves. That kind of trial and error is invaluable to building skill and confidence." 

Her method certainly seemed to work: "It was great to test out what we'd learned in coaching. I've grown in confidence. I'm not just participating, I'm here to compete!" enthused one sailor.

The keelboat fleet

The regatta attracted 104 sailors across seven keelboats and 14 one design crews participating in International Ynglings and Elliott 7s. Teams nominated to sail in either an All Female or Female Helm category. In addition to 13 crews drawn from Squadron Members, we were delighted to welcome teams from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Manly YC, Middle Harbour YC, Sydney Flying Squadron, three teams from the Australian Defence Force Sailing Association as well as many individuals from Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Newcastle YC, Northbridge Sailing Club, Concord-Ryde SC, Lane Cove 12ft SSC, Woollahra SC, Georges River SC and Double Bay SC.

Bonded by a common love of sailing, the sense of collective purpose was palpable:
"It's brilliant to meet women sailors from so many clubs."
"I love the camaraderie, the sense of community."

Has the Squadron ever witnessed such a sight – more than 90 women gathered on the lawn around Captain Karyn Gojnich to mark the conclusion of a successful weekend of women's sailing. 

Has the Carabella Room ever witnessed such a sound - the laughter and excited chatter as our wonderful community came together for the presentation dinner on Sunday night.

Lisa Darmanin, Katie Pellew-Spithill, Lucinda Whitty, Karyn Gojnich

First there was a standing ovation for Karyn Gojnich whose brainchild this event had been. The audience was then treated to a talk and Q&A with Rio Olympic Silver medallist Lisa Darmanin, Match racing champion and Ocean Respect's Katie Pellew-Spithill, and London Silver medallist Lucinda Whitty, pictured above. They discussed the challenges all had faced balancing sailing at an elite level and progressing a career; their desire to see equal opportunities for females in sailing, equal pay and prize money; and how they juggled an Olympic campaign with family life. When asked what boats they would like to sail next, Lucinda exclaimed "A foiling moth!" adding “although maybe I am not ready to take on the associated boat work."  Lisa is considering an A class cat, and Katie will settle for a windsurfer: “Fast, but without the boat work." 

The event was also an opportunity to recognise and mentor females in the race management team. Regatta Principal Race Officer Trish Stanley was helped by Pat Grace, Robin Bishop, Nina Flakelar and Anna Connery. Eric Duggin helped as coxswain on Mischief and Trent Goldsack was laying marks.

The Zig Zag 2 crew

We are particularly grateful to the Squadron Members who offered their boats to our competitors:
Zig Zag, all Female Crew, Malcolm Shaw
Solange, Female Helm, Andrew King/Will Hutchinson
Rapunzel, Female Helm, Richard Lawson.
Sophie Nelson and Genevieve Slattery sailed their own boats.  

We also owe a debt of thanks to these Squadron Members for their time, effort and assistance in bringing this event to fruition: Jan Harper – graphic design; Amanda Hicks – sourcing sponsor prizes; Chris Harper – CCA set up; Kirstin Reblin – 2IC on the night; on-water coaches Eddie Moult, Michael Nash … and of course Karyn Gojnich.   

Keelboat Female Crew        
1    Zig Zag 2 (581)    Madi Kornman    RSYS
2    Finn (6508)    Janey Treleaven    CYCA
3    Lively (SM74)    Sophie Nelson    RSYS

Keelboat Female Helm        
1    Genovefa (6998)    Genevieve Slattery    RSYS
2    Peach Teats -Velocity (YC868)    Meredith Trevallyn-Jones    MYC
3    Rapunzel (3458)    Sandy Lawson    RSYS

One Design Female Crew        
1    RSYS 4 - Elliott ADF Lightening    Meika Wright    ADF
2    Mojo (AUS 47)     Kirstin Reblin    RSYS
3    RSYS 3 - Elliott    Rowena Cremer    SFS
One Design Female Helm        
1    CYCA 9 Elliott Toga    Samantha Morley    ADF
2    Holly (AUS58)    Elyse Guevara-Rattray    RSYS
3    CYCA 7  Elliott    Emma Cook    ADF

View full results here

There was a plethora of scintillating prizes from our event partners including Paspaley, Mariner Boating, Everyday Cashmere, Above and Beyond Boating and Marine Safety Works. First prize winners received beautiful Paspaley Keshi pearl earrings, second overall a Super Soft cashmere scarf from Everyday Cashmere, and third overall a Shrug from Everyday Cashmere.

Karyn Gojnich commented "To me it is great to place in a regatta but I also feel it is important to recognise participation. We had some great prizes for those that sailed with us and did not get on the podium.”  All participants went into a lucky draw and the winners were:

Louise Tillett       A place on the Mariner Boating Holiday Mallorca Yacht Rally in 2020
Vanessa Stack     Three nights at the Beach Club, Hamilton Island
Kate Moriarty      A Safety & Sea Survival Course with Marine Safety Works 

Each boat that entered received a voucher for an Online VHF Radio Course with Above and Beyond Boating.

We are grateful also to Berkelo for their fresh bakery treats and Dr Michael Finkelstein for his dental care packs.


Photo credit: Margaret Fraser-Martin
Hi res images available on request

Article by Isabel Wartho
RSYS Marketing & Communications Officer

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