RSYS to challenge NYYC Invitational Cup

RSYS has been invited to join the challenge for the NYYC Invitational Cup  - and we’ve accepted.

Long standing RSYS Member and past Farr 40 world champion Guido Belgiorno–Nettis is leading our challenge and has assembled a strong crew including Guido’s wife Michelle, Michael Dunstan who will be the tactician for the event and our very own RSYS Captain David Edwards. 

This is the fifth NYYC Invitational Cup which has been held every two years and is sailed in one design Swan 42s.

The regatta is highly prized and always very well fought by some of the best and most prestigious yacht clubs in the world.  This year the following yacht clubs will compete at Newport Rhode Island between September 9 and 16, 2017 : Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), Japan Sailing Federation, New York Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), Shelter Island Yacht Club (N.Y.) , Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans) and Yacht Club Argentino (AGR).

Whilst the Cup is truly Corinthian, the racing is seriously competitive with all the yacht crews fighting for the honour of their home club. Our Commodore Richard Chapman will represent the Squadron during this event and we trust that many important bonds will be strengthened during this goodwill regatta.

Patricia Young, the event chair for the 2017 Invitational Cup summed it up when she said, “A decade ago, when the NYYC created this event, we knew there was a need for a top-flight inter club competition among amateur sailors. But we continue to be pleasantly surprised by the enduring passion for this event from yacht clubs around the globe. We’ve hosted teams from 43 clubs from 21 countries from all six inhabited continents. And for each successive edition the competition gets ever more intense and winning becomes increasingly difficult. Some teams have devoted entire sailing seasons to training for the regatta. We expect the fifth edition of the regatta to be the most competitive yet.”


RSYS excel at Yngling Worlds

The 2017 Yngling World Championship was contested on the Sneekermeer Lake at Sneek in the Netherlands from 14 - 22 July.

There were 44 teams competing including one Australian team representing the RSYS: Michael Nash, Sara Ladd and Alexia Biggs in AUS 59. The RSYS team had been training hard for months in the lead up to the World Championship and was able to finish 7th overall - congratulations! 

The winning team skippered by Tom Otte from the Netherlands, with a convincing win of 29 points ahead. Denmark and German teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

A complete report coming soon!

Full results here

View more photos by Eize Hoeksta here


Combined Winter Series Race 11

Competitors in the Combined Winter Series were once again treated to another sunny and pleasant day on Sydney Harbour on Saturday 22 July. It was race 11 of the RSYS series, and the second last one. There was a great turnout of 79 boats for the day and as always it created great competition and racing. Although the morning provided the best pressure, the wind in the afternoon was still around 5-10 knots from the NW and W, enough for boats to get around the course comfortably.

Next week’s race is the last of the RSYS series, so good luck to all competitors!


Podium Results (PHS): 

Super 30  

  1. Very Tasty – A Chase / A Turk / A Mather - SASC
  2. Flying Brandy – Marco Tapia  - SASC
  3. Mako – Cameron Wiklund – RANSA


  1. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees – SASC
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS
  3. Mister Christian – David Salter - SASC

Division 1    

  1. Toy Box 2 – Ian Box – RSYS/MHYC
  2. Peregrine – J&M Stephen & Hugh Torode - RSYS
  3. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA

Division 2  

  1. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS
  2. Shambles – H Smith / A Stuckey - SASC
  3. Plan A – Andrew Patterson - CYCA

Division 3   

  1. Slips - Stephen Churm - SRB
  2. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  3. Capriccio – Tony Craven - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division 

  1. Komatsu Azzuro – Shane Kearns - RANSA
  2. Fortune of War – Adrian Gruzman - RANSA
  3. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin / Chris Harper


View full results here  


By Angus Olding

Race Management Volunteers

If you’re not out sailing what’s the next best thing to do?

Our Race Management teams are comprised of enthusiastic and capable volunteers.

Volunteering with our Race Management team is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to the RSYS community and provides an opportunity for you to interact with people of similar interests. It’s also a lot of fun.

And it’s never too late to develop a new hobby. Becoming a Race Management volunteer can open the door to new learning opportunities that you may not have previously considered or thought you were capable of doing.

There are many duties associated with running our events. Whether you are a relatively inexperienced or fully qualified sailor, male or female, or just interested in learning new skills, we would very much like to encourage you to consider joining our team.

The various roles and responsibilities required on a weekly basis are:

- Race Officer (RO) - this person is usually trained and accredited as a Race Officer and is responsible for ensuring competitors are provided with fair and safe sailing. The RO is the boss and directs the management team
- Coxswain – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and is responsible for positioning the boat as required by the RO and for the safety of the vessel and those on board
- Time Keeper – responsible for the starting sequence. At the race start, everything on board revolves around the timer
- Flag Operator - responsible for all visual signals from the Committee Vessel including flags and course boards
- Recorder – maintains a record of all actions taken by the race management team and is responsible for recording all the numbers of all boats that start in the race and their finishing sequence and times, and
- ​Mark Layer – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and be physically capable of laying and retrieving marks as requested by the RO.

Generally we have two types of volunteers: On-Water (Saturdays and Regattas) and On-Shore (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

If you are interested in learning how our yacht racing is conducted, are keen to learn the basics of the various role requirements and willing to volunteer a few times each season (usually fortnightly or monthly), while performing a valued service to RSYS, we want to hear from you.

Additional training and information sessions are provided throughout the season, as well as ongoing support from team members.

Opportunities also exist for race officials willing to take it to the next level. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, in conjunction with Australian Sailing and World Sailing, is eager to encourage race officials down the race management pathway that can include State, National, World and even Olympic events.

Unless you are actually sailing in these events, you cannot get any closer to the action.   

Please contact Rob Ridley, RSYS On-Water Coordinator at or call 0418 645 032

The Race Volunteers annual luncheon, held 23 July

Article by Susan Wade
Lunch photo by Rene Chapman

470 Worlds Success

The 2017 470 World Championship was hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. With 132 teams entered from 32 nations and six different continents, it was far from a small World Championship. Of these, 72 teams were in the Men’s division and 60 in the Women’s. Two RSYS Members competied: Will Ryan who sailed with Matthew Belcher, and Katherine Shannon who sailed with Dana Tavener.

The Championship consisted of a five race qualification series followed by a six race finals series and finally the medal races. Massive congratulations to Will Ryan and Matthew Belcher who won the Men’s division, the 2017 Championship win being Belcher's seventh World Championship victory and Ryan’s fourth.

Katherine Shannon, a relatively new member of the Australian Sailing team, has been training hard for less than a year with Dana out of MHYC in the 470 class. They managed to finish 50th with their strongest performances at the end of the regatta grabbing a 10th and 14th in the Silver group. Katherine Shannon said: “As we are a new and young team we didn’t come for results - we came for the experience. We have learnt so much and every day we sailed we improved.” 

Watch the video here

Click here for results