Congratulations Youth Laser sailors

Our young Laser sailors achieved tremendous success at the 2018 NSW/ACT Laser Championship held at the Canberra Yacht Club over the past weekend. 

4.7 Rig (21 entries)
1 Brooke Wilson
2 Daniel Costandi
3 Evie Saunders

Radial Rig (26 entries)
2 Maddie O'Shea 
3 Zac West 
4 Mark Louis 
5 Sylvie Stannage

Standard Rig (24 entries) 
10 Oskar Hansen

View full results here

How best to enjoy SailGP action

SailGP (Grand Prix) is an exciting new event that will unleash supercharged F50 catamarans on Sydney Harbour. SailGP Sydney will take place on Friday 15 February 4pm-6pm and Saturday 16 February from 3pm-5pm, 2019. Each national team will compete in fleet races, culminating in a match race.

Here's a video of the first F50 flight

The best views of the action will be on the water, and boat owners are invited to register for the free ‘Boater’ program where you will receive important race management information including exclusion zones, access restrictions and the latest race courses.

Boat owners register here

There will also be an official viewing area on Shark Island and official spectator boats with Captain Cook Cruises. You can also tour the F50s base on Cockatoo Island. 

Spectators register here

Sail GP is an exciting, innovative and prestigious event for RSYS to be involved in and we encourage all Members and sailors to save the dates and enjoy the action.


 

Good luck to our Youth Match Racing team

The Squadron's Senior Development Program sailors will compete in the 2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship. The event is hosted by RPAYC in Pittwater aboard their fleet of Elliott7s. Teams compete for the Rockin' Robin Perpetual Trophy with a crew of four or five, all of whom must be under 23 years of age.
 
Racing will take place from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 November commencing at 10am each day. Squadron Members in the area are warmly encouraged to support our young sailors.
 
The team will then head to the CYCA for the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 November.

Pictured above from L to R - Zac Quinlan (trim), Mitch Evans (bow), Charlotte Alexander (5th), Charlotte Griffin (helm), Nick Rozenauers (main) and Coach Nev Wittey. 
 
For regular updates, please follow them on Instagram @rsys1862

Live results here


 

Paspaley Tuesday Twilights blast off

Our Paspaley Tuesday Twilight fleet enjoyed an invigorating start to the new season series on 13 November with a solid 20 knots from the north east, gusting to 25-27 knots.

There was a great turnout despite the fresh wind which might have scared off a few. We had 29 starters out of 39 entered overall, comprising 16 in the Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division, 10 in the Ynglings/Elliotts and 3 in the Open Non-Spinnaker Division. This compares to just 25 in the first race last season. 

We are delighted to welcome new skippers and crew to the fleets including Coco (Jenny Farrell), Meridian (Ros Bradley), Khaleesi (Pauline Dally), Sophie Hunt in the One Design spinnaker division and Morag Bheag (John Maclurcan) in the Open Division.

Congratulations to this week's winners:

Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division - Jenny Farrell (Coco), Nikki Shannon (Vivace), Kristina Brenke (Gaia)
Ladies Spinnaker Division - Sophie Hunt (Elliott 1), Catherine Curtis (Elliott 2), Kat Wotherspoon (Evie)
Open Division - John Maclurcan (Morag Bheag)
Best Start - Ros Bradley (Meridian)

We are thrilled to have Paspaley partner with us for a third season. Their beautiful prizes this year year are eight pairs of Keshi stud earrings, featuring 9mm Baroque Keshi pearls set in 18kt yellow gold, pictured below, which we will present at our final race night on 12 March 2019. We will award four pairs to our winners based on results, and four as lucky draw participation prizes in which there will be one entry for each boat that competes in 75% or more of the pointscore races.

 

 

2018 Etchells World Champions!

RSYS Member Martin Hill, owner and skipper of Lisa Rose 1449 has won the 2018 Etchells World Championship. Congratulations Julian Plante, Martin, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke, pictured above.

Martin commented: 'It was both a thrill and relief to cross the finish line in the final race to win the Championship. Nothing can prepare you for such a competitive fleet and a starting line that is 1.2 km in length. It was the combined skill of Julian Plante on Main, Mat Belcher on Tactics, Sean O Rourke on the jib/kite and Michael Blackburn as our coach, that weaved the magic to give us the 17 point wining margin.

'I should also mention congratulations to the Australian Sailing Team with both Mat Belcher and (RSYS Intermediate Member) Will Ryan with Victor Kovalenko as their coach, achieving 1 & 2nd  respectively overall. They are a class in their own.'  

Further Squadron Members also won prestigious awards: Iron Lotus 1442, comprising Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O'Shea, took out the Corinthian trophy, below centre, and Jean-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award, below right.

Honourable mentions in the top 20 of this top calibre fleet include Mark Johnson of Roulette 1377 in 8th place; Ian McKillop, Top 40 in 11th and Doug Flynn of Wobbegong 2 in 18th. Well sailed all!

The championship event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Brisbane Etchells fleet from 22-27 October. The event attracted 94 boats including a strong international showing from Hong Kong, USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Nigeria and Bermuda. Competitors sailed nine races with one drop. Lisa Rose's consistency won the day: 2.0    2.0    21.0    6.0    2.0    6.0    1.0    6.0.

View full results here

Photos - top: Emily Scott Images, below SurfSailKite.