Combined Winter Series Race 9

Saturday 8 July was another successful day of racing on Sydney Harbour for RSYS with race 9 of the Combined Winter Series was completed. There were 49 boats competing on the day with large turnouts in the non-spinnaker division as well as Division 2.

Start of the Non-spinnaker division, by Alice Zehnder


The weather was quite pleasant, being sunny and reaching just shy of 20c. The wind was also in good form, shifting between NW and W in direction and building to around 15 knots in strength in the late afternoon. The conditions allowed for great, fun competition between boats, especially in the afternoon. With three more races in the Squadron's series, it’s only going to get better from here!

Erica, left, at the start of Division 1, by John Jeremy

Podium Results (PHS): 

Super 30  

  1. Sigurd – Ian Dencker - RANSA
  2. Monkey Business – Jon Rowe - RANSA
  3. Matagi – Simon Oliver - BSC

Division 1 

  1. Great Xpectations – Rod Wills - CYCA
  2. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA
  3. Euphoria – Anthony Coleman - RSYS

Division 2  

  1. Solange – W Hutchinson / T Carroll / A King (pictured top, John Jeremy)
  2. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS
  3. Silky – Tony Hirst - RANSA

Division 3

  1. Black Diamond Bay – Kerry Lehman - RANSA
  2. Beowulf – Stafford Watts - RSYS
  3. Jazzfolk – John Stevenson - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Grendel – Tom Cehak - RSYS
  2. Intrigue – Gavin Moss - RSYS
  3. Genovefa – Genevieve Slattery - RSYS


  1. Eloise – Adrian Broadbent - RPEYC
  2. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees - SASC


View full results here 


By Angus Olding

Youth Squad do well in Darwin

Two RSYS Youth Development Sqaud teams travelled to Darwin for the inaugural 'Australian Maid' International Youth Match Racing Regatta. Darwin Sailing Club hosted their first international youth match racing regatta, using the club's four new Elliott 7s from 4-8 July. The regatta was sailed in the beautiful blue waters of Fannie Bay just off the beach from the club. The weather was also nothing short of perfect - temperatures never fell below 22c at night and hovered around 30c during the day, complemented by blue skies and a 10-15 knot sea breeze most afternoons.

The Australian Maid perpetual trophy is named after Dr Jon Wardill’s boat which for 26 years has provided unparalleled opportunities for Northern Territory Youth sailors to compete in international keelboat competitions in Australia, Asia, Europe, UK and North America.

The regatta saw six teams compete, representing RPAYC, CYCA, DSC and RSYS and comprising competitors with world sailing rankings in the low 100s through to skippers who hadn’t previously competed in match racing regattas. The RSYS team skippers were Mitch Evans and Fergus Abbott, and their respective crews consisted of Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan, Henry Rochford and Charlotte Alexander Ben Fraser, Eddie Moult.

The regatta was quite even and created very close and competitive racing. At the conclusion of the round robins, both RSYS teams were tied 4th, but sadly for Fergus and his team, they did not go through to the semis due to count-back. Mitch’s team went on to race Tom Grimes (CYCA) but unfortunately lost 2-1 in the semis. Fergus’ team won their sail-off 2-0 against Jed Cruickshank (DSC) to claim 5th place and Mitch’s team managed to finish 3rd place winning 2-0 in the petit final against John Lynch (DSC). Tom Grimes (CYCA) raced James Farquharson (RPAYC) in the final and won convincingly 3-0, congratulations!

The regatta was not only a great experience for the RSYS teams to build on their skills but it also had a great social side where many new friendships were made. All competitors had an amazing time and they can’t wait to go back next year! The regatta was even attended by the ABC and Channel 9 News and achieved air time on Wednesday night.

The RSYS teams would like to thank the DSC and all their staff, volunteers and members who made the regatta a great success, as well as the Wiltshire and Cruickshank families for billeting us. Other important thanks go to the RSYS for supporting us and allowing us to compete.

The Youth Development Program is continuing to train hard for their upcoming events including the NSW Youth Championships in August.

Click here for results


By Angus Olding

Admiral’s Cup anniversary regatta gains momentum

The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta will be held in Sydney on December 1, 2 and 3 and RSYS will assist with the staging of the regatta and on-shore hospitality events.

“What a great idea!” was the reaction of Australian Sailing president, Matt Allen, when first told about the planned regatta to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first victory in the Admiral’s Cup. That positive response has now been widely echoed by the yachting community both here and overseas.

The CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Eddie Warden Owen, has written to the regatta organisers from the UK saying, “What a great idea. It is events like this that remind us how important the Admiral’s Cup is to those who participated. I am sure there will be a lot of interest from outside Australia.”

That prediction looks certain to be fulfilled as three former cup crewmen have confirmed they will be flying back from their international bases to sail in the regatta on Sydney Harbour this December.

The roster of Admiral’s Cup team yachts and trialists that have already expressed their intention to take part is impressive. It is a roll-call of famous Australian offshore competitors, including Caprice of Huon, Camille, Mercedes III and IV, Fare Thee Well, Love & War, Mister Christian, Syonara, Too Impetuous, Sagacious V, Pacha, Black Magic, Spirit of Koomooloo (the original Ragamuffin), and the first Wild Oats. 

In addition, Anitra V will race representing the legendary Halvorsen double-ender Freya from the first Admiral’s Cup team in 1965, and Lorita Maria has been invited to sail in recognition of the contribution Norman Rydge has made to Australia’s campaigns over the years. 

Syd Fischer, who captained the Australian team in the Admiral’s Cup six times, is a co-patron of the anniversary regatta with Sir James Hardy and Gordon Ingate. Fischer remembers how the quality of our offshore yachts and sailors shocked the European and American teams. “We’d sailed against each other here to be selected, and that got pretty hot. Over there, they got a bit of a surprise at how good we were – and it came as a bit of a surprise to us, too!”

Chair of the regatta organizing committee, David Champtaloup, says he has been overwhelmed by the support from the Classic Yacht Association, the Australian National Maritime Museum and all the Sydney clubs. “It’s very heartening”, he said. “The event has clearly struck a chord with the yachting community. The SASC, CYCA, RSYS and RPAYC haven’t hesitated to provide their assistance with the staging of the regatta and the on-shore hospitality events. It is going to be a genuine multi-club celebration.”

The organisers are keen to hear from any yacht owners and Admiral’s Cup crew interested in taking part. They should contact: Peter Shipway at or, David Salter at 


Photo: Ragamuffin with all guns blazing on the Solent during the Admiral’s Cup

Youth Squad competing in Darwin

Good luck to our two Youth Development Program teams who are competing at the Darwin International Youth Match Racing Regatta. The event is being hosted at Darwin Sailing Club from 4 to 8 July.

The event has been granted World Sailing Grade 3 status. The regatta is by invitation only to crews of four or five who have not yet reached their 23rd birthday on or before 1st July 2017.

The RSYS teams are:


Mitch Evans – Helm
Angus Olding – Main
Henry Rochford – Bow
Zach Quinlan – Trim


Fergus Abbott – Helm
Charlotte Alexander – Main
Eddie Moult – Bow
Ben Fraser – Trim 

Best of luck everyone!




2017 Interclub Challenge

The 2017 Interclub Challenge concluded on Sunday 25 June here at RSYS, with our Squadron Development Program Team narrowly finishing 2nd behind the series winners, the CYCA.

Going into this, the final of four events, our team got off to a slow start in the series opener hosted by the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, scoring the regatta with fourth. However redemption was secured in Pittwater where the team finished 1st and 6th and later at the CYCA where they finished 1st and 3rd. These results gave the squad the lead by 1 point over the CYCA going into the last leg of the series. Unfortunately, finishing 4th and 6th at the RSYS act of the series was not enough to hold off the CYCA teams. Congratulations to the CYCA for winning the 2017 Interclub Challenge.

This was the 16th year of the annual Interclub Challenge and the Squadron hopes to add its name again to the silverware next year. RSYS previoulsy won the series in 2016, 2014 and 2009.


2017 Series Results

First Place:            CYCA 92 points

Second Place:       RSYS 110 points

Third Place:          NCYC 137 points

Fourth Place:        RPAYC 196 points


2017 RSYS Interclub participants:

Charlotte Alexander, Fergus Abbott, Henry Davison, Madi Kornman, Henry Rochford, Ben Fraser, Charlotte Griffin, Adam Swiderski, Hugh MacDiarmid, Eddie Moult, Nick Rozenauers, Carl Hansen and Zac Quinlan.


About the Interclub Challenge

The Interclub Challenge is a fleet racing series contested by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron & Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. It was created in 2001 as a way to help identify and build Youth sailors' experience in fleet racing events. In 2015, the Interclub Challenge welcomed the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club to the series. Each participating yacht club hosts a fleet race regatta day comprising six windward/leeward fleet races with a maximum of two teams competing from each club at each event, except only one team each for the Newcastle event. Four events will constitute the series and each club's combined scores from all four events will be calculated and an overall Series winner will be announced.


The Squadron Development program continues to train four times a week despite the cold weather and we have started training using the asymmetric spinnakers in recent sessions.

The squad's next regatta is in Darwin on 4 July, where two RSYS teams will compete. Good luck to the teams and enjoy the warm weather up north!