Fast and furious RSYS Youth racing

Thirty RSYS Youth racers faced off on Sunday 12 february in the first Club Championship for 2017. A southerly front made for increasingly challenging conditions, spiced up with some hair-raising gusts.

The 10 Optimists got off to the first of two clean starts. Racing was close, with the first five finishing within one minute of each other. As the conditions deteriorated, a smaller group managed to finish the second race and head for home - fast! 



The seasoned Laser fleet were in no mood for hanging around. A couple pushed their luck in the first start and were rewarded with recalls. Increasingly brisk conditions added to the overall excitement on the race 2 startline with most of the fleet over. The rarely displayed black flag went up and four sailors got BFD’d on the restart. 

The racing was close with the smaller 4.7 rigs taking it to (and sometimes past) the larger Radials. The downwind legs proved tricky for some, with ferocious gybing and dramatic capsizes. But what they are all going to remember is the feeling of quite literally flying … downhill dinghy sailing at its best.


While some of our racers came out a little worse for wear, overall we saw great competition, many thrills and quite a few spills. A great day at the Squaddie.

By Vanessa Swiderski
Photos by Michael Hansen

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

A great number of Squadron Members attended the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart from 9-11 February. Club entries included Commodore Richard Chapman's family motor cruiser 'Nand V', Alan Reece's yacht 'Vittoria', and Sean Langman's 100 year old trading vessel 'Olive May'. Rob Hardy, a long term Senior Member, and his son trailed their 20ft half cabin launch 'Toby 2' all the way from Lake Macquarie to the festival to be on the same pontoon as the gathering of Dutch vessels, which were the main attraction at this year's festival. 

Richard and Alan had delivered their boats to Hobart during December and January with the help of other Squadron Members, and enjoyed many hours of cruising on the Derwent and surrounding waterways. 'Vittoria' is on the way back to Sydney and 'Nand V' is expected to leave Hobart on Sunday this week. Those of us who attended were amazed by the quality of the exhibits and the hospitality of the Tasmanians.

According to this year's festival programme, the previous event in 2015 saw 22,000 people attend, with an estimated expenditure to the Hobart economy of $30m and possibly $60m to the overall Tasmanian coffers! If you have not attended one of these festivals, I would strongly suggest you add it to you personal bucket list.


By Richard Lawson
Sean's fully restored trader 'Olive May', view over Hobart, Alan Reece on 'Vittoria', an old stream launch, a beautiful 100yr old motor launch in superb condition.

Hardy Cup Results

RSYS hosted the prestigious Youth Match Racing regatta the ‘Hardy Cup’ from 5-9 February. Ten teams from around Australia, as well as overseas, competed for four days. It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces participating this year and a great indicator of the value that Youth Match Racing regattas bring to all those involved, both in the sense of skill development and the life-long friendships made. 

We really enjoyed sailing against such a variety of people from so many different places, each bringing varying skills, not only from Match Racing but from other spectrums of sailing, which all added to the experience. The conditions for the week tested every team - we were dealt all four seasons of weather that week. The quality of racing was very high and competitive, and the opportunity we had to sail against some of the best Youth sailors around was priceless. As Sir James Hardy said at the prize giving ‘It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.’ 

RSYS l to r: Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan, Alex Rozenauers, Nick Rozenauers, Mitch Evans with Sir James

The regatta was also a positive step forward for the RSYS Development Programme: the team finished 5th and only narrowly missed out on the Semis, going down 2-3 in the Quarter Finals against RPAYC. It was great preparation for the team’s New Zealand campaign where we will compete in Auckland and Wellington for the Nesspresso and Centreport regattas respectively. 

Overall, the regatta was a huge success and a credit to all involved. It would not have been possible without Sir James Hardy facilitating the regatta, and everyone greatly appreciated his commitment, along with other Members who watched the regatta every day aboard his yacht. A huge thank you as well to the numerous ‘Red Shirt’ volunteers who were involved all day, every day, ensuring the competitors were comfortable and happy. Last but not least, thank you to the Squadron families who hosted Interstate and overseas teams. 

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Overall Results

1st Rooklyn DBSC (pictured top)
2nd Costanzo RPAYC
3rd Takahashi RNZYS
4th Hughes RNZYS
5th Rozenauers RSYS (pictured above)
6th Grimes CYCA
7th Wilson RNZYS
8th Gowans SYC
9th Lynch Darwin
10th Solly SYC

By Angus Olding
Photos by Hamish Hardy and Raoul de Ferranti

Hardy Cup Day 1

A full Round Robin of 9 flights was completed today in a light easterly breeze and sweltering heat.

Matthew Hughes of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Ashlen Rooklyn of Double Bay Sailing Club are tied in 1st place, with Leonard Takahashi and James Wilson both of RNZYS in tied 3rd. 

A strong southerly change is due this evening, so Day 2 will see fresher conditions, starting at 0920hrs. 

Also competing are: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club Australia, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sandringham Yacht Club and Darwin Sailing Club. It's a pleasure to have you all here!  #HardyCup2017 

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