PONANT Friday Twilights

We are delighted to announce that PONANT, the luxury expedition cruising specialists, will support our Club’s Friday Twilight series for the next two years. 
This agreement builds on an established connection: Club Member Sarina Bratton is the Chairman of PONANT for Asia Pacific, and several Members have enjoyed cruises with the company. 
RSYS Vice Commodore Christian Brook said, “We are very excited to have PONANT on board. They are the world leaders in Cruising and offer a prestigious partnership. We look forward to the exciting opportunities they will offer our Members."
After racing on Allegro last Friday with John Taylor and crew – and winning their division! – Captain David Marionneau and his wife Johanna Stansfield, PONANT Partnerships Manager for Asia Pacific, presented the weekly prizes to our division winners. 

Captain David Marionneau said, “I’m honoured to have presented our new alliance with the Squadron last Friday. We feel a positive synergy with the RSYS as we share fundamental values including Excellence, Integrity and Respect for the sea. Yachting is part of Ponant’s DNA with our emblematic triple-masted classic sailing yacht Le Ponant. Our fleet of modern luxury expedition small ships sails across the seven seas to encourage our guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability. We look forward to welcoming you on board.’’

We will shortly reveal the grand prize to be awarded at the end of season presentation dinner on 3 April 2020. 

If you would like to learn more about PONANT cruises, please visit their website at www.au.ponant.com


Image @StudioPONANT/Philip Plisson 

What's new in sail technology?

Club Members, their guests and all sailing enthusiasts are invited to a hear an in-depth talk on what's new in sail design on Wednesday 26 February. 

Our speakers are Andrew Parkes and Alby Pratt from North Sails and they will cover topics such as: sail design, the latest technology, sail handling systems and sail finishing details to suit them. 

All RSYS Members are very welcome to attend this event and to bring guests.
Interested non-members should please contact David Henry.


Event details
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Venue: Careening Cove
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, please RSVP for dinner afterwards.
RSVP here


SailGP inspiring RSYS Youth


RSYS Youth Members Harriet McLachlan and Benedict McKay will taste the thrill of racing on the RS Cat14 when SailGP returns to Sydney Harbour from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 February.

Our sailors will get the chance to rub shoulders with world-class athletes in Sydney through SailGP Inspire, the championship’s youth and community outreach arm. Inspire has selected eight teams of two (one boy and one girl under the age of 15) who will take to the water on 27 February in the event's opener.

Sailing on the RS Cat14 gives a unique insight into what it’s like to be onboard an F50 catamaran. The boats have similar characteristics but without the foiling, the sailors also race on a mini version of the SailGP racecourse, a great first step for up and coming junior sailors.

SailGP Youth Program Manager Tom Herbert-Evans said: “Whether they’re aspiring to one day join the league on a national team, want to learn the science behind the sport of sailing or get behind-the-scenes work experience, young people around the world gain access to unique opportunities through SailGP Inspire. We’re excited to bring Inspire to Sydney for the first time, with a variety of new components, in what is shaping up to a historic second season.”

Good luck Harriet and Benedict, we look forward to hearing all about your day!



Harry Price of CYCA wins Hardy Cup 2020

Media release 10.2.2020

Harry Price of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and ranked 5 in the world beat the odds to triumph against defending champion no 2 ranked Nick Egnot-Johnson of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. 

Sir James Hardy OBE presents the Hardy Cup trophy to Harry Price's team from CYCA

The talented young crews gave a master class in match racing techniques and exhibited some of the best quality racing seen in the Hardy Cup. Time and again, Price’s clean starts and superior boat speed allowed him to get away and maintain the lead. The petit final and grand final were intense - the racing was so close, any of the top four deserved to win, but Price sailed faultlessly after the first final race to take the overall win. 

Price v Egnot-Johnson 

The semi-finals were closely contested. James Hodgson (CYCA, AUS) incurred a penalty on the finish line in the fourth race to give Price his entry into the final. Price and Egnot-Johnson exchanged penalties in the final sailed in light east, nor’east winds on the race course area just off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Egnot-Johnson won the first race but then Price took the next three to claim the 2020 Hardy Cup. While Price has previously contested the Hardy Cup as crew, this was his first win in the event as skipper.

Price v Hodgson
The ‘King of the Castle’ format was used to determine 5th to 13th positions after the quarter finals, and enabled Aurelien Pierroz (Noumea YC, New Caledonia) to climb from 12th after the round robin to finish 9th overall in the event. 


The Race Officer team comprising RSYS’s Ian Kingsford Smith and Rob Ridley, together with Ryan Parkin and his cadre of umpires, did an outstanding job to conduct 203 races in four days, completing the round robins and concluding the regatta with a quality finals series. 

RSYS Captain of Sailing Karyn Gojnich commented, ‘The Hardy Cup celebrated its 20th year at the Squadron with a record field of 13 teams. I was delighted to welcome international competitors from Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand, New Caledonia as well as Australia. I was particularly proud of our own Squadron teams who fought some close battles and improved with each race. I believe match racing is a fantastic way to develop skills that can be applied across the many disciplines of sailing.’   


The Squadron held the inaugural Hardy Cup Lunch on 4 February to popular acclaim. The audience was privileged to hear from double Olympian, World Champion, America’s Cup sailor and Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE whose vision and on-going support continues to promote match racing helming and tactical skills among young sailors. 
Many teams will now head to New Zealand to contest the Youth World Match Racing Championship in the Elliott 7m class in Auckland, New Zealand.
Photos by Darcie Collington Photography and videos by TillyLockMedia at  Facebook/hardycup and Instagram/rsys1862.

History of the Hardy Cup
The RSYS Youth sailing program commenced in 1960, and in 2001 the Squadron hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup. The trophy was donated by long-standing Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. 
Further information
Angus Stranack  (Hardy Cup info)
RSYS Sailing Academy Manager
m. 0408 247 571 e. angus@rsys.com.au

Isabel Wartho (PR & Media enquiries)
RSYS MarComms Manager
m. 0404575 886 e. isabel@rsys.com.au

Great re-start to Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

5.2.2020 The pointscore series has recommenced after the Christmas break. A gentle ESE breeze of 9-15 knots greeted the 31 boats starting - and starting was a great feature of the evening's race.

Of the 18 boats that raced in the Ladies Mixed division, 14 boats started within 11 seconds or better of their allotted start time. The Queen of the Start award was shared between Penny Scardifield and her crew on board Cavatina and Joanna Love on Love Child, all pictured below, who started exactly on her start time for the second time this season.

Queens of the Start, photo by Rene Chapman.

Congratulations to our winners: Eve Shepherd and the crew on Trilogy in the Ladies non-spinnaker division; Elyse Guevara-Rattray in the Yngling Holly in the one design spinnaker division; and Chris Harper and the team on Crackerjack in the Open Division.

Captain Karyn Gojnich commented, 'It was wonderful to see the non-pointscore races that we held in January so well supported. Some crews took the opportunity to swap around roles on their boat whilst others practised their start line approaches and spinnaker handling.'

Next week will be the second race in the three race (no drop) Trophy Series.

Would you like to develop your sailing skills? our next Ladies of the Sea (LOTS) course starts on Wednesday 12 February.
Information and bookings here