World's elite talent to contest Hardy Cup 2020


Media release 30.2.2020

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is set to host the annual Hardy Cup International Match Racing Regatta, one of the final events of a long Australasian Youth match racing season. This season has been unsurpassed in terms of attracting elite talent from around the world to compete in Australia - and now they’re heading to the Squadron with the Hardy Cup trophy in their sights. 

Of the 13 teams tilting at the cup, six are in the top 25 Youth teams in the world. They hail from New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Sweden, New Caledonia and Australia, and will compete in the four-day contest on glorious Sydney Harbour from 2-6 February. Defending Hardy Cup champion and number 2 in the world Nick Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing team, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, are the red-hot favourite. They have enjoyed an outstanding year, having achieved top two positions in 10 out of 12 recent events, including the World Youth Match Race Championship in Russia and the Governor’s Cup and Oakcliff international Cup in the USA.

2019 winners RNZYS

Ready to test EJ’s mettle will be the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s top skipper and current number 5 in the world, Harry Price and crew. This hot team placed second in both the Ficker Cup, USA and the Sopot Match Race in Poland. Price has been sharpening his skills in the highly competitive 16ft Skiff class as fill-in skipper on current National Champion Sutech Musto Racing. 

Hardy Cup organiser Angus Stranack is pleased with the quality of the fleet for this year’s regatta and in particular its reputation for being welcoming to female skippers and all-female teams. 

“I’m delighted that Johanna Bergqvist, the current Women’s World number 3, is making the journey from Sweden to Australia to compete in the Hardy Cup,” Stranack said. “Squadron member Maddie O’Shea is helming her first match racing event. It’s been an exciting transition for her from Lasers in which she twice represented Australia at the ISAF Youth Worlds and was a member of the NSWIS team. I can’t wait to see how she goes with her all-female crew,” he added.  

Racing is due to commence in the waters off the Squadron’s clubhouse at Kirribilli at 1020hrs on Monday, 3 February and conclude with a presentation on Thursday, 6 February. 

Sir James Hardy OBE

Sir James Hardy luncheon
Event Patron and sailing legend Sir James Hardy OBE will address guests at a special Hardy Cup lunch at the Squadron at 12pm on Tuesday 4 February. Sir James will describe the origins of this Youth event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.
Competitors’ families, friends and members from other clubs are warmly invited to attend. 
Tickets are priced $115 and may be booked via RSYS Reception on 02 9955 7171. Ticket price includes a $50 tax-deductable donation to support RSYS Youth Sailing.

View Regatta information here 
Follow the action at  Facebook/hardycup, Instagram/rsys1862 #HardyCup2020


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 Youth Sailing & Training Administrator 
m. 0408 247 571 e. 

Isabel Wartho (PR & Media enquiries)
RSYS MarComms Manager
m. 0404575 886 e.

Photography credit: Darcie Collington Photography 

All set for Hardy Cup 2020

The Squadron will host 11 teams of elite young sailors from Europe, USA, New Zealand and New Caledonia as well as Australian clubs, to contest the 2020 Hardy Cup. The Squadron's annual Grade 3 match racing regatta for 18-25 year olds will be held from 3 - 6 February in the waters just off our Club.

We look forward to welcoming teams from New York Yacht Club, Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Noumea Yacht Club, and Australian sailors from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, CYCA and RPAYC. Eight of the 13 teams competing are placed in the top 100 of the World Sailing match racing rankings, so the competition is sure to be fierce.

The Squadron first held this regatta in 2001. America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy OBE put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying 'It is a tremendous pleasure to watch future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.'


RSYS is fielding two teams this year, coached by Club Member Nev Wittey:

RSYSOpen (above)
Jed Cruickshank – Helm, Jack Littlechild – Main, Jameson Prescott – Pit, Charlotte Alexander – Trimmer, Aiden Mansley - Bow

RSYS - Women’s 
Maddie O’Shea – Helm, Marlena Berzins – Main, Ella Delaney – Pit, Brooke Wilson – Trimmer, Tiana Wittey – Bow.

Keep in touch with Hardy Cup updates via Facebook


Lunch Event with Sir James Hardy OBE
Families, friends and Club members from all participating clubs are warmly invited to hear Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE at a special Hardy Cup lunch at the Squadron at 12pm on Tuesday 4 February. 

Sir James will describe the origins of this Youth event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.

Tickets are priced $115. and may be booked via RSYS Reception on 9955 7171.
RSYS Members may book online here

Matt Allen dinner event

RSYS Member Matt Allen AM has recently completed his tenure as President of Australian Sailing and will share his views on the sailing universe at a Squadron dinner on 29 January 2020.

Matt will discuss:
     - How he developed Australian Sailing and where he sees its future role.

     - What's new in World Sailing.

     - Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and other developments in Olympic sailing.

     - Ocean racing at the Grand Prix level and an indepth look at Ichi Ban's success

Matt's address will be followed by a Q & A session - so come prepared with your questions. Members are welcome to invite guests.

Event details
Date: Wednesday 29 January
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $92 includes 2 courses and wines.

Members book online here

SailGP spectator offers

We are pleased to offer Members a 15% discount on tickets for the following SailGP Spectator Experiences when SailGP returns on February 28 and 29, 2020. 

Island Area 
Watch the racing from land and be front row on Shark Island, in the middle of the Sydney Harbour race course. The Island Arena offers front row seats combined with big screens for action replays and live race commentary.

Official Spectator Boats 
SailGP spectator boats, run by Captain Cook Cruises, get you to the heart of the action on Sydney Harbour, enjoy an amazing view of the racing together with live race commentary. 

Adrenaline Yacht Program
Those seeking the ultimate luxury experience can purchase an Adrenaline Yachts package to watch the racing from the decks of your own luxury yacht positioned within the public exclusion zone. Limited charter or own-boat options are available for corporate or private use (boats 12m+)

Bring Your Own Boat
Boat owners can soak up the electric atmosphere and action of Sydney SailGP from the comfort of their own vessel. Boaters can register their vessel for free to receive live updates from race management, including racecourse position and timings to help get the best position on water. The first 50 registered boat owners will be invited to an exclusive SailGP Q&A in the lead up to race weekend.

Behind the Scenes Tour 
Exclusive tours are available to go behind the scenes at the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island. Get up close to the world-class athletes and shore teams as they make final preparations to the world's fastest sail racing boats - the F50s. Tours take place from Monday to Thursday, February 17-27 inclusive.

Find out more and get tickets here

Redeem a 15% ticket discount for Race Day experiences here by using the 'unlock' code ASSYSGP15




Level 2 water restrictions

The tougher Level 2 water restrictions now in force restrict how boat owners can use water outdoors when maintaining their boats. We encourage you to heed the following from Sydney Water:

You can:

Wash your private boat for 10 minutes using a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle after the boat has been in seawater. The Club has fitted timers and trigger nozzles to all hoses on the Hardstand and pontoons. Members and their crew are requested to use them and not remove them. 

Flush boat motors with a bucket or a purpose-designed flushing device connected to a hose

Fill water tanks on a boat using a hose, as long as you don't leave the hose unattended or allow the tank to overflow

Clean bilges using a high-pressure cleaning device or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle

Wash your trailered vessel and trailer using a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash

Clean essential safety components of boat trailers (eg wheel bearings or brakes) using a high-pressure cleaning device or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Wash your private car, truck, van, motorbike or caravan using a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash 

You can't:

Hose your car, trailer or boat with a hose, even if the hose is fitted with a trigger nozzle, except as described above

Clean your vehicle with a high pressure cleaning device if it's connected to the drinking water supply (by a hose)

Leave hoses and taps running unattended.