It's Hardy Cup Week!

Racing commenced today in the waters off RSYS for the annual Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta for under 25s.

Media release

It's the next stop in the established Trans-Tasman youth match racing summertime series which starts in Australia’s west and travels east, all the way to New Zealand.

One of two international teams coming off the Warren Jones Regatta finale in Perth on Friday is Nick Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Knots Racing head to Sydney buoyed from their fourth overall at the popular west coast regatta. 

“As a team we made big improvements at the Warren Jones Regatta,” said Egnot-Johnson as he boarded a flight across the continent. “We are feeling confident with our boat handling and course tactics; coming into the Hardy Cup we are hoping to keep up this rate of improvement. We love the tight racing, well maintained boats and social atmosphere at the Hardy Cup. Last year I sailed the regatta with George Anyon and we are hoping to better our result of second place.”

Egnot-Johnson is the Hardy Cup’s top-ranked skipper based on world standings. He’ll meet the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s current Open Match Racing champion James Hodgson, the highest-ranked Aussie skipper on the starter’s list, and other names recognised in youth match racing circles like Finn Tapper (CYCA).

Charlie Welsh’s Red Star Sailing team from the New York Yacht Club is the second overseas entry to contest the Warren Jones and Hardy Cup double. 

In 2018 Clare Costanzo’s Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club all-women team made history when they broke an 18-year run of male skippers adding their name to the under 25 trophy. Final 2018 highlights video. In 2019 the host club’s Charlotte Griffin is the only female skipper, and she knows the teams coming off the Warren Jones have the advantage of being in-phase.

“They have a regatta under their belts and are coming off some really tough conditions competing against a very tough field,” Griffin acknowledged. “Next week is looking light and given we are off-weight that might work to our advantage, plus we know the area off Kurraba Point and Cremorne Point well, and how tricky it can be in a light nor’easter. Last year I had an all-female team but I changed to a mixed crew for the Harken and Musto youth regattas, and I’m going with a mixed crew for the Hardy Cup. I’m feeling confident - I just hope we’ve done enough preparation.”


RSYS is fielding 2 teams. LtoR: Coach Nev Wittey, Marlena Berzins, Mitch Evans, Nick Rozenauers (skipper), Alex Rozenauers, Zac Quinlan, Jack Littlechild, Charlotte Grey, Charlotte Griffin (skipper), Charlotte Alexander, Madi Kornman.

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Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron will be represented for the first time in the prestigious Hardy Cup. Skipper Will Sargent, the current schools match racing and SB20 youth national champion who is fresh from keelboat racing the Sydney 36cr Philosopher at the Australian Yachting Championship in Melbourne and Festival of Sails at Geelong, is leading Taz Racing Team. 

Hardy Cup organiser Locky Pryor, the RSYS’s youth and training coordinator, says the 2019 edition has attracted a higher quality of interest with 25 expressions whittled down to 11 teams, four international and seven national teams sailing for their respective host clubs in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Sunday February 3, 2019 is a dedicated weigh-in and practice day and Monday morning all teams head out on Sydney Harbour aboard the host club’s fleet of Elliott 7s to begin the rigorous four-day series. Racing is due to commence off the Squadron clubhouse at Kirribilli from 1020hrs on Monday February 4 and 0920hrs thereafter. The five-stage competition is as follows: stage 1 - a single round robin, stage 2 - a single round robin, stage 3 - quarter final knockout & semi-final knockout, stage 4 - petit final knockout and stage 5 - the final knockout.

After the Hardy Cup the youth match racing caravan continues east, to New Zealand and Wellington’s Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s CentrePort  Youth Match Racing Championship February 13 – 17. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup in Auckland, February 21 – 24, marks the fourth and final event in the series before sailors return to work and study.

View live results here

Follow the action at  Facebook/hardycupInstagram/rsys1862.

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History of the Hardy Cup

The RSYS youth sailing program commenced in 1960 and in 2001 the club hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup, the trophy donated by longstanding regatta Patron Sir James Hardy who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. 

 

 

Article by Lisa Ratcliff 
Photos by Darcie C photography 

 

Milson Silver Goblets underway

The annual Etchells Milson Silver Goblets regatta has got off to a fantastic start - 22 boats are contesting the five daily twilight races hosted by RSYS on magnificent Sydney Harbour. Race Officer Ian Kingsford Smith has this update:

Racing in the first heat on Monday was frustrating for the 19 competitors and the race management team. The forecast southerly winds never eventuated and the wind at the scheduled start time was north easterly. However as soon as the race committee set up the course for a NE wind, it began to veer to the right. After a general recall and a minor tweak of the course, the race committee attempted another start but it soon became quite obvious that the breeze was continuing to go right.

The start was postponed and the course was relocated. The race committee eventually got the fleet away on Course 2 in an easterly breeze with a starting line just to the east of Garden Island and the windward marks at a bearing of 095 degrees and a leg length of 0.8 nm. Although the wind continued to go right and finally ended up as a south easterly, the race committee was in no position to swing the course any further south due to the presence of Point Piper. Race 1 was won by Flirtation sailed by Matthew Crawford, Neville Wittey came 2nd and Michael Bellingham 3rd. Everyone concurred that it was an extremely difficult evening for all.

The starting areas for Tuesday’s Race 2 and Wednesday’s Race 3 were off Clarke Island and both races were sailed in a 20 knot NNE wind with course legs of 1.4nm and a compass bearing of 025 degrees for Race 2 and course legs of 1.3nm and a compass bearing of 035 degrees for Race 3. The courses provided excellent racing with 20 boats starting Race 2 and a full complement of 22 in Race 3. Each race took just on 60 minutes and everyone agreed that the sailing conditions were most enjoyable. Race 2 was won by Ciao sailed by Doug McGain, with David Edwards finishing 2nd and Peter Merrington 3rd. Race 3 was won by 2107 Racing sailed by Jason Antill, Nick Kingsmill was 2nd and David Edwards 3rd.

Races 4 and 5 are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

View results here

 

Top photo by Kylie Wilson
Below by Declan Brennan

Havoc wins 2019 Etchells Nationals

Congratulations to Squadron Members Iain Murray and Richie Allanson, with crew mate Colin Beashel who are this year's national champions. The regatta was hosted by the Brisbane Etchells Fleet and Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 13-18 January and the fleet comprised 27 boats. 

Allanson said afterwards, 'I am a buzzing a little right now as it all sinks in. This (result) was much needed after our Worlds campaign, where we had the potential to do well, but fell short, which is a tough thing to go through. So to bring it together this week was a big thing for the programme.

'The competition is hot in Etchells, and the bar has been raised, so you have to get cracking and think. There is lots of talent sailing around, and the class is in a good position', he added.

 

Also on the podium in third place was the crew of Lisa Rose, comprising Squadron Members Martin Hill and Julian Plante, crew team mates Mat Belcher and Sean O’Rourke. Jeanne-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award. 

Hill, the reigning World Champion, commented, 'We won the first race, which was great. From then on we were pretty consistent, and in the top ten mainly. No UFDs either, which certainly hampered a lot of crews here this week. We came into this regatta knowing about a couple of weaknesses, downwind especially; so learning to sail through the fleet was another positive from it all. We had to earn it all, especially when coming back from being quite deep, so we are pretty happy.'

1st Havoc AUS 1461 Iain Murray, Colin Beashel, Richard Allanson RSYS    
2nd Gen XY AUS 864 Matthew Chew, Brian Donovan, Ben Vercoe, Mitchell Kennedy RQYS             
3rd Lisa Rose AUS 1449 Martin Hill, Julian Plante, Mat Belcher, Sean O'Rourke RSYS

View full results here 

Read the full press release here
article and photos by John Curnow

SailGP is coming to Sydney!

RSYS is excited to be hosting the first leg of the international SailGP tour on 15 - 16 February. Six national teams (including an Australian team) will be racing identical supercharged 50 foot catamarans engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Racing will be held on Friday from 4pm till 6pm and on Saturday from 3pm to 5pm, with three races held each day. The course area is in the vicinity of Bradleys Head and Rose Bay.

The CCA will be open to Members and their guests offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Friday and Saturday. We encourage you to come to our Club and be part of the excitement. 

The SailGP race boats will be moored off the Club immediately before and after racing each day; Members and guests are invited to get close to the competitors and join in the excitement of the docking off and celebrations post racing.

There will be large screen TVs in the clubhouse so you will not miss a minute of the action on water.

Should you wish to get out on the Harbour, there are several options available to you.

  1. From your own boat - The Club will be running a tender service. Please register with the SailGP Boater registration programme. Whilst the pond will be closed on Friday and Saturday, a ‘touch and go’ facility will be available on the inner arm to embark and disembark guests from your boat.
  2. Spectator Ferries - There are a range of spectator ferries offering catered and non catered options that can get you close to the action. Booking information on the spectator ferries can be found here.
  3. Shark Island - Viewing of the event is available each race day from Shark Island which is in the middle of the race area.  The Club has arranged preferential pricing for RSYS members.  To access this discount, use this access code SGP19VIP20Click here to book your place on Shark Island.

Additionally RSYS has been offered a limited number of guided tours of the SailGP team bases on Cockatoo Island. The tours provide expert commentary of the teams' operations and preparations ahead of the event. We will arrange water taxis from the Club, cost TBC. Please send your expression of interst to frances@rsys.com.au

Due to the disruption on the Harbour and the exclusion zones that will be in operation prior to and during the event, the RSYS Sailing Committee has cancelled racing on Friday 15 February and Saturday 16 February.  Download the notice of race amendments here for Friday Twilight and Saturday Summer Series.

 
 

Success at 2019 Youth Nationals

Racing has wrapped up at the 2019 Australian Youth Nationals hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania on the Derwent river. 257 sailors competed across seven classes, vying for places in the Australian Team for the Youth Worlds in Gdynia Poland in July. Squadron Members excelled! 

Laser 4.7 - won by Daniel Costandi, Brooke Wilson 3rd (2nd placed girl), Evie Saunders 7th, Ian Louis 24th. 

Nacra 15 - won by Will Cooley with team mate Bec Hancock (pictured), Rohan Stannage 9th with team mate Bella Green.

Laser Radial - Otto Henry 3rd, Zac West 4th, Campbell Patton 8th, Boston Cortis 11th, Maddy O’Shea 15th (and 2nd Girl), Sylvie Stannage 34th.

420 - Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson 2nd (and best placed Australian boat), Gretel Payne 16th with team mate Bridget Conrad. 

Bic Techno Plus windsurfer - Vaughan O’Shea 5th.

 

View full results here

Well done sailors and many thanks to your supportive parents!