Friday Twilights 26 October

Cool, shifty conditions greeted the fleet on Friday 26 October - as well as a returning supertanker. There were 51 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Jaguar for the Weekend prize. Paul Williams of Takana, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

A beautiful evening. Photo by Sarah Goddard-Jones.



Division 1 
1    Blackwood    Alastair Metcalf    
2    Viva La Vita    Howard Elliott    
3    Assassin    John Vandervord

Division 2 
1    Well Inclined    Brian & Anthea McKean    
2    Worlds Apart    Christopher Stannard    
3    Koolaroo    David FitzSimons

Division 3 
1    Onaview    Richard Petrie    
2    Flying Turtle    Phil Wait    
3    Star Ferry    John Conroy

Division 4 
1    Corrib II    David Leonard (pictured below, 3rd from left)   
2    Wyreepi Too    Ian Robertson    
3    Ostara    Glenn Richard

Elliott 7s
1    Elliott 3        
2    Elliott 2        
3    Elliott 1    

View full results here



Our 2018-19 series is sponsored by Alto Jaguar Land Rover. This week, Alto's sales manager Max MacDonald presented bottles of wine to our Division placegetters. We enjoyed the opportunity to admire the new F Type displayed on the hardstand. Don't forget the special offer to RSYS Members: a $1000 credit to your House Account when you purchase a new or demonstrator vehicle between now and 27 April 2019 and $500 credit for a pre-owned car.
View the new ranges at Alto Jaguar and Alto Land Rover



2018 Members Survey - open now!

Dear RSYS Members, we have emailed you the Commodore's invitation to participate in the 2018 Members Survey. If you can't see this email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folder. If you still can't see it, please contact us.

If you have a relative without an email address, please let them know they can complete the survey via your emailed link, or in person at the Club.

We look forward to receiving your feedback. The survey closes 10 November.

Warm regards, 

Will Pettigrew
Club CEO

The Melbourne to Osaka Race

Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea will recount their record-breaking Melbourne to Osaka Race earlier this year at a presentation to the Cruising Division on 28 November. 

The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race is the longest ocean race in the world, with the exception of the circumnavigation races. Adding to the challenges created by the huge distance of 5500NM are that it is a two-handed race, competitors must endure the hardships of an equator crossing, the Doldrum latitudes and the frontal latitudes of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres. The physical, emotional, navigational and technical challenges are huge, especially when attempting the race in a 62 foot grand prix race yacht that had the potential to either to break the race record or destroy the two men sailing her in the attempt...

Find out how they did it!


Event details

Date: Wednesday 28 November
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.
Dinner reservations essential. 


Members book online here










Etchells in action!

Grant Crowle's The Hole Way taking on the heavy squalls that battered competitors on day 2 of the QLD Championship (aka Pre Worlds.)

The fleet was a veritable armada of former World Champions in Etchells and other classes, America’s Cup stars, round the world ocean racers, as well as Olympic legends. Racing concluded on Tuesday 16, and RSYS Members took two podium places: 
1st Iron Lotus AUS1442 Tom King, David Edwards, Greg O'Shea, Ivan Wheen (pictured below)      
3rd Havoc AUS1461 Iain Murray, Grant Simmer, Richard Allanson.

Dave Edwards commented 'We are really happy with the result! We're looking forward to the Worlds next week - the competition will definitely ratchet up a notch - there will be more than 90 boats on the start line and the Squadron will be well represented.'

View full results here


Top and bottom photos by Nic Douglas. Iron Lotus trophy shot by Kylie Wilson.

Squadron to Host New Sailing Grand Prix

Next Gen 50ft foiling cats are coming to Sydney Harbour from 14-15 February 2019.
RSYS will host the opening Act of the this five race series and it promises to be a spectacle for Members to enjoy.

‘SailGP’ is a new grand prix racing circuit featuring six national teams and visiting five iconic inshore venues. Teams will race identical wingsailed F50s – supercharged catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier. The season will culminate with single $1 million match-race final between the top two teams.

The Australian team: L to R: Sam Newton, Jason Waterhouse, Kyle Langford, Tom Slingsby, Kinley Fowler and Ky Hurst

Watch the Sailing GP video
Read more here