Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge

MRX Yachting & the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron invite RSYS Members and crews to submit an “Expression of Interest” to compete in the 2017 Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge running 23-26 March.

The Challenge is an invitation fleet racing event for leading yacht clubs around the world. Entries are invited from the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The Regatta will be organised by RNZYS and Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club as part of the Auckland Regatta.

The event will be sailed in 11 identical Farr 10.2 metre MRX Yachts each with six crew. There will be one practice day and three race days. Up to 13 windward leeward and harbour course races will be held on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

This strict one design racing provides the very best crew vs crew competition! The boats are ready to sail and cannot be altered, so all you need to bring is an able crew and your sailing gear.

More information here

If any Members are interested in submitting a crew please contact the Sailing Office or submit an Expression of Interest through the event website.



Sean Langman Presentation

RSYS Member, blue water racer and wooden boat enthusiast Sean Langman will give a talk on Wednesday 25 entitled "Cruising Preparation from Ocean Racing". All Members and guests welcome.

Sean will speak about how he successfully combined his twin passions by taking his 1932 gaff-rigged cruising yacht ​Maluka of Kermandie to Hobart this season. He will discuss the challenges he faced, from the structural to achieving Cat 1 compliance.

Sean is a man of many talents: he is well known through his boatyard business Noakes; his wooden boat restoration business in Tasmania; and for skippering the Australian GC32 foiling catamaran in the recent Extreme Sailing Series hosted by RSYS.

Photo credit: Rene Chapman

Event details
Date: Wednesday 25 January
Venue: Carabella Room
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. We will meet in the Members Bar from 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Why not stay for dinner afterwards in the CCA and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017

In 2017 the club again lends its support to the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta (SHR) with club Saturday racing being put on hold to allow our competitors the opportunity to sail in this brilliant harbour wide regatta. 

Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the 1960's, as a response to growing fleet numbers  initiated the Middle Harbour Regatta which saw 469 yachts of various sizes racing in 12 classes on Middle Harbour. The Regatta drew large crowds to the foreshores and the highlight was the "cock of the harbour" race off between the class champions using a yardstick handicap. It is in the spirit of this competitive and high profile past that Middle Harbour Yacht Club presents, the Sydney Harbour Regatta raced on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The event will deliver a full weekend of competitive yacht racing on the 4th and 5th March 2017.

In 2017 we see the Sydney Harbour Regatta, in its 12th year, as the largest keelboat regatta in Australia with an expected 250 plus boats vying for the podium place.

For all RSYS competitors there is plenty of opportunities to get involved in some quality racing. All entries and document for this regatta can be found on the Sydney Harbour Regatta website at http://shr.mhyc.com.au/



Ingate wins Dragon Prince Philip Cup

RSYS Member Gordon Ingate has taken out the 2017 Prince Philip Cup on Whimsical. The premier Dragons regatta attracted a 19 strong fleet drawn from VIC, TAS, WA and NSW and racing took place from Wednesday 4 January to Sunday 8, with Friday being a rest day. Eight races were completed with one drop. Conditions varied throughout the event: some days saw light, patchy winds from all directions, others consistent NE winds of 15-20 knots.

Gordon finished on 19 points, and considering his vintage, this is a truely superb effort and credit to his experience.

Richard Franklin, VP of the Australian Dragon Association, commented: 'Whilst Dragon numbers at RSYS are down from previous seasons, every week we get to race against the best in Australia. This year Gordon also won the NSW State Titles, again beating his fellow RSYS Dragon sailors. We are very lucky to have Gordon and his crew to set the standard.'  


Podium results
1st Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 19 pts
2nd Linnea, Sandy Anderson, RFBYC, 22 pts
3rd Indulgence, Robert Campbell, RSYS, 27 pts

The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy is a precursor to the Dragon Prince Philip Cup, comprised three races and was conducted on 3 January. There was a medium to strong southerly, blowing 15-20 knots with gusts reaching 25 knots which was a lot of fun for the competitors. It wasn’t the sunniest or warmest day, yet temperatures hovered around the low 20s with patchy rain and clouds. The winner of the Ted Albert Memorial Trophy was Andrew Howe and crew on Ascalon (RSYS).

Podium results
1st Ascalon, Andrew Howe, RSYS, 6 pts
2nd Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 10 pts
3rd Wizzardry, Ray Chatfield, RFBYC, 11 pts

Well done and congratulations to all who competed!

View full results here

Article by Angus Olding
Photographs by John Jeremy

Friday Twilights Major Prize

We are pleased to reveal the major prize donated by our generous sponsor Audi Alto Artarmon for this season's Friday Twilights:

Hamilton Island Race Week 19-26 August 2017
Audi Alto Artarmon will host one couple for an 'Audi Experience'. This exciting holiday package includes:

  • Return airfares
  • Two nights accommodation at Qualia Resort and Spa
  • Day 1 – arrive afternoon, lunch, afternoon at leisure
  • Night 1 – exclusive Audi Dinner featuring a celebrity chef
  • Day 2 – board a lovely 90’ Falcon (or similar) to watch the racing on the water, includes refreshments and lunch. 
  • Night 2 – exclusive Audi Dinner
  • Day 3 – breakfast at leisure, then depart.

Audi Alto Artarmon General Manager and RSYS Member Vaughan Blackman said: 'The event is relaxed and a lot of fun. The setting and atmosphere are excellent and the prize recipients will enjoy sensational meals and entertainment.'


The lucky winner of this magnificent prize, as well as two consolation prizes of a pass to the Audi Drive Experience, will be announced at the prize giving dinner on Friday 7 April. Remember - to be eligible for the prize draw, boats must have competed in 75% of the 23 race series and your boat must be represented at the dinner to collect a prize. 

The Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilights recommence on Friday 13 January. 


Don't forget - we have a special Member offer valid for the duration of the Twilight Series: purchase a new or demonstrator Audi from Audi Alto Artarmon and receive a $1000 credit to your House Account, or a $500 credit for a pre-owned car (valid until 7 April 2017.) Please contact Audi Sales Manager Sean Widera