Voodoo wins Farr 40 state title against crackerjack NSW fleet

Lloyd Clark and Andrew Hunn’s Farr 40 Voodoo Chile sailing for Tasmania beat the host state’s majority line-up to be declared NSW champion at the penultimate contest of the class’ 2014/15 season.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title wrapped up on Sydney Harbour this afternoon, the teaser to the calendar’s crowing point, the John Calvert-Jones Trophy National Championship that starts this coming Thursday, March 26, 2015.

“We haven’t won a NSW title before and we are pretty chuffed to take it off a majority NSW fleet,” said Hunn. Even with a six point margin to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion in second, Hunn says the tidy Sydney crew is still the benchmark. “Our crew work wasn’t quite as slick as theirs and we expect them to come back pretty hard in the nationals. The outcome today is not a definitive result.”

The dueling Farr 40s have shadowed each other at every encounter and they both want the main prize, and deserve it. Transfusion’s capped team has secured five national titles since 2009. Voodoo has been on the verge of greatness for the past couple of years and is spring-loaded to keep the trophy out of Belgiorno-Nettis’ hands this time around.

Boat of the day and third overall in the two day eight race series went to Jeff Carter’s Edake. “We are very pleased with our results going into the nationals. To finish boat of the day ahead of Voodoo and Transfusion is really something; it’s the first time ever,” said the thrilled Middle Harbour Yacht Club skipper.

He reckons getting off the line cleanly and hooking into the first left hand shift was the differential in the average nine knot E-ENE breeze on Sydney Harbour. Maintaining impetus downhill and keeping your lane counted for plenty too. “If you lost concentration on the downhill in particular, you’d quickly give up your spot. It was super close racing, typical of the Farr 40s.”

Carter gave a pat on the back to the Corinthian crew of Carl Russett’s Windy Too for travelling from Pittwater to sail against a crackerjack fleet. “They get the best improved, in the final race they were much closer to the front runners than yesterday.”

“We didn’t hurt anyone,” acknowledged Russett. “Yesterday was a shocker though we’ve had a great time. The other guys have been so very accommodating and helpful, some of Transfusion’s crew changed one of the blocks on our spinnaker pole track after finding a spare somewhere. The camaraderie and kindness has been fantastic, it really has been an experience.

“I would encourage all the guys at the top level to have a go; it’s been a hoot and a completely different style of sailing for us. Our youngest crew is 47 and we have some in their 70s; everyone else enjoyed a nice break between races while they were waiting for us to finish,” Russett joked from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron soon after the presentation of regatta trophies.

Farr 40 crews have three days to make any changes then on Thursday March 26 they return to the RSYS for the John Calvert-Jones Trophy national title, a three day all-out on water engagement for the right to be added to the Australian Farr 40 champion honour roll.

Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 NSW State Title 2015 at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron



Series Resultsup to Race 8
Sail No Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Place Race 8 Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
AUS8888 VOODOO CHILE L Clark A Hunn 16.0 1 1.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0
AUS6422 TRANSFUSION Guido Belgiorno-Nettis 22.0 2 4.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0
007 EDAKE Jeff Carter 26.0 3 2.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
AUS5868 KINDERGARTEN Rod Jones 27.0 4 3.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0
64221 ZEN Gordon Ketelbey 29.0 5 5.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 3.0
6024 WINDY TOO Carl Russett 48.0 6 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0

By Lisa Ratcliff / Australian Farr 40 media

2016 Youth Winter Program v2

Youth Winter ProAs we near the end of a successful 2014 - 2015 season it is time to consider how we are going to maintain our skills and progression through winter. This is where the Dinghy Development Program and Youth/ Intermediate Development Programs enter the Royal Sydney calendar.

The programs have been designed to continue current youth and intermediate sailors progression, development and enjoyment of sailing. The programs have been designed so that sailors wishing to undertake both Dinghy Development and Youth/ Intermediate Development Programs can do so.


Dinghy Development Program:

The winter Dinghy Development Program is offered to existing Optimist and Laser sailors who are interested in class specific coaching. Included in this program is entry into the RSYS Winter Race Series.


The program consists of 13 weeks of training including 4 separate race days. Designated training days will consist of a 2 hour morning sessions on the water with targeted briefings before and afterwards. Once a month through May – August racing in the Youth Winter Series will provide an opportunity to gauge progression through the training program. 


Dinghy training and Winter Race Series entry fees: $550


Click here for Winter 2015 schedule and here for Online Entry


Youth/ Intermediate Development Program

This course is for sailors who are interested in learning about keelboat racing and sailing within a team environment. The program is aimed at both Youth (from 15 years) and Intermediate members (up to 25 years). It is designed to take the sailors from competent dinghy sailors through learning about spinnakers and working within a team, progressing skills into match racing and eventually gaining selection for representation in the Club’s Advanced Match Racing Squad.


On water training will initially revolve around fleet racing, including the Interclub Regatta (competition between RPAYC & CYCA), with the focus moving to match racing later in the program.


Included in this program is an Elliot 7 Introductory Clinic running from April 7th - 9th. This is open for all signing up for the program but it is focused on getting those new to the Elliot 7s (and keelboat sailing) up to speed.


Youth / Intermediate Development Program fees: $650


Click here for Winter 2015 schedule and here for Online Entry


Winter Race Series

The Winter Race Series is open to all Optimists and Lasers. Race days will be scheduled for one Sunday a month through May, June, July and August.

Racing will begin at 0930 with 3 races a day. The intention is to be finished around lunch time each day, weather dependant.

This is an excellent opportunity for those sailors who do not want to join the training programs to continue to sail over winter, keeping their skills up to scratch.


Winter Race Series entry fee: $100 


Click here for Winter 2015 schedule, here for the NOR, here for the SIs and here for Online Entry

Woodlands Wine Dinner

Join us on 9 April to learn about and sample award-winning wines from Woodlands Estate, Margaret River. 
Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, Woodlands is one of Margaret River's first five wineries.
Woodlands produces wine from two vineyards, both located in the Wilyabrup Valley of Margaret River. The original Woodlands Vineyard is located on Caves Road, while the Woodlands Brook Vineyard is located two kilometres to the northeast.
Woodlands' Vineyards are dry grown and maintained by hand using organic and traditional methods. 
Wines produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot blends, and Chardonnay. All Woodlands wines are made on site by the Watson family.
Event: Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm for 7.00pm sit down.
Cost: $95.00pp, includes three course menu with canapes on arrival, and Woodland Estate wines with dinner.

Click here to reserve your place at this event. If you have any queries, please contact the Cellar at jamie@rsys.com.au or 9017 0121.  


Waratahs home games - Dinner & coach

If you already have tickets to the matches below, would you be interested in an early dinner at the Club beforehand and coach transfers to and from the game? Please let us know!
We can put on dinner at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm coach departure. If numbers are sufficient, a coach will be arranged for any or all of the following dates:
Auckland Blues              Saturday 7.30pm 28 March, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Stormers                        Saturday 7.30pm 11 April, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
The Sharks                    Saturday 7.30pm 16 May, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Crusaders                      Saturday 7.30pm 23 May, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Qld Reds                        Saturday 7.30pm 13 June, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Cost: $95 Adults, $80 Youth/kids for a two course menu plus beverages.
Please register your interest with Reception on 9955 7171 or email front@rsys.com.au.

Cruise presentation

Join the RSYS Cruising Division on Wednesday 25 March, for an evening with Julie and Terry Clarke who will give a presentation entitled 'Cruising the Mediterranean, the highs and lows of endless summer.' They will talk on the reasons, process and experiences of living on board and cruising in the Med on their Jeanneau 49DS.
The talk will be held in the CCA from 6pm-7.30pm. Afterwards, make an evening of it and stay for dinner with other Cruising enthusiasts.      
RSVP to Reception on 9955 7171 or email front@rsys.com.au                        
A reminder that the Annual Squadron Cruise will visit Pittwater from 11-19 April. Please complete and submit the forms at www.rsys.com.au/cruising-division2015 by 24 March or contact the Sailing Office on 9017 0152 or email margaret@rsys.com.au