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Sam Gilmour heads Hardy Cup leader board

Perth yachtsman Sam Gilmour heads the leader board after day two of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Hardy Cup with 12 wins out of 13 races in the ISAF Grade 3 Under 25 match racing regatta on Sydney Harbour.

However, only half of the Flight 2 races have been sailed,  with Jay Griffin from Sydney, New Zealander Chris Steele and another WA sailor, Matthew Jerwood and their crews well in the running to make the finals.

The one loss so far by Gilmour, whose Neptune Racing team represents Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, has been to Jay Griffin from Sydney’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. 

Griffinis second overall, having come through Round Robin 1 without a loss, but winning only one of three matches so far in Round Robin 2 to give him a total of 10 wins from 12 races.

Steele, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, won last week’s Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in Perth, beating Gilmour on a countback.  Today he completed Round Robin 1 with seven wins from nine races.  So far he has sailed only two races in Round Robin 2 for two wins, giving him an overall score of nine wins from 11 races.

Jerwood, sailing for the South of Perth Yacht Clubs, completed Round Robin 1 with five wins from nine races and so far has won three races in Round 2, giving his Redline Racing crew eight wins from 12 races sailed so far.

Defending Hardy Cup champion Jordan Reece and his Etihad Racing team, representing the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, finished Round Robin 1 with five wins and four losses, and then won two of his three match races in Round Robin 2.  Reece is fourth overall in standings.

The day began with a catch-up up of flights not sailed on Monday because of strong southerly winds in mid afternoon, with Jay Griffin completing his nine races unbeaten.

Conditions were ideal for match racing in the Elliott 7 sports boats, using asymmetrical spinnakers, with the southerly breeze freshening to 10-12 knots late morning and to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Henry Kernot, who steered the CYCA crew into third place overall in the Warren Jones Regatta, with normal helmsman Jay Griffin nursing an injured leg and sailing mainsheet, is back on mainsheet for the Hardy Cup with Griffin again on the helm.

“We finished the first round robin with nine wins but we started the second round robin this afternoon with two losses, one to Chris Steele and one to Matthew Jerwood,” Kernot said after today’s racing. “We have some work to do on boat handling.

“Once you get around the windward mark the downwind sailing is quite different to what we have been doing as we are using asymmetrical spinnakers for this regattas…we need to pick the laylines well and also the wind pressure.                                                               

“Also, we did not get good starts in the two races we lost this afternoon,” added Kernot who next week will sail in the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia, crewing for Keith Swinton.

“I expect that Sam Ellis will take over as helmsman for the CYCA crew in the two New Zealand youth events, in Auckland and Wellington, with Jay Griffin as their coach.”


Hardy Cup progressive scores for results from Round Robin 1 and unfinished Round Robin 2:

Sam Gilmour (RFBYC, WA) 12 wins, 1 loss

Jay Griffin (CYCA, NSW) 10 wins, 2 losses

Chris Steele (RNZYS, NZL) 9 wins, 2 losses

Matthew Jerwood (SoPYC, WA) 8 wins, 4 losses

Jordan Reece (RSYS, NSW) 7 wins, 5 losses

Harry Price (CYCA, NSW) 3 wins, 9 losses

Sam Mackay (RPNC, NZL) 4 wins, 8 losses

Milly Bennett (RPAYC, NSW) 4 wins, 8 losses

Sam Ellis (CYCA, NSW) 3 wins, 9 losses

Claudia Thackray (RSYS, NSW) 0 wins, 12 losses


Peter Campbell

Strong southerlies curtail Hardy Cup day one racing

New Zealandsailor Chris Steele today made an impressive start to the prestigious Hardy Cup ISAF Under 25, Grade 3 match-racing regatta on Sydney Harbour following his close victory last week in the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in Perth,  Western Australia.

In contrast to the final racing in Perth which was curtailed by light winds, today’s opening flights were cut short as a strong southerly wind freshened to more than 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots and more.

Steele and his 36 Below crew from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron won two of their three flights today but heading the leaderboard after the limited first round robin were  Australians Jay Griffin from Sydney’s Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Sam Gilmour from Perth’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, who each came through unbeaten with five wins each.

Best of the other crews, with two wins and two losses each, were Matt Jerwood’s Redline Racing team from South of Perth Yacht Club with two wins and two losses, defending Hardy Cup champion Jordan Reece’s Etihad Racing team representing the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, and Harry Price’s CYCA crew.

The 10 young crews from Australian and New Zealand yacht clubs excelled in their sail handling skills today, sailing Elliott 7 sports boats with asymmetrical spinnakers as the southerly built during the day.

“It was a day of fantastic sailing in fresh to strong winds, but we managed to run only seven flights as the breeze became really strong,” the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s youth sailing co-ordinator Mitch Watkins said after race officers hosted the AP/A signal about 3.30pm.

The Hardy Cup,  the now long established youth match racing regatta initiated by eminent yachtsman Sir James Hardy, has again attracted topline helmspersons and crew from Australia and New Zealand, including two young women skippers, Claudia Thackray representing the RSYS and MIlly Bennett from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Steele won the Warren Jones Regatta last week on a countback from local WA skipper Sam Gilmour, with the series sailed in 36-foot keelboats with generally light winds,  third place going to Jay Griffin from the CYCA.

Steele,  22,  won the Warren Jones Regatta at his third attempt and this is also his third bid to win the Hardy Cup,  after a third and a fourth in previous events.

“Conditions were quite challenging today, not only in the strength of wind but also in the change of boats,” Steele said after the racing. “However,  the Elliott 7s with their asymmetric kites are good boats to sail.

“In the final race today,  with the wind 25 knots and more,  we elected not to hoist our gennaker and we had much better control than some of the others who tried to fly them,” Steele added,

“Within the Harbour the water was relatively flat and, apart from the last race, it was very much tactical match racing.

“Our best win of the day was against Matthew Jerwood from WA who finished fifth in Perth and was leading after the round-robins of that regatta,” Steele said, adding that they had won a couple and lost one of their on-the-water protests today.


Round Robin 1 results from day one:

Sam Gilmour (RFBYC, WA) 5 wins, 0 losses

Jay Griffin (CYCA, NSW) 5 wins, 0 losses

Chris Steele (RNZYS, NZL) 2 wins, 1 loss

Matthew Jerwood (SoPYC, WA) 2 wins, 2 losses

Harry Price (CYCA, NSW) 2 wins, 2 losses

Jordan Reece (RSYS, NSW) 2 wins, 2 losses

Sam Mackay (RPNC, NZL) 1 win, 3 losses

Milly Bennett (RPAYC, NSW) 1 win, 3 losses

Sam Ellis (CYCA, NSW) 1 win, 3 losses

Claudia Thackray (RSYS, NSW) 0 wins, 4 losses

Peter Campbell

So what's on in the Cruising Division in 2015?

Over the Christmas break, we have been busy planning some events that we think may add enjoyment and knowledge to your “cruising experience”. And we would like the opportunity to present our ideas to you on the evening of the 28 January 2015 and to obtain your feedback, if not your better ideas.

Why choose this date? Because it’s the fourth Wednesday in January. In fact, every month we would like the RSYS cruising fraternity to gather on the fourth Wednesday to discuss all things cruising, but as you will see, some evenings will have a themed component.

So what can you expect on the 28 January 2015?  We would like to report to you on events to date, present to you the events we have planned for 2015 in the form of short previews, update you on progress and listen to your thoughts on what you want from the RSYS Cruising Division. At the same time, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to socialise with other members and friends.

Where:            Careening Cove Anchorage, RSYS Clubhouse.

When:            18:00.

Duration:        1.5 hours then dinner.

Program:        27 December 2014, Broughton Island Ocean Cruise Report (Presented by Alice Zehnder and Peter Williams).

28 February 2015, Harbour Raft Up, with Richard Lawson (Rapunzel)

23 and 24 February 2015, Marine VHF Radio Operator’s Course.                     

25 February 2015, Cruising Adventures, East Coast of Australia (with Jeremy and Claudia Gormley).                 

2 and 3 March 2015, First Aid Course.

11 March 2015, Basic Marine 12 Volt Electrics Course (with Rob Starkey).

25 March 2015, Overseas Cruising, the Mediterranean (with Julie and Terry Clarke).

11-19 April 2015, RSYS Annual Cruise.

22 April 2015, Overseas Cruising In Company, Swedish Yacht Rally 2016 (with Trevor Joyce).

6 May 2015, Advanced Coastal Navigation Forum (with Mike Milne-Home and Peter Williams).

The RSYS Website and other communications initiatives.

Questions and Feedback


Drinks:             The CCA bar will be open for orders.

Food:               The CCA galley will be open for dinner. Please book on 9955 7171 or front@rsys.com.au


But Wait, There's More

If you don’t know all there is to know about VHF radio then you are unfamiliar with an important item of safety gear. What does “silence” mean? What are the calling and distress frequencies? How do you call for help in different circumstances? How do you rig up an emergency antenna? One day you may need to know.

Jeremy and Claudia Gormley have recently cruised the east coast of Australia. In fact, their passages include the Australian coast between Townsville and Tasmania. Solo cruising on their Buizen 48 (Manati) they have experienced pretty much all that our east coast has to offer. Lots of photos, an opportunity to ask questions directly and some sage advice all mixed up in one evening. Not to be missed.

The ability to manage injuries and medical emergencies at sea is essential. A certificate in First Aid is a worthwhile acquisition to your skill set.

Modern boats have modern toys and with the death of the sextant and the hand bearing compass, understanding you boats electrics is important for diagnosing problems and rigging up temporary solutions when away from port. This is a “hands on” introduction to marine 12v electrics with the renowned Rob Starkey. Rob is probably better known for his publication “Rob’s Passage Planner”, some may say an essential reference for cruising the east coast of Australia. Rob is a member of the RPAYC and a member of its Cruising Division.

Have you ever considered buying a boat in Europe and cruising the Mediterranean as a couple? Well that is exactly what Julie and Terry Clarke have done over the last two years. Between hopping on shore to take in some memorable performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and cruising the clear waters of Sardinia, Corsica and the west coast of Italy in their beautiful Jeanneau 49 “Exotica”, they have amassed a significant amount of knowledge and experience in solo cruising on the Mediterranean. Lots of photos. Another opportunity not to be missed.

If cruising in company overseas (with some social racing) and with minimal organisation is your scene, then Trevor Joyce (Marina Boating Holidays) is the guru of the organised cruising event. Whilst Trevor plans to talk about the Swedish Yacht Rally 2016, I am sure that Trevor will be more than happy to talk more broadly about other exciting destinations Mariner Boating have to offer.

Mike Milne-Home, retired Royal Navy nuclear submarine commander, knows a thing or two about navigation and for that matter Dead Reckoning. This is a forum, not a course. It’s for people that have some experience in coastal navigation and would like to participate in a round table discussion of important elements of coastal navigation. However, we do not want to exclude people without experience. Please come along and listen to the discussion and at the end of the evening; we will open up discussion to all people attending.

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.

Peter Williams, RSYS Cruising Division










Ingate sets another age record in Prince Philip Cup

Prince Philip Cup Australasian Dragon Class Championship Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne.


Six years ago, Sydney yachtsman Gordon Ingate became the oldest yachtsman ever to win an Australian championship, the prestigious Prince Philip Cup for the International Dragon class.  Yesterday, six years on, he did it again – at the age of 88!

Ingate, helmed Whimsical to a one point victory in the 2015 Prince Philip Cup, sailed out of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, narrowly outsailing a fleet that included boats from Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and Great Britain.

In a last day duel, sailed in steady rain and light winds, Whimsical finished just one point clear of British yachtsman Robert Campbell, sailing the borrowed Sydney boat Indulgence. 

Third place overall went to another RSYS entry, skippered by Wolf Breit with an experienced crew that included Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race winning skipper Roger Hickman.

The victory climaxes a remarkable sailing career for Ingate spanning some 75 years, including 58 years sailing in Dragons, which has seen Ingate represent Australia at the Olympic Games, the Admiral’s Cup, the America’s Cup and at world championships in the International Dragon and 5.5 metres classes.

He also finished a close second overall in the 1972 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, skippering the famous yacht Caprice of Huon, beaten by USA America’s Cup sailor Ted Turner sailing a converted 12-metre, American Eagle.

Despite his long career in the Dragon one-design class, Ingate had not won the Prince Philip Cup until the 2008 regatta on Hobart’s River Derwent.

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member began the 2015 Prince Phillip regatta, the Australasian championship for the Dragon class, with a 4-3 result, then went into the lead with a 2-1 score on day two, just one point ahead of fellow RSYS member Wolf Breit, helming Shapes.

On the final day, with discards coming into effect, the major opposition came from Breit and Robert Campbell, a past international president of the International Dragon Class Association who had until then had carried a 17-point penalty incurred from an OCS in race two.

A regular visitor to Australia for the Prince Philip Cup, Campbell had already made a cleansweep of the Albert Memorial Cup, a precursor to the Prince Philip Cup but the OCS made it a question of catch-up in the major event.

Day two saw Campbell and his crew of Sydney Dragon sailors Robert Alpe and Richard Franklin fight back with a 1-3 score, but still carrying the 17 penalty points. 

Discarding the OCS result, Indulgence and Whimsical were on net 6 points each with Shapes on a net 5 points going into the final day after day three of racing had been abandoned because of extremely stormy weather over Melbourne.

Friday’s racing started in pouring rain and light wind.  Ingate posted a win in the first race of the day, race 5, from Shapes and Indulgence with the overall scores then being Whimsical and Shapes 7 each, Indulgence 9 points.

Indulgence won the sixth and final race but Whimsical’s second place gave Ingate and his crew of Brad Sheridan and David Giles the winning margin and his second Prince Philip Cup in 58 years of racing Dragons. Final scores were:

  1. Whimsical (Gordon Ingate, RSYS) (4)-3-2-1-1-2, net 9 points.
  2. Indulgence (Robert Campbell, Burnham-on-Crouch Yacht Club, UK) 2-(OCS)-1-3-3-2, 10 points.
  3. Shapes (Wolf Breit,  RSYS) 1-1-3-(6)-2-3, 10 points
  4. Wizzzardry (Raymond Chatfield, RFBYC) 5-4-5-2-4-(8), 20 points
  5. Ridgeway (Jeff Rose, RTYC) 3-5-4-5-5-(9), 22 points.

Peter Campbell