New sponsors for Friday Twilight

The IWC Friday Twilight Series commenced on Friday, 9 October. 
Our new sponsors IWC Schaffhausen and J Farren-Price have provided the major prize: an IWC Yacht Club Chronograph timepiece from the famous Portugieser collection worth $16,400. To be in the draw for this great prize, skippers must participate in 75% of the races and have their boat represented at the end of season presentation dinner. Weekly place getters in each division will receive a bottle of Meera Park XYZ Shiraz.
Feeding your crew?
If you wish to dine after the race, please reserve a table in the CCA by calling Reception on 9955 7171 after 9am on Thursdays.
What better way to feed your hard-working crew than with a Squadron Roast. Choose from: Porchetta roast, WA marinated lamb leg, Tomahawk beef ribs and whole baked snappers.
And for non-sailors - 
The Rooftop Bar on level 5 launches for the summer season featuring live entertainment. Enjoy beers, Prosecco and a selection of cocktails from 5pm, as well as roasted pumpkin hommus with pita crisps and Thai pork & lemongrass balls with roasted chilli nam jim. (NB venue is weather-dependent.)

Tuesday Twilights networking night

Get set for the Tuesday Twilights series which starts on 10 November by joining us for a networking evening on 27 October. It's a great way to meet other sailors, both skippers and crew.
We welcome new participants, members and non-members. We will help skippers to find crew and crew to find a boat to join, plus we'll answer any queries you may have about this enjoyable series. We will also give an overview of the season's races and describe the new divisions.
After the talk, do stay for dinner - it's a Mexican theme.
Please contact Margaret in the Sailing Office at or call 9017 0152.
Event details
Date: Tuesday 27 October
Venue: Careening Cove Anchorage
Time: 6-9pm
There is no cost to attend, drinks and dinner at own cost. 
Non-members, please RSVP to Reception at or call 9955 7171

Sailing a sport for all ages

Sailing is certainly a sport for all ages, as was demonstrated in Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron racing on the Harbour last Saturday when the helmspersons competing ranged from a 13-year-old girl Optimist sailor moving up to the Yngling class to an 88-year-old former Olympic yachtsman winning in the Dragon class.

While the Dragon fleet was small, the Ynglings were out in force as the class gets a significant boost leading up to next year’s 50th World championship in Austria.  Three or four crews from the Sydney fleet are expected to compete in the worlds, twice won by Australia in the past.

Gordon Ingate showed he has lost none of his skill on the helm of an International Dragon, steering Whimsical to two wins and a third in the Squadron’s Mini B regatta for Dragons, Ynglings and the newly introduced Sports Boat division.

In three close races, Liquidity (Richard Franklin) won the opening race for the Dragons from Shapes (Wolf Breit) and Whimsical, with just 15 seconds between the three placegetters.

Whimsical crossed the line just 47 seconds clear of Shapes and Abracadabra in race two, but in race three Ingate had to use all his tactical skills to beat Shapes to the finish line by just six seconds.

Ingate is the Prince Philip Cup defending champion and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania hopes he will ship Whimsical south to Hobart for the 2016 regatta on the Derwent where he won his first Prince Philip Cup after 50 years of sailing a Dragon.

While Gordon Ingate has been racing for more than 80 years in one-design world championships, the Olympic Games,  America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup and the Sydney Hobart ocean race, last Saturday’s regatta was a first in the Yngling class for 13-year-old Sarah Leslie.

A keen Optimist dinghy sailor with the RSYS Youth Sailing Squad, Sarah helmed Shining Star with her mother Tracey and Jan Harper as her crew.

Racing against a fleet of experienced, and much older Ynglng sailors, Sarah finished seventh in race one, only 3 minutes and 39 seconds astern of the winning boat.

As the breeze freshened, Shining Star and her lightweight crew slipped to finish last in race two and a rather tired team elected to miss the third intensive race.

Miss Pibb, helmed by national champion Hamish Jarrett, came out number one in the Mini B regatta with two seconds and a first, just ahead of Karma (Gary Wogas) with a 1-3-2 score. 

Soria, helmed by Robyn Grosvenor, also had a good regatta with a 3-1-3 score.

The Mini B regatta also attracted a fleet of six Sports Boats of varying designs, with Andrew York’s Speedwagon taking line honours in all three races.

On PHS corrected times, James, skippered by Tim Ryan, won two races, Speedwagon taking the double in race three.

The International Etchells fleet was back to the Squadron’s Spring Series on Saturday with Christian Brook and Ant Elliott’s Unami scoring a near two minute win from Alchemist (Richard Hammond) and Ciao (Doug McGain/Michael O’Brien).

In other racing, Equinox (John Molneux/Peter Bray) won Division 1. Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) took out Division 2 and Division 3 went to Norn (Robert Albert).

There will be no RSYS club racing next Saturday of the October long weekend.

Peter Campbell

Sail an Elliott!

In February 2015 the Club took delivery of its four brand new Elliott 7 club boats. The Elliott 7 is an exciting, modern, dynamic, state of the art 7 metre keelboat ideal for wide range of abilities from the seasoned match-race to the learning-to-sail beginner.

The Club has opened up new opportunities for members to use our new fleet with a view to getting as many people as possible on the water enjoying sailing. The opportunities for the season are:


Tuesday Ladies Twilights 
The four new Club Elliott 7s are available for female sailors in the Tuesday Ladies Twilight, free of charge. The programme is designed to expand female Member sailing opportunities and expand the social side of racing at the RSYS. The racing will include a combined division of Elliott 7s and Ynglings and prizes for the winner of the division at the conclusion of racing. 
Further information and online bookings here.


Friday Night Intermediates Twilights
The Intermediates Committee has secured the use of the four Club Elliott 7s for the Friday Night Twilight series, free of chargeThe programme is designed to introduce Intermediate Members to the social side of racing at the RSYS and enjoy the incredible facilities our Club has to offer. 
Further information and online bookings here.


Saturday Mini Regatta Sportsboat Division Racing 
The club has introduced a Sportsboat Division to the Mini Regattas. This is a great opportunity to extend your competitive sailing in a dynamic and exciting division on Saturdays throughout the season. We anticipate Elliott 7s from other clubs will participate, as well as a group of similar boats such as J70's, VXones and Vipers.
Further information and online bookings here.

Provisioning for Cruising

The Cruising Division invites you to another enjoyable and informative presentation. On 28 October we turn our attention inwards - to the subject of food, glorious food!
We are pleased to welcome Paul and Clare Ley from Pilgrim Sailing who will reveal the recipe for successful onboard catering to help you nourish and flourish whilst cruising. 
Paul is an RYA Yacht-master with Master 5 and MED3 and also a RYA keelboat instructor and has thousands of miles under his keel. Clare has also sailed thousands of sea-miles and combines her 20 year experience in the corporate world with her talent for entertaining, bringing out the fun and social aspect of a day's sailing. They will share their knowledge and experience, with a focus on catering for cruising.
Event details
Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner in the Carabella Room afterwards and continue the conversation with other cruising enthusiasts.