Cruise 2014 - Race 1 Abandoned Saturday 12th April 2014.

Dear Competitors,
Sadly the forecast weather has got worse and the once slight chance of strong to gale force winds from the south has now materialised across all weather modelling systems.
Clouds Badham forecast is as follows;
The trough system moving across NSW has increased speed and a low pressure system will develop off the far south coast of NSW this morning. The low will then move NNE to be off the Sydney and then central coast tomorrow (Saturday)  and then move further away to be over the central Tasman later Sunday. 
The movement of the low pressure system up the coast tonight and tomorrow will generate SSW winds along the NSW coast tomorrow, slowly easing back Sunday.
A second burst of strong to gale force S-SE winds is now likely mid to later in the week – with the same low pressure system still operating over the central to eastern Tasman Sea. This is not yet certain and depends on the remnants of TC ITA that are now forecast to join with the low over the Tasman Sea.
SW/20-30 increasing SW/30-35 inshore and SW/30-40 offshore
SW tending SSW-S overnight
2m waves increasing 2-3m in close and 3-4m immediately offshore on a 1m SE swell 
A few showers, mainly afternoon
SW-S/20-30 easing to S/20-25
2-3m seas on a 1-2m S swell
A few showers
Sadly Cloud’s forecast marries up with all other forecasts from other organizations and after waiting for later forecast the situation has not improved.
Therefore the Race Committee has abandoned tomorrows scheduled 10am Race (Saturday 12th April).
For the information of all competitors the following has been agreed to by the race committee;
  1. Saturday 12th April Race is abandoned due to adverse weather and sea conditions.
  2. The intended mooring location for those in Pittwater on Saturday evening is now Refuge Bay. There unfortunately will be no organized BBQ.
  3. Race 2 on Sunday 13th April will be delayed until roughly 1400hrs to allow for late competitor arrival and the weather to settle. Please be aware that this may change.  
  4. All competitors are now asked to make their own way to Pittwater. 
CAUTION: Competitors should take suitable precautions while travelling to Pittwater in unstable weather. Competitors should ensure they have suitably experienced crew for the conditions. All care should be taken in reading up-to-date weather forecasting information and be aware that conditions can deteriorate without warning.
The Cruise Committee & Race Committee apologize for any inconvenience and it is their intention to resume the Cruise and racing as soon as weather and conditions allow.
Should anyone have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the sailing office.
Chris Stone - RSYS Sailing Manager

Squadron sailors shine at NSW Optimist Championship

The 2014 International Optimist NSW Championship was held last weekend at Georges River 16' Skiff Sailing Club with almost 150 boats racing across Open, Intermediate  and Green Fleet divisions. 8 members of the Squadron's Optimist Sailing program competed over 2 days against sailors from clubs across NSW and the ACT as well as from Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Great conditions and good racing at a terrific dinghy venue made for plenty of fun and smiling faces across the fleet and a chance for the Squadron's sailors to sail against and meet sailors from other clubs.

The Optimist Association ran a fantastic event with Open and Intermediate Fleet racing on the main race area in Botany Bay and the Green Fleet enjoying "stadium racing" just off the beach at Dolls Point giving parents and supporters a great view of sailors enjoying their first regatta experience.

In Green Fleet, which is the first / introductory regatta level, Phoebe Thackray, Vaughan O'Shea and Anna Tyquin all sailed well representing the Squadron and while in Green Fleet there are no formal results or trophies, each sailor in Green Fleet received a medal at the prize giving and showed great promise. To cap it off Anna and Phoebe both won prizes in the lucky dip and look forward to cashing in their vouchers at NB Sailsports for some new "go fast" gear for their boats soon (and their parents saving some $$$s too)!

The Intermediate fleet for the next level of sailors looking to develop their racing had 5 Squadron sailors, Henry Davison, Maddie O'Shea, Riley Evans, Gretel Payne and Carl Hansen. With 58 entries and long course racing over 8 races, it was a big programme but supported by coach Mike Leigh each sailor performed well with all team members recording at least 1 top 10 race finish and the highlight being Henry Davison's 3rd place overall and win in race 1. Congratulations Henry for your outstanding result.

Apart from the performances of our Green and Intermediate Fleet sailors, the camaraderie, team spirit and support for each other within the Squadron team was fantastic and no doubt was a massive factor in the fun that was had and enjoyment of each sailor.

With the Squadron Opti programme being in just its second season, there were no RSYS entries in Open fleet with the title being taken out by Flyn Twomey from MHYC just ahead of current national champion Otto Henry from Woollahra Sailing Club and Middle Harbour's Archie Cropley a close third. First girl was Isabelle Kenny all the way from South of Perth Yacht Club! Congratulations to Flyn on becoming the NSW Champion.

Congratulations to all the RSYS team and to the medal and trophy winners from all clubs.

All of the RSYS sailors who attended the States were very fortunate to have dual Olympian, Canadian Mike Leigh as their coach leading up to and at the regatta and have along with other RSYS Opti sailors been getting a huge amount out of the Friday afternoon sessions with about half the Green Fleet group making it to at least 1 friday session in recent weeks. With almost 10% of the combined Intermediate and Green Fleet entries at the States the RSYS Opti programme has a great platform for future - and the fun is guaranteed!

A big thank you goes out to the Opti Association, Andrew McLaughlin and the team at GRSC, RSYS - particularly coaches Josh Chant and Mike Leigh and lastly the parents and volunteers for a great event.

Mike Tyquin

Summer 2013-2014 Photos

Plenty has been happening at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron over the past few months from special member guest speaker events through to regular Friday night twilight racing.

Throughout that time many members have taken countless photos of the Squadron as they sail, enjoy the facilities, attend friend's weddings and watch the sunrise. So as we enjoy the last few days of summer, we decided to go back through these photos and share them with all our members to relive the Summer of 2013-14.

To view all the photos or to share your photos with us, don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@RSYS1862) or Instagram (@RSYS1862).

William Houston - RSYS Intermediate Committee

45th RSYS Annual Cruise

A fleet in excess of 30 racing yachts and support boats are anticipated for the RSYS Annual Cruise which will commence Saturday 12th April and finish in Pittwater on Thursday 17th April. This one is a bit unique due to Easter falling right in the middle of the school holidays. The committee deemed it best to have the cruise prior to Easter and finish it at Pittwater in case some boats would like to stay and enjoy Pittwater over the Easter period.

So I guess we better pack 8 days of fun into 6! I am sure we are up to the challenge and just to prove there is no rest for the wicked there is no lay day this year due to the Cruise finishing on Thursday.

This year the program for the Cruise is primarily in the Hawkesbury with the final night at the always welcoming Royal Motor Yacht Club for our traditional Cruise function. A great way to end the cruise.

Racing will again be managed by Rob Ridley and Chris Stone with the aim of having the last boats finish within around 2.5 hours of starting for the inshore races.

Saturday 12th will be the first ocean race to Pittwater, weather permitting. The fleet will rendezvous at Hallets Beach where the committee will put their cooking skills to the test serving up over 150 complimentary sausages on a roll to the hungry hoards.

Sunday will be a gentle inshore race with a raft up at the typically tranquil Mushroom Bay. This is handy for changing crews on Sunday night at Akuna and the famous Progressive Dinner will be on to sample the fleets culinary skills.

Monday will be our second inshore race with a raft up in Pinta Bay, often we see 20 or more boats anchored stern to shore. The bay will abound with aromas as the competitive crews vie for supremacy in the Creative Cuisine cooking competition. Of particular note this year is that a winning meal will be served in the Careening Cove Room for a limited period of time.

On Tuesday the second and final Offshore race will take place to determine the winner of the prestigious Alan Payne Trophy followed by a get together in Yeomans Bay, a location we have not really explored before.

Our second last day will see the 3rd Inshore race followed by meeting in Refuge Bay with BBQ’s available on the beach for those who want to cook their own and regardless I am sure crews will get together to discuss the days adventures.

Finally on Thursday we will enjoy the concluding race of the inshore series and return to civilisation at the Royal Motor Yacht Club for our final function dinner and get to marvel at the dance moves of the fleet. Not to mention announcement of the Creative Cuisine competition.

Additional activities include a Youth sailors prize that will be given to the boat with the lowest average age of people on board across the Inshore Series races.

We are delighted that Bill and Dee Manning have again prepared our Cruise Crossword.  The Crossword is a challenging and entertaining way of filling idle hours between sailing and partying.

Vice Commodore Richard Chapman (Nand V) is again donating a prize to the winner of the ETA competition; an ICOM VHF Handheld Radio .  This is awarded to the boat that most accurately assesses its elapsed time across all of the 6 races.   We are very grateful for Richard’s continued generosity and I am sure you will all join me in thanking him.

There will be no official RSYS event over the Easter period however I am sure interested parties will discuss possible venues to meet up during Easter.

I would like to re-iterate that the cruise is not just for racing sailors. More and more people are enjoying the cruise on their motor boats and taking advantage of our proximity to the incredibly beautiful Hawkesbury and the company of their friends. Most participants come back year after year and I can recommend you give it a try, you just might get hooked!

Cruise Captain
Julian Farren-Price

Wet weekend for Etchells State Championship

A wet and, at times, windless weekend on Brisbane Waters,  saw only five races sailed in the 2014 Etchells NSW championship.  Victory went to Graeme Taylor’s Magpie from the Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria and his crew of international sailing stars Steve Jarvin and Grant Simmer.

Four Sydney fleet yachts finished in the top ten placings with former world champion Iron Lotus winning races, but placing seventh overall because of an OCS in race three.

Gosford Sailing Club hosted the championship which attracted a fleet of 39 yachts, 11 from the Sydney fleet. Unfortunately, races five and six had to be abandoned because of a windless waterway but the best sailing was reserved for the last race when 22 knots of breeze came in from the south.

Iron Lotus, with Tom King at helm, led almost throughout the final race with Magpie finishing second to clinch an overall win from last year’s champion Caio (Doug McGain) who sails with the Sydney fleet as a member of the CYCA. 

Magpie had a consistent score of 2-1-3-9-2 for 17 points, Caio finished with 21 points from a scorecard of 1-7-6-2-5.  Third overall went to RSYS member Matt Whitnall in Umami, with 34 points from placings of 3-3-11-6-11.

Michael Coxon, sailing No Star,  placed fifth overall on 34 points, seventh to Iron Lotus on 64 points.

Peter Campbell