Going for gold again!

As current 420 youth world champions, Otto Henry (RSYS) and Rome Featherstone are in fine form to defend their title in Texas next week.

The teammates have competed together since September 2016 and have rapidly ascended through the 420 fleet despite living on opposite sides of the country. Otto and Rome place a focus on their boat handling and race tactics during training blocks in the lead up to regattas and have achieved exceptional results, placing first in seven of the ten regattas they have attended together. These results include 1st at the Youth Sailing World Championships 2017 in the 420 division, 1st at the Australian Youth 420 Championships 2018, and 1st at the Japanese 420 Junior Youth Sailing Championship 2018.

Both sailors began sailing at a young age with encouragement from their families and quickly progressed in competitive fleets. The pair's natural talent on the water was almost immediately evident - each boy won the Optimist National Championship after only sailing in the class for two years. Otto won the championship in 2014 and Rome the year after in 2015.

In the lead up to the championships next week the duo have been training out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club at an Australian Sailing Youth camp. After the four day camp and training against other 420 teams in their boat 'Indian Pacific', a name reflecting the distance between their homes and a reference to the train that goes between the two oceans, both Otto and Rome are looking forward to the competition.


Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Thomas Moya/Sailing Energy

Yngling Worlds underway

The Yngling Worlds are underway in the spectacular setting of Riva on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

There are 47 entries from 8 nations including two Australian boats also representing RSYS. On board AUS 59 are Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance, who have chartered a Dutch Yngling, made by the boat builder Mader that is very similar in setup to their own Australian boat.

The other Australian boat sailing under AUS 335 is a family affair with Alan Reese and his sons Michael and Jordan.

Also flying the Australian flag at the regatta is international and chief Yngling Measurer Peter Carter and his wife Lorraine. They are joined by Chris Harper, the current International Yngling Association (AIYA) Secretary, and his wife Jan, who has been supporting the AIYA communication and promotions for many years. 

Lake Garda is a magnificent body of water that attracts sailors from all over the world year round. It also showcases sailing in its many forms including sail boarding, kit surfing, optimists, 29ers and this last week on the water we even crossed tacks with 18ft skiffs that were contesting their European Championship. 

Racing gets underway today at 1pm with two races scheduled.  The forecast for later in the week is looking unusually light so the race committee may exercise their option to sail a third race in the day. It is a 10 race series, including one drop when 5 or more races have been completed.

Follow race results here

Radial sailors prepare for Youth Worlds

As two of the Squadron’s strongest Laser Radial competitors, Maddie O’Shea and Campbell Patton are training hard with the Australian Youth Squad in the lead up to the Youth Sailing World Championships 2018. The championships will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas, the USA from the 14 – 22 July.

As the female representative for Australia in the Laser Radial division, Maddie O’Shea has had an extremely successful year of racing with her dedication to training paying dividends. A few of her most impressive results include 1st at the Australian and Oceania Open Laser Championships 2018 in the Radial U19 women’s division, 2nd at the Australian Youth Championships 2018 in the Radial women’s division and being offered a place in the NSW Youth Sailing Team. In addition to her success on the water, Maddie received the RSYS Joanne Trophy in recognition of her commitment to competitive Laser sailing, contributions as a volunteer at the Squadron and as a role model to other youth sailors.

Representing Bermuda at his second Youth Sailing World Championships Campbell Patton looks forward to pushing himself and hopes to build upon his recent results. Beginning in an Optimist when he was seven years old Campbell has been encouraged to become a competitive sailor by his parents both of whom have competed at an elite level. Transitioning to the Laser Campbell started to find his element and at recent events has had a string of exceptional results, especially at the Laser Radial Youth European Championships 2018 where he placed third out of 154 boats.

With less than five days before racing begins in Texas, both Maddie and Campbell are extremely excited to compete at the championships.

“I’m looking forward to sailing in some breeze and seeing old friends,” Campbell said.

Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2m1hH3z

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (Maddie O'Shea), Gãbor Cserto (Campbell Patton)

SDP sailors take the win!


Congratulations to our Senior Development Program (SDP) youth members who have won the final event of the Interclub Championship Series 2018. 

The Interclub Series is between the three major yacht clubs in Sydney (RSYS, CYCA and RPAYC), as well as the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. The series is an opportunity for each of the clubs youth teams to compete in keelboat fleet racing and practise their skills. 

The final event was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater last Sunday 24 June. With a light westerly breeze in the morning both our teams led the fleet for the first few races and as the breeze shifted south their clean crew work secured them the win.

Team A, led by Jack Littlechild, were Boat of the Day placing first in all but two races. A mixed crew of new SDP members and one senior, the team sailed fast and kept the tactics simple. Evie Haseldine (Main Trimmer) commented on the day, "I had lots of fun, the racing was really close especially when the southerly came through".

Team B, led by Charlotte Alexander, also had a successful day placing third overall. Another mixed crew, Charlotte was one of the favourites coming into the day after her win at the Newcastle event. Leading the fleet in the first two races the team started the day strong, however as the southerly built they struggled to separate themselves from the fleet. Charlotte commented on the day, "it was a good day of racing and I learnt a lot. My crew did a great job and kept us in the top 3 for most of the races."

The SDP squad's next event is the Shelving Systems Match Cup at the CYCA on Saturday 30 June. 

L - R: Klade Hauschildt (coach), Jack Littlechild, Evie Haseldine, Zac Quinlan, Charlotte Gray,  Madi Kornman, Charlotte Alexander, Angus Olding and Will Cooley.


Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Klade Hauschildt



Squadron sailors success at Kiel Week

Over the last two weeks, several of the Squadron’s best sailors competed in the world’s largest sailing event, Kiel Week 2018. 

Representing the Squadron in the Laser Radial Open division Zac West fought hard throughout the event. Unfortunately, due to a crossover with the beginning of the ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships Zac missed the last day of racing. Overall Zac placed 40th out of 174 boats, a superb result. Entering the World Championships on a high, Zac continued to demonstrate his sailing and tactical abilities throughout the event. After five days of racing in varying conditions, Zac secured 25th place out of 92 boats, an outstanding achievement.

Oskar Hansen also represented the Squadron, competing in the Laser Standard division. Despite an extremely competitive fleet, Oskar sailed exceptionally well with several top 20 results. Oskar ended the regatta in 90th place out of 118 boats.

In the 470 fleet, the Squadron was represented by two teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Katherine Shannon and Dana Tavener continued to improve placing 17th overall, a superb result. In the men’s division, Will Ryan and Mat Belcher continue to dominate the fleet with another 1st place. 

Transitioning from the 49er, Nathan Outteridge and Haylee competed in the mixed Nacra 17 division, their first event together. After a strong result in the first race, the duo suffered damage to their brand new boat after a collision with a Japenese team and their disqualification from that race. Returning for race four Nathan and Haylee pushed their boat hard and secured a string of good results. Overall they placed 9th out of 40 boats, an amazing result for their first event. 

The Squadron is extremely proud of each of the sailors that competed at Kiel Week and their outstanding results. 

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (L: Oskar Hansen Training in Sydney, R: Zac West Training in Sydney), JPN Bulk Head Photography (Katherine Shannon and Dana Taverner Competing in Japan), Sascha Klahn (Will and Mat at Kiel Week), Segel Bilder (Nathan and Haylee at Kiel Week)