Dragon breath hot air on Botany Bay - Prince Philip Cup Day 2

9 January 2013

Peter Campbell

As Sydney sweltered in one of its hottest days ever, reaching 42.5 degrees, 21 crews of International Dragon class yachts yesterday enjoyed some respite afloat on Botany Bay for day two of the Prince Philip Cup Australasian Championship for the classic one-design class.


Despite the heat, races four and five were successfully sailed with matching hot competition.


After five races, Akula (Matt Whitnall) has had four wins to lead the championship on 0 points after one discard, but he has had to sail exceptionally well to hold that position in a highly competitive fleet of Dragons from New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) is second overall while third overall is octogenarian international yachtsman Gordon Ingate, helming Whimsical.


Race four was sailed in a 12 to 15 knot nor’wester with the fleet geting a clean start and by the first mark Matt whitnall in Akula had established a small lead from Anthony Armstrong in FrenchConnection and Gordon Ingate in Whimsical.


After some jostling in the downwind leg, Whimsical established a small lead on FrenchConnection that was held till the end, but neither boat could catch Akula. As the three yachts pulled away from the fleet, the wind steadily built.


Race five stated immediately after race four with winds now well over 20 knots, with solid 25+ knot gusts.


This race saw Matt whitnall again take an early lead, but he was challenged by Carl Ryves in Sidewinder and former Fying Dutchman world champion Ian McCrossin, steering Riga for owner Martin Bourke.


Also challenging was Gordon Ingate in Whimsical and Marcus Blackmore in Hooligan.


The final result saw a very close win by Akula , followed by Sidewinder and Riga, with less than a minute separating all three boats.


Today is a lay and after five races and allowing for one drop, Akula is in first place on 0 points followed by Sidewinder on 17.4 points, Whimsical on 27 points and Riga on 31.7 (the Prince Philip Cup is still scored using the old Olympic system).

This year’s Prince Philip Cup includes a number of wellknown yachting personalities in addition to the veteran Gordon Ingate, whose long career has included representing Australia at the Admira’s Cup, America’s Cup and Olympic Games.


Marcus Blackmore is a successive TP 52 owner who has recently joined the Dragon Fleet. Sailing with Marcus is current world champion crew and CEO of Dragon boat builder Petticrow, Tim Tavinor, a former English Olympian in the Finn class.


Sailing with Gordon Ingate is Australian Olympian David Giles while sailing with Geoff Totterill from WA is Australia II legend John Longley.


Of course, Sidewinder’s regular crew, Dick Sargeant, is an Olympic gold medal winner in 5.5's and two-time America’s Cup crew. Carl Ryves and Dick Sargeant also represented Australia at the Mexico City Olympics, sailing a Flying Dutchman also named Sidewinder.


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Matt Whitnall wins Prince Philip Cup

11 January 2013

Anthony Armstrong & Peter Campbell

Squadron member Matt Whitnall has helmed Akula to a dominating victory in the prestigious Prince Cup 2013, sailed on Botany Bay last week with a fleet of 26 International Dragons from New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.


Matt's consistent performance was to the point he did not need to sail on Friday - which was a good thing as his toddler son had covered the house in honey and Matt spent the day cleaning up ...so much for glory!


Matt and his crew of of Rob Bishop and Christian Brook, the Squadron Club Captain, sailed a near faultless series, notching up four wins, a second and a third to finish with a net 17.4 points under the old Olympic scoring sytem.


It gave Akula a huge winning margin from runner-up Whimsical, helmed by Gordon Ingate, in itself a remarkable effort by the octergenarian yachtsman, a past Prince Philip Cup, America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup and Olympic yachtsman. Whimsical, with Gordon’s crew comprising David Giles and Bruce Hollis, won race six of the regatta and finished with 35.0 points.


A close third overall, on 35.4 points, was Sidewinder, helmed by another past Olympian, Carl Ryves, along with Dick Sargent, his co-Olympian in the Flying Dutchman class, Kevin Burman and Kate Lindsey.


Squadron members and their boats filled six of the top ten placings in the fleet, with with Martin Burke’s Riga, helmed by Ian McCrossin, fourth on 47.7 points, followed by Hoolign (Marcus Blackmore) on 42.7 points and Shapes (Wolf Breit) on 53.1 points. Anthony Armstrong helmed French Connection into ninth place on 83.7 points.


The regatta was a huge success with no days lost. In fact, only one race was delayed in either the seven races of the Prince Phillip Cup or the Archie Robertson Memorial lead up three races. The interstate view was that Botany Bay is among Australia's leading race courses with true breezes, no power boat orfFerry traffic and the ability to run long windward legs of around 2nm


Thursday saw one race in nor’wester in 14 knots. Again some strong shifts made it interesting and saw Gordon Ingate win from Marcus Blackmore who improved consistently throughout the regatta as he builds momentum for a European Campaign starting in Cascai next month.


Friday’s race started in around 7 knots at 11am and slowly build to mid teens shifting left all day, with Matt Whitnall out of the race cleaning up honey, Wolf Breit won after a hard fought battle with Ian McCrossin on Riga.


Winner of the Charles E Davies Memorial Trophy for the winner of race one of the Ted Albert Memorial Race Series was Wolf Breit in Shapes. The overall winner of three race series was Akula which also added the Jack Linacre Memorial Trophy to its collection as winner of the first race of the Prince Philip Cup Australian Championship.


The Botany Bay Yacht Club, a entirely volunteer club, worked well with the PRO Rob Lowndes with APRO Daryl McManus adding local colour to Rob's superb race management.


BBYC members made the 66 Dragon sailors who invaded their club most welcome. The Dragon Association thanked them by presenting a model of a Dragon to Commidore Brian Christenson and his club.


The Sydney International Dragon fleet is now one if the youngest in Australia, with new owners and a highly active program which includes the National Dragon Circuit, made up of all the States.


Attendance and success in these Super States is now recognised by a National Ranking List ( part of the global Dragon ranking list). Gordon Ingate presented the Wingnut Trophy to the first winner of the Australian Ranking List for 2012, Sandy Anderson fron West Australia.


Sandy, skipper of Linnea, races successfully on the Super Circuit as well as having a active international program. She placed seventh overall in the 2013 Prince Philip Cup.


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Gretal II to race in 177th Australia Day Regatta

4 January 2013

Peter Campbell

One of the most famous yachts in Australian yachting history, Gretel II, heads a fleet of more than 160 yachts and skiffs entered for the 177th Australia Day Regatta to be sailed on Sydney Harbour and offshore on Saturday, 26 January 2013.

The one-time challenger for the America’s Cup, when the contest was between classic 12-metre class yachts, has been fully restored and modernised by her current owner, Sydney yachtsman Mike Maxwell.

Gretel II will be unchallenged Queen of the Fleet when she contests the Classic Division 1 of the 177th Australia Day Regatta.

To quote author David Salter in a feature article in the official programme of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, Gretel II still retains “the powerful mystique of a genuine international classic racing yacht”, and will make “any true sailor’s heart miss a beat as she sweeps past in all her majesty.”

The Australia Day Regatta, proudly acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, has been held each year since 1837 to commemorate the anniversary of the first European settlement of Australia.

Originally known as the Anniversary Regatta, this colourful event is held on Sydney Harbour, where it began, and also at other locations in New South Wales and offshore.

In recent years some 700 vessels have taken part in the Australia Day Regatta, making it one of the highlights of the celebrations on Australia Day, 26 January each year. With this extension of the Regatta, boats taking part range from large ocean-racing yachts to 18 foot skiffs, both modern and historical, and radio controlled model yachts.

Gretel II’s competition in Classic Division 1 including former Sydney Hobart racing yachts Margaret Rintoul and Anitra V and Weene, a Tasmanian One Design class yacht built in Hobart more than a century ago.

Among the entries in Classic Division 2 are Ranger, skippered by octogenarian Bill Gale, and Solveig, owned by ABC television and radio presenter Angela Catterns and Charlie Chan.

Adding the nostalgia of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, sponsored for the tenth year by Commonwealth Private, will be a fleet or ten Historical Skiffs, exact replicas of the iconic Sydney 18-footers that raced early last century. They are named after famous skiffs of that era, such as Scot, Britannia, Australia IV and Yendys.

The 18ft Sailing League’s state-of-the-art 18-footers will also race during the 117th Australia Day Regatta for the Lord Mayor’s Cup.

Modern harbour racing keelboats will be racing in three spinnaker and two non-spinnaker divisions, starting from 1315 hours, while a fleet of ocean racing yachts will compete for the prestigious Sydney of Sydney Cup in race from the Harbour to Botany Bay and return.

Heading the ocean racing fleet will be Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest which placed third in IRC Division 1 of the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race while Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Howard Piggott has entered his Beneteau 40, Flying Cloud.

Returning to Sydney Harbour the yachts will sail the same waters that Captain Phillip RN did when he headed north with his ships from Botany Bay on 26 January, 1777 to land and establish the colonial settlement in Sydney Cove in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) and thus found what today is the Commonwealth of Australia.

“In view of Australia’s early maritime history, our Regatta is of symbolic significance to the celebration of Australia Day,” Charles Curran AC, President of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, said today.

The 177th Regatta will start at 1100 with the short ocean race to Botany Bay and return, while on Sydney Harbour the Regatta racing will start at 1315 from a line to the east of the Flagship, HMAS Newcastle.

Other Australia Day regattas will be staged during the afternoon on Botany Bay, Brisbane Waters, Lake Macquarie, Drummoyne, Greenwich, the Parramatta River, Manly and Pittwater for catamarans, off-the-beach dinghy classes and keelboats while radio controlled yachts will race on Chipping Norton Lakes.

Other Australia Day events on or around Sydney Harbour on Saturday will include the Great Aussie Swim, the famous Ferrython, a floating concert in Farm Cove, the spectacular F/A 18 Hornet fly-over, the Tall Ships Race, a Tiger Moth aerial display and finally, a twilight ceremony in Cockle Bay and the Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular.

From Peter Campbell, on behalf of the 177th Australia Day Regatta Management Committee

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Cheryn Croker's eighth win of season

2 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Cheryn Croker notched up a remarkable eighth win of the season on Saturday when she steered Daydream to victory in Division 4’s heat 22 of the Squadron’s Main Series.

Cheryl and her all-women crew now head the pointscore in the Main Series and Summer Series following their impressive showing in the Spring Series in which Daydream won five races.

Last Saturday Daydream finished last in the seven boat fleet but first on corrected time for a third Summer Series win. Solay (David Smith) took fastest time and placed second on corrected time, with Beowulf (Stafford Watts) third.

Hornblower (Steve Sweeney and Murry Begg) could not follow up on its win in the RANSA Regatta the previous Sunday, finishing fifth in fleet, seventh on corrected time.

Saturday was another good day on the Harbour for Charles Curran’s Sydney, taking line honours in Division 1 and placing second on corrected time to One O Nine (Robert Salteri). The winning margin was just 16 seconds with another six seconds to third placegetter, Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones). The second place increased Sydney’s overall points lead in the Main Series to a comfortable margin over Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razor, which placed ninth on handicap. Sydney also won the IRC scoring category on Saturday.

Division 2 on Saturday went to Sinewave (Greg Mason from Arcturus III (Peter Davenport) and Soundtrack (John Amos) with the series leader Ambitious (David Matthews) fourth.


A win in Division 3 for Philip Crane’s Mingara III has narrowed the Main Series lead of John Jeremy’s Tingari to just two points, with Tingari placing fifth. Mingara III won on Saturday from Come by Chance (John Nutt) and Casamajor (Charles Moore).


The only one-design keelboat class to race with the Squadron on Saturday were the International Dragons, with Carl Ryves continuing his winning form.

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Sydney's narrow lead going into final race

16 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Over the past 24 races, both Sydney and Hell Razer have had three handicap wins along with consistent placings in the top ten of the strong Division 1 fleet. Sydney has a net 82 points, Hell Razer 84.$2 and Impetuous Too has 98 points, just clear of Jackie Claire (Geoff and Debbie Davidson) 101 points and ISuper (Peter Campbell) 102 points.

Sydney is assured of at least one major trophy: first place under IRC ratings for Division 1. Sydney has a 10 point margin over Too Impetuous.

Equal on points going into the final race for Division 4 are Stafford Watts’ Beowulf and Cheryn Croker’s Daydream. Daydream, with its all-women crew, finished third last Saturday to level with Beowulf on 44 points. Still in contention for an overall win is David Smith’s Solay which won Saturday’s race to be on 49 points.

In Division 2, Ambitious (David Matthews) has a handy lead over Arcturus III (Peter Davenport) and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Miller) going into next Saturday’s final race.

Australia Day Regatta committee chairman John Jeremy is lining up for another season success with his East Coast 31 Tingari, after a second last Saturday gave him a seven point margin over former Sydney Hobart Race winner Zeus II (Jim Dunstan). Zeus II is equal on points with Mystere (Malcolm Shaw and Andrew Rodger) with Mingara III (Philip Crane) just one point back.

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Three placings on corrected time will decide the winner of the Division 1 Main Series of the Squadron’s summer racing series of 2012-2013 when the fleet lines up for the final club race of the season next Saturday. Only 2.42 points separate Charles Curran’s Iain Murray-designed 60-footer Sydney and Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razer after last Saturday’s penultimate race day on the Harbour. Both boats finished well back in the fleet on corrected time, Sydney 11th, Hell Razer 13th, with victory going to Willyama (Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo) lifting it to seventh overall going into the final race.

And the winner is ........Sydney

23 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Sydney, Ambitious, Tingari, Daydream, Alchemist, Sidewinder and Miss Pibb will go down in the records as winners of the Main Series pointscores for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s 150th season of summer racing on Sydney Harbour. Each of the yachts clinched victory on Saturday, the final day of club racing for 2012-2013, with the international one-design classes ending the series with a mini-regatta.

The victory of Cheryn Croker’s Daydream is the first time in recent Squadron history that an all-women crew has won a Main Series division trophy, although several women skipper their yachts and many crew in the fleet. Another woman winner on Saturday was former Olympian Karyn Gojnich who sailed Evie to three straight wins in the International Yngling class mini regatta.

Sydney, the 60-footer owned by Australia Day Regatta president Charles Curran and sailed by a dedicated crew of the Squadron members, had an easier than expected victory in Division 1 when her closest rival, Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razor retired after finishing. Sydney took line honours but placed only seventh on corrected time, but ended the Main Series a comfortable 6.23 points clear of Hell Razor, third place overall going to Graeme Lambert’s Impetuous Too. Sydney also won the IRC season pointscore.

Division 3 went to another Australia Day Regatta official, organising committee chairman John Jeremy sailing his East Coast 31, Tingari, to a 7 point win from Mingara III (Philip Crane) with Zeus II (Jim Dunstan) just one point astern in third place.

Although David Matthews’ Ambitious won only two races during the season, consistency was the keynote of her success in Division 2, finishing with a net 74 points, comfortably ahead of Arcturus II (Peter Davenport) on 81.96 points and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar) on 82 points.

Division 4 provided the closest contest of the season. Stafford White’s Folkboat Beowulf and Cheryn Croker’s Daydream went into Saturday’s final race equal on points. After the race they were still equal on points after five drop races and a countback Daydream took the title with eight wins over the season to six by Beowulf. A close third overall was Solay (David Smith).

The Main Series winners in the three one-design classes had already been decided going into Saturday’s three-race mini regatta and placings remained unchanged at the end of the day. Alchemist (Richard Hammond and Roger Gain) won the International Etchells from Umami (Matt Whittnall and Ant Elliott) and Ciao (Doug McGain).

Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) won the International Dragon Main Series from Liquidity (Richard Franklin) and Riga (Margin Burke) while in the International Yngling class Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett and Max Hayman) won the Main Series from Black Adder (Gary Pearce) and Shining Star (Chris Harper).

Saturday’s Autumn One Design Regatta also comprised the Port Jackson championship and Etchells Eaton Cup for the International Etchells class. The Etchells produced a three classic one-design races, with top performer of the day being world champion boat Iron Lotus (David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Tom King). Iron Lotus notched up two firsts and a seventh while Doug McGain’s Ciao had a 10-2-2 score, Dot (David Seaton) 2-11-3 and Magpie (Steve Jarvin and Graeme Taylor) a 6-1-9 score in the 23 boat fleet.

Of the Main Series winners, Sidewinder was the only boat to finish top boat in the final mini regatta, taking out the Dragons with two wins and a fourth place, while Liquidity had a 1-3-2 scorecard and Indulgence a 3-2-4 result.

Karyn Gojnich sailed Evie to three straight wins in the International Yngling class. Miss Pibb had three seconds while Karma (Gary Wogas) had a 4-4-3 scorecard.

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Squadron Yachting Awards for 151st season

4 June 2013

Peter Campbell

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge has been awarded the Idris Cup as the Squadron’s Yachtsman of the Year for the 151st annual sailing season.

The award to the champion 49-class sailor was announced at the annual prize giving held at the club last Friday, 31 May, and is awarded to “a Squadron member for excellence in local, national and international competition who has demonstrated the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct.”

The Joanne Trophy has been awarded to Yngling class helmswoman Karyn Gojnich, the citation being “a Squadron member who regularly sails from the Squadron, is enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant in any aspect of sailing.”

The third special award announced on Friday evening was the Flag Officers Crewperson of the Year, being presented to Stuart Pollard. This trophy recognised “a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of competition in their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in club and regatta events.”

During the evening, the Squadron’s race management team (52 members in total) was recognised for their significant contribution during the past season, while special volunteer awards were made the John Maclurcan (handicapping and administration support), John Kirkjian (rules, special regulations and technical support) and Peter Campbell (yachting journalist).

The Squadrons glittering array of perpetual trophies came out of their cabinets for the prize giving, allowing the season’s winners a brief opportunity to view the trophies and see the names of their yachts become part of the Squadron’s 151 seasons of yacht racing on Sydney Harbour.

Perpetual trophy and Main Series winners for the 2012-2013 season were:

Division 1: Euphoria (Tony Coleman) - Norn Cup; Willyama (Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo) - Milson Silver Jug; Honeysuckle (Ray Harris) - Duke of Gloucester Cup; Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes & Sarah Goddard-Jones) – Geoff Lee Trophy; Sydney (Charles Curran) – Boomerang Cup, Half Ton Trophy, Varuna Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Division 2: Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) – Carleton Cup; L’ea Co (Grant Pollock – Intercolonial Cup; Ambitious (David Matthews) – JAV Minnett Memorial Cup, 1st Main Series.

Division 3: Come by Chance (John Nutt) – LJ (Livvy) Mann Trophy; Mystere (Malcolm Shaw & Andrew Rodger) – Tarring Cup; Tingari (John Jeremy) – Xarifa Teapot, The Flag Officer Race Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Division 4: Solay (David Smith) – Commodore Knox Jubilee Trophy, KH Scholtyssek Tankard; Beowulf (Stafford Watts) – Herbert E Rosenthall Memorial Trophy; Daydream (Cheryn Croker) – Morna 1947 Cup, Rawson Cup, 1st Main Series.

International Etchells: North Star (Michael Coxon) – Milson Silver Goblets; Iron Lotus (Ivan Wheen, David Edwards & Tom King) – Eaton Cup; dot (David Seaton) – Phil Pearce Memorial Trophy; Umami (Matt Whitnall & Ant Elliott) – John ‘Choco’ Winning Memorial Plate; Alchemist (Richard Hammond & Roger Gain) – Ted Albert Memorial Trophy, Xarifa Chalice, 1st Main Series; Ciao (Doug McGain) – Etchells Mini Regatta Trophy, Jim Annand Trophy; RSYS for CYCA v RSYS – Kopsen Trophy.

International Dragon: Abracadabra (Nicholas Hogg & John Marty) – Alan Jarman Trophy; Riga (Martin Burke) – Era Cup; Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) – Archie Robertson Trophy, Dragon Gold Cup, Jock Car Memorial Cup, Elaine Rowntree Trophy, William Eric Hamilton Strain Trophy, 1st Main Series; Richard Sargeant & Kevin Burman – Colin Venables Crew Trophy.

International Yngling: Mistral (Edward Moult) – Yngling Gold Cup; Evie (Karyn Gojnich) Jan H Linge Trophy; Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett & Max Hayman) – King Haakons Cup, Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy, Malcolm Barlow Trophy, The 200 Trophy, Royal Temple Yacht Club Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Short Ocean Pointscore: Bennie and the Jets (John Griffin) – Milson Memorial Cup; AFR Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis) – Morna Cup; Occasional Coarse Language (Warwick Sherman) – Gascoigne Cup; Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes & Sarah Goddard-Jones) – 1st, Perseverance Trophy.

Tuesday Twilight Series: Rapunzel (Sandy Lawson) – Gypsy Moth Trophy; Karma (Lauren Cini) – Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy), 1st Main Series.

Sunday Series: Solveig (David McLean) – 1st Sunday Series.

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