Comanche to contest the Transpac

The 50th running of the classic Transpacific Race is gearing up with the first starts on 10 July. 

Boats will start to arrive off the Diamond Head finish line as early as July 17th, with the legendary Aloha welcome parties in Ala Wai Yacht Basin all that weekend and on into the next week.

RSYS Member Jim Cooney has shipped Comanche to San Diego for their start on 13 July.

Jim writes:

'Comanche will be representing the Squadron in the upcoming running of the milestone 50th Transpac Yacht Race from LA to Hawaii. The race started in 1906 and has been held every two years with few exceptions. 

'We will reassemble the boat in San Diego, fit the rig and conduct stability testing, prior to our start from LA on July 13. 

'This race has seen changes to the award of prizes, with the prestigious Barn Door trophy being made available to all Open class yachts (previously canting keels were precluded.) So we are hopeful of being in contention for this top honour against other super maxis. Secondly the Transpac YC has introduced a Teams division for a new perpetual trophy, and we are pleased to represent Team Australia in partnership with Kialoa II and Alive.'

Exciting news Jim, we look forward to an update! 



Message from the Club Captain

Dear Members and friends in Sailing,

It is with a very heavy heart that I want to let you know of the recent loss of three RSYS sailors.  

Jan Williams, long-time first mate on Genovefa, passed away after an incredibly brave struggle with cancer.  Ruth McCance, my Yngling crew for the last seven years and also a passionate mountain climber, has been lost to an avalanche in the Indian Himalayas. Sarah Goddard-Jones, of Wine-Dark Sea, and until recently Cruising Division Chair, suffered a fatal scuba diving accident over the weekend.  

All three were passionate Tuesday Twilight participants, Ruth and Sarah also raced on Saturdays. Each demonstrated exemplary attributes of seamanship, camaraderie and generosity of spirit towards others. Their loss will be keenly felt by our Ladies’ sailing community, our Cruising Division and our Ynglings fleet in particular, by their numerous friends throughout our Club and also our staff.

On behalf of us all, I offer my heartfelt condolences to their partners and families.  

Captain Karyn Gojnich





RSYS Ladies enjoy AWKR

The annual Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) was held over the June Long weekend at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. RSYS fielded two teams, headed by Club Captain Karyn Gojnich and Kim Ketelby.

Karyn writes:

'The AWKR was another tremendous success with a record 40 yachts and almost 200 female sailors participating this year - a big increase on the 27 strong fleet competing in 2018.

'Over the three days, competitors were treated to a range of conditions on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay: from 3 to 23 knots on the first day, to gusting over 30 knots on the 3rd and final day of the regatta.

'The event had such a diverse range of women participating, from current World Sailing’s Female Sailor of the Year Carolijn Brouwer and Volvo Ocean Race sailor Sophie Ciszek, through to participants who had only commenced sailing 12 months ago, yet one of the great things about the event was the camaraderie between the participants both on and off the water.

Pictured are top: Kim Ketelby's crew of Jane McCullough, Bridgette Holbach, Madi Kornman, Jan Newland, Jackie White
Above: Karyn Gojnich's crew of Maria Nash, Olga Skatkova, Anjelica Salmon, Sara Ladd

'I was particularly pleased to see the Squadron have two teams in the event. Each of our ladies quickly adapted to the boats that were donated to the teams for the event. On the back of the Squadron's very popular Tuesday Twilight series, I am anticipating even greater representation by our Club at next year’s AWKR, as well as the introduction of RSYS’ own women’s regatta coming this October Long weekend.'

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A big day at the Youth East Coast Championship

On Saturday 8 June more than 30 RSYS sailors and four Member coaches travelled to George’s River Sailing Club for the East Coast Championship, regularly held at this venue over the June long weekend. Our sailors competed in the Optimist Green, Intermediate and Open Fleets, Laser 4.7 and Radial, 420, Techno and RSX classes. In contrast to the winds experienced earlier in the week, the weekend breeze was very flat, with nothing over eight knots, generally less, until late Monday when it was just too late, and sailors struggled with tides and currents that sometimes beat the wind!

In the Optis our nine sailors struggled with the light conditions: 
•    Amongst our three Open fleet sailors, Spencer McKay made the best of it with a top placed 8th and an overall 21st in a fleet of 33
•    In the Intermediate fleet, pictured above, Harriet McLachlan continued to improve with an overall 2nd place and top finishing girl in a smaller fleet of 15. She was joined by Sterling McKay and TJ Ly who had great debuts in this fleet
•    In the Green fleet, Raphael McLachlan lead the group and gained great regatta experience alongside his brother Patrick and Flynn Winton.

RSYS Opti Green Fleet kids

In the Lasers our sailors were dominant:
•    In the 4.7 fleet, RSYS made up seven of the top 10 finishers, including 1st - Evie Saunders, 2nd - Ian Louis and 3rd - Charles Smith. Congratulations to Evie for her win based on high class consistent sailing throughout. Isabel Payne had a great debut in her first 4.7 regatta, and with age on her side, will no doubt improve and lead this fleet in the future 
•    In the Radials our sailors filled 8 of the top 10 places. After a terrific battle at the top of the fleet, Mark Louis secured a win and Otto Henry 3rd.


Brothers Mark and Ian Louis, Evie Saunders

Our Laser Squad

Our 420 sailors Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson were again very successful and lead their small fleet home, winning five of eight races in consistent and outstanding performances. Gretel Payne and her skipper Natasha came a commendable 4th. 

In the Boards division, Vaughan O’Shea finished 5th in his first RSX regatta and Paul Davison finished 4th in the Bic Techno.

View all results here

Coaches Charlotte Alexander, Jack Littlechild & Marlena Berzins

We acknowledge and thank our terrific coaches for the weekend - all RSYS Members - Marlena Berzins and Jack Littlechild in the Laser fleets and Charlotte Griffen and Charlotte Alexander in the Optis. They gave a great deal of their time to be present on the water and on land all weekend. Thanks also to our terrific Sailing Office for all their hard work and support: Locky, Zach and Declan, and the RSYS Sailing Committee.

By Richard & Xavier McLachlan.


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157th Squadon Annual Prize Giving

The Carabella Room was packed to capacity on Friday 31 May with sailors awaiting the presentation of the Club's finest silverware to mark the end of the 2018-19 season. 

Commodore David Ward made the following awards:

YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR                                
Idris Cup to Martin Hill (pictured above)                    
Awarded to a Squadron member for excellence in local, national and international sailing competition who has demonstrated the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct.    

YACHTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR                              
Joanne Trophy to Captain Karyn Gojnich                
Awarded to a Squadron member who sails regularly from the Squadron, is enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant in any aspect of sailing.       
FLAG OFFICERS' CREWPERSON OF THE YEAR                                 
Carabella Tray to David Chapman                   
This trophy recognizes a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in th Club.                    

Brooke Wilson
Awarded to a member under the age of 25 who has a record of outstanding achievement at state, national 
or international competition. 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD                                
Awarded to Gordon Ingate


Willyama, Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo, Milson Silver Jug        
Sydney, Charles Curran AC & David Kellett, 2nd Spring series, Varuna Trophy        
Euphoria, Tony Coleman, 3rd Spring series, Duke of Gloucester Cup, Norn Cup        
Ultreya, Rod Pearse, 3rd Main series, 3rd Summer series, 2nd Short Inshore series        
Peregrine, Michael & John Stephen Hugh Torode, 2nd Main series, 1st Spring series        
Utopia,    John Amos, 2nd Summer series, 1st Short Inshore series, Geoff Lee Trophy        
Impetuous Too, Graeme Lambert, 1st Main series, 1st Summer series, 3rd Short Inshore series, 1st RPEYC series, Boomerang Cup

DIVISION 2            
Can Can, Roman Tarnawsky, 3rd Spring series, 1st Short Inshore series            
Solange, Trevor Carroll, Andy King & Will Hutchinson, 3rd Short Inshore series, 1st RPEYC series, Carleton Cup    
Alouette, John Waring, 2nd Main series, 1st Summer series, Milson Silver Tray            
Zig Zag 2, Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour, 3rd Main series, Intercolonial Cup            
Arcturus 3, Peter Davenport, 2nd Spring series, 2nd Varuna Trophy race            
Senta, Julie & Terry Clarke, Richard Franklin, 2nd Summer series, 2nd Short Inshore series            
Ambitious, David Matthews, 1st Main series, 3rd Summer series, 1st Spring series, J A V Minnett Memorial Cup    
DIVISION 3            
Ascalon, Nick Howe, Henry Tilly & Laurence Milne, Tarring Cup                 
Intrigue, Gavin Moss, 3rd Spring series, Xarifa Teapot            
Casamajor, Charles Moore, 3rd Summer series            
Kirsten III, Ken Chase & John Bowman, 3rd Short Inshore series, 3rd Varuna Trophy race, The L F (Livvy) Mann Trophy            
Tingari, John Jeremy, 2nd Main series            
Windsong 2, John Vickery, 1st Spring series            
Zeus II, Jim Dunstan, 3rd Main series, 1st Summer series, 2nd Short Inshore series            
Mingara III, Philip Crane, 1st Main series, 2nd Summer series, 2nd Spring series, 1st Short Inshore series, 1st RPEYC series, The Flag Officer Race Trophy    

Havoc, Richard Allanson & Iain Murray AM, Eaton Cup            
Yandoo XX, Neville Wittey, Nick Rozenauers, Zac Quinlan & Charlotte Griffin, 2nd Milson Silver Goblets                
Iron Lotus, Rupert Henry, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen & Greg O'Shea, 1st Milson Silver Goblets     
Touch Pause Engage, Michael Stovin-Bradford, Andrew Gordon & Steve Ingate, 3rd Summer series                
Vincero, Nick Kingsmill, Peter Gardner & Rob Woodman, 1st Summer series                
Plan A,    Andrew Patterson, Gary Dent & Alexiane Henry, 3rd Main series, 2nd Spring series                
Shindig    Rob Weir, Mike Tyquin & Paul Thackray, 3rd Mini Regatta series            
Thelastone, Steve Billingham, Adrian Dolin & Will Lewis, 3rd Club Championship series            
Northern Havoc,    Mike Morris, Doug Russell & Matthew Seidls, 2nd Main series, 1st Main PHS series, 3rd Spring series, 2nd Summer series, Phil Pearce Memorial Trophy    
Top 40, Geoff Bonouvrie, Ian McKillop & Peter Merrington, 2nd Mini Regatta series, 1st Club Championship series, 3rd Milson Silver Goblets, John "Choco" Winning Memorial Plate    
La Vie Dansante, Michael & Peter Nash, Mel Nathan, Thomas Moin, 1st Main series, 1st Spring series, 1st RPEYC series, Jim Annand Trophy, Xarifa Chalice    
Umami, Christian Brook, Ant Elliott & Adam Roberts-Thomson, 1st Mini Regatta series, 1st Mini Regatta series PHS, 2nd Club Championship series, The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy, Etchells Mini Regatta Trophy     

Liquidity, Richard Franklin, 3rd NSW Championship                
Ascalon, David Dunn, Andrew & Nick Howe, 2nd NSW Championship            
Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, 1st NSW Championship, Jock Carr Memorial Cup    

Lou, Maria & Michael Nash, Olga Skatkova, 1st Australian Championship PHS                
Karma, Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey, Olga Skatkova & Ewa Lindelof, 3rd Australian Championship, 3rd NSW Championship            
Troika, Adam Tran, Fergus Ly & Jonathan Doig, 2nd Main series, 2nd Summer series, 3rd Spring series, 1st NSW Championship PHS    
Blackadder, Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres & Ellen Vagner, 1st Main series, 1st Scratch series, 3rd Mini Regatta series, 1st Summer series, 2nd Spring series, 1st RPEYC series, Royal Temple Yacht Club Trophy, The 200 Trophy    
Yertle, Jan Newland, Warrick Back, Lovelle D'Souza & Andrew Hunt, 3rd Main series, 3rd Summer series, 1st Spring series            
Evie, Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd & Ruth McCance, 2nd Mini Regatta series, 1st NSW Championship, 1st Australian Championship, Jan H Linge Trophy, Sirocco Trophy, The Malcolm Barlow Trophy    
Miss Pibb, Hamish Jarrett, Max Hayman & Chris Pearson, 1st Mini Regatta series, 1st Mini Regatta series PHS, 2nd Australian Championship, 2nd NSW Championship, 1st King Haakons Cup, 1st RPEYC Mini Regatta series, Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy    

James, Tim Ryan, 1st Mini Regatta series, 1st RPEYC series    
Juno, Reg Lord, 1st J70 Australian Championship               

Gail Force, Graeme Smith, 1st place    
Solacious, Amy Gojnich, 2nd place    
Petty Cash, Geoff Barnum, 3rd place    
DF65 RADIO SAILING            
Phil Burgess, 1st place Club Championship    
John Vickery, 2nd place Club Championship    
Richard Franklin, 3rd place Club Championship

Khaleesi, Andrew & Pauline Dally, 3rd Perseverance Trophy Series    
Nine Dragons, Bob Cox, 1st Gascoigne Cup IRC, 1st Milson Memorial Cup IRC    
Smuggler, Sebastian Bohm, 1st Morna Cup IRC     
Supernova, Matthew Hanning, 1st Morna Cup Division 2, G Carter Trophy    
Kayimai, Rob Aldis, 1st Milson Memorial Cup    
Amante, Dennis Cooper, 1st Milson Memorial Cup Div 2, RTYC Eddystone Lighthouse Trophy    
Morag Bheag, John Maclurcan, 1st Gascoigne Cup Division 2, Thelma Plate, 1st Perseverance Trophy Series    
Stormaway, Jack Stening & Colin Gunn, 1st Gascoigne Cup IRC Division 2, 1st Morna Cup IRC Division 2, 1st Milson Memorial Cup IRC Div 2    
Erica, Peter Williams, 1st Gascoigne Cup, 1st Morna Cup, 2nd Perseverance Trophy Series

These awards were presented on the last day of racing.

Genevieve Slattery, Genovefa, Inspiration Award

Ladies Division            
Kookaburra, Jill Hammond, 1st Main Series, Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy, 1st Trophy Series, The Gypsy Moth Trophy            
Gaia, Kristina Brenke, 2nd Main Series    
Coco, Jenny Farrell, 3rd Main Series    
Open Division
Mercier, James Merrington, 1st Main Series    

Tuesday Yngling & Elliott Ladies Division        
Mojo, Megan Howard & Kirstin Reblin, 1st Main Series, The Lady Helm Trophy, 1st Trophy Series    
Megan Howard & Amanda Hicks, The Bluebird Trophy                
Elliott 1, Sophie Hunt, 2nd Main Series    
Elliott 3, Kim Ketelby, 3rd Main Series    


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Radio Yachts News

On Sunday one of the biggest fleets we have seen gathered to race DF65s in the Squadron Pond. 16 skippers enjoyed warm, sunny conditions and a light 5-7 knot sou'easter streaming straight down the Pond. With a few left hand shifts, it made for very interesting windward legs dominated by the A+ rigs. However they didn’t get it all their own way with Graham Jennings and Chris Kellaway sometimes finishing in front of the A+ rigs.
Congratulations to Kel, Steve and Peter for podium finishes and to Graham Jennings for winning the A rig fleet. Thanks to Nigel Moreton for buoy laying duties.
It was fantastic to see so many skippers racing and it created new challenges for finding open lanes and clear air. While doing my RO duties for the day, I paid close attention to the back markers, and here are some observations to help you improve:

1.    Rapid rudder stick movement. Thumbs were too aggressive causing sudden boat movement and slowing the boat… be gentle!

2.    Balanced Rig Tuning – Poor sail settings caused too much weather helm making the boat round up and slow down before the rudder could respond. You need to get the balance right so the boat sails itself with an occasional touch to keep the power in the rig. This takes practice. Make sure you use the Tuning Guide as a base setting, then tweak the rig for the race conditions.

3.    Not keeping the boat powered up. These boats are very light and lack momentum, so as soon as you sail too high, they will slow down quickly. Don’t try to point too high, and keep the boat leaning over and powered up.

4.    Contact with other boats – I called quite a few contacts between boats and those involved always lost many places. Avoid other boats – even when you may be in the right. The correct call is their sail number then '234 starboard/water/inside overlap/windward boat etc'. If there is contact or you have been disadvantaged and believe you were in the right, then you must hail '789 protesting 234' repeated twice, and make sure they hear you. Resolution is by gentlemen’s agreement between skippers and not the RO. We will be more observant with these issues for future races, and particularly the points scoring Club Championship heats.

5.    Clear Starts – Many races are decided in the first 30 seconds. Getting the favoured starting position is not always the fastest off the line. Get clear air away from other boats – but don’t be late!
RSYS Trophy Night
This is on Friday 31 May. We are meeting for drinks from 6.30pm in the bar, then moving upstairs for the presentations.
Next Racing
Make sure you get along for the first pointscore race of the season. The Club Championship will start at 2pm this Sunday. I’ll be there from 1pm if anyone would like a rig tune up and practice before racing. Bruce has buoy laying duties, but let me know of you can’t make it.
Sunday 26 May     2pm    Club Championship Heat 1    Scratch    Bruce McArthur     
Friday 31 May       7pm    RSYS Annual Season Prizegiving Presentation Evening - Carabella Room
Saturday 1 June  10am    Travellers Trophy R3    Cancelled    Workers Hubertus, Luddenham
Sunday 2 June      2pm    Heat 3 Winter    Handicap    David Flakelar    Practice and Coaching available
Sunday 9 June      2pm    Heat 4 Winter    Scratch    Kel Burgess    Queen's Birthday Long Weekend


By Phil Burgess

Trans Tasman Challenge

Last weekend RSYS Flag Officers and committee members crossed the Tasman (at their own expense) to defend the Trans Tasman Challenge. The regatta first sailed in 1974 is a RSYS vs Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) event that has become an important tradition for both clubs. Each year the location alternates, and looking at the engraved history on the cup, so do the results.  

Hosted and won by RSYS in 2018, in Auckland the home advantage was too much and RNZYS claimed the win in 2019. Racing was in Elliott 7s with four RSYS teams and four RNZYS teams. On each boat were two committee members and two RNZYS Youth Development Program sailors. The breeze settled in around midday at 8 to 10 knots. The races were short, around 30-45 minutes with two windward legs. The real challenge for all was the 2 knots of current sweeping across the course. After five races on Saturday afternoon the Kiwis were well ahead and RSYS made the decision to concede as 40 knots forecast for Sunday morning was going to cancel racing anyway. 

The weekend was an opportunity for committee members to share experiences across both clubs. The weekend kicked off for some with the RNZYC Friday afternoon Rum Race. Starting at 4pm this race is contested all year round. We were hosted onboard a Beneteau 52 and had a spectacular afternoon sailing in 10 to 12 knots. As we finished, there were 15 odd yachts lining up for a double handed race start. Both of these events are worth considering for RSYS. Friday night was a formal dinner at RNZYS and an opportunity for all to mingle. On Saturday morning committee members from both clubs had a round table discussion to review each club’s successes and challenges.

Our racing teams were David Ward and Millie Brown, Christian Brook and Ross Littlewood, Karyn Gojnich and Michael Lindsay, Russell Taylor and John Taylor. Many thanks also to Melissa Taylor, Jane Lindsay and Alex Curtain who joined us for the weekend.

We look forward to hosting RNZYS back in Sydney in May 2020 to claim back the Trans Tasman Cup.

Karyn Gojnich
RSYS Club Captain

470 European Open Gold for Ryan & Belcher

After a tough few months, Australia’s Mat Belcher and Squadron Member Will Ryan worked their way back the more familiar top of the podium in Sanremo, Italy, at the 470 Open European Championship.

With pressure on going into the medal race in light winds, the Australians finished second to the Kiwis in the double-point single race, giving them a 15 point break to the Swedish team in the open division.

On hitting the dock a grinning Will Ryan said: “I haven’t seen this flag (country flag) for quite a while; it’s nice to get it back.”

Skipper Mat Belcher spoke to Australian Sailing’s high performance director (and fellow Squadron Member) Iain Murray: "That’s the satisfying thing, to work in the lighter stuff. It’s been good to put it together; it gives us confidence going into the pressured moments. It’s been a busy and difficult couple of months and it’s nice to start the season this way, and keep working towards next year.”

Coach Victor Kovalenko proudly embraced the winning pair, saying “Welcome back! I think it’s a great comeback to the podium in the right position. A very impressive medal race, they showed their domination in heavy winds but now they did well in light winds. Congratulations and enjoy the winning place!”

Fremantle Sailing Club’s Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries couldn’t have pushed any harder, an OCS in the medal race ending their chance of bettering ninth overall but encouraged by making it into their first open medal contest.

Two afternoon medal races sailed in perfect Mediterranean conditions wrapped up the 470 Europeans organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai with the co-operation of the national and international 470 class.

Iain Murray concluded: “It’s been a very positive week for the Australian Sailing Team in Sanremo, the women into their first medal race and the men putting on a clinical performance with scores of ones and twos. Now it’s on to Marseille for the World Cup Final then the test event in Tokyo.”

Watch the men’s medal races video highlights here

470 Men’s (70 boats) 
1st Mat Belcher and Will Ryan 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, (7), 2 = 8 points
31st Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson 11, 18, 11, 17, (29), 25 = 82 points

470 Women’s (40 boats) 
9th Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries, 16, 18, 3, 20, 1, 5, OCS = 65 points

Oh, what a wonderful Cruise!

The 50th anniversary Squadron Annual Cruise was a great success. Many thanks to Cruise Captain John Taylor and his committee for arranging a wonderful week of racing, social activities and fun that brought our cruising community together. You will be able to read John's report in the next edition of Logbook.

view cruise photos here



Prize Giving

Cruise Captain John Taylor awarded the prizes - assisted by Able Seaman Gordon Ingate.
In addition to recognising the placegetters in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, the Erica J Trophy for 'Whole-hearted participation' was presented to Sam & Nicola Hill of Forty and the William Brian Northam Trophy for the 'Sprit of the Cruise' was awarded to Richard & Rene Chapman, Nand V.

view the full list of prizes here

Photo competition

Thank you to the many keen photographers who submitted entries this year - it was a very hard task to pick winners!

The best photo in the 'Under Sail' class was taken by Murray Spence:

And Graeme Kennedy's panoramic shot of the Halletts beach Hawaiian party won the 'Other' category:

Galley Gourmet Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of our popular annual competition. 

Anitra V - Haloumi Sesame Bites with honey & orange
Andarta - Beetroot & gin cured salmon served with horseradish mayo, home pickled onion & witlof 

Main Course                     
Andeluna - Chargrilled spatchcock with wild rice & vegetable stack
and Limelight - Roasted duck breast with red wine poached pear & braised broccolini
About Time - Waffle cones with lemon meringue or chocolate surprise
Junior Chef                        
Hurrica V - Vietnamese spring rolls with chilli dipping sauce.

Read Trish Stanley and Judge Sue Swanson's report here


Maserati makes it three from three in MC38s

Over six races this weekend, and in very mixed conditions, Neville Crichton’s Maserati team posted their third regatta winning performance of the MC38’s 2019 season, which drew seven of the sexy one design fleet to Sydney Harbour for Act 2 hosted by RSYS.

“We’ve got a good team, we’ve been together two seasons now,” said the winning skipper Neville Crichton back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. “Yesterday there was plenty of breeze, we hit 18.5 knots which is flat out. Those rides are exciting, once you get the boat out of the water it’s quite easy to manage but the line between out of control and in control is very close”.

“If you look at the results you could put a blanket over all of us, virtually. When we first started in this class Ginger was the yardstick, now there’s no one that can’t win a regatta.”

Act 2 full results here 

Video highlights thanks to Tilly Lock Media

Tactician on the race 6 winner and second overall by six points Ginger, Julian Plante, said: “It was nice to come back at this regatta and get the last win, it was a very tricky race. This regatta was super close. It’s about stringing together consistent results; we’ve been close to the mark, there’s just no room for error.”

Ginger’s skipper Leslie Green added: “It was like dodgem cars out there today. This is a great group of people; we all have fun and don’t take it too seriously… though we all like to win!”

Back in the country having skippered Australia to victory at the San Francisco SailGP event last weekend, and calling the shots on Hooligan driven by Daniel Turner, was sailing’s favourite redhead Tom Slingsby. Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan was in the running for second in the series until they arrived at the race 6 top gate at Double Bay well after their classmates and the breeze had been through. Their last and Ginger’s first moved Hooligan back to third in the pointscore.

Saturday’s blustery sou’wester delayed racing until the race committee deemed the worst of the conditions had passed. Nasty bullets up to 30 knots, torn sails and plenty of white-water and wipe-outs kept crews busy over three races.  Bow Caddy video of Saturday May 11.

Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed faired worst, tearing two kites - the maximum the MC38s can carry - and therefore not able to finish the third race or record a single score for their efforts. “Even after it backed off to allow racing there were bullets to 30 knots and the breeze was very shifty. The MCs were definitely underwater at times,” Barlow added. 

The scenario on Sunday May 12 was very different, a 15 knot morning westerly swinging around to the ESE 6 - 9 knots and patchy so equally tough for tacticians and all MC38 crews who were also forced to fight for space on the harbour when the huge CYCA Winter Series fleet cut through their racetrack.

The next time the one design class meets will be Act 3, June 29-30 hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

At Saturday’s AGM, Shaun Lane, the co-owner of Lazy Dog, accepted the Australian MC38 Class president’s role.

Photos by Tilly Lock Media
Top: Ginger
Below: Maserati

Further information:
Lisa Ratcliff 
Australian MC38 Association media
m. 0418 428 511 e.

Australia SailGP Team wins at San Francisco

The Australia SailGP Team takes a heart-stopping win at Event 2: San Francisco SailGP.

The team started the day in second place behind rivals Japan SailGP Team, helmed by fellow Australian Nathan Outteridge. Damages to Australian's wing during the previous day may have kicked the team’s confidence down, but they were by no means out. Super tight racing between the event’s top leaders, with a treacherous crash landing into the finish in Race 4, saw Great Britain SailGP Team nearly throw Australia out of match race contention. Luckily Australia was able to dust off, win Race 5 and overtake Japan SailGP Team in the match race final, leaping back onto the top of the overall leaderboard for the second time in SailGP Season 1. 

Yesterday proved trying for Australia SailGP Team.  After sustaining some internal damages to their wing during Race 1, the team could not perform to the best of their capabilities.  

“When the wing breaks, we’ve got such a short amount of time in-between races you can’t really effect a proper repair… Shore guys worked overnight to pull the control system apart and check all the other components and fix what was broken in there. We’ve gone through the data to see what actually happened, but now we’re good to go,” remarks wing trimmer Kyle Langford. 

After a night's sleep, helmsman Tom Slingsby understood the position his team was in, yet he appeared level-headed, like the true competitor he is, stating, “We do reset. It's nice having the confidence; you get that feeling you just have to put together a decent race and you’ll win, whereas at the moment, it feels like we need to do a better race than normal to win which is not the position we want to be in. But today’s a new day and we’ve made some changes to the boat which we know are going to improve our speed and manoeuvering, so we’re going to be a lot better today.”

San Francisco really turned it on for both sailors and spectators alike offering a breezy 12-17 knot wind range for the athletes to contend with. Hitting the ground running, Race 4 saw four team’s, including Australia, biting the start early providing United States SailGP Team, helmed by Rome Kirby, a nice lead going into the first mark. The fleet of F50’s could not have been closer together, crisscrossing one another on multiple race legs. Australia sat just behind Great Britain until Japan sneakily came inside around the final mark. Australia absolutely pushed it out heading into the finish hoping to edge out Japan until a heart-stopping crash metres away from the finish line dropped the boat off the foils, drifting into the finish taking third. 
“We had a really nasty crash going into the finish on Race 1. We went for a codenamed ‘eagle,’, which means drop both boards and fly like the sacred eagle to try and finish before the Japanese. But unfortunately, the boards sucked down more than we anticipated and we pretty much almost went into a pitchpole at about 40 knots to about 7. The boys on the front handles got a little banged up, but to their credit, they pulled through and toughened up for the next few races of the day. Happy that nothing broke and we were able to get a good rebound from that, “ says a relieved flight controller Jason Waterhouse. 
Both grinders Ky Hurst and Sam Newton suffered minor injuries going into the finish after the crash. Ky Hurst’s face and ribs met the unforgiving F50, but even after seeing a bit of blood, the four-time Ironman champion pushed through pain. 
Race 5 was a battle of the Commonwealth as tie points for Australia and Great Britain meant the Australians needed to beat the British if they wanted in on the final match race round. “In the second race of the day, our whole concentration was on the British so we sort of sacrificed our start to get them. In the end, both boats sort of sailed through the fleet, but keeping in mind our main goal was just to beat the British, and I’d say we sort of achieved that, haha,” laughed Slingsby. Both teams chose opposite sides of the course for a nailbiting race, but it was the Australians that gained ahead once the British took a penalty against the U.S. team coming around the last bottom mark. After the crucial Race 5 win, Slingsby is ecstatic but notes, “It’s going to be a tough final [against Japan]. It’s a real boat handling situation. Just gotta make sure we sail well,” when looking ahead. 

The Japan SailGP Team didn’t start the day as the deeply talented squad intended due to internal wing issues delaying racing. This appeared to be just the start of a batch of tough luck for Australia’s top rival. Subsequent races saw more technical issues, yet the team was not ready to give up the fight going into the match race final. “From the start of that race, the first reach, then the first run, we kept looking for a metre or half a metre to get around them. In the end at the bottom mark, we were able to sail away. He tried to pull us at the end, but we had a little up our sleeves,” jokes Slingsby. It was Australia’s clean sailing and extension from Japan after mark 3 that clearly set the tone — Australia was not giving away San Francisco SailGP! Australia SailGP Team is now two points ahead in overall standings, and one step closer to the coveted SailGP's $1 million dollar purse prize. 

Slingsby and Outteridge have gone tit-for-tat over the course of their near-30-year friendship, and San Francisco played out no differently. Both competitors openly shared insight keeping both teams on their toes. “I hate losing to him, he hates losing to me, but we push each other as well. We openly talk, we openly tell each other what we’re doing and how we can improve and hope both of our levels will advance,” said Slingsby.

Australia SailGP Team will be celebrating a victory tonight along with the rest of the members of SailGP on a successful second event. As Tom Slingsby pointed out, thousands of people making up the crowds of San Francisco couldn’t get enough of the hydrofoiling F50's, “At times during the last match race with Team Japan, we had issues on comms' because the roar of the crowd for us was so loud. It was pretty amazing."
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