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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.