Inspirational Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

11.3.20 A standing ovation greeted the announcement that Sandy Lawson of Rapunzel had won this year's Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award. The 2019 recipient Genevieve Slattery (left) presented Sandy (right) with the beautiful trophy, first donated by the late Jan Williams, which recognises women over 55 who have either started to sail later in life or returned to our sport after a hiatus.

Sandy has competed in every Tuesday Twilight competition since its inception and has provided the opportunity for other women, often lacking experience, to sail on Sydney Harbour and in Pittwater during the Annual Cruise. 

Captain Karyn Gojnich welcomed Chris Paspaley to the stage for the series presentation. 'Thank you once again to Paspaley for supporting our series, their fifth with RSYS. Their support has contributed to the expansion of our Ladies sailing and Tuesday Twilights community - as evidenced by the capacity crowd in the Carabella Room tonight. It is always a pleasure to welcome Chris Paspaley to our prizegiving event, tonight he will present four pairs of Maxima stud earrings to the overall winners and an additional four pairs to the lucky draw winners.' 

The Ladies One Design Division spinnaker

Main Series - the Lady Helm trophy

1st The Jackal - Amy Gojnich
2nd Holly - Elyse Guevara-Rattray
3rd Elliott 4 - Nikki O'Shea

View series results here

Amy Gojnich (The Jackal) with Chris Paspaley

The Ladies Division non-spinnaker

Main Series - the Jan Rowed trophy

1st Trilogy - Eve Sheppard
2nd Lively - Sophie Nelson
3rd Kookaburra - Jill Hammond

The crew of Trilogy with Chris Paspaley.

The Open Division non-spinnaker

1st James Merrington, Mercier

View series resuts here


The delighted 'participation' recipients were L to R: Linda Bell (Viva la Vita), Courtney Harris (Elliott 2), Genevieve Slattery (Genovefa), Kim Ketelbey (Elliott 1) with Chris Paspaley.


Trophy Series

Within the Tueseday Twilights we have a 'mini series' made up of three races and these were sailed on 17 December, 11 February and 10 March. 

The Bluebird trophy awarded in the Ladies One Design Spinnaker division

1st Mojo - Kirstin Reblin

The crew of Mojo collected the Blue Bird trophy

The Gypsy Moth IV trophy
awarded in the Ladies non-spinnaker division

1st Trilogy - Eve Sheppard

Eve Shepherd helming Trilogy

10 March / Race 12 prizes  

Ladies One Design Spinnaker Division
1st    Mojo - Kirstin Reblin
2nd  The Jackal - Amy Gojnich
3rd   Holly - Elyse Guevara-Rattray

See the race results here

Mojo and Holly

Ladies Non Spinnaker Division
1st   Trilogy - Eve Sheppard
2nd  Lively - Sophie Nelson
3rd   Genovefa - Genevieve Slattery

Sophie Nelson helming Lively  

Open Division
1st   Gail Force - Graeme Smith

Best Start    Coco - Kate McCann (.01)

See the race results here




The 2020/21 Tuesday Twilight series will commence on 10 November 2020. See you then! 


Sail better, sail faster

On Saturday 14 March, Andrew Parkes, Sail Expert from North Sails, will be on the water observing competitors in the Squadron's Mixed Division race. We will take photos and videos of your sail trim.

Then on Thursday 19 March at 6pm, all Club members are invited to attend the debrief session in the Shell Cove Room, where the team from North Sails (including Michael Coxon - Sydney Loft Manager) will play back what they observed.

This debrief session will be of benefit to all sailors whether or not you were sailing that day and regarrdless of you your sailmaker is.

The debrief session will use photos and videos to highlight common issues seen on the start line, upwind and downwind sail trim, as well as mark roundings. Attendees will leave the session armed with better starting techniques, what to look for with upwind and downwind sail trim and tips for better crew work. There will also be lucky door prizes.

The debrief session will run from 6pm till 7pm with a 30 minute question and answer session at the end. Entrance is free to all Members and their guests. 

Please RSVP here.

Dinner is available in the Dining Room, however please note: advance reservations are essential and last orders will be taken at 8pm. 
Please contact Reception

NB This event is open only to RSYS Members and their guests.











Enjoy SailGP at the Squadron

Dear Members, We hope that you will visit the Club to enjoy the spectacle of the foiling F50s racing on the harbour tomorrow, Friday 28 (3.30pm-5pm) and Saturday 29 February (4.30pm-6pm). Two boats will moor just off RSYS after racing. 
The CCA will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner during the event. On the Youth lawn, a pop-up bar with seating will serve cold drinks and sandwiches and we will live stream the racing action on the giant TV. Please assist the club by making an advance reservation.

If you are heading out on your boat, the tender service will operate longer hours on Thursday, Friday & Saturday for your convenience. Please take care around the outer arm as trot moorings are in place. We also ask that all pick-ups and drop-offs take place on the inner arm, not the outer arm. Please be aware of the exclusion zones managed by RMS.
click here for a handy summary

As usual, the car park will be open to Members only on Friday & Saturday. Please avoid the spaces reserved for SailGP race management. 

We are pleased to offer Members discounted VIP tickets to the Shark Island viewing area. Please refer to the Sailing or Social newsletter for the excusive RSYS code.

Hosting this international event may temporarily affect some of our normal club services and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries or require additional assistance next week, please don't hesitate to contact us: Clubhouse, Sailing, Waterfront


Top photo by Mik Sadubin

Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award 2020

The Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award is a perpetual trophy to be presented at the Tuesday Twilight final series presentation night each year. It was donated in 2019 by Jan Williams who sadly passed away shortly after its inaugural presentation to Genevieve Slattery of Genovefa.  

Read last year's presentation report here

The award objective is to encourage women aged 55 and over who have either sailed as a teenager/earlier in life and/or completed the LOTS program (Ladies of the Sea) at our Club, thus they are returning to sailing or starting later in life. The characteristics are the love of sailing, commitment and enthusiasm and a growing skill base. 

2020 award nomination

Please complete and submit the nomination form below by 6 March. The winner will be revealed at the Paspaley Tuesday twilight presentation Dinner in the Carabella Room on Tuesday 10 March.

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About Jan Williams, in her own words...
"At 13 years of age I joined the Junior Sailing lessons on Sunday mornings using the Clubs Mark II moths. At the end of the season, I was fortunate to have my own Peter Shipton built Mark II moth named by the previous owner “Precocious” sail number 2170. At that time both Eve and Marjorie Freeman, Tom Simmat and Geoff Brodie were part of the sailing group and during summer vacation we would sail our boats up to Nielsen Park, turn the boats on their side on the sand and have a swim in the pool along with visiting the kiosk for some lunch, a lemon cheese tart. With my $2, I also got a Coke bottle from the machine near the ladies change room. It was tremendous freedom and I remember sailing back in a strong southerly with Tom hanging over the side singing Little Egypt until he went into the drink. On another occasion we couldn’t make it back to the Club and ran before the southerly to Clifton Gardens sending out an SOS to parents for a car with roof racks. All the while we were improving our sailing skills.
"At the end of the season the Junior Sailing Championship came around and with delight I won the first of three consecutive years. The first young woman to do so. During this time my father also owned the 8 metre “Erica J”, then a Clansman “Sovereign” and finally an East Coast “Bobby Dazzler”. The Clansman was a great boat for myself and one other competent sailor to wander the harbour.
"Over the intervening years I’ve continued my love of sailing, also owned a power boat and followed a challenging career. In 2012 I became a Member of RSYS and embarked on sailing in the Tuesday Twilight series and the Friday Twilights. I’ve been sailing with Genevieve Slattery on "Genovefa" for many years for which I am most grateful as it has given me great pleasure. My initial foray rekindled my old skills, confidence and knowledge with great satisfaction. It is the pure joy of being out on the water as a mature woman that is the motivation for presenting the award to encourage other similar women to enjoy learning, pitting their skills against the weather conditions and enjoying the special companionship of the Tuesday Twilights."



Magpie wins Etchells NSW States

Congratulations to Club Member James Mayo and team mates Graeme Taylor and Jake Lilley of AUS1474 Magpie who won the NSW State Championship held at Lake Macquarie from 20-23 February.

They dominated the event and secured the win with a race to spare. Magpie are on a roll: taking the 2019 Milson Silver Goblets and the 2020 Nationals. Next week they will defend their 2019 VIC States title. 

Well done also to Squadron Members Iain Murray, AUS1473 Havoc, and JC Strong, AUS1475 Flying High, for claiming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the fleet of 25. 

View full results here

Lilley and Mayo (centre) receiving the Championship trophy.