SailGP inspiring RSYS Youth

11.2.2020

RSYS Youth Members Harriet McLachlan and Benedict McKay will taste the thrill of racing on the RS Cat14 when SailGP returns to Sydney Harbour from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 February.

Our sailors will get the chance to rub shoulders with world-class athletes in Sydney through SailGP Inspire, the championship’s youth and community outreach arm. Inspire has selected eight teams of two (one boy and one girl under the age of 15) who will take to the water on 27 February in the event's opener.

Sailing on the RS Cat14 gives a unique insight into what it’s like to be onboard an F50 catamaran. The boats have similar characteristics but without the foiling, the sailors also race on a mini version of the SailGP racecourse, a great first step for up and coming junior sailors.

SailGP Youth Program Manager Tom Herbert-Evans said: “Whether they’re aspiring to one day join the league on a national team, want to learn the science behind the sport of sailing or get behind-the-scenes work experience, young people around the world gain access to unique opportunities through SailGP Inspire. We’re excited to bring Inspire to Sydney for the first time, with a variety of new components, in what is shaping up to a historic second season.”

Good luck Harriet and Benedict, we look forward to hearing all about your day!

 


 

Harry Price of CYCA wins Hardy Cup 2020

Media release 10.2.2020

Harry Price of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and ranked 5 in the world beat the odds to triumph against defending champion no 2 ranked Nick Egnot-Johnson of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. 

  
Sir James Hardy OBE presents the Hardy Cup trophy to Harry Price's team from CYCA


The talented young crews gave a master class in match racing techniques and exhibited some of the best quality racing seen in the Hardy Cup. Time and again, Price’s clean starts and superior boat speed allowed him to get away and maintain the lead. The petit final and grand final were intense - the racing was so close, any of the top four deserved to win, but Price sailed faultlessly after the first final race to take the overall win. 


Price v Egnot-Johnson 


The semi-finals were closely contested. James Hodgson (CYCA, AUS) incurred a penalty on the finish line in the fourth race to give Price his entry into the final. Price and Egnot-Johnson exchanged penalties in the final sailed in light east, nor’east winds on the race course area just off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Egnot-Johnson won the first race but then Price took the next three to claim the 2020 Hardy Cup. While Price has previously contested the Hardy Cup as crew, this was his first win in the event as skipper.


Price v Hodgson
 
The ‘King of the Castle’ format was used to determine 5th to 13th positions after the quarter finals, and enabled Aurelien Pierroz (Noumea YC, New Caledonia) to climb from 12th after the round robin to finish 9th overall in the event. 

FINAL RESULTS HERE

The Race Officer team comprising RSYS’s Ian Kingsford Smith and Rob Ridley, together with Ryan Parkin and his cadre of umpires, did an outstanding job to conduct 203 races in four days, completing the round robins and concluding the regatta with a quality finals series. 

RSYS Captain of Sailing Karyn Gojnich commented, ‘The Hardy Cup celebrated its 20th year at the Squadron with a record field of 13 teams. I was delighted to welcome international competitors from Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, New Zealand, New Caledonia as well as Australia. I was particularly proud of our own Squadron teams who fought some close battles and improved with each race. I believe match racing is a fantastic way to develop skills that can be applied across the many disciplines of sailing.’   

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The Squadron held the inaugural Hardy Cup Lunch on 4 February to popular acclaim. The audience was privileged to hear from double Olympian, World Champion, America’s Cup sailor and Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE whose vision and on-going support continues to promote match racing helming and tactical skills among young sailors. 
 
Many teams will now head to New Zealand to contest the Youth World Match Racing Championship in the Elliott 7m class in Auckland, New Zealand.
 
Photos by Darcie Collington Photography and videos by TillyLockMedia at  Facebook/hardycup and Instagram/rsys1862.

History of the Hardy Cup
The RSYS Youth sailing program commenced in 1960, and in 2001 the Squadron hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup. The trophy was donated by long-standing Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. 
 
Further information
Angus Stranack  (Hardy Cup info)
RSYS Sailing Academy Manager
m. 0408 247 571 e. angus@rsys.com.au

Isabel Wartho (PR & Media enquiries)
RSYS MarComms Manager
m. 0404575 886 e. isabel@rsys.com.au
 

Great re-start to Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

5.2.2020 The pointscore series has recommenced after the Christmas break. A gentle ESE breeze of 9-15 knots greeted the 31 boats starting - and starting was a great feature of the evening's race.

Of the 18 boats that raced in the Ladies Mixed division, 14 boats started within 11 seconds or better of their allotted start time. The Queen of the Start award was shared between Penny Scardifield and her crew on board Cavatina and Joanna Love on Love Child, all pictured below, who started exactly on her start time for the second time this season.


Queens of the Start, photo by Rene Chapman.

Congratulations to our winners: Eve Shepherd and the crew on Trilogy in the Ladies non-spinnaker division; Elyse Guevara-Rattray in the Yngling Holly in the one design spinnaker division; and Chris Harper and the team on Crackerjack in the Open Division.

Captain Karyn Gojnich commented, 'It was wonderful to see the non-pointscore races that we held in January so well supported. Some crews took the opportunity to swap around roles on their boat whilst others practised their start line approaches and spinnaker handling.'

Next week will be the second race in the three race (no drop) Trophy Series.

Would you like to develop your sailing skills? our next Ladies of the Sea (LOTS) course starts on Wednesday 12 February.
Information and bookings here

World's elite talent to contest Hardy Cup 2020

 

Media release 30.2.2020

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is set to host the annual Hardy Cup International Match Racing Regatta, one of the final events of a long Australasian Youth match racing season. This season has been unsurpassed in terms of attracting elite talent from around the world to compete in Australia - and now they’re heading to the Squadron with the Hardy Cup trophy in their sights. 

Of the 13 teams tilting at the cup, six are in the top 25 Youth teams in the world. They hail from New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Sweden, New Caledonia and Australia, and will compete in the four-day contest on glorious Sydney Harbour from 2-6 February. Defending Hardy Cup champion and number 2 in the world Nick Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing team, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, are the red-hot favourite. They have enjoyed an outstanding year, having achieved top two positions in 10 out of 12 recent events, including the World Youth Match Race Championship in Russia and the Governor’s Cup and Oakcliff international Cup in the USA.
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2019 winners RNZYS

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Ready to test EJ’s mettle will be the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s top skipper and current number 5 in the world, Harry Price and crew. This hot team placed second in both the Ficker Cup, USA and the Sopot Match Race in Poland. Price has been sharpening his skills in the highly competitive 16ft Skiff class as fill-in skipper on current National Champion Sutech Musto Racing. 

Hardy Cup organiser Angus Stranack is pleased with the quality of the fleet for this year’s regatta and in particular its reputation for being welcoming to female skippers and all-female teams. 

“I’m delighted that Johanna Bergqvist, the current Women’s World number 3, is making the journey from Sweden to Australia to compete in the Hardy Cup,” Stranack said. “Squadron member Maddie O’Shea is helming her first match racing event. It’s been an exciting transition for her from Lasers in which she twice represented Australia at the ISAF Youth Worlds and was a member of the NSWIS team. I can’t wait to see how she goes with her all-female crew,” he added.  

Racing is due to commence in the waters off the Squadron’s clubhouse at Kirribilli at 1020hrs on Monday, 3 February and conclude with a presentation on Thursday, 6 February. 


Sir James Hardy OBE


Sir James Hardy luncheon
Event Patron and sailing legend Sir James Hardy OBE will address guests at a special Hardy Cup lunch at the Squadron at 12pm on Tuesday 4 February. Sir James will describe the origins of this Youth event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.
Competitors’ families, friends and members from other clubs are warmly invited to attend. 
Tickets are priced $115 and may be booked via RSYS Reception on 02 9955 7171. Ticket price includes a $50 tax-deductable donation to support RSYS Youth Sailing.

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View Regatta information here www.rsys.com.au/sailing/hardy-cup 
Follow the action at  Facebook/hardycup, Instagram/rsys1862 #HardyCup2020

LIVE RESULTS HERE

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History of the Hardy Cup
The RSYS Youth sailing program commenced in 1960, and in 2001 the Squadron hosted the inaugural Hardy Cup. The trophy was donated by long-standing Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE who wanted to foster the match racing and tactical skills of young sailors. 

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Further information
Angus Stranack (Hardy Cup info)
RSYS Youth Sailing & Training Administrator 
m. 0408 247 571 e. angus@rsys.com.au 

Isabel Wartho (PR & Media enquiries)
RSYS MarComms Manager
m. 0404575 886 e. isabel@rsys.com.au

Photography credit: Darcie Collington Photography 

All set for Hardy Cup 2020


The Squadron will host 11 teams of elite young sailors from Europe, USA, New Zealand and New Caledonia as well as Australian clubs, to contest the 2020 Hardy Cup. The Squadron's annual Grade 3 match racing regatta for 18-25 year olds will be held from 3 - 6 February in the waters just off our Club.

We look forward to welcoming teams from New York Yacht Club, Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Noumea Yacht Club, and Australian sailors from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, CYCA and RPAYC. Eight of the 13 teams competing are placed in the top 100 of the World Sailing match racing rankings, so the competition is sure to be fierce.

The Squadron first held this regatta in 2001. America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy OBE put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying 'It is a tremendous pleasure to watch future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.'

 

RSYS is fielding two teams this year, coached by Club Member Nev Wittey:

RSYSOpen (above)
Jed Cruickshank – Helm, Jack Littlechild – Main, Jameson Prescott – Pit, Charlotte Alexander – Trimmer, Aiden Mansley - Bow

RSYS - Women’s 
Maddie O’Shea – Helm, Marlena Berzins – Main, Ella Delaney – Pit, Brooke Wilson – Trimmer, Tiana Wittey – Bow.

Keep in touch with Hardy Cup updates via Facebook

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Lunch Event with Sir James Hardy OBE
Families, friends and Club members from all participating clubs are warmly invited to hear Event Patron Sir James Hardy OBE at a special Hardy Cup lunch at the Squadron at 12pm on Tuesday 4 February. 

Sir James will describe the origins of this Youth event and explain the relevance of honing match racing skills for the aspiring sailing champions of tomorrow.

Tickets are priced $115. and may be booked via RSYS Reception on 9955 7171.
RSYS Members may book online here