An Evening with Iain Murray: A Stellar Night

The evening was a great success with Iain being joined by Oracle Team USA General Manager, Grant Simmer and Sailor, Sam Newton. Those in attendance received a personal insight into the operations of both the Americas Cup teams as well as the running of the event. This was added to by a first look at the form the 35th Americas Cup will likely take. 
It was a fantastic evening with those in attendance having experienced access to inner circle of the Americas Cup. Sincere thanks are extended to Iain Murray, Grant Simmer and Sam Newton.  Additional thanks must go to Captain Christian Brook and General Committee member Tony Brown for their efforts.

Squadron’s Ceilidh wins Morna Cup

Squadron entrant Ceilidh, Peter Williams’ Oceanis 50 outsailed a crack fleet of regular ocean racing yachts last Saturday to win the historic Morna Cup short ocean racing.   A Ceilidh team member (Kevin Wong) filmed the windward and leeward legs of the race off Sydney Heads, with an edited version now available on youtube.


Ceilidh obviously did well on the spinnaker run back to the heads in the freshening seabreeeze,  winning PHS Division 1 and the Morna Cup from corrected time from another Squadron boat Ultreya (Rod Pearse) with CYCA entrant Stormaway (Jack Gunn) third.

This year for the first time,  the name of the winner of PHS Division is inscribed on the Morna Cup while the name of the winner of Division 2  is engraved on G Carter Trophy.  PHS Division 2 went to the Sydney 36 Alpha Carinae (Damien Barker) from Velocity (Brian Carrick) and Crosshaven (Pelly Rahilly).

Ceilidh is an entry in all three Squadron short ocean races, the Gascoigne, Morna and yet-to-come Milson Cup, and a strong contender for the Perseverance Trophy series over those three races.   After two races Ultreya has 4 points, Ceilidh and King Billy (Philip Bennett) 5 each,  with the next five boats equal on 11 points.

The Morna Cup is part of the CYCA’s Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore and attracted a strong fleet.  While the Morna Cup is traditionally decided on Performance Handicaps,  the IRC results are very significant for the CYCA entrants.

The Morna Cup race could be best described as ‘beyond imagination’ for the Hawthorn family and their Beneteau 47.7 Imagination. “We are ecstatic with our win…we sailed brilliantly today,” said Campbell Hawthorn,  one of three sons of owners Robin and Annette Hawthorn who joined for their parents today for a convincing win in the IRC division of the Morna Cup.

With Ceilidh not an entrant in the CYCA’s Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore, first place in the PHS division 1 under CYCA results went to Stormaway (J Stening and C Gunn) from Wild One (Larki Missisis) and Gascoigne Cup winner Jackpot (Adrian Van Bellen), line honours winner Quest (Bob Steel) in fourth place and Imagination fifth.

Imagination won IRC Division 1 from Quest, third place going to Stormaway. “We were glad to hear over the radio before the start that the course had been changed from sailing north to mark of Long Reef to a mark that had been laid to windward in the 12-15 knot south’easter,” Campbell Hawthorn recalled after the race. “It was great to see an 11-year-old boat hold its own on height and downwind  with the newer designs,” he said, adding that new sails had “certainly helped.” “Our only disappointment,  with Imagination going so well,  is that we are not doing the Rolex Sydney Hobart this year…but we will be their next year for the 70th race,” Campbell stressed.

By Peter Campbell

Notice of Race for Hardy Cup 2014

'2013 Hardy Cup champions David Chapman, Ollie Nicholas and Daniel Nixon'    Raoul de Ferranti

Notice of Race is now available for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s prestigious Hardy Cup, an under 25 ISAF Grade 3 match racing event to be held on Sydney Harbour from 2-6 February 2014.

The Hardy Cup, an initiative of America’s Cup helmsman and Squadron member Sir James Hardy, has proved a significant stepping stone to national and international yachting for many young sailors from throughout Australia, New Zealand and other overseas countries.

While Sir James’ concept was to improve the match racing skills of young sailors – and the results of this are evident – it has also led others into the roles of tacticians on large one-design,

Last year’s Hardy Cup winning skipper, RSYS member David Chapman, is a excellent example.  Since winning the Hardy Cup he has been in demand as a tactician on TP52s and Farr 40s in class regattas, including recently winning the Farr 40 Queensland championship on the Tasmanian yacht Voodoo Chile.

In a hard-fought series, Chapman and his crew won the Cup from West Australian David Gilmour, representing the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Gilmour,  too, has gone on to international success in youth match racing events and early next year plans to defend the Warren Johns Youth Match Racing Series on the Swan River.

The 12 positions in the Hardy Cup fleet is by invitation only, but the Squadron has extended an invitation to Australian and overseas sailors to register their request for an invitation as soon as possible. 

Application for Invitation Packages are available from the Squadron’s event co-ordinator Mitch Watkins, phone + 61 (0) 2 9955 7171 or email while the Notice of Race can be downloaded from

The Hardy Cup will again be sailed using the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 6 sports boats with the regatta comprising a double round-robin, a single round-robin, followed by semi-final, petit final and a final knock-out matches.

By Peter Campbell

Children's Christmas Party

Sunday 8 December
Noon to 3.30pm

Enjoy a magical afternoon at the Squadron with your children and grandchildren.

Santa Claus pays a special visit to the Squadron along with ‘Stretch’ the Magic Clown and our fabulous face painting team. There will be plenty of goodies for the young ones, and light refreshments for the young at heart.

Adults & Children $32 per person
Children under 3yrs: No charge
Bookings essential: 9955 7171 or book online here.

An Evening with Iain Murray

18/11/2013 - Event now booked out.


A Squadron event not to be missed with Squadron Member and well known sailor, Iain Murray as our guest speaker.

Most noted for his appearances in 12-Metre Class yachts in the 1983 and 1987 America's Cup regattas, he is also an Olympian and champion 18ft Skiff and Etchells sailor.

He was the Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup and CEO of America's Cup Race Management.

Table bookings can be taken for groups of 6 or more, bookings for Club tables will be dependent on availability. Please phone reception on 9955 7171. $65.00pp including 2 course dinner and wines.