Success at Youth Nationals

Congratulations to the large contingent of RSYS Youth Sailors who participated in the Australian Youth Championship. There were some terrific performances by the more experienced sailors and the whole squad made great improvements throughout the event. The regatta was held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from January 11-15 and our sailors experienced a variety of conditions over the course of the tournament.  

RSYS Laser cohort

In the Nacra 15 class, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine (pictured top) won convincingly against a fleet of 13 boats. This is their second national championship in as many weeks after winning the Open Nationals the week prior. These two sailors have now qualified to represent Australia at the ISAF Youth World Championship and Youth Olympic Games later this year.  

Asked what the key to their success had been, Will replied “Consistency is your friend and helps you get to the top.” Whereas Evie cited “Working hard, listening to your coach and doing what they say!”

In the Laser Radial class, Maddie O’Shea followed up her great Open Nationals performance and finished 2nd in the Women’s division. Despite just missing out on the Youth championship, Maddie has qualified to be included in the Australian Youth squad, with the official team to be announced in the coming days, for the ISAF Youth World Championship to be held later this year.       

In the Laser 4.7s, RSYS was well represented with Sylvie Stannage and Brooke Wilson finishing first and second in the Women’s division. 

“I really liked the conditions. It was a really fun, really competitive fleet, such an amazing regatta, best one so far to top off the season,” commented Sylvie. In the Men’s, Boston Cortis finished the event with a dominant win in the last race which moved him up to second overall.  

Vaughan O’Shea led the RSYS contingent in the Bic Techno 293 class by finishing 3rd overall.  

RSYS Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, “These are superb results for our Youth Sailors, the best in a long time. I am proud of our young Members’ hard work and dedication to our sport. The RSYS Youth Sailing programme is an excellent springboard into Club, national and international competition and clearly, this is a cohort to watch in the future.”

Rohan Stannage & Ian Louis

RSYS Results: 


Nacra 15

1st – Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine


Laser 4.7 Women

1st – Sylvie Stannage

2nd – Brooke Wilson

11th – Gretel Payne


Laser 4.7 Men

2nd – Boston Cortis

4th – Daniel Costandi

7th – Mark Louis

24th – Ian Louis

29th – Rohan Stannage


Laser Radial Women

2nd – Maddie O’Shea


Laser Radial Men

5th – Zac West

7th – Jack Littlechild

10th – Jarrah Sheppard

12th – Campbell Patton


Bic Techno 293

3rd – Vaughan O’Shea

14th – Paul Davison



6th – Ryan Littlechild

Congratulations to all our young Club sailors! These are tremendous results for which you have worked very hard. We would like to thank all the parents for their time, effort and support, both during the regattas and during the regular coaching periods.  

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If you would like to find out more about Junior Learn to Sail or racing coaching, please contact RSYS Youth Training Co-ordinator Locky Pryor at or call 9017 0153.