Australia Day Regatta

On 26 January 68 boats and their crews flocked to Sydney Harbour to compete in the 2017 Australia Day Harbour Regatta. The regatta accommodated eight different divisions with a few additions to the standard Saturday racing, being Classics divisions 1 and 2 and the Historical skiffs. RSYS sailors acquitted themselves well, often finishing in the top three in most divisions.

The weather and conditions for the day saw a gradual increase from light wind strength in the morning to medium wind strength in the afternoon coming from the south. The consistent strength and direction of the breeze enabled a great day of racing on the Harbour for all involved. Although sailors might have appreciated slightly warmer temperatures compared to the low 20s and broken clouds which lingered around the Harbour most of the day.

Overall it was a very successful day; congratulations to all winners. What a way to spend Australia Day! Make sure you get involved next year.


Classic Non Spinnaker Division 1

  1. Vittoria – Alan Reece – RSYS
  2. Sjo Ro – Jeremy Arnott – BSC                                   
  3. Mister Christian – David Salter – SASC

Classic Non Spinnaker Division 2

  1. Yeromais V – John Diacopoulos – RSYS
  2. Tio Hia – James Bevis – SASC
  3. Vanity – John Crawford – SASC      

Division 1 Non Spinnaker

  1. Nocturne – Gerard Kesby – RANSA
  2. As You Do – Ross Littlewood – RSYS
  3. Scarlett O’Hara – Rob Skol – RANSA

Division 1 Spinnaker

  1. The Goat – Bruce Foye – CYCA
  2. Josephine – Nicholas Rowe – SASC
  3. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS

Division 2 Non Spinnaker

  1. Britannia – Glen Ilic – SAILBLTY
  2. Star Ferry – John Conroy – RSYS
  3. Tenspeed – Adam Baggett – DSC

Division 2 Spinnaker

  1. Balmain Tiger – Brian Wood – BSC
  2. Matagi – Simon Oliver – BSC
  3. Wildling II – Conrad Johnston – BSC

Division 3 Spinnaker

  1. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley – BSC
  2. Gingerbread Man – Douglas Russel – BSC
  3. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – RSYS

Historical Skiffs

  1. Australia IV – David Swales – SFS
  2. The Mistake – Terry Stewart – SFS
  3. Britannia – Ian Smith - SFS

View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Photos by Rene Chapman

Renovating Maluka of Kermandie

RSYS Member Sean Langman addressed the Cruising Division on 25 January telling the enthralling story of Maluka. Originally built from a single cedar tree, Sean lovingly restored her using much of the original wood. He then modified her to rate for IRC and to meet Cat 1 requirements in order to participate in the Sydney Hobart.

Read the full report here

Tuesday Twilight prize giving

Tuesday racing recommences 7 February and concludes 14 March, followed by a prize giving dinner in the CCA.

Our generous sponsor Paspaley will present eight Australian South Sea pearl pendants and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage bank vaults that lie beneath their flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Four pendants will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn on the night. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable dinner event!

RSVP online here

Last year's happy winners:


Etchells Milson Silver Goblets return to Sydney Harbour 

The Sydney Etchells fleet is once again looking forward to hosting one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar from 31 January to 4 February. On offer will be the historic Milson Silver Goblets.

Hosted by RSYS, the event uniquely combines mid-week twilight start times with a three race programme on Saturday for a total race programme of six races that make the most of exceptional summer sailing conditions on Sydney Harbour, particularly on weekdays with Harbour traffic at a minimum. 

Last year’s regatta was won by 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Etchells World Champion, Tom King

'This year’s regatta is shaping up as one of the best in the events history. With the Australian Championship having just concluded, the leading contenders are all in top form,' said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin.

More than 30 entries are expected with the typical high standard of racing that the Etchells class provides, especially in the Sydney Fleet. The regatta will conclude with a prize giving dinner on Saturday evening after racing.

Entries are open and the Notice of Race and Entry Forms are available via the RSYS website here 
For more information, please contact the Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin or call 0422 381 151.

Saturday 21 January results

Saturday saw more refreshing temperatures on the Harbour compared to the night before for the Friday twilight. With temperatures in the low 20s and light to medium Southerly winds, racers could not complain with what was served. It was a relatively packed day of racing with race 17 of the Saturday series and races 19-21 of the MINI A regattas. Competition in both series is heating up with a solid aggregate of boats and crews competing for the win in their respective divisions and classes.

Coming up this weekend is another day of racing in the Saturday summer series in which there is the first Etchells world qualifiers. Along with the MINI B regatta where races 10-12 of the King Haakon Cup for the Ynglings will take place.


Podium Results- 20 January

Division 1

  1. Much Ado V – John & Michael Stephen 
  2. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert
  3. I Super – Peter Campbell   

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Stephen Ellis
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos
  3. Senta – Julie & Terry Clarke

Division 3

  1. Lunacy – Tom Moult
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Troika – Callum Thompson & Adam Tran
  2. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back




  1. Wobbegong – Doug Flynn – 9 pts
  2. Top 40 – Bonouvrie / Merrington – 9 pts
  3. Yandoo XX – Jeanne-Claude Strong – 11 pts



  1. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate – 5 pts
  2. Ascalon – Jim Hawkins & Andrew Howe – 6 pts
  3. Liquidity – Richard Franklin – 7 pts


View full resuts here


By Angus Olding

Tricky conditions for 20 Jan Friday Twilights

It was the second Audi Alto Artarmon Friday twilight race post-Christmas and New Year for race 13 of the series. Shifty winds kept crews busy as wind directions swung N to SE to E to N again. The mercury hovered around 30c creating muggy conditions, until a slight drizzle arrived, to the relief of the competitors. The weather may be to blame for the slightly lower turnout this week with 46 boats out on the water. Nevertheless, it was very enjoyable for those who raced.

Congratulations to the winner of the Audi for the week, Chris Harper from Crackerjack. 




Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  3. Just Quietly – Donald & Sue Swanson

Division 2

  1. Zig Zag II – Malcom Shaw & Mike Seymour
  2. Koolaroo – David FitzSimons
  3. Co Co – Russell and Melissa Taylor

Division 3

  1. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  2. Flying Circus – John Greenwood & Geoff Deakin
  3. Patsy – Daneil Yaffe

Division 4

  1. Valentis
  2. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


View full results here 

By Angus Olding


Australian Youth Championship Success

Congratulations to the 14 RSYS Laser sailors who competed in the Australian Youth Championship held at the Adelaide Sailing Club from 10–14 January. It was a terrific event for the RSYS sailors and it was the first Youth national championship in the Laser class for many of our young sailors.  

In the Laser Radial, Marlena Berzins was the top performer, winning the Youth Female National Championship and finishing 10th overall. Oskar Hansen followed closely behind in 15th and had a race win in the first race. Henry, Carlotta and Maddie were all racing in their first Radial Youth Nationals and soaked up the experience to prepare for next year!  

For more information on Youth sailing at our Club, please contact Andrew Phillips in the Sailing Office at: or call 9017 0153.

RSYS Laser 4.7 Results (45 Boats)
1st – Jack Littlechild
8th – Boston Cortis
9th – Will Cooley
14th – Zac West
18th – Daniel Costandi
20th – Mark Louis
27th – Brooke Wilson
33rd – Sylvie Stannage
44th – Riley Evans

RSYS Laser Radial Results (47 Boats)
1st Female and 10th Overall – Marlena Berzins
15th – Oskar Hansen (pictured)
32nd – Carlotta Cruesemann
34th – Henry Davison
38th – Maddie O’Shea

By Mike Leigh (Coach)

Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge

MRX Yachting & the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron invite RSYS Members and crews to submit an “Expression of Interest” to compete in the 2017 Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge running 23-26 March.

The Challenge is an invitation fleet racing event for leading yacht clubs around the world. Entries are invited from the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The Regatta will be organised by RNZYS and Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club as part of the Auckland Regatta.

The event will be sailed in 11 identical Farr 10.2 metre MRX Yachts each with six crew. There will be one practice day and three race days. Up to 13 windward leeward and harbour course races will be held on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

This strict one design racing provides the very best crew vs crew competition! The boats are ready to sail and cannot be altered, so all you need to bring is an able crew and your sailing gear.

More information here

If any Members are interested in submitting a crew please contact the Sailing Office or submit an Expression of Interest through the event website.



Sean Langman Presentation

RSYS Member, blue water racer and wooden boat enthusiast Sean Langman will give a talk on Wednesday 25 entitled "Cruising Preparation from Ocean Racing". All Members and guests welcome.

Sean will speak about how he successfully combined his twin passions by taking his 1932 gaff-rigged cruising yacht ​Maluka of Kermandie to Hobart this season. He will discuss the challenges he faced, from the structural to achieving Cat 1 compliance.

Sean is a man of many talents: he is well known through his boatyard business Noakes; his wooden boat restoration business in Tasmania; and for skippering the Australian GC32 foiling catamaran in the recent Extreme Sailing Series hosted by RSYS.

Photo credit: Rene Chapman

Event details
Date: Wednesday 25 January
Venue: Carabella Room
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. We will meet in the Members Bar from 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Why not stay for dinner afterwards in the CCA and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017

In 2017 the club again lends its support to the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta (SHR) with club Saturday racing being put on hold to allow our competitors the opportunity to sail in this brilliant harbour wide regatta. 

Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the 1960's, as a response to growing fleet numbers  initiated the Middle Harbour Regatta which saw 469 yachts of various sizes racing in 12 classes on Middle Harbour. The Regatta drew large crowds to the foreshores and the highlight was the "cock of the harbour" race off between the class champions using a yardstick handicap. It is in the spirit of this competitive and high profile past that Middle Harbour Yacht Club presents, the Sydney Harbour Regatta raced on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The event will deliver a full weekend of competitive yacht racing on the 4th and 5th March 2017.

In 2017 we see the Sydney Harbour Regatta, in its 12th year, as the largest keelboat regatta in Australia with an expected 250 plus boats vying for the podium place.

For all RSYS competitors there is plenty of opportunities to get involved in some quality racing. All entries and document for this regatta can be found on the Sydney Harbour Regatta website at



Ingate wins Dragon Prince Philip Cup

RSYS Member Gordon Ingate has taken out the 2017 Prince Philip Cup on Whimsical. The premier Dragons regatta attracted a 19 strong fleet drawn from VIC, TAS, WA and NSW and racing took place from Wednesday 4 January to Sunday 8, with Friday being a rest day. Eight races were completed with one drop. Conditions varied throughout the event: some days saw light, patchy winds from all directions, others consistent NE winds of 15-20 knots.

Gordon finished on 19 points, and considering his vintage, this is a truely superb effort and credit to his experience.

Richard Franklin, VP of the Australian Dragon Association, commented: 'Whilst Dragon numbers at RSYS are down from previous seasons, every week we get to race against the best in Australia. This year Gordon also won the NSW State Titles, again beating his fellow RSYS Dragon sailors. We are very lucky to have Gordon and his crew to set the standard.'  


Podium results
1st Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 19 pts
2nd Linnea, Sandy Anderson, RFBYC, 22 pts
3rd Indulgence, Robert Campbell, RSYS, 27 pts

The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy is a precursor to the Dragon Prince Philip Cup, comprised three races and was conducted on 3 January. There was a medium to strong southerly, blowing 15-20 knots with gusts reaching 25 knots which was a lot of fun for the competitors. It wasn’t the sunniest or warmest day, yet temperatures hovered around the low 20s with patchy rain and clouds. The winner of the Ted Albert Memorial Trophy was Andrew Howe and crew on Ascalon (RSYS).

Podium results
1st Ascalon, Andrew Howe, RSYS, 6 pts
2nd Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 10 pts
3rd Wizzardry, Ray Chatfield, RFBYC, 11 pts

Well done and congratulations to all who competed!

View full results here

Article by Angus Olding
Photographs by John Jeremy