Tuesday Twilights 22 November

We enjoyed a cracking sail last night in a brisk 20 knot nor'easter. Congrats to Sophie Nelson of Incorrigible, pictured, who won the Ladies' Division.  

The presentations were made by Genevieve Slattery and the crew of Genovefa. With great humour she admitted she had been OCS (On Course Side ie premature start) which she referred to as 'Over Confident Sailor'.

Fleet: 28 in all, Ladies Division - 17, Ynglings/Elliotts - 8, Open - 3. This compares to just 17 in the third race last season.   

Winners: Ladies Division - Incorrigible, below left; Sportboats - Elliott 2; Open Mercier; Kookaburra, below right, took Best Start. 

View full results here



On a more serious note, skippers are reminded to stay well clear of commercial vessels in the harbour. Please check the Sailing handbook p 118. One skipper unfortunately crossed too close to the bow of a cruise ship and has been reported to the authorities pending further investigation. 

Looking ahead: mark your diary - Tuesday 13 December is the last race before Christmas, and we will hold a special evening courtesy of our generous sponsor Paspaley. On returning to the CCA, sailors will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly and canapés of pearl meat. You will then be able to browse a display of exquisite Paspaley pearls (Don't forget to write a memo to Santa!)  

See you again next week!

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Extreme Dueling at RSYS

Sailing expert Niall Myant, who will be delivering blow-by-blow commentary of the Extreme Sailing Series™ action on the water in Sydney as public commentator from Thursday 8 - Friday 9 December and broadcast commentator from Saturday 10 – Sunday 11, gives us his predictions for the final Act of 2016:

“It’s all going to be about this thing between Alinghi and Oman Air. If you were trying to design the perfect finale to the Series, having two teams going head to head in the final Act where it all comes down to the performance on the water in Sydney, you couldn’t have designed it better, it’s going to be a perfect spectacle.

“It’s interesting how everybody said it was going to be Oman Air who would be champions after the first three or four Acts this year because they were so easily on top of their closest rival. It wasn’t a challenge for them at all. They were just making it look simple, but then Alinghi put in this incredible charge…

“At the moment I couldn’t call it and I don’t think anybody else could but I think it will be very interesting to see if we have wind. If we have big wind then I think that Alinghi will do better.” 

With Myant predicting a showdown that will go down to the wire, he reflects on the season so far this year, from the first foiling Act in Muscat, Oman, to the penultimate Act in Lisbon, Portugal:

“There was a lot of excitement when the Extreme Sailing Series announced that they were going to go foiling, but this was just a matter of time; the interesting question was: how they were going to do it. It was decided to use the GC32 catamarans and after the very first day of sailing in Muscat it was proven to be the perfect decision. 

“In the last Act we had in Lisbon we had speeds above 30kts and in the final race Alinghi trying to match race Oman Air to the back of the field to let Red Bull Sailing Team through. The racing was complicated and multi-layered, it wasn’t just about trying to go faster than another boat, it was about really out-thinking your rivals, and doing all of that while flying around at over 20kts. Blink and you miss it. For me, the intensity of the last Act was exceptional.”

Photo credit Aitor Alcalde Colomer

RSYS Members and their guests wishing to watch the afternoon racing are encouraged to make a lunch booking in the CCA via Reception.

Saturday 19 November Results

Saturday's racing constituted race 11 for the 2016/17 Spring series and races 13-15 in the Mini B regatta for the Ynglings and Sports boats. The three mini B races for the Ynglings also contributed to their pointscore for the King Haakons Cup.

The conditions on the day was slightly overcast with highs of 22c and medium SE winds dropping throughout the day.


Podium Results- 19 November


Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. I Super – Peter Campbell
  3. Ultreya – Rod Pearse

Division 2

  1. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall
  2. Agent 88 – Stephen Ellis
  3. Ellipse II – Brian Bergin  

Division 3

  1. Come by Chance – John Nutt
  2. Windsong 2 – John Vickery
  3. Wallop – Bryan Collis / Stephen Wall


  1. Abracadabra – Nicholas Hogg / John Marty
  2. Liquidity – Richard Franklin  
  3. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate


  1. Saints III – Bruce Hilliard / M Rosandic
  2. Synergy – Richard Chapman / Richard Lawson
  3. QRS – Simon Bird / Alistair Stone


Mini B (Point score after 15 races)


  1. Karma – Gary Wogas – 23 pts
  2. Blackadder – Gary Pearce – 25 pts
  3. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 29 pts

Yngling King Haakons Cup (Pointscore after 6 races )

  1. Perfecto – Ellis Todres – 16 pts
  2. Blackadder – Gary Pearce – 23 pts
  3. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 24 pts

Sportboats (3 races on 19 Nov)

  1. James – Tim Ryan – 4 pts
  2. Java – Paul Wood – 7 pts
  3. Troppo – Andrew Pearce – 8 pts


View full results here


By Angus Olding

Friday Twilights 18 November



The fleet was met by soaring temperatures that stayed above 30c until past 6:30pm for the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Night Twilight Series. There was a total of 67 boats racing on the night all hoping to escape the heat. Wind conditions were kind, blowing from the NE at approximately 10 knots.

The winner of the 'Audi for the weekend' prize was Jonathan Threlfall of Campeador. Congratulations!




Division 1

  1. Bliss – Matt Whitnall
  2. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  3. Kookaburra – Richard Hammond

Division 2

  1. Hans Off – Geoff & Hamish Jarrett  
  2. Koolaroo – David FitzSimons
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall

Division 3

  1. Patsy – Daniel Yaffe
  2. Cerberus – Simon Dollard / Ross Weaver
  3. Tashtego – Joe Atkinson 

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Keoki III – Peter Davison
  3. Gannet – Simon Coventry


  1. Louise Tillett

View the full results here


By Angus Olding


2016 Musto International

This highly competitive Youth Match Racing regatta has moved up from grade 3 to grade 2, and will be held from 22-25 November at the CYCA. It is the 15th consecutive year the regatta has been held by the CYCA and has drawn competitors from America, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Australia. The regatta will be raced on the CYCA’s Elliott 7 fleet with 12 teams entered.

The RSYS is represented by Nick Rozenauers steering, Mitch Evans on Main, Angus Olding Trimming, Zac Quinlan on bow and Alex Rozenauers as 5th.

It will be a tough regatta with a lot of strong competition but hopefully the boys get some good racing in. Good luck guys!

Check the live results on the CYCA’s website 



Tuesday Twilights 15 November

What a contrast to last week! Thunder and lightning were replaced by cerulean sky, glorious sunshine...but not much wind. The fleet of 27 drifted amicably around the course, glasses of bubbly twinkling in the setting sun. Eventually, the majority of the Ladies Division and Sportboats made it home but it is worth noting that none of the boats in the Open division ie sailed by men managed to finish...

Fleet: 27 in all, Ladies Division - 15, Ynglings/Elliotts - 9, Open - 3. This compares to just 21 in the second race last season.   

Winners: Ladies Division - CoCo, Sportboats - Mojo. CoCo, pictured above, also took Best Start. 
The CoCo crew, L to R: Kate Mc Cann, Melissa Taylor, Paula Taylor, Alexia Biggs, Liz Madsen

Melissa Taylor writes, 'We have been enjoying sailing together on CoCo for three years. The thing we most enjoy is the camaraderie and the actual sailing. We have all improved so much and feel we are a very cohesive unit. We are all LOTS graduates except our mighty Skipper Kate McCann who is a Youth Sailing Graduate. Missing from the photo ares Lisa Dowe , Jenny Lowry and our Boat Whisperers Glen Madsen and Russell Taylor.'

View full results here

Best dressed skipper: Sarah Goddard-Jones of Wine-Dark Sea. Best accessorised crew: also Wine-Dark Sea.

See you again next week!

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Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship

The 24th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by RPAYC, will run from 16 - 20 November. Teams of four or five under 23 year olds will sail on the club's Elliott 7s to compete for the ‘Rockin’ Robin Perpetual Trophy’. Wednesday is the registration and practice session day and racing will be conducted from Thursday till Sunday.

Twelve teams from New Zealand, The Netherlands, United Sates of America and Australia will compete this year. The team representing RSYS consists of: Nick Rozenaures on Helm, Mitch Evans on Main, Ben Fraser Trimming, Zac Quinlan on Bow and Alex Rozenauers as 5th.

Best of luck to the RSYS team and all other competitors!

View more information on the regatta website 

Photo by RPAYC media

Saturday 12 November results

Last Saturday was race 10 for the 2016/17 Spring series and races 10-12 were completed in the Mini A regatta for the Dragon and Etchells. With temperatures tipping 30c, conditions on the water were searing and bright. The wind took its time to decide where it could consistently blow from as there were wind directions of N, NW and NE throughout the day, eventually settling in from the East in the mid-afternoon. Overall the day's racing was very pleasant and those participating welcomed the sunny weather. 


Podium Results- 12 November


Division 1

  1. Huntress – Philip Grove
  2. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  3. Equiknox – John Molyneux / Peter Bray

Division 2

  1. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall
  2. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson
  3. Senta – Julie & Terry Clarke

Division 3

  1. Wallop – Bryan Collis / Stephen Wall
  2. Tingari – John Jeremy
  3. Norn – Robert Albert


Mini A (Total pointscore after 12 races)



  1. Liquidity – Richard Franklin – 21.5 pts
  2. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate – 26 pts
  3. Ascalon – Jim Hawkins / Andrew Howe – 33 pts


  1. Adolescence – Steve Billingham – 58 pts
  2. Dot – David Seaton – 61.5 pts
  3. Top 40 – Bonouvrie / Merrington – 63 pts


View full results here 


By Angus Olding

Extreme tech informs crews & drives spectator fun

The Extreme Sailing Series™ isn’t just at the forefront of its sport; it is also a leader in developing new technologies and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on the water.

Thanks to its partnership with German tech giant SAP, the Extreme Sailing Series allows fans to immerse themselves in the action more than ever before while also providing teams with valuable data to help them sail faster.

SAP has been an official technical partner of the Extreme Sailing Series since 2012 offering real-time 3D visualisations of the racing, live leader boards and vital post-race statistics like average and top speeds, distance sailed and number of manoeuvres performed.

But SAP’s insights into the superfast Stadium Racing of the Extreme Sailing Series have become even more important to spectators and sailors alike this season with the move to ‘flying’ GC32 catamarans that lift clear of the water on special hydrofoils.

To help teams get to grips with the new foiling boats, hyper-sensitive sensors have been fitted to the fleet of GC32s that tell sailors how high above the water they are, plus crucial information about the angle of the boat.

Thousands of readings are then transmitted from the boats to SAP’s data hub where clever algorithms turn them into understandable information. Never before have professional sailors been presented with so many figures with which to fine-tune their performance, and help them put on a thrilling show for fans around the world.

“The whole strategy for us is to make sailing more transparent and understandable for fans and sailors,” explained Milan Černý, Technology & Innovation Lead, Global Sponsorships at SAP. “If you’re a sailor or a coach you want to understand about your performance. Historically performances were improved by analysing sessions on the water but now with technology you can compare that to hard facts.

“You get tracking, wind readings, the course you sailed thanks to GPS, and now boats are foiling we’re adding another dimension to it. All of a sudden the boats can fly and we want to understand what makes them fly, and what the ideal way to sail these boats is.

“We try to collaborate with the sailing teams as closely as possible because we want their feedback – they’re the experts so they can tell us what the most relevant things are. They told us the most important things to know are whether it is worth attempting to foil, and what the best angles are to sail once up.

“Foiling is also new to the Extreme Sailing Series audience so we want to educate them too and tell them what’s so special about foiling. Our technology can do that.”

While the concept of foiling is relatively new to sailing, Černý says it is just the beginning of a journey that will see the sport at the forefront of technological development.

“This is a journey we are on with the Extreme Sailing Series to push the boundaries of our sport,” he said. “GPS tracking has been around for a while but now we’re putting it into context, measuring manoeuvres and then taking that data and supplying it to the fleet and the public. That’s the innovation, and foiling is just another step in that journey.

“F1 cars have around 120 sensors on them. The Extreme Sailing Series fleet is not quite at that level yet but we’re getting there. There are so many more things we could measure on these boats – weight distribution, heart rate monitoring, sail trim and so on – to make racing even more exciting for the sailors and fans.

“We are driving this innovation with the Series – it’s our goal to make this technology happen.”

The ESS will be hosted by RSYS from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 December. Members and their guests will be able to follow the action on 60” hanging TVs, a video wall, SAP public outdoor screens and the 'stat zone'. Examples of the type of analytics, 3D graphics and live streaming available are below:




By ESS Media
Photo by Lloyd Images

The ESS will be hosted by RSYS from 8-11 December. For the best view of the action, book a table in the CCA via Reception.

Friday Twilights 11 November

Race six of the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight Series commenced with 10-12 kt East-North-Easterly winds paired with low to mid 20’s in temperature with scattered clouds. There were 73 boats on the water all hungry for the chance to win the 'Audi for the Weekend' prize, Alice Zehnder from Bordeaux, pictured below on the right, collected the prize this week. Make sure you come down this Friday for your chance to win as well as enjoying a relaxed, social sail.  


Division 1

  1. The Count – Anthony Bell
  2. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox
  3. Hinemoa – Chris Roberts

Division 2

  1. Enigma – Garry & Anna Connery  
  2. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin & Chris Harper
  3. Zeus – Jim Dunstan

Division 3

  1. Incorrigible – Bowden/Nelson/Stewart
  2. Cerberus – Simon Dollard / Ross Weaver
  3. Gail Force – Graeme Smith

Division 4

  1. Following Sea – Richard Petrie
  2. Jacana – David Creer
  3. Keoki III – Peter Davison


  1. Nick Rozenauers
  2. Simon Wubben


View full results here 


By Angus Olding


Tuesday Twilights 8 November

The Paspaley Ladies Twilights series commenced with thunder, lightning, waves and a very large Navy warship smack bang in front of the finish line. Frankly, any lady who survived that lot (quick head count - yup, all present and correct) deserved a jolly good red in the CCA afterwards! 

There was a good turnout despite the grim forecast: 25 boats in all, Ladies Division - 15, Ynglings/Elliotts - 8, Open - 2. This compares to just 21 in the first race last season.   

Winners: Ladies Division - Trilogy, Sportboats - Miss Pibb, Open - Mercier. 
Rapunzel, pictured above, took Best Start with Kookaburra
Rapunzel crew Kylie Lloyd won the lucky door prize. 

Learn to sail students on Elliott 4 earned their stripes in the storm.  

Wine-Dark Seas' prize-winning Paella was served.

140 drenched sailors enjoyed dinner in the CCA afterwards.

See you again next week!

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