From Sydney to Suez

Jill and David Henry will recount their voyage through Kalimantan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Eritrea and the Sudan at the Cruising Division talk on 23 November. They will also share their top tips for navigation instruments, communications and weather watch systems, and recount the story of how they sailed 2000NM without a rudder in the Pacific!

The talk will be inspiring and somewhat hair-raising - don't miss the event and book today. 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 23 November
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.
Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.


Morna Cup

Saturday 5 November saw the 3rd race of the Short Ocean Point score which also contributed to the Perseverance Trophy series as race number two, scheduled at the RSYS. The Morna Cup was completed with twelve boats racing in division one and nine from division two.

Unfortunately the scheduled Spring serioes racing was abandoned for all divisions and classes due to excessive wind.


Morna Cup Race- SOPS Race 3 (PHS)

Division 1
Awarded the Morna Cup

  1. Occasional Course Language 2 (CYCA) – Warwick Sherman
  2. Just a Dash (MHYC) – Philip Dash
  3. St. Jude (CYCA) – Noel Cornish

Division 2

Awarded the G Carter Trophy

  1. Stormaway (MHYC) – Jack Stening / Col Gunn
  2. Peach Teats Velocity (CYCA) – Brian Carrick 
  3. Soundtrack (CYCA) – John Amos


Perseverance Trophy Series Race 2 (PHS)

  1. Willyama (RSYS) – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo  
  2. Soundtrack (CYCA) – John Amos
  3. Limelight (RSYS) – Alan Husband


Click here for full results 

Friday Twilights Results 4 November

Last Friday was the fifth race of the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight Series. There were solid numbers present in each division, with a total of 75 boats racing. This is a big increase on the 58 boats that raced this time a year ago. (It's also worth noting that the Clubhouse was brim full - with 480 staying for dinner!) The weather may have been a contributing factor for the popularity of the night, as temperatures reached 31 degrees during the day, with tops of 27 degrees even at 6pm. Wind conditions were favourable too, blowing from the NW at approximately 10 kts. There was some very close racing in Division 2 with the top three boats all finishing within 14 seconds of each other!

This week's 'Audi for a Weekend' winner was Graeme Smith of Gail Force, pictured on the left. Congratulations!



Division 1

  1. Gaia – Wayne Jupp
  2. Wine-Dark Sea – Peter Lowndes & Sarah Goddard-Jones
  3. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox

Division 2

  1. Well Inclined – Brian McKean  
  2. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall
  3. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin & Chris Harper

Division 3

  1. Patsy – Daniel Yaffe
  2. Margaret Rintoul – Bruce Gould
  3. Genovefa – Genevieve Slattery

Division 4

  1. Cateran – David Wearn
  2. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  3. Lolita – Nick Cassim


Click here for full results 


By Angus Olding

Christmas is served!

The Squadron will be buzzing with activity over the summer, so here's a handy guide to what's on, where and when:


Christmas Lunch (& Bridge) - Thursday 1 December
A festive Buffet with Bridge tables available as required.
Bridge commences at 11am, lunch from 12 noon.
$79, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
>> Book here 

Intermediates Christmas Drinks - Friday 2 December
From 5.30pm, level 5 Rooftop Bar
Sundowners, live music and festive cheer. 
CCA and Bar prices.

Summer Wine Show - Sunday 4 December 11am
Sample and purchase fine foods and wines for Christmas. Auction of premium wines and older vintages.
$15 Members, $20 Guests.
>> Book here 

Christmas Dining-In Night - Thursday 15 December 7pm
Our popular Yuletide dinner with carol singing.
$130 includes canapés, 3 courses, cheese, fine wines.
>> Book here

Christmas Buffets - Saturday 17 6pm, Sunday 18 12pm
Featuring ham, turkey, Christmas Pud.
$72 Adults, Children U12 $32.
>> Book here

Children's Christmas Party - Sunday 18 December 12pm 
Featuring Santa, his Elves, an animal petting zoo, a magic show and two jumping castles.
Buffet lunch $72 Adults, $42 Children, $20 for entertainment only. 
>> Book here

Christmas Specials
Get sorted for the festive season and place your order for:
 - Chilled side of sliced Tasmanian smoked salmon by Tassal from Dover, Tasmania. Approx. 1kg, serves around 7-8 people, $49.
 - Whole glazed double smoked leg ham by Black Forest Smokehouse, Sydney. Approx. 9kg, serves around 15-20 people, $185.
 - Squadron Christmas pudding with traditional brandy sauce. Approx 1kg, serves around 8 people, $42.
Last orders, Monday 5 December.
>> Order here

Saturday 29 October Results

Last Saturday was race eight for the 2016/17 Spring series and races 10-12 were completed in the Mini B regatta for the Yngling and Sports boats. Conditions on the day were great for sailing. With north easterly winds blowing approximately 15 kts and warm sunny weather of 25 degrees, no one could complain. There were solid turnouts for most of the divisions, producing quality competitive racing. It was also great to see a larger than usual fleet in the Sports Boats division competing in the Mini B regatta.


Podium Results- 29 October


Division 1

  1. ARK323 (NSC) – Damien Parkes
  2. Willyama – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo
  3. Huntress – Philip Grove

Division 2

  1. Ellipse II – Brian Bergin
  2. Alouette – John Waring
  3. Valhalla – Richard Corbett

Division 3

  1. Mystere – Malcolm Shaw
  2. Casamajor – Charles Moore
  3. Windsong 2 – John Vickery


  1. Liquidity – Richard Franklin
  2. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate.
  3. (DNF) – Ascalon – Jim Hawkins / Andrew Howe


  1. Top 40 – Bonouvrie / Merrington
  2. QRS – Simon Bird / Alistair Stone
  3. Magpie (CYCA) – Steve Jarvin


Mini B (three races on 29 October)



  1. Perfecto - Ellis Todres – 6 pts
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarret / Max Hayman – 10 pts
  3. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 11 pts

Sports boats

  1. Emma Peel (SRBYC) – James Dwyer – 1st, 1st, 2nd
  2. Elliott 2 (RSYS) – Nick Rozenauers – 6th, 3rd, 1st
  3. Troppo (RANSA) – Andrew Pearce – 3rd, 2nd, 6th


By Angus Olding


Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Series starts next week

The 13th season of the RSYS ladies series will commence Tuesday 8 November. The series is an opportunity for female sailors to gain more confidence and experience on boats, particularly in skippering and steering roles. Tuesday nights typically offer a less competitive and frantic sailing environment compared to Saturday racing in the Harbour. The Tuesday Twilights also act as the perfect stepping stone for our 'Ladies of the Sea' (LOTS) graduates to practice the skills they’ve learnt on our training courses.

The number of women participating in the Tuesday Twilights has increased significantly year on year, with many boats fielding all female crews. We hope to continue this trend this season and are well on our way to achieving it, especially with the introduction of a spinnaker division. Currently we have 23 entries and expect six Ynglings and all four Elliotts to be used each week as well.

This season there is also the opportunity to join an Elliott with an Instructor onboard. Perfect for those who don’t have access to a boat or would like more practice and experience whilst having a reliable instructor on board.  

Please mark your diary - racing is on the following dates:

8, 15, 22, 29 November

6, 13 December

31 January

7 , 14, 21, 28 February

7, 14 March.



What time do I need to be at RSYS?     Usually dressed and ready to step on a boat from 4:45pm onwards however this time varies from boat to boat.

How do I get involved?     Contact the Sailing Office to find out more

I'd like to book an Elliott.   Click here


This season is again supported by Paspaley who will present eight Australian South Sea pearl Bella pendants with a white gold chain at the end of the season. Four will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn at the prize giving dinner. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series. 

Friday Twilights Results 28 October

Once again last week’s Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight Series was a great success for all. There were 63 boats racing, a great turn out despite the weather being slightly gloomy. With incredibly light ENE winds, it was a shortened course producing slow-paced, relaxing sailing. The winner of this week’s Audi for the weekend was David Servi from Huligan, pictured with his lovely boys. Some of the highlights from racing was Solveig II narrowly missing out on 3rd place in Division 1 by six seconds. The top three boats in Division 2 finished within 35 seconds of each other.


Division 1

  1. Allegro – John Taylor
  2. Willyama – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo
  3. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson

Division 2

  1. Adela – David Lamond
  2. Viva La Vita – Howard Elliott
  3. Alouette – John Waring

Division 3

  1. Out of the Blue – John van Ogtrop
  2. Genovefa – Genevieve Slattery
  3. Magnificat – John & Robbie Hancox

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Gannet – Simon Coventry
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Ben Fraser


Click here to view full results 


By Angus Olding

New Zealand Match Racing Nationals

The Yachting Developments New Zealand Match Racing Nationals was held from 13-16 October, hosted by The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and sailed on their fleet of Elliott 7s. 20 teams competed, representing six countries - more than double the number that competed last year, attributable to a change in the racing format. Skippers ranked as high as 8th in the world for MR, Olympic medallists and professional sailors all entered the Match Racing event.

RSYS Member David Chapman competed with a very strong performance and finished 3rd overall. Chapman lost to Chris Steele 3:1 in the semi-finals and Chris went on to win the regatta for a second year in a row. Chapman then beat 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist Sam Meech 2:0 in the petit final to claim his 3rd place result. Congratulations David Chapman and his crew!


Click here to view complete results

View photos here



Saturday 22 October Results

Last Saturday was race seven for the 2016/17 Spring series. Early in the morning saw light Southerly winds around Sydney Harbour which gradually built throughout the morning to average at around 15 kts, despite windier conditions being forecast.

Saturday was also the first race of the Gascoigne Cup in which RSYS Members were well represented amongst many of the other clubs. Congratulations to Tim and Edward Cox and their crew from Minerva who finished 2nd in Division 1 in the Gascoigne Cup.


Podium Results- 22 October

Division 1

  1. I Super – Peter Campbell
  2. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  3. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson

Division 2

  1. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall
  2. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  3. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson

Division 3

  1. Windsong 2 – John Vickery
  2. Lunacy – Tom Moult
  3. Tingari – John Jeremy


  1. Ascalon – Jim Hawkins / Andrew Howe


  1. Top 40 – Bonouvrie / Merrington
  2. QRS – Simon Bird / Alistair Stone
  3. Itchy – Will Northam / Jamie Watson


Race 1 Gascoigne Cup

SOPS Division 1

  1. Philosophers – Peter Sorensen (MHYC)
  2. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox (RSYS)
  3. Flying Cloud – Howard Piggott (CYCA)

SOPS Division 2

  1. China Easyway – Travis Read (CYCA)
  2. Shibumi – Bryan Moore (MHYC)
  3. Amante – Dennis Cooper (CYCA)


Click here to view full Results


By Angus Olding

Friday Twilight Results 21 October

Last Friday was the third race of the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight Series. With quite consistent NE and NNE winds at around 10-15 kts in strength, conditions were ideal for boats to generate greater speed compared to previous weeks. As always there was a large number of boats participating, including all four Elliotts.

Make sure you come down this week to enjoy the racing, the friendly atmosphere and the chance to win an Audi for the weekend! Friday's winner, on the left above,  was John Greenwood from Flying Circus. 


Podium Results

Division 1

  1. Limelight – Alan Husband
  2. Willyama – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo
  3. Gaia – Wayne Jupp

Division 2

  1. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson
  2. Hans Off – Geoff & Hamish Jarrett
  3. Avanti – Peter Clarke

Division 3

  1. Flying Circus – John Greenwood & Geoff Deakin
  2. Out of the Blue – John van Ogtrop
  3. Incorrigible – Bowden / Nelson / Stewart

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Keoki III – Peter Davison
  3. Wah Moon – Anthony Shannon  


  1. Nick Wubben
  2. Millie Brown
  3. Cameron Taylor


Australian Youth Match Racing Championship

The SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship will be hosted by the CYCA from 19-23 October. The racing will be conducted on Elliott 7s and is open to sailors aged under 23 years. 

The event is expected to consist of two round robins, semis and finals, with a sail-off for minor places if possible.

The Squadron has one team entered comprising: Claudia Thackray helming, Fergus Abbott on main, Zac Quinlan trimming, Katherine Shannon on bow and Angus Olding as 5th. There are nine teams entered, representing NSW, QLD, WA and VIC.

Best of luck to all!