'Cast Off': workshop for cruising skippers

Neil Driscoll from Above & Beyond Boating will lead a half-day intensive seminar where you will create and implement your own pathway for achieving your boating dreams. This workshop is aimed at developing key skippering skills for boat owners who are ready to take their skills and their boat on a new adventure. You will learn how to:

  • Develop a clear plan to prepare for your own adventure
  • Select and prepare your crew
  • Use navigation and passage planning tools

Spaces are limited to 20 participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Event details
Date: Friday 27 October
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Venue: Kirribilli Room
Cost: $22.50, inlcudes morning tea.


More information and bookings here







MC38s action at RSYS

Act 1 of the MC38 2017-18 Summer series was conducted last weekend out of the RSYS. There were nine boats competing with big names joining the racing such as Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen, most of the regulars, as well as an RPAYC Youth team. The first day of racing enjoyed SSE winds between 18-24kts. Leslie Green’s Ginger cleaned up and took out Boat of the Day with a scorecard of 2, 1, 2, 2.

On day 2 the weather had different ideas: the breeze was much lighter at 8-11 knots from the ESE. Neville Crichton’s Maserati had an excellent day on the water with a scorecard of 1, 2, 2. This allowed them to move into 2nd place in the series on a countback against Hooligan and receive Boat of the Day for Sunday.

RSYS members competing included David Chapman (tactician) and Richard Allanson on winning boat Ginger; Michael Dunstan (helm) on Hooligan; Martin Hill (helm) on Maserati; Chris Hancock on Vino and Stephen Barlow on Light Speed.

Ginger once again exhibited their dominance in the class with a 10 point lead over 2nd place. The other boats will certainly be hungry to knock them off first place in Act 2 which will be held on 18 - 19 November at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.



1. Ginger – Julian Plante – CYCA – 13 pts

2. Maserati – Neville Crichton – RNZYS/CYCA – 23 pts

3. Hooligan – Marcys Blackmore – RPAYC – 23 pts

4. Lightspeed – Stephen Barlow – RPAYC – 27 pts

5. Lazy Dog – John Bacon – RPAYC – 38 pts

6. Easy Tiger – Chris Way – RPAYC – 40 pts

7. Vino – Chris Hancock – RPAYC – 45 pts

8. Dark Star – Sarah Parker – RPAYC – 47 pts

9. Ghost Rider – Ross Hennessy – RPAYC – 63 pts


Articles, photos and videos at the MC38 Class Association Facebook page

Article by Angus Olding
Photo by Tillylock Media

An Evening with Peter FitzSimons

Squadron Speaker event 23 November. Peter FitzSimons is popular in equal measures for his work as a journalist, historical author, political activist and former sportsman. He will cover
all this and more in his inimitable style for what will no doubt be a stimulating, entertaining and thought-provoking evening.

Event details
Date: Thursday 23 November
Time: 6.30 for 7pm 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost:  $85, includes main, cheese, beer, wine & soft drinks.

Members book online here






Etchells Mini A regatta 7 October

The Etchells Mini A regatta on Saturday 7 October saw 18 boats participate. They enjoyed an excellent day on the water: it was a sunny afternoon, the breeze was SE 10-15 kts with gusts up to 18kts. Race Officer Rob Ridley ran three races on course 2 off Chowder Bay. After the first race, he shortened the length form 1.2NM to 1NM and adjusted the bearing from 145° to 155° to 160°. 

Shindig and Top40, both RSYS, placed in two races apiece, dominated but Ciao's (CYCA) consistent performances, with win and a pair of seconds, won the day. 


Scratch results:

Race 1
1st   1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
2nd  1268 Shindig Thackray/Weir/Tyquin RSYS
3rd   1332 Top40 Bonouvrie/Merrington RSYS

Race 2
1st   1332 Top40 Bonouvrie/Merrington RSYS
2nd  1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
3rd   1268 Shindig Thackray/Weir/Tyquin RSYS

Race 3
1st   1306 The Hole Way Crowle RSYS (pictured above)
2nd  1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
3rd   1346 Avalon Bellingham, Tait RSYS 

Full results here

View photos and videos at


Article, photos, videos by Isabel Wartho


Friday Twilights 6 October

The opening race of the series was greeted with sunshine, 15kts breeze from the SE and temperatures around the low 20s. There were 62 boats on the water all ambitious to get the chance to win the Land Rover for the Weekend prize. Stephanie Stewart from Alto Land Rover made the presentations and the team from Indigo, above, were the lucky winners this week, congratulations!

This week's division winners:



Division 1

1    M495  Huligan    David Servi    
2    02        Hinemoa    Chris Roberts    
3    7100    M    Steven & Michele Hatch

Division 2

1    BX43  Bordeaux    Peter & Alice Zehnder    
2    6322    Enigma    Garry & Anna Connery    
3    8400    Crackerjack    Dennis Galvin & Chris Harper

Division 3

1    6827    Takana    Paul Williams    
2    1008    Star Ferry    John Conroy    
3    6938    Gail Force    Graeme Smith

Division 4

1    6821    Jacana    David Creer    
2    370      Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    806      Mana    Stephen Wilson


1    Elliott 4        
2    Elliott 1

View full results here