Success at 2019 Youth Nationals

Racing has wrapped up at the 2019 Australian Youth Nationals hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania on the Derwent river. 257 sailors competed across seven classes, vying for places in the Australian Team for the Youth Worlds in Gdynia Poland in July. Squadron Members excelled! 

Laser 4.7 - won by Daniel Costandi, Brooke Wilson 3rd (2nd placed girl), Evie Saunders 7th, Ian Louis 24th. 

Nacra 15 - won by Will Cooley with team mate Bec Hancock (pictured), Rohan Stannage 9th with team mate Bella Green.

Laser Radial - Otto Henry 3rd, Zac West 4th, Campbell Patton 8th, Boston Cortis 11th, Maddy O’Shea 15th (and 2nd Girl), Sylvie Stannage 34th.

420 - Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson 2nd (and best placed Australian boat), Gretel Payne 16th with team mate Bridget Conrad. 

Bic Techno Plus windsurfer - Vaughan O’Shea 5th.

 

View full results here

Well done sailors and many thanks to your supportive parents!

 

12 teams for 2019 Hardy Cup

Passionate young sailors from far and wide are travelling to Sydney for the 2019 Hardy Cup. The Squadron's annual Grade 3 match racing regatta for 18-25 year olds will be held from 4 - 7 February in the waters just off our Club.

We look forward to welcoming teams from Del Rey Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, USA; Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Port Nicholson Yacht Club, NZ; as well as Australian sailors from Darwin Sailing Club, Derwent Sailing Squadron, CYCA and RPAYC.

The Squadron first hosted this regatta in 2001. America’s Cup and Olympic sailor Sir James Hardy put his name to the prestigious trophy at the outset and he’s still Patron, saying 'It is a tremendous pleasure to watch future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.'

RSYS is fielding two teams this year, coached by Club Member Nev Whittey:

RSYS Blue
Charlotte Griffin, Mitch Evans, Charlotte Alexander, Zac Quinlan, Maddie Kornman

RSYS Gold
Nick Rozenauers, Marlena Berzins, Jack Littlechild, Alex Rozenauers, Charlotte Grey.

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Call out to RSYS Members
Could you offer a billet to one of our visiting interstate or international teams? They're passionate sailors, aged 18-25 and need a bed and dinner from 3 - 8 February. RSYS will look after everything else. It's a great way for your own kids to make new friends in the sailing community! We greatly appreciate your help. Please contact locky.pryor@rsys.com.au.

 

 

SailGP is coming to Sydney!

RSYS is excited to be hosting the first leg of the international SailGP tour on 15 - 16 February. Six national teams (including an Australian team) will be racing identical supercharged 50 foot catamarans engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Racing will be held on Friday from 4pm till 6pm and on Saturday from 3pm to 5pm, with three races held each day. The course area is in the vicinity of Bradleys Head and Rose Bay.

The CCA will be open to Members and their guests offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Friday and Saturday. We encourage you to come to our Club and be part of the excitement. 

The SailGP race boats will be moored off the Club immediately before and after racing each day; Members and guests are invited to get close to the competitors and join in the excitement of the docking off and celebrations post racing.

There will be large screen TVs in the clubhouse so you will not miss a minute of the action on water.

Should you wish to get out on the Harbour, there are several options available to you.

  1. From your own boat - The Club will be running a tender service. Please register with the SailGP Boater registration programme. Whilst the pond will be closed on Friday and Saturday, a ‘touch and go’ facility will be available on the inner arm to embark and disembark guests from your boat.
  2. Spectator Ferries - There are a range of spectator ferries offering catered and non catered options that can get you close to the action. Booking information on the spectator ferries can be found here.
  3. Shark Island - Viewing of the event is available each race day from Shark Island which is in the middle of the race area.  The Club has arranged preferential pricing for RSYS members.  To access this discount, use this access code SGP19VIP20Click here to book your place on Shark Island.

Additionally there are free 30 minute guided public tours of the SailGP team bases on Cockatoo Island. The tours provide expert commentary of the teams' operations and preparations ahead of the event. Places on these tours are filling fast. To book your place on the Guided Public Tour please follow this link.

Due to the disruption on the Harbour and the exclusion zones that will be in operation prior to and during the event, the RSYS Sailing Committee has cancelled racing on Friday 15 February and Saturday 16 February.  Download the notice of race amendments here for Friday Twilight and Saturday Summer Series.

 
 

3 National Champions and top results as RSYS Youth Sailors Shine

 

 Nacra 15 Australian Championships

RSYS sailor Will Cooley and crew Bec Hancock will go into this week's Australian Sailing Youth Championships 2019 as strong favourites for the Nacra 15 title.Will and Bec won a hard-fought battle on the final day, sailing in a perfect 18-20 knot SE seabreeze on Hobart's River Derwent. Their nearest opponents both had wins today, but consistency through the regatta paid off for the defending Nacra 15 champion Cooley.

Cooley and Hancock finished with a fourth (discard) and two seconds after notching up five wins in the first nine races. Their net score was 15 points, Swadling and Bryant 20 points and Payne and Coleman 26 points, all three placegetters well in front of the rest of the fleet. RSYS also had a Rohan Stannage crewing in the event with skipper Bella Green from RPAYC. This was their first nationals and in races mixed it with the top end of the fleet and finished a credible 10 in the difficult to sail Nacras.

It was an impressive result for Will Cooley who had a pre-regatta set-back when a wild wind gust overturned his boat in the RYCT carpark and bent the mast in two. A 'masterly' effort saw a replacement mast brought by car from Lake Macquarie to Melbourne then shipped across Bass Strait to arrive on the eve of race one of the championship.

420 Australian Championships

In what was the tightest off the regattas that the RSYS youth sailors have been to. First and second places in the 420 class went down to the final race on the River Derwent to decide the winners of the Australian championship for the 420 double-handed youth dinghy class. The battle was between RSYS sailors Ryan Littlechild and Jack Ferguson and Kiwis Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan. The day and eventually the title was won by the Kiwis with the RSYS sailors having to accept 2nd place in the event. The two crews had gone into the 12th and last race equal on points after the single discard race, the New Zealanders ending with a net 35 points, the Sydney sailors 36 points. Each won two races and, apart from one double-figure finish, they both sailed consistently well. While they came 2nd the RSYS Crew were crowned the Australian Champions being First Australian team.

Third overall was the West Australian crew of Marcello Torre and Tom Larkings who also won two races, to finish with a net 52 points. RSYS also had a Gretal Payne crewing in the event with skipper Bridget Conrad from GSC. This was their first nationals and in races mixed it with the top end of the fleet and finished a credible 18th and was top junior girls team in the event and only just behind the Women’s youth team form last year.

Laser Australian Championships

Over the New year’s break, the RSYS Youth laser team made their annual pilgrimage to the Australian Laser Championships. This year it was a big effort by the families to make the trip south to Devonport Tasmania. RSYS was represented by more than 15 sailors in the rigs Laser 4.7s, Laser Radials and Lasers Standards.
The RSYS Laser fleet has shown their strength over the year and not just at club level, but at a state and national level, and we came away with some great results.

- Brooke Wilson finished 3rd overall and 1st Youth Girl in the 4.7 class.
- Daniel Costandi finished 5th.
- Evie Saunders finished 7th and 1st Junior Girl.
- RSYS also had Xavier McLachlan, Logan Cortis, Charlie Smith and Ian Louis all in their first laser nationals
- Finn Alexander represented the Club in the standards claiming 5th and competing against several Olympians including Gold medal winner tom Burton.

- There were a few disappointed sailors in the Radials but still some outstanding results. Otto Henry climbing into 5th in his first Laser Nationals and Campbell Patton,

-Zac West and Bostin Cortis all finishing in the top 20.

-Sylvie Stannage capped off a great transition from 4.7 to radial to claim 2nd Youth girl and Maddie O’Shea just behind in 3rd

The Lasers now head down to Hobart for the Australian Youth Nationals before making their way home.

Mirrors Australian Championships

RSYS sailor have Claimed the Australian National Championship and followed it up with a 3rd place at the Mirror Worlds. The four-day Australian Championship began with strong winds, and featured all the usual excitement on Sydney Harbour, including ferries, sea planes and outgoing cruise ships, giving the visiting sailors an excellent taste of what Sydney Harbour is like. By the final day, though, the winds were down to 0-8 knots, which favoured the lighter crews. Sailing in McMissile, RSYS Youth Committee member Campbell and Tackers 2 Graduate Stirling McKay won the first race, but Damian and Austin came second, meaning they still held a four-point lead. In second race, Campbell and Stirling won again, notching their fifth win of the series. Damian and Austin finished fifth, meaning scores were tied, and the McKay’s won on count back. Third place went to Douglas Raftesath and RSYS Youth Sailor Spencer McKay in Waterborne At Last. Benedict McKay also crewing finished 1010th.

The worlds followed a few days later in what was a lighter start to the regatta, not helping the RSYS sailors who preferred the stronger winds. The winds did come in later in the regatta with the RSYS sailors starting to excel. Campbell and Stirling finished a great 3rd place only 1 point off second in what was a tightly contested affair at the top end was. Spencer McKay came in 4th with his skipper form Balmoral and Benedict in 16th with his Youth Skipper also from Balmoral.

Gold at Mirror Nationals

Congratulations to one of our youngest Members, Stirling McKay aged 7, and father Campbell, who have won the 53rd Australian Mirror Nationals and 2019 Pre-Worlds at Woollahra Sailing Club. 

Sailing in McMissile, father and son won five races and pipped South Australia's Damian Carey and Austin Freer on count back.

Results
Pos    Nat    Sail No    Boat Name                 Skipper                    Club    
1st     AUS    70951    McMissile                   Campbell McKay      RSYS  
2nd    AUS    70662    Bob                            Damian Carey          HSC    
3rd     AUS    70800    Waterborne at Last    Douglas Raftesath    BSC  

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photo © Robert Owe-Young