Decorated Silver Goblets fleet led by Yandoo XX

There is local club racing, and then there’s the Etchells Sydney fleet fighting for the annual Milson Silver Goblets trophy on Sydney Harbour, and raising a warning flag for other states and nations on the strength of the NSW field preparing for next year’s world championship.

Half of the 26 Silver Goblets skippers are either past Etchells national champions, world champions in any class, America’s Cup sailors or Olympic representatives in sailing, and some fall into multiple top-level categories. Then there are the likes of Magpie’s crew, Iain Jensen and guest skipper Tom Slingsby driving for owner Graeme Taylor, who between them add Olympic gold medallist cachet to the talent mix.

Three races into the five-race twilight series on Sydney Harbour and the only female skipper, Jeanne-Claude (JC) Strong, leads the fleet by six points with her Etchells Yandoo XX.

Tactician Seve Jarvin said, “We’ve had three good starts and stayed in the top bunch. The courses are short, within the harbour’s natural boundaries, and that makes the starts all-important.  We aren’t winning races but we are finishing in the top two to four, and in the Etchells fleet that’s pretty solid. JC runs a very good program; she’s very dedicated to doing it properly and it’s good to see the results coming for us at the Queensland title and here,” Jarvin added.

Second on progressive scores is Rupert Henry’s Vivienne and third is Magpie, in spite of the crew playing musical chairs.

London Laser gold medallist and Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby skippered races one and three, and will see out the week, and Iain Jensen moved aft from mainsheet to tiller on Tuesday. Steve Jarvin and James Mayo are both regular Magpie crew and not long back from finishing second at the 2017 Etchells World Championship with Taylor at the helm. Jarvin’s holding onto his seat for this Goblets and Mayo jumped in as third crew when Slingsby needed a leave pass.

New Etchells Sydney fleet website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ and full results so far at https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Some of the sport’s most decorated plus a strong youth component and class veterans have made the most of the late afternoon nor’easters and plenty of spring sunshine delivering sublime conditions for races one to three. An afternoon shower is forecast for Thursday November 16 and on Friday the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm and sea breezes up to 20 knots.

Following a Mini Regatta race on Saturday afternoon, an evening trophy presentation back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will celebrate the placegetters among the teams. The majority of the fleet sail for the host club with a small number representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to the north and Cronulla Sailing Club to the south.

Keen to encourage the next generation of Etchells sailors and build on the class’ four-decade long legacy, as well as for strength and talent reasons, a number of owners are choosing to round out their crew with younger sailors and professionals such as Jarvin and tactician David Chapman sailing with Martin Hill on his Etchells called Lisa.

Tiana Wittey, pictured above, is the 18 year-old daughter of Olympic sailor turned coach Neville Wittey and is an important long-time member of Yandoo XX. “I’m consistently the youngest in the fleet,” she said. “At dad’s suggestion I hopped on Yandoo at a Newcastle regatta eight years ago when JC needed another 40 kilos of crew weight, and I’ve been there ever since.”

She says her crew worked hard over winter for the current season - two or three weekly on-water training sessions starting at 6am at the RSYS, plus gym work. Like many among the Goblets fleet, their aim is to qualify for the 2018 Etchells World Championship to be hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Wittey notes there aren’t many women in the fleet and says, “One day I’d love to have an all-women crew. JC has been an incredible mentor; she’s taught me beyond sailing, about organisation and how to run a business.”

And Wittey threw down a challenge to other Etchells owners: “There’s no weigh-in, so why not grab a young boy or girl and throw them on board. Etchells racing needs to be affordable and accessible to attract young people.”

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC


Further information:

 

Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e. Isabel@rsys.com.au

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet Communications Officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151

Friday Twilights 10 November

There were 67 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Simon Dollard from Cerberus, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

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Results

Division 1

1    A147        Ticket of Leave    Max Prentice    
2    98            Gunga Din            Ivan Wheen    
3    8001        Forty                     Sam Hill

Division 2

1    6635        World's Apart       Christopher Stannard    
2    6182        Grendel                Tom Cehak    
3    SM74       Lively                   Sophie Nelson / Marcus Stewart

Division 3

1    6745        Onaview            Richard Petrie / David Baker    
2    5865        Pinta II              Kym Evans    
3    6998        Genovefa          Genevieve Slattery

Division 4

1    6758        Bonsela             Charles Agnew    
2    370          Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    6821        Jacana              David Creer

Elliotts

1    Elliott 4        
 


View full results here 

 

 

Golden twilights for Milson Silver Goblets fleet

Sydney fleet captain Michael Tyquin says local Etchells crews climbing towards selection for next year’s class world championship in Brisbane are all too aware that the Milson Silver Goblets regatta marks the time to really knuckle-down in the pre-worlds phase.

The Sydney fleet is preparing to host one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar, a unique five-race midweek series called the Milson Silver Goblets to be sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the twilight. The time of day makes the most of minimal harbour traffic and daylight savings, with beautiful late afternoon spring conditions on Sydney’s world famous harbour. 

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“Goblets is the start of things getting serious for those hoping to qualify for next year’s world championship,” Tyquin said. “The Silver Goblets leads into the nationals in Perth then back to the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron for the NSW state champs in February, and from that follows a world qualification series in March-April.

“As well as being one of Australia’s largest fleets, the Sydney fleet is one of the most competitive in the country with owners who have recently been on big campaigns with professional crew for the worlds in San Francisco and last month’s Queensland championships.”

Racing will take place after 1745 hours over five consecutive evenings from November 13 to 17 on a track likely to be between Kirribilli Point and South Head. Three races constitute a series.  

Up to 30 Etchells are expected with room for more on the start line and back at the host club. “We encourage entrants from outside the Sydney fleet and warmly invite crews from Pittwater, Lake Macquarie, Gosford, Cronulla and any other individual Etchells sailors,” the fleet captain added.

So far the starter’s list includes former Etchells world champion and Australian Sailing’s performance director Iain Murray with Magpie, Martin Hill’s Lisa, the 2016 winner, and the best placed NSW team at last month’s QLD Etchells state championship, Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX which finished third on Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Strong will line-up with her state title crew of Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey for the Silver Goblets. “The regatta has always been very prestigious and drawn plenty of good sailors. We won it a while back (2015) and it would be nice to win it again. People find it convenient to sail after work and usually the breeze is decent, not like in winter when it’s typically light. Heavier breeze is more fun!”

The Silver Goblets will be presented to the winner on Saturday 18 November at around 5pm after the Mini Regatta. Sailors, family and friends are invited to drinks and dinner ‘Under the Sail’.  

The Etchells Sydney fleet is pleased to announce new partnerships with Mercedes-Benz Sydney and Zhik, the Australian manufacturer of technical sailing gear, and exciting prizes for Silver Goblets competitors.

Dating back to the 1970s, Silver Goblets past winners include Colin Beashel, Richard Hammond, Richard Chapman, Michael Coxon and Neville Wittey. The most recent series, held in February this year, went to Julian Plante and David Edwards’ Iron Lotus.

The International Etchells was designed in 1966 by Skip Etchells and the first moulds arrived in Australia in 1973. In terms of one design racing in Australia, the Etchells fleet endures in strong numbers and brings together an impressive line-up of America’s Cup, national and world champions plus youth crews who want to see how they stack up against two older generations of the sport’s heroes.


Follow the action on Facebook and Instagram 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC
Photo by Andrea Francolini

Further information:

Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e. Isabel@rsys.com.au 

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet Communications Officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151
 

 

Friday Twilights 3 November

Breeze, no breeze, southerly change, doldrums and finally a southerly buster to carry the fleet around! The lucky ones hand their hand wrapped around a good red before the rain started; some were not so lucky...

There were 73 boats on the water all ambitious to get the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Mitch Mulally, the new General Sales Manager at Audi Alto Artarmon made the presentations and Stephen Anstice from Therapy, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

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Results

Division 1

1    7100    M                    Steven & Michele Hatch    
2    7838    Blackwood     Alastair & Susan Metcalf    
3    102      Kookaburra    Richard Hammond

Division 2

1    683      Senta                Julie & Terry Clarke    
2    7327    Zeus                 Jim Dunstan    
3    505      Alouette           John Waring

Division 3

1    6761    Tashtego            Joe Atkinson / Jack Thomas
2    8858    Love Child        Joanna Love       
3    1008    Star Ferry         John Conroy

Division 4

1    6680    Ostara                     Glenn Richard
2    6660    Devil's Advocate    Ken Miller
3    6758    Bonsela                   Charles Agnew

Elliott

1    Elliott 1        
2    Elliott 3
3    Elliott 2


View full results here

 

Morna Cup and Saturday racing

The Morna Cup was contested on Saturday 4 November and attracted 29 boats and their crews. The Morna Cup is the second event of the RSYS Perseverance Trophy Series, the first being the Gascoigne Cup held on 21 October. Saturday's race also counted towards the CYCA SOPS series, being Race 3. 

The fleet consisted of yachts from the CYCA, MHYC, NSC and the RSYS; there were 15 competitors in Division 1 contending the Morna Cup and 14 in Division 2 competing for the G Carter Trophy. The winner of the Morna Cup was Tim and Edward Cox of Minerva, representing the RSYS. They won by more than two minutes in their corrected time over Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons (MHYC) who finished 2nd. In Division 2, Dennis Cooper’s Amante (CYCA) was victorious and took out the G Carter Trophy, improving on his last result of 3rd in the Gascoigne Cup.

The weather on the day was wet and windy. A consistent southerly breeze was present for the whole day peaking in strength at around lunchtime, above 20 knots. A few showers and scattered clouds kept the temperatures in the high teens. The conditions set the scene for competitive and intense racing for all boats. A big thank you to Race Officer Martin Clark and his team for running another great day of racing.

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Podium Results – Morna Cup

Division 1

  1. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox – RSYS
  2. Nine Dragons – Bob Cox – MHYC
  3. Khaleesi – Andrew & Pauline Dally – RSYS

Division 2

  1. Amante – Dennis Cooper – CYCA
  2. Saltshaker – Peter Franki – CYCA
  3. Botany Access Cocomo – Justin Brownbill - MHYC

 

Also on Saturday 4 November was the usual Saturday racing for the RSYS. There were 37 boats out on Sydney Harbour competing across the three divisions, Etchells and Ynglings.

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Podium Results- Saturday Series 4 Nov

Division 1   

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. I Super – Peter Campbell
  3. Huntress – Philip Grove

Division 2        

  1. Alouette – John Waring
  2. Can Can – Roman Tarnawksy
  3. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson

Division 3                

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Abracadabra – Nicholas Hogg
  3. Casamajor – Charles Moore

Etchells  

  1. Yandoo XX – Jeanne-Claude Strong
  2. Shindig – Mike Tyquin
  3. Umami – Christian Brook / Ant Elliott

Yngling

  1. Blackadder – Gary Pearce
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman
  3. Yertle – Jan Newland

 

Full Results: click here