Success at Youth Nationals

Congratulations to the large contingent of RSYS Youth Sailors who participated in the Australian Youth Championship. There were some terrific performances by the more experienced sailors and the whole squad made great improvements throughout the event. The regatta was held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from January 11-15 and our sailors experienced a variety of conditions over the course of the tournament.  

RSYS Laser cohort

In the Nacra 15 class, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine (pictured top) won convincingly against a fleet of 13 boats. This is their second national championship in as many weeks after winning the Open Nationals the week prior. These two sailors have now qualified to represent Australia at the ISAF Youth World Championship and Youth Olympic Games later this year.  

Asked what the key to their success had been, Will replied "Consistency is your friend and helps you get to the top." Whereas Evie cited "Working hard, listening to your coach and doing what they say!"

In the Laser Radial class, Maddie O'Shea followed up her great Open Nationals performance and finished 2nd in the Women's division. Despite just missing out on the Youth championship, Maddie has qualified to be included in the Australian Youth squad, with the official team to be announced in the coming days, for the ISAF Youth World Championship to be held later this year.       

In the Laser 4.7s, RSYS was well represented with Sylvie Stannage and Brooke Wilson finishing first and second in the Women's division. 

“I really liked the conditions. It was a really fun, really competitive fleet, such an amazing regatta, best one so far to top off the season,” commented Sylvie. In the Men's, Boston Cortis finished the event with a dominant win in the last race which moved him up to second overall.  

Vaughan O'Shea led the RSYS contingent in the Bic Techno 293 class by finishing 3rd overall.  

RSYS Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, "These are superb results for our Youth Sailors, the best in a long time. I am proud of our young Members' hard work and dedication to our sport. The RSYS Youth Sailing programme is an excellent springboard into Club, national and international competition and clearly, this is a cohort to watch in the future."

Rohan Stannage & Ian Louis

RSYS Results: 


Nacra 15

1st - Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine


Laser 4.7 Women

1st - Sylvie Stannage

2nd - Brooke Wilson

11th - Gretel Payne


Laser 4.7 Men

2nd - Boston Cortis

4th - Daniel Costandi

7th - Mark Louis

24th - Ian Louis

29th - Rohan Stannage


Laser Radial Women

2nd - Maddie O'Shea


Laser Radial Men

5th - Zac West

7th - Jack Littlechild

10th - Jarrah Sheppard

12th - Campbell Patton


Bic Techno 293

3rd - Vaughan O'Shea

14th - Paul Davison



6th - Ryan Littlechild

Congratulations to all our young Club sailors! These are tremendous results for which you have worked very hard. We would like to thank all the parents for their time, effort and support, both during the regattas and during the regular coaching periods.  

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If you would like to find out more about Junior Learn to Sail or racing coaching, please contact RSYS Youth Training Co-ordinator Locky Pryor at or call 9017 0153.

2018 Squadron Annual Cruise

A cruise like no other! Cruising yachts, motor boats and racing enthusiasts are cordially invited to participate in the 49th Annual Cruise to Broken Bay, Cowan Creek, Coal and Candle Creek and Pittwater from 21 - 28 April. 

The Cruise is designed to bring families and friends together for a week, to enjoy the most pristine cruising grounds of any location on Australia’s east coast. What could be better than being anchored in one of the dozens of secluded bays in company with other yachts, sharing this wonderful location?

It is held in the second week of the school holidays, so borrow, charter or bring your own boat and have a great week on board. Many lifelong friendships have commenced on Squadron Cruises.

The social program provides the opportunity to assemble in a different location almost every day. There is something for everyone: a BBQ, picnic, pizza dinner and  happy hour drinks ashore, a progressive dinner on board, cooking competitions and lunches at several of the excellent restaurants.

For racing enthusiasts, there is also a program of up to six races comprising four inshore races and two passage races Sydney to Pittwater and return.

NOC and online entries here



Stepping Stone House Regatta & Bridge Days

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like minded people. Give your company some exposure. Enjoy post-race drinks and a carvery. Or spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Club's beautiful Carabella Room.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for over 29 years and RSYS has been a proud supporter since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 6 March for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 8 March for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

More information here

NOR and entries here


Fabulous Friday

The Friday Twilight fleet reconvened on 12 January for their first outing after the break and was greeted with a cracking sail in blustery 20+kts under a strong evening sun. Glorious!

There were 55 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Glen Richard of Ostara, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations.



Division 1

1    M495    Huligan    David Servi                   
2    6469    Hell Razer    Ian MacDiarmid        
3    99999    Assassin    John Vandervord / Phil Cutts   

Division 2

1    7183    Arunga    Mark Tolhurst        
2    6945    Oscar    Hugh Murray-Walker           
3    7327    Zeus    Jim Dunstan   

Division 3

1    5865    Pinta II    Kym Evans           
2    6984    Flight of Fancy    Alastair Lonsdale           
3    5574    Magnificat    John & Robbie Hancox  

Division 4

1    1685    Beowulf    Stafford Watts    
2    588    Kirsten II    Ken Chase / John Bowman    
3    265    Cateran    David Wearn  


1    E1    Elliott 1        
2    E4    Elliott 4     

View full results here 

Another great victory for Whimsical

26 Dragons entered the Prince Philip Cup/Australian Championship at the Metung Yacht Club in Victoria between 7-13 January.

Five crews from the Squadron ventured to the great waters of Metung Yacht Club to contest the Championship.

Whimsical, AUS 217, skippered by the great Gordon Ingate and expertly crewed by Amy Walsh and David Giles, sailed an amazing series and ended up winning both the Cup and the Championship. It was a hard-fought battle between a number of yachts, with Pennyfarthing being just a few points off in second place and Adios III taking the last of the podium finishes.

Congratulations to Whimsical and to the rest of our great Dragon teams at the regatta.


1. Whimisical, Gordon Ingate, Amy Walsh & David Giles - RSYS

2. Pennyfarthing - R Campbell, T Cummins & T Ford - RCYC

3. Adios III - G Aldersea, J Aldersea & J Warren - MYC

View the full results here