Yngling 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us to celebrate 50 years of sailing in the International Yngling Class at the RSYS on Sunday 15 April.

Relive Yngling history via our 'sailors from the couch' covering the Early Days, Wittey Era, Olympic Era and the Present Day. 

Discover Sailing
Time: 10am to 12:30pm
A short sail (30 - 60 minutes) on an Yngling with experienced Yngling Sailors. No charge but you must register via Try Booking system below.
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: The Dining Room and Verandah
Graze from a selection of international foods from the countries where Ynglings are sailed
Cost: $50pp (drinks not included - available from the bar)

For queries, please contact Gary Wogas 0424 999 047 or australianyngling@gmail.com

Please book via this Trybooking link




Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Winners

Our thriving community of sailors cheerfully sailed through drizzle and the lightest breeze in last night’s final race of the series. Our generous sponsor Paspaley showcased a delightful display of pearl jewellery of the most exquisite artistry and our sailors enjoyed trying on the pieces. 210 Members and their guests then enjoyed dinner and cheered the series and trophy winners announced by Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator Karyn Gojnich.  

Congratulations to Penny Scardifeld and Margaret Houston of Cavatina (above) for winning the Jan Rowed trophy for the Ladies non-spinnaker pointscore. Nikki Shannon, Vivace came second and Eve Sheppard from Trilogy third. Jan Newland and Megan Howard on Yertle won the spinnaker pointscore and the Lady Helm trophy. Each skipper was presented with a pair of Paspaley pearl earrings.

In the Mini Series, Cavatina won the Gypsy Moth IV trophy and Angelica Veness on Miss Pibb (below), took out the Bluebird trophy donated and presented by Joyce Warn. 

Paspaley also awarded pearls to the winners of the lucky draw prizes. To be eligible, boats had to have sailed in 75% or more of the races. The recipients were: Sandy Lawson, Rapunzel; Sara Ladd, Evie; Anna Connery, Enigma and Jill Hammond, Kookaburra. 

We thank Paspaley for their generous support of the 2017/18 Tuesday Twilight series – their third with RSYS – which has contributed to the significant increase in participation. This season we welcomed 11 new boats to the fleets and placed 50 enthusiastic female sailors across 20 boats. A big thank you to all of the boat owners and skippers that undertook to mentor the newcomers. 

The 2018/19 series will commence on 13 November 2018. See you then! 


Iron Lotus wins Etchells VIC Championship

Congratulations RSYS Members Tom King, Dave Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen of Iron Lotus 1442 who took the Etchells Victorian Championship at the weekend. 

Not only are they a Corinthian team, they won the State title after just five races and ended with a magnificent lead of 13 points.

Five Squadron boats travelled to Royal Brighton Yacht Club and achieved excellent results in the fleet of 32.

1   Iron Lotus           AUS1442    RSYS
2   Our Thing           AUS1446    RQYS     
3   Tango II              AUS1443    RBYC    
4   Lisa                     AUS1449    RSYS
7   Northern Havoc  AUS1119    RSYS
9   Wobbegong2      AUS1436    RSYS
11  Yandoo XX         AUS1435    RSYS

Sail-World report here
View results here

RSYS to host Farr 40 Nationals

Marking the 20th anniversary year of the Farr 40 class, the strongest country-based fleet in the world are assembling their finest teams for the end of season national championship at RSYS from March 17-19.

Reigning titleholder Martin Hill and HillPDA Racing team displayed imposing form when they took out last month’s NSW title, but only once a countback separated first from the Outlaws in the runner-up position. “We are looking forward to the challenge and expecting, as always, tough competition with many snakes and ladders,” Hill said this week.

Tom and Alan Quick’s Outlaw was right in Hill’s face that series, and there’s a presumption the pair will resume the same intense rivalry when they come together this Saturday within the mixed fleet for the opening day of racing offshore. Sunday March 18 and Monday March 19 will play out on Sydney Harbour with a course area to be determined each morning by the RSYS race officer Rob Ridley.

A celebration of the class’ extraordinary 20-year milestone is tinged with some sadness at the announcement that dual Australian Farr 40 champion (2006 & 2007) Lang Walker has officially retired from competition. Australian Farr 40 president Gordon Ketelbey said: “We acknowledge Lang’s outstanding long-term contribution to the class over many many seasons, both as a fierce competitor and sponsor. Lang’s Kokomo campaigns were always top notch and in turn the overall fleet quality at the time of his team’s dominance rose accordingly.”

In addition to HillPDA and Outlaw, Ketelbey suggests Sam Hill’s Forty could easily feature in the top three, as could Jeff Carter’s Edake, winner of two of the three pointscore regattas staged across the summer months and last year’s Corinthian Farr 40 Australian Champion. Among the Victorians, Rob Davis and Andy Baker from Sandringham showed at the recent NSW title what a couple of hard Sydney seasons can do for overall form, finishing on the podium in three of the seven races with Nutcracker.

The traditional Farr 40 finals home, the RSYS built on the picturesque Kirribilli waterfront, will host the Melbourne and Sydney fleet of eight one designs to determine the 2017/18 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy winner.

Up to four races per day starting from 1100hrs are scheduled and the long-range forecast for the weekend indicates nor’easters building to 15 knots in the afternoon.

List of entries:

1.    Double Black - Rob Pitts, Sandringham Yacht Club and MHYC
2.    Edake - Jeff Carter, MHYC
3.    Exile - Rob Reynolds, MHYC
4.    Forty - Sam Hill, RSYS
5.    HillPDA - Martin Hill, MHYC
6.    Nutcracker – Rob Davis & Andy Baker, SYC
7.    Outlaw – Alan & Tom Quick, CYCA
8.    Zen - Gordon Ketelbey, MHYC 

Results will be posted after each race at http://www.farr40.asn.au/results/ 

The Australian Farr 40 Association thanks its 2017-18 season supporters:
Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation 

Instagram @Farr40_Australia     Facebook    Website
By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media
Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                        
M: 0407 387 302 E: farr40australia@gmail.com        

top & below Jen Hughes
bottom Beth Morley      

Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Presentation

The final race and presentation dinner will take place on Tuesday 13 March in the CCA.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable event. Paspaley will present eight pairs of Australian South Sea pearl earrings and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage bank vaults that lie beneath their flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Four pendants will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn on the night. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series.

Please reserve your table via the Members Area

A crew meal of roast lamb is avaiable on the night, please state this in your booking request. 


Deepsea Challenger – the Australian Story

On 26 March 2012, James Cameron piloted the submersible Deepsea Challenger 11 kilometres down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What few people realise is that Deepsea Challenger was built in Australia. 

Join us on 15 March for an exclusive dinner event at which Deepsea Challenger’s co-designer, builder and pilot Ron Allum will discuss the challenges he faced and the breakthroughs made over the seven year project. These include the design and build of the submersible’s sphere; the development of the unique formula for syntactic foam, Isofloat®, which provided the flotation and formed Deepsea Challenger's structural chassis; the pressure-balanced, fluid filled electronic systems and the many other innovations that kept the vehicle's weight to a minimum whilst maximising its ability to take samples and record images at the deepest known point on the planet.

Allum will also shed light on the eclectic and innovative world of submersible design and operation. He will discuss how the lessons he has learnt can be applied in the broader realm of 21st century subsea operations, where vehicles perform increasingly sophisticated tasks in deeper, more challenging environments. These lessons are particularly relevant for Australia, a continent surrounded by some of the deepest waters in the world.

This promises to be an informative and intriguing exploration, not only of the ocean's depths, but also of Australian engineering ingenuity - don't miss it!


Event details

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 for two courses and wines


NB This event is open to members and their guests.

Tahiti and its Australian Explorers

Andrew Phippen from the National Maritime Museum will present a potted history of the exploits in the French Polynesia of James Cook and William Bligh whose ship the Bounty suffered the infamous mutiny of the same name, which saw Bligh and a number of loyal crew members safely navigate more than 4,000 miles to safety in modern day Indonesia. Meanwhile the mutineers headed east across the Pacific to the unchartered Pitcairn Island, via Tahiti.

It was of course during their stay in Tahiti that many of the crew established a clear preference for life on the shore rather the dark, wet, smelly and rat infested living quarters on the Bounty.

The Mariner Boating Holidays / RSYS rally in Tahiti in September will sail through the Leeward Islands, which Cook visited, and we will arrive from Australia in Papeete, not far from where Cook recorded the transit of Venus across the Sun for the navigators.

This is a private event hosted by Mariner Boating Holidays and all RSYS Members are welcome to attend.


Drinks & canapes will be served before the presentation. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP for catering purposes. 

2018 Tahiti Yacht Rally 
RSYS and Mariner Boating Holidays have partnered once again to offer Members a new international sailing holiday.

The Tahiti Yacht Rally will take place around Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa from 15-29 September 2018. 



Event details
Date: Tuesday 27 March
Time: 7pm
Venue: CCA 

No cost, but please RSVP by 23 March.
TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT laura@marinerboating.com.au

Anchorages and Destinations on Sydney Harbour​

Members and their guests are invited to the Cruising Division's next Forum: 'Anchorages and Destinations on Sydney Harbour​' on 28 March.     

The Squadron’s Cruising Division came to be a result of trying to offer more for those that may not see racing as their number one priority but enjoy being out on the water. Your committee’s main aim is to encourage members to use their boats, and in the case of racers, to use their boats for more than just racing.

The Cruising Division has hosted many an interesting evening where we have learnt much about the history of our harbour, to following the adventures of fellow mariners in the Med, the Antarctic and even in the Americas and Admiral’s Cup, however in March we’d like to focus on what YOU can do having a wonderful cruising playground right on your own bow (doorstep).

Greer Leonard and Anthony Bell from aboard The Count will host an evening where they’ll share a few easily accessible anchorages and short trip locations that are possible to reach short handed and importantly all a safe distance and safe sailing from home.

They’ll also offer a fun prize for a next season’s Twilight race for the winner and some friends.



Event details

Date: Wednesday 28 March
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.

Book here

NB This event is open only to RSYS Members and their guests.









Calling all boat owners!

Is herding cats easier than locating crew? And once found, do you struggle to keep them onboard (figuratively that is!) 

The Sailing Office has a solution...

RSYS has adopted 'Sail Connect', an app that 

 - captures crew's details

 - allows you to 'invite' them to one or many races/regattas/series

 - lists events at RSYS and other clubs

 - at a glance shows you who's coming. 

Saving you time and bother!

RSYS Club Captain and General Manager at Australian Sailing David Edwards says, "SailConnect is a fantastic tool for managing your sailing calendar and communicating with crew. It is simple to set up, easy to use and far more effective than email. It saves a lot of time and you can see who is rostered on at a glance. With SailConnect there are no more excuses for not being able to find crew!"

See for yourself by downloading the Sail Connect app from the App Store today. 

Find out more at https://www.sailconnect.com/

Northern Havoc takes out 2018 Etchells NSW Championship

Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Chris Hampton’s Tango from Brighton, Victoria, maintained the rage to finish first and second at the 2018 Etchells NSW title sailed on Sydney Harbour in superb conditions.

 >> View day three video here

 “We’ve had lovely nor’easters for the past two days and quite strong ebb tides which really opened the race course and the opportunities, and you could see this in the scores,” Murray commented. “You had to get a good start and get up that first beat. It wasn’t easy. We had some good races and some less so - in the end our tough races weren’t as tough as for others.”

 Murray and Hampton finished day one Captain and Commander respectively, and that’s how the final series scores panned out, just a single point separating the two front-runners after three days of hard grind hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet.

 “Iain and his crew really won the regatta on Saturday when they carried on with a broken backstay in the second race and then with a jury-rigged set-up posted a good score in race 6,” said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin adding, “That performance really underlined how well they sailed”. 

 Martin Hill’s Lisa Rose moved into third overall from a 40-boat fleet representing NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Hill is spreading himself across two classes approaching the season-end; the Farr 40 nationals next month at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as skipper of HillPDA Racing and the 2018 Etchells World Championship.

 “This was our first regatta as a team on the new boat and we are building up to do as well as we can at the Brisbane worlds in October we’ve luckily already qualified for,” said tactician David Chapman. “We have a three-year campaign planned and we are trying to work out the best crew fit. Martin steers, Julian Plante’s on main and he used to steer, I’m doing tactics and I used to do main and Mark Langford is on the bow.

 “In two weeks we are going to defend our Etchells NZ National Championship title, then we’ll do the Victorian States and then we are ramping up for the world championship at RQYS. We’ve committed to next year’s worlds in Texas then Fremantle the year after. After that Martin will decide whether he’s happy to continue; as he says, ‘it’s the best fleet in the world’,” Chapman added.

 Matt Chew’s Gen XY was the highest placed Queensland team, fourth in the final standings against Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron clubmate Peter Conde’s Encore in seventh place and winning Etchells Grand Masters.

The Royal Perth Yacht Club team campaigning The Cure finished just outside the top 10 but in terms of their worlds preparation skipper Ray Smith said the series was perfect. “It was fun and challenging with difficult conditions on Friday. We had fairly specific goals for this regatta and while it’s nice to get higher up the results sheet they weren’t the only criteria - we were trying out a couple of new systems and sails, and it wasn’t my boat. A very tough fleet; at least 15 solid crews.”

 One of four Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth teams cracked a top ten finish on day three, Sunday February 18, 2018, skipper Will Dargaville leading the crew. He described Friday’s outing as “average” then on Saturday in the final race Pam was holed solidly at the bow (not their fault). A quick duck and sail-repair tape patch job later and the youth crew went back out on Sunday to finish tenth over the line in the series’ final race eight. A lucky draw winning ticket also gifted the team a brand new North Sails jib.

 “We’ve been sailing for a couple of months; we’ve never really done big fleet keelboat racing and we improved each day,” the young skipper said. In awe of the talent on display Dargaville added: “the fleet quality this weekend will be hard to beat heading into the worlds.”

 The RSYS’ next Etchells event is the Etchells Sydney Fleet’s world qualifying series March 27 to April 7 comprising seven races.

 RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said Saturday and Sunday were picture perfect, nor’easters averaging 17 knots and boats spread across the width of the harbour from the start north of Clark Island to the top marks towards Watson’s Bay. “The fact they were using the whole harbour means they felt they could do well right across the course,” Ridley said.

 The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them provided excellent competitor prizes.

Sydney Etchells list of entries and website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ 

Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:




By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Photo by Andrea Francolini

NSW Championship - day one to Iain Murray

Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.


Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner.

RSYS Member Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight.

“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.

“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added.

Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep.

“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.”

Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said the racing was compact and competitive with little spread between first and last finishers on two course areas, one starting in Taylor’s Bay and the other in Chowder Bay to accommodate the right trending breeze.

“The fleet enjoyed fluctuating 15kts gusting up to 18, a bit of a lottery with the wind, plenty of summer sunshine and Sydney Harbour to themselves,” Ridley said, noting Saturday will bring the hordes from Sydney’s many yacht clubs plus recreational boaties out in numbers, thereby changing the series’ dynamics.

Racing commences at 1330hrs on Saturday February 17 in forecast nor’easters and on Sunday the first warning is at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydneywho between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.


Sydney Etchells list of entries and website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ 

Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:




By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

video by mikemcloughlinmoments

photo by darcicphotography