Youth Laser success

Congratulations to Marlena Berzins (left) who competed at the Under 21 Radial Laser World Championship held in Nieuwpoort, Belgium from 26 July - 2 Aug. She finished 17th overall and 5th in the U19 division. Marlena is now heading to Medemblik, Netherlands for the Women's Radial Worlds from 19-26 August. Good luck with your upcoming events!

Well done to all the RSYS 4.7 Laser sailors who also competed in Nieuwpoort. There were some terrific results by our sailors who have all shown tremendous improvement in the past year. They had great experiences both on and off the water. Congratulations in particular to Zac West, Jack Littlechild, Boston Cortis, Mark Louis, Daniel Costandi and Sylvie Stannage. We look forward to hearing more on your return. 

4.7 Lasers Results
Boys Fleet (235 Boats)

7th- Zac West 
28th- Jack Lilttlechild 
45th- Boston Cortis 
51st- Mark Louis 
112th- Daniel Costandi

Girls Fleet (115 Boats)

21st- Sylvie Stannage

Click here to view photos of our Laser and opti sailors training hard one recent Sunday.  (Member login required)

Photos by Darcie Collington


Hobie16 European Championship

Squadron Development Program member Nick Rozenauers recently competed in the Hobie16 European Open Championship in the seaside town of Noordwijk in the Netherlands. 

Nick recalls his experience:

“We were racing on the North Sea and experienced a range of conditions from virtually no wind with strong current, to large waves and gusty squalls.

I sailed for Danish skipper Nicklas Heide, whom I had met in 2015 when he worked as a coach at the Squadron. I immersed myself into the Danish way of life - they are known to like doing things on the cheap - and so I stayed in a tent with seven other Danish sailors! These included the Bjornson brothers who skippered and trimmed the Danish entry at the Youth Americas Cup.

Drawing on Nicklas' experience, we got in the groove quickly and focused on performing the fundamentals efficiently. We placed well in the pre-Regatta event coming 6th. Continuing our fine form into the European Championship, we were able to qualify for Gold fleet comfortably. However on the first day of Gold fleet racing we had a set-back: we were unfortunate enough to have one black flag and a bad head knock resulting in a mild concussion (which we only found out later at the beginning of the 2nd race) after I clipped a big wave and fell off the wire. Nevertheless we continued to improve and climbed back through the rankings finishing up 20th out of 110 boats.”

Congratulations to Nick and skipper Nicklas on their result in such a large and competitive fleet!

View more information & results here

Watch the videos here


by Angus Olding

RSYS Dragon Force 65 Fleet Getting Tougher

Heat 3 of the Radio Sailing Winter Series was held on Sunday 6th August in strong and gusty NE winds across the Pond. With all skippers using their A rigs for One Design racing, the boats were sometimes overpowered but made for some spectacular water ballet and very fast surfing conditions over the 6 races.

Locky Pryor made a welcome return to racing and immediately stamped his authority with 1, 1, 2 before generously handing his boat to Richard Franklin who had suffered a sail winch servo blow up after a 2nd place in Race 1. All boats suffered from electronic interference from a yacht moored near the top mark. Peter Cotton had a great win in Race 4 and John Marty’s 2nd in Race 2 showed just how close the racing is becoming. The big improver was Graham Lambert with several 3rd places. He must be inspired by the Admirals Cup 50th Anniversary celebrations later this year. Graham was skipper of Impetuous in Australia’s win which was recently ranked as the 4th greatest Australian yachting achievement in history.

Kel and Phil Burgess tied for first place on 16 points, with John Vickery, Graham Lambert, Locky Pryor, John Marty and Peter Cotton all within 13 point of the leaders. Phil leads Kel in the overall Winter series results, followed by John Vickery and Peter Cotton with 1 Heat remaining.

It was great to see skippers sharing their boats with inquisitive spectators, some of whom have ordered new boats. We now have over 30 boats registered in the Club, so the upcoming first NSW Regional Championships hosted by RSYS over the October long weekend is sure to be a huge fleet.

To join in the fun and low cost one design racing, visit the RSYS Radio Sailing website and come down to the Pond for the next Practice Day on Sunday 20th August.

For more information please email Locky at

View full results here

View the new photo gallery here

RSYS third in NSW Youth Championship

Two RSYS Development Program teams participated in the Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship run and hosted by the CYCA from 5 - 6 August. The regatta attracted 10 teams from NSW, QLD and VIC. The usual Sydney Harbour clubs were represented including CYCA, RPAYC, RSYS plus teams from NCYC, SYC and MYC.

The RSYS teams consisted of Nick Rozenauers, Mitch Evans, Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan and Charlotte Griffin on one team, and Fergus Abbott, Charlotte Alexander, Ben Fraser and Alex Rozenauers on the other.

Due to the busy schedule for the regatta, only one round robin was completed, making every race count for all competitors. Nick and his crew were able to finish 3rd in the round robin and secured a place in the semi-finals against highest ranked James Hodgson (CYCA). Nick and his crew narrowly missed out on making the finals where it was 1-1 on the final downwind with a penalty to wipe. Nick managed to get into a good position where the other boat broke a rule so the penalties cancelled each other, yet James was able to drop his spinnaker earlier and crossed through the line first. James went on to win the regatta 2-0 against fellow CYCA team mate Tom Grimes. Nick and his crew then faced Hayden Brown (SYC) in the petit final and convincingly won 2-0 to secure 3rd overall.

Fergus and his crew finished tied 4th with four other teams, but on a very big count-back, sadly finished 8th. In the sail-offs for 7th and 8th Fergus and his team put up a good fight in very tough shifty westerly conditions against Thomas Steenson (NCYC) but unfortunately went down 1-2. 

The Squadron Development Program would like to thank the RSYS Foundation, General Committee and Sailing Office for their continued support, giving us the chance to compete against both local and interstate teams and ultimately become better sailors. Another big thank you to out coach Klade Hauschildt and the CYCA for hosting another great regatta.


Overall Results:

  1. James Hodgson (CYCA)
  2. Tom Grimes (CYCA)
  3. Nick Rozenauers (RSYS)
  4. Hayden Brown (SYC)
  5. James Farquharson (RPAYC)
  6. Sarah Parker (RPAYC)
  7. Thomas Steenson (NCYC)
  8. Fergus Abbott (RSYS)
  9. Taylor Rogers (MYC)
  10. Nick Anderson (RPAYC)

View full results here

By Angus Olding


Winter Series Prize Giving

Following a very hectic day of sailing on Sydney Harbour, the RSYS 12 race Winter Series Prize Giving took place on Saturday 29 July. The Harbour was busier than usual due to the start of the Sydney to Gold Coast race, which is never short of frantic. The start of the Winter Series race was therefore postponed to give everyone a fairer and safer race. Wind strengths on the day were light but the sun and warmth made up for it slightly… A lot of boats going into the day’s race were only separated by a few points in the overall pointscore, creating great competition.

Come evening, RSYS hosted guests from all over the harbour including: RANSA, SASC, RPEYC, CYCA, MHYC, Sailability, Balmain, Greenwich and Manly. Vice Commodore David Ward was the Master in Charge on the night and spoke about how successful the Combined Winter Series has been in its second year. Positives included the flexibility of a 6, 12 or 15 race series, the increasing fleet sizes and the toughness of the sailors when braving the cold and variable conditions.

A huge 'thank you' goes to the volunteer race management team for their continued dedication and assistance each week braving the conditions; the Squadron would not be able to conduct club racing without you! Another 'thank you' goes to John Maclurcan for his continued support as the Squadron’s Handicapper.

Congratulations to all those who competed. See you next year. If you would like a bit more Winter racing, the 15 race series continues. Casual entries are welcome. Contact the RSYS Sailing Office here.



Overall Results:

Super 30 Division

1st Optimum – Stuart Jordan (pictured above)

2nd Mako – Cameron Wiklund

3rd Sigurd – Ian Dencker

Division 1

1st Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid

2nd Game Set – Craig Roberts

3rd Erica – Peter Williams

Division 2

1st Moonbeam – Bart Foley

2nd Silky – Tony Hirst

3rd Solange – Will Hutchinson, Trevor Carroll & Andrew King

Division 3

1st Primary Wave – Ron Montague

2nd Loose Change – Michael Bleakley

3rd Esquisse 2 – Richard Stained

Non-spinnaker division

1st Double Dutch – Phil Tanner

2nd Much Ado – Richard Wither

3rd A Bus – Andrew Goldfinch

Classic division

1st Eloise – Adrian Broadbent

2nd Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees

3rd Makama – Chris Gosselin


By Angus Olding



Winter Social Season in full Swing

There's so much going on at your Club this winter. Why not invite some friends to a Squadron event and show them a good time. 

Family Sunday Share Lunch                  12pm Sunday 6 August book here
Family & Friends Night: Pasta                6pm Wednesday 9 August book here
Shiraz Wine Tasting                                 6pm Wednesday 16 August book here
Grand Buffet Lunch                                 12pm Sunday 20 August book here
Book Club                                                 11.30am Tuesday 22 August book here
Raid the Cellar Dinner                              6.30pm Friday 25 August book here
The Black & White Ball                             6.30pm Saturday 26 August book here
Sunday Lunch Jazz                                  12pm Sunday 27 August   book here
Father's Day Lunch                                  12pm Sunday 3 September book here
Speaker Event: David Hill                        12pm Friday 8 September book here
Grand Buffet Dinner                                 6pm Saturday 9 September book here
Mezze & Tagine Dinner                             6pm Wednesday 13 September book here
Sunday Long Lunch                                 12pm Sunday 24 September book here

The most uptodate event information is published in the OnBoard e-newsletter on Thursdays. Please ensure we have your current email via the Members Portal.


RSYS to challenge NYYC Invitational Cup

RSYS has been invited to join the challenge for the NYYC Invitational Cup  - and we’ve accepted.

Long standing RSYS Member and past Farr 40 world champion Guido Belgiorno–Nettis is leading our challenge and has assembled a strong crew including Guido’s wife Michelle, Michael Dunstan who will be the tactician for the event and our very own RSYS Captain David Edwards. 

This is the fifth NYYC Invitational Cup which has been held every two years and is sailed in one design Swan 42s.

The regatta is highly prized and always very well fought by some of the best and most prestigious yacht clubs in the world.  This year the following yacht clubs will compete at Newport Rhode Island between September 9 and 16, 2017 : Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit), Eastern Yacht Club (Marblehead, Mass.), Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), Japan Sailing Federation, New York Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), Shelter Island Yacht Club (N.Y.) , Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans) and Yacht Club Argentino (AGR).

Whilst the Cup is truly Corinthian, the racing is seriously competitive with all the yacht crews fighting for the honour of their home club. Our Commodore Richard Chapman will represent the Squadron during this event and we trust that many important bonds will be strengthened during this goodwill regatta.

Patricia Young, the event chair for the 2017 Invitational Cup summed it up when she said, “A decade ago, when the NYYC created this event, we knew there was a need for a top-flight inter club competition among amateur sailors. But we continue to be pleasantly surprised by the enduring passion for this event from yacht clubs around the globe. We’ve hosted teams from 43 clubs from 21 countries from all six inhabited continents. And for each successive edition the competition gets ever more intense and winning becomes increasingly difficult. Some teams have devoted entire sailing seasons to training for the regatta. We expect the fifth edition of the regatta to be the most competitive yet.”


RSYS excel at Yngling Worlds

The 2017 Yngling World Championship was contested on the Sneekermeer Lake at Sneek in the Netherlands from 14 - 22 July.

There were 44 teams competing including one Australian team representing the RSYS: Michael Nash, Sara Ladd and Alexia Biggs in AUS 59. The RSYS team had been training hard for months in the lead up to the World Championship and was able to finish 7th overall - congratulations! 

The winning team skippered by Tom Otte from the Netherlands, with a convincing win of 29 points ahead. Denmark and German teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

A complete report coming soon!

Full results here

View more photos by Eize Hoeksta here


Combined Winter Series Race 11

Competitors in the Combined Winter Series were once again treated to another sunny and pleasant day on Sydney Harbour on Saturday 22 July. It was race 11 of the RSYS series, and the second last one. There was a great turnout of 79 boats for the day and as always it created great competition and racing. Although the morning provided the best pressure, the wind in the afternoon was still around 5-10 knots from the NW and W, enough for boats to get around the course comfortably.

Next week’s race is the last of the RSYS series, so good luck to all competitors!


Podium Results (PHS): 

Super 30  

  1. Very Tasty – A Chase / A Turk / A Mather - SASC
  2. Flying Brandy – Marco Tapia  - SASC
  3. Mako – Cameron Wiklund – RANSA


  1. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees – SASC
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS
  3. Mister Christian – David Salter - SASC

Division 1    

  1. Toy Box 2 – Ian Box – RSYS/MHYC
  2. Peregrine – J&M Stephen & Hugh Torode - RSYS
  3. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA

Division 2  

  1. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS
  2. Shambles – H Smith / A Stuckey - SASC
  3. Plan A – Andrew Patterson - CYCA

Division 3   

  1. Slips - Stephen Churm - SRB
  2. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  3. Capriccio – Tony Craven - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division 

  1. Komatsu Azzuro – Shane Kearns - RANSA
  2. Fortune of War – Adrian Gruzman - RANSA
  3. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin / Chris Harper


View full results here  


By Angus Olding

Race Management Volunteers

If you’re not out sailing what’s the next best thing to do?

Our Race Management teams are comprised of enthusiastic and capable volunteers.

Volunteering with our Race Management team is a great way to meet new people. It strengthens your ties to the RSYS community and provides an opportunity for you to interact with people of similar interests. It’s also a lot of fun.

And it’s never too late to develop a new hobby. Becoming a Race Management volunteer can open the door to new learning opportunities that you may not have previously considered or thought you were capable of doing.

There are many duties associated with running our events. Whether you are a relatively inexperienced or fully qualified sailor, male or female, or just interested in learning new skills, we would very much like to encourage you to consider joining our team.

The various roles and responsibilities required on a weekly basis are:

- Race Officer (RO) - this person is usually trained and accredited as a Race Officer and is responsible for ensuring competitors are provided with fair and safe sailing. The RO is the boss and directs the management team
- Coxswain – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and is responsible for positioning the boat as required by the RO and for the safety of the vessel and those on board
- Time Keeper – responsible for the starting sequence. At the race start, everything on board revolves around the timer
- Flag Operator - responsible for all visual signals from the Committee Vessel including flags and course boards
- Recorder – maintains a record of all actions taken by the race management team and is responsible for recording all the numbers of all boats that start in the race and their finishing sequence and times, and
- ​Mark Layer – must hold a Boat Driver’s Licence and be physically capable of laying and retrieving marks as requested by the RO.

Generally we have two types of volunteers: On-Water (Saturdays and Regattas) and On-Shore (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

If you are interested in learning how our yacht racing is conducted, are keen to learn the basics of the various role requirements and willing to volunteer a few times each season (usually fortnightly or monthly), while performing a valued service to RSYS, we want to hear from you.

Additional training and information sessions are provided throughout the season, as well as ongoing support from team members.

Opportunities also exist for race officials willing to take it to the next level. The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, in conjunction with Australian Sailing and World Sailing, is eager to encourage race officials down the race management pathway that can include State, National, World and even Olympic events.

Unless you are actually sailing in these events, you cannot get any closer to the action.   

Please contact Rob Ridley, RSYS On-Water Coordinator at or call 0418 645 032

The Race Volunteers annual luncheon, held 23 July

Article by Susan Wade
Lunch photo by Rene Chapman

470 Worlds Success

The 2017 470 World Championship was hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. With 132 teams entered from 32 nations and six different continents, it was far from a small World Championship. Of these, 72 teams were in the Men’s division and 60 in the Women’s. Two RSYS Members competied: Will Ryan who sailed with Matthew Belcher, and Katherine Shannon who sailed with Dana Tavener.

The Championship consisted of a five race qualification series followed by a six race finals series and finally the medal races. Massive congratulations to Will Ryan and Matthew Belcher who won the Men’s division, the 2017 Championship win being Belcher's seventh World Championship victory and Ryan’s fourth.

Katherine Shannon, a relatively new member of the Australian Sailing team, has been training hard for less than a year with Dana out of MHYC in the 470 class. They managed to finish 50th with their strongest performances at the end of the regatta grabbing a 10th and 14th in the Silver group. Katherine Shannon said: “As we are a new and young team we didn’t come for results - we came for the experience. We have learnt so much and every day we sailed we improved.” 

Watch the video here

Click here for results