Paspaley Tuesday Twilights blast off

The Paspaley Tuesday Twilight fleet enjoyed an invigorating start to the new season with a solid 20 knots from the north east, gusting to 25-27 knots.

We are thrilled to have Paspaley partner with us for a third season. We are delighted to welcome new skippers to the fleets including Coco (Jenny Farrell), Meridian (Ros Bradley), Khaleesi (Pauline Dally) Sophie Hunt in the One Design spinnaker division and Morag Bheag (John Maclurcan) in the Open Division.

There was a good turnout -  29 boats out of 39 entered overall, comprising of 16 in the Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division, 10 in the Ynglings/Elliotts and 3 in the Open Non-Spinnaker Division. This compares to just 25 in the first race last season. 

The Careening Cove was buzzing after racing with crews gathering for dinner, lots of cheerful conversation and the prize giving.

Congratulations to this week's winners:

Ladies Non-Spinnaker Division - Jenny Farrell (Coco), Nikki Shannon (Vivace), Kristina Brenke (Gaia)
Ladies Spinnaker Division - Sophie Hunt (Elliott 1), Catherine Curtis (Elliott 2), Kat Wotherspoon (Evie)
Open Division - John Maclurcan (Morag Bheag)
Best Start - Ros Bradley (Meridian)


2018 Etchells World Champions!

RSYS Member Martin Hill, owner and skipper of Lisa Rose 1449 has won the 2018 Etchells World Championship. Congratulations Julian Plante, Martin, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke, pictured above.

Martin commented: 'It was both a thrill and relief to cross the finish line in the final race to win the Championship. Nothing can prepare you for such a competitive fleet and a starting line that is 1.2 km in length. It was the combined skill of Julian Plante on Main, Mat Belcher on Tactics, Sean O Rourke on the jib/kite and Michael Blackburn as our coach, that weaved the magic to give us the 17 point wining margin.

'I should also mention congratulations to the Australian Sailing Team with both Mat Belcher and (RSYS Intermediate Member) Will Ryan with Victor Kovalenko as their coach, achieving 1 & 2nd  respectively overall. They are a class in their own.'  

Further Squadron Members also won prestigious awards: Iron Lotus 1442, comprising Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O'Shea, took out the Corinthian trophy, below centre, and Jean-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award, below right.

Honourable mentions in the top 20 of this top calibre fleet include Mark Johnson of Roulette 1377 in 8th place; Ian McKillop, Top 40 in 11th and Doug Flynn of Wobbegong 2 in 18th. Well sailed all!

The championship event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Brisbane Etchells fleet from 22-27 October. The event attracted 94 boats including a strong international showing from Hong Kong, USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Nigeria and Bermuda. Competitors sailed nine races with one drop. Lisa Rose's consistency won the day: 2.0    2.0    21.0    6.0    2.0    6.0    1.0    6.0.

View full results here

Photos - top: Emily Scott Images, below SurfSailKite.

Friday Twilights 26 October

Cool, shifty conditions greeted the fleet on Friday 26 October - as well as a returning supertanker. There were 51 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Jaguar for the Weekend prize. Paul Williams of Takana, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

A beautiful evening. Photo by Sarah Goddard-Jones.



Division 1 
1    Blackwood    Alastair Metcalf    
2    Viva La Vita    Howard Elliott    
3    Assassin    John Vandervord

Division 2 
1    Well Inclined    Brian & Anthea McKean    
2    Worlds Apart    Christopher Stannard    
3    Koolaroo    David FitzSimons

Division 3 
1    Onaview    Richard Petrie    
2    Flying Turtle    Phil Wait    
3    Star Ferry    John Conroy

Division 4 
1    Corrib II    David Leonard    
2    Wyreepi Too    Ian Robertson    
3    Ostara    Glenn Richard

Elliott 7s
1    Elliott 3        
2    Elliott 2        
3    Elliott 1    

View full results here



Our 2018-19 series is sponsored by Alto Jaguar Land Rover. This week, Alto's sales manager Max MacDonald presented bottles of wine to our Division placegetters. We enjoyed the opportunity to admire the new F Type displayed on the hardstand. Don't forget the special offer to RSYS Members: a $1000 credit to your House Account when you purchase a new or demonstrator vehicle between now and 27 April 2019 and $500 credit for a pre-owned car.
View the new ranges at Alto Jaguar and Alto Land Rover



2018 Members Survey - open now!

Dear RSYS Members, we have emailed you the Commodore's invitation to participate in the 2018 Members Survey. If you can't see this email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folder. If you still can't see it, please contact us.

If you have a relative without an email address, please let them know they can complete the survey via your emailed link, or in person at the Club.

We look forward to receiving your feedback. The survey closes 10 November.

Warm regards, 

Will Pettigrew
Club CEO

The Melbourne to Osaka Race

Rupert Henry and Greg O'Shea will recount their record-breaking Melbourne to Osaka Race earlier this year at a presentation to the Cruising Division on 28 November. 

The Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race is the longest ocean race in the world, with the exception of the circumnavigation races. Adding to the challenges created by the huge distance of 5500NM are that it is a two-handed race, competitors must endure the hardships of an equator crossing, the Doldrum latitudes and the frontal latitudes of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres. The physical, emotional, navigational and technical challenges are huge, especially when attempting the race in a 62 foot grand prix race yacht that had the potential to either to break the race record or destroy the two men sailing her in the attempt...

Find out how they did it!


Event details

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


Members book online here










Etchells in action!

Grant Crowle's The Hole Way taking on the heavy squalls that battered competitors on day 2 of the QLD Championship (aka Pre Worlds.)

The fleet was a veritable armada of former World Champions in Etchells and other classes, America’s Cup stars, round the world ocean racers, as well as Olympic legends. Racing concluded on Tuesday 16, and RSYS Members took two podium places: 
1st Iron Lotus AUS1442 Tom King, David Edwards, Greg O'Shea, Ivan Wheen (pictured below)      
3rd Havoc AUS1461 Iain Murray, Grant Simmer, Richard Allanson.

Dave Edwards commented 'We are really happy with the result! We're looking forward to the Worlds next week - the competition will definitely ratchet up a notch - there will be more than 90 boats on the start line and the Squadron will be well represented.'

View full results here


Top and bottom photos by Nic Douglas. Iron Lotus trophy shot by Kylie Wilson.

Alto Jaguar Land Rover Twilights underway

We are delighted to announce that the 2018-19 series will be sponsored by Alto Jaguar Land Rover. Each week, one lucky skipper will win the chance to drive a car for the weekend. Our sponsors are also pleased to renew their special offer to RSYS Members: a $1000 credit to your House Account when you purchase a new or demonstrator vehicle between now and 27 April 2019 and $500 credit for a pre-owned car.

View the new ranges at Alto Jaguar and Alto Land Rover

The series got off to a cheerful, if damp, start on Friday 12 October. School holidays and heavy rain reduced the fleet considerably - there were just 36 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Land Rover for the Weekend prize. Alexander Hamilton of Coco, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations.


Division 1    

1 Pazazz II    Robert Drury    
2 Viva La Vita    Howard Elliott    
3 Assassin    John Vandervord   

Division 2

1 Avanti    Peter Clarke    
2 Frankly My Dear    Brett Howard    
3 Oscar    Hugh Murray-Walker

Division 3      

1 Much Ado    Richard Brooks    
2 S'Wonderful    John Marty    
3 Magnificat    John Hancox

Division 4    

1 Beowulf    Stafford Watts    
2 Topaz Too    Paul Wood    
3 Wyreepi Too    Ian Robertson

View full results here

Yngling Master Class

Michael Nash, Australian Yngling Sailing Champion 2011, will give a sailing master class on Thursday 25 October at RSYS. This will be of interst to anyone who'd like to find out more about sailing this class - all welcome.

Michael will give a short presentation about how to improve your sailing and answer questions from the audience.

He has been a long-time designer of successful NS14s and been a National Champion in multiple classes. He won the Australian Yngling Championship in 2011 and came 7th in the 2017 Yngling World Championship. Michael will share his experience sailing an International Yngling.

Event details
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 8-9pm
Venue: Shell Cove Room
Cost: Entry is by gold coin donation, to cover the cost of future seminars and master classes.

Registration via the Yngling Association's website
NB registration closes at 7pm Thursday 25 October

2018 Members Survey

Our Club continues to grow and change, so all Members can enjoy the best the Club has to offer, now and into the future.

It’s been three years since we last received feedback via our Members Survey regarding the services and facilities that you believe are important for your Club. Vital enhancements and improvements to the Club have been undertaken since we received your feedback in 2015.

Commodore David Ward, your General Committee and Club Management encourage you to provide us with your views and ideas again, so our Club can continue to deliver what our Members want.

All categories of Members are encouraged to participate in the 2018 Members Survey - Metropolitan, Affiliate, Country, Senior, Life and Intermediates. Please have your say and help shape the future for your Club. Your ideas and feedback matter.

Look out for the online Members Survey which opens 23 October – please watch your inbox for the email link where you can have YOUR say.

Good start to Youth Olympic Games

RSYS members Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are currently lying 5th overall with four more races to be sailed in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games mixed multi hull event.

This is the third Youth Olympic Games and includes 100 sailors from 44 different nations sailing in five events. Racing is being held out of Club Náutico San Isidro in the Argentine capital and includes debuts for two classes – Girls' and Boys' Kiteboarding (Twin Tip Racing) and the Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15). The Girls' and Boys' Windsurfing (Techno 293+) has returned for its third consecutive Games.

Conditions are challenging with the wind difficult to read on the 'chocolate' coloured water. The course area is also affected by a strong current flowing in and out from Río Paraná, Argentina's largest river at more than 4,800 km long, that is just north of the sailing venue.

In race 1, the committee showed its intentions and five boats were declared UFD and disqualified for being over the line in the last minute before the start.

The Australian Nacra team have been sailing consistently in a fleet with very tight racing, especially in the stronger breezes. Quite often the top ten boats are finishing within 40 seconds of each other.

At the start of race 8 the Australians were involved with an incident with the Austrian Team. Unfortunately the Australian boat was damaged and taking on water for Races 8 and 9. After submitting a request for redress, the jury decided to protest both AUT and AUS to establish the facts. AUT was then disqualified from Race 8 and AUS awarded redress for races 8 and 9 as their performance was made significantly worse through no fault of their own.  

The team had a lay day today and will be on the water for the next two days to complete the series.

The Australian contingent L to R: Ryan Palk (Coach), Will Cooley & Evie Haseldine (RSYS Nacra 15), Hailey Lee (Windsurfer), Mani Bisschops (Kiteboard), Alex Halank (Windsurfer), RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich (Sailing Team Manager).

Sailing Results can be followed here

View photos here

Article by Karyn Gojnich


High hopes for Australian Sailing Awards 


We are delighted to hear that the following RSYS Members and staff have been short-listed for the 2018 Australian Sailing Awards:

Rupert Henry & Greg O’Shea – Offshore Sailor of the Year 
Matt Allen – Male Sailor of the Year & Offshore Sailor of the Year
Nathan Outteridge – Male Sailor of the Year
John Maclurcan - Volunteer of the Year
Otto Henry – Youth Sailor of the Year 
Locky Pryor – Instructor of the Year 
Mike Leigh – Coach of the Year

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 19 October. Good luck all!