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.
Super 30 Division
1st Optimum – Stuart Jordan (pictured above)
2nd Mako – Cameron Wiklund
3rd Sigurd – Ian Dencker
1st Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
2nd Game Set – Craig Roberts
3rd Erica – Peter Williams
1st Moonbeam – Bart Foley
2nd Silky – Tony Hirst
3rd Solange – Will Hutchinson, Trevor Carroll & Andrew King
1st Primary Wave – Ron Montague
2nd Loose Change – Michael Bleakley
3rd Esquisse 2 – Richard Stained
1st Double Dutch – Phil Tanner
2nd Much Ado – Richard Wither
3rd A Bus – Andrew Goldfinch
1st Eloise – Adrian Broadbent
2nd Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees
3rd Makama – Chris Gosselin
By Angus Olding