Final Race Day for DF65 Championship

A spectacular morning greeted the eight skippers who lined up for the final seven races of the Dragon Force 65 Remote Controlled Yachting Winter Championship on Sunday 17 September. Shining sea, clear skies, cool breeze, great company and banter… where would you rather be?

Just before the start of Race 1, the dreaded swirling westerly gave way to a great 5-10kt southerly that blew almost straight down the pond. Race Officer Ed’s decision to have an off-wind start made for a very even run to the first mark and fewer rule infringements – at least until the first rounding mark... We stuck with that system for all seven races and it made the day that much more interesting.

Brett Madsen made a very welcome return after driving up from Sutherland for the morning and would have finished 3rd but for an 8th in race 6. He’s quickly jumping up the rankings after some high places. Richard Franklin (with his new fluoro yellow wind pennant) was usually at the front. We wish him the best of luck in the Dragon Regatta in Cannes, France. John Vickery, sailing the black stealth boat, was always threatening at the top of the fleet, picking some great wind shifts to appear out of nowhere and take the lead at times.

We were lucky to welcome Michael McClean who joined us for the first time; his scores improved throughout the day. With his experience in Solings and IOMs, he will be on the pace in no time at all.

Our other newcomers John Hunt and John Marty are still grappling with steering and boat gremlins but will benefit from the Practice Days and the extra sailing at Wondakiah. Wondakiahian member Virginia Ware came along to observe, no doubt the Wondakiah crew will help her out a lot.

The winner for the day would have to be Kel Burgess and his excellent performance with four bullets despite his brother Phil’s best endeavours to match race him to the finish and take the spoils.

With the final race day over, we have one final practice day before we turn our attention to the NSW Regional Championships which will be held at our Club on 30 September and 1 October.

View the final Results for the Winter Championship here


Get set for Tuesday Twilights!

Join us for Sydney Harbour's one-and-only Ladies Twilights.

Are you a skipper looking for crew, or a crew looking for a boat? Come to our networking night on Tuesday 10 October.

Perhaps you're a new RSYS Member unsure of how to get involved, or a friend of a friend who'd like to get out on the water? We are a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community who race competitively (but without all the shouting) on Tuesday evenings in Summer. If you would like to find out more please come along to our informal 'Networking Night'. 

More information here

RSYS success at NYYC Invitational

Congratulations to RSYS for winning five races and coming second overall at the NYYC Invitational in Rhode Island. They were also awarded the Resolute Trophy, pictured. 

Commodore Chapman commented, 'The Squadron crew lead by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis sailed extremely well in the varied conditions that confronted them throughout the regatta. To come second in this high calibre fleet was an outstanding result, especially as it was the first time they had sailed the Swan 42.

'It was wonderful for our team to participate at this event and to rekindle the Squadron's sailing ties that go back to early America's Cup challenges.'

Skipper Guido said afterwards, 'What a cracker of an event! Two bits of silverware: second outright and the Resolute Cup. Now that's an added bonus from what was expected to be just a fun regatta!' 

Well done team. Safe travels home and we look forward to hearing your stories at the Clubhouse bar.



'Breeze-on' for Saturday racing

It was another wet and wild day of racing on Sydney Harbour on Saturday 16 September. The first half of the day was greeted with shifty, medium to strong NW and SW winds. After a hectic first two races in the Mini A regatta, filled with multiple Black flag disqualifications and equipment failure, their third race was abandoned due to a strong southerly front settling in - with gusts over 30 knots recorded for most of the late afternoon, it was safe to say abandoning the race was the right call. Top 40 and Vivienne were stand outs on the day finishing 1st and 2nd in both races respectively.

The boats in the divisional racing also experienced a range of different conditions throughout their races. Division 1 had the biggest turnout of 10 boats in their fleet and as usual there was very little in it between the boats in terms of their results.

This coming Saturday will be race 4 of the Spring series as well as another Mini B regatta. Make sure you book an Elliott 7 if you want to compete!


Podium Results (PHS)- 16 September

Division 1 

  1. Ultreya – Rod Pearse
  2. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  3. Erica – Peter Williams & Gabby Holles

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Steve Ellis (RPAYC)
  2. Ambitious – David Matthews
  3. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport

Division 3

  1. Casamajor – Charles Moore
  2. Mingara III – Philip Crane
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


Mini A

Etchells (Scratch)

  1. Top 40 – G Bonouvrie / P Merrington (2 pts)
  2. Vivienne – Rupert Henry (4 pts)
  3. Ciao –Doug McGain / Michael O’Brien (9 pts)


View full results here

By Angus Olding

RSYS doing well at NYYC Invitational Cup

Commodore Richard Chapman is in America with a top-notch team of Club sailors to participate in the The 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. This Corinthian regatta runs from 9-16 September at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, in Newport, Rhode Island and includes 14 yacht clubs from eight countries from around the globe. After three races in a fresh southwesterly breeze, RSYS is coming second in the regatta. 

Our helmsman is Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. He surprised local media commentators on the first day of practice on Saturday when he claimed he hadn't laid a hand on the wheel of a Swan 42 for two years and that his team hasn't spent a lot of time sailing together. Well that didn't stop our team from winning the first race and then adding a pair of thirds for a comfortable second place in the overall standings.

"It’s so nice to have a group of guys come together," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "They were all sailors for a long time, but we had hadn’t actually sailed together as a team. They just dug deep, and we figured out the way pretty quickly by the looks of things."

The RSYS crew comprises: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (helm), Michael Dunstan (tactician), Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis, Christian Brook, Chris Cook, Simon Cunnington, David Edwards, Andrew Hutchinson, Greg O'Shea, Adam Roberts-Thompson and Ivan Wheen as crew. 

Read the NYYC article here

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