2020 Stepping Stone House FUNdraiser

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like-minded people. This fundraising regatta is a great way to give your company some exposure – boat and individual sponsorship packages are available. After racing, enjoy convivial post-race drinks and a carvery. Alternatively, spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Squadron's beautiful Carabella Room overlooking the harbour.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for more than 30 years and RSYS has been the Principal Sponsor since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 24 March 2020 for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 26 March 2020 for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

Bridge day information here

Regatta information here


Matt Allen Squadron dinner

RSYS Member Matt Allen AM has recently completed his tenure as President of Australian Sailing and will share his views on the sailing universe at a Squadron dinner event on Wednesday 29 January 2020. 

His address will encompass:

     - How he developed Australian Sailing and where he sees its future role.

     - What's new in World Sailing.

     - Looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and other developments in Olympic sailing.

     - Ocean racing at the Grand Prix level, indepth look at Ichi Ban's success

Matt's talk will be followed by a Q & A session - so come prepared with your questions. 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 29 January
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $92 includes 2 courses and wines.

Members may book here









Match racing update

One of the Squadron’s Keelboat Program teams competed at the 2019 Musto International Match Racing Championship held by the CYCA in Rushcutters Bay. This was the second event for our team after their successful completion of 'The Harken' at RPAYC the week prior.

Led by Jed Cruickshank, the team, comprising Jack Littlechild, Charlotte Alexander, Jameson Prescott and Aiden Mansley, started the event strongly and held their own against some of the best sailors on the youth circuit, including last year's RSYS Hardy Cup winner Nick Egnot-Johnson.

Unfortunately, exhaustion from racing for 10 days straight eventually got the better of the team and they struggled to maintain their performance in the final two days of racing. Jed and his team ended the regatta in 12th overall but have placed themselves in a very good position in the lead up the Hardy Cup which will run at the Squadron from 2-6 February 2020. 

By Zac Quinlan

Photos CYCA Media

SailGP spectator offers

SailGP Season 2 will kick off in Sydney on February 28 and 29, 2020. National pride will be on the line as world class teams take part in dramatic, adrenaline-filled racing on the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Australia’s Tom Slingsby will be hungry to defend his championship title, looking to put early points on the leaderboard in front of a home crowd. Having become the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during racing in Season 1, Slingsby will want to go faster on home soil. National teams from China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will take on Australia and go head to head over a series of short-format races.

Sydney Harbour will provide a natural amphitheatre to showcase the incredible boats and athletes, with racing taking place centre stage. The best views will be from the exclusive SailGP island arena which will feature big screens for action replays and live race commentary. Includes boat transfers to and from Shark Island from Man O'War Steps, Sydney CBD on race day. Please note Shark Island is 18+ only. One day and two day tickets available.

Book tickets here

You can also watch the racing from the water. SailGP spectator boats, run by Captain Cook Cruises, get you to the heart of the action on Sydney Harbour. Open top boats offer an amazing view of the racing from inside the SailGP event exclusion zone, together with live race commentary. Boats are boarded from King St Wharf No1, Sydney CBD. Family friendly. One day and two day tickets available.

Book tickets here

Exclusive tours will be available to go behind the scenes at the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island. Get up close to the world-class athletes and shore teams as they make final preparations to the world's fastest sail racing boats - the F50s. Tours take place from Monday 17 to Thursday 27 February inclusive.

Book tickets here


Miss Pibb wins Yngling Nationals

The 2019 International Yngling Class Australian Championship was held over the three consecutive days from Friday 29 November at the Squadron.

The regatta attracted eight teams, including three who were participating in the Nationals for the first time.

This year the Yngling Class experimented with a new race schedule which involved two races on Friday afternoon, four races on Saturday and three races on Sunday. This enabled skippers and crew to attend work or study in the morning and resulted in greater participation in the regatta. The Yngling Class will review the effectiveness of this format for future National Championships. 

Friday afternoon (Races 1 and 2) saw ideal sailing conditions in a consistent 15 knot nor'easterly breeze. The first race will be remembered for its dramatic start: two boats were marked as 'OCS' and disqualified. This race was won by YAUS60 Miss Pibb, sailed by Hamish Jarrett, Max Hayman and Chris Pearson. Second place went to YAUS45 Karma, sailed by Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey and Sarah Bartels, and third place went to YAUS19 Schadenfreude, sailed by a new team comprising Matthew Buckle, Sean O'Malley and Trent Lay. Miss Pibb came from behind to win this race on the last leg, despite having crossed the start line early and being forced to sail back around. Race 2 witnessed a less dramatic start, nevertheless will be remembered for the tight struggle between Schadenfreude  and YAUS27 Troika for third place - a mere 14 seconds separated the two boats. This race was again won by Miss Pibb, followed by Karma and Troika, sailed by Adam Tran, Fergus Ly and Michael Tang.

Saturday (Races 3 to 6) will be remembered for its extremely varied sailing conditions. The first race started in winds averaging 22 knots and later saw gusts of 32 knots, whereas the third race experienced average winds as low as five knots. Karma enjoyed its only win for the regatta in Race 3, beating Miss Pibb by 32 seconds, after Miss Pibb crossed the start line early and had to go back. Third place went to AUS4Wyandot, sailed by Bryan Riddell, Dimiter Nedialkov and Helen Impey. Race 4 foreshadowed the final regatta scratch results, with Miss Pibb regaining its edge over Karma, and third place going to YAUS56 Blackadder sailed by Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres and Rikke Kronborg. Just seven seconds separated the first and second place boats! These placings were maintained for Race 5. However Race 6 saw a surprise result: fleet newcomer Matthew Buckle, steered the newly refurbished Schadenfreude, pictured below, to second place, ahead of Karma and Blackadder. A decision by Miss Pibb to go left during the second upwind leg saw her opening up a substantial lead over the rest of the fleet, who went to the right.

On Sunday (Races 7 to 9) the conditions eased. A consistent 10-15 knot nor'easter and idyllic, sunny conditions made for an excellent day of racing ahead of looming stronger winds predicted later in the afternoon. During Race 7, Miss Pibb opened up a significant early lead over the rest of the fleet, after starting on the pin-end and sailing to the left, whilst the rest of the fleet sailed to the right. Race 9 was an extremely close race, with just seven seconds separating the top three boats. The results at the top of the fleet were consistent for all three races, with Miss Pibb, Karma, Blackadder and Schadenfreude respectively placing first, second, third and fourth in each race. The bottom of the fleet saw close racing between the relative newcomers on Troika, YAUS47 Mojo sailed by Kirstin Reblin, Julia Owens and Theresa Sarjeant, and YAUS58 Holly sailed by Lauren Wall, Elyse Guevara and Sumana Sukumar. Lauren Wall made her debut on the Yngling racing scene, helming the last day on Holly.

Crew of Miss Pibb: From L to R Max Hayman and Hamish Jarrett with AIYA President Adam Tran
The 2019 International Yngling Class Australian Championship was won by Hamish Jarrett, Max Hayman and Chris Pearson on Miss Pibb.
Second place went to Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey and Sarah Bartels on Karma.
Third place went to Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres and various crew members on Blackadder.

On scratch results, only one point separated third and fourth placed boats (Blackadder and Schadenfreude) and fifth and six place boats (Wyandot and Troika.)

L to R: Adam Tran with crew of Mojo, Kirstin Reblin, Julia Owens and Therese Sarjeant

The Sirroco Trophy, awarded to the best all-female team, was awarded to Kirstin Reblin, Therese Sarjeant and Julia Owens on Mojo.

Full Scratch results:

1 - Miss Pibb (YAUS60)
2 - Karma (YAUS45)
3 - Black Adder (YAUS56)
4 - Schadenfreude (YAUS19)
5 - Wyandot (YAUS4)
6 - Troika (YAUS27)
7 - Mojo (YAUS47)
8 - Holly (YAUS58)


Article by Elyse Guevara, Adam Tran and Hamish Jarrett.

Many thanks to Karin Steyn and Dimiter Nedialkov for the great photos.