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.

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.

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.

Results

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
 
 

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