Friday Twilights 6 October

The opening race of the series was greeted with sunshine, 15kts breeze from the SE and temperatures around the low 20s. There were 62 boats on the water all ambitious to get the chance to win the Land Rover for the Weekend prize. Stephanie Stewart from Alto Land Rover made the presentations and the team from Indigo, above, were the lucky winners this week, congratulations!

This week's division winners:



Division 1

1    M495  Huligan    David Servi    
2    02        Hinemoa    Chris Roberts    
3    7100    M    Steven & Michele Hatch

Division 2

1    BX43  Bordeaux    Peter & Alice Zehnder    
2    6322    Enigma    Garry & Anna Connery    
3    8400    Crackerjack    Dennis Galvin & Chris Harper

Division 3

1    6827    Takana    Paul Williams    
2    1008    Star Ferry    John Conroy    
3    6938    Gail Force    Graeme Smith

Division 4

1    6821    Jacana    David Creer    
2    370      Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    806      Mana    Stephen Wilson


1    Elliott 4        
2    Elliott 1

View full results here


RSYS Members at the Etchells Worlds

The Squadron was well represented at the Etchells World Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club from 26-30 September. 

The fleet of 51 teams comprised representatives from nine countries and featured calibre sailors ranging from World Champions to Olympic and America's Cup legends. 

First place was won by the consistent USA team skippered by Steve Benjamin on Stella Blue. The runners-up were Aussie team Magpie, skippered by Graeme Taylor, with Steve Jarvin and RSYS Member James Mayo on board. 

Mayo commented afterwards that 'The team sailed exceptionally well to come home second. With next to no luck, including returning to the line twice on the third day and tearing a kite on the first drop of the final day, the team grouped together to lock in second position."  

The highest performing Squadron boat was Martin Hill's Lisa Rose, with David Chapman, Andrew Palfrey and Sasha Ryan crewing. The SFYC Commodore presented them with the Perpetual trophy for winning the fourth race (pictured below.)

Other Squadron boats included Iain Murray's Northern Havoc, Doug Flynn's Wobbegong2, Jeanne-Claude Strong on AUS 1435 and Steve Billingham on Adolescence.

View full results here


Top photo by Nic Douglas, Adventures of a Sailor Girl,

Friday Twilights start this week

We are delighted to announce the series will again be generously supported by Audi Alto Artarmon - joined this year by Alto Land Rover. 

You can look forward to seeing a new range of exciting cars on display on race nights; and each week, one lucky skipper will be drawn to test drive a car for the weekend. We will reveal the end of season participation prizes soon.

So gather your crew and join us for casual racing followed by dinner in the CCA. 

Skippers enter here

Cruising Division Events

Our busy Cruising Division has several events coming up that will be fun, interesting and beneficial to Members and their guests:

‘Sail the World’ presentation
Thursday 12 October CCA 6pm for 6.20pm start
Everything you need to know to circumnavigate the globe!
Sailor and author Erick Reickert will explain the skills required, the selection of a boat that is up to the task, the necessary equipment and the planning required for world cruising.
​View the flyer here
Book here

‘Cast Off’ seminar
Friday 27 October, Kirribilli Room 9.30am-1pm
An educational  session for just 20 Members with Above & Beyond Boating to assist less experienced owners plan a passage.
Cost $22.50, includes morning tea.
Book here

‘Are animals the new Oceanographers?’ presentation
Wednesday 22 November CCA 6pm for 6.20pm start
with Kate Parsons of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
Booking details to follow.

‘An Evening on the James Craig’ reception
Monday 11 December
canapés and BYO drinks aboard this historical ship moored at Barangaroo.
Cost $86 (includes $20 donation to the Sydney Heritage Fleet).
Meet at the Jeffrey St Wharf, Kirribilli for a 6.15pm ferry ride to Pyrmont Bay.
Booking details to follow.


Wartime story of MV Krait​

Noel Phelan of the National Maritme Museum will give a talk on Wednesday 27 September - all Members are welcome. 

Built in 1934 in Japan Krait collected fish from fishermen and ports around the Rhio Archipelago and took the catch to the Singapore markets. In World War II, the boat was used to evacuate hundreds of civilians to nearby Sumatra and was used as part of a covert operation raiding Japanese shipping.

Her most famous hour came in 1943 when a 14-strong company of British and Australian army and naval personnel set out on a daring commando night raid on shipping in the Singapore Roads. Codenamed Operation Jaywick, Krait was disguised as a Japanese fishing boat and successfully taken to within 20 miles of Singapore itself. Three pairs of operatives in folboats (folding canoes) attached limpet mines to and blew up or damaged seven Japanese tankers and freighters totalling some 37,000 tonnes.

Find out more at this presentation. 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 27 September
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

We will meet in the Careening Cove. The Bar will open at 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Dinner will be served in the Carabella Room afterwards if you would like to continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.