Numbers Fly for RC Dragonforces

The second mini regatta of the new RC Dragonforce class was held last Wednesday with the fleet building again to have a great nights racing. With a east-south easterly coming in late afternoon it allowed the race committee to take the fleet off shore in the Neutral Bay Circle, outside the pond for some fun sailing without too many waves.  It was great to see almost all of the original 11 from the first week turn up plus another 7 new sailors to the RSYS fleet taking the total fleet to 17 for the night.

Kel Burgess started where he left off with winning the first race, however a new sailor to the RSYS fleet but experienced RC sailor Paul Martin was right on his toes never falling out of the top 2 for the night. Stuart Thorpe and Graeme Lambert made a solid night of it and consolidating on their first weeks results by climbing up the ladder to sit second and fourth respectively.

The newcomers to the fleet had a bit of a tough night but had great results in some races, Ollie Hartas came away with a string of fourths to allow him self to sit mid fleet and a chance of a podium finish. Tony Pfeiffer who is running a 2 boat program had a mixed night with one boat showing some potential with the other needing some practice but showing speed in a straight line. Club youth members Mitch Evans and Henry Davison dueling it out with the back markers reminded everyone that its all about skill and patience sailing the boat and reading the wind that will win you races.

The next race day will be on Wednesday the 12th of April and with Daylight Saving finished we will be asking all competitors to be prompt on the start time to get our races in. We will have some flood lights available but we ask that everyone racing to be on time to take advantage of the natural light.

Moving forward the sailing office is looking at putting on more mini regattas through out winter so keep an eye out for more information. 

For more information please email Locky at

View full results here

Optimist and Laser Pointscore Winners Declared

As the end of the Spring/Summer Season is now upon us and with the Winter season just around the corner, last Sunday (2 Apr), saw the final weekend of Club Championship racing in the Optimist and Laser Classes, where the winners of all pointscores were duly declared.

As the forecast had predicted, the Race Committee and competitors alike had to face up to a stiff Southerly breeze (20-25kts), to stage the final three races of the season. Capsizes were random rather than regular, a true testament to the skill on display by all sailors, as they pushed themselves and their competitors to the edge.

Optimist Review

In the Optimist Class for the 2016-2017 Club Championship on ‘Scratch’, it was a very close call as the competition between the top two sailors came down to the wire. Going into the last race of the final day, Chapman Tanner (Redback), held the slimmest of leads, (0.1 points), over fellow Optimist sailor Paul Davison (Groova2).

As fate would have it, Davison held his nerve and took the final race from Tanner by 23secs, to finish the season 0.9 points ahead and claim the Club Championship on ‘Scratch’ from Tanner, second. Vaughan O’Shea (Boat) had a steady final day to secure third place overall for the season.

On ‘Handicap’ for the Club Championship, Henry Collyer (Flying Dugong) showed the most consistency over the entire season to finish on top and take out first place in the pointscore. Henry’s worst score for the whole season, after drops were excluded, were a handful of 4-point race scores, a super effort to be able to keep ahead of the pace of handicap adjustments. To round out the top three, Davison and O’Shea placed second and third respectively for the season overall.

Laser 4.7 Review

A name that will surely feature for years to come, is that of Jack Littlechild. Having had a stellar season in the Laser 4.7, Littlechild (Fast Forward) wrapped up first place on ‘Scratch’ for the Club Championship on Sunday, to go along with his two-other stand out performances for the season; Australian Champion and Australian Youth Champion in the Laser 4.7 Class.

Pushing Littlechild right through the Club season were Mark Louis (Remarkable) and Daniel Costandi (The Force Awakens), placing second and third respectively. For Costandi, this is a fine effort having only just stepped into the 4.7 for the first time this season, having previously sailed an Optimist.

Costandi also backed up his maiden performance, by claiming first place and the Club Championship in the Laser 4.7 on ‘Handicap’. Consistent improvement is the key to win on handicap and Costandi had in bucket loads. Sealing second place was Riley Evans (Firebolter). Unfortunately for Evans, having missed three races late in the piece which claimed three significantly sized drops, Evans may have narrowed the margin and could have had Costandi looking over his shoulder on the final day for the overall lead, but it wasn’t to be. Rounding out the top three was Littlechild placing third on ‘Handicap’.

Laser Radial Review

Within the Club’s Laser Radial fleet are several sailors that have had to juggle their passion for the wind and water, as well as their studies, all season long. This makes the pecking order shuffle around from week to week, especially when the fleet acquires a bunch of new and late recruits stepping up from the 4.7 Class.

Although small on numbers, but by no means attitude, the Club Championship on ’Handicap’ for the 2016-2017 season, was a terrific battle. Finishing on top and taking the silverware was D’Arcy Kemp (The Apparatus), from Club Captain Maddie O’Shea (Pickle) second, with visiting German National and honorary Squadron member Carlotta Cruseman (Gone With The Wind) placing third.

On ‘Scratch’, it was again last season’s Champion, Oskar Hansen-Lindbjerg, locking out the Championship with a near perfect and always dominate performance. In all but one race that he started, Hansen-Lindbjerg took the bullet each time. It was in the first race of the final day of racing that he came to a disastrous (and somewhat hilarious) tangled engagement with an Optimist race mark, therefore causing him to have a singular black mark on his scoresheet, a lonely DNF. He certainly smartened up his act after that, claiming the next two bullets in the day.

Displaying great international talent and determination all season long was Cruseman, revelling in the warm weather that Sydney is renowned for, hoping to never return to her homeland in Germany for another winter sailing season ever again. Overcoming gear breakages and new surroundings, placing second overall on ‘Scratch’ for the season caps off a very successful period for the bubbly international. There’s no doubt that the lure of sailing in Sydney will have her back for more in the years come.

Finally, duking it out for third overall on ‘Scratch’ for the season were Kemp and O’Shea, finishing each race never more than two places apart. Although the difference separating their final standings was just over 8 points, the fight and the rivalry was always a spectacle in each race that they started together, with O’Shea rounding out her season with a brilliant final day of racing. It was however, too little too late for O’Shea, having to settle for fourth overall in the season, with Kemp nailing third place overall.

As such, the racing for the Spring/Summer season has been run and won and Daylight Saving has fallen by the wayside too. Attention now turns to the Winter Season with a once a month, Sunday morning, race series scheduled. Additionally, the Annual Prize Giving is almost a month away and will be held at the Club on the evening of Friday 19th May. To be sure to make a night of it, purchase your tickets early, which are now available and on sale via the online booking form.

For further information, click on the links below;

Club Dinghy Racing – Results, Winter Notice of Race, Winter Sailing Instructions, Winter Entries: Click Here

Annual Prize Giving – Book Tickets now for the Youth Annual Prize Giving, Friday 19th May 2017: Click Here

Youth Winter Training – Winter Green Fleet, Winter Optimist Fleet, Winter Laser Fleet: Click Here


Photos by Chris Stannage & Locky Pryor



Saturday Racing 1 April

The last race of the Summer sailing season was held on Saturday 1 April.  It was another successful day on the Harbour for the Squadron boats who competed. As well as the regular Saturday series races for divisions 1-3 and theYngling fleet, we held the Mini A Regatta for the Dragon and Etchells fleets. The winner of the Etchells Eaton Cup was ‘Northern Havoc’ skippered by Michael Coxon & Iain Murray. Congratulations!

The average temperature for the day was a pleasant mid to low 20c with the sun shining. The wind however never really made up its mind, wind directions of NW, W, SW, E, SE and S all making appearances throughout the day. Competitors were certainly kept on their toes! 


Podium Results- 1 April


Division 1

  1. One O Nine – Robert Salteri    
  2. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert
  3. Willyama – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo  


Division 2

  1. Alouette – John Waring  
  2. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  3. Ambitious – David Matthews


Division 3

  1. Til The Fat Lady Sings – David Smith
  2. Mingara III – Philip Crane
  3. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan



  1. Blackadder – Gary Pearce
  2. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back
  3. Troika – Callum Thompson & Adam Tran


Mini A Regatta


  • Liquidity – Richard Franklin – 2 pts
  • Tom Thumb III – Norman Longworth – 5 pts
  • Ascalon – Jim Hawkins & Andrew Howe – 5 pts


  • Northern Havoc – Michael Coxon/ Iain Murray – 8 pts
  • Synergy – Richard Chapman / Richard Lawson – 12 pts
  • Iron Lotus – Tom King – 14 pts


View full results here 

Friday Twilight 31 March

The last race of the popular Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Night Twilight Series was held on 31 March. Yachts were out in solid numbers on the night, making the most of the fresh south to south-westerly winds. Wind speeds averaged 15-20 knots which allowed for a fast-paced race. A lot of fun for all. The rain also kept its distance for most of the evening, probably a great relief for all! The weekly winner of the Audi test drive was Wahmoon, congratulations!

The series prize giving dinner will take place on Friday 7 April, so make sure you book a table - remember - if you are draw for a prize, your boat must be representetd on the night to collect it. Book via Reception.


Results: 31 March


Division 1

  1. Blackwood – Alastiar & Susan Metcalf
  2. Just Quietly – Donald & Sue Swanson
  3. Willyama – Helen Jacobsshon & Wendy Payne


Division 2

  1. Hans Off – Ruth McCance  
  2. Alouette – John Waring
  3. Well Inclined – Muffi Barbour


Division 3

  1. Love Child – Joanna Love
  2. Gail Force – Samantha Smith
  3. The Holy Gale – Paul Harris


Division 4

  1. Bonsela – Deirdre Agnew
  2. Basilisk – Michael Dally
  3. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


View full results here 


By Angus Olding


Tech Talk 2

Our second talk with computer expert Bevan Ting is called 'My Precious Memories' and will teach you how to file, sort, enhance and share the photos you take on your iPhone or iPad. 

You will learn how to:

   - use the Photos app on your iPhone and Ipad

   - file and sort photos

   - easily share photos.

   - make your great photos greater

Stay for lunch after the presentation for further Q&A.

Event details
Date: Monday 10 April
Time: 11am for coffee, talk starts at 11.30am
Venue: Kirribilli Room
Cost: $15pp, includes coffee

Members book online here