Success at the NSL

Last weekend the team of Maddie O'Shea, Brooke Wilson, Marlena Berzins and Tiana Wittey finished 3rd in the SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific northern qualifier sailed out of Hunters Hill Sailing Club.  Eleven teams representing nine clubs contested the event. The format for the umpired fleet event has six boats per race, and teams rotate boats throughout the racing.

Saturday’s racing on the windward/leeward course off Woolwich on Sydney Harbour’s western shoreline was blown out by a strong wind warning. Losing half the series compressed Sunday’s schedule for competitors, race officials and visiting umpires. Races were short and snappy, with a three minute warning for each.  
"With around 18 races run, our RSYS team remained focused and steadily improved as the day went on," said Tiana Wittey. "The RL21s proved to be fun and dynamic boats and we really enjoyed testing our skills and knowledge by transitioning into a boat we had never sailed on before. Unfortunately in one of our races our spinnaker halyard broke, forcing us to finish that race earlier than anticipated. Overall, the regatta was wonderful and we are so proud to have represented the RSYS and come home with a third place. We have been working extremely hard as a team and are expecting big things in our future," she added.

The team has qualified for the 2020 SAILING Champions League – Asia Pacific Final.  This was to be sailed early April but has now been postponed. 

Click here to view a short wrap-up video from the event

Final results here

image Beau Outteridge

Sydney Harbour Regatta

Performance Spinnaker div 1 was won by UBS WILD THING    Adam Lavis    CYCA with many Squadron Members competing including :
9         7133    EUPHORIA    Anthony Coleman    RSYS    
10       7367    JACKIE CLARE    Geoff Davidson    RSYS    

X-RAY    Ray Parrott    DSC won div 2 and KELSEA BLUE    Adrian Williams    RSYS came 8th.

Div 3 was won by WIND CHARMER    Peter Francis    GFS  and the top 10 was packed with RSYS boats:  
4         217    WHIMSICAL    Gordon Ingate    RSYS    
5         132    WINDSONG II    John Vickery    RSYS   
7         3654    MINGARA III    Philip Crane    RSYS    
9         17    WALLOP    G Aitchison P Kiely    RSYS    
9         1685    BEOWULF    Stafford Watts    RSYS    
9         6690    KIRSTEN III    Ken Chase & John Bow    RSYS    
9         3660    CASAMAJOR    Charles Moore    RSYS    
9         327    ZEUS 11    James Dunstan    RSYS    
9         2131    TINGARI    John Jeremy    RSYS

Congratulations to Club Members ADELA    David Lamond for taking 2nd in the Super 30s, ERICA    Peter Williams for 3rd place in the X-yachts and to ALLEGRO    John Taylor  for 3rd in Non Spinnaker div 1.

The Cavalier 28 class was won by SCUTTLEBUTT    Greg Purcell     RSYS.

The International Yngling class held their NSW State Chamionships within the main event. Squadron boats made up eight of the nine boat fleet.

1  MISS PIBB    Hamish Jarrett    RSYS
2  KARMA    Gary Wogas    GRSC    
3  BLACK ADDER    Gary Pearce    RSYS

The J70 class was won by JUNO    Reg Lord    CYCA, and RSYS boats did very well: 
3  MADNESS    Paul Breslin    RSYS    
4  MAYBE J    Michael Nash    RSYS    
5  THE JACKAL    Karyn Gojnich    RSYS

View final results here

Day 1 report and video

Day 2 report and video

Photos of iSUPER and Yngling fleet by Andrea Francolini

Inspirational Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

11.3.20 A standing ovation greeted the announcement that Sandy Lawson of Rapunzel had won this year's Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award. The 2019 recipient Genevieve Slattery (left) presented Sandy (right) with the beautiful trophy, first donated by the late Jan Williams, which recognises women over 55 who have either started to sail later in life or returned to our sport after a hiatus.

Sandy has competed in every Tuesday Twilight competition since its inception and has provided the opportunity for other women, often lacking experience, to sail on Sydney Harbour and in Pittwater during the Annual Cruise. 

Captain Karyn Gojnich welcomed Chris Paspaley to the stage for the series presentation. 'Thank you once again to Paspaley for supporting our series, their fifth with RSYS. Their support has contributed to the expansion of our Ladies sailing and Tuesday Twilights community - as evidenced by the capacity crowd in the Carabella Room tonight. It is always a pleasure to welcome Chris Paspaley to our prizegiving event, tonight he will present four pairs of Maxima stud earrings to the overall winners and an additional four pairs to the lucky draw winners.' 

The Ladies One Design Division spinnaker

Main Series - the Lady Helm trophy

1st The Jackal - Amy Gojnich
2nd Holly - Elyse Guevara-Rattray
3rd Elliott 4 - Nikki O'Shea

View series results here

Amy Gojnich (The Jackal) with Chris Paspaley

The Ladies Division non-spinnaker

Main Series - the Jan Rowed trophy

1st Trilogy - Eve Sheppard
2nd Lively - Sophie Nelson
3rd Kookaburra - Jill Hammond

The crew of Trilogy with Chris Paspaley.

The Open Division non-spinnaker

1st James Merrington, Mercier

View series resuts here


The delighted 'participation' recipients were L to R: Linda Bell (Viva la Vita), Courtney Harris (Elliott 2), Genevieve Slattery (Genovefa), Kim Ketelbey (Elliott 1) with Chris Paspaley.


Trophy Series

Within the Tueseday Twilights we have a 'mini series' made up of three races and these were sailed on 17 December, 11 February and 10 March. 

The Bluebird trophy awarded in the Ladies One Design Spinnaker division

1st Mojo - Kirstin Reblin

The crew of Mojo collected the Blue Bird trophy

The Gypsy Moth IV trophy
awarded in the Ladies non-spinnaker division

1st Trilogy - Eve Sheppard

Eve Shepherd helming Trilogy

10 March / Race 12 prizes  

Ladies One Design Spinnaker Division
1st    Mojo - Kirstin Reblin
2nd  The Jackal - Amy Gojnich
3rd   Holly - Elyse Guevara-Rattray

See the race results here

Mojo and Holly

Ladies Non Spinnaker Division
1st   Trilogy - Eve Sheppard
2nd  Lively - Sophie Nelson
3rd   Genovefa - Genevieve Slattery

Sophie Nelson helming Lively  

Open Division
1st   Gail Force - Graeme Smith

Best Start    Coco - Kate McCann (.01)

See the race results here




The 2020/21 Tuesday Twilight series will commence on 10 November 2020. See you then! 


Sail better, sail faster

On Saturday 14 March, Andrew Parkes, Sail Expert from North Sails, will be on the water observing competitors in the Squadron's Mixed Division race. We will take photos and videos of your sail trim.

Then on Thursday 19 March at 6pm, all Club members are invited to attend the debrief session in the Shell Cove Room, where the team from North Sails (including Michael Coxon - Sydney Loft Manager) will play back what they observed.

This debrief session will be of benefit to all sailors whether or not you were sailing that day and regarrdless of you your sailmaker is.

The debrief session will use photos and videos to highlight common issues seen on the start line, upwind and downwind sail trim, as well as mark roundings. Attendees will leave the session armed with better starting techniques, what to look for with upwind and downwind sail trim and tips for better crew work. There will also be lucky door prizes.

The debrief session will run from 6pm till 7pm with a 30 minute question and answer session at the end. Entrance is free to all Members and their guests. 

Please RSVP here.

Dinner is available in the Dining Room, however please note: advance reservations are essential and last orders will be taken at 8pm. 
Please contact Reception

NB This event is open only to RSYS Members and their guests.











Enjoy SailGP at the Squadron

Dear Members, We hope that you will visit the Club to enjoy the spectacle of the foiling F50s racing on the harbour tomorrow, Friday 28 (3.30pm-5pm) and Saturday 29 February (4.30pm-6pm). Two boats will moor just off RSYS after racing. 
The CCA will be open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner during the event. On the Youth lawn, a pop-up bar with seating will serve cold drinks and sandwiches and we will live stream the racing action on the giant TV. Please assist the club by making an advance reservation.

If you are heading out on your boat, the tender service will operate longer hours on Thursday, Friday & Saturday for your convenience. Please take care around the outer arm as trot moorings are in place. We also ask that all pick-ups and drop-offs take place on the inner arm, not the outer arm. Please be aware of the exclusion zones managed by RMS.
click here for a handy summary

As usual, the car park will be open to Members only on Friday & Saturday. Please avoid the spaces reserved for SailGP race management. 

We are pleased to offer Members discounted VIP tickets to the Shark Island viewing area. Please refer to the Sailing or Social newsletter for the excusive RSYS code.

Hosting this international event may temporarily affect some of our normal club services and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any queries or require additional assistance next week, please don't hesitate to contact us: Clubhouse, Sailing, Waterfront


Top photo by Mik Sadubin