RSYS doing well at NYYC Invitational Cup

Commodore Richard Chapman is in America with a top-notch team of Club sailors to participate in the The 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. This Corinthian regatta runs from 9-16 September at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, in Newport, Rhode Island and includes 14 yacht clubs from eight countries from around the globe. After three races in a fresh southwesterly breeze, RSYS is coming second in the regatta. 

Our helmsman is Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. He surprised local media commentators on the first day of practice on Saturday when he claimed he hadn't laid a hand on the wheel of a Swan 42 for two years and that his team hasn't spent a lot of time sailing together. Well that didn't stop our team from winning the first race and then adding a pair of thirds for a comfortable second place in the overall standings.

"It’s so nice to have a group of guys come together," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "They were all sailors for a long time, but we had hadn’t actually sailed together as a team. They just dug deep, and we figured out the way pretty quickly by the looks of things."

The RSYS crew comprises: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (helm), Michael Dunstan (tactician), Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis, Christian Brook, Chris Cook, Simon Cunnington, David Edwards, Andrew Hutchinson, Greg O'Shea, Adam Roberts-Thompson and Ivan Wheen as crew. 

Read the NYYC article here

View latest results here

Photos, videos, live tracking via Facebook here


RSYS Development Program at Women's Marinassess Regatta

The 2017 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta took place over the weekend. This event has been conducted annually since 1996, and over the years has adapted its format in keeping with its increased popularity and to remain relevant. It enables women sailors to compete in a fun but very competitive match racing environment, and for many it is their first match racing regatta. The RSYS Development Squad had one entry consisting of: Charlotte Griffin (skipper), Maddie O’Shea (main), Sylvie Stannage (float), Charlotte Alexander (trim) and Madi Kornman (bow).

It was the team’s first match racing regatta and was a great experience as they came up against some very experienced teams, including RPAYC's Clare Costanzo (ranked 9th in Womens) and Sarah Parker (13th). There was also a team from RNZYS and two local teams from the CYCA. The weather conditions also tested the teams as they experienced strong southerly winds on Saturday and then a mixed bag of lighter pressure on Sunday.

Charlotte Griffin commented: ‘We were able to win two matches in the round robins on Saturday. This placed us 5th going into Sunday’s sail offs for 5th/ 6th place. We sailed well on Sunday and won 2 out of 3 matches against CYCA’s Jess Grimes. Our girls placed 5th overall. Thanks to our awesome coach Rosie, the CYCA for hosting and to the Squadron for supporting us and allowing us to compete.’

The team has been training hard in recent months and their result is a great indicator of how much they have improved in such a short time. The Development Squad will continue to train hard in preparation for the Australian Match Racing Youth Nationals later in September. 

By Angus Olding

Gaffers Day coming soon

The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club will host Gaffers Day on Sunday 8 October. RSYS Members are warmly invited to join this biennial celebration of the tradition of Classic yachting on Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy breakfast on the SASC wharf at 8.00 am and watch the classic yachts arriving to tie up at the club. The official welcome and firing of the cannon follow at midday and the Rally starts in Athol Bight at 1.00 pm.

For those who wish to follow the event rather than sail, the classic 1939 ferry 'Proclaim' has been chartered. The ferry will depart from Mosman Wharf at 12.15 pm and Old Cremorne Wharf at 12.30 pm – returning at approximately 3.00 pm.

Ferry Tickets are $65 for the cruise and include a welcome drink and refreshments - a selection of dips, meats, olives and cheese platters with grilled Turkish bread as well as sushi and wraps followed by fruit platters, chocolate cake and tea or coffee. 

As there are a limited number of tickets, it is advisable to book early via the SASC office on 02 9953 1433 or email for more information.

Click here for more information

Spring Racing

Forty seven boats enjoyed an eventful day on Saturday 9 September. Along with the weekly Spring Series racing for the divisions, it was also the first Mini B regatta of the season.

Although the forecast earlier in the week for Saturday had been light to medium in strength, it was a different story on the day; a strong southerly gusting 25+ knots provided plenty of ammunition for boats to fly downwind and whilst reaching. As expected there was plenty of broaching as well.

Make sure you get down to the Club this Saturday for the next Spring and SIS Series race and the second Mini A regatta.


Podium Results (PHS)

Division 1 

  1. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  2. Sydney – Charles Curran
  3. I Super – Peter Campbell

Division 2

  1. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos (CYCA)
  3. Agent 88 – Steve Ellis (RPAYC)

Division 3 

  1. Basilisk – Michael Dally
  2. Tingari – John Jeremy
  3. Casamajor – Charles Moore

Etchells (Scratch)

  1. Ciao – Doug McGain / Michael O’Brien
  2. Wobbegong 2 – Doug Flynn
  3. Carabella IV – Matthew McCann


Mini B

Sports Boats

  1. Elliott 1 – Nick Rozenauers (6 pts)
  2. Purple Patch – Jervis Tilly (8 pts)
  3. Elliott 3 – Fergus Abbott AND  Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York (CYCA) (9 pts)


  1. Wyandot – Bryan Riddell (4 pts)
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman (5 pts)
  3. Evie – Karyn Gojnich (9 pts)

Full results: click here


By Angus Olding



Spring Series kicks off!

The RSYS 2017/18 Spring sailing season commenced on Saturday 2 September with race 1 of the Spring/SIS Series. After a few months off, boats were itching to get back on to the water and enjoy the increasingly warm weather. 

Overall there were 61 boats competing on the day, a great start to the season! Although the sun was out, paired with a warm 20c, the wind was quite fickle. It shifted throughout the day until settling in from the NE in the afternoon at about 10-12 knots.

Next Saturday will be race 2 of the Spring Series along with the first races in the Mini B regatta and on Sunday the Sailing Season Open Day.  Members are warmly encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the Squadron on this fie day, and we look forward to seeing as many boats as possible in the Parade of Sail. We look forward to seeing you then!


Podium Results

Division 1  

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. Equiknox – John Molyneux / Peter Bray
  3. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert

Division 2 

  1. Alouette – John Waring (pictured above)
  2. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar (CYCA)
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3 

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Monkey Business – Paul Glynn / Ian Alsop (RMYC)
  3. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


  1. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back
  2. Troika – Callum Thompson & Adam Tran
  3. DNF.  Wyandot – Bryan Riddell

View full results here


By Angus Olding