Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award 2020

The Tuesday Twilight Inspiration Award is a perpetual trophy to be presented at the Tuesday Twilight final series presentation night each year. It was donated in 2019 by Jan Williams who sadly passed away shortly after its inaugural presentation to Genevieve Slattery of Genovefa.  

Read last year's presentation report here

The award objective is to encourage women aged 55 and over who have either sailed as a teenager/earlier in life and/or completed the LOTS program (Ladies of the Sea) at our Club, thus they are returning to sailing or starting later in life. The characteristics are the love of sailing, commitment and enthusiasm and a growing skill base. 

2020 award nomination

Please complete and submit the nomination form below by 6 March. The winner will be revealed at the Paspaley Tuesday twilight presentation Dinner in the Carabella Room on Tuesday 10 March.

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About Jan Williams, in her own words...
"At 13 years of age I joined the Junior Sailing lessons on Sunday mornings using the Clubs Mark II moths. At the end of the season, I was fortunate to have my own Peter Shipton built Mark II moth named by the previous owner “Precocious” sail number 2170. At that time both Eve and Marjorie Freeman, Tom Simmat and Geoff Brodie were part of the sailing group and during summer vacation we would sail our boats up to Nielsen Park, turn the boats on their side on the sand and have a swim in the pool along with visiting the kiosk for some lunch, a lemon cheese tart. With my $2, I also got a Coke bottle from the machine near the ladies change room. It was tremendous freedom and I remember sailing back in a strong southerly with Tom hanging over the side singing Little Egypt until he went into the drink. On another occasion we couldn’t make it back to the Club and ran before the southerly to Clifton Gardens sending out an SOS to parents for a car with roof racks. All the while we were improving our sailing skills.
"At the end of the season the Junior Sailing Championship came around and with delight I won the first of three consecutive years. The first young woman to do so. During this time my father also owned the 8 metre “Erica J”, then a Clansman “Sovereign” and finally an East Coast “Bobby Dazzler”. The Clansman was a great boat for myself and one other competent sailor to wander the harbour.
"Over the intervening years I’ve continued my love of sailing, also owned a power boat and followed a challenging career. In 2012 I became a Member of RSYS and embarked on sailing in the Tuesday Twilight series and the Friday Twilights. I’ve been sailing with Genevieve Slattery on "Genovefa" for many years for which I am most grateful as it has given me great pleasure. My initial foray rekindled my old skills, confidence and knowledge with great satisfaction. It is the pure joy of being out on the water as a mature woman that is the motivation for presenting the award to encourage other similar women to enjoy learning, pitting their skills against the weather conditions and enjoying the special companionship of the Tuesday Twilights."



Magpie wins Etchells NSW States

Congratulations to Club Member James Mayo and team mates Graeme Taylor and Jake Lilley of AUS1474 Magpie who won the NSW State Championship held at Lake Macquarie from 20-23 February.

They dominated the event and secured the win with a race to spare. Magpie are on a roll: taking the 2019 Milson Silver Goblets and the 2020 Nationals. Next week they will defend their 2019 VIC States title. 

Well done also to Squadron Members Iain Murray, AUS1473 Havoc, and JC Strong, AUS1475 Flying High, for claiming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the fleet of 25. 

View full results here

Lilley and Mayo (centre) receiving the Championship trophy.

Paspaley Twilight Presentation

Please join us for a celebratory prize giving dinner on 10 March following our final race of the season. We are moving upstairs to the Carabella Room this year for a delicious hot buffet!

Chris Paspaley, Executive Director and third generation family member, will attend and introduce the latest Paspaley Signature Collections for you to admire and try on. He will then present beautiful pearl jewellery prizes and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage vaults that lie beneath the Paspaley flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Tickets cost $55 pp and include a glass of bubbly on arrival, pearl meat canapes, a mini hot buffet and gourmet salads, followed by tea/coffee and chocolates. 


Event details
Date: Tuesday 10 March
Time: Straight after racing, around 7.30pm
Dress: Neat crew sailing attire (no need to dress up)
Venue: The Carabella Room (upstairs)
Cost: $55 pp 

Please book via Reception and advise boat name





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Optimist Travellers Trophy

24.2.20 The Optimist Travellers Trophy continued last week at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Squadron was represented in the Open Fleet by Benedict McKay, Harriet McLachlan and Louis Tilly, and in the Intermediate Fleet by Thomas Flannery, Viraj Gupta, Spencer McKay, Stirling McKay, Raphael McLachlan, Ben Tattersall and Flynn Winton - some of whom raced in Intermediates for the first time.

MHYC put on a well-organised event and even turned on the most perfect weather Sydney’s had this summer. The bacon and egg rolls were plentiful as the 76 entrants rigged and launched from the sandy beach. 

The courses were out on the Sound, surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of cliffs in almost every direction. The sea was a little lumpy with a large amount of chop over the top of a rolling swell, offering the competitors a challenge few have likely taken on before.


The breeze very gently built from the South East but with some significant lighter patches and some reasonable shifts. There was opportunity all over the course for those who took the time to look around both at the start and up the course. With so many waves, power settings were required and bailing was essential.

Stirling and Raphael got off to a great start, coming first and second in Race 1. Stirling continued his winning streak through Races 2, 3 and 4, giving him an overall 1st place in the Intermediate Fleet.

Competition was tough in the Opens, and after an individual recall in Race 3, the fleet became more line-shy. It was tight racing all through the fleet and a genuine learning experience for all.

The races were short and sharp and the fleet headed back to the beach by mid afternoon. The stacker was swiftly loaded after the race (including a quick lesson for the parents who haven’t towed before – thanks Cam!) then unloaded at the Squadron before an evening of washing the sand (and even a rogue snail) from the sailing gear.

A great day was had by all. Well done to those who participated.

View full results here

Article by Tabitha Winton and Jervis Tilly.

Photos by Jervis Tilly & MHYC media.

Youth Teams Racing fun

24.2.20 On the weekend of 22-23 February, a young team of eight sailors from RSYS competed in the 2020 ACT Teams Racing Championship on Lake Burley Griffin, ACT. The event was hosted by the YMCA Canberra Sailing Club, alongside 17 other teams from NSW and ACT schools and the ANU. 

L to R: Issy Payne, Xavier McLachlan, Abby Gilbert, Raph McLachlan, Viraj Gupta, Hamish Longstaff, Oliver McLachlan, Ben Tattersall.   

It was the first teams racing experience for most of our squad, and a steep learning curve. The team competed in seven races in variable conditions, from drifting starts in the morning with patches of wind coming through the course, to a thrilling afternoon of 10-15 knots. After tight losses against the experienced ANU and CGGS squads, our team quickly improved with the super-calm and supportive assistance of coach Zac Quinlan, finishing with four wins out of seven races (2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1) and a creditable 9th place after the first day. 


The improvement across the day was marked, as the squad learned from the short-course format, using their fleet racing backgrounds to improve on the start line and get to the first shift. All our young sailors enjoyed it immensely, especially the instant debriefs with coach Zac after each race as the boats were changed over, putting new plans into practise in their next races and acquiring skills they’ll be using back in normal fleet racing.

Coach Zac Quinlan commented, 'The Squadron team did a great job to focus on their boat speed and were often some of the fastest boats in their races. Throughout the day, our sailors proved that as long as you have good boat speed you are able to get out of almost every teams racing situation and often sail around competitors.'

The squad were very keen to get back out there on Sunday, but a complete glass-out saw all racing cancelled by 1:30pm and an early departure for Sydney.

Abigail Gilbert, Xavier, Oliver, and Raphael McLachlan, Viraj Gupta, Isobel Payne, Ben Tattersall and Hamish Longstaff represented the Squadron, alongside two teams from SCEGGS Redlands, who also train at our Club. It was a sociable event, with much friendly rivalry between RSYS and Redlands (and parents). We gathered for a group dinner at the Kingston Hotel which was another highlight of the weekend. It was very pleasing to see the Squadron and Redlands teams working together as one big team to look after our Club's Pacers before, during and after the regatta to unload, rig, derig and reload the trailers. Special mention to Abby Gilbert, assisting so many boats out of the water on Saturday afternoon.

The RSYS team would like to thank the Sailing Office for their support and the provision of the RSYS Pacers for the weekend. We also thank coach Zac Quinlan, and Club Captain Karyn Gojnich in particular for her assistance and encouragement in sending this first team from the Squadron to a schools Teams Racing event.  

Article by Sophie Hunt