SailGP spectator offers

RSYS Members can enjoy a 15% discount for race day tickets - please contact the Sailing Office.

SailGP Season 2 will kick off in Sydney on February 28 and 29, 2020. National pride will be on the line as world class teams take part in dramatic, adrenaline-filled racing on the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Australia’s Tom Slingsby will be hungry to defend his championship title, looking to put early points on the leaderboard in front of a home crowd. Having become the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during racing in Season 1, Slingsby will want to go faster on home soil. National teams from China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will take on Australia and go head to head over a series of short-format races.

Sydney Harbour will provide a natural amphitheatre to showcase the incredible boats and athletes, with racing taking place centre stage. The best views will be from the exclusive SailGP island arena which will feature big screens for action replays and live race commentary. Includes boat transfers to and from Shark Island from Man O'War Steps, Sydney CBD on race day. Please note Shark Island is 18+ only. One day and two day tickets available.

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You can also watch the racing from the water. SailGP spectator boats, run by Captain Cook Cruises, get you to the heart of the action on Sydney Harbour. Open top boats offer an amazing view of the racing from inside the SailGP event exclusion zone, together with live race commentary. Boats are boarded from King St Wharf No1, Sydney CBD. Family friendly. One day and two day tickets available.

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Exclusive tours will be available to go behind the scenes at the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island. Get up close to the world-class athletes and shore teams as they make final preparations to the world's fastest sail racing boats - the F50s. Tours take place from Monday 17 to Thursday 27 February inclusive.

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Miss Pibb wins Yngling Nationals

The 2019 International Yngling Class Australian Championship was held over the three consecutive days from Friday 29 November at the Squadron.

The regatta attracted eight teams, including three who were participating in the Nationals for the first time.

This year the Yngling Class experimented with a new race schedule which involved two races on Friday afternoon, four races on Saturday and three races on Sunday. This enabled skippers and crew to attend work or study in the morning and resulted in greater participation in the regatta. The Yngling Class will review the effectiveness of this format for future National Championships. 

Friday afternoon (Races 1 and 2) saw ideal sailing conditions in a consistent 15 knot nor'easterly breeze. The first race will be remembered for its dramatic start: two boats were marked as 'OCS' and disqualified. This race was won by YAUS60 Miss Pibb, sailed by Hamish Jarrett, Max Hayman and Chris Pearson. Second place went to YAUS45 Karma, sailed by Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey and Sarah Bartels, and third place went to YAUS19 Schadenfreude, sailed by a new team comprising Matthew Buckle, Sean O'Malley and Trent Lay. Miss Pibb came from behind to win this race on the last leg, despite having crossed the start line early and being forced to sail back around. Race 2 witnessed a less dramatic start, nevertheless will be remembered for the tight struggle between Schadenfreude  and YAUS27 Troika for third place - a mere 14 seconds separated the two boats. This race was again won by Miss Pibb, followed by Karma and Troika, sailed by Adam Tran, Fergus Ly and Michael Tang.

Saturday (Races 3 to 6) will be remembered for its extremely varied sailing conditions. The first race started in winds averaging 22 knots and later saw gusts of 32 knots, whereas the third race experienced average winds as low as five knots. Karma enjoyed its only win for the regatta in Race 3, beating Miss Pibb by 32 seconds, after Miss Pibb crossed the start line early and had to go back. Third place went to AUS4Wyandot, sailed by Bryan Riddell, Dimiter Nedialkov and Helen Impey. Race 4 foreshadowed the final regatta scratch results, with Miss Pibb regaining its edge over Karma, and third place going to YAUS56 Blackadder sailed by Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres and Rikke Kronborg. Just seven seconds separated the first and second place boats! These placings were maintained for Race 5. However Race 6 saw a surprise result: fleet newcomer Matthew Buckle, steered the newly refurbished Schadenfreude, pictured below, to second place, ahead of Karma and Blackadder. A decision by Miss Pibb to go left during the second upwind leg saw her opening up a substantial lead over the rest of the fleet, who went to the right.

On Sunday (Races 7 to 9) the conditions eased. A consistent 10-15 knot nor'easter and idyllic, sunny conditions made for an excellent day of racing ahead of looming stronger winds predicted later in the afternoon. During Race 7, Miss Pibb opened up a significant early lead over the rest of the fleet, after starting on the pin-end and sailing to the left, whilst the rest of the fleet sailed to the right. Race 9 was an extremely close race, with just seven seconds separating the top three boats. The results at the top of the fleet were consistent for all three races, with Miss Pibb, Karma, Blackadder and Schadenfreude respectively placing first, second, third and fourth in each race. The bottom of the fleet saw close racing between the relative newcomers on Troika, YAUS47 Mojo sailed by Kirstin Reblin, Julia Owens and Theresa Sarjeant, and YAUS58 Holly sailed by Lauren Wall, Elyse Guevara and Sumana Sukumar. Lauren Wall made her debut on the Yngling racing scene, helming the last day on Holly.

Crew of Miss Pibb: From L to R Max Hayman and Hamish Jarrett with AIYA President Adam Tran
The 2019 International Yngling Class Australian Championship was won by Hamish Jarrett, Max Hayman and Chris Pearson on Miss Pibb.
Second place went to Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey and Sarah Bartels on Karma.
Third place went to Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres and various crew members on Blackadder.

On scratch results, only one point separated third and fourth placed boats (Blackadder and Schadenfreude) and fifth and six place boats (Wyandot and Troika.)

L to R: Adam Tran with crew of Mojo, Kirstin Reblin, Julia Owens and Therese Sarjeant

The Sirroco Trophy, awarded to the best all-female team, was awarded to Kirstin Reblin, Therese Sarjeant and Julia Owens on Mojo.

Full Scratch results:

1 - Miss Pibb (YAUS60)
2 - Karma (YAUS45)
3 - Black Adder (YAUS56)
4 - Schadenfreude (YAUS19)
5 - Wyandot (YAUS4)
6 - Troika (YAUS27)
7 - Mojo (YAUS47)
8 - Holly (YAUS58)


Article by Elyse Guevara, Adam Tran and Hamish Jarrett.

Many thanks to Karin Steyn and Dimiter Nedialkov for the great photos.


Summer Holiday Camps 2019/2020

Once again the Squadron's Summer Holiday camps for kids and teens are upon us. The week-long camps take advantage of the club's prime position on Sydney Harbour and allow the sailors to explore the waterways from their own boats. The camps are run by Australian Sailing certified instructors and use both Tackers dinghies and Elliott 7s keelboats. 

This holiday's the Squadron will be running four camps with two in December 2019 and two in January 2020. All the camps will be a mix of learning to sail, exploring the harbour and lots of fun on the water.

The camps are open to both members and non-members and will be run rain, hail or shine. All the sailors will be provided with Zhik life-jackets for the camp. 

Camp Dates:
- Monday 9 - Thursday12 December 2019
- Monday 16 - Friday 20 December 2019
- Monday 6 - Friday 10 January 2020
- Monday 13 - Thursday 16 January 2020

For more information;

Click here for Kids Camps (8 - 12yrs old):

Click here for Teens Camps (13 - 18yrs old):


Photos: Zac Quinlan/Darcie Collington Photography

SailGP thrills for Youth Sailors

SailGP returns to Sydney harbour from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 February 2020 - and this time our Youth Sailors have an opportunty to taste the thrill of foiling racing!

Inspire Racing x WASZP

16 youth sailors, eight male and eight female (U20 at the time of the event), will be selected to participate in five days training & racing on foiling WASZP dinghies (pictured above) on Sydney Harbour, 25-29 February 2020. 

Sailors can apply online and will be selected in January 2020 by a SailGP committee based on specific criteria including: sailing ability; willingness to learn new skills; positive attitude towards the sport and this opportunity; ambition; demonstrating the potential to become a future SailGP athlete. 

Inspire Racing x RS Cat14

Sailing on the RS Cat14 gives a unique insight into what it’s like to be onboard an F50 catamaran. The boats have similar characteristics but without the foiling, the sailors also race on a mini version of the SailGP racecourse, a great first step for up and coming junior sailors.

16 sailors (U15) with a 50/50 gender participation rate are selected on behalf of their clubs. Clubs are typically nominated in partnership with the local governing body. For club interest please register below.

Information, Video & Info here

Inspire Careers 

Inspire Careers offers students aged 18-23 an opportunity to register for work experience with SailGP during the Sydney SailGP event. During the program successful candidates are introduced to a variety of roles within SailGP from boat building to hydraulics to hospitality and more.

Ten successful applicants will be selected to participate in the SailGP Inspire Careers internship program in Sydney. 
Applicants will need to be onsite and typically available in the week leading up to the event and the event itself - dates may vary depending on the role. 

Applications here


Magpie wins Milson Silver Goblets

Magpie EAUS1474 skippered by Graeme Taylor has won this year's Goblets with a lead of just one point over reigning World Champion Iain Murray in Havoc EAUS1473. The regatta was hosted by the Etchells Sydney Fleet at the Squadron from 18-22 November and attracted 17 entries.

The final race on Friday 22 November was abandoned when a storm hit Sydney Harbour. Therefore the final results from the previous day stood: Graeme Taylor with Ben Lamb and James Mayo (pictured above) on Magpie came 1st overall; 2nd Havoc Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson; with Jeanne-Claude Strong's Flying High in 3rd in a fleet of 17. 

The Corinthian trophy was won by Squadron Member Matt Whitnall's Synergy.

2nd overall, Havoc, Richie Allanson & Colin Beashel                    Corinthian winners: Synergy, David Taylor, Rob Bishop & Matt Whitnall.

Congratulations all!

Place Name Skipper Club 1 2 3 4 5 Points
1 Magpie (EAUS1474) Graeme Taylor RSYS 2 1 (2) 1 ABD 4
2 Havoc (EAUS1473) Iain Murray RSYS 1 3 1 (3) ABD 5
3 Flying High (EAUS1475) JC Strong RSYS 3 2 (6) 2 ABD 7
4 Adam Magpie (EAUS1187) P.Merrington S.Jarvin CYCA 4 4 3 (4) ABD 11
5 Lisa Rose (EAUS1449) Martin Hill RSYS 5 6 (11) 5 ABD 16
6 Lisa (EAUS925) Matthew Stenta RSYS 8 (10) 4 6 ABD 18
7 Synergy (EAUS1362) Matty Whitnall RSYS 7 9 5 (11) ABD 21
8 Great White Hunter (EAUS1401) David Dunn RSYS (12) 5 8 8 ABD 21
9 Wobbegong 2 (EAUS1436) Doug Flynn RSYS 6 (12) 9 7 ABD 22
10 Umami (EAUS1250) Christian Brook RSYS 10 7 7 (14) ABD 24


View full results here