Etchells season underway

The Sydney Fleet put on a strong show for the opening Mini A regatta on Saturday 2 September. 23 boats participated which, given the absence of several teams at the Worlds, was an excellent turn out for the start of the season. 

Racing commenced at 13:35. It was a sunny afternoon with NE 6 kts building to 12 kts by day's end. Race Officer Ian Kingsford Smith ran three races on course 2 of two laps each, shortening the length from 1NM to 0.8NM and adjusting the bearing from 060° to 050° after race 1. 

Top40, Vivienne and North Sydney Station dominated but Peter Merrington and Geoff Bonouvrie's consistent performances won the day. 



Scratch results:

Race 1
1st   1292 M Ramaley CYCA
2nd  1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
3rd   1187 Magpie S Jarvin/G Taylor CYCA

Race 2
1st   1393 Vivienne R Henry RSYS
2nd  1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
3rd   1273 North Sydney Station I Murray/E McCarthy CYCA

Race 3
1st   1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
2nd  1273 North Sydney Station I Murray/E McCarthy CYCA
3rd   1393 Vivienne R Henry RSYS.

Full results here

After the race, Geoff Bonouvrie commented that he enjoyed the Mini regattas because they always attract a solid fleet of 20-30 boats. '23 boats today is a fantastic turn out for the start of the season,' he said. He confirmed he would be at the QLD States in October and then in Sydney for the Milson Silver Goblets, which this year will run from 13-17 November. 'I think the Goblets is one of the best regattas on the circuit. It's very competitive and at that time of year there will be good winds,' he added.

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Article, photos, videos by Isabel Wartho

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017

The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week from 20- 26 August attracted an impressive 215 entries. Since its conception by David Hutchen in 1983, it has grown to become Australia’s largest offshore yachting regatta. As expected there were boats of all shapes and sizes, ranging in length between 22 and 100 feet, as well as both single and multihull yachts. There were eight different divisions in the series, ensuring everyone was catered for. 

Both Wild Oats XI and X competed along with Black Jack, being some of the bigger names in the series. The Squadron was well represented, with seven boats across a range of divisions. Their results are listed below.

RSYS results:

IRC Passage Division 1
1st – Swish, Steven Proud (top)
8th – Erica, Peter Williams & Gabby Holles

Racer Cruiser Division 
1st – Euphoria, Anthony Coleman (above)

Cruising Division 1
10th – One O Nine, Robert Salteri

Cruising Division 2
11th – Mandala, Gerard Webb
23rd – Sweet Chariot, David & Jill Henry

Cruising Division 3
8th – Abracadabra, James Murchison

Cruising Division 5
1st – Campeador, Jonathan Threlfall

Congratulations to all the Squadron boats, and especially our division winners.


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Photos by Andrea Francolini

Article by Angus Olding


WMRT Match Cup Russia

RSYS Member Will Ryan competed in the World Match Racing Tour Championship event ‘Match Cup Russia’ held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1-6 August. The event was sailed on M32 catamarans, which always makes for fast-paced and intense racing.
Will sailed for six-time world match racing world champion Ian Williams on team GAC Pindar (GBR). The race area for the event was very tight with the city of St. Petersburg as a backdrop, creating an amazing atmosphere for sailing. The team managed to finish 1st in their qualifying group and continued their solid performances making it through to the semi-final where they faced Phil Robertson (China One Ningbo). They went down 3-1 unfortunately, yet managed to beat Western Australian Matt Jerwood (Redline Racing) in the petit finals to finish 3rd overall.
Congratulations and good-luck for the future events.
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Photo by Ian Roman

Article by Angus Olding

2017 America's Cup Talk

Squadron Speaker Event Tuesday 24 October. 

Join fellow Squadron Members Iain Murray, Americas Cup regatta director (pictured above) and Grant Simmer, GM Oracle Team USA (below) for their insights on the 35th Americas Cup and where to from here.

Event details
Date: Tuesday 24 October
Time: 6 for 6.30pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 includes canapés, two courses and wines.


Admiral’s Cup Regatta to span generations

Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners of the sailing world. News of the event, to be held in Sydney this December, has also inspired some remarkable reunions: sons of all three skippers from Australia’s victorious 1967 team will be sailing on their fathers’ yachts during the three days of racing. 

Scott Kaufman is flying in from New York to helm Mercedes III which was the top-scoring boat in the 1967 series when skippered by his father, Ted. The 40-footer was co-designed by Ted and Bob Miller, who went on – as Ben Lexcen – to create the legendary America’s Cup winner Australia II.

Anthony Crichton-Brown will arrive at the regatta from his home in London to sail on Pacha, the famous ocean-racing yacht owned by his father, Sir Robert. In the 1967 Admiral’s Cup series Sir Robert campaigned his previous yacht Balandra which is still under restoration in Tasmania. 

Tony and Rob Reynolds live in Sydney, so they won’t have far to travel to step aboard Caprice of Huon, the third member of Australia’s first team to win the Admiral’s Cup half a century ago. For the1967 challenge Caprice was chartered and skippered by their father, Gordon.

To complete these remarkable reunions, Gordon Ingate, who was the skipper of Caprice of Huon when she won three races in the 1965 Cup, has accepted an invitation to helm his old yacht for the inshore races of the Anniversary Regatta. Ingate is now 91 and is still competing in – and winning – sailing races. 

“This event really seems to have tapped into a deep well of nostalgia and goodwill”, says regatta chairman, David Champtaloup. “We already have more than a dozen of Australia’s great Admiral’s Cup yachts committed to the regatta. 

“Veteran crew are coming out of the woodwork every day, wanting to be involved. We’re beginning to put together a register so that we can match those blokes up with appropriate boats. We’ve also had the kind offer of a comfortable big spectator boat for those who’d rather follow the fleet than get their feet wet.”  

The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta will be held in Sydney on December 1, 2 and 3. There will be two Harbour races and one short offshore event, with social gatherings hosted by the participating clubs after each race. 

The Notice of Race and Entry Form will soon be available on the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club website. For further information contact Peter Shipway at:, or David Salter at: 


Photo: Mercedes III thunders down the Solent during the 1967 Admiral’s Cup (Beken of Cowes photo)