Sunday Twilights

Last Sunday’s twilight was again the pick of the week to be out on Sydney Harbour.  Fourteen boats were on the water taking advantage of the 10-12 knot south easterly breeze. 

It was a family affair on board two of the RSYS Elliots.  Brother and sister Lester and Natasha Miller had their regular Optimist sailing children crewing on board Elliott3, pictured above.  Father Stephen Wilson on board with son David and friends were tackling the asymmetrical spinnaker onboard Elliott 4.


Congratulations to Warwick Back on Yertle who won the spinnaker division this week.  The Yngling class sailors are using the Sunday Twilights to switch around crew positions on various boats and build confidence with more time on the water.  Pictured above is Amanda Hicks sailing Shining Star.  RSYS Club boats are available to members.  For more information contact Adam Tran via email at

In the non-spinnaker division, the fast finishing Assassin (Phil Cutts, top) ran down the fleet on the run home and crossed the finish line 20 seconds ahead of Solacious (Amy Gojnich) and Petty Cash (Geoff Barnum, above) a further 17 seconds back.

Thanks to our race officials Joyce Warn and Susan Wade for managing the fleet results.

The CCA is open for dinner following Sunday Twilights, and is a great way to finish off the weekend.   


Article and photos by Captain Karyn Gojnich


Celebrate our Club Champions!

2019 has been an extraordinary year for the Squadron.

Across multiple classes both nationally and overseas, our Members staged a world-beating charge to claim key sailing trophies including the Sailing Champions League in St Moritz, Switzerland, the Etchells World Championship in Corpus Cristi, USA and the Sayonara Cup contested in Hobart. 

These achievements deserve Members' attention and applause, and so we warmly invite you, your families and friends in sailing to celebrate at a dinner on Thursday 14 November. 

During the course of the evening, you will hear from:
Etchells World champions Iain Murray & Richard Allanson
Sayonara Cup victors Matt Whitnall and David Chapman 
Sailing League World Championship winners David Chapman, Charlotte Alexander, Finn Alexander and Zac Quinlan.


David Chapman, Finn Alexander, Charlotte Alexander, Zac Quinlan.  Iain Murray.   Gordon Ingate with David Chapman and Matt Whitnall

Event details
Date: Thursday 14 November
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 for 2 courses & wines



Milson Silver Goblets open for entries

The Sydney Etchells fleet is once again looking forward to hosting one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar from 18 to 22 November. On offer will be the historic Milson Silver Goblets.

Hosted by RSYS, the event comprises five twilight races, against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Competitors enjoy exceptional summer sailing conditions and the midweek reduced water traffic. 

The previous regatta was won by David Edwards' Iron Lotus: L to R Greg O'Shea (trim), Rupert Henry (Helm), Dave Edwards (main) Josh Chant.

25 entries are expected with the typical high standard of racing that the Etchells class provides, especially in the Sydney Fleet. The regatta will conclude with a prize giving dinner on Friday evening after racing.

Entries are open and the Notice of Race and Entry Forms are available via the RSYS website here
For more information, please contact the Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin or call 0422 381 151.

Photos by Kylie Wilson

ACT Optimist Championship

RSYS was well represented at the ACT States with nine sailors and their families traveling down to Canberra from 26-27 October.

Richard McLachlan writes: In Open fleet we had Connor Warner (in possibly his last Opti regatta), Benedict and Spencer McKay. Sterling McKay, Raphael McLachlan and Cate Atkinson competed in the Intermediate fleet and Edward Atkinson in Green fleet. Overall there were good sized fleets: 44 boats in Open, 28 in Intermediate and 20 in Green. 

It was a challenging weekend with gusts over 30 knots forcing the race committee to abandon racing on Saturday. Sunday was a busy day with five races being run for the series. It was demanding racing with the breeze direction randomly varying around 20 degrees, but also ranging from 12 knots to well over 20 knots at times. Courses were set short and mark roundings were always crowded. The significant changes in wind strengths kept our sailors alert to the conditions. A general observation would be that our young sailors did really well in the strong conditions but need to attack the start of each race with more confidence and gusto.

All of our RSYS sailors represented the club admirably. Congratulations to Edward in the Green fleet who was competing in his frst regatta and was exposed to pretty strong conditions out on the water.  

Cate led the boys, Raphael and Stirling, in Intermediates; though having finished 23, 24, and 25, they probably need to be a little less social on the water! Nevertheless Cate is to be commended for stopping to help Raphael when he spent some time bailing. 

In Opens, Connor finished the final race rounding the top mark in third place, showing us all what can be done when you get off the start line well in a big fleet. Benedict, pictured top, demonstrated his experience finishing overall 18th, with Connor and Spencer finishing 25th and 27th respectively. 

  Stirling, Edward, Cate

  Raffa, Spencer, Connor

Canberra is always a great bonding experience for the team and the dinner on Saturday night at the Kingston Hotel was a highlight (assisted this year with a certain rugby game to watch...) We were thrilled that super coach Club Captain Karyn Gojnich joined us for dinner; her vast experience and calm guidance with the Youth sailors throughout the weekend and on the water was greatly appreciated by all. 

As ever, the Championship regatta was very well run and the club facilities excellent. It is probably the best regatta in the calendar for watching the fleets. Big thanks to all the organisers who made it such a great weekend despite the Saturday cancellation. 

View results here   


AS honours Sailors of the Year

Congratulations to the three Squadron Members honoured at the Australian Sailing Awards on Friday night:

Will Ryan, with Mat Belcher - Male Sailor of the Year (pictured aboved)
Will Cooley, with Bec Hancock - Youth Sailor of the Year
Matt Allen - Offshore Sailor of the Year.

Fantastic results, well done all!

View the full list of winners here

Will Cooley with Bec Hancock                                                               Matt Allen