AFR Midnight Rambler wins historic Morna Cup

AUSPAC Regatta

10 November 2012

Karyn Gojnich

Over the weekend Squadron members were joined by a number of ladies from Manly Yacht Club to participate in the AUSPAC regatta. Sailed in the one-design International Yngling the weekend provided an opportunity, for ladies in particular, to have a sail in a smaller keel-boat and then in teams of three test their skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Saturday was a scheduled familiarization and train day with Olympian Karyn Gojnich and Hamish Jarrett from the Yngling class. The south-eastern gusting over 22 knots proved challenging but also invigorating. “The boat was so responsive, we were so close to the water, surfing waves – I loved it” commented Wilhelmina Harder when back on shore after the Saturday training session.

Typically most of the participants had sailed on larger keel boats and had not had the responsibility of helming, especially while racing.

Sunday with a light easterly blowing conditions were perfect for six short course races. Race wins were spread across all the fleet however it was consistency and a string of seconds saw Ivana Gattegno and her crew take out the regatta.

AUSPAC 2012 Results:
AUS 39 - Ivana Gattegno, Nicola Reade, Gary Pearce (11 pts)
AUS 56 - Jan Newland, Barbara Jones, Lyn Humphreys (12 pts)
AUS 29 - Marike Koppenol, Wilhemina Harder, Joshua (17 pts)
AUS 39 – Tricia Coxen, Jan Bartel, Megan McCormick (20 pts)

The Manly Yacht Club will be holding the annual Women’s Challenge on Sunday March 24, 2013. Boats of all sizes are welcome and there will be a trophy for the largest one-design class.

Cheryn notches up four straight wins in Division 4

27 October 2012

Peter Campbell

The Squadron’s only all women crew racing in the Saturday cruiser/racer divisions, Cheryn Croker and her team aboard Daydream last Saturday scored her fourth straight win in Division 4.

No other yacht has yet to achieve such a result in the division so far this season, and this is only the second season of open Saturday pointscore racing for Cheryn and her crew.


While she admits the victory of the season was the outcome of several yachts sailing the wrong course “winning the Rawson Cup by default still spurred us on.”


Describing Daydream as “old, heavy and slow, but very stable, but perfect to learn on” Cheryn said most of her crew were novices and ranged in age from mid-40s to 62.


“Not a bad effort from some very keen ladies,” she added. “We may be light on in muscle but having a competitive edge just makes it all worthwhile!”

Cheryn and her crew have certainly maintained that competitive edge, notching up three more consecutive wins in Division 4 with Daydream.


Daydream’s win last Saturday week proved the ladies can match the mostly male crews of their competitors in most weather, with the wind gusting to the low 30 knots. “We did not launch the spinnaker due to the strong, gusty wind and shortened crew numbers,” Cheryn recalled. “Even poling out the headsail was fraught with problems as the wind was so changeable.”


Daydream was last to finish the race but close enough to the leaders to win on corrected time and she repeated that performance last Saturday, beating fleet line honours winner Solay (David Smith) and Beowulf (Stafford Watts) on corrected time.


After eight races in the Spring Series, Daydream and Beowulf are level on the pointscore but after one discard race, the ladies are leading and to quote Cheryn are having “a hoot of a time out there!”


Last Saturday produced big winning margins on corrected time in Divisions 1 and 3 but a close double victory in Division 2.

Etchells Milson Silver Goblets

23 October 2012

Mike Tyquin

Following a highly successful World Championship in February, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is again set to host a large and highly credentialled Etchells fleet in November. The Sydney Fleet and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will host its annual Milson's Silver Goblets regatta each evening on Sydney Harbour from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November and on Saturday 17th a 3 race mini regatta will be conducted offshore on the same course areas used for the World Championships.

As Sydney Fleet Captain, Richard Hammond explains "with no major regattas until early next year, we have decided to combine two of our key events to provide an opportunity for Etchells sailors to get in some high quality regatta sailing. The Milson's Silver Goblets is a highlight of the Sydney Fleet season. With a 1745 warning signal, sailing on the harbour without the usual weekend traffic issues is a fantastic experience. Traditionally we have attracted 30 boats or more and early signs are for a large high quality fleet. On the Saturday immediately following, we return to the world championship track for a 3 race mini regatta. All up its shaping as a great week."

The RSYS mini regatta season has so far attracted over 20 entries including current world champion Tom King and past world champion Cameron Miles and a strong turnout for both the Milson's Silver Goblet's and mini regatta is expected. To assist vistors The Squadron has arranged trailer parking and will conduct The Milsons Silver Goblets as a wet regatta. As with the Worlds, tow vessels have been arranged to get the fleet offshore for the mini regatta on Saturday the 17th.

Entries are now open for both The Milson's Silver Goblets and the Mini Regatta with the NOR and entry form available at or contact Sydney Fleet Captain Richard Hammond for more details.

As with the Worlds, the Squadron is seeking the assistance of volunteers to conduct the racing to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Gascoigne Cup Win

20 October 2012

Peter Campbell

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member Warwick Sherman scored resounding double win with Occasional Coarse Language 2 in Saturday’s Gascoigne Cup, the 104th running of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s historic annual short ocean race

The Sydney GTS 43 took out the Gascoigne Cup, decided on Performance handicaps, and also won the IRC division which is also part of the CYCA’s Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore.

In the Cup scoring, Occasional Coarse Language 2 had a comfortable winning margin on corrected time from RSYS yacht Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones) and Ariel (Ron Forster) also from the CYCA.


Under IRC scoring, Occasional Coarse Language 2 won by just 11 seconds on corrected time from the Ker 40 AFR Midnight Rambler, owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik. The two boats had a great spinnaker duel to the finish, which saw the slightly higher rating AFR Midnight Rambler cross the line just 38 seconds ahead.


Third place went to Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest, which also took line honours in 37 boat fleet that sailed in a 15-16 knot east-south-easterly breeze off Sydney Heads, with the start and finish at Watsons Bay.

All three yachts are entered in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with both Psaltis and Steel previous winners of the blue water classic.


Celebrating his Gascoigne Cup win back at the CYCA, Sherman explained that he had been racing Occasional Coarse Language 2 in the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore with his regular crew complemented with crew members of the former Lake Macquarie yacht Tow Truck. As you are here have a look at this list of Australian poker websites to play online poker which is relaxing when sailing.


“They weren’t available for the Gascoigne Cup, so I looked around the CYCA during the week and came up with six experienced guys,” Sherman said. “Even though none of them had sailed on the boat before they worked as a great team with my five regular crew members.


“I am delighted with the win today….I must say the boat and people sailing her with me did a spectacular job.


“We had two excellent upwind legs and had a tremendous last spinnaker run back to Sydney Heads and the finish which gave us that narrow winning margin over AFR Midnight Rambler under IRC,” he aid.


Sherman said he would continue to race in the SOPS in the New Year once the Blue Water Pointscore finishes with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.


He has entered Occasional Coarse Language for the Rolex Sydney Hobart in what will be his first Hobart race in 18 years of ocean racing, including a dozen Lord Howe Island Races.


What no Sydney Hobart before this year? “The fear factor!” whimsically commented Sherman, who has recovered well from a cancer scare. “I guess it has to be on my bucket list, too,” he added.

RSYS principal race officer David Ross set the fleet an offshore windward leg of 2.7 nautical miles with a course of 150 degrees. “Both divisions had excellent reaching starts, although most were conservative to avoid being over early…only one boat was OCS but they returned and restarted,” Ross said.