470 Worlds Success

The 2017 470 World Championship was hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. With 132 teams entered from 32 nations and six different continents, it was far from a small World Championship. Of these, 72 teams were in the Men’s division and 60 in the Women’s. Two RSYS Members competied: Will Ryan who sailed with Matthew Belcher, and Katherine Shannon who sailed with Dana Tavener.

The Championship consisted of a five race qualification series followed by a six race finals series and finally the medal races. Massive congratulations to Will Ryan and Matthew Belcher who won the Men’s division, the 2017 Championship win being Belcher's seventh World Championship victory and Ryan’s fourth.

Katherine Shannon, a relatively new member of the Australian Sailing team, has been training hard for less than a year with Dana out of MHYC in the 470 class. They managed to finish 50th with their strongest performances at the end of the regatta grabbing a 10th and 14th in the Silver group. Katherine Shannon said: “As we are a new and young team we didn’t come for results - we came for the experience. We have learnt so much and every day we sailed we improved.” 

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Plenty wins Farr 40 Worlds

The 20th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships in Porto Cervo concluded on 16 July after officially commencing on 13 July. The Worlds were hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of the title sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association. Eights boats from various nations competed, including the Australian Corinthian team ‘Zen’ from Middle Harbour Yacht Club, helmed by RSYS Members Gordon Ketelby and with tactician, David Chapman.

The first day of racing was scheduled for 13 July but was unfortunately postponed due to strong winds, with gusts reaching over 30 knots. The weather was similar on the second day of racing, yet by the late afternoon it had calmed down enough for the race committee to get one race in to kick off the series. Nevertheless wind strengths were still being recorded in the 22-31 knot range during the race. Race one of the series was certainly exciting, with boats planing downwind at speeds just under 20 knots. ‘Plenty’ came out on top with the win for the day.

The third day of the regatta saw much quieter conditions, with 6-12 knots in wind strength throughout the day. The weather conditions allowed the race committee to get four races in, helping them catch up on the races missed from the first two days. ‘Plenty’, ‘Zen’ and ‘Flash Gordon’ all won a race on the day, yet the consistency of ‘Plenty’ was unbeaten, as they claimed: 2, 1, 2, 1 as their scorecard for the day, strengthening their lead going into the final day.

Gordon Ketelbey owner/helmsman aboard Zen commented: "It was superb to win a race today and we're really excited about that. Unfortunately, we got a penalty and had to some turns in the race after that and ended up at the back, but in the end it's OK. It was a good day of racing, wonderful, wonderful conditions, nice flat water and consistent 12 knots wind. I have been to Porto Cervo twice before cruising and I'm really enjoying racing here for the first time. It's a wonderful place to race for the conditions, wind offshore, flat seas... Unless you get the Mistral and you just have to live with that. As the top placed Corinthian team we have to make sure we keep our lead. So everyone to bed early tonight and no drinking!" he added.

The final day of the World Championship was suspenseful and exciting. Strong displays by ‘Enfant Terrible’ and ‘Flash Gordon’ in the first three races of the final day essentially evaporated ‘Plenty’s lead. But the experience and class of ‘Plenty’ prevailed in the end and they were able to defend their title to win the 2017 Farr 40 World Championship. ‘Pazza Idea’ also sailed well to edge ‘Zen’ out of the top Corinthian place in the final race of the day. Congratulations to ‘Plenty’ and ‘Pazza Idea’ for their respective division wins.



  1. Plenty – Alex Roepers – New York Yacht Club – 24 pts
  2. Enfant Terrible – Alberto Rossi – Circolo Canottieri Aniene – 27 pts
  3. Flash Gordon – Helmut and Evan Jahn – Chicago Yacht Club – 30 pts
  4. Pazza Idea – Pierluigi Bresciani – Yacht Club Hanniball – 42 pts
  5. Zen – Gordon Ketelbey – Middle Harbour Yacht Club – 48 pts
  6. Asterisk – Hasip Gencer – Yacht Club Team Ozonur – 49 pts
  7. Struntje Light – Wolfgang Shaefer – KYC- NRV – 51 pts
  8. MP 30 + 10 – Luca Pierdomencio – C.V. Portocivitanova – 54 pts


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By Angus Olding
Photo by Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Combined Winter Series Race 10

Saturday 15 July was race ten of the Combined Winter Series and the beginning of the 'business end' of the series. 45 boats gathered on Sydney Harbour for the day's racing and the sun shone for most of the day creating a rather pleasant winter atmosphere to sail in. The wind direction changed throughout the day going from the West to the South and then the South-East, its strength hovering between 5-12 knots. To check out the current point-score results for each division, use the link at the bottom of this article.


Podium Results (PHS):

Super 30  

  1. Mr Mojo – George Kompolthy - RANSA
  2. Optimum – Stuart Jordan - RSYS
  3. Sigurd – Ian Dencker - RANSA


  1. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees - SASC
  2. Makama – Chris Gosselin – RPEYC

Division 1

  1. Erica – Peter Williams - RSYS
  2. Peregrine – J&M Stephen & Hugh Torode - RSYS
  3. Into the Mystic – Arthur Psaltis / Jon Ross - RSYS

Division 2  

  1. Komatsu Azzuro – Shane Kearns - RANSA
  2. Alouette – John Waring - RSYS
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS

Division 3

  1. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  2. Black Diamond Bay – Kerry Lehman - RANSA
  3. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Hyperion II – Ian & Anna Shepherd - RANSA
  2. Double Dutch – Phil Tanner - SASC
  3. Much Ado – Richard Wither - RSYS


View full results here 


By Angus Olding

DF65s growing in popularity

A perfect, cool 6-10kt NW breeze, warming sunshine and a sparkling harbour greeted 14 skippers in round 2 of the DF65 Radio Sailing Winter Series on 9 July.

Five heats were raced inside the Pond with very close racing, exciting windward legs in the large fleet and downwind nosedives in the stronger gusts. Thanks to Eddie Moult  for his Race Officer duties and juggling the start line in the shifting breeze. Congratulations to Bruce McArthur with four bullets, but he had six others tightly packed up behind him. Commodore Chapman only just beat Rene overall and a few more races could see Richard's talents tested!

The Practice Days and Assembly-Tuning workshops are clearly paying off, with all skippers getting used to the nuances of skippering a boat from a distance. Judging port and starboard, mark rounding and winds shifts are still a challenge that all are starting to master.

The one design and low cost make this a fun boat to race and it's great to see four to five young skippers in the fleet having fun with their Dads.

The next Practice Day is Sunday 23 July, followed by round 3 of the Winter Regatta on 6 August.

Check out the RSYS Radio Sailing website page for details and how easy it is to join in the fun and friendly rivalry with your family, crew or friends. Contact Locky Pryor in the Sailing Office for all the help you need.

by Phil Burgess

2018 Tahiti Yacht Rally presentation

RSYS and Mariner Boating Holidays have partnered once again to offer Members a new international sailing holiday.

The Tahiti Yacht Rally will take place from 15-29 September 2018 around Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa. Trevor Joyce will reveal all at a presentation on Thursday 10 August in the Careening Cove.


Please join us for complimentary drinks and nibbles from 6.30pm. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP for catering purposes.


Event details
Date: Thursday 10 August
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: CCA 
No cost, but please RSVP by 8 August.