RSYS member’s grand double at Hamilton Island

By Peter Campbell

Winter in the Whitsundays has proven highly successful for RSYS member Philip Grove and the crew of his Sydney 39Cr Huntress,  winning their divisions at the Airlie Beach Race Week and the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Huntressdominated the Performance Racing Division at Airlie Beach, winning two of the seven races and never placing worse than fifth.

Heading across to Hamilton Island, Grove and his crew continued their form against a tougher fleet,  winning the first race of the  the strongly contested Performance Racing Division 1 at Race Week.

Huntresswent on to sail consistently well holding out a challenge from Matt Allen Farr 400 Ichi Ban to take the seven race series by one point.

There was more to come:  One of Grove’s crew capitalised on the on-the-water performance with some fast driving  to see Huntress win Audi’s $117,900 A6 allroad quattro vehicle on loan for one year.

The yacht’s winning result was combined with the layday Audi Final Drive Challenge at Hamilton Island airport when more than 100 yachties were pitted against the clock by Audi’s Chief Instructor and Australian Top Gear presenter, Steve Pizatti.

All yachts were invited to send a crew member to get behind the wheel of the  Audi R8 V10 plus model,  the fastest car produced by the luxury carmaker, Mastman, Marco Bergamuncha, a motor mechanic, represented Huntress on the road track. After his two timed laps around the track, Bergamuncha, had secretly recorded the most consistent times.

When coupled with Huntress’ final score at the end of their seven-race series, a one point divisional win over Matt Allen’s defending Farr 400 Ichi Ban, Philip Grove was declared the winner of the major prize from Race Week‘s principal sponsor, Audi.

Grove has offered his crewman the option to take the Audi loan car for a year. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s his,” said Grove this week.

“Marco has been sailing with me for four years so he’s one of my regulars. He does mast and bow and he’s always helping to fix things on the boat, he’s a very willing person,” added Grove.

The 30th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, held from 18 - 24 August, was open to a wide spectrum of sailboats – from sport boats to cruising yachts, cruiser-racers and grand prix level keelboats, plus a new multihull and MC38 division and the creation of First Fleet division for the four originals from the 1984 starter’s list. The Squadron was well represented in many divisions with member Marcus Blackmore winning the prestigious IRC Racing class with his TP52 Hooligan, although racing under his RPAYC burgee.

Paul Clitheroe finished second overall in the IRC Passage division 1 with Balance while in the Cruising Division 1 Stephen Everett sailed Salacia into third place overall.

James Murchison’s Abracadabra won the final race in Cruising Division 2 but inconsistent results earlier in the regatta ended with her placed 11th overall.


Squadron Yachting Awards for 151st season

4 June 2013

Peter Campbell

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge has been awarded the Idris Cup as the Squadron’s Yachtsman of the Year for the 151st annual sailing season.

The award to the champion 49-class sailor was announced at the annual prize giving held at the club last Friday, 31 May, and is awarded to “a Squadron member for excellence in local, national and international competition who has demonstrated the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct.”

The Joanne Trophy has been awarded to Yngling class helmswoman Karyn Gojnich, the citation being “a Squadron member who regularly sails from the Squadron, is enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant in any aspect of sailing.”

The third special award announced on Friday evening was the Flag Officers Crewperson of the Year, being presented to Stuart Pollard. This trophy recognised “a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of competition in their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in club and regatta events.”

During the evening, the Squadron’s race management team (52 members in total) was recognised for their significant contribution during the past season, while special volunteer awards were made the John Maclurcan (handicapping and administration support), John Kirkjian (rules, special regulations and technical support) and Peter Campbell (yachting journalist).

The Squadrons glittering array of perpetual trophies came out of their cabinets for the prize giving, allowing the season’s winners a brief opportunity to view the trophies and see the names of their yachts become part of the Squadron’s 151 seasons of yacht racing on Sydney Harbour.

Perpetual trophy and Main Series winners for the 2012-2013 season were:

Division 1: Euphoria (Tony Coleman) - Norn Cup; Willyama (Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo) - Milson Silver Jug; Honeysuckle (Ray Harris) - Duke of Gloucester Cup; Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes & Sarah Goddard-Jones) – Geoff Lee Trophy; Sydney (Charles Curran) – Boomerang Cup, Half Ton Trophy, Varuna Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Division 2: Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) – Carleton Cup; L’ea Co (Grant Pollock – Intercolonial Cup; Ambitious (David Matthews) – JAV Minnett Memorial Cup, 1st Main Series.

Division 3: Come by Chance (John Nutt) – LJ (Livvy) Mann Trophy; Mystere (Malcolm Shaw & Andrew Rodger) – Tarring Cup; Tingari (John Jeremy) – Xarifa Teapot, The Flag Officer Race Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Division 4: Solay (David Smith) – Commodore Knox Jubilee Trophy, KH Scholtyssek Tankard; Beowulf (Stafford Watts) – Herbert E Rosenthall Memorial Trophy; Daydream (Cheryn Croker) – Morna 1947 Cup, Rawson Cup, 1st Main Series.

International Etchells: North Star (Michael Coxon) – Milson Silver Goblets; Iron Lotus (Ivan Wheen, David Edwards & Tom King) – Eaton Cup; dot (David Seaton) – Phil Pearce Memorial Trophy; Umami (Matt Whitnall & Ant Elliott) – John ‘Choco’ Winning Memorial Plate; Alchemist (Richard Hammond & Roger Gain) – Ted Albert Memorial Trophy, Xarifa Chalice, 1st Main Series; Ciao (Doug McGain) – Etchells Mini Regatta Trophy, Jim Annand Trophy; RSYS for CYCA v RSYS – Kopsen Trophy.

International Dragon: Abracadabra (Nicholas Hogg & John Marty) – Alan Jarman Trophy; Riga (Martin Burke) – Era Cup; Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) – Archie Robertson Trophy, Dragon Gold Cup, Jock Car Memorial Cup, Elaine Rowntree Trophy, William Eric Hamilton Strain Trophy, 1st Main Series; Richard Sargeant & Kevin Burman – Colin Venables Crew Trophy.

International Yngling: Mistral (Edward Moult) – Yngling Gold Cup; Evie (Karyn Gojnich) Jan H Linge Trophy; Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett & Max Hayman) – King Haakons Cup, Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy, Malcolm Barlow Trophy, The 200 Trophy, Royal Temple Yacht Club Trophy, 1st Main Series.

Short Ocean Pointscore: Bennie and the Jets (John Griffin) – Milson Memorial Cup; AFR Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis) – Morna Cup; Occasional Coarse Language (Warwick Sherman) – Gascoigne Cup; Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes & Sarah Goddard-Jones) – 1st, Perseverance Trophy.

Tuesday Twilight Series: Rapunzel (Sandy Lawson) – Gypsy Moth Trophy; Karma (Lauren Cini) – Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy), 1st Main Series.

Sunday Series: Solveig (David McLean) – 1st Sunday Series.

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And the winner is ........Sydney

23 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Sydney, Ambitious, Tingari, Daydream, Alchemist, Sidewinder and Miss Pibb will go down in the records as winners of the Main Series pointscores for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s 150th season of summer racing on Sydney Harbour. Each of the yachts clinched victory on Saturday, the final day of club racing for 2012-2013, with the international one-design classes ending the series with a mini-regatta.

The victory of Cheryn Croker’s Daydream is the first time in recent Squadron history that an all-women crew has won a Main Series division trophy, although several women skipper their yachts and many crew in the fleet. Another woman winner on Saturday was former Olympian Karyn Gojnich who sailed Evie to three straight wins in the International Yngling class mini regatta.

Sydney, the 60-footer owned by Australia Day Regatta president Charles Curran and sailed by a dedicated crew of the Squadron members, had an easier than expected victory in Division 1 when her closest rival, Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razor retired after finishing. Sydney took line honours but placed only seventh on corrected time, but ended the Main Series a comfortable 6.23 points clear of Hell Razor, third place overall going to Graeme Lambert’s Impetuous Too. Sydney also won the IRC season pointscore.

Division 3 went to another Australia Day Regatta official, organising committee chairman John Jeremy sailing his East Coast 31, Tingari, to a 7 point win from Mingara III (Philip Crane) with Zeus II (Jim Dunstan) just one point astern in third place.

Although David Matthews’ Ambitious won only two races during the season, consistency was the keynote of her success in Division 2, finishing with a net 74 points, comfortably ahead of Arcturus II (Peter Davenport) on 81.96 points and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar) on 82 points.

Division 4 provided the closest contest of the season. Stafford White’s Folkboat Beowulf and Cheryn Croker’s Daydream went into Saturday’s final race equal on points. After the race they were still equal on points after five drop races and a countback Daydream took the title with eight wins over the season to six by Beowulf. A close third overall was Solay (David Smith).

The Main Series winners in the three one-design classes had already been decided going into Saturday’s three-race mini regatta and placings remained unchanged at the end of the day. Alchemist (Richard Hammond and Roger Gain) won the International Etchells from Umami (Matt Whittnall and Ant Elliott) and Ciao (Doug McGain).

Sidewinder (Carl Ryves) won the International Dragon Main Series from Liquidity (Richard Franklin) and Riga (Margin Burke) while in the International Yngling class Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett and Max Hayman) won the Main Series from Black Adder (Gary Pearce) and Shining Star (Chris Harper).

Saturday’s Autumn One Design Regatta also comprised the Port Jackson championship and Etchells Eaton Cup for the International Etchells class. The Etchells produced a three classic one-design races, with top performer of the day being world champion boat Iron Lotus (David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Tom King). Iron Lotus notched up two firsts and a seventh while Doug McGain’s Ciao had a 10-2-2 score, Dot (David Seaton) 2-11-3 and Magpie (Steve Jarvin and Graeme Taylor) a 6-1-9 score in the 23 boat fleet.

Of the Main Series winners, Sidewinder was the only boat to finish top boat in the final mini regatta, taking out the Dragons with two wins and a fourth place, while Liquidity had a 1-3-2 scorecard and Indulgence a 3-2-4 result.

Karyn Gojnich sailed Evie to three straight wins in the International Yngling class. Miss Pibb had three seconds while Karma (Gary Wogas) had a 4-4-3 scorecard.

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Sydney's narrow lead going into final race

16 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Over the past 24 races, both Sydney and Hell Razer have had three handicap wins along with consistent placings in the top ten of the strong Division 1 fleet. Sydney has a net 82 points, Hell Razer 84.$2 and Impetuous Too has 98 points, just clear of Jackie Claire (Geoff and Debbie Davidson) 101 points and ISuper (Peter Campbell) 102 points.

Sydney is assured of at least one major trophy: first place under IRC ratings for Division 1. Sydney has a 10 point margin over Too Impetuous.

Equal on points going into the final race for Division 4 are Stafford Watts’ Beowulf and Cheryn Croker’s Daydream. Daydream, with its all-women crew, finished third last Saturday to level with Beowulf on 44 points. Still in contention for an overall win is David Smith’s Solay which won Saturday’s race to be on 49 points.

In Division 2, Ambitious (David Matthews) has a handy lead over Arcturus III (Peter Davenport) and Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Miller) going into next Saturday’s final race.

Australia Day Regatta committee chairman John Jeremy is lining up for another season success with his East Coast 31 Tingari, after a second last Saturday gave him a seven point margin over former Sydney Hobart Race winner Zeus II (Jim Dunstan). Zeus II is equal on points with Mystere (Malcolm Shaw and Andrew Rodger) with Mingara III (Philip Crane) just one point back.

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Three placings on corrected time will decide the winner of the Division 1 Main Series of the Squadron’s summer racing series of 2012-2013 when the fleet lines up for the final club race of the season next Saturday. Only 2.42 points separate Charles Curran’s Iain Murray-designed 60-footer Sydney and Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razer after last Saturday’s penultimate race day on the Harbour. Both boats finished well back in the fleet on corrected time, Sydney 11th, Hell Razer 13th, with victory going to Willyama (Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo) lifting it to seventh overall going into the final race.

Cheryn Croker's eighth win of season

2 March 2013

Peter Campbell

Cheryn Croker notched up a remarkable eighth win of the season on Saturday when she steered Daydream to victory in Division 4’s heat 22 of the Squadron’s Main Series.

Cheryl and her all-women crew now head the pointscore in the Main Series and Summer Series following their impressive showing in the Spring Series in which Daydream won five races.

Last Saturday Daydream finished last in the seven boat fleet but first on corrected time for a third Summer Series win. Solay (David Smith) took fastest time and placed second on corrected time, with Beowulf (Stafford Watts) third.

Hornblower (Steve Sweeney and Murry Begg) could not follow up on its win in the RANSA Regatta the previous Sunday, finishing fifth in fleet, seventh on corrected time.

Saturday was another good day on the Harbour for Charles Curran’s Sydney, taking line honours in Division 1 and placing second on corrected time to One O Nine (Robert Salteri). The winning margin was just 16 seconds with another six seconds to third placegetter, Wine-Dark Sea (Peter Lowndes and Sarah Goddard-Jones). The second place increased Sydney’s overall points lead in the Main Series to a comfortable margin over Ian MacDiarmid’s Hell Razor, which placed ninth on handicap. Sydney also won the IRC scoring category on Saturday.

Division 2 on Saturday went to Sinewave (Greg Mason from Arcturus III (Peter Davenport) and Soundtrack (John Amos) with the series leader Ambitious (David Matthews) fourth.


A win in Division 3 for Philip Crane’s Mingara III has narrowed the Main Series lead of John Jeremy’s Tingari to just two points, with Tingari placing fifth. Mingara III won on Saturday from Come by Chance (John Nutt) and Casamajor (Charles Moore).


The only one-design keelboat class to race with the Squadron on Saturday were the International Dragons, with Carl Ryves continuing his winning form.

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