Admiral's Cup keeps growing

The Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta has already outgrown expectations, as David Salter reports.

When an informal committee of offshore veterans first met six months ago to put flesh on the bones of a Classic Yacht Association of Australia idea to hold some form of a regatta to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first win in the Admiral’s Cup, their aim was to attract a fleet of 10 yachts. 

It now seems likely that more than twice that number will take part in the event to be sailed in Sydney on December 1, 2 and 3. 

“What most of us believed would be not much more than a few nostalgic toddles around the Harbour has taken on a real life of its own”, says regatta chairman David Champtaloup. “We’ve been amazed by the response. 

“Boats are coming from as far away as Queensland and Tasmania to join the Sydney and Pittwater entrants. There are already around 20 solid entries with a few more expected. Old crews are getting back together. It promises to be quite an event.”

Jointly hosted by the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, CYCA and RSYS, and with continuing support vfrom the Classic Yacht Association of Australia, the regatta comprises two around-the-buoys harbor races and one short offshore. The specially commissioned first place trophies for each race are named after the three members of Australia’s victorious 1967 team – Balandra, Mercedes III and Caprice of Huon.

Caprice and Mercedes III will compete in the 50th Anniversary Regatta, however Balandra is still being restored in Tasmania.

Entry is open to any yacht that represented Australia in the Admiral’s Cup or contested the selection trials. The illustrious old ocean racers that will be racing in December include Love & War, Kingurra, Syonara, Mister Christian, Camille, Vittoria, Sagacious V, Impetuous, Spirit of Koomooloo (the first Ragamuffin) and the original Wild Oats. 

They will be competing against Mercedes IV, Too Impetuous, Black Magic, Auric’s Quest, Apollo VI and Salacia II. In addition, Lorita Maria and Anitra V have been invited to join the fleet in recognition of the enormous contributions made to Australia’s Admiral’s Cup challenges by Norman Rydge and the Halvorsen brothers. 

The SASC is providing Race Management for the two Harbour races while the CYCA will manage the short offshore event.

Organising committee member Peter Shipway – himself an Admiral’s Cup veteran – has been heartened by the enthusiastic response from former skippers and crew. 

“They’re all coming out of the woodwork”, he says. “Most of them have put their hand up for a ride on one of the boats. Some of the older blokes have settled for a spot on the spectator boat, but we’ll do our best to make sure anyone who’s up for it can sail as guest crew for at least one of the races.”

Among those who’ve already indicated they’ll be racing are some of the most celebrated names in Australian yachting. They include Col Anderson, Rob Brown, Peter Mounsey, Bernie Case, Richard Chapman, Phil Edmonds, Tony Ellis, Gary Geitz, Peter Hemery, Mike Hesse, Peter Tierney, John Wigan, Doug Paterson and Bruce Gould. 

In addition, two of the Regatta Patrons – Gordon Ingate and Sir James Hardy – will be sailing as guest helmsmen. No doubt the third patron, Syd Fischer, will offer his usual robust brand of criticism from a dry berth on the spectator boat.

There will social occasions for sailors, family and friends after each day of racing. 

The formal welcome dinner is at the RSYS on the evening of Friday 1 December, followed by a crew party at the CYCA following the offshore race on Saturday 2 and a final presentation BBQ at the Sydney Amateurs on the Sunday.

For further information contact:  Peter Shipway at or, David Salter at 


Photo caption:  Mercedes III hard running on the Solent during the 1967 Admiral’s Cup, Beken of Cowes

Etchells Mini A regatta 7 October

The Etchells Mini A regatta on Saturday 7 October saw 18 boats participate. They enjoyed an excellent day on the water: it was a sunny afternoon, the breeze was SE 10-15 kts with gusts up to 18kts. Race Officer Rob Ridley ran three races on course 2 off Chowder Bay. After the first race, he shortened the length form 1.2NM to 1NM and adjusted the bearing from 145° to 155° to 160°. 

Shindig and Top40, both RSYS, placed in two races apiece, dominated but Ciao's (CYCA) consistent performances, with win and a pair of seconds, won the day. 


Scratch results:

Race 1
1st   1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
2nd  1268 Shindig Thackray/Weir/Tyquin RSYS
3rd   1332 Top40 Bonouvrie/Merrington RSYS

Race 2
1st   1332 Top40 Bonouvrie/Merrington RSYS
2nd  1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
3rd   1268 Shindig Thackray/Weir/Tyquin RSYS

Race 3
1st   1306 The Hole Way Crowle RSYS (pictured above)
2nd  1244 Ciao McGain/O'Brien CYCA
3rd   1346 Avalon Bellingham, Tait RSYS 

Full results here

View photos and videos at


Article, photos, videos by Isabel Wartho


MC38s action at RSYS

Act 1 of the MC38 2017-18 Summer series was conducted last weekend out of the RSYS. There were nine boats competing with big names joining the racing such as Tom Slingsby and Iain Jensen, most of the regulars, as well as an RPAYC Youth team. The first day of racing enjoyed SSE winds between 18-24kts. Leslie Green’s Ginger cleaned up and took out Boat of the Day with a scorecard of 2, 1, 2, 2.

On day 2 the weather had different ideas: the breeze was much lighter at 8-11 knots from the ESE. Neville Crichton’s Maserati had an excellent day on the water with a scorecard of 1, 2, 2. This allowed them to move into 2nd place in the series on a countback against Hooligan and receive Boat of the Day for Sunday.

RSYS members competing included David Chapman (tactician) and Richard Allanson on winning boat Ginger; Michael Dunstan (helm) on Hooligan; Martin Hill (helm) on Maserati; Chris Hancock on Vino and Stephen Barlow on Light Speed.

Ginger once again exhibited their dominance in the class with a 10 point lead over 2nd place. The other boats will certainly be hungry to knock them off first place in Act 2 which will be held on 18 - 19 November at The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.



1. Ginger – Julian Plante – CYCA – 13 pts

2. Maserati – Neville Crichton – RNZYS/CYCA – 23 pts

3. Hooligan – Marcys Blackmore – RPAYC – 23 pts

4. Lightspeed – Stephen Barlow – RPAYC – 27 pts

5. Lazy Dog – John Bacon – RPAYC – 38 pts

6. Easy Tiger – Chris Way – RPAYC – 40 pts

7. Vino – Chris Hancock – RPAYC – 45 pts

8. Dark Star – Sarah Parker – RPAYC – 47 pts

9. Ghost Rider – Ross Hennessy – RPAYC – 63 pts


Articles, photos and videos at the MC38 Class Association Facebook page

Article by Angus Olding
Photo by Tillylock Media

An Evening with Peter FitzSimons

Squadron Speaker event 23 November. Peter FitzSimons is popular in equal measures for his work as a journalist, historical author, political activist and former sportsman. He will cover
all this and more in his inimitable style for what will no doubt be a stimulating, entertaining and thought-provoking evening.

Event details
Date: Thursday 23 November
Time: 6.30 for 7pm 
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost:  $85, includes main, cheese, beer, wine & soft drinks.

Members book online here






Friday Twilights 6 October

The opening race of the series was greeted with sunshine, 15kts breeze from the SE and temperatures around the low 20s. There were 62 boats on the water all ambitious to get the chance to win the Land Rover for the Weekend prize. Stephanie Stewart from Alto Land Rover made the presentations and the team from Indigo, above, were the lucky winners this week, congratulations!

This week's division winners:



Division 1

1    M495  Huligan    David Servi    
2    02        Hinemoa    Chris Roberts    
3    7100    M    Steven & Michele Hatch

Division 2

1    BX43  Bordeaux    Peter & Alice Zehnder    
2    6322    Enigma    Garry & Anna Connery    
3    8400    Crackerjack    Dennis Galvin & Chris Harper

Division 3

1    6827    Takana    Paul Williams    
2    1008    Star Ferry    John Conroy    
3    6938    Gail Force    Graeme Smith

Division 4

1    6821    Jacana    David Creer    
2    370      Mary Franklin    John Vandervord    
3    806      Mana    Stephen Wilson


1    Elliott 4        
2    Elliott 1

View full results here


RSYS Members at the Etchells Worlds

The Squadron was well represented at the Etchells World Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club from 26-30 September. 

The fleet of 51 teams comprised representatives from nine countries and featured calibre sailors ranging from World Champions to Olympic and America's Cup legends. 

First place was won by the consistent USA team skippered by Steve Benjamin on Stella Blue. The runners-up were Aussie team Magpie, skippered by Graeme Taylor, with Steve Jarvin and RSYS Member James Mayo on board. 

Mayo commented afterwards that 'The team sailed exceptionally well to come home second. With next to no luck, including returning to the line twice on the third day and tearing a kite on the first drop of the final day, the team grouped together to lock in second position."  

The highest performing Squadron boat was Martin Hill's Lisa Rose, with David Chapman, Andrew Palfrey and Sasha Ryan crewing. The SFYC Commodore presented them with the Perpetual trophy for winning the fourth race (pictured below.)

Other Squadron boats included Iain Murray's Northern Havoc, Doug Flynn's Wobbegong2, Jeanne-Claude Strong on AUS 1435 and Steve Billingham on Adolescence.

View full results here


Top photo by Nic Douglas, Adventures of a Sailor Girl,

Friday Twilights start this week

We are delighted to announce the series will again be generously supported by Audi Alto Artarmon - joined this year by Alto Land Rover. 

You can look forward to seeing a new range of exciting cars on display on race nights; and each week, one lucky skipper will be drawn to test drive a car for the weekend. We will reveal the end of season participation prizes soon.

So gather your crew and join us for casual racing followed by dinner in the CCA. 

Skippers enter here

Cruising Division Events

Our busy Cruising Division has several events coming up that will be fun, interesting and beneficial to Members and their guests:

‘Sail the World’ presentation
Thursday 12 October CCA 6pm for 6.20pm start
Everything you need to know to circumnavigate the globe!
Sailor and author Erick Reickert will explain the skills required, the selection of a boat that is up to the task, the necessary equipment and the planning required for world cruising.
​View the flyer here
Book here

‘Cast Off’ seminar
Friday 27 October, Kirribilli Room 9.30am-1pm
An educational  session for just 20 Members with Above & Beyond Boating to assist less experienced owners plan a passage.
Cost $22.50, includes morning tea.
Book here

‘Are animals the new Oceanographers?’ presentation
Wednesday 22 November CCA 6pm for 6.20pm start
with Kate Parsons of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
Booking details to follow.

‘An Evening on the James Craig’ reception
Monday 11 December
canapés and BYO drinks aboard this historical ship moored at Barangaroo.
Cost $86 (includes $20 donation to the Sydney Heritage Fleet).
Meet at the Jeffrey St Wharf, Kirribilli for a 6.15pm ferry ride to Pyrmont Bay.
Booking details to follow.


Wartime story of MV Krait​

Noel Phelan of the National Maritme Museum will give a talk on Wednesday 27 September - all Members are welcome. 

Built in 1934 in Japan Krait collected fish from fishermen and ports around the Rhio Archipelago and took the catch to the Singapore markets. In World War II, the boat was used to evacuate hundreds of civilians to nearby Sumatra and was used as part of a covert operation raiding Japanese shipping.

Her most famous hour came in 1943 when a 14-strong company of British and Australian army and naval personnel set out on a daring commando night raid on shipping in the Singapore Roads. Codenamed Operation Jaywick, Krait was disguised as a Japanese fishing boat and successfully taken to within 20 miles of Singapore itself. Three pairs of operatives in folboats (folding canoes) attached limpet mines to and blew up or damaged seven Japanese tankers and freighters totalling some 37,000 tonnes.

Find out more at this presentation. 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 27 September
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

We will meet in the Careening Cove. The Bar will open at 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Dinner will be served in the Carabella Room afterwards if you would like to continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.











Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

We are delighted to announce that Paspaley is returning to support the Ladies' sailing series.

This season’s prizes include Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl earrings in 750 white gold.

Sound enticing? Come along to our Networking Night on Tuesday 10 October and find out how to get involved with our friendly Ladies' sailing community. Novices are very welcome - we'll introduce you to a skipper. Skippers - gather your crew together or find new crew.

We will hold pre-Twilights training sessions on Tuesdays October 17, 24 & 31, from 5-7pm. Racing commences Tuesday 14 November.


Event Details
Date: Tuesday 10 October
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start, followed by dinner.
Venue: Careening Cove (CCA) on Level 3
Cost: There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.

Members RSVP online here
Non-Members RSVP here


Final Race Day for DF65 Championship

A spectacular morning greeted the eight skippers who lined up for the final seven races of the Dragon Force 65 Remote Controlled Yachting Winter Championship on Sunday 17 September. Shining sea, clear skies, cool breeze, great company and banter… where would you rather be?

Just before the start of Race 1, the dreaded swirling westerly gave way to a great 5-10kt southerly that blew almost straight down the pond. Race Officer Ed’s decision to have an off-wind start made for a very even run to the first mark and fewer rule infringements – at least until the first rounding mark... We stuck with that system for all seven races and it made the day that much more interesting.

Brett Madsen made a very welcome return after driving up from Sutherland for the morning and would have finished 3rd but for an 8th in race 6. He’s quickly jumping up the rankings after some high places. Richard Franklin (with his new fluoro yellow wind pennant) was usually at the front. We wish him the best of luck in the Dragon Regatta in Cannes, France. John Vickery, sailing the black stealth boat, was always threatening at the top of the fleet, picking some great wind shifts to appear out of nowhere and take the lead at times.

We were lucky to welcome Michael McClean who joined us for the first time; his scores improved throughout the day. With his experience in Solings and IOMs, he will be on the pace in no time at all.

Our other newcomers John Hunt and John Marty are still grappling with steering and boat gremlins but will benefit from the Practice Days and the extra sailing at Wondakiah. Wondakiahian member Virginia Ware came along to observe, no doubt the Wondakiah crew will help her out a lot.

The winner for the day would have to be Kel Burgess and his excellent performance with four bullets despite his brother Phil’s best endeavours to match race him to the finish and take the spoils.

With the final race day over, we have one final practice day before we turn our attention to the NSW Regional Championships which will be held at our Club on 30 September and 1 October.

View the final Results for the Winter Championship here