SailGP thrills for Youth Sailors

SailGP returns to Sydney harbour from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 February 2020 - and this time our Youth Sailors have an opportunty to taste the thrill of foiling racing!

Inspire Racing x WASZP

16 youth sailors, eight male and eight female (U20 at the time of the event), will be selected to participate in five days training & racing on foiling WASZP dinghies (pictured above) on Sydney Harbour, 25-29 February 2020. 

Sailors can apply online and will be selected in January 2020 by a SailGP committee based on specific criteria including: sailing ability; willingness to learn new skills; positive attitude towards the sport and this opportunity; ambition; demonstrating the potential to become a future SailGP athlete. 

Inspire Racing x RS Cat14

Sailing on the RS Cat14 gives a unique insight into what it’s like to be onboard an F50 catamaran. The boats have similar characteristics but without the foiling, the sailors also race on a mini version of the SailGP racecourse, a great first step for up and coming junior sailors.

16 sailors (U15) with a 50/50 gender participation rate are selected on behalf of their clubs. Clubs are typically nominated in partnership with the local governing body. For club interest please register below.

Information, Video & Info here

Inspire Careers 

Inspire Careers offers students aged 18-23 an opportunity to register for work experience with SailGP during the Sydney SailGP event. During the program successful candidates are introduced to a variety of roles within SailGP from boat building to hydraulics to hospitality and more.

Ten successful applicants will be selected to participate in the SailGP Inspire Careers internship program in Sydney. 
Applicants will need to be onsite and typically available in the week leading up to the event and the event itself - dates may vary depending on the role. 

Applications here


Magpie wins Milson Silver Goblets

Magpie EAUS1474 skippered by Graeme Taylor has won this year's Goblets with a lead of just one point over reigning World Champion Iain Murray in Havoc EAUS1473. The regatta was hosted by the Etchells Sydney Fleet at the Squadron from 18-22 November and attracted 17 entries.

The final race on Friday 22 November was abandoned when a storm hit Sydney Harbour. Therefore the final results from the previous day stood: Graeme Taylor with Ben Lamb and James Mayo (pictured above) on Magpie came 1st overall; 2nd Havoc Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson; with Jeanne-Claude Strong's Flying High in 3rd in a fleet of 17. 

The Corinthian trophy was won by Squadron Member Matt Whitnall's Synergy.

2nd overall, Havoc, Richie Allanson & Colin Beashel                    Corinthian winners: Synergy, David Taylor, Rob Bishop & Matt Whitnall.

Congratulations all!

Place Name Skipper Club 1 2 3 4 5 Points
1 Magpie (EAUS1474) Graeme Taylor RSYS 2 1 (2) 1 ABD 4
2 Havoc (EAUS1473) Iain Murray RSYS 1 3 1 (3) ABD 5
3 Flying High (EAUS1475) JC Strong RSYS 3 2 (6) 2 ABD 7
4 Adam Magpie (EAUS1187) P.Merrington S.Jarvin CYCA 4 4 3 (4) ABD 11
5 Lisa Rose (EAUS1449) Martin Hill RSYS 5 6 (11) 5 ABD 16
6 Lisa (EAUS925) Matthew Stenta RSYS 8 (10) 4 6 ABD 18
7 Synergy (EAUS1362) Matty Whitnall RSYS 7 9 5 (11) ABD 21
8 Great White Hunter (EAUS1401) David Dunn RSYS (12) 5 8 8 ABD 21
9 Wobbegong 2 (EAUS1436) Doug Flynn RSYS 6 (12) 9 7 ABD 22
10 Umami (EAUS1250) Christian Brook RSYS 10 7 7 (14) ABD 24


View full results here

Lowell North Memorial J70 Twilight Regatta

CYCA’s Reg Lord dominated the inaugural Lowell North Memorial J70 Twilight Regatta hosted by the Squadron on Thursday evenings during October and November. Boats from RSYS, MHYC and CYCA contested the eight race series held over four evenings.

‘The racing was incredibly close and really fun’ said RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich who joined the event for the last four races. ‘We had the harbour to ourselves, what better way is there to finish off the day?,

‘Thank you to Rob Ridley and the RSYS Race Management Team, they did a wonderful job. Thank you also to North Sails for supporting the regatta’ said Andrew Tompson, skipper of 'Jabberwocky' and President of the Australian J70 Association.

The J70, first launched in 2012, now boasts more than 1,500 boats worldwide and active fleets in 25 countries. The J70 was designed to fulfill a growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one design that are exciting to sail, stable enough for the entire family, easy to tow behind the family vehicle, to rig in the car park, ramp launch and sail. Large fleets in Europe and North America are already competing in a full calendar of national and international regattas in both the summer and winter seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. The class also offers an excellent sailing pathway off the hardstand for sailors looking for a keelboat option, but without losing the thrill of speed and one design sailing, as well as the opportunity to compete in regattas around Australia and the world.

The next J70 Australian Championship is scheduled to be sailed from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on the Mornington Peninsula over Easter 2020.

To find out about the J70 in Australia:
Michael Nash (RSYS J70 Division Representative) email at (m) 0432 029350
Andrew Tompson (President Australian J70 Association) email at (m) 0402 892 658
Ray Entwistle (Yachtspot, the Australian distributor for J/Boats) email at or call 02 9997 7158 / 0406 562262

For more information about the boats visit:


1    Juno (7071) Reg Lord CYCA
2    Madness (1305) Paul Breslin RSYS
3    Maybe-J (1303) Michael Nash

1    Madness (1305) Paul Breslin RSYS
2    Jabberwocky (1129) Andrew Tompson MHYC
3    Juno (7071) Reg Lord CYCA

Photo: 'Madness' taken by Beth Morley on 23 October 2019

Fearless on a Farr40

Last weekend Squadron Youth Sailing graduate and LOTS Regatta winner Madi Kornman joined the Farr40 'FINN' for the Farr 40 One Design Trophy hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Finn's owner and skipper Janey Treleaven invited Madi to come for a sail following their encounter in the LOTS regatta mixed division in which both led all-female crews. Madi writes:

Sailing on Finn in the Farr40 One Design Trophy was an incredible experience. To compete as Mast on not only a world class racing boat but against world champions in an offshore regatta was a tremendous task that really tested my sailing skills developed from dinghys through to match racing.

This was also my first offshore regatta and called demanded a very different skillset - having to deal with big swell and shifty conditions required complete trust in my team and myself. 

I was lucky to be a part of a fantastic team of 11 led by Janey Treleaven. They had only been sailing together for a short time and were all very proud of how this regatta developed crew work and boat handling. It was an intense but fun regatta and I look forward to more in the future. 

Photos by Jenny Hughes.

Cabbage Tree Island race report

'Exciting and exhilarating' is how Squadron Member Josh Chant describes his first overnight offshore race as navigator on board 'Solutions'. He writes: 

The Cabbage Tree race was popular this year as it is one of the main qualifier races for the 75th Sydney to Hobart. 67 boats entered, of which 58 lined up on the start line but by the time we reached Sydney Heads the fleet had already been cut dramatically.

The start was  originally scheduled for 1900hrs but thanks to the sunset departure of a cruise liner, we eventually got away at 1920hrs. With dusk now upon us and gusting to 35knots, it was a tricky and challenging ride out of the harbour. We had a quick broach but quickly found our feet and with a small fractional chute up, we stormed our way to North head.

With a few gusts into the higher 30s, we pulled down our kite and ran out under jib and reefed main.
Another quick gybe and we were square running under poled out jib straight down the rhumb line to Cabbage Tree Island. It was a beautiful night sailing with a three quarter moon and small following sea to drive us along.


Unfortunately at about 0430hrs, as we were on our final approach to Fingal Head and Cabbage Tree, the moon set and some cloud cover came over blocking out the stars, leaving us quite in the dark as we waited for sun up. Normally this isn’t much of an issue, but it was this time, thanks to our modern day reliance on technology, as we found ourselves without AIS coming through to the chart plotter. Suffice to say we kept a very careful watch out and as we crossed the mouth of Port Stephens, the pre-dawn sky started to lighten, and we made our way around Cabbage Tree Island.

It was a long slog upwind to get us back to Sydney, and our goal was simple: to get back as quickly as possible in anticipation of the anticipated shift to the south. The breeze was still blowing steadily from the SW at 20-25knots at this time.

We did our single tack for Sydney at approximately 1500hrs for what turned out to be an easy lay into Sydney Harbour. While our strategy to get south quickly wasn't a bad one, we carried on too far and over laid. We certainly could have afforded to have the bow down and travelling a bit faster once we finally tacked onto port too. This saw us getting inshore a bit later than planned and we landed right into the small trough that had moved offshore, parking us in no wind for two hours, just five miles off North Head.

A westerly finally arrived at 2000hrs and we sailed in and crossed the finish line at 2300hrs, managing 21st across the line and 20th IRC.

Considering that only 35 odd boats finished, and the only gear failure we had was a bolt on one of the mainsail cars unthreaded itself, we are really happy with how we and the boat went and feel all the preparation for our campaign for this year’s Sydney to Hobart is going well.

Josh Chant

Success at Laser States

The NSW and ACT State Laser Championships were held at the Georges River Sailing Club from 8-9 November.

Fourteen Squadron (mostly Youth) sailors competed and achieved some fantastic results throughout the fleet. Competing on Botany Bay always presents a different set of challenges to sailing on Sydney Harbour, such as the occasional blast of wind from an accelerating A380 and some interesting tides...

Standing L to R: Marlena, Jack L, Campbell, Ian, Dan, Mark, Jack F, Ashton, Oliver, Mike ( coach ), Xavier, Kane, Finn.
Kneeling L to R: Annabelle, Brooke, Evie, Mina.

Day 1
Saturday's weather was close to perfect, with sun and generally steady wind, although it became lighter and more shifty as the day progressed. 

In the smaller fleet of 11 4.7s, Xavier McLachlan managed a perfect three races with three bullets, followed closely by the ever-threatening Kane Seblatnig.

RSYS made up 20% of a highly competitive fleet of 50 Radials and finished the day strongly with the top three spots and six in the top 10. Jack Littlechild led the fleet with two bullets, with Daniel Costandi and Marlena Berzins close behind.

Day 2
Our results were equally strong. In Radials, Jack continued his domination with great consistency and took out the regatta by two points over Daniel. RSYS attained six of the top 10 results. Marlena was the top finishing girl in Radials in 5th place.

In the 4.7s, Xavier, pictured top, tried a few experiments that didn’t quite work out and he finished the regatta in second place - a fantastic result; he will certainly learn from his day 2 experiences. 

Adult Squadron Member Matt Whitnall sailed in the Standard fleet of 30 boats and finished 12th overall - a great result in a very competitive field. However the crowning regatta honours must go to Campbell Patton, who won the Standard fleet with a fantastic result of five wins, and oh dear, he dropped a second place! 

All in all, our Club's team had a great weekend and supported each other well. Coaching by Mike Leigh and Finn Alexander was terrific and supportive throughout, and all our sailors worked well on their skills. This was a great preparatory event for Sail Sydney and the upcoming Melbourne regattas, including the Nationals, in early January.

As always, Georges River ran a great regatta off the beach - see above - and made our sailors feel welcome. 

Top photo by Jon West Photography
Article and other photos by Richard McLachlan

View full results here

Photos by Jon West Photography here

Tuesday Twilight alert

Due to the extreme weather due to hit Sydney later this afternoon, tonight’s Paspaley Tuesday twilight race has been abandoned. We strongly advise that all skippers and crews take the opportunity to ensure their boats are secure and then join us in a theory session in the CCA from  5.30pm. Dinner will be available in the CCA from 6.30pm and includes a prize draw (drawn out of the hat) for all of the attendees tonight.

Don’t forget this Thursday night we are celebrating just a few of our RSYS Champions from the Sayonara Cup, the Sailing League World Championships and the Etchells World Championship.  Please join us to hear first-hand from these very experienced RSYS Members about their extraordinary experiences.  Bookings are limited and close today at 5pm 

Please click here to book now

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