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


RSYS success at NYYC Invitational

Congratulations to RSYS for winning five races and coming second overall at the NYYC Invitational in Rhode Island. They were also awarded the Resolute Trophy, pictured. 

Commodore Chapman commented, 'The Squadron crew lead by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis sailed extremely well in the varied conditions that confronted them throughout the regatta. To come second in this high calibre fleet was an outstanding result, especially as it was the first time they had sailed the Swan 42.

'It was wonderful for our team to participate at this event and to rekindle the Squadron's sailing ties that go back to early America's Cup challenges.'

Skipper Guido said afterwards, 'What a cracker of an event! Two bits of silverware: second outright and the Resolute Cup. Now that's an added bonus from what was expected to be just a fun regatta!' 

Well done team. Safe travels home and we look forward to hearing your stories at the Clubhouse bar.



Get set for Tuesday Twilights!

Join us for Sydney Harbour's one-and-only Ladies Twilights.

Are you a skipper looking for crew, or a crew looking for a boat? Come to our networking night on Tuesday 10 October.

Perhaps you're a new RSYS Member unsure of how to get involved, or a friend of a friend who'd like to get out on the water? We are a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community who race competitively (but without all the shouting) on Tuesday evenings in Summer. If you would like to find out more please come along to our informal 'Networking Night'. 

More information here

'Breeze-on' for Saturday racing

It was another wet and wild day of racing on Sydney Harbour on Saturday 16 September. The first half of the day was greeted with shifty, medium to strong NW and SW winds. After a hectic first two races in the Mini A regatta, filled with multiple Black flag disqualifications and equipment failure, their third race was abandoned due to a strong southerly front settling in - with gusts over 30 knots recorded for most of the late afternoon, it was safe to say abandoning the race was the right call. Top 40 and Vivienne were stand outs on the day finishing 1st and 2nd in both races respectively.

The boats in the divisional racing also experienced a range of different conditions throughout their races. Division 1 had the biggest turnout of 10 boats in their fleet and as usual there was very little in it between the boats in terms of their results.

This coming Saturday will be race 4 of the Spring series as well as another Mini B regatta. Make sure you book an Elliott 7 if you want to compete!


Podium Results (PHS)- 16 September

Division 1 

  1. Ultreya – Rod Pearse
  2. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  3. Erica – Peter Williams & Gabby Holles

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Steve Ellis (RPAYC)
  2. Ambitious – David Matthews
  3. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport

Division 3

  1. Casamajor – Charles Moore
  2. Mingara III – Philip Crane
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


Mini A

Etchells (Scratch)

  1. Top 40 – G Bonouvrie / P Merrington (2 pts)
  2. Vivienne – Rupert Henry (4 pts)
  3. Ciao –Doug McGain / Michael O’Brien (9 pts)


View full results here

By Angus Olding

RSYS Development Program at Women's Marinassess Regatta

The 2017 Marinassess Women’s Match Racing Regatta took place over the weekend. This event has been conducted annually since 1996, and over the years has adapted its format in keeping with its increased popularity and to remain relevant. It enables women sailors to compete in a fun but very competitive match racing environment, and for many it is their first match racing regatta. The RSYS Development Squad had one entry consisting of: Charlotte Griffin (skipper), Maddie O’Shea (main), Sylvie Stannage (float), Charlotte Alexander (trim) and Madi Kornman (bow).

It was the team’s first match racing regatta and was a great experience as they came up against some very experienced teams, including RPAYC's Clare Costanzo (ranked 9th in Womens) and Sarah Parker (13th). There was also a team from RNZYS and two local teams from the CYCA. The weather conditions also tested the teams as they experienced strong southerly winds on Saturday and then a mixed bag of lighter pressure on Sunday.

Charlotte Griffin commented: ‘We were able to win two matches in the round robins on Saturday. This placed us 5th going into Sunday’s sail offs for 5th/ 6th place. We sailed well on Sunday and won 2 out of 3 matches against CYCA’s Jess Grimes. Our girls placed 5th overall. Thanks to our awesome coach Rosie, the CYCA for hosting and to the Squadron for supporting us and allowing us to compete.’

The team has been training hard in recent months and their result is a great indicator of how much they have improved in such a short time. The Development Squad will continue to train hard in preparation for the Australian Match Racing Youth Nationals later in September. 

By Angus Olding

RSYS doing well at NYYC Invitational Cup

Commodore Richard Chapman is in America with a top-notch team of Club sailors to participate in the The 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. This Corinthian regatta runs from 9-16 September at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court, in Newport, Rhode Island and includes 14 yacht clubs from eight countries from around the globe. After three races in a fresh southwesterly breeze, RSYS is coming second in the regatta. 

Our helmsman is Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. He surprised local media commentators on the first day of practice on Saturday when he claimed he hadn't laid a hand on the wheel of a Swan 42 for two years and that his team hasn't spent a lot of time sailing together. Well that didn't stop our team from winning the first race and then adding a pair of thirds for a comfortable second place in the overall standings.

"It’s so nice to have a group of guys come together," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "They were all sailors for a long time, but we had hadn’t actually sailed together as a team. They just dug deep, and we figured out the way pretty quickly by the looks of things."

The RSYS crew comprises: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (helm), Michael Dunstan (tactician), Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis, Christian Brook, Chris Cook, Simon Cunnington, David Edwards, Andrew Hutchinson, Greg O'Shea, Adam Roberts-Thompson and Ivan Wheen as crew. 

Read the NYYC article here

View latest results here

Photos, videos, live tracking via Facebook here


Spring Racing

Forty seven boats enjoyed an eventful day on Saturday 9 September. Along with the weekly Spring Series racing for the divisions, it was also the first Mini B regatta of the season.

Although the forecast earlier in the week for Saturday had been light to medium in strength, it was a different story on the day; a strong southerly gusting 25+ knots provided plenty of ammunition for boats to fly downwind and whilst reaching. As expected there was plenty of broaching as well.

Make sure you get down to the Club this Saturday for the next Spring and SIS Series race and the second Mini A regatta.


Podium Results (PHS)

Division 1 

  1. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  2. Sydney – Charles Curran
  3. I Super – Peter Campbell

Division 2

  1. Solange – A King / T Carroll / W Hutchinson
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos (CYCA)
  3. Agent 88 – Steve Ellis (RPAYC)

Division 3 

  1. Basilisk – Michael Dally
  2. Tingari – John Jeremy
  3. Casamajor – Charles Moore

Etchells (Scratch)

  1. Ciao – Doug McGain / Michael O’Brien
  2. Wobbegong 2 – Doug Flynn
  3. Carabella IV – Matthew McCann


Mini B

Sports Boats

  1. Elliott 1 – Nick Rozenauers (6 pts)
  2. Purple Patch – Jervis Tilly (8 pts)
  3. Elliott 3 – Fergus Abbott AND  Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York (CYCA) (9 pts)


  1. Wyandot – Bryan Riddell (4 pts)
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman (5 pts)
  3. Evie – Karyn Gojnich (9 pts)

Full results: click here


By Angus Olding



Gaffers Day coming soon

The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club will host Gaffers Day on Sunday 8 October. RSYS Members are warmly invited to join this biennial celebration of the tradition of Classic yachting on Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy breakfast on the SASC wharf at 8.00 am and watch the classic yachts arriving to tie up at the club. The official welcome and firing of the cannon follow at midday and the Rally starts in Athol Bight at 1.00 pm.

For those who wish to follow the event rather than sail, the classic 1939 ferry 'Proclaim' has been chartered. The ferry will depart from Mosman Wharf at 12.15 pm and Old Cremorne Wharf at 12.30 pm – returning at approximately 3.00 pm.

Ferry Tickets are $65 for the cruise and include a welcome drink and refreshments - a selection of dips, meats, olives and cheese platters with grilled Turkish bread as well as sushi and wraps followed by fruit platters, chocolate cake and tea or coffee. 

As there are a limited number of tickets, it is advisable to book early via the SASC office on 02 9953 1433 or email for more information.

Click here for more information

Etchells season underway

The Sydney Fleet put on a strong show for the opening Mini A regatta on Saturday 2 September. 23 boats participated which, given the absence of several teams at the Worlds, was an excellent turn out for the start of the season. 

Racing commenced at 13:35. It was a sunny afternoon with NE 6 kts building to 12 kts by day's end. Race Officer Ian Kingsford Smith ran three races on course 2 of two laps each, shortening the length from 1NM to 0.8NM and adjusting the bearing from 060° to 050° after race 1. 

Top40, Vivienne and North Sydney Station dominated but Peter Merrington and Geoff Bonouvrie's consistent performances won the day. 



Scratch results:

Race 1
1st   1292 M Ramaley CYCA
2nd  1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
3rd   1187 Magpie S Jarvin/G Taylor CYCA

Race 2
1st   1393 Vivienne R Henry RSYS
2nd  1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
3rd   1273 North Sydney Station I Murray/E McCarthy CYCA

Race 3
1st   1332 Top40 G Bonouvrie/P Merrington RSYS
2nd  1273 North Sydney Station I Murray/E McCarthy CYCA
3rd   1393 Vivienne R Henry RSYS.

Full results here

After the race, Geoff Bonouvrie commented that he enjoyed the Mini regattas because they always attract a solid fleet of 20-30 boats. '23 boats today is a fantastic turn out for the start of the season,' he said. He confirmed he would be at the QLD States in October and then in Sydney for the Milson Silver Goblets, which this year will run from 13-17 November. 'I think the Goblets is one of the best regattas on the circuit. It's very competitive and at that time of year there will be good winds,' he added.

View racing calendar here
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Article, photos, videos by Isabel Wartho

Spring Series kicks off!

The RSYS 2017/18 Spring sailing season commenced on Saturday 2 September with race 1 of the Spring/SIS Series. After a few months off, boats were itching to get back on to the water and enjoy the increasingly warm weather. 

Overall there were 61 boats competing on the day, a great start to the season! Although the sun was out, paired with a warm 20c, the wind was quite fickle. It shifted throughout the day until settling in from the NE in the afternoon at about 10-12 knots.

Next Saturday will be race 2 of the Spring Series along with the first races in the Mini B regatta and on Sunday the Sailing Season Open Day.  Members are warmly encouraged to bring guests to enjoy the Squadron on this fie day, and we look forward to seeing as many boats as possible in the Parade of Sail. We look forward to seeing you then!


Podium Results

Division 1  

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. Equiknox – John Molyneux / Peter Bray
  3. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert

Division 2 

  1. Alouette – John Waring (pictured above)
  2. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar (CYCA)
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3 

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Monkey Business – Paul Glynn / Ian Alsop (RMYC)
  3. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


  1. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back
  2. Troika – Callum Thompson & Adam Tran
  3. DNF.  Wyandot – Bryan Riddell

View full results here


By Angus Olding