Ladies Twilight prize giving

The Paspaley Tuesday Twilight season concluded last night and was feted with pearls, trophies, champagne and much friendship and laughter. The Tuesday sailors have increased in numbers, but most importantly, bonded as a community, furthering and encouraging women's participation in sailing. 

Following an address by Karyn Gojnich thanking the skippers who bring LOTS graduates on to their boats, the crew of Allegro made the weekly presentations - with great flair! 

After dinner, Commodore Richard Chapman introduced our series sponsor, Chris Paspaley, who has so generously supported our series for two years. Chris referred to the great affinity Paspaley has with our Club due to our shared passion for the ocean. "We appreciate the same elements and we work with Mother Nature. Both Paspaley and RSYS share a spirit of community and enjoying what's important in life," he added.

Chris then made the trophy presentations to the Division winners, each of whom received a Squadron trophy and a beautiful Australian South Sea pearl pendant. The crew of Enigma won the overall Pointscore and are invited to a Pearl Discovery experience to the Pearl Room at Paspaley's flagship store in Martin Place. 

Those boats that had raced in at least 75% of the series were then placed into a lucky prize draw to win a pearl pendant. To much applause and cheering, Chris Paspaley announced the lucky recipients: Muffi Barbour, Well Inclined; Jackie Taylor, Allegro; Eve Shepherd, Trilogy and Melissa Taylor, Coco.

The series would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the small army of volunteers who manage the races each week, and to our Ladies Sailing Convenor, Karyn Gojnich; we thank you!

Week 12 race results

Ladies PHS

1st Kookaburra, Jill Hammond
2nd Rapunzel, Sandy lawson
3rd Wine-Dark Sea, Sarah Goddard-Jones


Ynglings/Elliotts PHS

1st Miss Pibb, Angelica Vaness
2nd Evie, Sara Ladd
3rd Elliott 2, Claire-Loiuse Mitchell


Best Start

Elliott 2, Francesca Greco (with LOTS ladies & Claudia Thackray)


Season Prizes

Gypsy Moth IV trophy
1st overall mini-series winner in the Ladies non-spinnaker division

Enigma, Anne Connery


Bluebird Trophy
1st overall mini-series winner in the Ladies Elliott / Yngling spinnaker division

Evie, Sara Ladd


Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy
PHS Ladies non-spinnaker division main series winner

1st Enigma, Anne Connery
2nd Kookaburra, Jill Hammond
3rd Rapunzel, Sandy Lawson


Lady Helm Trophy
PHS Ladies Elliott / Yngling spinnaker division main series winner

1st Miss Pibb, Angelica Vaness
2nd Evie, Sara Ladd
3rd Elliott 1, Siobhan White


Open Division Pointscore

1st As You Do, Ross Littlewood
2nd Mercier, James Merrington
3rd Pilgrim, Paul Ley

Participation Lucky Draw prizes

Muffi Barbour, Well Inclined
Jackie Taylor, Allegro
Eve Shepherd, Trilogy
Melissa Taylor, Coco


View full results here

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Farr 40 National Championship

RSYS hosted the Farr 40 National Championship on 10-12 March. The event marked the end of a great season for the Farr 40 class. There were eight entries this year, representing both NSW and VIC, with each boat bringing an abundance of experience and skill to Sydney Harbour.

Over the three days, eleven races were completed, with Friday and Sunday's races held inshore, and Saturday’s offshore. The weather conditions for the championship fluctuated, but PRO Rob Ridley and his team did a great job to get eleven races in. Racing was very close throughout the event, with boats generally only a few points apart.

The overall winner was the well deserving Estate Master - Martin & Lisa Hill, with a very stressful deciding last race. Coming into the last race Estate Master had a six-point lead, a nice buffer zone you would think. However, on their first upwind, their genoa halyard broke and they slipped into last place. Proficient crew work enabled a quick fix, and they were able to make their way up to fourth at the finish. Congratulations to Martin & Lisa Hill from Estate Master and the crew on the win! Also a big congratulations to Jeff Carter from Edake and the crew, who took out the Corinthian title. 


Overall Placings

1st Estate Master – Martin Hill (MHYC/RSYS)

2nd Angophora – Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (MHYC/RSYS)

3rd Kokomo – Lang Walker (CYCA/RSYS)

4th Edake – Jeff Carter (MHYC)

5th Double Black – Rob Pitts (SYC)

6th Zen – Gordon Ketelbey (MHYC/RSYS)

7th Nutcracker – Rob Davis/Andy Baker (SYC)

8th Exile - Rob Reynolds (MHYC)


View photos and videos here 


Photo credit: Crosbie Lorimer - Bow Caddy Media

Youth Fleet in fine form

The RSYS Youth fleet had a great day out on the water on Sunday, with a 18-22 kt north-easterly to race in, as they
prepared for the last few events of the season. As some of the top RSYS Laser sailors were out of action due to YST trials, it was
the younger brigade that worked hard to take their racing to a new level and practice their race trade.

The Lasers are off to the Metros next week over at Double Bay Sailing Club, and with the YST sailors back, there should be a big 
contingent of our sailors representing RSYS.

The Optimists had a full fleet out on the water, all vying for top spot for both handicap and scratch honours in the Club championships.
Placings are top for both point scores, and after a few light days, the more experienced older sailors were grinning from ear to ear at the 
sight of the waves and big wind. The Optimists have one more training session next week before we migrate to Lake Macquarie for the 
NSWIODA State Championship on the weekend of the 25-26 March.

Keep training guys, you're doing so well!


View full results here

Photos by John Jeremy and Michael Hansen  

Fast and furious RSYS Youth racing

Thirty RSYS Youth racers faced off on Sunday 12 february in the first Club Championship for 2017. A southerly front made for increasingly challenging conditions, spiced up with some hair-raising gusts.

The 10 Optimists got off to the first of two clean starts. Racing was close, with the first five finishing within one minute of each other. As the conditions deteriorated, a smaller group managed to finish the second race and head for home - fast! 



The seasoned Laser fleet were in no mood for hanging around. A couple pushed their luck in the first start and were rewarded with recalls. Increasingly brisk conditions added to the overall excitement on the race 2 startline with most of the fleet over. The rarely displayed black flag went up and four sailors got BFD’d on the restart. 

The racing was close with the smaller 4.7 rigs taking it to (and sometimes past) the larger Radials. The downwind legs proved tricky for some, with ferocious gybing and dramatic capsizes. But what they are all going to remember is the feeling of quite literally flying … downhill dinghy sailing at its best.


While some of our racers came out a little worse for wear, overall we saw great competition, many thrills and quite a few spills. A great day at the Squaddie.

By Vanessa Swiderski
Photos by Michael Hansen

Squadron Annual Cruise

We depart for Cowan Creek and Pittwater in just four weeks - will you join us? Yachts, motor cruisers, novices, old salts and families are all very welcome!

Running from 17 - 24 April, there is a programme of activities for dedicated cruisers as well as the normal racing programme for enthusiastic sailors. There will be two lay days where cruise participants can socialise, a sausage sizzle, a progressive dinner and the Galley Gourmet Challenge.

View the itinerary here

The GGC is a highlight of the social programme - crews create and present their finest on board cuisine for the approval of our judges. Categories include: Canapés (served on the beach and enjoyed by all); Entrée; Main Course; Dessert and Junior Chef.

Looking for inspiration? View past winning recipes here

If you have any queries, please contact the Sailing Office


Technology Talks Series 2

'Common iPhone & iPad Apps Made Simple' 

Back by popular demand - learn how to get the best use out of your Apple devices on 27 March, 10 & 24 April.

Talk 1 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words'
Monday 27 March 11am-12.20pm >> book here

●    How to take better photos with your iPhone Camera app.
●    How to make them look great! Easily.
●    How to share them with others.
●    How to sync them across your Apple devices.
●    What else can you do with your iPhone camera?

Talk 2 'My Precious Memories' 
Monday 10 April 11am-12.20pm >> book here

Talk 3  'Hey Siri, Remind me to buy…' 
Monday 24 April 11am-12.20pm >> book here

You are welcome to book for one, two or all three talks. Cost is $15pp. Do stay for lunch to continue the conversation!

Tahiti Yacht Rally

Would you be interested in a sailing holiday in Tahiti?

RSYS and Mariner Boating Holidays have partnered once again to offer you a wonderful cruising opportunity.

The Tahiti Yacht Rally is set to take place in the stunning leeward islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa from 5 - 19 October 2017, or alternatively, in 2018.

To help us plan accordingly, we would appreciate your input.

Please complete this brief poll 

Family Curry Night

Enjoy curries from around the world at our casual family dinner in the CCA on Wednesday 8 March.

We'll offer a tempting selection of authentic dishes bursting with flavour and colour, including: Beef Rendang, Massaman Lamb, Ayam Masak Merah, Thai Penang Fish Curry, Singapore Fried Rice Noodles, Chole (Chana Masala), served with Pappadams, Raitas, Naan and Jasmine Rice. And for dessert, try Glutinous Rice, Mango & Coconut Charlotte or Coconut & Kaffir Lime Sorbet.

All at very family-friendly prices!
Event details
Date: Wednesday 8 March
Time: from 6pm
Venue: CCA
Cost: $12-18, per the menu on the night.


Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Prize Giving

The final race and presentation dinner will take place on Tuesday 14 March in the CCA.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable event. Paspaley will present eight Australian South Sea pearl pendants and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage bank vaults that lie beneath their flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Four pendants will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn on the night. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series.

Please reserve your table via Reception.

Last year's happy winners:




RSYS Youth 3rd in Wellington

On 14 February, members of the RSYS Youth Development programme and coach Klade Horsechildt, embarked on a tour of New Zealand consisting of the Nespresso and Centreport International Youth Match Racing regattas, held in Auckland and Wellington respectively. The two weeks were an amazing experience, equally for skill development, exploring a new country and also catching up and making a lot of new friends.

The Nespresso regatta was hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, from the 15-19 February. RSYS had one team entered in this event comprising Nick Rozenauers helming, Mitch Evans on main, Angus Olding trimming, Zac Quinlan on bow and Ben Fraser as float. The team definitely learnt a lot during the regatta, due to the different sailing conditions, especially the huge tides in Auckland Harbour. The weather could never really make its mind up as well, with all four seasons making an appearance on most days of the regatta, adding to the fun of it all.

The team sailed quite well in the regatta, making a few mistakes along and facing some adversity with the boats and umpires. Yet we managed to make the quarter finals though then sadly knocked out by Matthew Hughes from RNZYS who finished 2nd after the round robin. RSYS went on to finish 8th overall. Big congratulations to Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) who won the event in his last ever Youth match racing event due to aging out.

After a couple of days rest, including a little bit of ten pin bowling, the team flew to ‘windy’ Wellington where we met another member of the programme, Fergus Abbott. RSYS entered two teams in the Centreport regatta, a perfect opportunity for Mitch Evans to have his first experience of match racing regatta steering. Mitch’s team also consisted of Ben Fraser doing main and spinnaker, Fergus Abbott jib and bow and Mikey from RPNYC as float. The other RSYS team consisted of Nick Rozenauers helming, Angus Olding doing main and spinnaker, Zac Quinlan jib and bow and Tristan from RPNYC as float.

Unfortunately in the early morning of the first day of the regatta, Mitch and Angus both caught the notorious bug that had haunted teams at the Nespresso regatta the previous week. Both were out for the day, resulting in Mitch receiving seven black flags. Luckily Ben could take Angus’ spot for the day, so Nick could continue. By day 2, both had recovered their health and were able to sail. The weather in Wellington this year was quite uncharacteristic, as there was no days called off due to too much wind. Some days were even hot and glassy on the water at times.

Nick Rozenauers and his team were able to make the semi finals after the completion of two round robins and Mitch’s team finished 7th, a huge achievement after not sailing for one whole round robin. Mitch beat Frankie Dair from the USA in the sail offs to keep his 7th spot, whilst in the semis, Nick was beaten by Finn Tapper (CYCA) who went on to win the regatta - congratulations! Nick and his team faced Matthew Hughes (RNZYS) in the petits for a ‘mate vs mate’ rematch from the quarter finals at Nesspresso. The RSYS team was able to win 2-0 and claim 3rd overall at the regatta.

The Youth Development members would like to thank all the billet families who hosted us whilst we were away: the Hughes, Martels and Whiteheads/Wrights. A big thank you as well to the two Royal Port Nicholson boys, Mikey and Tristan, who helped both teams in Wellington regatta get a bit closer to the maximum weight, the host clubs, the sponsors, the RSYS for sending us and our coach Klade. 


By Angus Olding

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

A great number of Squadron Members attended the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart from 9-11 February. Club entries included Commodore Richard Chapman's family motor cruiser 'Nand V', Alan Reece's yacht 'Vittoria', and Sean Langman's 100 year old trading vessel 'Olive May'. Rob Hardy, a long term Senior Member, and his son trailed their 20ft half cabin launch 'Toby 2' all the way from Lake Macquarie to the festival to be on the same pontoon as the gathering of Dutch vessels, which were the main attraction at this year's festival. 

Richard and Alan had delivered their boats to Hobart during December and January with the help of other Squadron Members, and enjoyed many hours of cruising on the Derwent and surrounding waterways. 'Vittoria' is on the way back to Sydney and 'Nand V' is expected to leave Hobart on Sunday this week. Those of us who attended were amazed by the quality of the exhibits and the hospitality of the Tasmanians.

According to this year's festival programme, the previous event in 2015 saw 22,000 people attend, with an estimated expenditure to the Hobart economy of $30m and possibly $60m to the overall Tasmanian coffers! If you have not attended one of these festivals, I would strongly suggest you add it to you personal bucket list.


By Richard Lawson
Sean's fully restored trader 'Olive May', view over Hobart, Alan Reece on 'Vittoria', an old stream launch, a beautiful 100yr old motor launch in superb condition.