Hardy Cup Results

RSYS hosted the prestigious Youth Match Racing regatta the ‘Hardy Cup’ from 5-9 February. Ten teams from around Australia, as well as overseas, competed for four days. It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces participating this year and a great indicator of the value that Youth Match Racing regattas bring to all those involved, both in the sense of skill development and the life-long friendships made. 

We really enjoyed sailing against such a variety of people from so many different places, each bringing varying skills, not only from Match Racing but from other spectrums of sailing, which all added to the experience. The conditions for the week tested every team - we were dealt all four seasons of weather that week. The quality of racing was very high and competitive, and the opportunity we had to sail against some of the best Youth sailors around was priceless. As Sir James Hardy said at the prize giving ‘It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.’ 

RSYS l to r: Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan, Alex Rozenauers, Nick Rozenauers, Mitch Evans with Sir James

The regatta was also a positive step forward for the RSYS Development Programme: the team finished 5th and only narrowly missed out on the Semis, going down 2-3 in the Quarter Finals against RPAYC. It was great preparation for the team’s New Zealand campaign where we will compete in Auckland and Wellington for the Nesspresso and Centreport regattas respectively. 

Overall, the regatta was a huge success and a credit to all involved. It would not have been possible without Sir James Hardy facilitating the regatta, and everyone greatly appreciated his commitment, along with other Members who watched the regatta every day aboard his yacht. A huge thank you as well to the numerous ‘Red Shirt’ volunteers who were involved all day, every day, ensuring the competitors were comfortable and happy. Last but not least, thank you to the Squadron families who hosted Interstate and overseas teams. 

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Overall Results

1st Rooklyn DBSC (pictured top)
2nd Costanzo RPAYC
3rd Takahashi RNZYS
4th Hughes RNZYS
5th Rozenauers RSYS (pictured above)
6th Grimes CYCA
7th Wilson RNZYS
8th Gowans SYC
9th Lynch Darwin
10th Solly SYC

By Angus Olding
Photos by Hamish Hardy and Raoul de Ferranti

Hardy Cup Day 1

A full Round Robin of 9 flights was completed today in a light easterly breeze and sweltering heat.

Matthew Hughes of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Ashlen Rooklyn of Double Bay Sailing Club are tied in 1st place, with Leonard Takahashi and James Wilson both of RNZYS in tied 3rd. 

A strong southerly change is due this evening, so Day 2 will see fresher conditions, starting at 0920hrs. 

Also competing are: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club Australia, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sandringham Yacht Club and Darwin Sailing Club. It's a pleasure to have you all here!  #HardyCup2017 

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View live results here

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Iron Lotus wins Etchells Milson Silver Goblets

Iron Lotus EAUS1442 skippered by Julian Plante has won this year's Goblets in convincing style. The regatta was hosted by RSYS from 31 January - 4 February and attracted 26 entries.

Iron Lotus: I Wheen, D Edwards, J Plante, G O'Shea; Wobbegong 2: H Kurnot, S McConaughey, D Flynn; Top 40: G Bonouvrie, I Mackillop, P Merrington

Top 10 results

Pos    Pts    Sail                  Name                   Skipper                 Club    
1       14.0    EAUS1442    Iron Lotus            Julian Plante                                   RSYS    
2       18.0    EAUS1436    Wobbegong 2       Doug Flynn                                    RSYS    
3       23.5    EAUS1332    Top 40                  Bonouvrie / Merrington                 RSYS    
4       41.0    EAUS1435    Yandoo XX          Jeanne-Claude Strong                    RSYS    
5       41.0    EAUS1318    Adolescence         Steve Billingham                           RSYS    
6       45.0    EAUS1362    Ciao                      Doug McGain / Michael O'Brien  CYCA    
7       47.0    EAUS1268    Shindig                 Thackray/Weir/ Tyquin                  RSYS    
8       47.0    EAUS1119    Northern Havoc    Michael Coxon / Iain Murray        RSYS    
9       48.0    EAUS1021    Bushfire                Colin Beashel                                AUST 18FTS    
10     50.0    EAUS1134    Dot                        David Seaton                                 RSYS    

View full results here

View sailing photos here

Photos by Rene Chapman and Andrea Francolini.

Saturday 28 January results

It was a great summer day of racing for all participants. The wind strength matured throughout the day peaking in the late afternoon, coming from the NE at around 20 knots. The up-wind legs of the courses were long and wet, whilst the downwind legs were extremely fast and included many boats surfing the large waves. It was a crowded day on the water, combining the first of the Etchells World qualifiers, races 10-12 of the Yngling King Haakon Cup, Mini B and usual Saturday racing.


Podium Results- 28 January


Division 1

  1. I Super – Peter Campbell  
  2. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert
  3. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson  

Division 2

  1. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3

  1. Casamajor – Chalres Moore
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Intrigue – Gavin Moss
  2. Liquidity – Richard Franklin


  1. Lisa – Martin Hill
  2. Roue – Mike Morris
  3. Carabella IV – Matthew McCann




  1. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 4 pts
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – 5 pts
  3. Karma – Gary Wogas – 12 pts


  1. Monkey Business – Jon Rowe – 5 pts
  2. Elliott 2 – Nick Rozenaures – 6 pts
  3. Elliott 1 – Mitch Evans – 7 pts


View full results here 


By Angus Olding

Photos by Rene Chapman



Friday Twilights 27 January

Race 14 saw a solid turnout for the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight series. Being the day after Australia Day, many undoubtedly wanted to continue the festivity, hence the 63 boats on the water. The breeze and weather for the night was nearly perfect: low to medium ENE and NE winds, with mostly sunny skies, topped off with mid 20s temperature. Congratulations to the winner of the Audi for the Week, Trish Stanley of Willyama. 




Division 1

  1. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  2. Carabella V – Matthew McCann
  3. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox

Division 2

  1. Adela – David Lamond
  2. Viva La Vita – Howard Elliott
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcom Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3

  1. Much Ado – Richard Wither
  2. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  3. Star Ferry John Conroy

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Cateran – David Wearn
  3. Jacana – David Wearn


  1. Angus Olding
  2. Jere Gasperov

View full results here


Australia Day Regatta

On 26 January 68 boats and their crews flocked to Sydney Harbour to compete in the 2017 Australia Day Harbour Regatta. The regatta accommodated eight different divisions with a few additions to the standard Saturday racing, being Classics divisions 1 and 2 and the Historical skiffs. RSYS sailors acquitted themselves well, often finishing in the top three in most divisions.

The weather and conditions for the day saw a gradual increase from light wind strength in the morning to medium wind strength in the afternoon coming from the south. The consistent strength and direction of the breeze enabled a great day of racing on the Harbour for all involved. Although sailors might have appreciated slightly warmer temperatures compared to the low 20s and broken clouds which lingered around the Harbour most of the day.

Overall it was a very successful day; congratulations to all winners. What a way to spend Australia Day! Make sure you get involved next year.


Classic Non Spinnaker Division 1

  1. Vittoria – Alan Reece – RSYS
  2. Sjo Ro – Jeremy Arnott – BSC                                   
  3. Mister Christian – David Salter – SASC

Classic Non Spinnaker Division 2

  1. Yeromais V – John Diacopoulos – RSYS
  2. Tio Hia – James Bevis – SASC
  3. Vanity – John Crawford – SASC      

Division 1 Non Spinnaker

  1. Nocturne – Gerard Kesby – RANSA
  2. As You Do – Ross Littlewood – RSYS
  3. Scarlett O’Hara – Rob Skol – RANSA

Division 1 Spinnaker

  1. The Goat – Bruce Foye – CYCA
  2. Josephine – Nicholas Rowe – SASC
  3. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS

Division 2 Non Spinnaker

  1. Britannia – Glen Ilic – SAILBLTY
  2. Star Ferry – John Conroy – RSYS
  3. Tenspeed – Adam Baggett – DSC

Division 2 Spinnaker

  1. Balmain Tiger – Brian Wood – BSC
  2. Matagi – Simon Oliver – BSC
  3. Wildling II – Conrad Johnston – BSC

Division 3 Spinnaker

  1. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley – BSC
  2. Gingerbread Man – Douglas Russel – BSC
  3. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – RSYS

Historical Skiffs

  1. Australia IV – David Swales – SFS
  2. The Mistake – Terry Stewart – SFS
  3. Britannia – Ian Smith - SFS

View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Photos by Rene Chapman

Renovating Maluka of Kermandie

RSYS Member Sean Langman addressed the Cruising Division on 25 January telling the enthralling story of Maluka. Originally built from a single cedar tree, Sean lovingly restored her using much of the original wood. He then modified her to rate for IRC and to meet Cat 1 requirements in order to participate in the Sydney Hobart.

Read the full report here

Tuesday Twilight prize giving

Tuesday racing recommences 7 February and concludes 14 March, followed by a prize giving dinner in the CCA.

Our generous sponsor 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.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable dinner event!

RSVP online here

Last year's happy winners:


Etchells Milson Silver Goblets return to Sydney Harbour 

The Sydney Etchells fleet is once again looking forward to hosting one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar from 31 January to 4 February. On offer will be the historic Milson Silver Goblets.

Hosted by RSYS, the event uniquely combines mid-week twilight start times with a three race programme on Saturday for a total race programme of six races that make the most of exceptional summer sailing conditions on Sydney Harbour, particularly on weekdays with Harbour traffic at a minimum. 

Last year’s regatta was won by 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Etchells World Champion, Tom King

'This year’s regatta is shaping up as one of the best in the events history. With the Australian Championship having just concluded, the leading contenders are all in top form,' said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin.

More than 30 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 Saturday 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.

Saturday 21 January results

Saturday saw more refreshing temperatures on the Harbour compared to the night before for the Friday twilight. With temperatures in the low 20s and light to medium Southerly winds, racers could not complain with what was served. It was a relatively packed day of racing with race 17 of the Saturday series and races 19-21 of the MINI A regattas. Competition in both series is heating up with a solid aggregate of boats and crews competing for the win in their respective divisions and classes.

Coming up this weekend is another day of racing in the Saturday summer series in which there is the first Etchells world qualifiers. Along with the MINI B regatta where races 10-12 of the King Haakon Cup for the Ynglings will take place.


Podium Results- 20 January

Division 1

  1. Much Ado V – John & Michael Stephen 
  2. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert
  3. I Super – Peter Campbell   

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Stephen Ellis
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos
  3. Senta – Julie & Terry Clarke

Division 3

  1. Lunacy – Tom Moult
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Troika – Callum Thompson & Adam Tran
  2. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back




  1. Wobbegong – Doug Flynn – 9 pts
  2. Top 40 – Bonouvrie / Merrington – 9 pts
  3. Yandoo XX – Jeanne-Claude Strong – 11 pts



  1. Whimsical – Gordon Ingate – 5 pts
  2. Ascalon – Jim Hawkins & Andrew Howe – 6 pts
  3. Liquidity – Richard Franklin – 7 pts


View full resuts here


By Angus Olding