Gordon Ingate still a Winner

Arguably one of the oldest one-design yachtsmen in the world, 87-year-old RSYS member Gordon Ingate showed he is still a remarkable helmsman by winning two of the three races in the International Dragon class Mini Regatta and Gold Cup series on Sydney Harbour at the weekend.  He lost the other race by five seconds.

Steering Whimsical, Ingate finished that close second in the first race of the day to Liquidity (Richard Franklin). In race two he beat Franklin by eight seconds and in the final race scored a comfortable win from Riga (Martin Burke/Ian McCrossin) with a margin of 48 seconds.

The mini regatta was Ingate’s first outing with the Squadron’s Dragon fleet this season. He has not entered Whimsical in the mini regatta series, with Riga leading the pointscore from Liquidity.

Over a yachting career spanning 75 years, Ingate has represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup and the Olympic Games, challenged for the America’s Cup, won the prestigious Prince Philip Cup in Dragons, and gone close to winning the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with Caprice of Huon in 1972.

The Mini Regatta also included the International Yngling class, with Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett) scoring three straight wins.  Evie (Karyn Gojnich) scored two seconds and a third while Karma (Gary Wogans) was next best on the day with a 7-4-5 scorecard.

Philip Grove’s Huntress has continued her impressive return to Harbour racing with a second place two weeks ago and then a fine win last Saturday in the Division 1 fleet of 12 starters.

Huntress,  which had a great series at Hamilton Island during the winter, won  from Xpress (Parkes/West) and Impetuous Too (Graeme Lambert).

Fourteen boats lined up for Division 2, with Galan (Mike Gallagher) winning from Eclipse II (Brian Bergin) and Arcturus 3 (Peter Davenport).

John Vickery’s Windsong took fastest time and first place on corrected time in Division 3 after a close duel with Wallop (Brian Collis) which placed second on handicap.  Third place went to Jim Dunstan’s Zeus II.

Division 4 saw another double victory, with ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings (David Smith) dashing away from the fleet but winning on handicap by just six seconds from Beuwulf (Stafford Watts).  Therapy (Tom Cehak) took third place.


By Peter Campbell

Cracking the Jackpot in Gascoigne Cup

Adrian Van Bellen and his wife Maree scored the first big win of their relatively short yacht racing career when their J122, Jackpot, took out the Squadron’s historic Gascoigne Cup short ocean race last Saturday.

Jackpot outsailed a strong fleet of leading offshore racing yachts to win the race, sailed in a light south-easterly breeze.

Dutch born Van Bellen was somewhat overawed by his win with the J122. “It was a bit of a surprise, but it shows that we finally know how to tweak the boat,” he said.

Adrian Maree have been sailing for only seven years, firstly with a Compass 28 and then a Bavaria 33, two-and-a-half years ago “taking a big step to this wonderful J122.”

Jackpot is on the register of the CYCA but also races with the Squadron’s Friday twilights.

Jackpot won the Gascoigne Cup by just 15 seconds on PHS corrected time from RSYS entrant Ultreya (Rod Pearse) and Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant Brannew, Chris Bran’s Beneteau First 40.

The Gascoigne Cup is one of three short ocean races on the summer program of the Squadron which also count towards the Perseverance Trophy for RSYS yachts.   After the Cup, King Billy (Phil Bennett) leads from Limelight (Alan Husband) and Ultreya (Rod Pearse).

The Cup is also part of the CYCA’s Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore and drew a fleet of 38 yachts from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrants Brannew an impressive but close win in the IRC division. Brannew won by just nine seconds on corrected time from another Beneteau First 40, Phil Dash’s Justadash, third place going to line honours winner,  Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest.

“It was an ideal day for the Beneteau First 40s, anything over 14 knots and they really go well to windward,” said owner/skipper Chris Bran.  “Today we sailed in a 12-17 knot sou’easter…just the thing.”

 “We had a close duel with Justadash throughout the race,” Bran recalled. “They finished about two boats lengths in front, but they have a bigger rig – and rating.”
Discussing the race, Bran said the start at Watsons Bay had been congested, but once clear of the Heads, Brannew had been able to power to windward in clear air. “Some new sails helped too,” he added.

Bran bought the Bruce Farr-designed Brannew with the prime object of competing in the Sydney Hobart, notching up a division second place last year. “This year we hope to go one better and so far this year we are having a good run, winning the Sydney Gold Coast Race in July.”

In Division 2 of the Gascoigne Cup, also decided on PHS, first place went to Matthew Brown’s Orbit, a Shaw 10 from New Zealand. Crosshaven (Justin Pelly and Sean Rahilly) finished second, third place going to King Billy (Philip Bennett).

Saturday’s winners in the Squadron’s Harbour racing divisions were Duende (Damien Parkes) in Division 1, Ambitious (David Matthews), Division 2,  Wallop (Bryan Collis), Division 3, and Kirsten II (Ken Chase) in Division 4.

By Peter Campbell

Discover Sailing Day - Sunday 27 October

Discover Sailing Day - Sunday 27th October – RSYS

Discover Sailing Day is an incentive of Yachting NSW and the BIA to introduce sailing to non-sailors. This year the Squadron is delighted to be able to introduce a range of opportunities to members and their families to enjoy the fun of sailing on Sunday, 27 October.

The Squadron will have experienced skippers and crews on hand and members are invited to register themselves and family members to enjoy a sail aboard Squadron or member owned keelboats. Register online at www.discoversailing.org.au or simply email us at sailing@rsys.com.au to register your interest.

Members are also invited to visit the Club and view the Squadron's new Optimist dinghy training programme that  offers learn to sail opportunities for children and grandchildren of members between the ages of 8 and 14.

Discover Sailing Days are FREE to attend and are designed for those who have had minimum contact with sailing or need a gentle reintroduction to the great sport.


Ideal weather draws out big fleet

Sydney Harbour returned to normal on Saturday, bringing with it the biggest fleet so far this season for the Royal Sydney Yacht Club’s summer season of 2013-2014 – and a perfect day for racing.

Almost 70 yachts turned out for the fifth day of racing this season with the four mixed divisions each racing for prestigious perpetual trophies and the International Etchells competing in a two-race mini regatta.

Sailing in a freshening 10-15 knot nor’easter,  Division 1 drew a fleet of 13 boats,  with first place on corrected time and the Duke of Gloucester Cup going to the last boat to finish, John Molyneux’s Equiknox.  

Second place went to I Super (Peter Campbell) which was 10th boat to finish, third Xpress (Parkes/West) while line honours winner Sydney (Charles Curran) placed last of the 12 finishers on corrected time.

I Super now holds a one point lead in the Division 1 pointscore from Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid).

Division 2 saw a somewhat similar outcome,  with Roman Tarnawsky’s Can Can finishing second last in fleet but first on handicap and winning the Carleton Cup.  However, front runners filled the minor placing, second place  going Soundtrack (John Amos).  Soundtrack was second to finish astern of Ambitious (David Matthews) which took line honours and third on handicap.

In a close series, only three points separate the leading three boats in Division 3, Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Miller) being on 19 points, Ambitious on 21 and Arcturus 3 on 22 points.

Grant Pollock’s L’Eau Co,  a newcomer to Division 3 this summer, won the Tarring Cup with a 12 second win on corrected time from Norn (Robert Albert),  third place going to Wallop (Bryan Collis) which led the fleet around the course.

The win has given L’eau Co a two point lead in the Division 3 pointscore from Come by Chance (John Nutt).

The 34 year old Bonbridge 27 Hornblower scored its second consecutive win in Division 4, also taking out the Rawson Cup and opening up a four point lead in the pointscore.  
Hornblower won Saturday’s race from another veteran small cruiser/racer, Kirsten II (Ken Chase), with third place going to Beowulf (Stafford Watts). Hornblower leads Division 4 pointscore on 12 points,  with Kirsten II on 17 points and Til the Fat Lady Sings (David Smith).

Describing the race, skipper Steve Sweeney said Hornblower “had a wonderful start in a 10-12 knot NE at the committee boat end, to windward of all the fleet.”
Hornblower led for the most of the first windward leg until overtaken by the Division 4 ‘gun boat’ Til the Fat Lady Sings, holding her in sight with two excellent  kite runs.
“On the final leg to the finish Hornblower was overtaken by Therapy and the two boats duelled all the way to the line with Til the Fat Lady Sings taking her fourth consecutive line honours,”  Sweeney added.

The Etchells mini-regatta regatta attracted 23 starters with Umami (Matt Whitnall) scoring two wins and a second in a day of impressive racing.

In the first race Umami won a close duel with Shindig (Rob Weir) and North Star (Michael Coxon) while in the second race, with the nor’easter freshening,  Umami had a more decisive win from Vivienne (Rupert Henry) and Adolescence (Steve Billingham). 

North Star  finished 19th in race two but bounced back to beat Umami by eight seconds with Dot (David Seaton) taking third place, just 18 seconds further astern, followed closely by Vivienne.

After six mini-regatta races this season, Umami is on 10 points, North Star 17, Viviennne 21 points and Dot 24 points.

The International Dragon and Yngling fleets still seem to be attracting small race fleets, with Indulgence (Robert Alpe) winning a four boat race in the Dragons and Miss Pipp (Hamish Jarrett) taking out a three-boat Yngling race.


By Peter Campbell

IFR Schedule of Events and Information

 For those members interested in all the activities of the 2013 International Fleet Review please see the below information for this very special event.


Saturday 5th October is set to be one of the most exciting days on the Harbour. The club has various events planned throughout the course of the day, information can be found in the clubs IFR Brochure.


Public Transport

With the busy Milsons Point and Kirribilli area and the limited parking available at the club it may be appropriate for some members to use public transport to get to and from the club. As part of the festivities NSW Transport has put on extra services throughout the busy periods. Maps, information and transport planning is available from the website.

Tender Services

Extended tender services will be offered to members from Thursday 3rd October until Sunday 6th October. Please be reminded that Sunday 6th October is the start of NSW daylight saving. Tender Servie hours during this time shall be;

  • Thu 3rd October 0800 – 1900hrs
  • Fri 4th October   0700 – 1900hrs
  • Sat 5th October  0700 – 2200hrs
  • Sun 6th October 0800 – 1800hrs
  • Mon 7th October 0800 - 1800hrs

Club Functions

On Saturday 5 October the following options will be available for Members and their guests wishing to celebrate this very special Harbour event;

  • RSYS IFR Family Day, 10am – 3pm, to be held on the Club’s magnificent harbourside grounds. Food and beverage stalls will be dotted around the lawns and a jumping castle provided for the kids. Bookings are not required however an indication of attendance would be appreciated for catering purposes, please phone 9955 7171.
  • RSYS IFR Buffet Lunch, 12pm - 3.30pm where you can enjoy the fleet review from the comfort of the Carabella Room. Tickets are $65 per person and bookings are essential. Please phone 02 9955 7171 for bookings.
  • RSYS IFR Careening Cove Anchorage Dinner, 5pm - til 9.30pm where you can enjoy the evenings fireworks and the brasserie menu.

IFR Schedule of Events

Friday 4 October 2013

  • 6.00am-4.00pm Warships enter Sydney Harbour
  • 9.30am-10.30am Air displays by Navy Squirrel Display Team and RAAF Roulettes.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall Ships day sails. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 10.00am Ceremonial Fleet Entry and 21 Gun Salute. HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Parramatta, Bundaberg, Diamantina and Yarra. Location: Sydney Harbour/Bradleys Head.
  • 9.45am-10.15am Navy Helicopter Display and RAAF Roulettes. Location: Bradley's Head, Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.00am-4.00pm Australian Surf Rowers Reception. Location: Sydney Opera House.

Saturday 5 October 2013

  • 8.00am-Sunset Dress ship. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 10.00am-7.00pm RAN and International military band performances. Location: Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Bradfield Park.
  • 10.30am-10.45am Navy Helicopter Display Team. Location: Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.00am-2.30pm Ceremonial Fleet Review. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 11.20am-11.40am Formation Flypast. Location Sydney Harbour.
  • 12.00noon-12.30pm Navy Helicopter Display Team. Location: Shark Island, Sydney Harbour.
  • 2.15pm-5.30pm 'Salute to Navy' Air Displays. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 7.40pm-8.10pm Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Sunday 6 October 2013

  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall ships open to visitors. Location: Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.
  • 10.00am-11.30am HMAS Sydney (I) Memorial Service. Location: Naval Memorial, Bradley's Head.
  • 1.00pm-6.00pm Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo.
  • 2.00pm-3.30pm Ecumenical Service. Location: St Mary's Cathedral.

Monday 7 October 2013

  • 8.00am-6.00pm Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo.
  • 9.00am-10.15am Opening of Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall Ships day sails. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday 8 October 2013

  • 8.00am-5.00pm Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition continue. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 9.30am-5.00pm Tall ships open to visitors. Location: Cockle Bay/Darling Harbour.
  • 12.30pm-2.00pm Navy Memorial Service. Location: Cenotaph, Martin Place.
  • 12.30pm-2.00pm HMAS Penguin Freedom of Entry to Mosman. Location: Military Rd, Mosman.
  • 1.00pm-2.30pm HMAS Parramatta Freedom of Entry to Parramatta. Location: Church St, Parramatta.

Wednesday 9 October 2013

  • 8.00am-5.00pm Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
  • 12.30pm-2.30pm Combined Navies Parade. Location: George Street - The Rocks to Town Hall.

Thursday 10 October 2013

  • 10.00am-3.00pm Combined Navies Sporting Competition. Location: Randwick Barracks/Macquarie Park.
  • 11.00am Tall ships depart for Auckland. Location: Sydney Harbour.
  • 3.00pm-5.30pm Sailing Regatta with RAN Sailing Association. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Friday 11 October 2013

  • From 7.30am Warships depart for Exercise Triton Centenary 13 - Part 2. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Further information is available from the IFR website at: http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr/ 

Winning margins of seconds in Etchells Mini Regatta

The Squadron’s first mini regatta of the season for International Etchells underlined what the class is all about - close one-design fleet racing with just a few seconds deciding two of the three races for the 23 boat fleet. The end results also emphasised that consistency of placings is the keynote to success in any Etchells regatta series.  

As far as the Squadron fleet goes, the mini regatta showed what a strong fleet, with great depth of talent, is racing on Sydney Harbour this summer.

With a light 10 knot south-easterly breeze, race officer Ian Kingsford Smith set courses from the start line in Taylor’s Bay to marks near Shark Island (125ºfor the first two races and 140º for the third).  The first two were over two laps, for the third he set three shorter laps with the weather mark now south-west of Shark Island.

The mini regatta saw three different winners while the minor placings were spread between four more boats.  Yet none of the three overall placegetters won a race, they just sailed consistently well.

Rupert Henry, helming Vivienne, set the pace for close racing in the first race, with a seven second win from Dot (David Seaton),  third going to Umami (Matt Whitnall).

Race two saw a wider margin for winner Shindig (Paul Thackray) from Special Mention (Mark Anderson) and Dot.
With the south-easterly shifting in direction and dropping in strength, the fleet started the third race with five boats in with a chance of being overall winner on the day: Umami (Matt Whitnall), North Star (Michael Coxon), Alchemist (Richard Hammond), Shindig (Paul Thackray) and Vivienne (Rupert Henry).
Hammond led for most the last race but was beaten right on the line by Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong. The official margin was one second – less than a foot. A close third was Umami.

Consistency paid off with Umami taking out the mini regatta with placings of 3-6-3, North Star finished second with a 4-4-5 scorecard, Alchemist third with placings of 5-7-2.   

The division racing on Saturday saw the biggest fleets of the season so far with 10 boats in Division 1 and Division 4 boosted to a dozen starters with the addition of three International Ynglings.

In Division 1, Euphoria (Anthony Coleman) led the pursuit of line honours winner Sydney (Charles Curran) and on corrected time took first place from Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid) and Ultreya (Rod Pearse).

Bruce Millar’s Jessica Rabbit scored an outright win in Division 2,  finishing far enough ahead of the rest of the fleet to take handicap honours from Campeador (Jonathan Threlfall) and Ambitious (David Matthews).

Wingsong 2(John Vickery) led home the fleet in Division 3, but placed well down on handicap, first place going to Marigot Bay (Merryl Semple) from Tingari (John Jeremy), third to L’Eau Co (Grant Pollock).

Til the Fat Lady Sin,  David Smith’s Sayer 25, scored her third consecutive line honours in Division 4,  but on handicap placed second to the 33-year-old Bonbridge 27 Hornblower (Steve Sweeney) the margin just 5 seconds.  Third place went to the Hood 23 Esquisse 2 (Richard Staines) just 20 seconds further back.

By Peter Campbell

International Fleet Review Road Closures & Traffic Restrictions

IFR Road Closures & Traffic Restrictions:

Kirribilli Peninsula traffic restrictions commences at 3.00pm. Further information on the pennisula closures can be found here.

Members who are already inside wishing to leave may do so freely until 6.00pm ie. Members booked for the daytime functions do not need a traffic letter.  If members unsure of their time of exit they can collect a letter on the day from Reception.

Members wishing to enter the peninsula between 3 – 6pm will need an original copy of the letter signed by CEO (available from Reception).

No access in or out of the peninsula will be allowed between 6 – 11pm.  Once Members are in for the evening functions they will not be allowed to leave until then.

Parking is for Members only, guests will need to find alternate forms of transport. Please note photocopies of the access letter will not be accepted by authorities..

For the latest traffic information including road closures and special event clearways visit Fleet Review Transport info website or call 132 701.

For timetables, maps and trip planning use the Fleet Review Transport info website or call 131 500.

2013 International Fleet Review

The IFR and associated events are scheduled for 3-11 October to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.  With a fleet of approximately 60 ships participating both from Australia and overseas, it will be a spectacular event not to be missed.  It is tipped to rival the scale and public impact experienced during the RAN 75th Anniversary in 1986 and the Bicentennial Naval Salute in 1988.

On Saturday 5 October the following options will be available for Members and their guests wishing to celebrate this very special Harbour event;

RSYS IFR Family Day, 10am – 3pm,  to be held on the Club’s magnificent harbourside grounds.  Food and beverage stalls will be dotted around the lawns and a jumping castle provided for the kids.  Bookings are not required however an indication of attendance would be appreciated for catering purposes, please phone 9955 7171.

RSYS IFR Buffet Lunch, 12pm - 3.30pm where you can enjoy the fleet review from the comfort of the Carabella Room.  Tickets are $65 per person and bookings are essential. Please phone 02 9955 7171 for bookings.

RSYS IFR Careening Cove Anchorage Dinner, 5pm - til 9.30pm where you can enjoy the evenings fireworks and the brasserie menu.

All Members planning to attend either the Family Day, Buffet Lunch or the Brasserie Dinner on Saturday 5 October should collect a parking access letter from Reception prior to the day.  The Kirribilli peninsula will be closed to traffic from 3pm – 11pm.  Only those with an access letter will be allowed entry/exit during this time.

The Carabella Dining Room and Careening Cove Anchorage will be open as usual throughout the week should you wish to make a booking for lunch or dinner and enjoy the spectacular harbour views afforded from our location.

Further information is available from the IFR website at:  http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr/ 

VHF radio proves its value

The new safety rule requiring all boats racing in the Squadron’s Harbour Summer Series to carry a VHF radio proved its value in last Saturday’s fresh to strong winds. As did the rule empowering the Race Officer to order crews to wear PFDs as a safety measure.

Race officer Ian Kingsford Smith effectively used VHF to communicate with the fleet in the International Dragon and International Yngling Mini Regatta about a delayed start and course change.

Hoisting code flag Y, he also used the radio to advise the Dragons and Ynglings that he was invoking Rule 40 for the last race, requiring all crews to wear PDFs. 

“This is not a mandatory safety rule, but can be invoked as the discretion of the race officer,” Kingsford Smith explained. “Conditions were deteriorating with the southerly increasing to 20 knots plus and as there had already been some wild broaches and a man overboard situation in the Yngling fleet, I decided it was a wise move".

“The crewperson who went overboard was recovered quickly, again underlining the Squadron’s requirement that all boats must have a creditable MOB recovery plan. I hoisted code flag Y at the warning signal for the final race and also notified competitors by radio. “In fact, as Miss Pibb crossed the finish line, flying under spinner, we noted 26 knots on the committee boat,” he added.

Kingsford Smith said he had used the VHF radio to communicate with the Dragons and Ynglings that the race committee was postponing the start of the Mini Regatta after receiving information that a southerly was moving up the coast to the harbour. “Using the radio, we were able to tell the crews the reason for the postponement and indicate a change from a westerly course to a southerly course”.

Miss Pibb, skippered by Hamish Jarrett, clinched the Yngling mini regatta with a spectacular win in race three,  following an equal third in race one and a win in race two. 

Miss Pibb finished the regatta with 5.5 points, just half a point ahead of Schadenfreude (Daniel Marlay) which won the first race and followed this with a second and a third.  Third overall went to Karma (Gary Wogas) with only four of the nine boat fleet starting in the final race as the southerly continued to freshen. If you are travelling to UK to sail have a look at this Heathrow Airport Transfers website to book cheap airport taxi home.

A disappointing fleet of only three Dragons turned out for the mini regatta with Liquidity (Richard Franklin) winning two races and French Connection (Anthony Armstrong the other winner.

The strong southerly took its toll on the International Etchells fleet, with eight of the 17 starters in race two of the Spring pointscore pulling out as the breeze freshened to 25 knots-plus on the main harbour course.

Michael Coxon steered North Star to a comfortable win from Alchemist (Richard Hammond) and Wobbegong (Doug Flynn).

Division 1 saw a close handicap result with Equiknox (John Molyneux) winning by just 31 seconds on corrected time from I Super (Robert Peter Campbell), third place going to Ultreya (Rod Pearse).

The front runners in Division 2 also did well on corrected time.  Limelight (Alan Husband) finished third across the line but won handsomely on handicap from line honours winner Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar). Soundtrack (John Amos), second to finish, placed third on corrected time.

Robert Albert’s Norn finished second in fleet but first on handicap in Division 3, with Tingari (John Jeremy) notching up a second, third going to Windsong 2 (John Vickery, the first boat to finish.

In Division 4, Til the Fat Lady Sins (David Smith) again outsailed the fleet but did not finish far enough ahead to repeat its double the previous Saturday. First place went to Beowulf (Stafford Watts), second to Til the Fat Lady Sins, third to Hornblower (Steve Sweeney).

By Peter Campbell 

Splendid start to Squadron’s 152nd summer season

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron began its 152nd season of summer racing on Sydney Harbour last  Saturday, 7 September – a splendid sunny spring day with light easterly winds and a warm 29ºtemperature.  

Everyone was back ashore by the time a fresh to strong south-easterly change came through late in the afternoon.

The one disappointing aspect (blame it on Election Day, boats returning from the Race Weeks in Queensland, others still on the slipway, the football) was a relatively small turn-out of yachts. There were only five starters in Division 1 and seven in each of the other divisions. In the International one-design classes, 14 Etchells sailed their usual close competition, five Ynglings raced, but only three Dragons turned out. 

However, the outlook for the rest of the season is heartening; the club has received a total of 78 entries for all divisions and one-design classes – and more are expected.

For example, a total fleet of 21 boats has so far entered for Division 1 and 21 for the Etchells class.

Those who did sail last Saturday must have thoroughly enjoyed the conditions.  One skipper who should have been pleased with his racing debut at the Squadron is Royal Edward Yacht Club member Richard Smith with his fast Sayer 25 Til the Fat Lady Sins.

Til the Fat Lady Sins spreadeagled the seven-boat fleet, taking line honours by 9 minutes and 27 seconds and winning on handicap by just less than two minutes.

Second place on line and handicap went to Richard Staines’ Hood 23 Esquisse, third to Beowulf (Stafford Watts).

Geoff Davidson’s Jackie Claire sailed its usually consistent race to win Division 1 by a comfortable margin from I Super (Robert Peter Campbell), third place going to Hell Razor (Ian MacDiarmid).  Sydney (Charles Curran) led the fleet around the course, but in the light airs could not sail to her rating, placing fifth and last on handicap.

Division 2 stalwart John Waring was in good form with Alouette, finishing second astern of Ellipse II (Brian Bergin) but reversing the order on corrected time.  Third place went to Jessica Rabbit (Bruce Millar).

In Division 3, first place went to Come by Chance (John Nutt) from Mingara III (Philip Crane), an impressive third to newcomer to the division,  Grant Pollock’s l’Eau Co, which also was second to finish astern of Windsong 2 (John Vickery).

The International Etchells had the biggest fleet on the day, 14 boats enjoying the light breezes to engage in some tactical racing.  Dot (David Seaton) got the gun by just five seconds from North Star (Michael Coxon) with Avalon (Michael Bellingham) a more distant third. 

Former Olympic sailor Karyn Gojnich began the Yngling class season well, scoring a convincing win with Evie, beating the champion boat Miss Pibb (Hamish Jarrett),  third place going to Black Adder (Gary Pearce).

In the Dragons, Liquidity (Richard Franklin) had a runaway win from Tom Thumb III (Norman Longworth) and Abracadabra (Nicholas Hogg).

by Peter Campbell