Tricky conditions for 20 Jan Friday Twilights

It was the second Audi Alto Artarmon Friday twilight race post-Christmas and New Year for race 13 of the series. Shifty winds kept crews busy as wind directions swung N to SE to E to N again. The mercury hovered around 30c creating muggy conditions, until a slight drizzle arrived, to the relief of the competitors. The weather may be to blame for the slightly lower turnout this week with 46 boats out on the water. Nevertheless, it was very enjoyable for those who raced.

Congratulations to the winner of the Audi for the week, Chris Harper from Crackerjack. 




Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  3. Just Quietly – Donald & Sue Swanson

Division 2

  1. Zig Zag II – Malcom Shaw & Mike Seymour
  2. Koolaroo – David FitzSimons
  3. Co Co – Russell and Melissa Taylor

Division 3

  1. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  2. Flying Circus – John Greenwood & Geoff Deakin
  3. Patsy – Daneil Yaffe

Division 4

  1. Valentis
  2. Beowulf – Stafford Watts


View full results here 

By Angus Olding


Australian Youth Championship Success

Congratulations to the 14 RSYS Laser sailors who competed in the Australian Youth Championship held at the Adelaide Sailing Club from 10–14 January. It was a terrific event for the RSYS sailors and it was the first Youth national championship in the Laser class for many of our young sailors.  

In the Laser Radial, Marlena Berzins was the top performer, winning the Youth Female National Championship and finishing 10th overall. Oskar Hansen followed closely behind in 15th and had a race win in the first race. Henry, Carlotta and Maddie were all racing in their first Radial Youth Nationals and soaked up the experience to prepare for next year!  

For more information on Youth sailing at our Club, please contact Andrew Phillips in the Sailing Office at: or call 9017 0153.

RSYS Laser 4.7 Results (45 Boats)
1st – Jack Littlechild
8th – Boston Cortis
9th – Will Cooley
14th – Zac West
18th – Daniel Costandi
20th – Mark Louis
27th – Brooke Wilson
33rd – Sylvie Stannage
44th – Riley Evans

RSYS Laser Radial Results (47 Boats)
1st Female and 10th Overall – Marlena Berzins
15th – Oskar Hansen (pictured)
32nd – Carlotta Cruesemann
34th – Henry Davison
38th – Maddie O’Shea

By Mike Leigh (Coach)

Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge

MRX Yachting & the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron invite RSYS Members and crews to submit an “Expression of Interest” to compete in the 2017 Farr MRX Pacific Keelboat Challenge running 23-26 March.

The Challenge is an invitation fleet racing event for leading yacht clubs around the world. Entries are invited from the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The Regatta will be organised by RNZYS and Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club as part of the Auckland Regatta.

The event will be sailed in 11 identical Farr 10.2 metre MRX Yachts each with six crew. There will be one practice day and three race days. Up to 13 windward leeward and harbour course races will be held on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

This strict one design racing provides the very best crew vs crew competition! The boats are ready to sail and cannot be altered, so all you need to bring is an able crew and your sailing gear.

More information here

If any Members are interested in submitting a crew please contact the Sailing Office or submit an Expression of Interest through the event website.



Sean Langman Presentation

RSYS Member, blue water racer and wooden boat enthusiast Sean Langman will give a talk on Wednesday 25 entitled "Cruising Preparation from Ocean Racing". All Members and guests welcome.

Sean will speak about how he successfully combined his twin passions by taking his 1932 gaff-rigged cruising yacht ​Maluka of Kermandie to Hobart this season. He will discuss the challenges he faced, from the structural to achieving Cat 1 compliance.

Sean is a man of many talents: he is well known through his boatyard business Noakes; his wooden boat restoration business in Tasmania; and for skippering the Australian GC32 foiling catamaran in the recent Extreme Sailing Series hosted by RSYS.

Photo credit: Rene Chapman

Event details
Date: Wednesday 25 January
Venue: Carabella Room
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. We will meet in the Members Bar from 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Why not stay for dinner afterwards in the CCA and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017

In 2017 the club again lends its support to the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta (SHR) with club Saturday racing being put on hold to allow our competitors the opportunity to sail in this brilliant harbour wide regatta. 

Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the 1960's, as a response to growing fleet numbers  initiated the Middle Harbour Regatta which saw 469 yachts of various sizes racing in 12 classes on Middle Harbour. The Regatta drew large crowds to the foreshores and the highlight was the "cock of the harbour" race off between the class champions using a yardstick handicap. It is in the spirit of this competitive and high profile past that Middle Harbour Yacht Club presents, the Sydney Harbour Regatta raced on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The event will deliver a full weekend of competitive yacht racing on the 4th and 5th March 2017.

In 2017 we see the Sydney Harbour Regatta, in its 12th year, as the largest keelboat regatta in Australia with an expected 250 plus boats vying for the podium place.

For all RSYS competitors there is plenty of opportunities to get involved in some quality racing. All entries and document for this regatta can be found on the Sydney Harbour Regatta website at



Ingate wins Dragon Prince Philip Cup

RSYS Member Gordon Ingate has taken out the 2017 Prince Philip Cup on Whimsical. The premier Dragons regatta attracted a 19 strong fleet drawn from VIC, TAS, WA and NSW and racing took place from Wednesday 4 January to Sunday 8, with Friday being a rest day. Eight races were completed with one drop. Conditions varied throughout the event: some days saw light, patchy winds from all directions, others consistent NE winds of 15-20 knots.

Gordon finished on 19 points, and considering his vintage, this is a truely superb effort and credit to his experience.

Richard Franklin, VP of the Australian Dragon Association, commented: 'Whilst Dragon numbers at RSYS are down from previous seasons, every week we get to race against the best in Australia. This year Gordon also won the NSW State Titles, again beating his fellow RSYS Dragon sailors. We are very lucky to have Gordon and his crew to set the standard.'  


Podium results
1st Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 19 pts
2nd Linnea, Sandy Anderson, RFBYC, 22 pts
3rd Indulgence, Robert Campbell, RSYS, 27 pts

The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy is a precursor to the Dragon Prince Philip Cup, comprised three races and was conducted on 3 January. There was a medium to strong southerly, blowing 15-20 knots with gusts reaching 25 knots which was a lot of fun for the competitors. It wasn’t the sunniest or warmest day, yet temperatures hovered around the low 20s with patchy rain and clouds. The winner of the Ted Albert Memorial Trophy was Andrew Howe and crew on Ascalon (RSYS).

Podium results
1st Ascalon, Andrew Howe, RSYS, 6 pts
2nd Whimsical, Gordon Ingate, RSYS, 10 pts
3rd Wizzardry, Ray Chatfield, RFBYC, 11 pts

Well done and congratulations to all who competed!

View full results here

Article by Angus Olding
Photographs by John Jeremy

Friday Twilights Major Prize

We are pleased to reveal the major prize donated by our generous sponsor Audi Alto Artarmon for this season's Friday Twilights:

Hamilton Island Race Week 19-26 August 2017
Audi Alto Artarmon will host one couple for an 'Audi Experience'. This exciting holiday package includes:

  • Return airfares
  • Two nights accommodation at Qualia Resort and Spa
  • Day 1 – arrive afternoon, lunch, afternoon at leisure
  • Night 1 – exclusive Audi Dinner featuring a celebrity chef
  • Day 2 – board a lovely 90’ Falcon (or similar) to watch the racing on the water, includes refreshments and lunch. 
  • Night 2 – exclusive Audi Dinner
  • Day 3 – breakfast at leisure, then depart.

Audi Alto Artarmon General Manager and RSYS Member Vaughan Blackman said: 'The event is relaxed and a lot of fun. The setting and atmosphere are excellent and the prize recipients will enjoy sensational meals and entertainment.'


The lucky winner of this magnificent prize, as well as two consolation prizes of a pass to the Audi Drive Experience, will be announced at the prize giving dinner on Friday 7 April. Remember - to be eligible for the prize draw, boats must have competed in 75% of the 23 race series and your boat must be represented at the dinner to collect a prize. 

The Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilights recommence on Friday 13 January. 


Don't forget - we have a special Member offer valid for the duration of the Twilight Series: purchase a new or demonstrator Audi from Audi Alto Artarmon and receive a $1000 credit to your House Account, or a $500 credit for a pre-owned car (valid until 7 April 2017.) Please contact Audi Sales Manager Sean Widera


2017 Laser Nationals

The 2017 Australian Laser Championships have just concluded with 13 RSYS Youth sailors competing. Racing was hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club from December 27 - January 4. The sailors experienced a variety of conditions throughout the long and challenging event which incorporated 11 races. It was a great event for our sailors - they gained valuable race experience, made new friends and had a wonderful time. They even got to meet 2016 Laser Olympic Gold medalist Tom Burton.   

In the 4.7 division, RSYS fielded nine sailors and Jack Littlechild won the championship. In the Radial division, there were four RSYS sailors: Oskar Hansen lead the charge, finishing 7th overall and 3rd in Youth. Congratulations to all the RSYS sailors for their hard work over the year and during the championship.  
Full Results can be found at:

Up next is the Australia Youth Championship from January 10 - 14, Good luck!  




2016 Sydney to Hobart

'A sprint followed by a dawdle' aptly describes the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race. Perpetual LOYAL smashed Wild Oats XI's 2012 record by nearly five hours, and by day two, a quarter of the fleet looked set to beat that time as well. However the Derwent had other ideas... the breeze petered out and the fleet drifted in.


Above: the fleets underway. Top: Sean Langman makes a perfect start. 
Photos by John Jeremy.


RSYS was well represented in both boats and crews - see the list below for results.

Paul Clitheroe of Balance, last year's winner, commented: 'What a contrast. Last year our overall victory was based on surviving the southerly gale, which seemed to go forever. This year we pulled up our big A4 as we turned south and had it up for some 48 hours of our 52 hour race!

'We were delighted with 4th overall and 1st in Div 1, a strong defence of our title. We were even more pleased to be having a beer in Customs House in Hobart after only racing for a bit over two days.'

Another previous winner, albeit 50 years ago, was Fidelis. Nigel Stoke had crew shirts made up emblazoned with '1966 Winners 2016 Grinners'.

'Winners are Grinners, but only just...' he said on his return. 'We made it to Hobart in record time with a PB for Fidelis of three days nine hours. This is close to one day faster than the line honours winning time in 1966!

'We experienced the odd challenge along the way including a broken boom mid Bass Straight that slowed us down some three or four hours.'  


Overall Class Winners


Line honours

Perpetual LOYAL- Anthony Bell NSW

(Also setting a new race record of one day 13 hours 31 minutes and 20 seconds, beating Wild Oats XI’s record in 2012 by four hours 51 minutes and 52 seconds.)


Giacomo – Jim Delegat, New Zealand


UBOX – Bin Wang, China


Imalizard – Bruce Watson (RSYS), NSW


Cromarty Magellan- Richard Grant, TAS



RSYS Boats and Results

Abracadabra – James Murchison

A 14.33m Tripp 47 yacht Designed by Bill Tripp. There were 10 on-board.

Line Honours – 51st

PHS Division 2 - 6th

PHS Overall – 8th


Balance – Paul Clitheroe

A 15.9m Farr Tp 52 with 13 on-board. This Tp 52 has won the Sydney Hobart twice before as well.

Line Honours - 12th

IRC Division 1 - 1st


Fidelis – Nigel A Stoke

A 18.1m long Knud Reimers 61. There were 8 on-board and Fidelis last raced in a Sydney to Hobart in 2006.

Line Honours - 82nd

ORCi Division 2 - 10th


Imalizard – Bruce Watson

The first Sydney to Hobart for the 11.8m long, Welbourn 12. With 6 on-board.

Line Honours - 40th

PHS Overall – 1st

PHS Division 1 – 1st


Springday Pazazz – Rob Drury

A Cookson 12 of 11.9m in length with 11 on-board. The boat competed in last year’s Sydney Hobart but sadly had to retire due to mainsail damage.

Line Honours -33rd

IRC Division 2- 1st


Chinese Whisper- Rupert Henry

A JV 62 designed by Judel Vrolijk and is 18.9m long. Coming off hot from a win in Division 0 at the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race. 17 on-board.

Line honours - 9th 

IRC Division 0 - 7th

ORCi Division 1 - 7th


Maluka of Kermandie- Sean Langman

It was the first yacht under 9.5m in length to finish the race. This year the smallest and oldest yacht in the race being a 9.01m Ranger, designed by Cliff Gale and had 6 on-board.

Line honours - 76th

IRC - 12th

IRC Division 4 – 1st


Jackpot- Adrian Van Bellen

A J/122 of 12.2m in length with 10 on-board competing in their first Sydney to Hobart.

Line honours - 65th

ORCi Division 3 – 9th


Philosophers- Gordon Ketelbey and Peter Sorensen

A Cookson 12, 12m in length with 11 on-board. It was the first Hobart for the boat.

Line honours - 53rd

IRC Division 2 – 9th

View full results here

Merry Christmas

Season's Greetings to all our Members and sailing friends! Happy holidays and fair sailing. 

Please find below the RSYS opening times for the festive season 2016-2017:

Friday 23 December    NBV:  Lunch & Dinner, CCA:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 24 December     NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 25 December    Clubhouse closed
Monday 26 December   Carabella: Buffet Lunch CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Tuesday 27 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Wednesday 28 December     NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thursday 29 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Friday 30 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 31 December   NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 1 January    NBV: Closed, CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Monday 2 January    NBV: Buffet Lunch, CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Tuesday 3 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Wednesday 4 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thursday 5 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Friday 6 January    NBV: Closed. CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 7 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 8 January    NBV: Closed, CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Monday 9 January    Carabella: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sailing Office
Will close 5pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Monday 2 January 2017. 

Accounts & Admin
Will close at 12pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Repair operations will close at 4pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 7.30am on Monday 2 January.
During this period tender and fuel services will be available as follows:
Friday 23 December            Yard last day. 7:30am – 4pm (no twilight)
Saturday 24 December         8am – 6pm
Sunday 25 December           Closed
Monday 26 December          8am – 6pm
Tuesday 27 December          8am – 6pm
Wednesday 28 December      8am – 6pm
Thursday 29 December         8am – 6pm
Friday 30 December             8am – 6pm
Saturday 31 December          8am – 1am
Sunday 1 January                 9am – 6pm
Monday 2 January                Yard re-opens 7:30am – 4pm


Kids Learn to Sail Courses

Teen Discover Sailing
Get your Teen off that screen and introduce them to the joy of sailing. RSYS runs courses for 13-17 year olds, taught by qualified instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s.
There are 3 levels: Start Crewing, Start Helming and Start Skippering
3-6 January, 10-13 January 2017, 9am-3.30pm 
Cost $440

Our Learn to Sail programme is designed for 8-12 years olds with little or no sailing experience, taught by qualified Instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Optimists and is lots of fun! 
There are 3 levels: Having Fun, Tricks & Techniques and Sailing Fast.
3-6 January, 10-13 January 2017, 9am-3.30pm

Both holiday camps cost $440 and are open to Members and Non-members, so do bring a friend!

Term 1 courses and April school holidays camp are also now open for registrations.


Further information and enrolments here

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