Admiral’s Cup anniversary regatta gains momentum

The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta will be held in Sydney on December 1, 2 and 3 and RSYS will assist with the staging of the regatta and on-shore hospitality events.

“What a great idea!” was the reaction of Australian Sailing president, Matt Allen, when first told about the planned regatta to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first victory in the Admiral’s Cup. That positive response has now been widely echoed by the yachting community both here and overseas.

The CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Eddie Warden Owen, has written to the regatta organisers from the UK saying, “What a great idea. It is events like this that remind us how important the Admiral’s Cup is to those who participated. I am sure there will be a lot of interest from outside Australia.”

That prediction looks certain to be fulfilled as three former cup crewmen have confirmed they will be flying back from their international bases to sail in the regatta on Sydney Harbour this December.

The roster of Admiral’s Cup team yachts and trialists that have already expressed their intention to take part is impressive. It is a roll-call of famous Australian offshore competitors, including Caprice of Huon, Camille, Mercedes III and IV, Fare Thee Well, Love & War, Mister Christian, Syonara, Too Impetuous, Sagacious V, Pacha, Black Magic, Spirit of Koomooloo (the original Ragamuffin), and the first Wild Oats. 

In addition, Anitra V will race representing the legendary Halvorsen double-ender Freya from the first Admiral’s Cup team in 1965, and Lorita Maria has been invited to sail in recognition of the contribution Norman Rydge has made to Australia’s campaigns over the years. 

Syd Fischer, who captained the Australian team in the Admiral’s Cup six times, is a co-patron of the anniversary regatta with Sir James Hardy and Gordon Ingate. Fischer remembers how the quality of our offshore yachts and sailors shocked the European and American teams. “We’d sailed against each other here to be selected, and that got pretty hot. Over there, they got a bit of a surprise at how good we were – and it came as a bit of a surprise to us, too!”

Chair of the regatta organizing committee, David Champtaloup, says he has been overwhelmed by the support from the Classic Yacht Association, the Australian National Maritime Museum and all the Sydney clubs. “It’s very heartening”, he said. “The event has clearly struck a chord with the yachting community. The SASC, CYCA, RSYS and RPAYC haven’t hesitated to provide their assistance with the staging of the regatta and the on-shore hospitality events. It is going to be a genuine multi-club celebration.”

The organisers are keen to hear from any yacht owners and Admiral’s Cup crew interested in taking part. They should contact: Peter Shipway at or, David Salter at 


Photo: Ragamuffin with all guns blazing on the Solent during the Admiral’s Cup

2017 Interclub Challenge

The 2017 Interclub Challenge concluded on Sunday 25 June here at RSYS, with our Squadron Development Program Team narrowly finishing 2nd behind the series winners, the CYCA.

Going into this, the final of four events, our team got off to a slow start in the series opener hosted by the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, scoring the regatta with fourth. However redemption was secured in Pittwater where the team finished 1st and 6th and later at the CYCA where they finished 1st and 3rd. These results gave the squad the lead by 1 point over the CYCA going into the last leg of the series. Unfortunately, finishing 4th and 6th at the RSYS act of the series was not enough to hold off the CYCA teams. Congratulations to the CYCA for winning the 2017 Interclub Challenge.

This was the 16th year of the annual Interclub Challenge and the Squadron hopes to add its name again to the silverware next year. RSYS previoulsy won the series in 2016, 2014 and 2009.


2017 Series Results

First Place:            CYCA 92 points

Second Place:       RSYS 110 points

Third Place:          NCYC 137 points

Fourth Place:        RPAYC 196 points


2017 RSYS Interclub participants:

Charlotte Alexander, Fergus Abbott, Henry Davison, Madi Kornman, Henry Rochford, Ben Fraser, Charlotte Griffin, Adam Swiderski, Hugh MacDiarmid, Eddie Moult, Nick Rozenauers, Carl Hansen and Zac Quinlan.


About the Interclub Challenge

The Interclub Challenge is a fleet racing series contested by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron & Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. It was created in 2001 as a way to help identify and build Youth sailors' experience in fleet racing events. In 2015, the Interclub Challenge welcomed the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club to the series. Each participating yacht club hosts a fleet race regatta day comprising six windward/leeward fleet races with a maximum of two teams competing from each club at each event, except only one team each for the Newcastle event. Four events will constitute the series and each club's combined scores from all four events will be calculated and an overall Series winner will be announced.


The Squadron Development program continues to train four times a week despite the cold weather and we have started training using the asymmetric spinnakers in recent sessions.

The squad's next regatta is in Darwin on 4 July, where two RSYS teams will compete. Good luck to the teams and enjoy the warm weather up north!

Youth Squad competing in Darwin

Good luck to our two Youth Development Program teams who are competing at the Darwin International Youth Match Racing Regatta. The event is being hosted at Darwin Sailing Club from 4 to 8 July.

The event has been granted World Sailing Grade 3 status. The regatta is by invitation only to crews of four or five who have not yet reached their 23rd birthday on or before 1st July 2017.

The RSYS teams are:


Mitch Evans – Helm
Angus Olding – Main
Henry Rochford – Bow
Zach Quinlan – Trim


Fergus Abbott – Helm
Charlotte Alexander – Main
Eddie Moult – Bow
Ben Fraser – Trim 

Best of luck everyone!




Bouillabaisse Dinner

Back by popular demand - Bouillabaisse night will return to the Squadron on 13 July.

This famous dish from Marseille will be served with plenty of crusty bread, wines from the region, and finish with a selection of French cheese.

It's a popular annual event on the calendar and not to be missed!


Event details
Date: Thursday 13 July
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Carabella Room 
Cost: $65, includes Bouillabaisse, wines & cheese.











Combined Winter Series Race 7

Saturday 24 June, saw another successful day on the water for all participants who competed in the combined winter series. With 82 boats competing on the day, it was another hectic and busy day on Sydney Harbour. It may have even been more hectic than usual, due to a match racing regatta being held off Rushcutters Bay. The weather on the day was a lot more summery compared to last week… being sunny and reaching 20 degrees to everyone’s pleasure! The wind was also stronger than forecast, shifting between NW, W and SW in direction and between 5-15 knots in strength. There was definitely a lot to gain and lose on the day regarding picking the shifts and staying in the pressure.

Some very close racing was observed between Nautical Circle, Peregrine and Great Xpectations in Division 1, all finishing within 10 seconds of each other in scratch. Similarly in Division 2, Campeador and Solange went head to head and finished within 9 seconds of each other.


Podium Results (PHS): 

Super 30  

  1. Optimum – Stuart Jordan - RSYS
  2. Monkey Business – Jon Rowe - RANSA
  3. Very Tasty – A Chase / A Turk / A Mather - SASC

Division 1 

  1. Nautical Circle – Robin Shaw - SASC
  2. Erica – Peter Williams - RSYS
  3. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA

Division 2  

  1. Spindrift – Brendan Lyon - SASC
  2. Moonbeam – Bart Foley - SASC
  3. Solange – W Hutchinson / T Carroll / A King

Division 3

  1. Ca Va – Richard Lamrock - SASC
  2. Slips – Stephen Churm - SRB
  3. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Grendel – Tom Cehak - RSYS
  2. Takana – Paul Williams - RSYS
  3. Fortune of War – Adrian Gruzman - RANSA


  1. Woodwind – Belinda Tayler – SASC
  2. Mister Christian – David Salter – SASC
  3. Wathara – Bill Loader - SASC


View full results here 

By Angus Olding

27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta 

Eight Squadron sailors, Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd, Kat Zbroja-Wotherspoon, Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Olga Skatkova, Liz Borberg, Maria Nash and Teresa Dowding, traveled to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta on Port Phillip Bay.

It was a huge leap for the ladies from competing on an Yngling in the Tuesday Twilight series to the Melges 32 class, so they were thrilled to come first in AMS Division One.

Congratulations ladies!  

Read the full story at

RSYS 2nd at Open QLD Match Racing

Last weekend Squadron Development Program members Mitch Evans, Ben Fraser, Henry Rochford and Angus Olding, along with their coach Klade, ventured to the Gold Coast to compete in the Open Queensland Match Racing Championship. Throughout the course of the regatta, three round robins were completed along with the top two finals series, on a racecourse very different to Sydney Harbour. The regatta was hosted by Southport Yacht Club, and racing was run off the main beach at Hollywell and Dux. The club is situated on the river, and competing in narrow waters with a lot of tide was definitely a different experience for the RSYS team. A new set of skills and strategies had to be adopted…and fast, to remain competitive!

The RSYS team managed to finish 2nd out of five teams after completion of the round robins. This secured them a place in the final against the undefeated James Hodgson, representing Sunshine Coast Sailing Club. Unfortunately, the team lost in the final 3-0. Nevertheless the regatta was great practise and experience in the lead-up to our next regatta in early July, taking place in Darwin. 

By Angus Olding


MC38 Act 2 Winter Series

Over the weekend the Squadron hosted Act 2 of the MC38 Winter series. Race one was held on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The boats experienced a truely gloomy winter's day. Sunday also brought strong SW winds that reached about 30 knots at times, so racing was intense and fast paced, quite the opposite to Saturday's light conditions.

Leslie Green’s Ginger was the stand-out, winning all four races. His core tactician was RSYS Member David Chapman. Act 2 was also the debut for Chris Way’s Easy Tiger VI and although finishing at the bottom end, they will definitely be coming back harder next time. Act 3 of the series will be held out of RPAYC from 15-16 July.



  1. Ginger – Leslie Green – CYCA – 4 pts
  2. Vino – Steven Coates – RPAYC – 10 pts
  3. Hooligan – Peter Johnson – RPAYC – 15 pts
  4. Dark Star – John Bacon – RPAYC – 16 pts
  5. Easy Tiger VI – Chris Way – RPAYC – 16 pts

Article: RSYS Member Angus Olding
Photography: RSYS Member Kylie Wilson

Combined Winter Series Race 6

Following a 'bye' last week due to the long weekend, all four clubs met again on Saturday 17 June for race six of the Combined Winter Series. There were more then 40 boats on the water which raced in steady, low to medium strength S and SW winds, which produced quite a nip in the air.

Currently in the overall Combined Series point-scores: Hell Razer has a healthy lead in Division 1, with a 9 point buffer over second position. Solange narrowly claims first place ahead Silky in Division 2. In Division 3, Primary Wave is currently in front by 8 points. Fagel Grip is clear ahead in the Classics Division, 18 points ahead of second. In the Non-spinnaker Division, Hyperion II and A Bus only have a one point difference between them, and in the Super 30 Division, Mr Mojo and Optimum are equal first.


Podium Results (PHS): 


Super 30  

  1. Matagi – Simon Oliver - BSC
  2. Sigurd – Ian Dencker - RANSA
  3. Mako – Cameron Wiklund - RANSA

Division 1

  1. Euphoria – Anthony Coleman - RSYS
  2. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA
  3. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid – RSYS

Division 2  

  1. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar - CYCA
  2. Silky – Tony Hirst - RANSA
  3. Campeador – Jonathan Threlfall - RSYS

Division 3

  1. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA
  2. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  3. Capriccio – Tony Craven - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Til The Fat Lady Sings – David Smith - RANSA
  2. A Bus – Andrew Goldfinch - RPEYC
  3. Sahara – Jeff Muscat – RPEYC


View full results here  


By Angus Olding

Mooloolaba Success

Over the long weekend 39 of the best Etchells teams congregated in Mooloolaba for the highly competitive 2017 Line 7 Etchells Australasian Championship. Representing RSYS were: Iron Lotus, Yandoo XX, Great White Hunter and Shindig, with several more Members crewing aboard other boats. Congratulations to James Mayo aboard the winning boat Magpie (pictured below) and to Tom King, David Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen on Iron Lotus (above) who finished 2nd overall.

Ivan Wheen commented: “The Etchells Australasian Championship has had a history of either balmy or very inclement weather. The 2017 regatta was forecast to be wild and woolly, so we took every bit of gear we owned including the kitchen sink - but it ended up mild and sunny with breezes under 20 knots. The Mooloolaba Yacht Club put on a great show on the water with the Wilson brothers giving us seven solid races, and each evening the club hosted some great get togethers. 

"The competition in this class is definitely not getting any easier, and it was clear that the crew of Magpie, Graham Taylor (G.T), Steve Jarvin (Mothy) and James Mayo (Nugget), had been training and were in a league above all the other crews. They won the regatta with a great display of boat speed and boat handling which was especially evident during the last race when they started very deep and relentlessly chipped away at the fleet and claimed second place in that race and a win for the regatta. Hats off the the Magpie crew, it was a well deserved win," he added.

The 2018 Worlds will be held in Brisbane from 17-27 October, and the Iron Lotus crew, along with many of our RSYS Etchells competitors, are looking forward to crossing swords with all the usual suspects between now and then.


RSYS Results:

2nd – IRON LOTUS (1442) – Tom King, Ivan Wheen, Owen McMahon and David Edwards

12th – YANDOO XX (868) – Jeanne-Claude Strong, Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Tiana Wittey

15th – GREAT WHITE HUNTER (1401) – David Dunn, Andrew Howe, Michael Coxon

21st – SHINDIG (1268) – Robert Weir, Mike Tyquin, Paul Thackray


View full results here

By Angus Olding
Photography by Alex McKinnon

RC Dragonforce Winter Series

RSYS kick-started its winter championship for the newest fleet at our Club: the RC Dragonforce 65s on Sunday 4 June. Towards the end of the summer program, Old Huey hadn’t been too kind, so everyone was keen to get some races in. The weather gods seemed to play fair with the fleet allowing a beautiful North Westerly to blow straight down between the shoreline and the Elliott 7 arm of the Pond. With the ROs wary of Huey running out of steam, they set a Windward Leeward course with the new-found committee boat (one of RSYS’s semi inflatable row boats.)

The racing ended up a bit like the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup, with Mischief and the fuel wharf creating a boxed-in start line, causing many a sailor to try and keep out of trouble and more importantly remember the rules of the road. There were a few Ben Ainsley-like moments to be had.

The first race got off to a cracking start in a light 5-8 knot breeze that was dominated by the Burgess brothers again setting the pace. Big improver John Vickery set off after them with some new found pace and challenged them all the way around the course. In the end, it ended with Phil first followed by Kel and John.

The next few races saw the wind hold and places swap, however there was always at least one Burgess up the front leading the way. Stuart Thorpe found his groove eventually and showed some of the pace that made him a threat towards the end of the summer, while summer champion runner-up Locky had a bit of a shocker until eventually coming good with some results in race 4 and 5; he claims he was waiting for the coffee to kick in so he could function... 

It was great to see a few newcomers enter the racing, and we would like to welcome Brian Shirvington to the fleet.

We will hold a training day in the Pond at 9.45am for a 10am start on Sunday 18 June, with marks laid for those wanting to practise. The next race day is at 9.45am for a 10am start on Sunday 9 July.

For more information please email Locky on