155th Annual Season Prize-giving

On Friday 2 June the Squadron hosted its 155th annual season prize giving for the 2016/17 season. The night started with a pleasant dinner in the Careening Cove for most attendees, before the awards presentation at 8pm. The evening attracted a capacity crowd who spilled out of the Carabella Room. The night not only awarded the boats and crews which excelled throughout the season but also recognised the important volunteer teams and the Sailing Office staff without whom we would'nt be able to get onto the water.

Commodore Chapman described his satisfaction with all aspects of sailing at the Squadron throughout the last season and his excitement for the next. He also expressed his enthusiasm for the current Combined Winter Series which now includes RPEYC,

“The format combines the racing from four harbour clubs; boats that have been sharing the harbour for years are now able to compete together.” 

The evening was a great success. Congratulations to all those who were involved in the past season. Listed below are the tropy winners and first place getters from the prize giving.


Yachtswoman of the Year

Jeanne-Claude Strong (pictured above)

Yachtsman of the Year

Rob Lowndes (pictured top)

Flag Officers Crewperson of the Year

David Chapman 


Division 1




I Super

Peter Campbell

Varuna Trophy


Charles Curran

Duke of Gloucester Cup


Richard Barron &
Stephen Sanlorenzo

Perseverance Trophy
Geoff Lee Trophy
Norn Cup
Milson Silver Jug

Jackie Clare

Geoff Davidson

1st Spring series
1st Main series 
1st Summer series
Boomerang Cup


Division 2





Jonathan Threlfall

1st Spring series


Trevor Carroll, Andy King
& Will Hutchinson

1st Short Inshore series


David Matthews

1st Main series
1st Summer series
Milson Silver Tray
J A V Minnett Memorial Cup

Jim Dunstan 

Division 3





Stafford Watts

The L F (Livvy) Mann Trophy

Kirsten II

Ken Chase &
John Bowman

1st Spring Series
1st Short Inshore series
Tarring Cup

Zeus II

Jim Dunstan

1st Main series
1st Summer series
The Flag Officer Race Trophy
Xarifa Teapot

Sunday Series




Gail Force

Graeme Smith

1st Place Sunday series






Northern Havoc

Michael Coxon &
Iain Murray

Eaton Cup

Iron Lotus

Julian Plante

Milson Silver Goblets


Doug McGain &
Michael O’Brien

1st Spring series
Jim Annand Trophy


Paul Grundy, David Baker
& Michael Bellingham

1st Handicap series
1st Summer series
Phil Pearce Memorial Trophy

Top 40

G Bonouvrie &
P Merrington

1st Mini Regatta series, 1st Mini Regatta series HCP, Etchells Mini Regatta Trophy, The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy


Christian Brook &
Ant Elliott

1st Main series
1st Club Championship series
John “Choco” Winning Memorial Plate
Xarifa Chalice







Gavin Moss

1st Summer series


Richard Franklin

1st Mini Regatta series HCP
Era Cup


Jim Hawkins &
Andrew Howe


Eleanor Wickenden &
Nick Howe

1st Main series
1st Handicap series

Elaine Rowntree Trophy
Colin Venables Crew Trophy
Archie Robertson Trophy
Alan Jarman Trophy


Gordon Ingate

1st Spring series
1st Mini Regatta series
1st NSW Championship
Jock Carr Memorial Cup
Prince Philip Cup
Dragon Gold Cup
William Eric Hamilton Strain Trophy


Miss Pibb







Ariane Ritchie

1st Australian Championship HCP


Mitch Evans &
Nick Rozenauers

Yngling Gold Cup


Gary Wogas

1st Mini Regatta series HCP


Ruth McCance

1st NSW Championship
The Malcolm Barlow Trophy


Karyn Gojnich

1st Mini Regatta series
Sirocco Trophy
King Haakons Cup


Jan Newland &
Warrick Back

1st Summer series

Miss Pibb

Hamish Jarrett &
Max Hayman

1st Spring series
1st Australian Championship
1st Main series
1st Scratch series
Jan H Linge Trophy
Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy
Royal Temple Yacht Club Trophy
The 200 Trophy






Tim Ryan

1st Mini Regatta series


Andrew Pearse

1st Mini Regatta PHS


Short Ocean Pointscore




The Goat

Sebastian Bohm

1st Milson Memorial Cup PHS & IRC


S Rahilly &
J Pelly

1st Milson Memorial Cup Div 2
RTYC Eddystone Lighthouse Trophy
1st Gascoigne Cup IRC Div 2

China Easyway

Travis Read

1st Gascoigne Cup Div 2
Thelma Plate


Peter Sorensen

1st Gascoigne Cup PHS &IRC
Gascoigne Cup


Jack Stening &
Col Gunn

1st Morna Cup PHS & IRC Division 2
G Carter Trophy

Occasional Coarse Language Too

Warick Sherman

1st Morna Cup PHS & IRC


Tuesday Twilight series





Anna Connery

1st Main series (Ladies division)
Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy
The Gypsy Moth Trophy

As You Do

Ross Littlewood

1st Main series (Open division)

Miss Pibb

Angelica Vaness

1st Main series (Yngling & Elliott div)
The Lady Helm Trophy


Sara Ladd

The Bluebird Trophy


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Combined Winter Series Race 5

Saturday 3 June was race five of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. Unlike like recent weeks, Sydney Harbour displayed some more typical winter weather conditions for racing. Strong and cold South/South-West winds put a sting in the air, yet also provided solid wind strengths which we haven’t had for a while. Despite the weather, 87 boats competed on Saturday, fostering competitive racing for all divisions. This was particularly evident in division 2, where Purple Patch, Plan A and Campeador all finished within 25 seconds of each other.


Podium Results (PHS): 

Super 30  

  1. Hotspur 2 – Bill Hogan – SASC
  2. Very Tasty – A Chase / A Turk / A Mather – SASC
  3. Flying Brandy – Marco Tapia - SASC


  1. Woodwind – Belinda Tayler – SASC
  2. Makama – Chris Gosselin – RPEYC
  3. Tamaris – Greg Sproule - SASC

Division 1

  1. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid – RSYS
  2. Euphoria – Anthony Coleman - RSYS
  3. Arch Nemesis – Jeff Taylor - RANSA

Division 2  

  1. Moonbeam – Bart Foley – SASC
  2. Purple Patch – Jervis Tilly – RSYS
  3. Solange – W Hutchinson / T Carroll / A King - RSYS

Division 3

  1. Kermitted – M Wicks & J Kennedy – RANSA
  2. Beowulf – Stafford Watts – RSYS
  3. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan - RSYS

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Sahara – Jeff Muscat – RPEYC
  2. Sylvara – Dave Giddings – RANSA
  3. Flying Circus – John Greenwood - RSYS


View full results here  


By Angus Olding


RSYS to help with the launch of the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games

In October 2018 Sydney will host the 4th Invictus Games and to mark 500 Days to Go until the Opening Ceremony Invictus Games Foundation Patron, Prince Harry, is heading to Sydney for the official launch.

RSYS & CYCA will help support RPAYC, who have been instrumental in providing sailing opportunities for wounded, injured and ill veterans, in running a demonstration Match Racing event in Farm Cove on Wednesday 7th June. 

Prince Harry said it was an “easy decision” to name Sydney as the 2018 host city noting that Australia’s proud military heritage and Sydney’s iconic and welcoming reputation combined with its sports mad population made it the perfect destination.

The 2018 Games will take place in and around Sydney 20-27 October 2018 and will bring more than 500 competitors to Sydney from 18 Nations to compete in 10 sports.

Pince Harry, who served in the British Armed Forces, founded the Invictus Games to highlight the power of sport to rehabilitate and support our wounded, injured and ill active and veteran service personnel.



Combined Winter Series Race 4

Saturday 27 May was the fourth race of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. Much like recent weeks, Sydney Harbour displayed great sunny conditions during racing. The wind was slightly late to the party however, only stabilising at about 2:30pm from the NE at around 12 knots. Some of the closest racing on the day was between Great Xpectations and Hell Razer in division 1 and Zeus II and Kirsten II in division 3. See below for some of the results from the day's racing.

Podium Results (PHS):   

Super 30

  1. Mako – Cameron Wiklund - RANSA
  2. Sigurd – Ian Dencker - RANSA
  3. Monkey Business – Jon Rowe - RANSA


  1. Eloise – Adrian Broadbent - RPEYC
  2. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees - SASC
  3. Makama – Chris Gosselin - RPEYC

Division 1

  1. Great Xpectations – Rod Wills - CYCA
  2. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid - RSYS
  3. Erica – Peter Williams – RSYS

Division 2

  1. Silky – Tony Hirst – RANSA            
  2. Can Can – Roman Tarnawsky - RSYS          
  3. Alouette – John Waring -RSYS

Division 3

  1. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley - BSC
  2. Naiad – Chris Nixon - RANSA
  3. Black Diamond Bay – Kerry Lehman - RANSA

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Hyperion II – Ian & Anna Shepherd - RANSA
  2. Valhalla – Richard Corbett - RSYS
  3. Intrepid – Steve McGrath - SRB


View full results here 


Social Season at RSYS

The Winter Social season is underway - there's so much going on at the Club! Why not show off your club to friends and colleagues or bring the kids to one of our family events.

Family Sunday at the Squadron 12pm Sunday 4 June BOOK HERE

Grand Buffet 6pm Saturday 10 June  BOOK HERE

Family Night: Tapas & Paella 6pm Wednesday 14 June CCA BOOK HERE

Paspaley ‘Month of the Pearl’ Lunch Friday 23 June, 12pm BOOK HERE

Raid the Cellar! Friday 23 June 6.30pm BOOK HERE

Paspaley ‘Month of the Pearl’ Dinner Wednesday 28 June, 6pm BOOK HERE

Whale Sounds and Conservation talk 6pm 28 June BOOK HERE

Chablis Master Class 6pm Thursday 29 June BOOK HERE

Beecroft Caricatures Lunch  Friday 30 June, 12pm  BOOK HERE

Game & Shiraz Long Lunch 12pm Sunday 2 July  BOOK HERE

Cooking Classes 10.30am Mondays 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July  BOOK HERE

Family Night: Curry 6pm Wednesday 5 July BOOK HERE

Opera Afternoon 2pm Sunday 9 July BOOK HERE

Bouillabaisse Dinner 6.30pm Thursday 13 July BOOK HERE

Members Car Show 11am Sunday 16 July DETAILS HERE

Grand Buffet 12pm Sunday 16 July BOOK HERE

Rhone Master Class 6pm Wednesday 19 July  BOOK HERE




Paspaley ‘Month of the Pearl’ Events

June is the Month of the Pearl, and to celebrate, Paspaley's Creative Director Christine Salter will host a series of events at RSYS for Members and their guests.

Discover why Australian South Sea pearls are the rarest and most valuable pearls in the world and how they are cultivated. Explore the innovative craftsmanship and contemporary design behind their Signature Collections.

Event details:
1) Friday 23 June 12pm for a light lunch
Cost: $65  BOOK HERE


2) Wednesday 28 June 6pm for a three course dinner. 
Cost: $85   BOOK HERE


Tuesday Twilight series partner.

Combined Winter Series - Race 3

Saturday 20 May was the third day of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. There were 71 boats competing across the different divisions, making it another busy day on the harbour. However the weather conditions for the day were not ideal... as there was never really any consistent breeze direction or strength. A lot of boats received a DNF as a result of the conditions, making it a long day on the water for people. Still, any day on the water is a good day!

Podium Results (PHS):   

Super 30

  1. Optimum – Stuart Jordan – RSYS
  2. Mr Mojo – George Kompolthy – RANSA
  3. Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York – CYCA


  1. Fagel Grip – Jerry Lees - SASC
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS

Division 1

  1. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid - RSYS
  2. Erica – Peter Williams – RSYS
  3. Game Set – Craig Roberts - RANSA

Division 2 - All boats DNF

Division 3

  1. Esquisse 2 – Richard Staines - RANSA
  2. Black Diamond Bay – Kerry Lehman - RANSA
  3. Midwicket – David Ham - SASC

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Double Dutch – Phil Tanner - SASC
  2. Fortune of War – Adrian Gruzman - RANSA
  3. Well Inclined – Brian McKean - RSYS


View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Squadron Cruise Prize Giving

The highly anticipated 2017 Squadron Cruise prize giving dinner was held on 5 May. This year’s Squadron Cruise took place in Pittwater from Easter Monday to 24 April and attrcated 40 boats. 

The annual cruise caters for all types of sailors,  racing and social, with extensive on-shore activities and competitions. One of the most popular events held, is the Galley Gourmet Challenge… see below for category winners. Also below, are the winners of each award, division and the various activities. 


“Spirit of whole hearted competition and participation” Award

Tula – Ivan Resnekov
Erica J Trophy 

“Spirit of the cruise” Award

Viva – Ken Hudson 
William Brian Northam Trophy

Division 1

Ticket of Leave – Max Prentice

-    1st Inshore point-score
Windsong Trophy

-    1st Offshore point-score
Allan Payne Trophy

Division 2

Windflyt – Doug Sturrock

-    1st Inshore point-score
Bob Tinning Trophy

Division 3

Margaret Rintoul – Bruce Gould

-    1st Inshore point-score
New York Yacht Club Trophy

Nautical Quiz

Sweet Chariot – Jill & David Henry


Sweet Chariot – Jill & David Henry

** Special thank you to John Hancox (Magnificat) for producing the crossword & nautical quiz

Coursemaster “Nav-est” competition

About Time – Julian Farren-Price
1st place Offshore

Allegro – John Taylor
1st place Inshore 

** Special thank you to “Coursemaster” for kindly donating the ICOM VHF handheld radio

Galley Gourmet Challenge 

Hell Razer – Simon Wulf

Tonic – Robert Pizzie

Main Course
Kirribilli – Olwen Bowe-Beale

Kirribilli – Olwen Bowe-Beale

Combined Winter Series off to a successful start!

Saturday 6 May was the first day of the Combined Winter Series hosted by RANSA, SASC and RSYS. With 90 boats competing across six different divisions, Sydney Harbour was quite busy as sailors flocked to the water to enjoy the warm sunny conditions. Temperatures reached 26c with light to medium N/NE winds which stabilised after midday just in time for racing. The day was very positive with strong turnouts and competition across all divisions. There were 10 more boats competing this year compared to the same time last year when there were 80 boats for race one.


Podium Results (PHS):

Super 30

  1. Mr Mojo – George Kompolthy – RANSA
  2. Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York – CYCA
  3. Optimum – Stuart Jordan – RSYS


  1. Lolita – Nick Cassim – SASC/RSYS
  2. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS
  3. Tamaris – Greg Sproule – SASC

Division 1

  1. Great Xpectations – Rod Wills – CYCA
  2. Erica – Peter Williams – RSYS
  3. Molly – Frank Hetherton – SASC

Division 2

  1. Solange – W Hutchinson/T Carrol/A King – RSYS
  2. Can Can – Roman Tarnawsky – RSYS
  3. The Jackal – Peter Rozenauers

Division 3

  1. Primary Wave – Bart Foley – SRB
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan - RSYS
  3. Tingari – John Jeremy - RSYS

Non-Spinnaker Division

  1. Crackerjack – Dennis Galvin/Chris Harper – RSYS
  2. Hyperion II – Ian & Anna Shepherd – RANSA
  3. Sahara – Jeff Muscat – RPEYC


View full Results here


Article by Angus Olding
Photo by John Jeremy

2017 Trans-Tasman Challenge

It was that time of year again: two of Australasia’s leading Royal Yacht Squadrons battled it out for Trans-Tasman Challenge glory and bragging rights.

Since its inception in 1974, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) have competed in this special ‘Mate vs Mate’ regatta which has become an important tradition for both clubs. Each year alternating in location and typically represented by Flag officers from each club.

Having been hosted and won by RSYS in 2016, RNZYS were certainly keen to use their home advantage to reclaim the win for 2017 at their home club in Auckland. The two day regatta was held on 29 and 30 April and consisted of six races being completed on the Squadron's fleet of Elliott 7s. Unfortunately, the RSYS could not retain the win this year. Yet it is always an amazing experience and great to spend time with our good friends across the Tasman. Congratulations to RNZYS for winning. 



  1. Aaron Young – RNZYS – 13 pts
  2. Ian Cook – RNZYS – 18 pts
  3. Steve Mair – RNZYS – 19 pts
  4. Andrew Aitken – RNZYS – 24 pts
  5. Richard Chapman – RSYS – 29 pts
  6. Geoff Davidson – RSYS – 33 pts
  7. David Wood – RSYS – 34 pts
  8. Richard Hammond – RSYS – 46 pts


View Full Results here


By Angus Olding

Navigating the Barrier Reef

Barry Cuneo, Rear Commodore of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, will address the Cruising Division on 24 May, focussing on cruising the Barrier Reef and cover route and weather planning and ‘lessons learnt'. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from an expert in coastal navigation! 

Event details
Date: Wednesday 24 May
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
Venue: CCA
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts. 

We will meet in the Careening Cove. The Bar will open at 5.30pm for a drink beforehand. Dinner will be served in the Carabella Room afterwards if you would like to continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.