DBSC Women's Laser Regatta

RSYS sailors and club mothers participated in the Double Bay Sailing Club's Inaugural Women's Laser Regatta held last weekend.

Nikki O'Shea, Michelle Costandi, Sophie Hunt, Dorotea West, Brooke Wilson, Maddie O'Shea, Katherine Shannon, Mina Ferguson, Sylvie Stannage, Evie Saunders and Jo Van Hagen joined the 47 strong fleet of sailors ranging from complete novices to regular, very competitive sailors.

Nikki and Sophie in action

The weekend was not just about sailing. Both days kicked off with Yoga on the deck and included coaching both off and on the water. Saturday night was a sit down dinner at the club to hear from a range of women about their experiences in sailing, including Rio Silver Medalist Lucinda Whitty and Kim Bangel, a mother of four who, with no previous sailing experience, signed up for the Clipper Race and sailed from Perth to Sydney, then competed in the Sydney Hobart, before sailing back up the Australian Eastern Coast. 

Supporting the weekend coaching was Krystal Weir (World champion sailor and Olympian), Ashley Stoddart (Rio 2016 Olympian), Karyn Gojnich (3 times Olympian 1988/2004/2008), Marlena Berzins (twice National Youth Champion, Top six Australian Female Laser Radial) and Jaime Ryan (2016 Rio Olympian).

Principal Race Officer Robyn Tames (Australian Sailing National Race Officer, State Judge, Match Racing and Teams Racing Umpire) headed up the race committee.

Brooke and Maddie race for the line

RSYS sailors featured amongst the awards:

U17 4.7                     Brooke Wilson (RSYS)
4.7 Overall                Brooke Wilson (RSYS)

U21 Radial                Sylvie Stannage (RSYS) (pictured top)
Open Radial              Candice Cushway
Radial Overall           Sylvie Stannage (RSYS)

Green Fleet 4.7          Hayley Messenger
Green Fleet Radial    Kylie Symonds

Wild Child (biggest variation in results): Sophie Hunt (RSYS)
Enthusiasm and sportsmanship: Sophie Hunt (RSYS)
Funniest Capsize: Nikki O'Shea (RSYS)

Most Improved:         Emily Ball
Happiest Sailor:         Christine Linhart
Best Dry Capsize/Recovery: Azura Gacoin
Biggest Risk Taker (start cowboy): Brianna Sparre
Best Backwards Sailing: Belle Parker
The most borrowed boat prize: Georgie Haysom
Congeniality Prize:     Ray Martin
Gutsiest and Committed Prize (plus longest commute): Annabelle Connery  


You can read more about the event and view further photos here

Article by Karyn Gojnich
Photos by Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass


Magnificent Opening Day

What a delightful Opening Day we enjoyed on Sunday 9 September! The sun shone, bunting fluttered, cannons boomed and several hundred Members and their guests enjoyed the garden party atmosphere.

Commodore Chapman greeted Members and their guests for the last time and saluted the colouful Parade of Sail lead by MV Lady Hopetoun, a classic example of the grace and style of Edwardian steam launches of her period. 

The fleet approaches the clubhouse. 

The following boats were awarded prizes:

Best Dressed Boat & Overall Best Dressed - Allegro, Melissa and John Taylor


Best Dressed Crew - Margaret Rintoul, Bruce Gould


Commodore's Award - Forty, Sam Hill.


You can view more photos here


Photos by John Jeremy and Will Pettigrew.


Preparing for the Youth Olympics!

With only 29 days until the Youth Olympic Games begin in Buenos Aries, our Nacra 15 sailors Evie Haseldine and Will Cooley have been training hard in preparation for the event. 

Last weekend the pair participated in an Australian Sailing training camp led by RSYS member and Olympic medalist Nathan Outteridge and America's Cup sailor Adam Beashel. 

Will and Evie are hoping to build upon their results at the event after recently competing at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Texas where they placed 13th overall.

The Squadron will be reporting on the team's performance during the event on both our Facebook page (click here) and the website.

RSYS success at HIRW

Squadron Members have enjoyed significant results at Hamilton Island Race Week which concluded on 24 August.

David and Jill Henry's Sweet Chariot raced in HI Division 5 comprising 28 boats, securing one first place and two thirds resulting in 4th overall, 'A result which delighted us,' said Jill. 'We had frenetic starts every day and a chaotic finish on Day 5 as several divisions converged on the finish line in very light air. As the wind lightens, Sweet Chariot struggles, but great crew work and helming saw us secure first place in the final race which had nothing over 10 knots…So you can image our surprise!'

Sweet Charioteers: Graeme & Sharron Kennedy, Jill & David Henry, Macca Paton, Mark Brown


Paul Clitheroe's Balance raced in IRC Division 1 and came 4th behind Hooligan, Ichi Ban and Alive, 'An honest result for us.' according to Paul, who added that 'racing with the 100 footers Wild oats and Blackjack was quite an experience. We had some great racing, beating Hooligan in the last race and the three TPs finishing within 10 seconds of each other after a four hour race on Friday.'

The Balance crew


Final results

IRC Div 1
Marcus Blackmore, Hooligan 1st
Matt Allen, Ichi Ban 2nd
Paul Clitheroe, Balance 4th 

IRC Div 2
Ray Roberts, Team Hollywood 1st
Darryl Hodgkinson, Victoire 2nd
Julian Farren-Price, About Time 3rd

IRC Div 3 
Peter Williams, Erica 2nd
David Griffiths/Doug Flynn,Yarrandi 3rd
Joseph Earl, Merlin 5th

PHS Div 3
Ian Macdiarmid, Hellrazer 4th

PHS Div 5
David Henry, Sweet Chariot  4th


View final results here

Next up Magnetic Island Race Week! If you are participating, please let the Sailing Office know.


Top photo HIRW Media


Hamilton Island Race Week underway

Stiff breezes and sunshine have greeted the 35th HIRW which commenced on Sunday 19 August. A near record fleet of 233 entries is racing in 15 divisions. 

Squadron Member Malcolm Shaw, crewing for Peter Williams' Erica (pictured above) reports:

'The first three days of Race Week have been held in fairly strong breezes. The Day 2 start was delayed until the wind dropped below 30 knots. Most crews have rugged up as the wind chill dropped the temperature below 15 degrees. The sailing has been spectacular with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. 

'There are 233 boats here for the week and today being a lay day, crews are relaxing by the many pools scattered around the island. Sundowners will be taken at the Bommie Bar at the Yacht Club. 

'Our crew on Erica is having a great time, with a first on Day 1, 8th after a gear failure on Day 2 and a third on Day 3. Peter has put in many hours of hard work into the preparations for Race Week and his efforts are being rewarded. 

'With lighter winds forecast for the next three days of the regatta, our secret weapons of a light air J1 (genoa) and big spinnaker should help secure some good results.'

Also competing are:

IRC Div 1
Marcus Blackmore, Hooligan
Matt Allen, Ichi Ban
Paul Clitheroe, Balance

IRC Div 2
Ray Roberts, Team Hollywood
Darryl Hodgkinson, Victoire (pictured above)
Julian Farren-Price, About Time

IRC Div 3
Peter Williams, Erica
Joseph Earl, Merlin

PHS Div 3
Ian Macdiarmid, Hellrazer

PHS Div 5
David Henry, Sweet Chariot

(Apologies if we've left you out, do get in touch!)

Good luck to all Squadron Members racing at Hamilton Island!


View current results here

View the video of the day 3 IRC start by Crosbie Lorimer

Photos: top by Bow Caddy Media, bottom by Salty Dingo



ICOYC regatta in Marblehead, Massachusetts

The Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts USA is seeking expressions of interest from teams wanting to compete in a J70 regatta to be held off Marblehead from 2 to 6 September 2019. The event is open to club teams made up of Category 1 sailors. The regatta will also feature an extensive social programme for partners.

If you are interested in sending a team for or further information please contact the sailing office.

RSYS is a member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs, and in recent years a number of our Members have travelled overseas to participate in various cruises and rallies. Indeed 13 Squadron Members are presently making their way to Vancouver to join the ICOYC Cruise to the British Columbia Sunshine Coast taking place from 3-13 September.

Find out more about the ICOYC here

Visit EYC's website here


RSYS success at Airlie Beach

RSYS Members featured in the 30th running of the Whitsunday Sailing Club's Airlie Beach Race Week which concluded on 16 August.

In the IRC fleet, three Squadron Members took out all positions on the dais. Matt Allen and his crew on the TP 52 Ichi Ban continued their successful northern campaign winning the Airlie Beach regatta on the back of a divisional win in the Sydney Gold Coast race and overall victory in the 2017 Sydney Hobart race. At Airlie Beach Ichi Ban was chased all the way by Marcus Blackmore and his team on their latest TP 52 Hooligan who finished 2nd just 3 points behind Ichi Ban. In third place was Ray ‘Hollywood’ Roberts in his recently launched Fast 40 Team Hollywood, the latest from the design team at Botin Partners. And in 5th place in the IRC fleet was RSYS Member Dr Darryl Hodgkinson on Victoire.

Also at Airlie Beach in Cruising Division 2, Club Member Ian MacDiarmid and his crack crew on Hellrazer finished with a very credible 5th place in the largest fleet of the Airlie Beach regatta.

Three of the RSYS Tuesday Twilight Cavatina girls were there too.  Penny Scardifield, Margaret Houston and Marjorie Colman sailed with Jeff Shipsey on Sunrise in the Non Spinnaker Division and managed 4th overall, including two wins and a second place. Jeff was the only male in a crew of seven. 'We had an absolutely wonderful week of sailing in stunning weather,' commented Marjorie.

Blessed with fantastic sunshine all week, competitors raced in a wide range of wind conditions.


View full results here

Photos: Top Andrea Francolini, bottom Shirley Wodson



Syd Fischer to join America's Cup Hall of Fame

Renowned Squadron Member Syd Fischer will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on 31 August, honouring his long and successful association with the event.

Syd stands among Sir Thomas Lipton and Patrizio Bertelli as the only yachtsmen to have mounted five self-funded challenges for the America's Cup in the event's 166-year history.

Now aged 91, he is also noted for launching the America's Cup careers of some of today's most famous Australian yachtsmen, in particular Jimmy Spithill, Iain Murray and Hugh Treharne, who was tactician aboard the 1983 Cup winner, Australia II.

Syd entered the America's Cup arena in 1983 with his challenge contender, Advance. Then, for the Cup defence in Fremantle in 1986-87, he campaigned the whimsically named Steak'n'Kidney (rhyming slang for Sydney). In 1992, it was Challenge Australia; in 1995, Sydney '95, and, in 2000, Young Australia, with Spithill at the helm.

Syd sailed aboard his Cup yachts on many occasions and also took a direct interest in the administration of the America's Cup as a member of the Challenger of Record Committee.

Outside of the America's Cup, he is recognised as Australia's most successful offshore sailor. He has claimed victory in two of the world's major ocean racing events - the Sydney to Hobart and the Fastnet race, won the One Ton Cup world championship and led six Australian campaigns for the Admiral's Cup in England.

His achievements in yachting have earned him the Order of the British Empire (OBE), he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), inducted into the New South Wales Sports Hall of Fame, and was twice-named Australia's Yachtsman of the Year.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame will induct Syd Fischer, John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson and Ken McAlpine into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on August 31, 2018 at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England, pictured above.

Read more about the other inductees at www.sail-world.com

Winter series concludes

The Squadron's 12 race series within the Combined Clubs Winter Series drew to a close on Saturday 28 July. 57 boats representing RANSA, SASC, CYCA, RPEYC, and RSYS participated. Commodore Richard Chapman made the presentations the the Pointscore winners after racing and commended everyone on their fortitude in braving the cold and variable conditions.

Chapman thanked the volunteer race management team, 'Without your continued dedication and assistance each week, our Members would not be able to enjoy club racing.'

Congratulations to all those who competed and we look forward to seeing you next year. If you would like a bit more Winter racing, the 15 race series continues. Casual entries are welcome. Contact the RSYS Sailing Office here.


Overall Results:

Division 1

1st Huntress, Phillip Grove RSYS

2nd Erica, Peter Williams RSYS

3rd Peregrine, J Stephen & Hugh Torode RSYS

Division 2

1st Moonbeam, Bart Foley SASC

2nd Alouette, John Waring & David Ross RSYS

3rd Silky, Tony Hirst RANSA


Division 3

1st Gotcha, Tony Morris RSYS (pictured above)

2nd Esquisse 2, Richard Staines RANSA

3rd Beowulf, Stafford Watts


Non-spinnaker division

1st A-Bus, Andrew Goldfinch RPEYC

2nd Gail Force, Graeme Smith RSYS

3rd Ostara, Glenn Richard RSYS

Super 30 division

1st Sigurd, Ian Dencker RANSA

2nd Optimum, Stuart Jordan RSYS

3rd Calypso Magic, Graham Turnde SASC

Classic division

1st Fagel Grip, Jerry Lees SASC

2nd Hoana, Martin Vandewal SASC

3rd Intrigue, Gavin Moss RSYS

Trophies galore at the 2018 Yachting NSW Awards

Squadron Members and staff took out five of the nine awards categories at the Yachting NSW event on Saturday 21 July at the Manly 16’ Skiff Sailing Club. 

Rupert Henry and Greg O’Shea (pictured above, 2nd left) have been awarded Male Sailor of the Year. They won the Melbourne-Osaka race in record time earlier this year. 

Rupert's son Otto Henry took Junior / Youth Sailor of the Year. He wasn't able to collect the award in person as he is at the Youth Worlds.

John Maclurcan won Volunteer of the Year, for his tireless work as Handicapper. 

Coach of the Year went to Mike Leigh for his success with our Youth Laser program. 

Locky Pryor was awarded Instructor of the Year for rapidly growing the Squadron's adult and junior Learn to Sail programs. 

Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, 'It's a very big year for RSYS and I'm delighted that our elite sailors, dedicated volunteers and hard-working coaches have been acknowledged by the sailing community.'