Family Curry Night

Enjoy curries from around the world at our casual family dinner in the CCA on Wednesday 8 March.

We'll offer a tempting selection of authentic dishes bursting with flavour and colour, including: Beef Rendang, Massaman Lamb, Ayam Masak Merah, Thai Penang Fish Curry, Singapore Fried Rice Noodles, Chole (Chana Masala), served with Pappadams, Raitas, Naan and Jasmine Rice. And for dessert, try Glutinous Rice, Mango & Coconut Charlotte or Coconut & Kaffir Lime Sorbet.

All at very family-friendly prices!
Event details
Date: Wednesday 8 March
Time: from 6pm
Venue: CCA
Cost: $12-18, per the menu on the night.


Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Prize Giving

The final race and presentation dinner will take place on Tuesday 14 March in the CCA.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable event. Paspaley will present eight Australian South Sea pearl pendants and award one lucky crew an exclusive Pearl Discovery experience which includes a visit to the Pearl Room located in the heritage bank vaults that lie beneath their flagship boutique in Martin Place.

Four pendants will be awarded to overall winners and the rest to four boats drawn on the night. To be eligible for the draw, boats must have sailed 75% or more of the series.

Please reserve your table via Reception.

Last year's happy winners:




RSYS Youth 3rd in Wellington

On 14 February, members of the RSYS Youth Development programme and coach Klade Horsechildt, embarked on a tour of New Zealand consisting of the Nespresso and Centreport International Youth Match Racing regattas, held in Auckland and Wellington respectively. The two weeks were an amazing experience, equally for skill development, exploring a new country and also catching up and making a lot of new friends.

The Nespresso regatta was hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, from the 15-19 February. RSYS had one team entered in this event comprising Nick Rozenauers helming, Mitch Evans on main, Angus Olding trimming, Zac Quinlan on bow and Ben Fraser as float. The team definitely learnt a lot during the regatta, due to the different sailing conditions, especially the huge tides in Auckland Harbour. The weather could never really make its mind up as well, with all four seasons making an appearance on most days of the regatta, adding to the fun of it all.

The team sailed quite well in the regatta, making a few mistakes along and facing some adversity with the boats and umpires. Yet we managed to make the quarter finals though then sadly knocked out by Matthew Hughes from RNZYS who finished 2nd after the round robin. RSYS went on to finish 8th overall. Big congratulations to Malcolm Parker (RPAYC) who won the event in his last ever Youth match racing event due to aging out.

After a couple of days rest, including a little bit of ten pin bowling, the team flew to ‘windy’ Wellington where we met another member of the programme, Fergus Abbott. RSYS entered two teams in the Centreport regatta, a perfect opportunity for Mitch Evans to have his first experience of match racing regatta steering. Mitch’s team also consisted of Ben Fraser doing main and spinnaker, Fergus Abbott jib and bow and Mikey from RPNYC as float. The other RSYS team consisted of Nick Rozenauers helming, Angus Olding doing main and spinnaker, Zac Quinlan jib and bow and Tristan from RPNYC as float.

Unfortunately in the early morning of the first day of the regatta, Mitch and Angus both caught the notorious bug that had haunted teams at the Nespresso regatta the previous week. Both were out for the day, resulting in Mitch receiving seven black flags. Luckily Ben could take Angus’ spot for the day, so Nick could continue. By day 2, both had recovered their health and were able to sail. The weather in Wellington this year was quite uncharacteristic, as there was no days called off due to too much wind. Some days were even hot and glassy on the water at times.

Nick Rozenauers and his team were able to make the semi finals after the completion of two round robins and Mitch’s team finished 7th, a huge achievement after not sailing for one whole round robin. Mitch beat Frankie Dair from the USA in the sail offs to keep his 7th spot, whilst in the semis, Nick was beaten by Finn Tapper (CYCA) who went on to win the regatta - congratulations! Nick and his team faced Matthew Hughes (RNZYS) in the petits for a ‘mate vs mate’ rematch from the quarter finals at Nesspresso. The RSYS team was able to win 2-0 and claim 3rd overall at the regatta.

The Youth Development members would like to thank all the billet families who hosted us whilst we were away: the Hughes, Martels and Whiteheads/Wrights. A big thank you as well to the two Royal Port Nicholson boys, Mikey and Tristan, who helped both teams in Wellington regatta get a bit closer to the maximum weight, the host clubs, the sponsors, the RSYS for sending us and our coach Klade. 


By Angus Olding

Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

A great number of Squadron Members attended the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart from 9-11 February. Club entries included Commodore Richard Chapman's family motor cruiser 'Nand V', Alan Reece's yacht 'Vittoria', and Sean Langman's 100 year old trading vessel 'Olive May'. Rob Hardy, a long term Senior Member, and his son trailed their 20ft half cabin launch 'Toby 2' all the way from Lake Macquarie to the festival to be on the same pontoon as the gathering of Dutch vessels, which were the main attraction at this year's festival. 

Richard and Alan had delivered their boats to Hobart during December and January with the help of other Squadron Members, and enjoyed many hours of cruising on the Derwent and surrounding waterways. 'Vittoria' is on the way back to Sydney and 'Nand V' is expected to leave Hobart on Sunday this week. Those of us who attended were amazed by the quality of the exhibits and the hospitality of the Tasmanians.

According to this year's festival programme, the previous event in 2015 saw 22,000 people attend, with an estimated expenditure to the Hobart economy of $30m and possibly $60m to the overall Tasmanian coffers! If you have not attended one of these festivals, I would strongly suggest you add it to you personal bucket list.


By Richard Lawson
Sean's fully restored trader 'Olive May', view over Hobart, Alan Reece on 'Vittoria', an old stream launch, a beautiful 100yr old motor launch in superb condition.

Hardy Cup Results

RSYS hosted the prestigious Youth Match Racing regatta the ‘Hardy Cup’ from 5-9 February. Ten teams from around Australia, as well as overseas, competed for four days. It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces participating this year and a great indicator of the value that Youth Match Racing regattas bring to all those involved, both in the sense of skill development and the life-long friendships made. 

We really enjoyed sailing against such a variety of people from so many different places, each bringing varying skills, not only from Match Racing but from other spectrums of sailing, which all added to the experience. The conditions for the week tested every team - we were dealt all four seasons of weather that week. The quality of racing was very high and competitive, and the opportunity we had to sail against some of the best Youth sailors around was priceless. As Sir James Hardy said at the prize giving ‘It is a tremendous pleasure to watch Australia’s future champions developing their skills on Sydney Harbour.’ 

RSYS l to r: Angus Olding, Zac Quinlan, Alex Rozenauers, Nick Rozenauers, Mitch Evans with Sir James

The regatta was also a positive step forward for the RSYS Development Programme: the team finished 5th and only narrowly missed out on the Semis, going down 2-3 in the Quarter Finals against RPAYC. It was great preparation for the team’s New Zealand campaign where we will compete in Auckland and Wellington for the Nesspresso and Centreport regattas respectively. 

Overall, the regatta was a huge success and a credit to all involved. It would not have been possible without Sir James Hardy facilitating the regatta, and everyone greatly appreciated his commitment, along with other Members who watched the regatta every day aboard his yacht. A huge thank you as well to the numerous ‘Red Shirt’ volunteers who were involved all day, every day, ensuring the competitors were comfortable and happy. Last but not least, thank you to the Squadron families who hosted Interstate and overseas teams. 

View more photos here

Overall Results

1st Rooklyn DBSC (pictured top)
2nd Costanzo RPAYC
3rd Takahashi RNZYS
4th Hughes RNZYS
5th Rozenauers RSYS (pictured above)
6th Grimes CYCA
7th Wilson RNZYS
8th Gowans SYC
9th Lynch Darwin
10th Solly SYC

By Angus Olding
Photos by Hamish Hardy and Raoul de Ferranti

Hardy Cup Day 1

A full Round Robin of 9 flights was completed today in a light easterly breeze and sweltering heat.

Matthew Hughes of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Ashlen Rooklyn of Double Bay Sailing Club are tied in 1st place, with Leonard Takahashi and James Wilson both of RNZYS in tied 3rd. 

A strong southerly change is due this evening, so Day 2 will see fresher conditions, starting at 0920hrs. 

Also competing are: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club Australia, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Sandringham Yacht Club and Darwin Sailing Club. It's a pleasure to have you all here!  #HardyCup2017 

View crews here

View live results here

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Iron Lotus wins Etchells Milson Silver Goblets

Iron Lotus EAUS1442 skippered by Julian Plante has won this year's Goblets in convincing style. The regatta was hosted by RSYS from 31 January - 4 February and attracted 26 entries.

Iron Lotus: I Wheen, D Edwards, J Plante, G O'Shea; Wobbegong 2: H Kurnot, S McConaughey, D Flynn; Top 40: G Bonouvrie, I Mackillop, P Merrington

Top 10 results

Pos    Pts    Sail                  Name                   Skipper                 Club    
1       14.0    EAUS1442    Iron Lotus            Julian Plante                                   RSYS    
2       18.0    EAUS1436    Wobbegong 2       Doug Flynn                                    RSYS    
3       23.5    EAUS1332    Top 40                  Bonouvrie / Merrington                 RSYS    
4       41.0    EAUS1435    Yandoo XX          Jeanne-Claude Strong                    RSYS    
5       41.0    EAUS1318    Adolescence         Steve Billingham                           RSYS    
6       45.0    EAUS1362    Ciao                      Doug McGain / Michael O'Brien  CYCA    
7       47.0    EAUS1268    Shindig                 Thackray/Weir/ Tyquin                  RSYS    
8       47.0    EAUS1119    Northern Havoc    Michael Coxon / Iain Murray        RSYS    
9       48.0    EAUS1021    Bushfire                Colin Beashel                                AUST 18FTS    
10     50.0    EAUS1134    Dot                        David Seaton                                 RSYS    

View full results here

View sailing photos here

Photos by Rene Chapman and Andrea Francolini.

Saturday 28 January results

It was a great summer day of racing for all participants. The wind strength matured throughout the day peaking in the late afternoon, coming from the NE at around 20 knots. The up-wind legs of the courses were long and wet, whilst the downwind legs were extremely fast and included many boats surfing the large waves. It was a crowded day on the water, combining the first of the Etchells World qualifiers, races 10-12 of the Yngling King Haakon Cup, Mini B and usual Saturday racing.


Podium Results- 28 January


Division 1

  1. I Super – Peter Campbell  
  2. Impetuous Too – Graeme Lambert
  3. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson  

Division 2

  1. Arcturus 3 – Peter Davenport
  2. Soundtrack – John Amos
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3

  1. Casamajor – Chalres Moore
  2. Zeus II – Jim Dunstan
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Intrigue – Gavin Moss
  2. Liquidity – Richard Franklin


  1. Lisa – Martin Hill
  2. Roue – Mike Morris
  3. Carabella IV – Matthew McCann




  1. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 4 pts
  2. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – 5 pts
  3. Karma – Gary Wogas – 12 pts


  1. Monkey Business – Jon Rowe – 5 pts
  2. Elliott 2 – Nick Rozenaures – 6 pts
  3. Elliott 1 – Mitch Evans – 7 pts


View full results here 


By Angus Olding

Photos by Rene Chapman



Friday Twilights 27 January

Race 14 saw a solid turnout for the Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilight series. Being the day after Australia Day, many undoubtedly wanted to continue the festivity, hence the 63 boats on the water. The breeze and weather for the night was nearly perfect: low to medium ENE and NE winds, with mostly sunny skies, topped off with mid 20s temperature. Congratulations to the winner of the Audi for the Week, Trish Stanley of Willyama. 




Division 1

  1. XLR8 – Ivan Wheen
  2. Carabella V – Matthew McCann
  3. Minerva – Tim & Edward Cox

Division 2

  1. Adela – David Lamond
  2. Viva La Vita – Howard Elliott
  3. Zig Zag II – Malcom Shaw & Mike Seymour

Division 3

  1. Much Ado – Richard Wither
  2. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  3. Star Ferry John Conroy

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Cateran – David Wearn
  3. Jacana – David Wearn


  1. Angus Olding
  2. Jere Gasperov

View full results here


Australia Day Regatta

On 26 January 68 boats and their crews flocked to Sydney Harbour to compete in the 2017 Australia Day Harbour Regatta. The regatta accommodated eight different divisions with a few additions to the standard Saturday racing, being Classics divisions 1 and 2 and the Historical skiffs. RSYS sailors acquitted themselves well, often finishing in the top three in most divisions.

The weather and conditions for the day saw a gradual increase from light wind strength in the morning to medium wind strength in the afternoon coming from the south. The consistent strength and direction of the breeze enabled a great day of racing on the Harbour for all involved. Although sailors might have appreciated slightly warmer temperatures compared to the low 20s and broken clouds which lingered around the Harbour most of the day.

Overall it was a very successful day; congratulations to all winners. What a way to spend Australia Day! Make sure you get involved next year.


Classic Non Spinnaker Division 1

  1. Vittoria – Alan Reece – RSYS
  2. Sjo Ro – Jeremy Arnott – BSC                                   
  3. Mister Christian – David Salter – SASC

Classic Non Spinnaker Division 2

  1. Yeromais V – John Diacopoulos – RSYS
  2. Tio Hia – James Bevis – SASC
  3. Vanity – John Crawford – SASC      

Division 1 Non Spinnaker

  1. Nocturne – Gerard Kesby – RANSA
  2. As You Do – Ross Littlewood – RSYS
  3. Scarlett O’Hara – Rob Skol – RANSA

Division 1 Spinnaker

  1. The Goat – Bruce Foye – CYCA
  2. Josephine – Nicholas Rowe – SASC
  3. Defiance – Nicole Shrimpton – RSYS

Division 2 Non Spinnaker

  1. Britannia – Glen Ilic – SAILBLTY
  2. Star Ferry – John Conroy – RSYS
  3. Tenspeed – Adam Baggett – DSC

Division 2 Spinnaker

  1. Balmain Tiger – Brian Wood – BSC
  2. Matagi – Simon Oliver – BSC
  3. Wildling II – Conrad Johnston – BSC

Division 3 Spinnaker

  1. Loose Change – Michael Bleakley – BSC
  2. Gingerbread Man – Douglas Russel – BSC
  3. Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – RSYS

Historical Skiffs

  1. Australia IV – David Swales – SFS
  2. The Mistake – Terry Stewart – SFS
  3. Britannia – Ian Smith - SFS

View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Photos by Rene Chapman