Last weekend RSYS Flag Officers and committee members crossed the Tasman (at their own expense) to defend the Trans Tasman Challenge. The regatta first sailed in 1974 is a RSYS vs Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) event that has become an important tradition for both clubs. Each year the location alternates, and looking at the engraved history on the cup, so do the results.
Hosted and won by RSYS in 2018, in Auckland the home advantage was too much and RNZYS claimed the win in 2019. Racing was in Elliott 7s with four RSYS teams and four RNZYS teams. On each boat were two committee members and two RNZYS Youth Development Program sailors. The breeze settled in around midday at 8 to 10 knots. The races were short, around 30-45 minutes with two windward legs. The real challenge for all was the 2 knots of current sweeping across the course. After five races on Saturday afternoon the Kiwis were well ahead and RSYS made the decision to concede as 40 knots forecast for Sunday morning was going to cancel racing anyway.
The weekend was an opportunity for committee members to share experiences across both clubs. The weekend kicked off for some with the RNZYC Friday afternoon Rum Race. Starting at 4pm this race is contested all year round. We were hosted onboard a Beneteau 52 and had a spectacular afternoon sailing in 10 to 12 knots. As we finished, there were 15 odd yachts lining up for a double handed race start. Both of these events are worth considering for RSYS. Friday night was a formal dinner at RNZYS and an opportunity for all to mingle. On Saturday morning committee members from both clubs had a round table discussion to review each club’s successes and challenges.
Our racing teams were David Ward and Millie Brown, Christian Brook and Ross Littlewood, Karyn Gojnich and Michael Lindsay, Russell Taylor and John Taylor. Many thanks also to Melissa Taylor, Jane Lindsay and Alex Curtain who joined us for the weekend.
We look forward to hosting RNZYS back in Sydney in May 2020 to claim back the Trans Tasman Cup.
RSYS Club Captain