Three Maritime Adventures

A Squadron Speaker event: John Mullen founded the Silentworld Foundation 15 years ago and on 15 February will describe three exciting maritime projects: 

The restoration of the steam yacht Ena.

Ena is one of the finest examples of a classic steam yacht left in the world and is a seminal part of Australia’s history having been built in Berry’s Bay in 1900. Through the Silentworld Foundation, my wife and I fully restored the yacht and donated it to the Australian National Maritime Museum to be preserved in public hands in perpetuity.  We will bring her to the club in the afternoon of the 15th for members to inspect.

Maritime Archaeology and shipwreck hunting

Every year Silentworld plans, organises, and finances an expedition to look for an early colonial shipwreck of historical significance to Australia. I will demonstrate this activity and some of the successes that we have had over the years.

Finding Australia’s first submarine AE1

Towards the end of last year Silentworld raised the funding necessary to go and look for Australia’s first submarine, the AE1, which was lost in PNG at the outset of WW1. We were successful in finding her after 12 previous attempts bringing closure to the families of the 35 men who lost their lives. I will show your members how we conducted the search and some images of AE1 on the bottom.


Event details

Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $85 for two courses and wines

Members book online here

Great Explorers

Cruising Division presentation 28 February - 'Bass & Flinders'. 

Join us to hear Andrew Phippen from the Australian National Maritime Museum divulge details of the lives and exploits of these two great explorers of their adopted country. 

About the Explorers

George Bass – surgeon, sailor, explorer, entrepreneur, slave(?), quite a lot to pack into 32 years. This man is still regarded by many as a sailor without equal in Colonial Australia. This talk will examine what Bass achieved during his brief life while in the colony of NSW and his contribution to our understanding of this new country and its native peoples.  His disappearance and possible slavery will be looked into and his undoubted impact on a young colony is recognised.

Matthew Flinders however reached the ripe old age of 42. His is a tale that Hollywood should be interested in. He was an explorer, a battle-hardened seaman, a cartographer, the victim of shipwreck and that’s just for starters. Flinders is the man who gave our continent its name. What is more over 100 features both natural and man-made bear his name. He was imprisoned, nearly sunk, deliberately left to die, the victim of international espionage and suffered great privation in his short life. He married in secret and left his wife (through no fault of his own) for over nine years. To add insult to injury his grave has been lost! It’s a story that every Australian should know. 

Event details

Date: Wednesday 28 February
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start 
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. 

Members book online here






2018 Hardy Cup

Each year RSYS holds this prestigious Match Racing regatta for Under 25s. The event runs from 5-8 February and our event Patron Sir James Hardy will present the trophy when racing concludes. 

This year's event is bigger and better than ever with 12 teams competing. We will welcome crews from: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Darwin Sailing Club, Sandringham Yacht Club, Royal Freshwater Yacht Club, as well as RPAYC and CYCA. 

View the teams and skippers here

View 2017 regatta photos here

RSYS is fielding two teams helmed by Charlotte Griffin and Nick Rozenauers.

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Thursday 8 February Watch the action! 
Sailing will take place in front of the Clubhouse. Members and their guests are invited to have lunch in the CCA and watch the action from the terrace.
Book your table via the Members Area here.

Friday Twilights 19 January

There were 65 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Stuart Scowcroft of Soleil, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations.


Division 1    

1    98    Gunga Din    Ivan Wheen    
2    11    Defiance    Nicole Shrimpton    
3    SYD25    Carabella V    Matthew McCann    

1    B409    Avanti    Peter Clarke    
2    505    Alouette    John Waring    
3    BX43    Bordeaux    Peter & Alice Zehnder   

Division 3      

1    3666    Much Ado    Richard Wither    
2    6745    Onaview    Richard Petrie / David Baker   
3    373    Cerberus    Simon Dollard / Ross Weaver   

Division 4    

1    6758    Bonsela    Charles Agnew    
2    6680    Ostara    Glenn Richard   
3    6821    Jacana    David Creer    


C    1   Elliott 3       
C    2   Elliott 1       
C    3   Elliott 2      

View full results here 

Magpie are Etchells National Champions

Congratulations to Magpie for taking out the Nationals title at Fremantle. 

The 2018 Australian Etchells Champions are: Greame Taylor, James Mayo (RSYS) and Richard Allanson (RSYS), shown above with prize presenter and Race Officer Kim Laurence.

Sydney Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin said he was delighted with the performances of the Sydney boats which bodes well for a strong showing at the forthcoming NSW State Championship to be held at RSYS from 16-18 February.  

Also awarded on the night were the 2018 Australian Etchells Ladies Champions - AUS 1435, Jeanne-Claude Strong (RSYS), Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Kate Deveraux shown below who also came 4th overall. 

Overall Results 

1 AUS947 Magpie - Graeme Taylor, James Mayo, Richard Allanson - 2,2,4,1,2,1,(8),3 = 15pts
3 AUS885 - This Thing of Ours - David Turton, Josh Torpy, Klaus Lorenz - (17),3,1,7 ,6,3,2,2 = 24pts
3 AUS1402 The Croc - Michael Manford, Dean McAullay, Nick Gray - 6,1,2,5,(13),4,9,1 = 28pts
4 AUS1435 (RSYS) - Jeanne-Claude Strong, Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Kate Devereux - 3,9,3,(11),3,2,1,15 = 32pts
5 AUS1449 (RSYS) Lisa Rose - Martin Hill, Mark Langford, Julian Plante, Joachim Aschenbrenner - 1,10,5,2,8,(11),4,4 = 34pts
14 AUS 1392 (RSYS) Thelastone - Stephen Billingham, Ian Johnson, Chris Allen - 18, 15, 14, 17, 7, (27), 22, 6 = 99pts


Sail-World report by Jonny Fullerton here

Final results here

Success at Youth Nationals

Congratulations to the large contingent of RSYS Youth Sailors who participated in the Australian Youth Championship. There were some terrific performances by the more experienced sailors and the whole squad made great improvements throughout the event. The regatta was held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from January 11-15 and our sailors experienced a variety of conditions over the course of the tournament.  

RSYS Laser cohort

In the Nacra 15 class, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine (pictured top) won convincingly against a fleet of 13 boats. This is their second national championship in as many weeks after winning the Open Nationals the week prior. These two sailors have now qualified to represent Australia at the ISAF Youth World Championship and Youth Olympic Games later this year.  

Asked what the key to their success had been, Will replied "Consistency is your friend and helps you get to the top." Whereas Evie cited "Working hard, listening to your coach and doing what they say!"

In the Laser Radial class, Maddie O'Shea followed up her great Open Nationals performance and finished 2nd in the Women's division. Despite just missing out on the Youth championship, Maddie has qualified to be included in the Australian Youth squad, with the official team to be announced in the coming days, for the ISAF Youth World Championship to be held later this year.       

In the Laser 4.7s, RSYS was well represented with Sylvie Stannage and Brooke Wilson finishing first and second in the Women's division. 

“I really liked the conditions. It was a really fun, really competitive fleet, such an amazing regatta, best one so far to top off the season,” commented Sylvie. In the Men's, Boston Cortis finished the event with a dominant win in the last race which moved him up to second overall.  

Vaughan O'Shea led the RSYS contingent in the Bic Techno 293 class by finishing 3rd overall.  

RSYS Rear Commodore Christian Brook commented, "These are superb results for our Youth Sailors, the best in a long time. I am proud of our young Members' hard work and dedication to our sport. The RSYS Youth Sailing programme is an excellent springboard into Club, national and international competition and clearly, this is a cohort to watch in the future."

Rohan Stannage & Ian Louis

RSYS Results: 


Nacra 15

1st - Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine


Laser 4.7 Women

1st - Sylvie Stannage

2nd - Brooke Wilson

11th - Gretel Payne


Laser 4.7 Men

2nd - Boston Cortis

4th - Daniel Costandi

7th - Mark Louis

24th - Ian Louis

29th - Rohan Stannage


Laser Radial Women

2nd - Maddie O'Shea


Laser Radial Men

5th - Zac West

7th - Jack Littlechild

10th - Jarrah Sheppard

12th - Campbell Patton


Bic Techno 293

3rd - Vaughan O'Shea

14th - Paul Davison



6th - Ryan Littlechild

Congratulations to all our young Club sailors! These are tremendous results for which you have worked very hard. We would like to thank all the parents for their time, effort and support, both during the regattas and during the regular coaching periods.  

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If you would like to find out more about Junior Learn to Sail or racing coaching, please contact RSYS Youth Training Co-ordinator Locky Pryor at or call 9017 0153.

2018 Squadron Annual Cruise

A cruise like no other! Cruising yachts, motor boats and racing enthusiasts are cordially invited to participate in the 49th Annual Cruise to Broken Bay, Cowan Creek, Coal and Candle Creek and Pittwater from 21 - 28 April. 

The Cruise is designed to bring families and friends together for a week, to enjoy the most pristine cruising grounds of any location on Australia’s east coast. What could be better than being anchored in one of the dozens of secluded bays in company with other yachts, sharing this wonderful location?

It is held in the second week of the school holidays, so borrow, charter or bring your own boat and have a great week on board. Many lifelong friendships have commenced on Squadron Cruises.

The social program provides the opportunity to assemble in a different location almost every day. There is something for everyone: a BBQ, picnic, pizza dinner and  happy hour drinks ashore, a progressive dinner on board, cooking competitions and lunches at several of the excellent restaurants.

For racing enthusiasts, there is also a program of up to six races comprising four inshore races and two passage races Sydney to Pittwater and return.

NOC and online entries here



Stepping Stone House Regatta & Bridge Days

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like minded people. Give your company some exposure. Enjoy post-race drinks and a carvery. Or spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Club's beautiful Carabella Room.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for over 29 years and RSYS has been a proud supporter since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 6 March for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 8 March for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

More information here

NOR and entries here


Fabulous Friday

The Friday Twilight fleet reconvened on 12 January for their first outing after the break and was greeted with a cracking sail in blustery 20+kts under a strong evening sun. Glorious!

There were 55 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize. Glen Richard of Ostara, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations.



Division 1

1    M495    Huligan    David Servi                   
2    6469    Hell Razer    Ian MacDiarmid        
3    99999    Assassin    John Vandervord / Phil Cutts   

Division 2

1    7183    Arunga    Mark Tolhurst        
2    6945    Oscar    Hugh Murray-Walker           
3    7327    Zeus    Jim Dunstan   

Division 3

1    5865    Pinta II    Kym Evans           
2    6984    Flight of Fancy    Alastair Lonsdale           
3    5574    Magnificat    John & Robbie Hancox  

Division 4

1    1685    Beowulf    Stafford Watts    
2    588    Kirsten II    Ken Chase / John Bowman    
3    265    Cateran    David Wearn  


1    E1    Elliott 1        
2    E4    Elliott 4     

View full results here 

Another great victory for Whimsical

26 Dragons entered the Prince Philip Cup/Australian Championship at the Metung Yacht Club in Victoria between 7-13 January.

Five crews from the Squadron ventured to the great waters of Metung Yacht Club to contest the Championship.

Whimsical, AUS 217, skippered by the great Gordon Ingate and expertly crewed by Amy Walsh and David Giles, sailed an amazing series and ended up winning both the Cup and the Championship. It was a hard-fought battle between a number of yachts, with Pennyfarthing being just a few points off in second place and Adios III taking the last of the podium finishes.

Congratulations to Whimsical and to the rest of our great Dragon teams at the regatta.


1. Whimisical, Gordon Ingate, Amy Walsh & David Giles - RSYS

2. Pennyfarthing - R Campbell, T Cummins & T Ford - RCYC

3. Adios III - G Aldersea, J Aldersea & J Warren - MYC

View the full results here


RSYS to host Etchells NSW Championship

RSYS and the Etchells Sydney Fleet look forward to hosting Australia's premier one design keelboat fleet for the 2018 NSW State Championship to be sailed on Sydney Harbour from 16-18 February. Entries are now open.

A strong fleet will see outstanding competition among Corinthian sailors, as well as some of Australia's leading sailors, over the three days as many crews continue their campaigns towards the 2018 World Championship to be sailed in Brisbane.

Etchells Sydney Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin commented: "As Australia's largest and leading Etchells Fleet, we are always delighted to be able to showcase all that is great about sailing Etchells on Sydney Harbour, and with the World Championship just 10 months away, there will be few better chances for crews to sharpen their skills. With the generous assistance of our sponsors North Sails, Zhik and Mercedes Benz Sydney, and of course the great support of RSYS, we look forward to running a great regatta."

Racing will be held just a short sail from the Squadron on Sydney Harbour.

Notice of Race and Entry information are available here.