Yngling 50th Anniversary Celebration


Join us to celebrate 50 years of sailing in the International Yngling Class at the RSYS on Sunday 27 May.

Relive Yngling history via our 'sailors from the couch' covering the Early Days, Wittey Era, Olympic Era and the Present Day. 

Discover Sailing
Time: 10am to 12:30pm
A short sail (30 - 60 minutes) on an Yngling with experienced Yngling Sailors. No charge but you must register via Try Booking system below.
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: The Dining Room and Verandah
Graze from a selection of international foods from the countries where Ynglings are sailed
Cost: $50pp (drinks not included - available from the bar)

For queries, please contact Gary Wogas 0424 999 047 or australianyngling@gmail.com

Please book via this Trybooking link




Friday Twilight lucky winners

The Carabella Room was packed with sailors eager to win the Friday Twilight high participation lucky draw prize on 6 April. The presentation was made by Sarah Connell, group marketing manager for our generous sponsors Audi Alto Artarmon and Alto Land Rover.

Commodore Richard Chapman observed that the RSYS Friday Twilight Series was certainly one of the most popular on Sydney Harbour, having attracted 97 block entries plus several casual entries each week. 

"We could not run our Twilight racing without our dedicated team of volunteer race officials led by Wayne Hinchcliffe. They had some difficult moments spotting sail numbers particularly in southerly breezes, which seemed to blow many a Friday Twilight.  It is not unusual to have a dozen boats finishing within a two minute period, sometimes four and five abreast across the line. This is a tribute to John Maclurcan’s handicapping, but a race officer’s nightmare. I sincerely thank all of you, for your valuable time and effort and for giving up your Friday nights. Thank you also to the Careening Cove Anchorage staff, tender drivers and the Sailing Office team," he added.

The winner of the weekend for two at the Emirates 'One and Only Wolgan Valley' and a weekend in an Audi, Land Rover or Jaguar of their choice was Zeus, owned by Jim Dunstan (pictured above.) Congratulations!

The winners of the consolation prizes were:

An Audi Drive Day - Huligan, David Servi
A Jaguar Drive Day - Ostara, Glenn Richard
Degustation Cellar Dinner for six - Kookaburra, Richard Hammond

"Rain, Hail or Shine Prizes” were awarded to the two boats that competed in every race: 
Well Inclined, Brian McKean
Lively, Sophie Nelson & Marcus Stewart
Well done for your commitment and dedication!

The 2018-19 Friday Twilight series commences 12 October 2018 - see you then!


Youth Sailors on the Podium Again


Over the last two weekends, our youth sailors have been busy competing at the Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championship and the 2018 NSW Optimist Championship. With similar wind conditions on both weekends, the competitions saw our sailors achieve some great results.

The Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championships was held out of Drummoyne Sailing Club and saw 22 members of our Laser Squad compete. Despite scorching hot temperatures on the first day of the regatta and strong winds on the second day, our sailor performed exceptionally well. In the 4.7 fleet, our sailors took the first six places with Daniel Costandi, Jack Ferguson and Sylvie Stannage filling out the top three. In the Radial fleet, our sailors also performed well with Jack Littlechild and Otto Henry placing fourth and fifth. In the Standard fleet, Oskar Hansen continued the squad’s outstanding performance placing second. A big thank you to the parents and sailors who assisted the coaches throughout the regatta.

The 2018 NSW Optimist Championship also saw a strong performance by our youth sailors. Hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the regatta drew a large entry list including five of our own optimist sailors. With little breeze on the first day and strong breeze on the second, our sailors kept up with the best and achieved good results. Oliver McLachlan was the highest placed Squadron sailor placing 13th out of 47. Douglas Cassidy, Isobel Payne and Spencer McKay were close behind placing 18th, 19th and 21st. Another big thank you to the parents and sailors who were extremely helpful in transporting the boats and their assistance throughout the regatta.

Laser NSW/ACT Metropolitan Championships Full Results: https://bit.ly/2umrYyl 

2018 NSW Optimist Championship Full Results: https://bit.ly/2DXx5EE

Article: Zac Quinlan

Image: Mike Leigh

HillPDA Racing claims second Farr 40 national title 

Martin Hill’s HillPDA Racing defended its Farr 40 Australian Champion status on Sydney Harbour, four wins and two seconds among eight races tallying up to a final unbeatable score 15 points in the black. 

Watch the Day 3 video highlights here, thanks to Tilly Lock Media

“We cleared out from the fleet today with faultless crew work and two more bullets,” the proud skipper said following the Farr 40 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy presentation hosted by RSYS on Monday March 19, 2018. “It means a lot to have the other crews say we deserved to win,” Hill added.

Tactician for Hill, Tom Slingsby, is nearing the end of a hectic Australian summer program and the Sydney nationals threw up plenty of late season grenades. “We assume the weather is still summer-like, but it’s starting to change. We had super light and super windy moments, abandoned races and relocations, and it was extremely shifty all three days. The crew work on our boat was amazing; we didn’t have one mistake, even in 25 knots.”

Second on a countback went to Australian class president Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen. The Middle Harbour Yacht Club/RSYS team opened their campaign with two wins and a handy head start, then hung on to post a second in race six and possibly benefit from a shortened series.

Tom Quick’s Outlaw and Jeff Carter’s Edake were willing a third and final race on the closing day, their very last opportunity to pull enough points off Zen to finish with the silver medal. The weather remained on Zen’s side.

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley took the series right up to the 1500hrs deadline for starting race nine, delaying the 1100hrs scheduled start while the breeze clocked 180 degrees, then moving the fleet around the harbour between The Sound, Obelisk and Sow & Pigs reef in search of the prevailing light winds. By the time the mid-afternoon nor’easter started to settle, the clock had expired.

“We took a lot of points out of Gordon today but in the end we ran out of time,” Quick said of the countback deficit and Outlaw’s third overall. “It was great racing with great people and a superb effort by David (Chapman, Outlaw’s tactician) and the team.

“We rarely saw 10 knots today, more like 6-8 knots and a bit of tide running out so it was a bit bouncy. Sunday was also challenging with ferries, ships, skiffs and other boats drifting around; every type of vessel was out there!

“That’s two regattas and two countbacks,” Quick added, referring to the NSW State Title scoresheet when Outlaw narrowly finished second to HillPDA Racing.

On Saturday May 5 the Farr 40 class will celebrate 20 years when present and past Farr 40 sailors gather at the RSYS. “We are looking forward to reuniting the current teams and getting together with former owners, tacticians and key crew members to celebrate such a momentous occasion,” the class president said.

The Australian Farr 40 class is considered the strongest combined fleet in the world, and Sydney has hosted three world championships.

View the 2017-18 National Championship results here

The Australian Farr 40 Association thanks its 2017-18 season supporters:

Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation 

Instagram @Farr40_Australia     Facebook    Website

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media
Photos by Jannie Hughes

Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                       
M: 0407 387 302 E: farr40australia@gmail.com                


Friday Twilights 16 March

There were 68 boats on the water all keen for the chance to win the Audi for the Weekend prize, though the light breeze frustrated some who didn't make it back to the Club in time. Still - no such thing as a bad evening on the harbour.... Paul Williams of Takana, above, was the lucky winner this week, congratulations!

Is your boat eligible for the end of season lucky prize draw? Check this list.

Don't forget to reserve a table for the presentation night dinner on Friday 6 April Click here


Division 1    

1    8001      Forty    Sam Hill    
2    7367      Jackie Clare    Geoff Davidson    
3    38038    Solveig II    David & Stuart McLean        

Division 2    

1    6601    Well Inclined    Brian McKean    
2    B409    Avanti    Peter Clarke    
3    505      Alouette    John Waring / David Ross    

Division 3    

1    698      Out of the Blue    John van Ogtrop    
2    6827    Takana    Paul Williams    
3    5627    Tangaroa    Tony Gooch        

Division 4    

1    7095    Corrib II    David Leonard    
2    6758    Bonsela    Charles Agnew    
3    7169    Topaz Too    Paul Wood        


1    E4        Elyse Guevara-Rattray               
2    E1        Amy Gojnich                   
3    E2        Sara Ladd

View full results here

Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Winners

Our thriving community of sailors cheerfully sailed through drizzle and the lightest breeze in last night’s final race of the series. Our generous sponsor Paspaley showcased a delightful display of pearl jewellery of the most exquisite artistry and our sailors enjoyed trying on the pieces. 210 Members and their guests then enjoyed dinner and cheered the series and trophy winners announced by Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator Karyn Gojnich.  

Congratulations to Penny Scardifeld and Margaret Houston of Cavatina (above) for winning the Jan Rowed trophy for the Ladies non-spinnaker pointscore. Nikki Shannon, Vivace came second and Eve Sheppard from Trilogy third. Jan Newland and Megan Howard on Yertle won the spinnaker pointscore and the Lady Helm trophy. Each skipper was presented with a pair of Paspaley pearl earrings.

In the Mini Series, Cavatina won the Gypsy Moth IV trophy and Angelica Veness on Miss Pibb (below), took out the Bluebird trophy donated and presented by Joyce Warn. 

Paspaley also awarded pearls to the winners of the lucky draw prizes. To be eligible, boats had to have sailed in 75% or more of the races. The recipients were: Sandy Lawson, Rapunzel; Sara Ladd, Evie; Anna Connery, Enigma and Jill Hammond, Kookaburra. 

We thank Paspaley for their generous support of the 2017/18 Tuesday Twilight series – their third with RSYS – which has contributed to the significant increase in participation. This season we welcomed 11 new boats to the fleets and placed 50 enthusiastic female sailors across 20 boats. A big thank you to all of the boat owners and skippers that undertook to mentor the newcomers. 

The 2018/19 series will commence on 13 November 2018. See you then! 


Iron Lotus wins Etchells VIC Championship

Congratulations RSYS Members Tom King, Dave Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen of Iron Lotus 1442 who took the Etchells Victorian Championship at the weekend. 

Not only are they a Corinthian team, they won the State title after just five races and ended with a magnificent lead of 13 points.

Five Squadron boats travelled to Royal Brighton Yacht Club and achieved excellent results in the fleet of 32.

1   Iron Lotus           AUS1442    RSYS
2   Our Thing           AUS1446    RQYS     
3   Tango II              AUS1443    RBYC    
4   Lisa                     AUS1449    RSYS
7   Northern Havoc  AUS1119    RSYS
9   Wobbegong2      AUS1436    RSYS
11  Yandoo XX         AUS1435    RSYS

Sail-World report here
View results here

RSYS to host Farr 40 Nationals

Marking the 20th anniversary year of the Farr 40 class, the strongest country-based fleet in the world are assembling their finest teams for the end of season national championship at RSYS from March 17-19.

Reigning titleholder Martin Hill and HillPDA Racing team displayed imposing form when they took out last month’s NSW title, but only once a countback separated first from the Outlaws in the runner-up position. “We are looking forward to the challenge and expecting, as always, tough competition with many snakes and ladders,” Hill said this week.

Tom and Alan Quick’s Outlaw was right in Hill’s face that series, and there’s a presumption the pair will resume the same intense rivalry when they come together this Saturday within the mixed fleet for the opening day of racing offshore. Sunday March 18 and Monday March 19 will play out on Sydney Harbour with a course area to be determined each morning by the RSYS race officer Rob Ridley.

A celebration of the class’ extraordinary 20-year milestone is tinged with some sadness at the announcement that dual Australian Farr 40 champion (2006 & 2007) Lang Walker has officially retired from competition. Australian Farr 40 president Gordon Ketelbey said: “We acknowledge Lang’s outstanding long-term contribution to the class over many many seasons, both as a fierce competitor and sponsor. Lang’s Kokomo campaigns were always top notch and in turn the overall fleet quality at the time of his team’s dominance rose accordingly.”

In addition to HillPDA and Outlaw, Ketelbey suggests Sam Hill’s Forty could easily feature in the top three, as could Jeff Carter’s Edake, winner of two of the three pointscore regattas staged across the summer months and last year’s Corinthian Farr 40 Australian Champion. Among the Victorians, Rob Davis and Andy Baker from Sandringham showed at the recent NSW title what a couple of hard Sydney seasons can do for overall form, finishing on the podium in three of the seven races with Nutcracker.

The traditional Farr 40 finals home, the RSYS built on the picturesque Kirribilli waterfront, will host the Melbourne and Sydney fleet of eight one designs to determine the 2017/18 National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy winner.

Up to four races per day starting from 1100hrs are scheduled and the long-range forecast for the weekend indicates nor’easters building to 15 knots in the afternoon.

List of entries:

1.    Double Black - Rob Pitts, Sandringham Yacht Club and MHYC
2.    Edake - Jeff Carter, MHYC
3.    Exile - Rob Reynolds, MHYC
4.    Forty - Sam Hill, RSYS
5.    HillPDA - Martin Hill, MHYC
6.    Nutcracker – Rob Davis & Andy Baker, SYC
7.    Outlaw – Alan & Tom Quick, CYCA
8.    Zen - Gordon Ketelbey, MHYC 

Results will be posted after each race at http://www.farr40.asn.au/results/ 

The Australian Farr 40 Association thanks its 2017-18 season supporters:
Hacer Group
Hill PDA
Walker Corporation 

Instagram @Farr40_Australia     Facebook    Website
By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media
Further information:

Jennie Hughes                                                                
Farr 40 Class Administrator                                                        
M: 0407 387 302 E: farr40australia@gmail.com        

top & below Jen Hughes
bottom Beth Morley      

Paspaley Tuesday Twilight Presentation

The final race and presentation dinner will take place on Tuesday 13 March in the CCA.

Bring your crew, family and friends to this enjoyable event. Paspaley will present eight pairs of Australian South Sea pearl earrings 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 the Members Area

A crew meal of roast lamb is avaiable on the night, please state this in your booking request. 


Deepsea Challenger – the Australian Story

On 26 March 2012, James Cameron piloted the submersible Deepsea Challenger 11 kilometres down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What few people realise is that Deepsea Challenger was built in Australia. 

Join us on 15 March for an exclusive dinner event at which Deepsea Challenger’s co-designer, builder and pilot Ron Allum will discuss the challenges he faced and the breakthroughs made over the seven year project. These include the design and build of the submersible’s sphere; the development of the unique formula for syntactic foam, Isofloat®, which provided the flotation and formed Deepsea Challenger's structural chassis; the pressure-balanced, fluid filled electronic systems and the many other innovations that kept the vehicle's weight to a minimum whilst maximising its ability to take samples and record images at the deepest known point on the planet.

Allum will also shed light on the eclectic and innovative world of submersible design and operation. He will discuss how the lessons he has learnt can be applied in the broader realm of 21st century subsea operations, where vehicles perform increasingly sophisticated tasks in deeper, more challenging environments. These lessons are particularly relevant for Australia, a continent surrounded by some of the deepest waters in the world.

This promises to be an informative and intriguing exploration, not only of the ocean's depths, but also of Australian engineering ingenuity - don't miss it!


Event details

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


NB This event is open to members and their guests.

Tahiti and its Australian Explorers

Andrew Phippen from the National Maritime Museum will present a potted history of the exploits in the French Polynesia of James Cook and William Bligh whose ship the Bounty suffered the infamous mutiny of the same name, which saw Bligh and a number of loyal crew members safely navigate more than 4,000 miles to safety in modern day Indonesia. Meanwhile the mutineers headed east across the Pacific to the unchartered Pitcairn Island, via Tahiti.

It was of course during their stay in Tahiti that many of the crew established a clear preference for life on the shore rather the dark, wet, smelly and rat infested living quarters on the Bounty.

The Mariner Boating Holidays / RSYS rally in Tahiti in September will sail through the Leeward Islands, which Cook visited, and we will arrive from Australia in Papeete, not far from where Cook recorded the transit of Venus across the Sun for the navigators.

This is a private event hosted by Mariner Boating Holidays and all RSYS Members are welcome to attend.


Drinks & canapes will be served before the presentation. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP for catering purposes. 

2018 Tahiti Yacht Rally 
RSYS and Mariner Boating Holidays have partnered once again to offer Members a new international sailing holiday.

The Tahiti Yacht Rally will take place around Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa from 15-29 September 2018. 



Event details
Date: Tuesday 27 March
Time: 7pm
Venue: CCA 

No cost, but please RSVP by 23 March.
TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT laura@marinerboating.com.au