A win at the Yngling Worlds

Congratulations to Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance who were the top placed all female crew at the Yngling Worlds in Riva, Lake Garda.  

Karyn writes: 'Lake Garda is the most amazing place to sail. We were smashed on the start line with 47 boats. When we did get off the line we had good results of a 4 and a 7. Sailing in the thermal induced Ora wind, the race was a bit of a one way track to get to the right hand side of the course, so not many opportunities to climb the fleet after a poor start. We finished 19th overall and won the Linge Cup - Women's Perpetual World Championship Trophy (ie first all female team).  

'Fellow RSYS Member Alan Reece sailed with his sons Michael and Jordan, finishing 27th. They were hampered by broken gear but did win the all important race back to the crane on the last day.

'International regattas are fun and worth the effort. We had eight nations competing: AUS, AUT, DEN, GER, NED, SLO, SUI & USA but when you get a bad start and have to go around marks five to ten boats wide, it is challenging.  

'Also supporting us in Riva were International Yngling Association (IYA) secretary Chris Harper, IYA Communication and promotions Jan Harper (both RSYS), IYA Chief measurer Peter Carter and head of the International Jury for the regatta Steve Hatch.  All helped us put on a great Australian Party.'

View results here

Wine-dark Sea success at CYCA winter series

Wine-Dark Sea has wasted little time in getting back to winning ways after her eight month cruising 'sea-battical' from Sydney to Darwin last year.

After what could be described as a warm up event for her race crew, she managed a modest 8th in her first race, before gracing the podium with a 2nd the following week. A consistent three weeks of two 5ths and a 4th followed. Things had obviously gelled by then as the next three weeks resulted in consecutive wins.

Having hit the lead of the pointscore at this stage, the brains trust went to work to figure out the combinations and permutation for the last two races, one of which we wouldn't contest due to a crew 50th up at Magnetic Island (the last place we raced in anger). We figured out only four boats were a danger and their task was next to impossible. Two boats, Quetzacoatl and Rum Jungle, had to win both of the final races; Sports Bar had three points to play with and The Goat had four points. On top of this we had to come outside the top five in the final race.

Results of the penultimate race arrived in Magnetic Island during the party, and the competition had been whittled down to one boat: The Goat. We later found out that one of our crew had defected for the week and assisted The Goat in taking them to the win in this race. That made the crew choice for the race a bit easier... He would be allowed back onboard but would be relegated to a sewer position!

The entire crew sweated on the forecast for the final race, hoping for a fresh breeze. It was forecast but an hour before the start hadn't eventuated. On cue though, as racing got underway, a 15-25 knot gusty sou'wester piped in. All we had to do was keep between The Goat and the finish line. We managed this and even put a few more boats between us. Apart from that it appeared to be a lacklustre performance of only 7th (discarded) and included a destroyed spinnaker. Nevertheless we managed the fastest elapsed time for our course, a feat we did for six of the nine starts we contested, and wrapped up the series win. Sports Bar actually managed their requisite 2nd and 1st in the last two races and ended up on the same number of points as us, but their inferior number of race wins relegated them to 2nd. The close racing through the season meant that The Goat’s 10th in the last race dropped them off the podium, with the last podium position taken by Quetzacoatl.

Sarah and I are ecstatic about our boat's performance as we are rebuilding her crew. We look forward to rejoining the Division 1 fleet again for the Short Inshore Series in the coming summer season.

Other division podium positions by RSYS Members included a 3rd for Darryl Hodgkinson’s Victoire in Division A, 2nd for Howard Elliot’s Viva La Vita in Division D and 2nd for Paul Clitheroe’s Balance in the IRC Division.

Article by Pete Lowndes
Photos by Greg Davies and CYC Media

On a winning streak


With only one day until the racing begins at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Texas, Will Cooley and Evie Haseldine are set to perform in the Nacra 15 division.

A relatively new team to the fleet, Will and Evie have achieved some exceptional results over the last few months including first at both the 2018 Nacra 15 National Championship and the 2018 Australian Youth Nacra 15 Championships, 2nd in the U16 division at the World Championships in Barcelona and 3rd at the Singaporean Nacra 15 National Championships. In addition to selection for the Australian Youth Sailing team at the Youth Worlds, their outstanding performances also qualified the pair for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires later this year.

Will has sailed competitively since he was ten years old in a variety of classes in Sabots, Optimists and Lasers. Despite being afraid of the wind when he began Will quickly progressed and represented Australia at the Optimist World Championships when he was 13 years old.

Likewise, Evie has been involved in the sailing community since she was very young. Having competed in at a national level in Sabots, Flying 11's and 29ers, the Youth Worlds will be her second time representing Australia at an international event.


Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Laura Carrau/BISC, Unknown

Yngling Worlds underway

The Yngling Worlds are underway in the spectacular setting of Riva on Lake Garda in northern Italy.

There are 47 entries from 8 nations including two Australian boats also representing RSYS. On board AUS 59 are Karyn Gojnich, Sara Ladd and Ruth McCance, who have chartered a Dutch Yngling, made by the boat builder Mader that is very similar in setup to their own Australian boat.

The other Australian boat sailing under AUS 335 is a family affair with Alan Reese and his sons Michael and Jordan.

Also flying the Australian flag at the regatta is international and chief Yngling Measurer Peter Carter and his wife Lorraine. They are joined by Chris Harper, the current International Yngling Association (AIYA) Secretary, and his wife Jan, who has been supporting the AIYA communication and promotions for many years. 

Lake Garda is a magnificent body of water that attracts sailors from all over the world year round. It also showcases sailing in its many forms including sail boarding, kit surfing, optimists, 29ers and this last week on the water we even crossed tacks with 18ft skiffs that were contesting their European Championship. 

Racing gets underway today at 1pm with two races scheduled.  The forecast for later in the week is looking unusually light so the race committee may exercise their option to sail a third race in the day. It is a 10 race series, including one drop when 5 or more races have been completed.

Follow race results here

Going for gold again!

As current 420 youth world champions, Otto Henry (RSYS) and Rome Featherstone are in fine form to defend their title in Texas next week.

The teammates have competed together since September 2016 and have rapidly ascended through the 420 fleet despite living on opposite sides of the country. Otto and Rome place a focus on their boat handling and race tactics during training blocks in the lead up to regattas and have achieved exceptional results, placing first in seven of the ten regattas they have attended together. These results include 1st at the Youth Sailing World Championships 2017 in the 420 division, 1st at the Australian Youth 420 Championships 2018, and 1st at the Japanese 420 Junior Youth Sailing Championship 2018.

Both sailors began sailing at a young age with encouragement from their families and quickly progressed in competitive fleets. The pair's natural talent on the water was almost immediately evident - each boy won the Optimist National Championship after only sailing in the class for two years. Otto won the championship in 2014 and Rome the year after in 2015.

In the lead up to the championships next week the duo have been training out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club at an Australian Sailing Youth camp. After the four day camp and training against other 420 teams in their boat 'Indian Pacific', a name reflecting the distance between their homes and a reference to the train that goes between the two oceans, both Otto and Rome are looking forward to the competition.


Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page here.

Article: Zac Quinlan
Images: Thomas Moya/Sailing Energy

Radial sailors prepare for Youth Worlds

As two of the Squadron’s strongest Laser Radial competitors, Maddie O’Shea and Campbell Patton are training hard with the Australian Youth Squad in the lead up to the Youth Sailing World Championships 2018. The championships will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas, the USA from the 14 – 22 July.

As the female representative for Australia in the Laser Radial division, Maddie O’Shea has had an extremely successful year of racing with her dedication to training paying dividends. A few of her most impressive results include 1st at the Australian and Oceania Open Laser Championships 2018 in the Radial U19 women’s division, 2nd at the Australian Youth Championships 2018 in the Radial women’s division and being offered a place in the NSW Youth Sailing Team. In addition to her success on the water, Maddie received the RSYS Joanne Trophy in recognition of her commitment to competitive Laser sailing, contributions as a volunteer at the Squadron and as a role model to other youth sailors.

Representing Bermuda at his second Youth Sailing World Championships Campbell Patton looks forward to pushing himself and hopes to build upon his recent results. Beginning in an Optimist when he was seven years old Campbell has been encouraged to become a competitive sailor by his parents both of whom have competed at an elite level. Transitioning to the Laser Campbell started to find his element and at recent events has had a string of exceptional results, especially at the Laser Radial Youth European Championships 2018 where he placed third out of 154 boats.

With less than five days before racing begins in Texas, both Maddie and Campbell are extremely excited to compete at the championships.

“I’m looking forward to sailing in some breeze and seeing old friends,” Campbell said.

Follow our sailors as they compete at the Youth Worlds on the Squadron’s Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2m1hH3z

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (Maddie O'Shea), Gãbor Cserto (Campbell Patton)

SDP sailors take the win!


Congratulations to our Senior Development Program (SDP) youth members who have won the final event of the Interclub Championship Series 2018. 

The Interclub Series is between the three major yacht clubs in Sydney (RSYS, CYCA and RPAYC), as well as the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. The series is an opportunity for each of the clubs youth teams to compete in keelboat fleet racing and practise their skills. 

The final event was hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater last Sunday 24 June. With a light westerly breeze in the morning both our teams led the fleet for the first few races and as the breeze shifted south their clean crew work secured them the win.

Team A, led by Jack Littlechild, were Boat of the Day placing first in all but two races. A mixed crew of new SDP members and one senior, the team sailed fast and kept the tactics simple. Evie Haseldine (Main Trimmer) commented on the day, "I had lots of fun, the racing was really close especially when the southerly came through".

Team B, led by Charlotte Alexander, also had a successful day placing third overall. Another mixed crew, Charlotte was one of the favourites coming into the day after her win at the Newcastle event. Leading the fleet in the first two races the team started the day strong, however as the southerly built they struggled to separate themselves from the fleet. Charlotte commented on the day, "it was a good day of racing and I learnt a lot. My crew did a great job and kept us in the top 3 for most of the races."

The SDP squad's next event is the Shelving Systems Match Cup at the CYCA on Saturday 30 June. 

L - R: Klade Hauschildt (coach), Jack Littlechild, Evie Haseldine, Zac Quinlan, Charlotte Gray,  Madi Kornman, Charlotte Alexander, Angus Olding and Will Cooley.


Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Klade Hauschildt



Squadron sailors success at Kiel Week

Over the last two weeks, several of the Squadron’s best sailors competed in the world’s largest sailing event, Kiel Week 2018. 

Representing the Squadron in the Laser Radial Open division Zac West fought hard throughout the event. Unfortunately, due to a crossover with the beginning of the ILCA Laser Radial Men’s World Championships Zac missed the last day of racing. Overall Zac placed 40th out of 174 boats, a superb result. Entering the World Championships on a high, Zac continued to demonstrate his sailing and tactical abilities throughout the event. After five days of racing in varying conditions, Zac secured 25th place out of 92 boats, an outstanding achievement.

Oskar Hansen also represented the Squadron, competing in the Laser Standard division. Despite an extremely competitive fleet, Oskar sailed exceptionally well with several top 20 results. Oskar ended the regatta in 90th place out of 118 boats.

In the 470 fleet, the Squadron was represented by two teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Katherine Shannon and Dana Tavener continued to improve placing 17th overall, a superb result. In the men’s division, Will Ryan and Mat Belcher continue to dominate the fleet with another 1st place. 

Transitioning from the 49er, Nathan Outteridge and Haylee competed in the mixed Nacra 17 division, their first event together. After a strong result in the first race, the duo suffered damage to their brand new boat after a collision with a Japenese team and their disqualification from that race. Returning for race four Nathan and Haylee pushed their boat hard and secured a string of good results. Overall they placed 9th out of 40 boats, an amazing result for their first event. 

The Squadron is extremely proud of each of the sailors that competed at Kiel Week and their outstanding results. 

Article: Zac Quinlan

Images: Darcie C Photography (L: Oskar Hansen Training in Sydney, R: Zac West Training in Sydney), JPN Bulk Head Photography (Katherine Shannon and Dana Taverner Competing in Japan), Sascha Klahn (Will and Mat at Kiel Week), Segel Bilder (Nathan and Haylee at Kiel Week)

King Billy takes the Win!

Congratulations to Phil Bennett and his crew aboard King Billy, who placed 1st in IRC Division 3 of the PONANT Sydney to Noumea Yacht Race 2018.

After a 20 year hiatus, the 1,064 nautical mile race returned with adverse conditions testing all those competing. The Squadron was represented by two yachts: King Billy and James Murchison’s Abracadabra, both of which finished in the top 17 places.

Despite the race being described as “hard as some Hobarts”, Abracadabra arrived in Noumea early last Saturday morning with a time of 5 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes. The team aboard King Billy was close behind, finishing in 6 days, 4 hours and 32 minutes.

John Taylor one of the crew members aboard King Billy commented on the race "it was very wet, cold and often windy. We were on starboard tack for six days.”



Images: Bryan Gauvan Photography (CYCA) , Andrea Francolini (CYCA)
Article: Zac Quinlan

AWKR 2018 - Back to Back Wins

RSYS Members Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Sara Ladd, Kat Wotherspoon and Olga Skatkova, along with Maria Nash and Liz Borberg, have taken out the 28th Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) Division 1 AMS series for a second year.

Held annually at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, the AWKR is a notoriously fun, often cold and always a very competitive regatta.

This year the regatta attracted 27 boats, more than 160 sailors and their supporters from across Australia and New Zealand. Victorian yacht owners make their boats available for teams, and this year the RSYS team were racing a borrowed Adams 10.

Over the three days of racing, six races were completed in a wide range of conditions. Day 1 was extremely light and shifty. Day 2 was shifty with moderate winds. The final day produced moderate winds that developed to 18+ knots, with bullets up to 28 knots towards the end of the final race, testing everyone.

Save the date - RSYS will hold its own Ladies of the Sea regatta over the October Long Weekend (September 29-30, 2018).

Squadron Prize Giving

The Carabella Room was overflowing on Friday 1 June with sailors awaiting the presentation of the Club's finest silverware to mark the end of the 2017-18 season. 

Commodore Richard Chapman made the following awards:

YACHTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR                              
Joanne Trophy to Maddie O'Shea (pictured above)                
Awarded to a Squadron member who sails regularly from the Squadron, is enthusiastic, deeply involved and an active participant in any aspect of sailing.           
YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR                                
Idris Cup to Rupert Henry & Greg O'Shea (Greg pictured above)                    
Awarded to a Squadron member for excellence in local, national and international sailing competition who has demonstrated the art of good seamanship and sportsmanlike conduct.    

FLAG OFFICERS' CREWPERSON OF THE YEAR                                 
Carabella Tray to Will Ryan                   
This trophy recognizes a Squadron member who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to their sailing and contributed to the success of their skipper in th Club.                            

RSYS KOONYA CUP                                
Awarded to the owner of a yacht on the RSYS Register which has carried out a cruise under sail and auxiliary power of more than 900 nautical miles terminating within a year.                                
Sarah Goddard-Jones & Peter Lowndes of Wine-Dark Sea, (pictured below)

DIVISION 1        
Duende, Damien Parkes: Norn Cup
Ultreya, Rod Pearse: 2nd Spring series, Duke of Gloucester Cup
I Super, Peter Campbell: 3rd Spring series
Willyama, Richard Barron & Stephen Sanlorenzo: 1st Summer series, 3rd Short Inshore series, Milson Silver Jug
Assassin, John Vandervord, Phil Cutts, Ryan Brook, Tom Egan: 3rd Main series, 1st Spring series, 2nd Short Inshore series
Jackie Clare, Geoff Davidson: 2nd Main series, 3rd Summer series, 1st Short Inshore series, Geoff Lee Trophy        
Sydney, Charles Curran AC: 1st Main series, 2nd Summer series, Boomerang Cup
Alouette, John Waring: Milson Silver Tray
Ambitious, David Matthews: 3rd Summer series
Arcturus 3, Peter Davenport: 3rd Spring series, 2nd Short Inshore series, Intercolonial Cup
Solange, Trevor Carroll, Andy King & Will Hutchinson: 2nd Main series, 1st Spring series
Zig Zag II, Malcolm Shaw & Mike Seymour: 1st Summer series, 1st Short Inshore series, 3rd Main series
Agent 88, Stephen Ellis: 2nd Spring series, 2nd Summer series, 3rd Short Inshore series, 1st Main series, Carleton Cup,  J A V Minnett Memorial Cup
DIVISION 3      
Casamajor, Charles Moore: Xarifa Teapot
Norn, Robert Albert: 1st Summer series
Mingara III, Philip Crane: 2nd Spring series
Til the Fat Lady Sings, David Smith: 2nd Short Inshore series, Tarring Cup
Tingari, John Jeremy: 3rd Spring series, 3rd Summer series, 3rd Short Inshore series, 3rd Main series
Zeus II, Jim Dunstan: 2nd Main series, 2nd Summer series, 2nd Main series
Kirsten II, Ken Chase & John Bowman: 1st Spring series, 1st Short Inshore series, 1st Main series, The Flag Officer Race Trophy, The L F (Livvy) Mann Trophy
Yandoo XX, Jeanne-Claude Strong: 1st Milson's Silver Goblets
Vivienne, Rupert Henry: 2nd Milson's Silver Goblets        
The Hole Way, Grant Crowle: 3rd Milson's Silver Goblets
Northern Havoc, Michael Coxon & Iain Murray: 1st NSW Championhship
Tango, Chris Hampton: 2nd NSW Championship 
Lisa Rose, Martin Hill: 3rd NSW Championship    
Top 40, Peter Merrington & Geoff Bonouvrie: Eaton Cup
La Vie Dansante, Michael & Peter Nash: 1st Summer series
Plan A, Andrew Patterson: 3rd Main series, 2nd Spring series        
Wobbegong 2, Doug Flynn: 3rd Mini Regatta series
Shindig, Rob Weir, Mike Tyquin & Paul Thackray: 2nd Summer series,  2nd Club Championship series, The Ted Albert Memorial Trophy
Roue, Mike Morris: 3rd Spring series, 3rd Summer series, 2nd Main series Varuna Trophy        
Umami, Christian Brook & Ant Elliott: 2nd Mini Regatta series, 1st Club Championship series, John "Choco" Winning Memorial Plate
Zapper, Paul Grundy & David Baker: 1st Spring series, 1st Main series, 1st Main PHS series, Phil Pearce Memorial Trophy, Xarifa Chalice, Jim Annand Trophy
Carabella IV, Matthew McCann: 1st Mini Regatta series, 1st Mini Regatta series PHS, 3rd Club Championship series, Etchells Mini Regatta Trophy 
Trio, Matt Whitnall: 1st NSW Championship, Jock Carr Memorial Cup
Whimsical, Gordon Ingate: 2nd NSW Championship
Ascalon, Andrew Howe: 3rd NSW Championship
Miss Pibb, Hamish Jarrett &  Max Hayman: 1st Mini Regatta series, 3rd Main series, 2nd Summer series, 1st Mini Regatta series PHS, 1st Australian Championship, 1st NSW Championship, King Haakons Cup,  Jan H Linge Trophy, The Malcolm Barlow Trophy
Troika, Adam Tran & Callum Thompson: 1st Spring series, 1st Main series, 1st NSW Championship PHS, Royal Temple Yacht Club Trophy
Yertle, Jan Newland & Warrick Back: 2nd Spring series, 3rd Summer series
Blackadder, Gary Pearce: 2nd Main series, 1st Scratch series, 3rd Spring series, 1st Summer series,  3rd Australian Championship, 3rd NSW Championship, The 200 Trophy
Evie, Karyn Gojnich: 2nd Mini Regatta series, 2nd Australian Championship, 1st Australian Championship PHS, 2nd NSW Championship, K Gojnich, R McCance & S Ladd: Sirocco Trophy, Rupert McCurrich Fire Truck Trophy
Wyandot, Bryan Riddell: 3rd Mini Regatta series
Juno, Reg Lord: 1st J70 Australian Championship
James, Tim Ryan: 1st Mini Regatta series
Purple Patch, Jervis Tilly: 2nd Mini Regatta series, 1st Mini Regatta PHS series
Ichi Ban, Matt Allen: 1st Gascoigne Cup PHS & IRC
Morag Bheag, John Maclurcan: 1st Gascoigne Cup PHS Division 2, Thelma Plate
Midnight Rambler,  Ed Psaltis: 1st Gascoigne Cup IRC Division 2,  1st Milson Memorial Cup IRC Div 2
Minerva,  Tim & Edward Cox: 1st Morna Cup PHS
Nine Dragons, Bob Cox: 1st Morna Cup IRC 
Amante,  Dennis Cooper: 1st Morna Cup PHS Division 2,  G Carter Trophy
Saltshaker, Peter Franki: 1st Morna Cup IRC Division 2
Shine On, Phil Herscovics: 1st Milson Memorial Cup PHS
Khaleesi, Andrew & Pauline Dally: 1st Milson Memorial Cup IRC
Soundtrack, John Amos: 1st Milson Memorial Cup PHS Div 2,  RTYC Eddystone Lighthouse Trophy, Perseverance Trophy

Photos by Mike McLoughlan Moments