Saturday Racing 25 March

With the weather behaving for most of the day, it was a nice day out on the water for competitors - a pleasant change compared to previous wet and miserable weeks. Wind conditions on the day were light to medium in strength and predominantly from the North East once it filled in.

Divisions were present in strong numbers making the most of the generally dry conditions. The Dragons were competing for the Archie Robertson Trophy and Jim Hawkins and Andrew Howe’s ‘Ascalon’ was the winner; congratulations! The rest of racing consisted of the divisions' usual Saturday series and the Mini B regatta for the Ynglings and Sports Boats.


Podium Results- 25 March


Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson  
  2. Sydney – Charles Curran
  3. Willyama – Barron / Stanley / Sanlorenzo  

Division 2

  1. Can Can – Roman Tarnawsky
  2. Ambitious – David Matthews
  3. Alouette – John Waring

Division 3

  1. Til The Fat Lady Sings – David Smith
  2. Windsong 2 – John Vickery
  3. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


  1. Ascalon – Jim Hawkins / Andrew Howe
  2. Intrigue – Gavin Moss


  1. Saints III – Bruce Hilliard / M Rosandic
  2. Quay Largo – Anthony Kongats
  3. Synergy – Richard Chapman / Richard Lawson




  1. Shining Star – Elyse Guevara-Rattray – 6.5 points
  2. Evie – Karyn Gojnich – 10 points
  3. Yertle – Jan Newland / Warrick Back – 10.5 points

Sports boats

  1.  Troppo – Andrew Pearce – 7 points
  2. James – Tim Ryan – 8 points
  3. Reo Speedwagon – Andrew York – 9 points


View full results here 




'Clouds' Badham addresses packed house

The Cruising Division was delighted to host guest speaker Roger ‘Clouds’ Badham on Wednesday 22 March. He addressed a packed house, despite the inclement weather!

He began in the 70s forecasting by hand analysis and communicating over HF radio, and nowadays, keeps watch over the current Volvo Round The World racing with vast amounts of information at his disposal. He also enjoys working with the New Zealand Americas Cup team. 


Photos by Richard Lawson: top: Clouds left, John Taylor right; below: RTW yacht tracking

Read the full report here

RC Dragon Force 65s Take Flight

Last Wednesday 15 March RSYS held its first RC Yachting Regatta on what turned out to be a beautiful Wednesday evening. With the day's earlier weather turning away a few of the sailors, we still managed to get 10 boats out for four races.

The course was set in the Pond with a tricky South East wind that was flicking East at stages making the racing shifty and keeping both the Race Committee and sailors on their toes. The two Burgess brothers jumped out early and showed their speed and skill taking an early lead in Race 1 with Phil going onto taking the win from Locky Pryor and Kel Burgess.


With the wind shifting around, the next few races saw everyone have a go at the top end, with Stuart Thorpe improving each race to take a 2nd place in the last race of the day and John Hopkins showing some pace with a couple of thirds to finish off the regatta.

The next race day is on Wednesday 29 March at 5.30pm, with a number of new sailors already out training with their boats, finished and ready to rumble. Rumour has it that the head of the Sailing Office has been out training and will be out to take his chances after being away the first week. A few of the young sailors form the Elliott and Laser program are also keen to put their money where their mouth is and jump in.

For more information please email Locky on

View full results here

Youth Success at NSW/ACT Laser Metros

The very popular Laser Metropolitan Championship was hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club from 18 - 19 March. There were 81 entries over three divisions: 4.7, Radial and Standard, and it was a great success.

Over the two days of racing, six races were able to be completed with one drop for the series. 16 RSYS Youth sailors participated in this regatta, which was a great turnout, and they achieved some exceptional results. Congratulations to all involved!


RSYS Results:


Laser Radial Fleet 38 entries

1st – Marlena Berzins (pictured above)

2nd – Oskar Hansen

20th – D’arcy Kemp – The Apparatus

21st – Carlotta Cruesemann 

28th – Henry Davison – Henrise

36th – Maddie O’Shea – Pickle


Laser 4.7 Fleet 15 entries

2nd – Jack Littlechild – Fast Forward

3rd – Zac West – ZWR

5th – Daniel Costandi – The Force Awakens

6th – Mark Louis – Remarkable

8th – Sylvie Stannage – Little Miss Persist

9th – Timothy Stubbs-Race – Sly Boat

11th – Susan Wilson

12th – Daniel Kemp – The bear

13th – Ashleigh Baber – Lizard Drinking

14th – Gretel Payne – Amazon



View full results here

JC Strong wins Etchells VIC Championship

Over the Victorian Labour Day weekend, Royal Brighton Yacht Club hosted a three day regatta attracting a solid 29 entries. The event witnessed a range of weather conditions, with the AP flying regularly. Thankfully, the sea breeze filled in each afternoon.

The results came down to the final race with many boats competing for a spot on the podium and for the win. RSYS Member Jeanne-Claude Strong on Yandoo XX finished a very consistent series with a 6th in the last race to consolidate the overall win. She won with a four point buffer over Graeme Taylor and his crew on Magpie. Congratulations to Jeanne-Claude and her crew of Marcus Burke, Seve Jarvin and Tiana Wittey, as well as the other RSYS competitors.


RSYS Results

 1st – Yandoo XX – Jeanne-Claude Strong, Marcus Burke, Seve Jarvin, Tiana Wittey

10th – Wobbegong2 – Doug Flynn, Ian McKillop, Henry Kernst

11th – Adolescence – Steve Billingham, Adrian Dolin, William Lewis

19th – Carabella IV – Matthew McCann, Campbell Davidson, Dara Johnston, Scott Cotton


Yandoo XX crew l to r: JC Strong, M Burke, T Wittey and S Jarvin, flanked by RBYC officials. 

View full results here

Ladies Twilight prize giving

The Paspaley Tuesday Twilight season concluded last night and was feted with pearls, trophies, champagne and much friendship and laughter. The Tuesday sailors have increased in numbers, but most importantly, bonded as a community, furthering and encouraging women's participation in sailing. 

Following an address by Karyn Gojnich thanking the skippers who bring LOTS graduates on to their boats, the crew of Allegro made the weekly presentations - with great flair! 

After dinner, Commodore Richard Chapman introduced our series sponsor, Chris Paspaley, who has so generously supported our series for two years. Chris referred to the great affinity Paspaley has with our Club due to our shared passion for the ocean. "We appreciate the same elements and we work with Mother Nature. Both Paspaley and RSYS share a spirit of community and enjoying what's important in life," he added.

Chris then made the trophy presentations to the Division winners, each of whom received a Squadron trophy and a beautiful Australian South Sea pearl pendant. The crew of Enigma won the overall Pointscore and are invited to a Pearl Discovery experience to the Pearl Room at Paspaley's flagship store in Martin Place. 

Those boats that had raced in at least 75% of the series were then placed into a lucky prize draw to win a pearl pendant. To much applause and cheering, Chris Paspaley announced the lucky recipients: Muffi Barbour, Well Inclined; Jackie Taylor, Allegro; Eve Shepherd, Trilogy and Melissa Taylor, Coco.

The series would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the small army of volunteers who manage the races each week, and to our Ladies Sailing Convenor, Karyn Gojnich; we thank you!

Week 12 race results

Ladies PHS

1st Kookaburra, Jill Hammond
2nd Rapunzel, Sandy lawson
3rd Wine-Dark Sea, Sarah Goddard-Jones


Ynglings/Elliotts PHS

1st Miss Pibb, Angelica Vaness
2nd Evie, Sara Ladd
3rd Elliott 2, Claire-Loiuse Mitchell


Best Start

Elliott 2, Francesca Greco (with LOTS ladies & Claudia Thackray)


Season Prizes

Gypsy Moth IV trophy
1st overall mini-series winner in the Ladies non-spinnaker division

Enigma, Anne Connery


Bluebird Trophy
1st overall mini-series winner in the Ladies Elliott / Yngling spinnaker division

Evie, Sara Ladd


Jan Rowed Memorial Trophy
PHS Ladies non-spinnaker division main series winner

1st Enigma, Anne Connery
2nd Kookaburra, Jill Hammond
3rd Rapunzel, Sandy Lawson


Lady Helm Trophy
PHS Ladies Elliott / Yngling spinnaker division main series winner

1st Miss Pibb, Angelica Vaness
2nd Evie, Sara Ladd
3rd Elliott 1, Siobhan White


Open Division Pointscore

1st As You Do, Ross Littlewood
2nd Mercier, James Merrington
3rd Pilgrim, Paul Ley

Participation Lucky Draw prizes

Muffi Barbour, Well Inclined
Jackie Taylor, Allegro
Eve Shepherd, Trilogy
Melissa Taylor, Coco


View full results here

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Find out about forthcoming Learn to Sail courses here







Farr 40 National Championship

RSYS hosted the Farr 40 National Championship on 10-12 March. The event marked the end of a great season for the Farr 40 class. There were eight entries this year, representing both NSW and VIC, with each boat bringing an abundance of experience and skill to Sydney Harbour.

Over the three days, eleven races were completed, with Friday and Sunday's races held inshore, and Saturday’s offshore. The weather conditions for the championship fluctuated, but PRO Rob Ridley and his team did a great job to get eleven races in. Racing was very close throughout the event, with boats generally only a few points apart.

The overall winner was the well deserving Estate Master - Martin & Lisa Hill, with a very stressful deciding last race. Coming into the last race Estate Master had a six-point lead, a nice buffer zone you would think. However, on their first upwind, their genoa halyard broke and they slipped into last place. Proficient crew work enabled a quick fix, and they were able to make their way up to fourth at the finish. Congratulations to Martin & Lisa Hill from Estate Master and the crew on the win! Also a big congratulations to Jeff Carter from Edake and the crew, who took out the Corinthian title. 


Overall Placings

1st Estate Master – Martin Hill (MHYC/RSYS)

2nd Angophora – Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (MHYC/RSYS)

3rd Kokomo – Lang Walker (CYCA/RSYS)

4th Edake – Jeff Carter (MHYC)

5th Double Black – Rob Pitts (SYC)

6th Zen – Gordon Ketelbey (MHYC/RSYS)

7th Nutcracker – Rob Davis/Andy Baker (SYC)

8th Exile - Rob Reynolds (MHYC)


View photos and videos here 


Photo credit: Crosbie Lorimer - Bow Caddy Media

Youth Fleet in fine form

The RSYS Youth fleet had a great day out on the water on Sunday, with a 18-22 kt north-easterly to race in, as they
prepared for the last few events of the season. As some of the top RSYS Laser sailors were out of action due to YST trials, it was
the younger brigade that worked hard to take their racing to a new level and practice their race trade.

The Lasers are off to the Metros next week over at Double Bay Sailing Club, and with the YST sailors back, there should be a big 
contingent of our sailors representing RSYS.

The Optimists had a full fleet out on the water, all vying for top spot for both handicap and scratch honours in the Club championships.
Placings are top for both point scores, and after a few light days, the more experienced older sailors were grinning from ear to ear at the 
sight of the waves and big wind. The Optimists have one more training session next week before we migrate to Lake Macquarie for the 
NSWIODA State Championship on the weekend of the 25-26 March.

Keep training guys, you're doing so well!


View full results here

Photos by John Jeremy and Michael Hansen  

Fast and furious RSYS Youth racing

Thirty RSYS Youth racers faced off on Sunday 12 february in the first Club Championship for 2017. A southerly front made for increasingly challenging conditions, spiced up with some hair-raising gusts.

The 10 Optimists got off to the first of two clean starts. Racing was close, with the first five finishing within one minute of each other. As the conditions deteriorated, a smaller group managed to finish the second race and head for home - fast! 



The seasoned Laser fleet were in no mood for hanging around. A couple pushed their luck in the first start and were rewarded with recalls. Increasingly brisk conditions added to the overall excitement on the race 2 startline with most of the fleet over. The rarely displayed black flag went up and four sailors got BFD’d on the restart. 

The racing was close with the smaller 4.7 rigs taking it to (and sometimes past) the larger Radials. The downwind legs proved tricky for some, with ferocious gybing and dramatic capsizes. But what they are all going to remember is the feeling of quite literally flying … downhill dinghy sailing at its best.


While some of our racers came out a little worse for wear, overall we saw great competition, many thrills and quite a few spills. A great day at the Squaddie.

By Vanessa Swiderski
Photos by Michael Hansen

Squadron Annual Cruise

We depart for Cowan Creek and Pittwater in just four weeks - will you join us? Yachts, motor cruisers, novices, old salts and families are all very welcome!

Running from 17 - 24 April, there is a programme of activities for dedicated cruisers as well as the normal racing programme for enthusiastic sailors. There will be two lay days where cruise participants can socialise, a sausage sizzle, a progressive dinner and the Galley Gourmet Challenge.

View the itinerary here

The GGC is a highlight of the social programme - crews create and present their finest on board cuisine for the approval of our judges. Categories include: Canapés (served on the beach and enjoyed by all); Entrée; Main Course; Dessert and Junior Chef.

Looking for inspiration? View past winning recipes here

If you have any queries, please contact the Sailing Office


Technology Talks Series 2

'Common iPhone & iPad Apps Made Simple' 

Back by popular demand - learn how to get the best use out of your Apple devices on 27 March, 10 & 24 April.

Talk 1 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words'
Monday 27 March 11am-12.20pm >> book here

●    How to take better photos with your iPhone Camera app.
●    How to make them look great! Easily.
●    How to share them with others.
●    How to sync them across your Apple devices.
●    What else can you do with your iPhone camera?

Talk 2 'My Precious Memories' 
Monday 10 April 11am-12.20pm >> book here

Talk 3  'Hey Siri, Remind me to buy…' 
Monday 24 April 11am-12.20pm >> book here

You are welcome to book for one, two or all three talks. Cost is $15pp. Do stay for lunch to continue the conversation!