2017 Laser Nationals

The 2017 Australian Laser Championships have just concluded with 13 RSYS Youth sailors competing. Racing was hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club from December 27 - January 4. The sailors experienced a variety of conditions throughout the long and challenging event which incorporated 11 races. It was a great event for our sailors - they gained valuable race experience, made new friends and had a wonderful time. They even got to meet 2016 Laser Olympic Gold medalist Tom Burton.   

In the 4.7 division, RSYS fielded nine sailors and Jack Littlechild won the championship. In the Radial division, there were four RSYS sailors: Oskar Hansen lead the charge, finishing 7th overall and 3rd in Youth. Congratulations to all the RSYS sailors for their hard work over the year and during the championship.  
Full Results can be found at: http://adelaidelasernationals2017.com/results/

Up next is the Australia Youth Championship from January 10 - 14, Good luck!  




2016 Sydney to Hobart

'A sprint followed by a dawdle' aptly describes the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race. Perpetual LOYAL smashed Wild Oats XI's 2012 record by nearly five hours, and by day two, a quarter of the fleet looked set to beat that time as well. However the Derwent had other ideas... the breeze petered out and the fleet drifted in.


Above: the fleets underway. Top: Sean Langman makes a perfect start. 
Photos by John Jeremy.


RSYS was well represented in both boats and crews - see the list below for results.

Paul Clitheroe of Balance, last year's winner, commented: 'What a contrast. Last year our overall victory was based on surviving the southerly gale, which seemed to go forever. This year we pulled up our big A4 as we turned south and had it up for some 48 hours of our 52 hour race!

'We were delighted with 4th overall and 1st in Div 1, a strong defence of our title. We were even more pleased to be having a beer in Customs House in Hobart after only racing for a bit over two days.'

Another previous winner, albeit 50 years ago, was Fidelis. Nigel Stoke had crew shirts made up emblazoned with '1966 Winners 2016 Grinners'.

'Winners are Grinners, but only just...' he said on his return. 'We made it to Hobart in record time with a PB for Fidelis of three days nine hours. This is close to one day faster than the line honours winning time in 1966!

'We experienced the odd challenge along the way including a broken boom mid Bass Straight that slowed us down some three or four hours.'  


Overall Class Winners


Line honours

Perpetual LOYAL- Anthony Bell NSW

(Also setting a new race record of one day 13 hours 31 minutes and 20 seconds, beating Wild Oats XI’s record in 2012 by four hours 51 minutes and 52 seconds.)


Giacomo – Jim Delegat, New Zealand


UBOX – Bin Wang, China


Imalizard – Bruce Watson (RSYS), NSW


Cromarty Magellan- Richard Grant, TAS



RSYS Boats and Results

Abracadabra – James Murchison

A 14.33m Tripp 47 yacht Designed by Bill Tripp. There were 10 on-board.

Line Honours – 51st

PHS Division 2 - 6th

PHS Overall – 8th


Balance – Paul Clitheroe

A 15.9m Farr Tp 52 with 13 on-board. This Tp 52 has won the Sydney Hobart twice before as well.

Line Honours - 12th

IRC Division 1 - 1st


Fidelis – Nigel A Stoke

A 18.1m long Knud Reimers 61. There were 8 on-board and Fidelis last raced in a Sydney to Hobart in 2006.

Line Honours - 82nd

ORCi Division 2 - 10th


Imalizard – Bruce Watson

The first Sydney to Hobart for the 11.8m long, Welbourn 12. With 6 on-board.

Line Honours - 40th

PHS Overall – 1st

PHS Division 1 – 1st


Springday Pazazz – Rob Drury

A Cookson 12 of 11.9m in length with 11 on-board. The boat competed in last year’s Sydney Hobart but sadly had to retire due to mainsail damage.

Line Honours -33rd

IRC Division 2- 1st


Chinese Whisper- Rupert Henry

A JV 62 designed by Judel Vrolijk and is 18.9m long. Coming off hot from a win in Division 0 at the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race. 17 on-board.

Line honours - 9th 

IRC Division 0 - 7th

ORCi Division 1 - 7th


Maluka of Kermandie- Sean Langman

It was the first yacht under 9.5m in length to finish the race. This year the smallest and oldest yacht in the race being a 9.01m Ranger, designed by Cliff Gale and had 6 on-board.

Line honours - 76th

IRC - 12th

IRC Division 4 – 1st


Jackpot- Adrian Van Bellen

A J/122 of 12.2m in length with 10 on-board competing in their first Sydney to Hobart.

Line honours - 65th

ORCi Division 3 – 9th


Philosophers- Gordon Ketelbey and Peter Sorensen

A Cookson 12, 12m in length with 11 on-board. It was the first Hobart for the boat.

Line honours - 53rd

IRC Division 2 – 9th

View full results here

Merry Christmas

Season's Greetings to all our Members and sailing friends! Happy holidays and fair sailing. 

Please find below the RSYS opening times for the festive season 2016-2017:

Friday 23 December    NBV:  Lunch & Dinner, CCA:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 24 December     NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 25 December    Clubhouse closed
Monday 26 December   Carabella: Buffet Lunch CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Tuesday 27 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Wednesday 28 December     NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thursday 29 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Friday 30 December    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 31 December   NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 1 January    NBV: Closed, CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Monday 2 January    NBV: Buffet Lunch, CCA: Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Tuesday 3 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Wednesday 4 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thursday 5 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Friday 6 January    NBV: Closed. CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Saturday 7 January    NBV: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Sunday 8 January    NBV: Closed, CCA:  Breakfast & Lunch, close 5.00pm
Monday 9 January    Carabella: Closed, CCA: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sailing Office
Will close 5pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Monday 2 January 2017. 

Accounts & Admin
Will close at 12pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Repair operations will close at 4pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 7.30am on Monday 2 January.
During this period tender and fuel services will be available as follows:
Friday 23 December            Yard last day. 7:30am – 4pm (no twilight)
Saturday 24 December         8am – 6pm
Sunday 25 December           Closed
Monday 26 December          8am – 6pm
Tuesday 27 December          8am – 6pm
Wednesday 28 December      8am – 6pm
Thursday 29 December         8am – 6pm
Friday 30 December             8am – 6pm
Saturday 31 December          8am – 1am
Sunday 1 January                 9am – 6pm
Monday 2 January                Yard re-opens 7:30am – 4pm


Kids Learn to Sail Courses

Teen Discover Sailing
Get your Teen off that screen and introduce them to the joy of sailing. RSYS runs courses for 13-17 year olds, taught by qualified instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s.
There are 3 levels: Start Crewing, Start Helming and Start Skippering
3-6 January, 10-13 January 2017, 9am-3.30pm 
Cost $440

Our Learn to Sail programme is designed for 8-12 years olds with little or no sailing experience, taught by qualified Instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Optimists and is lots of fun! 
There are 3 levels: Having Fun, Tricks & Techniques and Sailing Fast.
3-6 January, 10-13 January 2017, 9am-3.30pm

Both holiday camps cost $440 and are open to Members and Non-members, so do bring a friend!

Term 1 courses and April school holidays camp are also now open for registrations.


Further information and enrolments here

Looking for Junior sailing gear? Click here for a special offer from Zhik


Adult Learn to Sail Courses

Whether you're a nervous novice or looking to get back on the water and brush up your skills, RSYS runs a variety of sailing courses to suit you on our new fleet of Elliott 7s.

Australian Sailing courses include Start Crewing, Start Helming, Start Skippering and Spinnakers. We run Ladies courses on Wednesdays and Open courses on Sundays. 

There are 2 courses on offer: Start Crewing plus Start Helming, and Start Skippering
6 Wednesdays, 0930-1330hrs
15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar 2017
Cost: $710 (Members) and $760 (Non-members)

Open Classes
2 courses: Start Crewing and Start Helming 
4 Sundays, 0900-1230hrs
12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar 2017
Cost: $420 (Members) and $448 (Non-members)

Start Skippering
4 Sundays, 1300-1630hrs
12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar 2017
Cost: $420 (Members) and $448 (Non-members)

Additional courses running March-April.

Further information and enrolments here

Winners 1966, Grinners 2016

RSYS Member Nigel Stoke is taking Fidelis to Hobart this year - 50 years after her first win.

He held a party at the Club, introducing his crew and sharing David Kellett's scrapbook of press cuttings covering the 1966 race.

The crew shirts read 'Winners 1966, Grinners 2016'.

Good luck chaps!


Kings of cool Alinghi win Sydney finale to secure third Extreme Sailing Series™ title

Sunday 11 December:  In a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire, Arnaud Psarofaghis' men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.

It's the third time Alinghi have won the Extreme Sailing Series following victories in 2008 and 2014 but the first time they've done so 'flying' on the new lightning fast GC32 catamarans.​


Extremes Day 4 update

Sunday 11 December: racing will commence in front of the Clubhouse at 2pm.

Come on down - believe it or not, there are some carpark spaces available for Members!




Heer's the official Day 3 press release:

Extreme Sailing series to go down to the wire ofter sensational penultimate day in Sydney

The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Act 8 leaders Alinghi and overall table toppers Oman Air on the penultimate day of the 2016 season finale in Sydney.

Roman Hagara’s Austrian crew had the pedal firmly to the metal as they notched up three impressive wins and three more podium finishes from the day’s eight races, revelling in the fresh 13 to 20-knot easterly breeze.

As Red Bull Sailing Team celebrated their trio of back-to-back victories it looked like they were on course to end the day in pole position until Swiss crew Alinghi upped the ante claiming honours in the last two races of the day, leaving Hagara’s men just six points behind.



Extreme fun on Day 2

Spectators enjoyed three hours of racing in front of the Clubhouse today.

After yesterday's dramas, cautious race officials commenced with flights of four boats for two circuits, but as the wind shifted from west to south, he called for the full fleet to race for two further races. The eight boats showed off their foils to full advantage - without any capsizes or other mishaps. 


You can read further reports and view videos on the official website www.extremesailingseries.com


Day 2 start update



Race officials have instructed competitors to leave dock at 1.15pm this afternoon for a 1.45pm warning flag. We look forward to several hours of calibre racing in front of the Clubhouse.  

The wind is currently 20 kts westerly and is forecast to shift to a 15 kt southerly. These lighter conditions should allow the GC32s to fly their code zeros and show off their foiling capabilities.   

Extreme Sailing is underway!

The Clubhouse is transformed and day 1 of the Extremes is underway. Flags are flying, the eight competeing boats are berthed on the inner pontoon and the grounds are abuzz with young athletes, the media and the series entourage.

At the Skippers' press conference, Morgan Larson of Oman Air said "On behalf of all the sailors we’re honoured that the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron made such a progressive decision to effectively give the club to us for the event.”

The first race took the fleet out to Clark Island in a choppy 25-30 kt nor'easter. Alinghi gave a foiling masterclass; Oman Air literally took to the air; Discover Madeira avoided a spill but Land Rover took a dip in the Harbour. 



Day 2, Friday 8 December

1300-1600 hrs Stadium racing in front of the Clubhouse
1600 hrs Open water racing.


Note to Members
Please bring your Member card for quick access to the Club. The car park fills up very quickly as do the surrounding roads, so please take public tarnsport or taxis where possible. 

Members who do not have a lunch reservation are welcome to gather on the Youth lawn where we have set up an alfresco café / bar.