Friday Twilights 7 October

Last Friday was the first race of the popular Friday Twilight season, now sponsored by Audi Alto Artarmon, and as temperatures during the day rose above 30c, it was the perfect way to unwind and relax for the sailors. Conditions were extremely calm and quiet on the water with very light South West winds but still enough for the boats to get around the course. All five divisions were strongly represented and as always setting a great atmosphere both on and off the water. Racing was extremely close with a lot of boats finishing within less than a minute of each other. 

The evening marked the commencement of our partnership with Audi Alto Artarmon who displayed a very fetching R8 on the hardstand drawing quite a crowd. 

Hutch Ranck. pictured above with Sarah and Sean from Audi, is one of the co-skippers of Solange, winner of the lucky draw prize this week. Their prize is the use of a car from the Audi showroom to drive for a weekend.

Audi special offer to Members: Purchase a new or pre-owned Audi by 7.4.17 and receive a credit to your House Account of $1000/$500 respectively.  

Podium Results

Division 1

  1. Euphoria – Anthony Coleman
  2. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid
  3. Kookaburra – Richard Hammond

Division 2

  1. Viva La Vita – Howard Elliott / Mark Pryke
  2. Grendel – Tom Cehak
  3. Frankly My Dear – Brett Hoaward / Neil Sutton

Division 3

  1. S’Wonderful – John Marty
  2. Cerberus – Simon Dollard / Ross Weaver
  3. Star Ferry – John Conroy

Division 4

  1. Valentis – Bruce Foy
  2. Keoki III – Peter Davison
  3. Gotcha – Tony Morris

Intermediate Elliott

  1. Cameron Taylor
  2. Nick Wubben

Calling Intermediates: be sure to book an Elliott for use in the Twilights - free of charge! 


Angus Olding

Alinghi takes Act 7, Oman Air leads series

Red Bull Sailing Team caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series today as they knocked overall leaders Oman Air off the Act 7 podium in a thrilling finale in Lisbon.

The experienced Austrian crew, competing in the Extreme Sailing Series for the seventh season, snatched third place from their Omani-flagged rivals in the very last of 23 high-octane races on the waters of Portugal’s capital.

Watch the highlights video here

Red Bull Sailing Team, led by double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara, were constantly snapping at the heels of Oman Air throughout the four-day regatta and went into the final double points-scoring race just three points shy of the podium.

They managed to pull off the 11th hour comeback in style, winning the race by a comfortable 15 seconds. Meanwhile Oman Air were forced to the back of the fleet by Swiss team Alinghi, crossing the finish line in an uncharacteristic eighth place.

The shock result saw Red Bull Sailing Team leapfrog Oman Air and relegate Morgan Larson’s crew to fourth, the first time they have missed the podium in seven Acts this season. With just two points now separating Oman Air from Alinghi in the 2016 overall standings and Red Bull Sailing Team just four points further back, the final Act of the season in Sydney becomes a winner-takes-all situation for the top three teams.

“We knew going into the last race it was really tight between us and Oman Air but also that Alinghi would be going after them,” Hagara said. “We got the best start we’d had all event and we just went from there. It was a perfect race for us.”

Although disappointed, Oman Air skipper Larson vowed his crew would come back stronger when the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series showdown takes place in December. “Lisbon was a great venue, a great event and you have to hand it to Alinghi, they’ve been on fire and demonstrated they’re the best team in these boats right now,” Larson said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to catch up but we’re going to bounce back from this.”

Act 7 was won by in-form Alinghi, who scoop their third victory on the trot. Wildcard French team NORAUTO, helmed by Kiwi match racer Adam Minoprio, finished a comfortable second. Alinghi helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis said his crew would go to Sydney riding a wave of confidence that could see them snatch the overall Series title from Oman Air‘s grasp.

“We made a few more mistakes today than yesterday but our performance was still really solid and the crew did a fantastic job, so I’m really happy with another Act win,” he said. “We knew we had to block Oman Air in the last race; we went after Morgan pretty hard and were able to slow them down at the start.

“I think we can win in Sydney; we just need to beat Oman Air now. It will be all-or-nothing in Sydney and we’re really going to push for the win. Now we’re going to rest for a few weeks and come back stronger than ever.”

Crowds flocked to Lisbon’s Doca Pedrouços as the city, hosting the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time, dished out some of the most exhilarating racing seen so far this year, with the iconic Belem Tower and 25th of April Bridge providing a stunning backdrop. A wet and wild penultimate day saw the fleet hit speeds of more than 35 knots as they tried to contain their super-quick foiling GC32 catamarans.

The drama continued on the final day with a collision between Thalassa Magenta Racing, the first ever all-woman crew to compete in the Extreme Sailing Series, and SAP Extreme Sailing Team, forcing the Danish crew to haul their boat out and carry out repairs that saw them miss four of the day’s six races. Meanwhile Thalassa Magenta Racing, skippered by Kiwi Olympian Sharon Ferris-Choat, finished ninth but proved their potential with two podium finishes during the regatta.

Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira pulled off an incredible overnight repair job to get their GC32 back on the water for the final day after it suffered damage in a collision with wildcard USA crew Vega Racing. The home team finished Act 7 in eighth place behind Land Rover BAR Academy in sixth and Vega Racing in seventh.

The eighth and final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series takes place in Sydney from December 8-11.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, Lisbon standings after Day 4, 23 races (09.10.16)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 252 points.
2nd NORAUTO (FRA) Adam Minoprio, Thibault Julien, Thierry Douillard, Matthieu Vandame, Nicolas Heintz 242 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 223 points.
4th Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 212 points.
5th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 192 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Chris Taylor, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Rob Bunce 175 points.
7th Vega Racing (USA) Brad Funk, Nick Thompson, Trevor Bund, Erick Rodriguez, Mac Agnese 155 points.
8th Sail Portugal - Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Mello, Nuno Barreto, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 153 points.
9th Thalassa Magenta Racing (CAN) Sharon Ferris-Choat, Gemma Jones, Mariana Lobato, Annie Lush, Annemiek Bes, Elodie Mettraux 130 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Oman Air (OMA) 79 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 77 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 73 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 61 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54 points.
6th Sail Portugal - Visit Madeira (POR) 49 points.
7th CHINA One (CHN) 29 points.
8th Team Turx (TUR) 11 points.

By Extreme Sailing Series Media

Photos: Lloyd Images

Extremes enjoy 'best day so far' in Lisbon

Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira face a race against time to get their GC32 catamaran back into action after it was damaged in a wet and wild penultimate day of Act 7 on their home waters of Lisbon.

With a fresh breeze gusting more than 20 knots blowing across the River Tagus the Portuguese capital rewarded the Extreme Sailing Series™ teams with some of the most gripping racing seen so far this season. The testing conditions saw the nine-strong fleet blast round Lisbon’s Stadium Racecourse at blistering speeds of up to 35 knots, flying high above the water on their hydrofoils.

The world-class sailors were pushed to the limit as they battled to keep their their cutting-edge GC32s under control right in front of the crowds watching from the Race Village.. The action-packed racing provided plenty of thrills and spills in what the sailors described as the best day of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series so far.

But in the fifth race of the day Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira were unable to avoid a collision with American-flagged Vega Racing, and the home team were left with a large hole in the side of their boat. The Extreme Sailing Series’ safety team were on scene within moments, quickly confirming that none of the sailors were hurt, before the stricken GC32 was towed to the dock and craned out so repair work could begin.

Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira’s boatbuilders jumped straight into action to mend the damage but now face a long, sleepless night of work if they are to get the boat race ready for tomorrow’s Act 7 finale.

“We knew today was going to be foiling conditions and it was great, tight racing”, said skipper Diogo Cayolla, whose crew were forced to miss the last two races. “It was one of the best days we’ve had so far this season. Unfortunately, we ended up with a big hole in the side of our boat after a collision with Vega Racing. No-one was injured but the boat had to come out of the water straight away.

“We have a great shore team and they were working on the boat as soon as it was lifted out. They’re going to be working right through the night but I know they will do a good job and tomorrow we will be ready to race again.”

Swiss crew Alinghi once again proved themselves to be the most consistent team on the water with two race wins and four more podium finishes in the day’s seven races. Crucially they managed to stay ahead of arch rivals and overall 2016 Series leaders Oman Air in all but one of the races, and now go into the final day with a healthy 19-point lead over their closest competitor, the French wildcard team NORAUTO. Oman Air trail Alinghi by 28 points in third, leaving Morgan Larson’s crew with a lot to do tomorrow to make up the deficit.

“It was pretty wild and windy out there today,” Alinghi co-skipper and helmsman Arnaud Psarofahgis said. “The downwind was really nice, we had great fun. We hit 35 knots of boatspeed and we knew we were getting close to the edge but we made sure we didn’t go over it. It’s good for us that we didn’t lose too many points today. Conditions were perfect and if it’s the same tomorrow we will be up for it.”

Long-serving Extreme Sailing Series crew Red Bull Sailing Team scored their first win of the Act and clocked another two podium finishes to go into the final day in fourth place, well within touch of the podium. Despite his wealth of top-level experience, tactician Hans-Peter Steinacher said it was the most thrilling racing he’s ever done.

“I’ve been sailing for nearly 40 years and I’ve never done things like this,” he said. “Normally we have control but today it was so extreme - you just can’t imagine how quick it is.

“We made some mistakes, and this is why we’re not on top of the leaderboard. We need to train more in these conditions and be calm, and then the communication will be a lot better.”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team bagged their second race win of the Act to go into the final day in 5th place, ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy in 6th and Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira in 7th. Vega Racing finish the day in 8th just one point ahead of Thalassa Magenta Racing, the Extreme Sailing Series’ first all-woman crew.

Racing resumes at 1500 local time tomorrow (GMT+1). Fans can watch all the action from the Act 7 finale live on the Extreme Sailing Series website, Facebook page or YouTube channel from 1600 to 1730 local time. It will also be broadcast on several international channels including BT Sport in the UK.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, Lisbon standings after Day 3, 17 races (08.10.16)

Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 187 points.

2nd NORAUTO (FRA) Adam Minoprio, Thibault Julien, Thierry Douillard, Matthieu Vandame, Nicolas Heintz 168 points.

3rd Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 159 points.

4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 151 points.

5th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 136 points.

6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Chris Taylor, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Rob Bunce 119 points.

7th Sail Portugal - Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Mello, Nuno Barreto, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 101 points.

8th Vega Racing (USA) Brad Funk, Nick Thompson, Trevor Bund, Erick Rodriguez, Mac Agnese 97 points.

9th Thalassa Magenta Racing (CAN) Sharon Ferris-Choat, Sally Barkow, Annabel Vose, Annie Lush, Dee Caffari, Elodie Mettraux 96 points.

By Extreme Sailing Series Media

CYCA SOLAS Trusts Dinner

RSYS Members are invited to attend an evening with Mat Belcher in support of the CYCA Safety of Life at Seas Trusts (SOLAS) on 21 October.

Mat Belcher won Gold in the Men’s 470m at the London Olympics and Silver in the same event in Rio this year.

During the course of the evening a Silent Auction will be held with a range of quality items available to bid on. The CYCA SOLAS Trusts have granted over $1 Million to search and rescue organisations across Australia.

Event details
Date: Friday October 21 from 7pm
Venue: Freya and Morna Rooms CYCA
1 New Beach Road, Darling Point
Dress Code: Lounge Suit
Cost: $125pp, includes pre-dinner drinks, three course meal and wine


RSVP: Monday 17 October 2016
Enquiries: CYCA Reception (02) 8292 7800 or

YANDOO XX takes out 2016 QLD Etchell States

© Beryl Roberts

Congratulations  to Jeanne-Claude Strong and crew!

The Etchells 2016-17 Queensland State Championship was held from 1 - 3 October, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. It was a seven race series, where the trophy was up for grabs for a lot of boats before commencing the final race, held on Monday.

RSYS boat Yandoo XX skippered by Jeanne-Claude Strong and crew Marcus Burke, Seve Jarvin and Ashleigh Swadling took out the trophy, but not without tough competition from 17 other boats from both interstate and overseas. They managed to grab the win finishing on 20 points after a drop, followed very closely by David Clark on ‘FIFTEEN +’ from the CYCA finishing on 21 points.

There was a range of weather conditions throughout the regatta, with a lot of doubt about sailing on both Sunday and Monday due to light and heavy winds respectively. Overall it was a great achievement to complete seven races, all great experience to have under the belt for boats in their preparation for the 2018 World Championship also to be held in Moreton Bay.


By Angus Olding
Photo: © Beryl Roberts

2016 NSW Youth Championships

The 2016 New South Wales Youth Championship was sailed on Botany Bay and hosted by Georges River sailing club over the long weekend, 1-3 October. This year’s Championship had over 300 competitors with strong representation from the Squadron. Twelve RSYS sailors attended over four different divisions: Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Open Opti and Intermediate Opti. The first day of racing was postponed due to very strong winds, with some gusts getting up to 39 kts. Although there was no racing, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Will Ryan was onshore helping keep everyone entertained.

Day 2 brought a lot of young, eager sailors ready to hit the water as soon as possible after the postponement of day 1, yet the wind took some time to fill in, taking three hours for a race to start for some fleets. Once it filled in however, there was a consistent 15-20 kts, perfect for youth sailing. On day 2 there were four races completed in the Laser Radial and Open Opti, five for the Laser 4.7 and three for the Opti Intermediate, a very good result to get some points on the board for everyone.

Day three once again brought difficult windy conditions. One race was completed for some of the classes.

Names and Results of RSYS competitors

Laser Radial (20 boats in fleet)

  • Oskar Hansen 3rd
  • Marlena Berzins 6th
  • Maddie O’Shea 15th
  • D'Arcy Kemp 17th

Laser 4.7 (38 boats in fleet)

  • William Cooley 2nd
  • Boston Cortis 3rd
  • Jack Littlechild 4th
  • Mark Louis 8th
  • Henry Davison 21st
  • Daniel Costandi 27th

Opti Intermediate (31 boats in fleet)

  • Chapman Tanner 3rd
  • Daniel Kemp 15th

Opti Open (50 boats in fleet)

  • Alexander Whitnall 26th
  • Paul Davison 43rd

Opti Greenfleet (13 boats in fleet)

  • Xavier McLachlan 10th

Congratulations to all Youth sailors who competed, great results in all divisions! Keep up the hard work and we’ll keep following your progress.                                 

Click here to view full results


By Angus Olding




Audi Alto Artarmon Friday Twilights

We are pleased to announce that Audi Alto Artarmon will sponsor the Friday series which commences 7 October. This support comes to us courtesy of RSYS Member Vaughan Blackman, General Manager of Alto Artarmon.

“As a member of RSYS I have long seen it to be an strong pillar of the North Shore community. The  Alto Group have been servicing the needs of North Shore motorists since 1956, and Audi as a global brand are one of the strongest supporters of the sport of sailing. To me, a partnership between Audi Alto Artarmon and the Squadron seemed a natural next step. I also see it as an opportunity to give back to a club and sport that have offered me so much over the years,” commented Vaughan. 

As part of our partnership, each week one lucky skipper will win an Audi of their choice for a weekend! We will reveal the season’s major and runner-up prizes shortly.

In the meantime, we have a special Member offer valid for the duration of the Twilight Series: purchase a new or demonstrator Audi from Audi Alto Artarmon and receive a $1000 credit to your House Account, or a $500 credit for a pre-owned car (valid until 7 April 2017.) 


Extreme Sailing Series, Act 6, Madeira

Despite its late addition to the 2016 calendar, over the past week Madeira has really stepped up to the plate and delivered an outstanding Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6; showcasing Funchal’s beautiful Atlantic backdrop and nautical heritage for the island’s locals, Extreme Club VIP guests and visiting cruise ship passengers. 

The port of Madeira made for some testing conditions for the teams, who enjoyed a mixture of open-water courses alongside our signature Stadium Racing. Racing in Madeira produced some of the best action of the year so far, particularly on the windy, thrilling Saturday, where the boats were ripping just metres away from the crowds in the grandstands before we witnessed the dismasting of Swiss stars, Alinghi. The incident unfolded as, under pressure on the start line, the Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team, who were already nursing a hole in their hull from an earlier collision with Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira; made contact with Alinghi, causing the Swiss to lose their entire rig! 

Nobody on either team was hurt, and it goes to show just how hard the teams push their GC32 racing machines around the racecourse; a close shave can leave you looking like a hero whilst a move a few inches the wrong way can leave the shore crew with a busy night of repairs! Luckily for both the Red Bull and Alinghi teams, this was not ‘check mate’ for them as the dedicated shore crew worked tirelessly through the night to get the boats up and running for the final day of racing. A big shout out goes to the safety crew for their rapid response in dealing with the situation. 

Act 6 hosted the first US flagged entry to the Series for 8 years and from the offset, Brad Funk’s Vega Racing were thrown into the deep end. Some impressive starting saw the newbies displaying real promise but unfortunately they were plagued by inconsistency: something only to be expected when up against the veterans of Oman Air, Alinghi, SAP and Red Bull. However, a little more time on the water could see the Americans tearing it up at the front of the fleet in no time!

Despite Saturday’s rollercoaster ride for Alinghi, they still incredibly managed to clinch the overall victory, with Red Bull taking second place. Morgan Larson’s Oman Air completed the podium and still remains at the top spot in the overall standings. However, the points tighten once more as the Series ramps up towards Lisbon and the season finale in Sydney. Who will be victorious? You can’t call it.
Off the water the skippers were able to experience Funchal’s traditional mountain basket Monte Sledging which saw them hurtling down the mountain at speeds close to those attained in their GC32s. Optimist and J20 racing accompanied the Chat with Champions at this Act. Twenty six enthusiastic and eager children from the local Madeira Sailing association could ask questions and take away a few top tips from the six Portuguese-speaking sailing stars and shore crew presently on the Series.  



Now, there is no time to relax as Act 7, Lisbon is only ten days away! So sit tight, enjoy looking back on the action from the past week and stay tuned as we build up into the penultimate Act of the season, after which we should have a really good picture of which teams will be fighting it out for the overall victory at the final showdown in Sydney in December! 


By Extreme Sailing Series Media

Offshore Sailing

On 3 September RSYS yachts participated in the opening event of the Offshore Season which was the Sydney Amateurs’ Race to Lion Island and back.

With a wind forecast of 40 knots from the West, racing was sure to be very hands-on. Some yachts opted not to start and some retired, yet Anitra V (Philip Brown) revelled in the conditions and the famous Halvorsen canoe sterned 37 footer won the race by the enormous margin of 12 minutes and 31 seconds to Tula (Ivan Resnekov). John Maclurcan (of Morag Bheag, pictured) commented 'While the conditions were wild, the seas were flat, and back at the SAC Clubhouse, those who completed the race were exhilarated.’


Some Upcoming Offshore races

14 October - Newcastle Bass Island race – CYCA

22 October – SOPS #2 Gascoigne Cup – RSYS

  5 November – SOPS #3 Morna Cup – RSYS

18 November – Cabbage Tree Island Race – CYCA

  3 Deceember – SOPS #4 – CYCA


Be sure to get involved!  Click here to enter


Angus Olding

Saturday's results

Saturday's racing was yet another great day on the water. Typical Spring weather of warm, clear skies and light winds mainly from the North East. Racing consisted of the weekly Spring Series races along with a Mini A regatta for the Etchells and the Dragons.

There have now been four races in the Spring series, six in the Mini A and three in the Mini B, with plenty more to come!  

Click here for full series results 


Podium Results 

Spring – Race four – 24 September

Division 1

1.    Huntress – Philip Grove

2.    Saudade – Andrew Parkes  

3.    Duende – Damien Parkes 

Division 2

1.    Ambitious – David Matthews

2.    Monkey Business – Paul Glynn / Terry Brookes

3.    Campeador – Jonathon Threlfall 

Division 3

1.    Basilisk – Michael Dally

2.    Mingara III – Philip Crane

3.    Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman


1.    Debacle – Ellis Todres

2.    Miss Pibb – Hamish Jarret / Max Hayman

3.    Troika – Callum Thompson / Adam Tran


Mini A – 24 September


1.    Whimsical - Gordon Ingate – 7pts  (win on countback)

2.    Liquidity – Richard Franklin – 7pts

3.    French Connection – Anthony Armstrong – 7 pts   


1.    Carabella  – Matt McCann – 9 pts

2.    Synergy – Richard Chapman / Richard Lawson – 11 pts

3.    Umami – Christian Brook - 12 pts 


Angus Olding

Paspaley Tuesday Twilights

We are delighted to announce that Paspaley is returning to support the Ladies' series.

This season’s prizes include eight Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl 'Bella' pendants with a white gold chain.

Sound enticing? Come along to our Networking Night on Tuesday 4 October and find out how to get involved with our friendly Ladies' sailing community. Novices are very welcome - we'll introduce you to a skipper. Skippers - gather your crew together or find new crew.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 4 October, 2016
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start, followed by dinner in the CCA. 
Cost: There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to assist with the setting up.

RSVP online here