High hopes at SB20 Worlds

RSYS Member David Chapman is in Hobart for the SB20 World Championship being jointly hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron from 2-11 January. 

Here is a summary of the action so far as reported by former RSYS Member Peter Campbell:


Hobart yachtsman Michael Cooper today made an impressive start to winning the SB20 World Championship on the River Derwent that he so narrowly missed at Cowes, England, last August.

Steering Export Roo, with the same crew of David Chapman and Gerry Mitchell, Cooper scored two third places and a win on day one of the 2018 World Championship on his home waters to establish a commanding early lead in the four day, 12 race regatta.
After three races, Export Roo had 6 points on the leaderboard, 13 points clear of his nearest rival, the French boat Le Grand Reservoir/Mazet & A (Achille Nebout) which placed 2-11-7 for 20 points.

Cooper showed his local knowledge by being the first to gybe on the final spinnaker run of the last race and stayed with the breeze while the following boats fell into a ‘’hole.’’

The Hobart businessman lost the 2017 Worlds on The Solent at Cowes to noted British yachtsman Jerry Hill by two points, with Hill using his own local knowledge in the final race.

Cooper has avowed revenge and is not only leading the 2018 Worlds but is also 24 places ahead of Hill, who today placed 4-38-28 in sportsboatworld.com



The starting line for the 59 boats contesting the 2018 SB20 World Championships on the River Derwent is providing a spectacular sight for Hobart residents living up the hillsides of Sandy Bay and across the river at Howrah.

Day 2 began after a short delay with race four of the series, with the crews hitting their straps at 1.15pm in a light northerly breeze.

Local crews took up the leading positions on the first beat to windward and consolidated this on the first spinnaker run, with Australian champion Brett Cooper opening up a handy lead with Aeolus.

In second place was 2Unlimited (Greg Prescott, AUS), followed by the British boat Marvel (Richard Powell, GBR),  Difficult Woman (Rob Gough, AUS) and Honey Badger (Paul Burnell).

Overall leader from day one, Export Roo (Michael Cooper, AUS) was in 12th place at the leeward mark for the first time.

Brett Cooper extended his lead with a brilliant spinnaker run, with Powell moving into second place, followed by Prescott and the French boat Give Me 5 – French Youth Team (Robin Follin) the big mover on the spinnaker run, lifting its place in the fleet eighth to fourth.
For the third consecutive day, the 59 boat fleet in the SB20 Worlds are enjoying great sailing conditions on Hobart’s spacious River Derwent, a freshening sou’-wester sweeping up the river at 13-19 knots with gusts of 24 knots.

The fresh breeze versus the outflowing current has also kicked up choppy conditions with whitecaps on the river.

The first race of the day, race six of the championships, has seen a great duel between the young French sailor Robin Follin in Give Me 5 – French Youth Team and Hobart’s Malcolm Cooper, helming Export Roo.

Follin took the lead on the first windward leg but Cooper surged past on the downwind spinnaker run, hitting 12 knots in the gusts.

However, the young Frenchman,  world SB20 champion in 2015, regained the lead on the second beat to windward and held this to the finish.  His winning margin over the Tasmanian boat was a matter of seconds.


Export Roo, Tasmania’s major hope to win the SB20 World Championship 2018 on the River Derwent today slid down the leader board from first to sixth place overall.

Export Roo, skippered by Hobart yachtsman Michael Cooper, began day three with consistent sailing, notching up a second and a seventh place in the 59 boat fleet. Then came race eight of the 12 boat series with a disastrous 32nd as his British and French opponents turned in high placings.

Unfortunately, Export Roo has to carry the 32nd place in its overall score as Cooper has already used his race five UFD disqualification (60 penalty points) as his discard. Cooper’s hopes of winning the SB20 World title he lost so narrowly at Cowes, England, last August now rest on at least 10 of the 12 races being completed, allowing skippers to discard two races.

And, of course, Export Roo and her crew must sail as brilliantly as they did earlier in the series. Export Roo’s sensational fall from grace, hopefully short-lived for the local Hobart fleet, has seen the British yacht Xcellent moved to the top of the leader board with a net 41 points after placings yesterday of 10-1-3. One of skipper John Pollard’s crew is Matthew Johnston, Commodore of the co-host club, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Ironically, Johnston previously sailed with Michael Cooper.

The SB20 World championship is still wide open with British, French and Australian boats all in contention with four races to sail over the next two days.


Words:  Peter Campbell
Photos: Jane Austin
More informnation at http://sb20worlds2018.com

Conditions are a blast on Day 1 of Etchells Nationals

Day one of the 2018 Etchells Australian Championship was a blast, a typical warm summer cloudless day on the waters off Fremantle with three back to back, two lap windward/leeward races.

The breeze began in the East at 6 - 8 knots for the first race, then shifted to the South increasing to 15 - 17 knots, and finally the sea-breeze threatened with 18 - 19 knots and short sharp waves to provide some great downwind surfing.

Race one was a slow start with the whole fleet of 32 boats staying well back from the line. The light breeze did shift gradually right forcing a split in opinion as to the right way to go upwind. Graeme Taylor and his crew on 'Magpie' from Mornington YC in Victoria was late to cross the start line but immediately headed out on port tack to sniff out the breeze. It seemed to pay off as they rounded the first top mark in the lead from Martin Hill's 'Lisa Rose' from Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in second (pictured above) and local WA sailor Martin Webster sailing 'Highlander' in third.

With the wind clocking right, the run became a bit more of a reach to the bottom gate. The two leaders joined by Chris Hampton's 'Tango' from Royal Brighton YC in Victoria and Ray Smith's 'St Johns Dance' from Royal Perth YC, gained ground. The course was changed to accommodate the shifts and whilst the two lead boats covered each other tacking on to starboard tack, the majority of the fleet headed offshore. Martin Hill's 'Lisa Rose' broke the cover to snatch the lead and glide down to take the first gun of the regatta followed by Graeme Taylor's 'Magpie' with Jeanne-Claude Strong and another talented Sydney crew from RSYS taking places to cross third.

Just before the start of race, two the wind steadied around 220 degrees and increased to 15 - 17 knots. Most of the fleet changed jibs and adjusted settings for the new conditions. Another clear start with the majority of the fleet heading to the favoured left hand (inshore) side of the race track. Michael Manford sailing 'The Croc' and his team from Royal Freshwater Bay YC in Perth were first to round from Graeme Taylor's 'Magpie'. The whole fleet surfed downwind as the white caps started making an appearance on the course. The lead places remained the same at the gate although the fleet were very congested at the turn. On the second lap the majority of the fleet again worked the inshore side of the course up to the windward mark off Carnac Island.

The whole fleet was well spread across the course downwind but nobody could catch 'The Croc' and Michael Manford and his team chalked their first win of the regatta. Graeme Taylor was second again and Queenslander David Turton 'This Thing is Ours' made the podium in third.

With the threat of heavy winds on Wednesday, PRO Kim Laurence decided to run a third race as the breeze freshened to 19 - 20 knots and the waves got a bit steeper.

This time the whole fleet was called back twice under U flag until the PRO lost his patience and brought out black. It very nearly caught out a couple of boats but the final attempt was clear.

As per the usual pattern, the majority worked the left (inshore) and after a punishing 20 minute upwind leg, Michael Manford and his local team from RFBYC led at the top from Graeme Taylor's 'Magpie'. This time the chasing pack included a number of other contenders including Bruce Ferguson's 'Whisper ll' from Royal Prince Alfred YC in Sydney and Chris Hampton's 'Tango' from Royal Brighton YC. Once again David Turton 'This Thing is Ours' seemed to enjoy the fresh conditions working into the lead for the last run.

The last run was a real blast with the whole fleet surfing down waves with places changing all the time mid fleet. David Turton scored his first bullet, Michael Manford settling for second and Jeanne-Claude Strong from RSYS again having a great downwind leg to take third.

After five hours of racing there were no retirements but a weary bunch of sailors returned to the Royal Perth YC Annexe for refreshments, care of Gage Roads, and the daily presentations with special guest Tony Manford, a multiple Etchells and Dragon champion, handing out the Paul Nelson wines to the winners.

The forecast for day two (Wednesday) is for heavier winds from early in the morning with a S/SW typical 'Fremantle Doctor' building from 20 knots to 30 knots later in the afternoon so it will be on for young and old.

Graeme Taylor skipper of Magpie'' is pleased with the forecast saying; "We are looking forward to the forecast of more wind tomorrow, this is what we have come here for, the more breeze the more fun. Bring it on."

Michael Manford sailing 'The Croc' summed up his first day: "We were pleased with our start to the regatta, the first race was interesting because of the change in the wind, but 6,1,2 is a good start to the regatta."

"In the second race a couple of false starts and we managed to get a clear leeward end start and had good boat speed and managed to cross the fleet. Once you are in front in an Etchells fleet it's hard to stay in front but it's a lot easier than when you are behind."

"We got another good start at the leeward end in the last race of the day and were second round the top mark and managed to run away downwind to be first round the bottom mark the first time. We got passed by Dave Turton when he got a shift out on the right and we couldn't catch him but managed to get second."

"The surfing was excellent, once you got on a wave you could sail by the lee and often stay on it for 20 seconds and make up a whole boat length on a boat that didn't catch it. It is a very even race track and tomorrow we just have to smash into it and try and get the job done."

David Turton of 'This Thing of Ours' commented: "The first race we were found wanting, we didn't get off the line at all and the way the breeze changed, it was a one way track downwind. We got ourselves back to the middle which is good."

"The second race the breeze was in a bit more, we had good solid starts, nice upwinds, nice downwinds and the third race was pretty tight, we went around the top mark with Mike Manford and around the bottom separate marks together and they went left and we went right, but the shift went enough for us to get across his bow and we managed to hold him out downwind."

"The short steep swell is just plenty of fun, plenty of pressure on the boat, on the chute and lots of bouncing upwind it was a really good test,"

Looking forward to tomorrow, he said: "Two races in 25 knots that's going to be a blast! Seriously good fun. I hope we get at least one race tomorrow even it is fresh to frightening, it makes unreal sailing."


Article by Jonny Fullerton

1. Day 1 – Etchells Australian Championship at Fremantle, 'Lisa Rose' - photo © Jonny Fullerton
2. Day 1 – Top mark rounding – Etchells Australian Championship at Fremantle - photo © Ron Jensen
3. Day 1 – Etchells Australian Championship at Fremantle - photo © Jonny Fullerton
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It’s confirmed - Ichi Ban wins Sydney Hobart

Matt Allen’s new TP52 Ichi Ban has been declared the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 – and Allen, the president of Australian Sailing, can hardly believe it.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s been 34 years since we won on Challenge II with Lou Abrahams,” said Allen, who was Abrahams’ boat captain. “In 1992 I finished second with Morning Mist (Alf Neate) – but this is special, because it’s my boat,” he said after beating Bob Steel’s Quest to the punch by just over 20 minutes, and Tony Kirby’s Patrice by an hour.

Among the pre-race favourites, the Sydney yachtsman has personally won a multitude of yachting trophies with his variety of Ichi Bans (translates to No 1 in Japanese), but not the Tattersall Cup, although he has come close a couple of times. Last year after featuring in the top two throughout the race, the fickle Derwent decided otherwise, taking its toll on a few boats.

His last Ichi Ban (originally known as Shogun V and sailing this race as Envy Scooters Beach Ball 52) finished fifth last year and his Jones 70 was fifth in 2007.

“I’ve been planning this race since about 2001. I’ve built a number of boats, including the Farr 52, and in a way the Volvo, to do it. Then I built the 60 footer (Carkeek designed), then bought the original Shogun and modified it.

“This time I tried to find a boat that fits the formula and could compete in lots of conditions,” he says of his new TP52, unwrapped in October in time to convincingly take line and overall honours in the Newcastle Bass Island Yacht Race.

This boat is built lighter than her fellow TP52’s. Allen says: “The first thing I built this boat for was to go ocean racing - and especially the Rolex Sydney Hobart – it’s the premier event – everyone follows it and knows the winners of this race. It’s been a long held passion to win it – I did my first in 1980 at the age of 17.

Allen says putting the right crew together is absolutely critical: “Gordon Maguire and myself have been sailing together since 2002 - and I originally sailed with Hicko (the late Roger Hickman). You have to get it right and have the right sort of ingredients for solid camaraderie.

“The guys just worked so hard. When we had to put the pedal to the metal, we had to steer the boat at high speeds without comprising the integrity of boat.”

Going into the first evening, Ichi Ban had a bit of a margin on her contemporaries, but next morning the crew blew out the A3 and A6 (reaching and heavy air spinnakers respectively). “It slowed us down,” Allen concedes.

“With our backs against the wall, we had to come up with the goods to bring the boat the home.”

So Ichi Ban sailed under fractional Code Zero for a little while, but her angle was high, her earlier gain evaporated.

“It was kind of restarting our race. We waited for the wind to decline a little, reset the A4 and decided we needed to run it all the way until we got the right angle to gybe to Tasman Island in increasing speed and to a point where the A4 is pretty marginal.”

Allen says Ichi Ban was quite wide, a fair way east of Tasman, where they were expecting a good shift. It eventually came: “We were able to drop the A4 and replace it with the fractional Zero, which allowed us to come in really hot to Tasman.

“That’s when Youngster (Anthony Merrington) drove like he was stealing a car. There was so much water coming over the boat that you couldn’t see. Youngster just had to feel the boat and he pushed it so hard and we bore away to the Island.

“Bubsy (Wade Morgan) also did a phenomenal job of driving in tough conditions. These guys are unbelievable.”

Allen said he and sailing master, Gordon Maguire, talk to each other all the time. “Most times we know what the other is thinking – we debate things sometimes - but we kind of knew that we had to put it out there and manage the boat.”

The yachtsman remembers having to push hard to regain their lead, praying they would not get another gear failure along the way – Quest and others were firmly in the running – they could not afford any more hiccups.

“The sailmakers reminded me when I had the A4 made that I took every cloth strength up a notch – so it was up-spec – extra cloth and upgraded with bigger patches, the foot built higher, even though it reduced the sail area a bit. The guys were amazed it didn’t fail.  It’s a decision I made nearly a year ago, not knowing then…

“We didn’t do that with the A6 and it failed,” allows Allen, who has been an executive of the Australian Olympic Committee since earlier this year. 

While he waited for confirmation of overall victory, Allen was over the moon to realise Ichi Ban had broken the conventionally ballasted record set and held by Brindabella (George Snow) in 1999 (by one hour 36 minutes) and the Under 18.5 metre yacht record set by Yendys (Geoff Ross) in 2008.

Ichi Ban has also finished second overall in the ORCi category, where Quest reversed the trend by winning. Third was the Italian Cookson 50, Mascalzone Latino owned by Vincenzo Onorato, but skippered by Matteo Savelli in his absence.

Full results at www.rolexsydneyhobart.com

By Di Pearson, RSHYR media

Photo above: CYCA Commodore John Markos, Matt Allen and General Manager of Rolex Australia Patrick Boutellier - ROLEX Studio Borlenghi

Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta

It seemed like such a nice, simple idea. Get a few veteran offshore boats together to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first victory in the Admiral’s Cup. Hold a couple of informal races around the cans and then enjoy a few drinks afterwards with old shipmates.

Five months later that simple idea had become a full-blown regatta with yachts sailing to Sydney from interstate ports to join the fleet and sailors flying in from overseas just to be part of the celebrations. 

Held on December 1, 2 and 3, the Admiral’s Cup Anniversary Regatta was a joint venture between the Classic Yacht Association of Australia, the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. It attracted 21 entries for a three-race series raced on Sydney Harbour and offshore.

The event had three co-patrons, each with special connections to the Admiral’s Cup: Syd Fischer, who competed eight times in his various Ragamuffins and captained the Australian team on six occasions; Gordon Ingate (pictured above), skipper of Caprice of Huon for her incredible three-in-a-row wins in 1965; and Sir James Hardy, who contested the Cup in his own yachts and also as a helmsman on Impetuous during the Australian team victory in 1979.

Entry was open to any yacht that represented Australia in the Admiral’s Cup or had contested the trials. Among the famous old offshore racers taking part were Caprice of Huon, the first Ragamuffin, Salacia II, Love & War, Mister Christian, Anitra V, Lorita Maria, Mercedes III and IV, Pacha and the original Wild Oats.

Wild Oats

Salacia II


Weather conditions for the regatta could hardly have been better. There was brisk Nor’easter for the opening Harbour race, another solid Northerly for the offshore return sprint to a mark laid two miles off Long Reef, and a typical Summer mixture of challenging breezes for the concluding Harbour race.

The racing was fair and spirited throughout, but a regrettable starting-line incident in Race #1 sadly put an end to Caprice of Huon’s regatta before it had begun.

The sight of traditional displacement yachts thundering down the Harbour under their huge symmetrical spinnakers stirred the souls of anyone familiar with the spirit of Australian sailing a generation ago. For one nostalgic moment Too Impetuous flew a blooper that can’t have been out of its bag for 20 years or more.

There were social occasions after each day of racing, the most formal of which was a welcome dinner at the RSYS. More than 260 guests attended, including the three co-patrons.

The surprise guest of honour at the dinner was the Admiral’s Cup itself, kindly lent to the regatta and secretly flown out from the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London. The Cup was carried into the room to great applause by the sons of the skippers of the victorious yachts in 1967 – Balandra, Caprice of Huon and Mercedes III.




Race #1 – Harbour

1.         Ragamuffin                 2:08:21

2.         Love & War                2:09:03

3.         Lorita Maria                2:42:30


Race #2 – Offshore

1.         Sagacious V                2:59:50

2.         Wild Oats                    2:57:31

3.         Mercedes IV               3:20:58


Race #3 – Harbour

1.         Uptown Girl                 2:16:27

2.         Syonara                       2:33:10

3.         Mister Christian           2:36:32



1.         Wild Oats

2.         Sagacious V

3.         Uptown Girl

4.         Ragamuffin

5.         Mercedes IV

6.         Fare Thee Well

7.         Mister Christian

8.         Syonara          

9.         Salacia II

10.       Vittoria

11.       Love & War

12.       Lorita Maria

13.       Camille

14.       Too Impetuous

15.       Mercedes III

16.       Auric's Quest

17.       Anitra V

18.       Kingurra

19.       Pacha


(Impetuous and Caprice of Huon were retirements)


Article by David Salter, SASC

Photos by Rene Chapman


Additional photos by John Jeremy will shortly be published at www.rsys.com.au/gallery and may be requested by RSYS Members. 
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Dragon NSW Championship

The NSW Dragon Championship was contested last weekend out of RSYS. Seven boats challenged the State title, creating a solid platform for strong rivalry and competiveness within the fleet. Nine races were scheduled but due to the weather race three was abandoned.

Day one produced close racing between Trio and Ascalon, who both finished on four points, with the third race abandoned due to severe NE winds reaching 30 kts in the afternoon. The second day of racing saw three races completed in quite strong breeze. Rob Porter and his crew on Whimsical had a great day finishing with two firsts and a second. Sunday brought much calmer conditions compared to the first two days, with a range of wind directions between 10-15 kts.

Gavin Moss from Intrigue commented on the championship: ‘Whilst I only competed in one race, there are stories of the wild weather on the Friday and the challenges to equipment and crew. On Saturday with the weather up again, survival became the tactic for some, whilst the leaders battled for the Honours.’

The final result went down to the last race, where first and second place were separated by only two points. In the end Trio was victorious and proved consistency is key by only ever finishing in the top three of any race. Congratulations Matt Whitnall and crew on being the 2017 Dragon NSW Champions.

Overall placings:

1.   Trio, Matt Whitnall, DSC  16 pts

2.   Whimsical, Rob Porter, RSYS  17 pts

3.   Ascalon, Andrew Howe, RSYS  22 pts

4.   Liquidity, Richard Franklin, RSYS  39 pts

5.   Abracadabra, Nicholas Hogg & John Marty, RSYS  50 pts

6.   Intrigue, Gavin Moss, RSYS  58 pts

7.   Tom Thumb III, Norman Longworth, RSYS  60 pts


The fleet will now continue to prepare for the next big regatta, The Prince Phillip Cup, which will be contested in Victoria in January.


By Angus Olding

Photo from TAM Trophy 2017

Yngling Australian Championship

Congratulations to Hamish Jarrett, Max Haymen and Chris Pearson, sailing on Miss Pibb, who have taken out the 2017 International Yngling Australian Championship sailed at RSYS over the weekend.  

With extremely close racing throughout the regatta, the crew aboard Evie: Karyn Gojnich, Ruth McCance and Sara Ladd, battled hard to secure second place, only one point behind the leaders. Third overall was Gary Pearce, Ellis Todres and Ellen Sijtsma on Black Adder.

The first day of racing saw challenging conditions with the combination of 22 kts from the NNE and an outgoing tide against the wind creating some great waves for the fleet to surf downwind. However after two races, and the wind building, PRO Jim Hawkins made an appropriate decision and abandoned the third race of the day.

Day two of racing saw a battle between the leading boats with Evie and Miss Pibb alternating first place in the three races sailed. However it was the unexpected squall from the NW with gusts to 39 knots that created havoc for all boats caught out on the water. With spinnakers still flying on several Ynglings, the extreme change in wind strength and direction saw many boats in trouble and taking on water. The finish line was close to Point Piper and there was little the boats could do to avoid the rocks off the point.

Adam Tran commented, 'Troika was sideways for quite a while and we took a long time to recover, but we eventually sailed most of the way back to the Club. Fergus Ly, Jonathan Doig and I handled the situation extremely well and came together as a team.'

Assistance from Geoff and Ros Jarret on Hands Off, and Clare Alexander on the Double Bay support boat ensured all crews were safe, however Shining Star, Holly, and Wyndot all sustained major damage.

The final day of racing saw another challenge: an unstable north westerly delayed racing until 2pm when the north easterly settled in at 12 to 15 kts allowing the final three races to be sailed.

In the PHS results the overall winner was Spiral sailor Maria Nash, sailing her first Yngling regatta, with Michael Nash and Katherine Coad on AUS25 Lou. Second was Troika with Adam Tran, Fergus Ly and Jonathan Doig, and third overall on Karma was Gary Wogas, Cameron Sloey and Nicola Sloey.

The regatta was a huge success for the Yngling class; we were pleased to welcome new sailors to the class: Amberley and Luke Carmichael, Tyler Johnson, Maria Nash, Katherine Coad, Philip Dohna, Kat Wotherspoon and Guy Bashford.

Pos    Pts       Name
1      15.00    Miss Pibb    
2      16.00    Evie    
3      28.00    Blackadder    
4      32.00    Karma    
5      35.00    Lou    
6      64.00    Wyandot    
7      66.00    Soria    
8      69.00    Yertle    
9      71.00    Shining Star    
10    73.00    Troika    
11    74.00    Holly

Pos    Pts      Name
1      32.50    Evie    
2      35.00    Blackadder    
3      35.50    Miss Pibb    
4      40.00    Lou    
5      42.00    Troika    
6      43.00    Karma    
7      50.00    Shining Star    
8      55.00    Wyandot    
9      61.00    Yertle    
10    71.00    Holly    
11    78.00    Soria


Article and photos by Karyn Gojnich

RSYS Dominate Lasers at Sail Sydney

Congratulations to all the RSYS Sailors who took part in Sail Sydney. We had a massive contingent from RSYS taking part in the Optimists, 4.7's, Radials and Lasers. We also had sailors representing RSYS in the Nacra 15 abd Bic Techno. It was great to see everyone having a great time racing out on the harbour, hanging out with their friends and posting some very good results.

RSYS Results:


Silver Fleet

7 – Xavier McLachlan

17 – Charles Smith

19 – Rohan Stannage

Intermediate Fleet

20 – Oliver McLachlan

24 – Benedict McKay

27 – Isobel Payne

4.7's (19 boats):
1 - Jack Ferguson
2 - Boston Cortis
3 - Ryan Littlechild
4 - Sylvie Stannage
5 - Mark Louis
6 - Mina Ferguson
7 - Brooke Wilson
8 - Daniel Costandi
14 - Will McMillan
16 - Gretel Payne
17 - Daniel Kemp
18 - Ash Baber

Radials (22 boats):
1 - Marlena Berzins
3 - Campbell Patton
4 - Jack Littlechild
11 - Zac West
12 - Jarrah Sheppard 
17 - Boston Cortis
18 - Maddie O'Shea
19 - Mark Louis

Full Rigs (24 boats):
8 - Finn Alexander
21 - Oskar Lindbjerg Hansen

Also, a big congratulation to RSYS sailors Will Cooley, Paul Davison and Vaughan O'Shea. Will finished 4th in the Nacras and Vaughan/ Paul finished 4th & 9th in the Bic Techno.


New RSYS Sailing Manager

We would like to announce that Chris Stone has resigned as Sailing Manager of the Squadron in order to relocate to the UK where he will assume a similar role at the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Chris has been with the Squadron since February 2013, and during his tenure the RSYS hosted two World Championships: the Farr 40s and Flying Dutchman, the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as several Australian Championships and many State titles. He was instrumental in the purchase of the Elliott 7s, oversaw significant changes to the training program and worked behind the scenes to develop the Club website and accounts portal.

Chris’ last day at RSYS is this Friday, 1st December.

We would like to announce that Johan Hedberg has accepted the position of Sailing Manager at the Squadron and started on Tuesday, 28th November.

Johan has an extensive background in the corporate sector and more recently as the General Manager at the Royal Swedish Yacht Club where he looked after the Sailing Program and focused on new membership and revenue opportunities.

On behalf of the Flag Officers, Committee Members and Staff, we thank Chris for his contribution to our Sailing community over the past four years and at the same time we extend a warm welcome to Johan.


Christian Brook, Chairman of Sailing
William Pettigrew, CEO


Photo: L to R Chris Stone, Johan Hedberg

Youth Laser Success

Well done to all the RSYS sailors who took part in the Laser NSW State Championship over the weekend. It was super to have such a large turn out and to see the continued improvements the sailors have made through their training.

In particular we applaud Marlena Berzins for winning the Radial and Finn Alexander for taking out the Standard divisions.

The regatta was run by Double Bay Sailing Club who conducted six races over the two day event.

For more information about joining our Club's Laser racing or training programs, please contact the RSYS sailing office or call Locky Pryor on 9017 0154.

RSYS overall results are shown below:

4.7s (25 entries):
2 - Brooke Wilson
3 - Mina Ferguson
4 - Jack Ferguson
6 - Sylvie Chris Stannage
7 - Daniel Costandi
12 - Mark Louis
17 - Daniel Kemp
19 - Ash Baber
21 - Gretel Payne

Radials (59 Entries)
1 - Marlena Berzins
5 - Jack Littlechild
7 - Zac West
10 - Jarrah Sheppard 
17 - Maddie O'Shea
21 Rob Lowndes
26 - D'Arcy Kemp
45 - Tim Stubbs-Race

Full Rig (48 Entries)
1 - Finn Alexander
6 - Oskar Lindbjerg Hansen
44 - David Ferguson


Full results can be found at: www.laser.asn.au

Christmas at the Squadron

There are many social occasions to look forward to this Summer - please mark your diary!
Why not invite some friends and introduce them to our wonderful Club?

  Chef's Christmas Specials download the order form
  3 December Summer Wine Show book here
  7 December Bridge Members Christmas luncheon book here
  8 December Intermediates Christmas drinks at the Roof Top Bar
11 December Cruising Division Christmas Drinks book here
13 December Duplicate Bridge Christmas Dinner book here
13 December Family & Friends Night book here
14 December Christmas Dining In Night book here
17 December Children’s Christmas party Waitlist only
19 December Book Club meeting and Christmas Lunch book here
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Milson Silver Goblets: Yandoo XX too Strong

An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, the deserving winner of the 2017 Milson Silver Goblets Etchells regatta sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron from November 13-17.

A twilight racer on a busy Sydney Harbour veered too close to a mark of the Etchells course during the closing race and dragged it out of position, thereby throwing the Goblets fleet into chaos. Rather than trying to sort out a messy multi-boat situation in the protest room, race officer Rob Ridley decided the cleanest solution was to abandon the fifth and final race of the unique twilight series, which became the fleet’s one dropped score.

Second by seven points, Rupert Henry’s Vivienne, is a new crew who came together for their first sail on the opening day of the Goblets. The skipper is in the early stages of a possible class comeback after five years away supporting his children’s dinghy sailing pursuits.

Henry’s regular crewman Greg O’Shea plus Josh Chant and Alice Tarnawski combined smoothly to slot in behind Strong’s practised Yandoo XX crew of tactician Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Tiana Wittey.

“I love the Goblets regatta,” said Strong. “It attracts really talented sailors and the competition is tough. We were lucky to sail pretty consistently all week and my thanks go to my beautiful team who did a great job, as did the Squadron in spite of a twilighter sabotaging them on the last day. Congratulations to Rupert Henry and Grant Crowle and their teams,” the lone woman owner/skipper among 26 starters added.

Rupert Henry’s boat has sat untouched on the RSYS hardstand since the club hosted the Etchells Worlds 2012. He’s excited about dipping his toe back into the closest racing he says he’s ever experienced. “Etchells racing engages my head so much; I’m exhausted every night. If you make a two metre steering error it will catch up with you at the next mark, it’s not like ocean racing where you can recover. It’s the closest racing I’ve ever done; the same reason the ‘legends’ love it.”

Asked whether he’ll try for a spot at the class’ world championship in Brisbane in October next year Henry said, “That’s a TBA. Three of us have young kids so we are just happy at the moment being harbour warriors. But we have a trailer....”

Third placed Etchells, The Hole Way skippered by Grant Crowle, finished five points off Vivienne and fourth overall was Doug Flynn’s Wobbegong 2. 


Flynn’s been racing Etchells since 2004 and is aware of new faces and more professionals joining teams, which isn’t out of step when a world title looms. “Some new people and fantastic sailors have come into the class and that’s the wonderful thing about Etchells sailing. It’s the only sport in the world you can race against world and Olympic champions whereas you can’t play tennis against Roger Federer or drive a Formula One car!”


Sydney Etchells fleet captain Mike Tyquin said in summary, “We’re very fortunate in our class to have great mix of sailors from the very peak of our sport and also as importantly a strong group of enthusiastic and committed broader base of Corinthian and club racers. The Milson Silver Goblets really is a showcase of all that is great about sailing Etchells and sailing on Sydney Harbour. The racing this week was incredibly close and great fun. Congratulations to JC and her team, they are the hardest working crew in our fleet and deserve all their success.”


Mercedes-Benz Sydney and Zhik supplied prizes to placegetters and Yandoo XX add their name to the stunning perpetual trophy for the second time.

Sydney Etchells fleet sailors now turn their sights to the NSW state title run out of RSYS from February 16-18, 2018 and look forward to hosting 40 boats from other clubs and interstate. Details coming soon and all are welcome.

Goblets 2017 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXX_0pXyYA

Sydney Etchells website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/ and full results at https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC