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1 x Etchells Norths Main $300
1 x Etchells Norths Jib FLR $250
1 x Etchells Norths Jib DC $200

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Have you ever wanted to sail the world's best one design keelboat? Well here’s your chance!

The Sydney fleet is holding a development day on Saturday 21 September at RSYS. They have 6 boats available in the morning and will orientate you around the features of the boat and take you out on the water. You will then have an opportunity to join in Club racing in the afternoon and enjoy some real on-water action. 

1030hrs coffee, meeting and briefing
1100-1200hrs Test sail experience
1200-1600hrs Race experience
After racing join us for free drinks and snacks at the Club. 

If study, family and life have taken you away from sailing recently, this is an ideal opportunity to be involved again, either on a casual or regular basis. What are you waiting for?
 
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The Southport Yacht Club in conjunction with the Gold Coast Fleet will host the 2019 QLD Championship at the Southport Yacht Club Hollywell Squadron and Main Beach from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of November 2019.

The predictable weather and superb sailing conditions will be a big drawcard and a large, competitive fleet is anticipated. 

>> NOR, SI and entries here

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Program
Friday 8th November
Registration @ SYC Main Beach 0800-1600hrs

Saturday 9th November             
Registration @ SYC Main Beach 0830-930hrs                                                    
Skippers Briefing @ SYC Main Beach 0930hrs
Race 1 Warning 1155hrs
Race 2 ASAP after Race 1
Race 3 ASAP after Race 2

Sunday 10th November
Skippers Briefing @ SYC Main Beach 0800hrs
Race 4 Warning 1055hrs
Race 5 ASAP after Race 4
Race 6 ASAP after Race 5

Presentation of Prizes at SYC Hollywell 1700hrs approx.


Last year I wrote that the fleet, as with the national fleet, has become more oriented around regatta format sailing, and 2018/19 saw a continuation of this trend.

The positive side of this has been the great attendance by, and success of, Sydney Fleet crews at major regattas.

The success of Martin Hill, Julian Plante, Matt Belcher and Sean O’Rourke in a 90+ boat fleet in Brisbane was a wonderful achievement by Martin and his team. To then have Iain Murray win his second World Championship (25 years after his first) with Colin Beashel (his 3rd) and Richie Allanson in Texas in June in a smaller but talent-laden fleet was equally meritorious.

In addition to these results it should be noted that Sydney Fleet boats currently hold the Australian Championship (Iain, Colin and Richie), NSW Championship (Colin, Richie and Henry Kernot), the Queensland Championship / 2018 Pre-Worlds (Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O’Shea). In addition James Mayo and Richie won the Victorian States with Graeme Taylor.

My sense is that this level of success is unprecedented. Congratulations. The preparation of the top Sydney crews has clearly been a huge part of the success but also has contributed much to the class in the last few years. In particular, Richie Allanson should be recognised for assisting many people in our fleet and reinvigorating the sale of new Australian built Etchells.

Beyond the winners, our fleet has been the most travelled fleet of all in Australia and proven that across our fleet, both home and away, there is great competition to be had.

The travel of our fleet and particularly the timing of the Brisbane Worlds - most of our 16 boats were based in Brisbane leading up to the regatta and understandably had a break after - meant that the start of last season was a bit slow in terms of numbers, however this recovered after Christmas and peaked for the Eaton Cup Mini Regatta on the last day of the season with John Bertrand visiting and besting a 24 boat fleet.

Across our Club racing, Christian Brook took the Club Championship and Mini Regatta pointscores.

Our fleet member numbers were down on the year prior which had benefitted from members being attracted by our hosting of the NSW State Championships.

The Milsons Silver Goblets attracted a usual high quality fleet in good numbers with Rupert Henry stepping in for Tom King on board Iron Lotus with David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O’Shea for the win.

Over the winter we tested a training weekend format with thanks to JC Strong, GT and James Mayo’s support that was well attended by 11 boats. We have taken some very high quality drone footage that will be converted into a training video for use by the fleet. The format used will be the basis of the training days scheduled for the upcoming season.

Following last year’s AGM, we did address the cost of Etchells sailing with RSYS. At this stage RSYS is not inclined to directly reduce costs however is open to other in kind opportunities which are yet to be assessed by the fleet.

 

Fleet development and 2019/20 program

Looking at race day numbers in last few seasons and working with RSYS, the Committee has made some changes to the 2019/20 season with the intention to simplify the calendar and drive participation.

The guiding principles have been to:

  • Create a clear calendar of key events
  • Simplify the pointscore model
  • Avoid clashes where possible with other major events (eg CYCA BWS)
  • Manage RSYS calendar events particularly after Christmas that has limited scheduling
  • Have specific dates for training and fleet development baked into the calendar

 

The key changes are;

  • There are two separate pointscores for the season
    • Club Championship comprising single race days
    • Mini regattas comprising 3 race days
  • Milsons Silver Goblets will be November, Monday to Friday
  • World Championship qualifiers – to be held across February and March 2020
  • Creation of stand alone non-pointscore days that will be used as training / development days – there will still be a 1245 start line but will be a non PS race
  • Creation of specific Corinthian categories for pointscores

 

Development program

The Committee now has engagement with the RSYS Youth Committee and we hope to be able to more effectively link crews to owners.

Following last year’s call for owners’ interest in supporting the establishment of a development path, we have two owners who have generously indicated that they have boats available for use.

The Committee has also considered acquiring up to two additional boats to provide a total of four boats that would on clear terms be available for use on a full season commitment basis to crews (approx. 20-26 years). One of the key dependencies is

that we would require RSYS to forego hardstand fees and subject to agreement at the AGM, a formal proposal will be finalised to table with RSYS.

 

Future Regattas

With Perth hosting the 2020 Worlds and Melbourne hosting the 2023 Worlds, it is important that our own fleet has a clear regatta plan. We seem likely to host the NSW state championship in 2022 and based on the State based rotation for the Australian Championship, the 2022 /23 Nationals.

Good sailing and I look forward to seeing you for our new season in a few weeks.

 

Mike Tyquin

August 2019


Notice of Annual General Meeting, 6pm Thursday 1 August at RSYS.

Agenda
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of 2018 Meeting
3. President's report
4. Financial report
5. Youth team proposal
6. 2019/20 season programme overview
7. National and International Assoc matters
8. General Business


Dinner
Cook-your-own-BBQ options
Chicken & Thyme Sausage  250gm   $24
Qld Swordfish Fillet  180gm   $30
Darling Downs Qld Wagyu M 4 Sirloin  250gm   $37
Grainge Eye Fillet  180gm   $35
Pinnacle Rib Eye Cutlet  400gm    $38
All BBQ items are served with jacket potato ready to re-heat on the BBQ, salad and a freshly baked bread roll.
 
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As part of your 2019/20 equipment audits, the club requires that the lifting slings for RSYS hardstand boats must be inspected and tagged at least annually, by an approved sling servicing agent.

On Saturday 24 August (only) 9am to 12pm, the Sailing Office has organised a representative from ‘All Lifting’ to be onsite to inspect and tag slings as proof of inspection. This service is free of charge.

If you or a representative from your boat, are unable to attend the equipment audit on this day, you have a few options:

- Organise someone else on 24 August to have your slings inspected and tagged on your behalf
- Take your slings to an approved sling inspector and have them inspect and tag your slings. 'Sydney Lifting Equipment' in Brookvale is able to inspect slings. Please note SLE will charge you for this.
- For new slings, auditors will accept a purchase receipt not more than 8 weeks prior to the date of your audit in lieu of a sling inspection. You must present this receipt at the time of the audit.

Book an equipment audit with Rob Ridley at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Congratulations Martin Hill on winning the Australian NSW/ACT Male Sailor of the Year.

In handing out the award, Vice-Commodore of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Alister Copley highlighted that in October 2018 Hill won the Etchells World Championship in Brisbane ahead of a 90 plus boat field that included seven past Etchells world champions, numerous champions from other classes and several Olympians.

View the full list of award winners here

More photos from the presentation night here


Iain Murray, Richie Allanson and Colin Beashel have won the 2019 Etchells World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.  The Havoc team were clinical in their sailing all through the event and led the regatta from the end of day one and continued to lead the regatta everyday thereafter to comfortably win the event by two points from their fellow Australians on Magpie: James Mayo, Graeme Taylor and Tom Slingsby.

It was a fantastic regatta for all the competing Sydney Fleet teams who finished in the top half of the 37 strong fleet, drawn from across the globe and featuring previous Etchells world champions, Olympic gold medalists and America's cup sailors. The excellent performances by all of the RSYS Etchells teams at the World Championships highlights the enormous depth of talent amongst our fleet, producing back to back Etchells Worlds champions for two years in a row following on from Martin Hill's win at the 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane. Martin and his crew finished a very respectable 8th in the 2019 event.

Congratulations on great results.

View full results here


Etchells 2019 Australasian Championship
Mooloolaba Yacht Club

Congratulations Top 40: Peter Merrington, Geoff Bonouvrie and Ian McKillop for their 2nd place!

A fantastic performance from Jeanne-Claude Strong, Marcus Burke, Kate Devereaux and Seve Jarvin on AUS1435, coming 8th in the high calibre international fleet of 30.

Well done also to Whenanif, Vincero, AUS1463, Great White Hunter, Thelastone, Northern Havoc.

>> view full results here

Photo Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nic Douglass


Congratulations Martin on being named RSYS Yachtsman of the Year at Friday night's prize giving event.

The Idris Cup is awarded to a Squadron Member who has achieved outstanding results at local, national or international sailing events. The recipient must also demonstrate the art of good seamanship and a sportsmanlike conduct.

Martin joined the Sydney Etchells Fleet four years ago, before which he had been a world class campaigner in the Farr 40 class. In November he won the Etchells World Championship in Brisbane ahead of a 90 plus boat field that included seven past Etchells world champions, numerous champions from other classes and several Olympians. He commissioned a new boat, assembled an outstanding team and after strong regatta performances leading in to the event, sailed with unmatched consistency. 

Presenting the trophy, RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich said, 'The Etchells Class remains the pinnacle for one design keelboat sailing in Australia and a leading class on the global stage. Martin's win underlines the strength of his planning, determination and skills to achieve the highest accolade. In addition he demonstrates great humility and generosity as participant in the Class.'

 

Photo by Darcie Collington Photography


Nev Wittey is co-ordinating a training weekend for JC Strong and Graeme Taylor's crews ahead of the Mid Winter Championship in Mooloolaba and has kindly extended an invitation for Sydney Fleet crews to participate.

It is proposed that sessions will be held on the mornings of

Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 

commencing on water at 1030hrs and finishing early afternoon. Short pre sail briefing and post sailing de-briefs will be held.

To assist with planning (RIBs, coaches, possibly a drone etc) please confirm your interest so that the sessions can be well planned and participants can get the most out of the training. 

If you can’t sail but are interested in helping (E.g. RIB driving) please do let us know. 

Please contact Mike Tyquin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0422 381 151 or Nev Wittey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0412 483 344 to register your interest. 

 


We regret that the dinner on Friday 29 March has been cancelled as bookings were very low and unlikely to meet the minimum required by RSYS to proceed. We will effect refunds to those that had booked. 

We are however planning an alternative, more casual gathering at the Club after our final sail on Saturday 6 April. Details to follow. 

The Fleet Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rupert Henry has steered Iron Lotus to a convincing win at the 2019 Milson Silver Goblets. Onboard were Dave Edwards (owner, main) Greg O'Shea (trim) Josh Chant 5th on Friday.)

1    Iron Lotus (EAUS1442)    Rupert Henry        9
2    Yandoo XX (EAUS868)    Neville Wittey    11
3    Top 40 (EAUS1332)         Peter Merrington & Geoff Bonouvrie    14
4    Flirtation (EAUS1026)      Matthew Crawford        15
=    Synergy (EAUS1272)      David Chapman        15
=    Havoc (EAUS1461)         Iain Murray        15

>> full results here

Iron Lotus joins an illustrious honour roll >> view all the winners since 1971

 


The annual Milson Silver Goblets regatta has got off to a fantastic start - 22 boats are contesting the five daily twilight races hosted by RSYS on magnificent Sydney Harbour. 

The leaderboard after three races:

1    Iron Lotus (EAUS1442)    David Edwards    
2    Ciao (EAUS1244)              Douglas Mcgain    
3    Flirtation (EAUS1026)       Matthew Crawford    
4    Vincero (EAUS1343)         Nick Kingsmill    
5    2107 Racing (EAUS1213)  Jason Antill    
=    Top 40 (EAUS1332)           Peter Merrington & Geoff Bonouvrie 

 

 

Race Officer Ian Kingsford Smith has this update:

Racing in the first heat on Monday was frustrating for the 19 competitors and the race management team. The forecast southerly winds never eventuated and the wind at the scheduled start time was north easterly. However as soon as the race committee set up the course for a NE wind, it began to veer to the right. After a general recall and a minor tweak of the course, the race committee attempted another start but it soon became quite obvious that the breeze was continuing to go right.

The start was postponed and the course was relocated. The race committee eventually got the fleet away on Course 2 in an easterly breeze with a starting line just to the east of Garden Island and the windward marks at a bearing of 095 degrees and a leg length of 0.8 nm. Although the wind continued to go right and finally ended up as a south easterly, the race committee was in no position to swing the course any further south due to the presence of Point Piper. Race 1 was won by Flirtation sailed by Matthew Crawford, Neville Wittey came 2nd and Michael Bellingham 3rd. Everyone concurred that it was an extremely difficult evening for all.

The starting areas for Tuesday’s Race 2 and Wednesday’s Race 3 were off Clarke Island and both races were sailed in a 20 knot NNE wind with course legs of 1.4nm and a compass bearing of 025 degrees for Race 2 and course legs of 1.3nm and a compass bearing of 035 degrees for Race 3. The courses provided excellent racing with 20 boats starting Race 2 and a full complement of 22 in Race 3. Each race took just on 60 minutes and everyone agreed that the sailing conditions were most enjoyable. Race 2 was won by Ciao sailed by Doug McGain, with David Edwards finishing 2nd and Peter Merrington 3rd. Race 3 was won by 2107 Racing sailed by Jason Antill, Nick Kingsmill was 2nd and David Edwards 3rd.

Races 4 and 5 are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

>> view results so far here

Top photo by Kylie Wilson
Further photos by Declan Brennan. 


Congratulations to Iain Murray, Richie Allanson and Colin Beashel who are this year's national champions. The regatta was hosted by the Brisbane Etchells Fleet and Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 13-18 January and the fleet comprised 27 boats. 

Allanson said afterwards, 'I am a buzzing a little right now as it all sinks in. This (result) was much needed after our Worlds campaign, where we had the potential to do well, but fell short, which is a tough thing to go through. So to bring it together this week was a big thing for the programme.

'The competition is hot in Etchells, and the bar has been raised, so you have to get cracking and think. There is lots of talent sailing around, and the class is in a good position', he added.

 

Also on the podium in third place was the crew of Lisa Rose, comprising Squadron Members Martin Hill and Julian Plante, crew team mates Mat Belcher and Sean O’Rourke. Jeanne-Claude Strong came 18th with her crew of Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Kate Devereux.

Hill, the reigning World Champion, commented, 'We won the first race, which was great. From then on we were pretty consistent, and in the top ten mainly. No UFDs either, which certainly hampered a lot of crews here this week. We came into this regatta knowing about a couple of weaknesses, downwind especially; so learning to sail through the fleet was another positive from it all. We had to earn it all, especially when coming back from being quite deep, so we are pretty happy.'

1st Havoc AUS 1461 Iain Murray, Colin Beashel, Richard Allanson RSYS    
2nd Gen XY AUS 864 Matthew Chew, Brian Donovan, Ben Vercoe, Mitchell Kennedy RQYS             
3rd Lisa Rose AUS 1449 Martin Hill, Julian Plante, Mat Belcher, Sean O'Rourke RSYS

View full results here 

Read the full press release here
article and photos by John Curnow


Entries are now open for this premier Etchells regatta hosted by the Sydney Fleet and RSYS.

The week-long twilight series will run from Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February.   

NOR and online entries click here
SI will be published on 16 January.

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Need crew? Looking for a boat? click here

How good was last time?! view photos here and videos here.

 


Although I felt disappointed with our overall result, it was a great regatta.

The organisation by RQYS was outstanding, from the measuring process through to communication and general conduct of the regatta.

The competition was fierce and the standard throughout the fleet high. It was noticeable how many renowned sailors found it very difficult to recover from poor positions. The long start lines and currents created opportunities and mysteries. I’m sure most are still trying to work it out!

Often one would feel well positioned with 500m to go to the top mark, only to have a shift to left or right and bring in 30 boats. The top mark roundings were generally ok, the bottom mark roundings were interesting to say the least when in a mid-fleet position.

The Race Officials did a pretty good job in difficult conditions throughout.

The Pre Worlds were held in ‘breezy’ conditions and the Worlds in ‘light’ conditions. This created challenges for many. The Pre Worlds at least resulted in that Grant Crowle Chinese gybe shot!

The use of trackers and drones really helped bring the event to life and is setting the standard for future regattas.

Michael Stovin-Bradford

 

Images by SurfSailKite and Adventures of a Sailor Girl


With the great memories (or emotional scarring) of the Worlds fading for our Fleet members returning from Brisbane, now's the time to get back into Saturday racing!

Last Saturday a dozen boats enjoyed fantastic conditions in the Mini Regatta. This week a little rain may come but a good sou'easter is forecast and with just five weeks of sailing left this year, now is the time get your crew organised or find a ride and go sailing.

NB it's a 1245hrs warning this week. We’re hoping to have at least 12 boats out and if we do then there will be a bottle of rum for the mid fleet boat. If you need crew or a ride then drop me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you can’t make this week, the next Mini Regatta is on Saturday 24 November with a 1330hrs warning.

Also, don’t forget to put dates in your diary for the 2019 Milson's Silver Goblets: 28 January - 1 February!

Finally, Owner members of the class: you should have received your Class Ballot for Governors elections and rule changes - please do take the time to review and register your votes.

I hope to see you on Saturday.
Mike Tyquin

 

Image SurfSailKite


Congratulations Martin Hill, Julian Plante, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke of Lisa Rose 1449 who have won the 2018 Etchells World Championship. 

Martin commented: 'It was both a thrill and relief to cross the finish line in the final race to win the 2018 Etchells World Championship. Nothing can prepare you for such a competitive 94 boat fleet and a starting line that is 1.2 km in length. It was the combined skill of Julian Plante on Main, Mat Belcher on Tactics, Sean O Rourke on the jib/kite and Michael Blackburn as our coach, that weaved the magic to give us  2,2,21,6,2, 1 & 6th  score line and 17 point wining margin.

'I should also mention congratulations to the AST with both Mat Belcher and Will Ryan with Victor Kovalenko as their coach, achieving 1 & 2nd  respectively overall. They are a class in their own.'  

Further Sydney Fleet Members also won prestigious awards: Iron Lotus 1442, comprising Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O'Shea, took out the Corinthian trophy, and Jean-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award.

View full results here
More photos here

Photos by Emily Scott Images and Adventures of a Sailor Girl.


Congratulations to Sydney Fleet members Tom King, Ivan Wheen, Dave Edwards & Greg O'Shea of Iron Lotus 1442 for their convincing win in a fleet of 73 at the Etchells QLD State Championship. In third place was another Sydney boat: Havoc 1461, Iain Murray, Grant Simmer & Ritchie Allanson. Well done guys!

Dave Edwards commented 'We are really happy with the result! We're looking forward to the Worlds next week - the competition will definitely ratchet up a notch - there will be more than 90 boats on the start line and the Sydney Fleet will be well represented.'

The three day event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Etchells Brisbane and experienced lots of weather, as Grant Crowle's The Hole Way discovered - pictured left.

View final results here

 

Photos by Kylie Wilson and Nic Douglas.

 

 


RQYS is expecting 90 boats, along with their super-keen crews, from all around the globe for this premier regatta commencing 18 October. 

The fleet is a veritable armada of former World Champions in Etchells and other classes, America’s Cup stars, round the world ocean racers, as well as Olympic legends. Here’s a look at some of the formidable entrants from overseas…
>> read more at www.2018etchellsworlds.org


Barry Nesbitt, member of the Pittwater fleet and stalwart of the Etchells class, has passed away aged 91.

Family, friends and associates are invited to celebrate Barry's life on Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 at 12.30pm at The Public Dining Room, 2A The Esplanade, Mosman.


Set sail in an exclusive range of Fleet gear including jacket, polo, shorts, cap, long and short sleeved t-shirts designed by our new sponsor Henri Lloyd.

View the collection here

Order before 31 August to recieive your gear in time for the Worlds.

  
Sydney Fleet members benefit from a 20% discount across the entire Henri Lloyd range.
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Visit www.henrilloyd.com.au


Important Dates

Compulsory Skippers Briefings 28 or 30 August 6-7pm
First race of the season (Mini regatta) 1 September
view the 2018/19 calendar here


Winter training

Grant Crowle has organised a RSYS RIB and Coach for weekend training: 8am start Saturday or Sunday mornings, until mid September. Whether or not you are going to the Worlds, if you are interested in participating please contact Grant for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

2018/19 crew and crewing opportunities

We have a number of skippers looking for crew and vice versa, so now is the time to get organised. Our fleet website has a crew section so if you are looking for crew or a crew position, click here

Please encourage your crew to subscribe to the Sydney Fleet newsletter.


The Sydney Etchells Fleet AGM will be held at 6pm on Friday 31 August at RSYS, with dinner to follow. 

The current office bearers have all indicated a willingness to stand again, however if you wish to join the committee, please do nominate as all assistance is gratefully appreciated.

Agenda
1. Apologies
2. Adoption of 2017 AGM Minutes
3. Fleet Captain's Report
4. Treasurer's Report
5. Election of Office Bearers
6. IECAA Report
7. 2018/19 Program
8. Fleet Development
9. General Business

The meeting will be followed by dinner in the CCA.

 


Message from Brisbane Etchells:

Make sure you don't miss out on competing on the fabulous Moreton Bay race track. 
Get these dates in your calendar now. 

 

2018 

September 7-9       2018 Etchells Brisbane Fleet Spring Regatta

October 12-16         2018 Etchells Queensland State Championship (Pre Worlds)

October 18-27         2018 Etchells World Championships

2019

January 13-18          2019 Australian National Championships

 

50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Brisbane Etchells is proud to host the Worlds during the 50th Anniversary year of the first Etchells Worlds held in 1968.   To commemorate this extraordinary continuity in our one-design class and celebrate past champions, we will be hosting a Gala Dinner on Saturday October 20 at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.  The official invitation is being prepared now so look out for more details in the next couple of weeks.

 

if you need any further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registrations are open now and there's an early bird discount if you apply by 20 July.


NOR & Entries at www.2018etchellsworlds.org/race-documents
List of competitors at www.2018etchellsworlds.org/entrants


Reminder: you need to be a financial member of an International Etchells Class Fleet and a financial member of a Yacht or Sailing Club affiliated with its National Authority.


RQYS and the Brisbane fleet have a Loaner Boat program, with a fee of $5,000. Details here 

 


 


 


Ten champion yachts came together to challenge for the Varuna Trophy. This challenge is by invitation only and the invitees are the top place getters in RSYS various classes and divisions. This makes for very exciting and competitive racing.  

Winds on Saturday 14 April were strong and shifty, which made racing demanding but still a lot of fun, according to the sailors.

The winner of the 2018 Varuna Trophy is the RSYS flagged Etchells Roué skippered by Mike Morris and crewed by David Brittain on mainsheet and bowman Matthew Seidel.

“This is a wonderful way to complete the season” said the winner Mike. When asked about his race strategy, he said it was quite simple: "Get in front of Malcolm Shaw and stay there!”  Congratulations to all on Roué for a great victory.
 
Second place went to another RSYS boat, the Sydney 60, aptly named Sydney and skippered by David Kellett and Charles Curran. The third placed yacht was another Etchells: Plan A skippered by Andrew Patterson and sailing under the CYCA burgee. Congratulations to all.

A huge thank you to all competing champion yachts and we are looking forward to even greater numbers next year.

View the results here


The Etchells Class has survived and thrived by its members adhering to the one design principals. If we fall away from that we may as well tear up all that the Class stands for.


There are two issues which need clarification as in a minority of cases these rules are not being adhered to. We need to ensure we and our fellow competitors do adhere to these rules. A protest is a strengthening of our respect for sailing not a denigration of our fellow competitor. I am sure however that all competitors will work to stay in the rules.


ELECTRONICS
Class Rule C 5 1
Notes the following:


•    (b) OPTIONAL
•    (1) Electronic or mechanical timing devices
•    (2) Magnetic compass
•    (3) Self contained digital compass – giving no more than direction, tacking prompt and timer


I have added the underline. Only those noted functions are allowed. Time to line, GPS positioning, time or speed over ground are not permitted. They are also not permitted in other devices such as your phone.


SAILS and HULLS
Etchells are a boat where the sails and the boat are one. Yes, there are very limited exceptions, but all of these require permission. It is not open slater. 
Refer to the following Class Rule


•    C.10.3 ACQUISITION AND REGISTRATION.
(h) Sails used in Etchells class racing shall comply with boats acquisition rights and shall be registered to the boat correctly with sail number and hull number matching except as determined and published by the IECA.


Keep sailing
David Ritchard
Australian Class President
 


Iain Murray’s Northern Havoc sailing for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Chris Hampton’s Tango from Brighton, Victoria, maintained the rage to finish first and second at the 2018 Etchells NSW title sailed on Sydney Harbour in superb conditions.

     >> View day 3 video here

     >> View day 3 photos here

“We’ve had lovely nor’easters for the past two days and quite strong ebb tides which really opened the race course and the opportunities, and you could see this in the scores,” Murray commented. “You had to get a good start and get up that first beat. It wasn’t easy. We had some good races and some less so - in the end our tough races weren’t as tough as for others.”

Murray and Hampton finished day one Captain and Commander respectively, and that’s how the final series scores panned out, just a single point separating the two front-runners after three days of hard grind hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet.

“Iain and his crew really won the regatta on Saturday when they carried on with a broken backstay in the second race and then with a jury-rigged set-up posted a good score in race 6,” said Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin adding, “That performance really underlined how well they sailed”.

Martin Hill’s Lisa Rose moved into third overall from a 40-boat fleet representing NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Hill is spreading himself across two classes approaching the season-end; the Farr 40 nationals next month at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as skipper of HillPDA Racing and the 2018 Etchells World Championship.

“This was our first regatta as a team on the new boat and we are building up to do as well as we can at the Brisbane worlds in October we’ve luckily already qualified for,” said tactician David Chapman. “We have a three-year campaign planned and we are trying to work out the best crew fit. Martin steers, Julian Plante’s on main and he used to steer, I’m doing tactics and I used to do main and Mark Langford is on the bow.

“In two weeks we are going to defend our Etchells NZ National Championship title, then we’ll do the Victorian States and then we are ramping up for the world championship at RQYS. We’ve committed to next year’s worlds in Texas then Fremantle the year after. After that Martin will decide whether he’s happy to continue; as he says, ‘it’s the best fleet in the world’,” Chapman added.

Matt Chew’s Gen XY was the highest placed Queensland team, fourth in the final standings against Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron clubmate Peter Conde’s Encore in seventh place and winning Etchells Grand Masters.

The Royal Perth Yacht Club team campaigning The Cure finished just outside the top 10 but in terms of their worlds preparation skipper Ray Smith said the series was perfect. “It was fun and challenging with difficult conditions on Friday. We had fairly specific goals for this regatta and while it’s nice to get higher up the results sheet they weren’t the only criteria - we were trying out a couple of new systems and sails, and it wasn’t my boat. A very tough fleet; at least 15 solid crews.”

One of four Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth teams cracked a top ten finish on day three, Sunday February 18, 2018, skipper Will Dargaville leading the crew. He described Friday’s outing as “average” then on Saturday in the final race Pam was holed solidly at the bow (not their fault). A quick duck and sail-repair tape patch job later and the youth crew went back out on Sunday to finish tenth over the line in the series’ final race eight. A lucky draw winning ticket also gifted the team a brand new North Sails jib.

“We’ve been sailing for a couple of months; we’ve never really done big fleet keelboat racing and we improved each day,” the young skipper said. In awe of the talent on display Dargaville added: “the fleet quality this weekend will be hard to beat heading into the worlds.”

The RSYS’ next Etchells event is the Etchells Sydney Fleet’s world qualifying series March 27 to April 7 comprising seven races.

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said Saturday and Sunday were picture perfect, nor’easters averaging 17 knots and boats spread across the width of the harbour from the start north of Clark Island to the top marks towards Watson’s Bay. “The fact they were using the whole harbour means they felt they could do well right across the course,” Ridley said.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors ZhikNorth Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them provided excellent competitor prizes.

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Photos by Andrea Francolini


EAUS1119 Northern Havoc have won the 2018 NSW Championship!

Congratulations Iain Murray with crew Richard Allanson and Paul Westlake, RSYS. 

2nd was 1443 Tango: Chris Hampton with Sam Haines and Charlie Cumbley, RBYC.

3rd was 1449 Lisa Rose: Martin Hill with Julian Plante, Mark Langford and David Chapman, MHYC.  

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Pos Pts Name R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8
1 33 Northern Havoc 1 2 -16 7 12 1
2 34 Tango 2 11 1 2 7 5
3 46 Lisa Rose 15 1 2 1 4 -20
4 46 Gen XY 10 4 11 3 13 4
5 50 Ciao -22 5 9 4 14 6
6 50 Iron Lotus 5 9 7 6 3 -41

FINAL POINTSCORE HERE

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View videos here

Photos coming soon

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Race 7 provisional results here

1 EAUS1445 The Cure Raymond Smith RPYC 0:51:16
 2 EAUS870 Encore Peter Conde RQYS 0:51:24
 3 EAUS1442 Iron Lotus Tom King RSYS 0:51:34
 4 EAUS1449 Lisa Rose Martin Hill MHYC 0:51:35
 5 EAUS1332 Top 40 Peter Merrington RSYS 0:51:48
 6 EAUS1436 Wobbegong 2 Doug Flynn RSYS 0:51:53

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Race 8 provisional results here

 1 EAUS1119 Northern Havoc Iain Murray RSYS 0:56:29
 2 EAUS1383 Triad William Voerman RQYS 0:56:34
 3 EAUS870 Encore Peter Conde RQYS 0:56:42
 4 EAUS864 Gen XY Matthew Chew RQYS 0:56:43
 5 EAUS1443 Tango Chris Hampton RBYC 0:56:44
 6 EAUS1244 Ciao Doug McGain CYCA 0:57:00


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Race 4 provisional results here *NB amended from those published earlier

 1 EAUS1449 Lisa Rose Martin Hill MHYC 0:54:44
 2 EAUS1119 Northern Havoc Iain Murray RSYS 0:55:56
 3 EAUS1436 Wobbegong 2 Doug Flynn RSYS 0:55:58
 4 EAUS864 Gen XY Matthew Chew RQYS 0:56:02
 5 EAUS1244 Ciao Doug McGain CYCA 0:56:05
 6 EAUS1392 Thelastone Steve Billingham RSYS 0:56:08

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Race 5 provisional results here

 1 EAUS1443 Tango Chris Hampton RBYC 0:52:27
 2 EAUS1449 Lisa Rose Martin Hill MHYC 0:53:35
 3 EAUS870 Encore Peter Conde RQYS 0:53:37
 4 EAUS1332 Top 40 Peter Merrington RSYS 0:53:39
 5 EAUS1383 Triad William Voerman RQYS 0:53:41
 6 EAUS1446 This Thing of Ours David Turton RQYS 0:53:48

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Race 6 provisional results here

1 EAUS1449 Lisa Rose Martin Hill MHYC 0:54:04
 2 EAUS1443 Tango Chris Hampton RBYC 0:54:36
 3 EAUS864 Gen XY Matthew Chew RQYS 0:54:58
 4 EAUS1244 Ciao Doug McGain CYCA 0:55:05
 5 EAUS1306 The Hole Way Grant Crowle RSYS 0:55:09
 6 EAUS1442 Iron Lotus Tom King RSYS 0:55:15


Watch the day 1 video here

Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.

Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner. 

Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight. 

“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.

“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added. 

Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep. 

“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.” 

Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said the racing was compact and competitive with little spread between first and last finishers on two course areas, one starting in Taylor’s Bay and the other in Chowder Bay to accommodate the right trending breeze. 

“The fleet enjoyed fluctuating 15kts gusting up to 18, a bit of a lottery with the wind, plenty of summer sunshine and Sydney Harbour to themselves,” Ridley said, noting Saturday will bring the hordes from Sydney’s many yacht clubs plus recreational boaties out in numbers, thereby changing the series’ dynamics. 

Racing commences at 1330hrs on Saturday February 17 in forecast nor’easters and on Sunday the first warning is at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors Zhik, North Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydneywho between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.

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Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Follow us at:

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

video by mikemcloughlinmoments

photo by darcicphotography


Here are the results from the first day of the three day championship.

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Day 1 Provisional Pointscore here 

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Race 1 provisional results here

1 EAUS868 Yandoo XX Jeanne-Claude Strong RSYS 0:50:10
2 EAUS1125 Tonic Peter Alexander RSYS 0:50:56
3 EAUS1244 Ciao Doug McGain CYCA 0:51:15
4 EAUS1219 Carabella IV Matthew McCann RSYS 0:51:29
5 EAUS870 Encore Peter Conde RQYS 0:51:53
6 EAUS1119 Northern Havoc Iain Murray RSYS 0:51:55

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Race 2 Provisional results here

1 EAUS864 Gen XY Matthew Chew RQYS 0:55:08
2 EAUS1383 Triad William Voerman RQYS 0:55:27
3 EAUS1343 Vincero Nick Kingsmill / Peter Gardner CYCA 0:55:50
4 EAUS1119 Northern Havoc Iain Murray RSYS 0:55:51
5 EAUS1332 Top 40 Peter Merrington RSYS 0:55:53
6 EAUS1443 Tango Chris Hampton RBYC 0:55:54

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Race 3 provisional results here.

1 EAUS1119 Northern Havoc Iain Murray RSYS 0:56:26
2 EAUS1443 Tango Chris Hampton RBYC 0:56:47
3 EAUS1330 Whisper II Bruce Ferguson RPAYC 0:57:05
4 EAUS868 Yandoo XX Jeanne-Claude Strong RSYS 0:57:22
5 EAUS1346 Avalon Michael Bellingham RSYS 0:57:32
6 EAUS1442 Iron Lotus Tom King RSYS 0:57:40

Photos and videos will appear soon at www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney


Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the Sydney Etchells Fleet and our sponsors, North Sails, Zhik and Mercedes-Benz Sydney warmly welcome you. We hope that you have a great regatta.

RSYS Club Information

• Reception Reception is located in the main Club House access from the garden. The reception staff will be available to assist with any general club enquiries and can be reached on 02 9955 7171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Food, drinks and dining Full bar service will be available on Thursday – Sunday. The Careening Cove Anchorage on level 3 will be open for breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bar service and dinner will be available on Friday night on the Shell Cove verandah on level 5. Dinner on Saturday night will be in the Careening Cove Anchorage. RSYS accepts payment by cash and major credit cards for visiting non-members.

• Parking Visitors should note that Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all race days for RSYS and as such on-site parking will be restricted to Members only.

• Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the clubhouse.

• Dress Code Visitors should note that the dress code in the main club house is smart casual and in the Careening Cove anchorage and bar is sailing gear or casual.

• Mobile Phone Use Visitors please note that voice calls should not be made in any part of the clubhouse.

Hardstand access for boats arriving by road

Competitors can access the hardstand from the gate on Peel Street and should note that road access to RSYS is best approached on Peel Street from the south out of Upper Pitt St. Access is available from Wednesday 14th February. To arrange to arrive at other times please contact Ned Brown, RSYS Waterfront Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On arrival, please assist boatyard staff by promptly unhitching your trailer and removing your car from the hardstand.

Registration

Registration will take place in the regatta office located at the lower level of the main clubhouse at the stairs leading up from hardstand adjacent to the boatshed. Registration and weigh in will take place between 1000hrs and 1800hrs on Thursday 15th February. Weigh in will also be available between 0900hrs and 1000hrs on Friday 16th February. Competitors are required to present;

• Hull Measurement Certificate – original with regatta skipper noted as an owner

• Category 7 Certificate – signed by an Australian Sailing safety auditor. Self-certification will not be accepted

• Insurance policy document or certificate of currency

• Sail Card – original with a maximum 5 sails that are recorded on the sail card to be identified for use

Competitors should note that all skippers are required to be a paid up Owner Member of the Etchells Class Association. Crews are required to be a paid up Associate Member of the Etchells Class Association. Membership can be purchased or renewed at www.etchells.org.au. Bow numbers will be allocated. A member of the Sydney Fleet will apply your bow numbers. Trot numbers will be allocated. Please do use your allocated trot number (marked on the buoy and also on the bollard on the dock) for the regatta. Please ensure that you have 2 good size fenders and adequate dock lines. Lunch orders will be taken on Thursday and available for pick up on each race day from the regatta office.

Social Program

Daily prize giving will take place immediately after racing on Friday and Saturday. A casual dinner will be held in the Careening Cove Anchorage on Saturday night from approx. 1830. Full menu and bar service will be available for competitors and guests. Payment can be made by RSYS House account, cash or credit card on the night. Indication of your attendance at registration would be appreciated and will assist RSYS with expected numbers. Sunday prize giving will take place as soon as possible after racing and particularly visiting boats have hauled out and packed.

Boat, sail repairs and chandlery

Sails - We are fortunate to have North Sails as a regatta sponsor who will be providing repairs and service.
Hull – RSYS shipwright will be on standby. Please contact Ned Brown, RSYS Waterfront Manager in the Boatshed Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0411 586 314
Chandlery – Whitworths is located 5 mins from RSYS at Alexander Street, Crows Nest

Follow the regatta

Online for NOR, SIs and results  rsys.com.au/ regattas 
Facebook @EtchellsSydney @EtchellsAustralia
Instagram @EtchellsSydney
Twitter @EtchellsAUS

Contact Information

RSYS reception 9955 7171, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RSYS sailing office Johan Hedberg, Sailing Manager, 9017 0152, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
RSYS boatyard Ned Brown, Waterfront Manager, 9017 0162, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sydney Fleet Mike Tyquin, Fleet Captain, 0422 381 151, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Paul Thackray, Secretary, 0418 447 535, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Australian Etchells fleet is edging towards a world championship in Brisbane and the NSW title regatta on Sydney Harbour this weekend is an important opportunity for those crews with a worlds challenge brewing to test their mettle against some of the class’ best. 

Four Queensland entries plus one each from Victoria and Western Australia are making the journey to join the majority NSW contingent in the three-day regatta, February 16-18, hosted by the Sydney Etchells fleet out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. 

A strong fleet of 41 Etchells will commence their NSW title contest on Friday, among them many former national champions and a number of world-beaters, in the popular one design class that’s been around since the 1960s and according to Queenslander Matt Chew “has always been cool”. 

For Gen XY skipper Chew and his crew Ashley Deeks, Ben Vercoe and Brian Donovan, the NSW title marks the start of their run towards a home world championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in October. 

“We have kept training pretty low key and now we are doing the NSW event and then the Victorian championship. We are ramping up and planning to peak at the end. We’ll see; we are trying to time our run to the worlds,” Chew said. 

On the cool factor he reckons: “Etchells have always been cool. I sail all the foiling boats but there’s something about coming back to an Etchells that levels the field. In other classes it’s about athleticism but with Etchells it’s who picks the wind. It’s very pure and simple; I think that’s why a lot of pro sailors come back to the class, to measure themselves against their peers.” 

Sydney Etchells fleet captain Mike Tyquin says, “Yet again after more than 40 years the Etchells Class shows its depth of class and broad appeal with a fantastic 41 boat fleet in Australia’s largest and leading one design keelboat class. The racing will be a real spectacle on Sydney Harbour and RSYS is ready for the fleet to put on a great regatta. Looking at the start list I can make the case for about a dozen boats to have a claim on winning the regatta, and of course plenty of well-performing club crews will mix up the results. I am very excited about what the four youth teams from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will bring, I expect them to perform very well." 

Winner of the RSYS Milson’s Silver Goblets last November, Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, is just one of the notable entries. Other ranked sailors include past world champions Iain Murray (Northern Havoc), Peter Merrington (Top 40) and Olympic gold medallist Tom King skippering the 2012 Etchells Worlds victor Iron Lotus he co-owns with David Edwards and Ivan Wheen. 

An eight-race schedule is planned over three days and each afternoon the ‘Maillot Jaune’, or in this case a yellow North Sails flag, will be awarded to the ‘boat of the day’ with the best set of scores. 

The weekend forecast indicates strongest winds on Friday - up to 19kts of SSE breeze, SE to 8kts on Saturday and even lighter sou’easters on Sunday.

On Friday 16 February the first warning signal is at 1230hrs, on Saturday the program commences at 1330hrs and on Sunday it reverts back to first warning at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors Zhik, North Sailsand Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.

View entries and crew lists at https://www.rsys.com.au/images/2018/MASTERENTRYLIST2018.pdf 

Full results will be posted at 
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC


Further information: 

Isabel Wartho
RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e. 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet communications officer
m. 0411 703 976

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151

 


Entries are rolling in for the NSW State Championship and we are expecting about 40 boats for what will be a great regatta.

As well as a top notch sailing program, the Fleet will be putting on drinks and snacks after racing on Friday, and there will be a casual dinner on Saturday night - a great chance to catch up socially with friends in the fleet.

Thanks again to our sponsors Zhik, Mercedes-Benz Sydney and North Sails.

For NOR and to enter go to rsys.com.au/regattas

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Call for volunteers

The committee is looking for volunteers to assist with registration and boat yard organisation on Thursday 15 February. If you can spare the day or even a few hours it would be greatly appreciated.

We are also looking for a fleet member or friend of the fleet to assist with a media boat and / or driver.

Please let Mike Tyquin or Paul Thackray know via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can assist with either of the above.


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