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…
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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.
The discount code was advertised to Fleet members via a previous newsletter. Need assistance? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

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. 



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


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
List of competitors at

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.

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.

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

(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.  


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



View videos here

Photos coming soon


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


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





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

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


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.


Full results

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

video by mikemcloughlinmoments

photo by darcicphotography

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







Day 1 Provisional Pointscore here 


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


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


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

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 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 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

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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 

Full results will be posted at

Find out more at:


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


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.

Congratulations to Magpie for winning the 2018 Etchells National Championship at Fremantle. The team comprised: Greame Taylor, James Mayo (RSYS) and Richard Allanson (RSYS), shown with prize presenter and Race Officer Kim Laurence.

Sydney Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin said he was delighted with the performances of the Sydney boats which bodes well for a strong showing at the forthcoming NSW State Championship to be held at RSYS from 16-18 February.  

Also awarded on the night were the 2018 Australian Etchells Ladies Champions - AUS 1435, Jeanne-Claude Strong (RSYS), Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke and Kate Deveraux who also came 4th overall. 

Overall Results 

1 AUS947 Magpie - Graeme Taylor, James Mayo, Richard Allanson - 2,2,4,1,2,1,(8),3 = 15pts
3 AUS885 - This Thing of Ours - David Turton, Josh Torpy, Klaus Lorenz - (17),3,1,7 ,6,3,2,2 = 24pts
3 AUS1402 The Croc - Michael Manford, Dean McAullay, Nick Gray - 6,1,2,5,(13),4,9,1 = 28pts
4 AUS1435 (RSYS) - Jeanne-Claude Strong, Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Kate Devereux - 3,9,3,(11),3,2,1,15 = 32pts
5 AUS1449 (RSYS) Lisa Rose - Martin Hill, Mark Langford, Julian Plante, Joachim Aschenbrenner - 1,10,5,2,8,(11),4,4 = 34pts
6 AUS1244 (CYCA) Ciao - Doug McGain, Michael O'Brien, Anthony Nossiter - 13, 4, 8, 4, 4, 9, (20), 7 = 49 pts 
14 AUS 1392 (RSYS) Thelastone - Stephen Billingham, Ian Johnson, Chris Allen - 18, 15, 14, 17, 7, (27), 22, 6 = 99pts

Sail-World report by Jonny Fullerton here

Final results here

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Sydney Fleet look forward to hosting Australia's premier one design keelboat fleet for the 2018 NSW State Championship to be sailed on Sydney Harbour from 16-18 February.

A strong fleet will see outstanding competition among Corinthian sailors, as well as some of Australia's leading sailors, over the three days as many crews continue their campaigns towards the 2018 World Championship to be sailed in Brisbane.

Etchells Sydney Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin commented: "As Australia's largest and leading Etchells Fleet, we are always delighted to be able to showcase all that is great about sailing Etchells on Sydney Harbour, and with the World Championship just 10 months away, there will be few better chances for crews to sharpen their skills. With the generous assistance of our sponsors North Sails, Zhik and Mercedes Benz Sydney, and of course the great support of RSYS, we look forward to running a great regatta."

Racing will be held just a short sail from the Squadron on Sydney Harbour.

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An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, the deserving winner of the 2017 Milson’s 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’s 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.

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

There is local club racing, and then there’s the Etchells Sydney fleet fighting for the annual Milson Silver Goblets trophy on Sydney Harbour, and raising a warning flag for other states and nations on the strength of the NSW field preparing for next year’s world championship.

Half of the 26 Silver Goblets skippers are either past Etchells national champions, world champions in any class, America’s Cup sailors or Olympic representatives in sailing, and some fall into multiple top-level categories. Then there are the likes of Magpie’s crew, Iain Jensen and guest skipper Tom Slingsby driving for owner Graeme Taylor, who between them add Olympic gold medallist cachet to the talent mix.

Three races into the five-race twilight series on Sydney Harbour and the only female skipper, Jeanne-Claude (JC) Strong, leads the fleet by six points with her Etchells Yandoo XX.

Tactician Seve Jarvin said, “We’ve had three good starts and stayed in the top bunch. The courses are short, within the harbour’s natural boundaries, and that makes the starts all-important.  We aren’t winning races but we are finishing in the top two to four, and in the Etchells fleet that’s pretty solid. JC runs a very good program; she’s very dedicated to doing it properly and it’s good to see the results coming for us at the Queensland title and here,” Jarvin added.

Second on progressive scores is Rupert Henry’s Vivienne and third is Magpie, in spite of the crew playing musical chairs.

London Laser gold medallist and Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby skippered races one and three, and will see out the week, and Iain Jensen moved aft from mainsheet to tiller on Tuesday. Steve Jarvin and James Mayo are both regular Magpie crew and not long back from finishing second at the 2017 Etchells World Championship with Taylor at the helm. Jarvin’s holding onto his seat for this Goblets and Mayo jumped in as third crew when Slingsby needed a leave pass.

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Some of the sport’s most decorated plus a strong youth component and class veterans have made the most of the late afternoon nor’easters and plenty of spring sunshine delivering sublime conditions for races one to three. An afternoon shower is forecast for Thursday November 16 and on Friday the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the chance of an afternoon thunderstorm and sea breezes up to 20 knots.

Following a Mini Regatta race on Saturday afternoon, an evening trophy presentation back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron will celebrate the placegetters among the teams. The majority of the fleet sail for the host club with a small number representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club to the north and Cronulla Sailing Club to the south.

Keen to encourage the next generation of Etchells sailors and build on the class’ four-decade long legacy, as well as for strength and talent reasons, a number of owners are choosing to round out their crew with younger sailors and professionals such as Jarvin and tactician David Chapman sailing with Martin Hill on his Etchells called Lisa.

Tiana Wittey, the 18 year-old daughter of Olympic sailor turned coach Neville Wittey, is an important long-time member of Yandoo XX. “I’m consistently the youngest in the fleet,” she said. “At dad’s suggestion I hopped on Yandoo at a Newcastle regatta eight years ago when JC needed another 40 kilos of crew weight, and I’ve been there ever since.”

She says her crew worked hard over winter for the current season - two or three weekly on-water training sessions starting at 6am at the RSYS, plus gym work. Like many among the Goblets fleet, their aim is to qualify for the 2018 Etchells World Championship to be hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

Wittey notes there aren’t many women in the fleet and says, “One day I’d love to have an all-women crew. JC has been an incredible mentor; she’s taught me beyond sailing, about organisation and how to run a business.”

And Wittey threw down a challenge to other Etchells owners: “There’s no weigh-in, so why not grab a young boy or girl and throw them on board. Etchells racing needs to be affordable and accessible to attract young people.”

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By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC

Sydney dialled up light breeze, calm water and a glorious evening to welcome the 27 strong fleet contesting the Milson Silver Goblets. 

Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin commented 'Perfect conditions for Etchells, it was a joy to sail on a clear harbour and the fleet put on a fine display this evening. It's been a great start to the series which augurs well for the rest of the week.’

Race Officer Rob Ridley of RSYS set course 5 from Rushcutters Bay to Woollahra Point. The course was set at 080° in an 8-10 knot variable easterly breeze which made approaching the top rounding marks tricky. The fleet sailed two laps with a windwind finish.

Tom Slingsby helmed Graeme Taylor's Magpie 947 to a win, with Mothy and Mayo on board. 2nd was Vivienne 1393, Rupert Henry;  3rd Whisper II 875, Bruce Ferguson/Cameron Miles.

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The Sydney fleet will host one of the marquee events on the annual Australian Etchells racing calendar, a unique five-race midweek series called the Milson Silver Goblets to be sailed out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in the twilight from 13-17 November. The time of day makes the most of minimal harbour traffic and daylight savings, with beautiful late afternoon spring conditions on Sydney’s world famous harbour.

“Goblets is the start of things getting serious for those hoping to qualify for next year’s world championship,” said Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin. “The Silver Goblets leads into the nationals in Perth then back to RSYS for the NSW state champs in February, and from that follows a world qualification series in March-April.

“As well as being one of Australia’s largest fleets, the Sydney fleet is one of the most competitive in the country with owners who have recently been on big campaigns with professional crew for the worlds in San Francisco and last month’s Queensland championships.”

Racing will take place after 1745 hours over five consecutive evenings from November 13 to 17 on a track likely to be between Kirribilli Point and South Head. The presentation dinner will be held at RSYS on Saturday 18 November.

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Held on the magnificent waters of Moreton Bay, on the same track that next year’s World Championship will use, the Brisbane Fleet ran another successful event from their base at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly. Congrats to The Cure: David Clark, Alan Smith, Mitchell Luxton and young Raymond Smith for their win.

Sydney fleet sailors acquitted themselves extremely well. Commenting on her third overall position, Jeanne-Claude Strong said: 'RQYS put on a great regatta and with 38 entries the competition was pretty fierce. We appreciated the opportunity to spend time on the race track of the world championship next October. We were lucky to have good starts and got to the top mark in the first five boats every race so we were happy with that. Two wins weren’t enough for us to defend our title from last year, but we gave it our best!

'Congratulations to our training partners GT, Mothy and James, with whom we were even on points but ahead on count-back at the start of the last day, and who ended up second overall. Also congratulations to David Clark who came second last year but who won this year. Well sailed!'

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Since season close the Sydney Fleet performed strongly at the Australasian Championship at Mooloolaba, winning the Fleet Trophy once more with seven boats finishing in the top 20. Mothy and James Mayo with GT formed an outstanding Sydney/Melbourne combination to win the regatta; meanwhile Tom King put his 2012 World Championship winning team back together on the new Iron Lotus, and with limited preparation, looked threatening to take out second.

Congratulations also to Jeanne-Claude Strong who was named 2016 RSYS Yachtswomen of the Year for her fantastic and ever-consistent campaign, including successes at the Queensland and Victorian State Championships.

With a year to go to the Worlds it is important that owners / skippers intending to compete are clear on the qualification requirements.  

For our fleet it is pretty simple, with our series scheduled for March 2018 over three Saturdays. I am aware that there are some clashes with events for other classes, and while this is unfortunate, we are not in a position to change our schedule from the dates published in the programme in early August.  

If you intend to qualify through Sydney it is very important that: - you are a member of the Sydney fleet - you are not a member of any other fleet, or that if you are, then you will need to join Sydney before the other fleet starts its qualification series and you advise the other fleet that you intend to qualify through Sydney before the other fleet starts its qualification series. (A skipper can nominate for and compete in qualification for one fleet only)  We will be issuing an NOR in the early New Year for our series.

It is worth having a look at Appendix A of our Class rules to be clear on the requirements.

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San Diego 16-19 August

Martin Hill AUS 1449 (Andrew Palfrey, David Chapman, Sasha Ryan) and Jeanne-Claude Strong AUS 868 (Seve Jarvin, Marcus Burke, Tiana Wittey) finished in the top 20. Well done guys! View results and photos.

The 2017-18 season schedule has been finalised and promises an action-packed season of racing. View the 2017-18 calendar

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The Milson Silver Goblets will move forward to 13-18 November 2017.

The NSW State Championship will be conducted by RSYS from 16-18 February 2018 with a programme being finalised to manage Saturday Harbour traffic.

The World Qualifiers for Brisbane will be held throughout March.

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