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Sydney: Lots and lots of racing in Sydney

12 February 2018 Mike Tyquin

Milson Silver Goblets

"Milson Silver Goblets"

Photo by:
Andrea Francolini

For the Sydney Etchells Fleet, the 2017/18 season is proving to be one of balancing priorities for owners and crews, with a jam-packed racing schedule providing a fantastic program for world championship aspirants as well as our strong base of enthusiastic Corinthian and club fleet racers.

In late November 2017 we hosted the Milson’s Silver Goblets, a twilight series for Etchells that has been in place for 40 years and a regatta that always attracts a strong fleet. An abandoned final race didn’t change the outcome for Jeanne-Claude Strong’s Yandoo XX, who proved to be a deserving winner for the second time in recent years.

Across the week, the 26 boat fleet enjoyed fantastic sailing conditions with moderate sea breezes each day on a deserted early evening Sydney Harbour, save for the final race when a stray twilight racer dragged the top mark out of position forcing the race committee to abandon the race.

JC and crew of Marcus Burke, Seve Jarvin and Tiana Wittey, while not winning a race, were super-consistent. "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.”

Rupert Henry made a great comeback to Etchells to finish second overall, following a couple of successful years of ocean racing campaigning his JV62 Chinese Whisper. He summed up Etchells sailing perfectly: “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 and the same reason the ‘Legends’ love it.”

In third place was Grant Crowle. Race winners across the week were Grant Crowle, Doug Flynn, Iain Murray and Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup winner, Tom Slingsby.

Sydney Etchells Fleet Captain Mike Tyquin concluded, “We’re very fortunate in our class to have a great mix of sailors, both those at the very peak of our sport, and just as importantly, a strong group of Corinthian and club racers. The Milson’s Silver Goblets truly is a showcase of all that is great about sailing Etchells and sailing on Sydney Harbour. The racing 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.”

The Milson’s Silver Goblets was a perfect dress rehearsal for the Sydney Fleet and RSYS who will host the NSW Championship on the Harbour from 16-18 February. We anticipate welcoming 40 boats. Participants can expect fantastic competition on the water and a great social program.


With the class World Championship coming to RQYS in October, many crews are focussing on the approaching qualification series in March that will select Sydney Fleet representatives. The Brisbane Worlds will be the most competitive one design keelboat regatta in Australia this year, and Sydney Fleet members are sure to feature prominently.

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Mike Tyquin
Captain, Sydney Fleet

Goblets winners! Fleet Captain with JC and Marcus.

"Goblets winners! Fleet Captain with JC and Marcus."


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