One Design – One Passion on 16th March at SYC



Designed and built in Australia, the Sydney 38 is one of the best, most popular and cost effective one design keelboats racing nationally, particularly in Victoria.

Sydney 38, J24 State Titles 2010, SYC

The owners’ association invites sailors interested in sailing a Sydney 38 to join them at Sandringham Yacht Club for an on-board racing experience. Briefing at the SYC Auditorium @ 0900 hours and concluding at approx 1400 hours. The promotion is not only aimed at potential owners but crews as well. Some sailing experience is required but participants should find the Sydney 38 easy to sail and the racing exciting. Meet round the world sailor Jessica Watson, who skippered a Sydney 38 in the 2012 Sydney to Hobart race.

Register your interest and find out more by contacting Rowan Simpson on 0439 389 242 or email [email protected]

Non-club members can purchase a $15 club day pass on the day.



The nine race 2014 Sydney 38 Australian Championship was hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club as part of the Festival Of Sails between the 24th and 26th January, 2014. Whilst the series only attracted a small fleet of 9 yachts including one from NSW, the racing was of a high standard and extremely close. There were five different heat winners and whilst the final result appeared to be a comfortable win for Lou Abraham’s “Challenge” team, it was their consistency that won them the championship. Third overall after day one of racing, “Challenge” enjoyed a good second day of racing with a win, a second and a third to lead the points score into the final day. Conservative tactics on day three kept them out of trouble to increase their lead to 10 points from the fast “Phoenix” owned by Brenton and Jen Carnell sailing in their first national series. “Zen” skippered by Gordon Ketelbey, won two heats but didn’t have a good day in the lighter winds on day three to finish third overall.

Day one provided the windiest day of the regatta with a southerly reaching 23knots at times. “Zen” had a mixed day by winning the first race comfortably and was second in Race 3. A disappointing eighth in Race 2 held them back but things could have been worse! Immediately after finishing the first race ,“Zen’s” steering chain broke. (No doubt as a result of wear and tear from a successful Sydney to Hobart win in the Sydney 38 division). Fortunately, a delay between races and a general recall allowed Gordon and his team to make the necessary repairs to start in Race 2. Perhaps the breakage was on their minds in the windy conditions as an eighth did not help their point score. ‘Cinquante”, with Club Commodore Ian Murray on the helm, appeared to be a real threat but their starting tactics resulted in an OCS in Race 3. “Sierra Chainsaw” sailed by the Mollison family had the most convincing win of the series to win Race 3.

After a long day on the water, a well attended social get together was held in a local pub. It provided a great opportunity for crews to chat and discuss the day’s racing.

Whilst less windy, day two provided a very interesting days sailing. “Challenge” had a battle royal with “Phoenix” in Race 4, but after breaking a tight cover, “Challenge” was able to win back the favoured right hand side of the course to snatch an unexpected victory. The local boys sailing ‘’Cinquante” regained their composure in Race 5 to lead from start to finish. “Zen” with great height and speed covered “Challenge’s” every move to win Race 6 but with a seventh and eighth placing, she had some work to do on the final day of racing.

Day three’s light air conditions provided further challenges for crews. Flat water tempted some crews to carry medium jibs whilst others preferred their lights. Spanners were busy as crews tuned their rigs. The easterly wind direction was remarkably stable so racing was all about starting cleanly, finding a lane and sailing fast. “Playground’’ skippered by the class treasurer, Andrew Robinson, with speed and height sailed his best race of the regatta to win from ‘Clockwork” owned by Gordon Mather and Frank McDermott with “Chutzpah38” skippered by Bruce Taylor, third. All the front runners had poor results. Bruce Taylor, inspired by his performance in the previous race sailed a great race to win Race 8 from “Challenge’ and “Cinquante”. Remarkably, the top five boats finished the race within 45 seconds of each other. The “Challenge” crew was aware that to lose the regatta they had to be OCS or infringe so the tactics were to stay out of trouble. “Zen”, unfortunately fouled “Audacious” skippered by President Greg Clinnick at the start and had to exonerate herself with a turn so it was game over for the “Zen” crew. This time it was “Phoenix’s turn to get the gun followed by “Challenge” and “Clockwork” or “Playground”, depending on which boat you were on!

In summary, the racing was exceptionally close. “Challenge” won because it stayed out of trouble, had mostly good starts, the crew has sailed together for a long time and their afterguard, Chris Jackson, Mike Boswell and Peter Milne were a formidable combination. In one race a jib sheet broke. Ian Taylor and Gareth Leaumont were able to replace it with the brace and sew it back together before the top mark without losing a place. These are the little things that win regattas!

In accepting the trophy, Chris Jackson acknowledged that it was a privilege to be involved in what will be Lou’s final campaign and he felt Lou’s presence on board through crew conversations and phone calls throughout the regatta. “Challenge” is now for sale. On another nostalgic note, Mike Boswell who was the tactician on “Challenge” was on board “Another Challenge” when Lou first won a National Championship and four other members of the crew have been involved in all four of Lou’s wins at the national level.

There were other reasons for celebrations at the end of the regatta. Leith Hore, the tactician on “Clockwork ‘’ and Brianna Lynne who also sails on “Clockwork” announced their engagement .
In addition, Ken and Kate Christensen, had a baby girl , Zoe two days after the regatta concluded. Ken is the tactician on “Audacious“, otherwise known as “the Love Boat”. The Southern Chapter congratulates both couples and best wishes for the future.

Rowan Simpson
Southern Chapter.


Sydney to Hobart

Congratulations to Gordon Ketelbey and the crew of Zen for taking out the Sydney 38 division of the 2013 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in a time of 3 days 23 hours and 42 minutes. The race was especially difficult for the smaller boats with several complex weather patterns crossing the rhumb line creating a huge challenge for navigators. Out to sea paid off with Stephane Howarth’s Mille Sabords holding down a strong second placing, with Mondo third, TSA Management fourth and Audacious fifth.
The 38s once again showed their toughness with over 10% of the overall fleet withdrawing due to boat or crew damage. All of the 38s made it safely.
All of the crews enjoyed the delights of Hobart on New Years Eve and are now turning their thoughts towards their respective Nationals campaign as several of the interstate boats return via Geelong to take part later this month.
See you in Geelong!


Christmas wishes to the Sydney 38 fleet

To everyone sailing on a Sydney 38 over the Christmas period, safe and fast sailing. There will be a number of 38s in the Sydney to Hobart race and Pittwater to Coffs. Remember to fly your Association forestay flag whenever you can!
Best wishes Sydney 38 Class Association Committee


Victorian Sailing Calendar – remainder of 2013/14

Sydney 38 Southern Chapter Calendar For 2013/14

Sunday 1st December . UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 3 SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 18th January 2014 UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 4 (Separate Start Multiple Races)

Friday 24th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)
Saturday 25th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)
Sunday 26th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)

Sunday 23rd February UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 5 SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 23rd March UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 6 SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 5th April UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day (Separate racing in AM, join fleet seperate start in PM)

Saturday 12th April Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)
Sunday 13th April Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)

Saturday 26th April SYC Centenary Cup Regatta (Separate Start, Multiple races)
(to be confirmed with SYC if interest)

* Club Marine Series Dates hosted by various clubs on Centre Course Race Area are
October 26, November 9, November 30, February 8, February 22, March 15, March 29
* All events apart from Nationals and States are Grade 2 Events


Geelong Pre Season regatta 2013


Sothern Chapter – 2012-13 report

2012 /2013 SEASON REPORT

The Victorian Chapter of the Sydney 38 Association enjoyed a very successful 2012 / 2013 season. The fleet of 10 was very active and the addition of Pheonix (ex London Tavern ) at the end of the season was a bonus. The One Design calendar provided a winter series, a pre season weekend regatta at Geelong, a season long Summer Sprint Series, a second weekend regatta at Geelong, a State Championship and a winter series to wrap up a very busy year.
2012 /2013 Highlights
1 Victorian Championships
The 2013 Quantum Sails Victorian Championship was hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club on the weekend of 20th and 21st of April. Whilst the final points suggested an easy win for Lou Abraham’s Challenge team, this was far from the truth. Two races were won by 2 seconds and a 6th place opened the door for a close series. Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah38 finished second with Ian Murray’s Cinquante 3rd. The Corinthian division was won by Clockwork (Gordon Mathers and Frank McDermott). Audacious (Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden) was second. Conditions ranged from 5 to 20 knots in strength, variable in direction. The nine competitors enjoyed close racing in a no drops series. The Saturday night social and presentation was also well supported.
2 Morris Finance 2013 Pre Season Regatta
The Morris Finance Regatta was held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over the weekend of 15th and 16th September. The Series was won by “Cinquante” skippered by the local and sponsor Ian Murray. Second place was the new boat on the block “Pheonix”, owned by Brenton and Jen Carnell which also sails out of the RGYC. These locals are well placed to be successful in the next Nationals to be hosted at their home club. “Challenge” was the best of the visitors finishing third. Interestingly, both “Cinquante” and “Phoenix” were sailing in the Corinthian division. “Playground” owned by Andrew and Gayle Robinson, was third in the Corinthians and is improving each regatta. The seven race series was sailed in predominately light and testing conditions. The regatta was well supported by 10 boats and the social activities enjoyed by all crews. If the event was any indication of what lies ahead for the Nationals, we have a lot to look forward to in January, 2014.
3 2013 Winter Series
The 2013 Winter Series was won by “Phoenix” from ‘Clockwork” and “Audacious”. This was a terrific result for the “Phoenix” team in their first series in a Sydney 38 and reward for their effort ferrying their boat back and forward from Geelong to Sandringham, often in inclement weather.
4 2012 / 2013 SUMMER SERIES
The UK Sailmakers Summer Series made up of 20 races spread over a number of Sunday mornings and events during the summer was won by “Challenge” from “Clockwork” and “Sierra Chainsaw’.
The racing on Sunday mornings allows crews more time on the weekends for other weekend activities and is very popular with a high turnout of Sydney 38’s.
5 Club Marine Series
Whilst not a scratch event, it is interesting to note that Sydney 38’s did well on IRC in the interclub series. Whilst the well rated Beneteau 45 won the series, Sydney 38’s affectionately referred to as “the Colts” enjoyed good racing, with “Audacious”, “Chutzpah38” and “38 Degrees South” (John Chatham) all having won a heat. This series is the feature event of the IRC summer calendar in Victoria and the results reflect the competitiveness of the class.
Planning is well under way for this regatta scheduled between 23rd to the 26th of January 2014 as part of the “Geelong Festival of Sails”. With all 12 local Sydney 38’s expected to enter the series, negotiations are being finalized to offer a $500 cash incentive for early bird entries interstate entries. RGYC has been a terrific supporter of Sydney 38’s and run a great regatta. A social event has also been organized for Friday evening for crews to get together. Again, Ian Murray, owner of “Cinquante” and recently appointed Commodore of the RGYC has generously agreed to sponsor the event through his company “Morris Finance”. The Southern Chapter very much appreciates his ongoing commitment to the class.
The Sydney 38 fleet in Melbourne is very healthy, participation levels are high and the standard of racing has improved. The addition of “Pheonix” and the potential of another new owner, no doubt places the class in a strong position. The Chapter also plans to promote the class with an open day “Pro Am” event in March 2014 where interested crews and buyers will be given the opportunity to race first hand on a Sydney 38. The slogan “One Design One Passion” will be used to promote the event. The class is very well supported by the Royal Geelong and Sandringham Yacht Clubs which host events at a reasonable cost by relying on volunteers. We are grateful for this support as it encourages participation and keeps the cost affordable.

Rowan Simpson,
Southern Chapter.


Association Newsletter August 2013

Dear Sydney 38 owner, welcome to all the latest news of what is happening within the class.

Housekeeping: Please note that our email address has changed. If you wish to email the Association, contact Jo on [email protected] . Our old email of [email protected] is no more.

Rules review: Periodically the Technical Committee reviews our Class Rules to ensure they adequately meet our needs and are clear and consistent. A few members have raised some areas of the rules for clarification and items such as undersized blocks on the main sheet and jib sheets being longer than necessary have been kicking around for years. So John Chatham, our tireless Class Measurer, has offered to put together some suggested rule modifications for consideration at the next AGM. So here is your chance to let John know on [email protected] if anything in the rules needs to be reviewed or modified. All changes will require a 2/3 majority vote to pass at the AGM and some notes will be circulated for your consideration prior to the AGM. Please contact John by the 11th of August if you have a suggestion.

AGM: This year for the first time we plan to hold our AGM via a conference call to allow interstate members to participate. The AGM will be held on Tuesday the 15th of October at 7.30pm. Three venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will be identified to allow owners to meet up, share a cold drink and have their say in the running of the Association. If you have the urge to get more involved, why not consider nominating to join the Committee or taking on a task such as helping organize a regatta? Contact one of the current Committee members to find out more.

Spare rudder: The Association has purchased a spare rudder for emergency use by Association members. As some of you have experienced, getting a new rudder made (especially over the Christmas period) can take many weeks. This can be very inconvenient if you are stranded somewhere between Sydney and Hobart. The rudder is being stored at BoatMate at RPAYC in Pittwater NSW. Our contact is Peter Gregg (02) 9997 1144 or mobile 0400018297. Contact should also be made with a Committee member (our contact details are on our web site) who will then authorize Peter to make the rudder available. We hope you never need it!

National Championships: The Victorian Chapter are keen to host a cracking good National regatta next January in Geelong. Rowan Simpson and our long-time supporter and sponsor Ian Murray have been working behind the scenes and there is an information flyer attached to this email containing further information. We are anticipating a fleet of around 15 boats with a number of NSW and S.A. boats expressing interest. The Geelong Festival of Sail is one of the largest regattas in the world and a must for anyone who loves to race and have fun!

NSW States: Dates for the NSW State Championships have been confirmed as the 7th and 8th of December at RPAYC. Contact Mark Griffith for further details.

Association Web page: www.sydney38class.com There is plenty of information on our web page including recent news and stories from recent regattas. If you have a story or a photo to put on the web page, email [email protected] We have a “For Sale” section so why not list those second hand sails, etc on the site. It’s free!

Association membership: Recently you will have received your subscription invoice for FY14. We need your support to keep the Association moving forward, so don’t wait too long to pay! For those who have already paid, many thanks.

Class flags: All members are entitled to receive a Sydney 38 class flag, supplied by the Association that runs up the forestay and identifies your boat as a member of the Class Association. We would encourage all boats to fly this flag whenever you have the chance. If you have joined the Association recently and don’t have a class flag please contact me.

Good sailing:

Greg Clinnick [email protected]

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