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Sydney Harbour Sprint Series – November 11 Race Report

The second round of the Sydney Harbour Sprint Series on November 11 was a lively affair with a 15-20 knot north-easterly on a sunny afternoon in The Sound. 

In Division 1, Brent Lawson’s Farr 40 Bluetack and David Ross’ Cape 31 Kukukerchu shared the line honours, but Ian Box’s XP44 Toy Box 2 joined the other two with race wins on ORC, IRC and PHS. After another round of three races today, Toy Box 2 leads the ORC pointscore from Bluetack and Kukukerchu. On IRC, Toy Box 2 is ahead of Bluetack and Rob Carr’s King 40 Jambo. On PHS, it is Toy Box 2 from Bluetack and then Bob Cox’s DK46 Nine Dragons.

In Division 2, Jack Stening and Colin Gunn’s Sydney 36 Stormaway again claimed race wins on ORC, PHS and made a clean sweep on IRC. Neil Padden’s Beneteau 40.7 Wailea was best on PHS in the first race of the day and Tracy Richardson’s Adams 10 Artemis scored well on ORC. After six races, Wailea leads Garth Riley’s Adams 10 Sirius and Artemis on PHS. On ORC it is Artemis from Wailea and Stormaway. On IRC, Stormaway and Wailea are currently on equal points.

Many thanks to all the race management volunteers for some great racing today and to Marg Fraser-Martin for the outstanding photos.

To view that latest results in the Sydney Harbour Sprint Series, visit https://mhyc.com.au/sailing/regattas-championships/sydney-harbour-sprint-series

The next racing day is Saturday 2nd December 2023.


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Vale - John Rourke

John Rourke, a Member of MHYC for 50 years and father of past Sailing Manager Brendan Rourke, sadly passed away late on Sunday evening.

His funeral will be held this Friday 4 August at 10am at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium at 10am. Club members are welcome to attend.

Brendan wrote, “I found his old MHYC Tie which he will be wearing, he always loved his sailing and even as of Friday would say he would love to be out there on the sea.”

Our condolences to the Rourke family.

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Combined Club Race 2



There was good representation on the podium from MHYC for race 2 of the Combined Clubs Series run by RPEYC over the weekend.

From the 45 boats that competed over 4 divisions, in Division 1 Rob Aldis came first place  in IRC, second in ORC Club and third place in PHS on Khaleesi with Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) coming third in IRC.

In Division Jack Stening and Colin Gunn came second in IRC on Stormaway and Wailea (Neil Padden) fourth.

In Division 3 Marc Tromp got the gun on Waterborne Again with a first spot in both PHS and IRC Club and  John Crawford taking second spot in ORC Club and  third in PHS on Innamincka. Escape ( Dean Dransfield) received a third place in ORC Club.

Photos curtesy Marg Fraser-Martin

For full results click here



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Race 2 of the Sydney Harbour Women's Keelboat Series

Race two of the Sydney Harbour Women's Keelboat Series 2022/2023 was completed on Sunday hosted by CYCA.

Fourteen boats raced in 10-15kt easterlies, starting off Point Piper and racing up to Cannae Point (Division 1) or Lady Bay (Division 2) before a run under

kites back around Shark Island.

Katie O’Mara steered Georgia Express to the Division 1 win after achieving a second over the line behind Khaleesi (Liz Charles), winning on handicap ahead of Rumba (Stephanie Cook). It Happens (Bridget Canham) and Mondo (Lisa Callaghan) shared third place after finishing level on corrected time.

Wilde Rush and Speedwell both raced with full-female crews, finishing seventh and eighth respectively in Division 1.

Georgia Express now leads the overall pointscore in Division 1, ahead of Agrovation (Marike Koppenol) and It Happens.

Catherine Thornton-Rofe skippered Kaotic (MYC) to victory in Division 2 followed by Coco (Jenny Farrell) in second place and Okavango Delta (Lyn Humphries) in third.

Race 3 will be hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Sunday 20 November, with the final three races hosted by RANSA, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Manly Yacht Club.

To enter click here

Many thanks to Marg Fraser-Martin for the fabulous photos. For more click here

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Vale - Edward (Woody) Hawthorne, 27 Jul 1992 – 29 Aug 2022


Members will be saddened to learn that Woody Hawthorne has passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer.  This is a tragic loss of a vital and widely liked young man.  Even more tragic as Woody never touched a cigarette.
Woody Hawthorne was born into sailing.  In fact, 9 months after Woody was born, his parents, Rod and Sally, undertook their around the world voyage on their Swan 47, Tropic Star. He literally gained his sea legs before he could walk.
I met Woody when he was a young lad of 6 or 7 years of age via Mosman Prep School.  He was part of the same school class as my son Angus.  Through fathers and sons’ camps, school sports, sleep overs, and family holidays, a strong bond was developed between the boys and our families. 

Woody and the Carpenter kids spent endless hours mucking about on Samarkand and Tropic Star with frequent weekend raft-ups in Broken Bay and Sydney Harbour.  He was a happy, inquisitive, and outgoing youngster.  Always active building some new contraption or other.
Following prep school, Woody attended Scots College where he gained a reputation as one of their best pipers in the school band for many years.  He then attended St Andrews College at Sydney University where he gained degrees in Engineering and Commerce.  In 2012 and 2013 he was awarded the Gillespie Prize for “outstanding ability in Information Technology”.
Woody was not a spectator of life.  He had a fair crack at anything that took his fancy.  In 2016, Woody took a role with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR America’s Cup Challenge Team.  Woody spent 12 months living in the UK and working with the team. More recently, he had been living his dream putting his Engineering Degree (mechatronics) to good practice and working for Sail GP as a Systems and Simulation Engineer.
Woody was a regular crew member onboard Nine Dragons, frequently as bowman. He was also an active member of the Sydney University Athletics Club and the Palm Beach Surf Club where he met his long-time partner, Claire.

All of us who knew Woody remember his infectious smile, his kind heart, and his love of sailing.  

A funeral service for Woody will be held at Scots College Chapel, 11.00 am Friday 9 September. 

Our sincere condolences to Woody’s parents, Rod and Sally and his partner Claire.
Walter Carpenter

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