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Sydney: Is The Squadron going to be the third casino site?

22 October 2014 Richard Hammond

Killer location and view of the RSYS

"Killer location and view of the RSYS"

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The Sydney Fleet is well into the 14/15 season, with 10 races conducted to date. Competition has been close and intense, with up to 29 starters raring to go.

The Fleet is extremely fortunate this season to have some of the best-known Etchells sailors in the World competing. This includes Tom King, who is conducting a series of free coaching seminars for the Fleet, Michael Coxon who is also providing dockside and on-water free coaching, Doug McGain, GT and Mothy Jarvin, Peter (Billy) Merrington, Cameron Miles, Grant Simmer, Iain Murray, J-C Strong and Nev Whitty, plus a special guest appearance by Colin Beashel, who showed all he still has it, by posting a win.

An innovation by the Fleet has been the use of on-water 'Rules Observers' for Mini-Regattas. The observers identify a perceived infringement by sounding a horn. It is up to competitors to decide either to take a penalty or to protest. Of course they can also ignore it, as it is still entirely self-policing. The observers report that penalty turns are being accepted more often, but also that rules infringements have decreased.

Finally, a reminder that for the first time in many years, both the CYCA and RSYS have space available for your Etchells on their hardstands. As we lead up to the Milson Goblets and NSW State Regattas, we welcome new members and visitors to race with the Sydney Fleet.

Stars indeed – Grunter, Dougie and Mothy at the impromptu ‘Tricks of the Top Ten’ briefing at Gosford

"Stars indeed – Grunter, Dougie and Mothy at the impromptu ‘Tricks of the Top Ten’ briefing at Gosford"

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