2024 Fred Neill Match Racing
The CYCSA is extremely proud to conduct the Fred Neill Regatta and Match Racing in South Australia. In honor of legendary South Australian yachtsman, Fred Neill.
There are four disciplines to match racing in Australia; they are Open, Women, Youth and School Championships held annually around the country during the periods of July – September each year.
History of Fred and the Regatta
Fred Neill was possibly South Australia’s greatest yachtsman. During his youth in the 1950’s he won the Stonehaven Cup, in a boat given to him by Sir James Hardy. Jim thought Fred was one of the most talented sailors he had ever seen. He went on to win national championships in the Payne Mortlock Canoe, Sharpies and 505’s. Whilst campaigning his dinghies he also captained the Australian La Cross Team for four years.
He sailed in three Admirals Cups including helming Raggamufin in the winning team of 1979, this included the gale swept Fastnet Race in which 19 people lost their lives. Syd Fisher, owner of Rags, still says Fred was the only one who could drive a boat in those conditions. His inspirational leadership lead him to the America’s Cup arena, where he helmed South Australia and Steak and Kidney in the 1987 defence in Fremantle.
He was an inspiration to all who had the privilege to sail with him and is recognized as possibly the best helmsman of his era.
The Fred Neill Memorial Regatta, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA), is held on the last weekend of April every year. This ungraded World Sailing regatta is an open event and encourages interclub rivalry amongst the South Australian yacht clubs. Previous winners of this prestigious event include the names like Boettcher, Higgins, Deussen and Emery. This event is sailed over two days, in Elliott 7s one design yachts, provided by the CYCSA.