Safety of Life at Sea Trust (SOLAS)

History of the CYCA SOLAS Trust

Following the tragic loss of six lives in the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the CYCA Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts were established by the Club and a number of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s then Directors.

The Trusts are managed by a company trustee with five Board Members including a Chairman.

Image: Andrea Francolini Chairman David Kellett (left) at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Corporate Luncheon, which raised money for the CYCA SOLAS Trusts

The Trusts’ objectives are to:

  • Assist the immediate needy family of those lost at sea during Yachting Australia sanctioned races
  • Provide assistance to search and rescue organisations
  • Foster research and training to improve procedures and equipment for use at sea.

The CYCA SOLAS Trusts Board Members

Chair:                     David Kellett

Board Members:

Matt Allen (Past Commodore)

Paul Billingham (CYCA Vice Commodore)

Arthur Lane (CYCA Rear Commodore)

Leander Klohs (CYCA Director)

David Gotze

Karen Grega (Secretary)

Supporting Search & Rescue organisations

Since they were established in 1999, the Trusts have distributed in excess of $1.2 million to search and rescue organisations Australia wide including the following recipients:






The work of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts is ongoing. Well in excess of $1.2 million has been donated by those participating in the sport to the CYCA SOLAS Trusts since its inception, with the vast majority coming from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and its members.

The annual CYCA SOLAS Trusts Fundraising Dinner attracts guests and VIP’s from across the community.


To make a donatation to the CYCA SOLAS Trusts please download the form or contact

In recognition of the support that CYCA members give to the annual Rotary Charity Regatta, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove committed to include the CYCA SOLAS Trusts as a nominated beneficiary of the Regatta.

Applying for a donation

The Trustee is continuously seeking giftable search and rescue organisations around Australia with a view to supporting their capital expenditure on search and rescue facilities. If you think your organisation meets the criteria, please email your detailed proposal seeking support from the SOLAS Trusts to the CYCA at or post your submission to:

The Chairman
c/- the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
1 New Beach Rd
Darling Point    NSW    2027

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