The history of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts
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.
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.
Supporting Search & Rescue organisations
Since they were established in 1999, the Trusts have distributed in excess of $900,000 to search and rescue organisations Australia wide including the following recipients:
Pre 2015 CLICK HERE
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard - Darwin
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard - Westernport - Victoria
- Marine Rescue New South Wales - Iluka/Yamba
- Australian Volunteer Coast Guard - Townsville
CYCA Medical Management for Mariners (MMM) Course
In September 2009, the CYCA MMM course was launched. The course was developed in conjunction with St Vincent's Hospital, and is a major initiative funded by the CYCA SOLAS Trusts in line with one of its objectives of funding research and training to improve safety and rescue procedures and equipment used in ocean races.
This specialist course was designed for sailors to manage medical emergencies when paramedic and medical assistance is not at hand. It aims to provide sailors and others with additional skills and knowledge to assist them in assessing and providing immediate and longer term management for casualties and illness in the marine environment.
The CYCA MMM course is conducted a number of times throughout each year. Click here for more information.
The work of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts is ongoing. Well in excess of $900,000 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post your submission to:
CYCA SOLAS Limited
c/- the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
1 New Beach Rd
Darling Point NSW 2027
Commodore Matt Allen presenting the CYCA SOLAS Trusts cheque to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (Hunter Region) with Graham Nickisson Crew Chief and Richard Jones, General Manager WHRS (right)