Youth Sailing Academy

The objectives of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy is to encourage and promote youth into offshore keel boat racing by providing pathways for youth aged 12 -24 to develop the skills necessary to achieve such an objective.

Overseen by the Training and Development Committee, the CYCA YSA is managed by the CYCA Sailing Office. Sailing Manager, Justine Kirkjian together with the sailing management team, operations team and a roster of experienced coaches execute an extensive calendar of events ranging from introduction to keel boat racing upto advanced match racing regattas which are managed by the club's experienced race management team.

Using a fleet of 10 identical Elliott 7m fixed keel yachts the YSA continues to achieve the objectives set by the Training and Development committee. Many of the current YSA members as well as YSA alumni have gone onto successfully representing the CYCA at both national and international match racing and fleet racing regatta's as well as becoming significant contributors to ocean racing teams competing in events such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Sailing Manager - Justine Kirkjian

Sailing Manager Justine Kirkjian is responsible for the day to day running of the Sailing Office and manages all the clubs racing and major races including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Sydney Gold Coast Race. Additionally, Justine is also responsible for the management of the Youth Sailing Academy.

Justine has been involved in the sailing industry for over 12 years having also worked at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Yachting Association of New South Wales following the completion of her Bachelors Degree in Health Science (Fitness & Sports Management).

A regular sailor, Justine has sailed various dinghies and yachts since she started racing Manly Juniors at the age of 5.

YSA Administration - Pam Scrivenor

Pam is responsible for the day to day administration of the Youth Sailing Academy. Pam has been at the CYCA for six years (part time) organising club regattas at the CYCA and coordinating teams to travel to state, natinal and internation events representing the CYCA. 

Assisting YSA Sailors in keeping in touch with members for Harbour and offshore racing is also a pivitol part of her role.

Pam grew up sailing dinghies and enjoys sailing with members at the CYCA when time permits. Sailing has become a sport that her family share and have often competed in races both with against the rest of the family.

One of the YSA Fleet of Elliot 6m fixed keel yachts Image:

One of the YSA Fleet of Elliot 6m fixed keel yachts

Justine Kirkjian, Sailing Manager Image: CYCA Staff

Justine Kirkjian, Sailing Manager