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Onshore Edition 103 - Monday 23 January
Message from the CEO

Firstly, Happy New Year, as this is my first edition back in the chair after a couple of weeks off after the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Whilst I was away on leave, the CYCA sadly lost another two long time Members in Clifford Stanyon, a Member since 1977 who passed away on 13 January, and Jim McLaren, a Member since 1955.

I am told that ‘Jimmy’ McLaren (a retired Flag Officer) and his wife Joy spent many years working for the Club. Along with past Commodore Ron Cottee and his wife Nita, Jim and Joy were great contributors not only to the Board, but also to the Associates.

Cause for great celebration during this time amongst the Membership was when Jim's daughter, Kay (Kay Cottee), became the first woman to sail solo around the world.

I fully understand that Members, and staff for that matter, want to have the opportunity of celebrating the life of a member when they pass.

Whilst notice of the passing of Members is displayed on the Notice Board in the Club, I agree with an email that I was sent last week, that information regarding the loss of long time Members needs to be communicated more extensively.

From this edition of Onshore going forward, I will ensure that such notices are posted in this newsletter, in the ‘Notice Board’ section of the CYCA website and at the Thursday night Members Badge Draw.  

Are you missing a dinghy or two?

The club is currently in possession of a range of Members items left on the hardstand, including two dinghies and backstays. Please contact Michael Neumann to arrange collection from the container in the Members car park before we have the items disposed of. With storage at a premium in the Club, we can’t afford to be storing unwanted sailing paraphernalia that does not belong to us. 

2017 Farr 40 Newcastle One Design Trophy - January 21 - 22

In this Farr 40 event hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, the CYCA had 14 YSA sailors and graduates competing at the weekend, including our Rio Olympic Silver Medallist Will Ryan on Forty. The race report can be found here.

World Match Racing Tour Swan River Match Cup – Perth, Australia January 23 - 25

Harry Price’s team for the M32s in Perth starting today is Murray Jones, Matt Stenta and Harry Morton. Matt Chew is also skippering a CYCA team this week, for Evan Walker. Matt is sailing with Evan’s team of Sean O’Rourke, Will Ryan, Cam Seagreen (WA) and Gemma Jones (NZL). The WMRT Swan River Match Cup is a World Tour level event and awards the top eight teams WMRT World Championship points to the leaderboard, and the finalists receive an invite to the next level event in Northern Europe in June this year. You can follow the regatta results here.

Australian Yachting Championships - 23 to 26 March and Ocean Racer of the Year Nominations

The CYCA, hosts of the 2017 Australian Yachting Championship, currently have two boats registered for the event - but I’m sure we can do better than that. If you haven’t already registered you still have time, with registrations open until the first week of March... 

Nominations are also open for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s prestigious Ocean Racer of the Year Awards which will be held on Friday 24 March 2017, during the Australian Yachting Championship. The CYCA welcomes nominations from fellow offshore clubs that have suitable candidates they feel would be eligible for these awards.

The presentation evening will include the presentation of prize winners from the 2016 CYCA Blue Water Championship season, as well as the CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards. The prestigious and highly sought after awards recognise recipients from the 2015 and 2016 sailing seasons in the following categories as nominated by their peers:

  • Ocean Racing Yachtsman of the Year
  • Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for the Ocean Crew Person of the Year
  • Ocean Veteran of the Year
  • Ocean Rookie of the Year
  • Ocean Navigator of the Year

Volunteers Thank You function

A reminder to the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Volunteers to please RSVP for the Thank You function to Christina Del Conte - by close of business this Wednesday 25 January. 

Members Badge Draw

Please note that this week's Members Badge Draw will not be on Thursday 26 January, due to the Australia Day Holiday, but instead will be drawn on Friday 27 January, 2017.


Chief Executive Officer

Five States will battle it out for Australia’s Youth Match Racing Championship Trophy

For the second year, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will host the 2017 SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship with ten teams from five States set to battle it out on Sydney Harbour to be named Australia’s top youth match racing team.

Vale John Messenger

It was with great sadness the Board of the CYCA recently announced the passing of John “Messo” Messenger, an active member for over 30 years, a life member and former commodore who gave his heart and soul to the club.

Wendy Tuck claims the win in Race 1 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

CYCA Skipper Wendy Tuck claimed line honours today into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever opening leg of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges.

CYCA’s Flinders Islet race – the best of Blue Water

The superlatives were flowing freely after outstanding conditions delivered a record breaking run round Flinders Islet and back to Sydney Harbour for Race 2 of the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore this past weekend.

CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore back for Race 2 with Flinders Islet

Saturday morning will see a fleet of 23 yachts line up on Sydney Harbour for the start of Race 2 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Blue Water Pointscore (BWPS), the Flinders Islet Race.

Privateer makes it three in the Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy race

Sunday saw Race 1 of the Short Haul Pointscore welcome a solid fleet for the Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy Race, traditionally the Summer Season opening event.

Club News

Probus Club of Double Bay
The Probus Club of Double Bay meets on the third Monday of every month. The next meeting is on Monday 20 February, with Dr Randall Greenberg as guest speaker, who will describe his experiences as a retrieval doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He is the Director of Clinical Care and Medical Services at Dubbo Base Hospital and an Associate Professor of Rural Health responsible for the training of junior medical officers. Dr Greenberg's father has been a long standing member of the Probus Club of Double Bay. If you have retired you are very welcome to join to meet a practitioner who has made an outstanding contribution to rural health with verve and élan! Lunch follows on the marina.
Margaret McLellend, President.

CYCA Information Night - An Extraordinary Journey
On Tuesday 14 March, 2017 at 6:30pm, the CYCA Cruising Committee is hosting a free information evening with Chris Bray & Jess Taunton. Chris and Jess will be speaking about the rebuilding of Teleport, a 29' junk and sailing it through the North West Passage, over the top of Canada and Alaska. They will recount tales of dodging icebergs and polar bears and enduring a force 12 storm. 
Click here to reserve your place.

2018 Sydney Noumea Race
Following a sojourn of over 20 years, the CYCA is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Sydney Noumea Race in 2018 - and the Notice of Race is available now here
To enter online, click this link.

NSW Roads & Maritime - flare disposal dates and locations 
Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. The RMS Expired Flares collection program for the 2016-17 boating season will start in January 2017. Dates and collection locations are shown in the table on this link.

72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Merchandise
For those who are wanting a keepsake from this year’s record breaking race, please see reception to purchase merchandise. Items still available include rugbys, long sleeve evolution polos, fleeces, towels and belts. 
Also available for purchase online. Click here to view. 

Sailor Sunscreen available for purchase
We are now selling the new Sailor Sunscreen at Reception, which is SPF 50+, 4 hours water resistant, non-greasy and made in Australia with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. 250mL Bottles are available at Reception for purchase at $19.95.

Spirit of Cruising Dinner
All yachts Cruising to Tasmania for the Wooden Boat Festival and RYCT Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation, are invited to Rendezvous for a Dinner to celebrate Cruising at the Shipwrights Arms in Historic Battery Point, Hobart on February 9, 2017. Route planning, Communications, Weather routing and use of publications, like Rob’s Passage Planner and Tasmanian Cruising Guides, will be discussed. There are no formal requirements but all those with a well found yacht, a high level of safety and a Spirit of Cruising are invited. Stay in touch on the CYCA Cruising page on or contact Denis Doyle 


Upcoming Events

Monday 23 January
Maker's Mark Twilight burger
Cheeseburger with Maker's Mark glazed bacon, pickles & special sauce $18

Wednesday 25 January
Breakfast Special – Available until 11.30am
Zucchini & pea fritters with poached egg, bacon, tahini yoghurt & pistachio dukkah $18

Thursday 26 January
Australia Day
Spit roasted lamb roll with mint sauce & gravy $10
Available from the bistro from 12pm 

Tuesday 14 February
Valentine’s Day
Bookings are now open for Valentine’s Day in the Rani room. Join us for a delicious lunch or dinner and enjoy a 3 course menu with a shared seafood platter to start for $60 pp.
Bookings are essential. Please contact Liz on 8292 7892 to make your booking.

2017 Function Room bookings
Book your next function at the CYCA! We are now taking all enquiries for 2017 bookings for our various function rooms. Whether it be a birthday party, corporate event or Christmas party, we've got the facilities to make it enjoyable.

For function information, contact Liz at Blond Catering via email: or phone (02) 8292 7892.

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Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA

Join us:

  • Sailing Holiday to New Caledonia in May 17
  • Sailing Holiday Thailand in October 17
  • RYA Navigation courses available on non – races days.
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
  • For beginners, the National Discover Sailing Keelboat Program.
  • Marine Radio Licence & Safety and Sea Survival courses

Discount for CYCA members on our ‘What’s On’ listed courses. 

What’s on – Our Course Calendar

Fast track with our Sailing Program



SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

17:30 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:00 to 19:00

Members' Badge Draw

10:00 to 22:00

Mt Gay Ocean Pointscore - Lion Island Race

12:00 to 18:00

Short Haul Race

14:00 to 16:00

Mumm Champagne Tasting with Kaitlyn Tremblay

17:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

17:30 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:00 to 19:00

Members' Badge Draw

18:30 to 23:00

Short Haul Race - Night Harbour Race

19:00 to 23:59

BWPS - Newcastle Bass Island Race
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