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Onshore Edition 105 - Monday 6 February
Message from the CEO

Clippers return to CYCA in 2017…with Wendy Tuck at the Helm 

The Clippers recently confirmed the participation of their 12 boats in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, followed by them welcoming back former skipper Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck (picture - Sails Magazine) to the Clipper Race family, this time in the role of Chief Instructor and Principal of the Clipper’s Australian base.

Wendy’s sailing prowess is well known to many Club Members and as the first Australian female skipper in the Clipper Race’s history, she has a unique insight into what it takes to be both a skipper and a crew member of one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges. Read more about the announcement here.

We look forward to having the Clippers fleet back at the club from mid-December 2017.

‘About Time’ wins Port Hacking Race  

Congratulations to Julian Farren-Price and his About Time crew on winning Race 6 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Point Score (OPS), the Port Hacking Race on Saturday on what could be described as a slow day at the office.

The next race in the Ocean Pointscore Series is the Sydney Newcastle race starting at 9am on 18 February.

For full race results and provisional Ocean Point Score standings log on to: 

S2H17 CYCA Rendezvous Cruise

Denis Doyle updated us over the weekend on the S2H17 CYCA Rendezvous Cruise to visit the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival with 5 of the 12 departing boats participating in the Festival as well - Anitra V, Smoky Cape, Lyndenne, Flemingo and Kintail. 

Both Denis Doyle and John Allan were Members of the 2016 RSHYR Incident Support team based in Eden, but sharing reds, rather than skeds, seems to be higher on the agenda at the moment. 

Sundowners East Boyd Bay S2H17

You can read more about S2H17 CYCA Rendezvous Cruise on the website. The CYCA Spirit of Cruising Dinner at the Shipwrights Arms is on 9 February, if you planning on being in Hobart and still wish to attend, please email  

Vale Geoffrey Peacock

On 28 January this year the CYCA regrettably lost another long-standing Member of nearly 44 years, Mr Geoffrey Peacock. Funeral details are on our website for those wishing to attend. 


Chief Executive Officer

New chapter for the New Caledonia Groupama Race

A change of date for the Groupama Race, around the French Pacific Island island of New Caledonia, will mean that the CYCA’s Sydney Noumea Yacht Race and three other races will act as feeders in what will be an exciting new chapter for next year’s 654 nautical mile race.

Great conditions take the 2017 Land Rover Winter Series to a season high

The exciting weather conditions were the big story of Race 7 of the Land Rover Winter Series on Sydney Harbour on Sunday. A strong breeze with some even bigger gusts mixing up the fleet and dishing out some unexpected results across the groups.

CYCA 20+ Year Members Dinner

On Friday 16 June over 90 guests enjoyed a notable night at the annual CYCA 20+ Year Members Dinner in the Freya and Morna rooms.

High spirits in Ladies Day Race 2 of the Land Rover Winter Series

Even the light breeze and drizzle couldn’t dampen spirits in Sunday’s Race 2 of Ladies Day as part of the Land Rover Winter Series on Sydney Harbour. The boats who managed to gain what little breeze there was returned home early as winners, with the wind dying off completely in what was a wet afternoon on the water.

Invictus Games 500 Days To Go: CYCA to play host venue role as sailing enters Games

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has been confirmed as an official venue for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 after the announcement today that sailing will debut in next year’s event.

2017 Land Rover Winter Series heats up at the halfway stage

A consistent southerly breeze greeted the 100-boat fleet on a glorious sunny day for Race 6 of the Land Rover Winter Series on Sydney Harbour. After six races, there’s proof that every point counts in the overall pointscore, and it’s tight at the top.

Club News

Another Parking Option
Public Parking is now available at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay. Given it’s a scenic, eight minute walk to the club through Rushcutters Bay Park, this is another option for you and/or your guests when coming to the club for lunch, dinner or a function. The opening launch fee of $8.00 is valid up to 17 February. The regular rate will be $15/day after that date.

Surreal Jewellery and Nots by Heckmann
CYCA members can purchase Nots by Heckmann bracelets through the Surreal Jewellery online shop. A percentage of bracelet sales will go towards the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy. The promotion code for the CYCA is - CYCA2017
Members will need to include this code at the ‘Apply Coupon’ section on the web page of their cart in order for the sale to be tracked.

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Australian Yachting Championship
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will be hosting the Australian Sailing, Australian Yachting Championships this year, from the 23 - 26 March 2017. The IRC fleet will face a mixture of short course and passage races to decide the 2017 national champions. This year’s event will consist of four days of racing off Sydney Heads comprising of two days of windward/leeward courses and two days of passage racing.
Enter the championship here!

Spirit of Cruising Dinner
Crew from boats in the S2H17 Cruise and others are now making their way to the traditional dinner at the Shipwrights Arms on Thursday 9 February to celebrate and share the Spirit of Cruising where they will exchange tales of  their adventures crossing Bass Strait, visiting Eden, Wine Glass Bay, Triabunna, Maria Is, Brunie Is and so many other destinations here. Wooden Boat Festival opens Friday 10 February.
Not too late to join if you are in Hobart, email  

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.

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.


Blond Catering


Monday 6 February
Maker's Mark Twilight burger
Cheeseburger with Maker's Mark glazed bacon, pickles & special sauce $18

Wednesday 8 February
Paella is back for Wednesday Night Twilight!
Paella with chicken chorizo, mussels, fish and saffron - available from the lower deck for $10

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


11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 8

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 9

18:30 to 20:00

CYCA Cruising Information Night

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 10

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – July

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Closing Ladies Day

18:30 to 20:30

CYCA Annual General Meeting

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw


Captain John Piper Regatta
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