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Onshore Edition 106 - Monday 13 February
Message from the CEO

Sending our best wishes

I’d like to start this week’s Onshore by sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ken Hudson who had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance at last week’s Badge Draw.

I would also like to use this opportunity to thank Members and CYCA staff who provided medical assistance and support for Ken and Pauline until the Ambulance arrived, in particular Margaret Butler and Adam Barnes and CYCA staff Members Michael Neumann, Marina Gibson and Liam Kentwell. 

Ken was in caring hands all the way and I know from talking to Pauline that if ever she felt a sense of community, it was last Thursday night.

$3,000 must be won this Thursday!

And speaking of the Badge Draw, given the turn of events at last week’s draw, we didn’t get a chance to remind Members that this Thursday’s badge draw is the last of our 2016/2017 permit period, so the Jackpot of $3000 must be won!

Thank you to this week’s sponsor Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard and all other sponsors throughout the year.

The badge draw starts at 18:15 with four draws at 15 minute intervals.

If after the 4 normal draws there is no winner, the prize pool will be paid to a Member in attendance randomly selected.

Remember you must be present at the time your number is drawn.

Next week’s draw goes back to $600.


Members are advised that the Club’s CCTV system has now been extended to include the main Member's Car Park, the Hard Stand and the Marina (pictured). In future, if a vehicle damages the boom gate, we will be able to identify the perpetrator and claim back the costs of replacing the boom gate, something which has happened far too regularly. 

Valentine's Day - We have all bases covered

Tomorrow, 14 February is Valentine’s Day or 'Galentine’s Day' as I heard recently for the first time.

So whether you are celebrating a romantic night out as a couple, or a night out with a few ‘bestie’ girlfriends on 14 February, let Blond Catering indulge you with their special three-course dinner.

And if you are looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift for a sailing partner, why not buy them a Nots by Heckman bracelet (pictured) through the Surreal Jewellery online shop and support youth sailing at the CYCA at the same time. 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. 

Notsbyheckmann Bracelet

Members supporting Members

When you join a club, you join a personal and professional community. To encourage Members to support other Members in a Business sense, we developed a Business Directory for Members to promote themselves and offers to other Members. This is soon to be updated, but in the meantime, please review what is currently on offer and see if you can contribute to enhancing Membership value, along with enhancing awareness of your own business at the same time.

In closing

February 15 is a significant date to me personally, as it marks my first anniversary at the CYCA.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current and former Board Members and Commodores, the Committees and all Members and staff for welcoming me to the Club.

Change comes with challenge, but please know that my decisions, opinions and decision-making comes from a place of respect from those who have preceded me, those who I currently work with and my 30 plus years working in sport, sporting venues and with Memberships.

Thank you one and all - one year down and hopefully a few more to go!


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

World Match Racing Tour - Geographe Bay World Tour Event
The CYCA is represented by Harry Price (Down Under Racing) and Evan Walker (KA Match) over the weekend at the World Match Racing Tour Event in Western Australia. The racing has been limited due to the extreme weather conditions and postponements, but Sunday saw 22 matches completed by the Race Committee. Walker sits on three wins from four races, and Price on three wins from seven races after two days, with today (Monday) being the last day to complete racing. Stay up to date with results here.

Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore Series
The Milson Memorial Cup was raced last Saturday 11 February, as race 6 of the Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore Series. Congratulations to The Goat who took out the race win in Division 1 and check out the results here.

CYCA S2H17 Spirit of Cruising Dinner at the Shippies
Denis Doyle and Lynne Smith from CYCA Cruising Committee, along with Shaaron Walsh, hosted a lively evening at the traditional venue of The Shipwright Arms, Battery Point, Hobart. Boats and crew participating in S2H17 and attending the evening were: Anitra V, Smoky Cape, Maris, Lyndenne, Flemingo, Kintail, Ariki Tai, Nashira, Galaxy III, Sweet Chariot, White Onyx. Read more on the website here.

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!

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
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 Thailand October 17
  • Navigation courses on line and on non – race 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




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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