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Onshore Edition 107 - Monday 20 February
Message from the CEO

Operations Manager Michael Neumann and myself spent a couple of days in Hobart last week debriefing last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with our Finishing Partner RYCT, TasPorts and a number of race village contractors/suppliers and local support sponsors.

All were in agreement that it was a highly successful event both on and off the water, with the race village a great addition to the local events calendar for both tourists and locals, given the safe, family atmosphere provided.

The presence of more crew in the village in year 2 in their Commemorative Rolex Polo shirts was also noticeable. This is something we hope to build on each year, especially with the Clippers joining us this year. It’s great for locals and tourists alike to be able engage with crew members and hear first-hand how it feels like to finish such an amazing race. 

Whilst at RYCT, it was good to see a few familiar CYCA faces around the club following the Wooden Boat Festival.

Storm didn’t dampen weekend sailing 

The Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore race ten from Sydney to Pittwater was won for the second year in a row by Hugh O’Neill’s Cavalier 37, Indefensible. 

If you have some good stories, quotes or photos from the any of the Grant Thornton Series, please send them through to Olivia Price at

Sailing further northward in the Ocean Pointscore Series was the fleet in the Sydney to Newcastle race. Congratulations to Paul Clitheroe and the crew of Balance in taking out the Sydney Newcastle race without incident despite the afternoon storm. 

Members' items in CYCA container

This is the last opportunity for Members to claim items found around the hardstand that are currently being stored in the blue shipping container. We currently have insufficient storage for our own club property, let alone storing Members' items that may or may not have been abandoned in and around the club or ‘misplaced.’ Your co-operation with this matter would be appreciated.

Please contact Michael on 0402 001 884 to collect arrange collection.

Parking available near the Club

A previously advised, we are always looking for ways to improve and enhance the services and amenities that are available to Members. And this includes parking options for you and your guests.

We are working with DIVVY Parking to offer you an alternate parking solution nearby to make visits by you and your guests to the Club more enjoyable and care-free.

DIVVY offers daily parking at the Vibe hotel, 100 Bayswater Rd (A short walk from the Club, through Rushcutters park) which increases to $15 from this Saturday 25 February after the $8 introductory fee concludes.

DIVVY Parking

To park with DIVVY at Vibe hotel, 100 Bayswater Rd:

  1. Download the DIVVY App & create your account
  2. Search daily or hourly parking in Rushcutters Bay
  3. Confirm and pay
  4. Use your QR code to enter the car park

Benefits of parking with DIVVY:

-  Guaranteed space
-  Easy & ticketless payments
-  Daily & Hourly parking available

For more information, visit or contact


Chief Executive Officer

CYCA SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Trusts Big Boat Challenge this Tuesday promises to be a sight on Sydney Harbour, with two of the four maxis entered into the Rolex Sydney Hobart set to face off alongside other seasoned competitors.

CYCA Trophy Series: Black Jack first across the line as Patrice tops IRC division 1

The sun was splitting the sky for the second and final day of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Trophy Series on Sunday, light airs providing another offshore test for the fleet of 20, many of which will race in the Rolex Sydney Hobart in a few weeks.

CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 start

It was a tussle in Sydney Harbour on Saturday for Day 1 of the CYCA Trophy Series. Our thanks to Bow Caddy for sharing their wrap up of the start.

CYCA Trophy Series: Oats XI strikes back on Day 1 as Ray White Elizabeth Bay wins overall

Fairly light conditions didn’t take away from a busy start to Day 1 of the CYCA Trophy Series in Sydney Harbour on Saturday, with which boat would come out on top of the Reichel-Pugh 100-footer battle between Wild Oats XI and Black Jack, a major talking point.

All in for CYCA Trophy Series

The line-up is jam packed full of action for the CYCA Trophy Series this weekend, including Rolex Sydney Hobart big names Black Jack, Wild Oats XI, Wild Oats X, Beau Geste (HKG) and Wizard (USA). With Saturday looking like a dying southerly breeze, and Sunday seeming light before a late seabreeze, it will be a tough task to win the series.

SOLAS Big Boat 2017 Crew Place Auction

The SOLAS Big Boat Challenge returns in 2017 and you can secure yourself a spot on either Black Jack or Wild Oats X by bidding on our online auction.

Club News

Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore Series and Passage Pointscore
Indefensible won the Sydney to Pittwater Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore race on Saturday, with Love Byte and Defiant rounding out the podium. The Pittwater to Sydney Grant Thornton Passage Pointscore race five was won by Macscap, who also took out the Passage Series overall. Read more about the weekend's racing here.

Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta
Tom Grimes represented the CYCA at the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Regatta last week in Auckland, New Zealand. Dante Olivieri, Jess Grimes, Finn Tapper and Nicky Bradley were crewing for Grimes in the Elliott 7m’s, where they placed seventh overall. Next up for the YSA sailors is the Centreport Youth International Match Racing Championship in Wellington from 23 - 26 February.

Sailors with disABILITIES - Making Waves Regatta
Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD) will hold its inaugural Making Waves Regatta on Friday, March 10, in partnership with the CYCA.
Sailing on Sydney Harbour, over 20 boats will race in the Regatta and all funds raised will support children with disability and those who face adversity. The more funds SWD raises through this foundational event, the more children can come on board SWD’s specially adapted boats for life-changing sailing experiences. Thank you for your support!
You can learn how you can come on board or donate to the Regatta here.

Gold Coast City Marina Keel Pit Makes Light Work

Mahlagai In The Keel Pit
GCCM is home to the deepest keel pit on the east coast of Australia.

When 83 foot racing maxi, Drumbeat required keel modifications in Spain in 1989, Joe Akacich (Black Joe) from BlackPond Marine Consulting, a then budding ships engineer, had the privilege of doing the works in a local keel pit.

After using the keel pit with such success Black brought the concept back to Australia where it was implemented into the original designs for Gold Coast City Marina.

The keel pit is accessible by both the 50 & 250 tonne lifts, enabling the scope of work which can be completed safely at ground level is insurmountable. Graeme Eaton (Scooter), from Australian Marine Enterprises recommends the use of the keel pit to all yachts for ‘better access to the topsides of a vessel, working on everything from keel removal to re-spraying top sides with an easily installed wrap around it’.

Murray Owen, the Sydney–based owner of Mahlagai, a well-known Sydney 48, has been making the voyage to Gold Coast City Marina for his annual works for a number of years and thoroughly enjoys his experiences.

‘GCCM is a great place to have work done because of the good spirit, helpful and accommodating crew and the ‘nothing’s a problem or ever too hard attitude’. Murray and his crew have used many of the quality onsite services over the years including Harbourforce Detailing, Pacific Trim, Wicked Fabrications, Watsons Marine Engineering, Australian Boating Supplies, Ribforce Inflatables and My Marine Service Centre.

Mahlagai has had her rudder out, sail drive serviced and repaired, props serviced, had a complete re-spray along with her anti-foul and polish completed annually.

Murray has always insisted on using the keel pit and recommends it to any yacht owner, he says ‘being able to safely and easily access to the topsides and undersides of Mahlagai has really made the works simpler, easier and obviously most importantly faster’.

‘Ultimately, the efficiencies created by the keel pit save enormous amounts of time – and therefore money’.

The keel pit is one of the many assets available for you at GCCM, where the whole crew are as passionate about your boat as you are and know that getting you back on the water sooner means more time for you on your boat – and we all need that!

For more information please visit or please call Danielle Hutcheson on 0408 758 980 or email

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.

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.

Notsbyheckmann Bracelet

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!

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. 


Blond Catering


Monday 20 February - Twilight
Maker's Mark Twilight Burger
Cheeseburger with Maker's Mark glazed bacon, pickles & special sauce $18

Tuesday 21 February
Bistro Special
1kg of Kinkawooka Mussels in a Thai red curry sauce. Served with chips $30

Wednesday 22 February - Twilight
Paella is back for Wednesday Night Twilight!
Paella with chicken chorizo, mussels, fish and squid ink - available from the lower deck for $10

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


12:30 to 15:00

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

17:00 to 23:00

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Crew Party 2017

19:00 to 21:00

Commodore's Stella Artois Beer & Prawn Night

Christmas at the CYCA


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

11:00 to 22:00

Australia Day City of Sydney Cup

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series
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