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Onshore Edition 108 - Monday 27 February
Message from the CEO

I’m starting this week’s Onshore with some positive stories before I get into some of the not-so-positive repeat, offending issues.

Congratulations to CYCA’s YSA sailors Finn Tapper, Tom Grimes, Nick Thyne & Paddy Dawson, 3-0 winners of the RPNYC Wellington Youth Sailing Scheme Centreport Wellington International 2017. They defeated the local team led by Ben Caundle from RPNYC. Well done boys!

You can see footage of this event and photo on the YSA Facebook page

Congratulations to Christopher Brooks - Member 5299 (pictured) who won $3000 at the Member's Badge Draw on 16 February, and more recently to John Keelty - Member 310 who won $600 last week! Your number might be up next, so make sure you're on Club premises from 6pm-7pm this Thursday for the draw.

It’s also good to see that entries in the Australian Yachting Championship are now up to 16 with a closing date of 17 March, so there’s still plenty of time register!

... And now for the not-so-positive stuff... 

Illegal Parking

For the third time now in a few months a car has parked illegally (for some time) in the Members car park adjacent to the Clubhouse. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and contravenes the By-laws.

The Club has taken measures to identify vehicles and the police have assisted in offending vehicles being removed.

The latest offender is the owner of a blue Porche Boxtster rego number BU 65 NX. If anyone knows who owns this vehicle, could you please let us know asap.

CYCA reception

In addition to sailing items left around the Club, I’ve recently been made aware of the Club reception address being given out as the delivery for parcels of all shapes and sizes. Many remain uncollected for long periods whilst Members are away on holidays or overseas.

We can’t be responsible for the security of Members deliveries for extended periods, nor do we have the space at reception to store parcels.

I appreciate that a delivery to reception is convenient and acceptable from time to time with advance notice by the Member, but this has unfortunately been abused. The reception staff want to assist Members where possible, but we can’t provide a post box service.

CYCA EOFY Happy Hour in March

And to finish on a Happy (hour) note, the Sydney Hobart Bar is having a CYCA EOFY Happy Hour promotion on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout March, commencing this Friday 3 March.

From 6pm-7pm, Carlton, Victorian Bitter and Cascade light beers and House Chardonnay and House Red wines will be $4.00 only.

So instead of me having to have a  whine, I ‘d much prefer for Members to come and have a pleasant Happy Hour wine with friends and guests instead ! 


Chief Executive Officer

Great Veterans Race - 28 April

Re-vamped Sydney-Hobart veterans race for April 28

Ladies Day Race 1

Even thought the weather has not been showing it, this weekend was the opener for the winter sailing season with the Audi Centre Sydney Ladies Day Race 1.

Captain Cook Cruises Top Jocks

Saturday saw the return of the Captain Cook Cruises Top Jocks Regatta for another year, bringing together Blue Water Pointscore race winners from 2017 to battle it out for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.

Leveling the playing field

With the Blue Water Pointscore Series finished for 2017, it’s time to level the playing field and see who can be crowned the ‘Champion of Champions’ when the boats are equal.

Great results at Sail Port Stephens

Over the weekend and during the course of last week many of the club members headed north to make the most of the unusually warm weather at the annual Sail Port Stephens Regatta.

Great Veterans Race Re-vamped for 2018

As the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race approaches, the local offshore community, in conjunction with the organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, have come together to reinvigorate the annual “Great Veterans Race”.

Club News

Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore Series and Short Ocean Pointscore
It was a cold and wet day of racing last Saturday for the Grant Thornton Short Haul and Short Ocean Series. Defiant claimed victory in race 11 of the Short Haul Pointscore, and Flying Cloud won both Division 1 PHS and IRC in the Short Ocean Pointscore. Click here for all results

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.

YSA Update
Applications are now open for the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy Winter Squad Programs. The Academy's squads and courses provide a range of programs from learn to sail through to extending the sailing skills of competent sailors. All courses are available for members and non-members. You can find more information and application forms here, or email or

The 18ft Skiff J.J. Giltinan World Championships are racing on Sydney Harbour until March 2. Current advanced squad sailors Charlie Gundy, Ben Robinson and Sam Ellis are competing in the championship, along with many YSA graduates. Stay up to date with results and information here.

Congratulations to YSA sailor John Cooley with skipper Flynn Twomey won the NSW 29er State Titles over the weekend, held at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Click here for regatta results. 

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

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

Tuesday 28 February
Bistro Special

1kg of Kinkawooka Mussels in a Penang curry sauce. Served with chips $30

Wednesday 29 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


09:00 to 15:00

Great Veterans Race

11:00 to 16:00

Females in Sailing Lunch

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 1

18:30 to 20:30

Summer Season Prize Giving

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 2

Trivia - 9th May

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 3

18:30 to 20:30

Mumm Champagne Tasting

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 4

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 5

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 6

YSA Inter Club Regatta
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