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Onshore Edition 111 – Tuesday 21 March
Message from the CEO

Development Application Update

We delayed the issuing of Onshore by 24 hours this week to advise Members of the outcome of our DA being discussed at Woollahra Council last night.

We’re delighted to advise that Council unanimously approved the DA, so it’s all system go for hopefully a May start on the Annex refurbishment.

Building tenders close on 7 April, so you might see a number of groups wandering around the Club doing site inspections in the lead up to this date. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress with this project through weekly and special editions of Onshore.

Land Rover re-signs

The CYCA is delighted to have Jaguar Land Rover once again on board as the naming rights sponsor for the upcoming Winter Series and Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

Lion Island Race - A Balance About Time

Well done to Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance who took line honours in the Lion Island Race at the weekend and to Julian Farren-Price’s About Time who went on to win the Ocean Pointscore Series on countback. Read more

Australian Yachting Championships

This week the CYCA hosts the Australian Yachting Championships from 23-26 March with 16 entries.  We welcome crews from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Illegally parked cars will now be towed away

Great news about the DA, but it makes this topic even more important in the coming months.

Yet another member was found last week to be in breach of the By-laws by leaving their car in the Members car park whilst away on holidays.

The CYCA Members car parks are not long-term car parks.

Long term parking in our car parks deprives other members of the opportunity of parking onsite when participating in events, or coming to use Club facilities. This is just not fair to members who do the right thing. 

We recently had to cancel a contractor twice due to a car being illegally parked. This is totally unacceptable and costs the Club money !

With our DA now approved, changes to our car parks will be necessary to accommodate a range of contractors. Illegal parking during our renovations will be even more impactful to our daily operations.

We will have no hesitation in towing away illegally parked vehicles, especially when they are impeding the works to be undertaken to make our Annex completion date in preparation for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Towing costs will be passed onto the member who must then make their own arrangements direct with the towing company to retrieve their vehicle. This process is ‘kinder’ that what we were advised to do, and that was to tow the vehicle onto the street where it would potentially incur multiple parking fines.

Hopefully I won’t have to lecture on parking for a while now at least.

Introduce a potential new Member at ’Ladies Night’

On Friday 12 May the Associate Committee has organised another Ladies Night with the aim of introducing new female members to the Club.  So we encourage our female members to put that date in your diary and bring along a potential new member to enjoy some Friday night drinks and nibbles in the Freya Room.  A BIG thank you to Oatley Wines for their support of this event through product and lucky door prize gifts -pictured.

Bar Snacks

Commencing last Thursday at Badge Draw, members having a drink in the Coaster's Retreat can now order a range of bar snacks direct from the bar, which will then be delivered upstairs. 

Member Profile - Carl Crafoord - Sail Exchange

With Members at the heart of this Club, the Board wants to shine a spotlight on those working in the marine sector whose story will be of interest to other members.

With this in mind, we are pleased to profile well known Club stalwart Carl Crafoord in this edition of Onshore and highlight his innovative Sail Exchange business – a great way that Members can turn their old sails into cash and also pick up a bargain!

So if you also have a business story worth profiling and an opportunity worth sharing and promoting to other members, well-written articles and a good photo(s) would be gratefully accepted and published through Onshore, and or our CYCA Facebook page.

We can’t promise to publish everything we receive, but if we can help members through promoting suitable stories from time to time, then we are keen to do so.


Chief Executive Officer

Crew From Calibre Fires Up In New Addition To The Top Jocks Regatta

The CYCA Top Jocks Regatta came down to a battle of the Sydney 38 teams with Richard Williams Team Calibre securing the title of 2017 Champion of Champions ahead of the Phil Tomkin’s Team Next in glorious Autumn conditions on Sydney Harbour.

Allen’s Ichi Ban, Robert’s Hollywood Boulevard and Crafoord’s Sail Perform Strongly to Secure the Federation Cup Teams Trophy for the CYCA

The mix of a fast finishing race combined with the revived Yachties Party resulted in a full Yacht Club when the winner of the 69th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race was announced as President of Australian Sailing and CYCA Past Commodore Matt Allen and his Ichi Ban crew.

CYCA’s Evan Walker takes Coconut Grove Cup at Final Turn

In a day filled with leaderboard upsets, the event winner was decided rounding the final mark in the final race of the World Match Racing Tour Coconut Grove Cup held 14 – 16 April. Australia’s Evan Walker and his Team KA Match struck lucky on the last beat to win the final cross and pop a wheelie on the finish line to take the win in style in Miami, USA.

CYCA’s Harry Price Steals The Show in Miami

At times the young Australian looked to be struggling at the World Match Racing Tour - Miami Match Cup held in Miami, USA from 11 – 13 April. After leading the qualifying session during the first two regatta days, today Price had a series of losses at the end of the qualifying series, but kept his calm when it mattered to sweep through the knockout stages and clinch the title. It was American Nevin Snow that Price took in the final, however both finalists earn a ticket to World Match Racing Tour Championship level event, Match Cup Sweden.

CYCA Summer Racing Series results as tight as they could be

The 2016/2017 CYCA Summer sailing season came to an end last Saturday with the Grant Thornton Short Haul, Grant Thornton Short Ocean and Combined Ocean/Short Ocean Pointscore Series. The conditions for the final races of the series were testing, with a light 3-5 knot breeze, eventually building to 9 knots and lumpy sea conditions on Sydney Harbour.

CYCA Crew Complete a Credible Result at the Congressional Cup

Competing in their first World Match Racing Tour event, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy team led by Harry Price with, Murray Jones, Sam Ellis, Harry Morton, Josh Marks and Matt Stenta have finished a very credible tenth place in a star-studded fleet including World #1 and defending champion, Taylor Canfield, six time World Champion, Ian Williams and current World Champion, Phil Robertson.

Club News

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.

CYCA Team Qualifies for World Match Racing Tour Australia Cup

CYCA’s Team KA Match skippered by Evan Walker has qualified for the World Match Racing Tour – Australia Cup, hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club this week in Perth. The team finished 2nd at the Perth Match Cup qualifier (read press release here) to local Perth sailor Steve Thomas who also had 2 YSA sailors on-board his team. Evan and his team will now contest the WMRT World Championship status event starting today through to Saturday. Live coverage of the event can be followed here.

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Youth Sailing Academy team travels to LA for World Match Racing Tour

Harry Price and his DownUnder Racing team of YSA sailors Murray Jones, Matt Stenta, Josh Marks, Harry Morton & Sam Ellis will travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday for this weekend’s WMRT Qualifier event - The Ficker Cup (24-26 March) hosted Long Beach Yacht Club. The team have already qualified for the WMRT Congressional Cup (28 March – 2 April) event but will be using the Ficker Cup to get valuable training time in the Catalina 37s. Over the past few weeks the team has been fortunate enough to train on board two CYCA members Sydney 38s, with Richard Williams (Callibre) and Larki Missiris (Wild One) lending the YSA their yachts for training. Coverage of the event can be followed here

CYCA Summer 7s Series begins Tuesday

The second CYCA 7s Series will begin this evening with six teams contesting the summer series held over four evenings. Up to six short, intense fleet races will be sailed each evening on-board the YSA Elliott 7s. The third series will be contested in October and November 2017 over six Thursday evenings, so block off your evenings then!

Applications close this Friday for YSA’s Talented Sailor Search (TSS) Program

Talented Sailor Search (TSS) application period will close this Friday 24 March 2017. Held over the first two weekends in April, the program represents a more refined and decisive pathway for youth sailors to develop their keelboat experience and fleet racing knowledge as well as progression through YSA Squads. More information on the program can be found here and applications can be completed here.

Easter School Holiday Course Filling up Fast

The YSA’s Easter School Holiday Course is filling up fast. The four day program which will be held from Monday 10 April - Thursday 13 April and is open to beginner sailors from 13-18 years old will introduce sailors to the YSA Elliott 7s whilst taking in sails to Balmoral, Watsons Bay and Barangaroo. Registration for the course can be completed here.

CYCA EOFY Happy Hour in March

The Sydney Hobart Bar is having a CYCA EOFY Happy Hour promotion between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday and Friday evening throughout March. Carlton, Victorian Bitter and Cascade light beers and House Chardonnay and House Red wines will be $4.00 only. Come and enjoy the autumn warmth on the deck with family and friends. 

End of Summer Party - Saturday 1 April 2017

6:30pm—9.30pm on the CYCA Deck

DJ Playing Music + Lucky Door Prize

Ticket includes a Frose Cocktail + Summer Burger & Chips

Early Bird Tickets are $25 each until Monday 27 March, from then $35 each. 

Spread the word amongst members and your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you on the deck to enjoy the last evening of daylight saving as we farewell summer at the CYCA !

Click here to purchase tickets

 End Of Summer Party FB

CYCA Trivia Night - Wednesday 12 April, From 7:00pm  

The popular CYCA Trivia Nights start up again on Wednesday 12 April, from 7:00pm.  This will be the first night of the new series.

An experienced trivia master has been arranged and there will be general knowledge questions with a few sailing trivia questions as well. This event is free to attend - so organise a group of your friends or crewmembers, or just come along and join in the fun. 

Menu specials will be available for purchase from the Bistro.

RSVP today using our online booking system.


CYCA Members' Yacht Register

Notice to Boat Owners

A reminder that it will soon be time to publish the CYCA Annual Report which will once again include the register of members’ yachts.

If your vessel was listed in the last published report and there have been no changes it will appear again as before.  If your vessel was not included, and you would like it to be, please let us know.

If you have acquired a new vessel or sold your current one, please let us have the appropriate details, so that our Yacht Register is as accurate and up to date as possible.

Please contact the sailing office on 8292 7870 or with the Boat Name, Sail Number, Owner’s Name/s and Design of vessel.


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.

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


Tuesday 21 March - Bistro Special

1kg of Kinkawooka Mussels cooked in a Thai red curry sauce. Served with chips $30

Wednesday 22 March - Twilight

Paella is back for Wednesday Night Twilight!

Paella with chorizo, mussels, fish and saffron - 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


18:30 to 21:00

CYCA Cruising Information Night

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 2

18:00 to 20:00

Ladies Night

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 3

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – May

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 4

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 5

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 6

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Ladies Day Race 2

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – June

19:00 to 22:30

20+ Years Members Dinner

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 7

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