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Onshore Edition 112 – Monday 27 March
Message from the CEO

Blue water Championship & Ocean Racer of the Year Awards Night

A very successful 2016-2017 Blue Water Championship & Ocean Race of the Year Awards night with MC Noel Cornish, ably assisted by Paul Billingham and Justine Kirkjian, was held last Friday night with around 120 people in attendance. Read more.

It was great to see ‘Robbo’ Robertson travel down from Queensland and Jim and Kate Delegat come across the ditch from New Zealand, just to attend the event. And to Sandy Eastman, many thanks for collecting the late Roger Hickman’s 2014-2015, ‘Ocean Veteran of the Year’ award.

Congratulations to the sailing office - Justine, Stephen and Tara for their hard work in putting the night together.

A good night was definitely had by all.

Australian Yachting Championship 

Under blue skies and sunshine, a rarity in March, the 2017 Australian Yachting Championships wound up yesterday at the CYCA.

Again our Sailing office and volunteers are to be commended for their efforts, and a big thanks to Mother Nature (no, that wasn’t one of the entries) for shining through in the end. 

A full list of winners is on the website – Click here to view

Beau Geste AYC

RSHYR 2016 POST Race Survey

To date we’ve had a 25% response rate on our post-race survey which is a great result. If you haven’t already completed the survey, it only takes a few minutes, but the results and information we glean from this will have a much greater impact over a long period of time in planning for the 2017 race and especially the 75th landmark race in 2019 -  Please click here to complete the survey.

‘If it can be seen, it can be stolen’

This was the motto of a NSW Police Anti-theft campaign many years ago targeting motorists who leave valuables in sight of passers-by on car seats.  I happen to also think it’s relevant to boats on our marina. There has been a recent spate of theft from unlocked boats, with alcohol the most recent item to be stolen.

We are trying to track down culprits from CCTV footage, but leaving valuable in full sight of thieves and passers-by leads to opportunistic crime as well.

End of Summer Party on the deck this Saturday

If you haven’t already booked for the ‘End of Summer Party’ this Saturday, do it right away! Click here to purchase your ticket.


Chief Executive Officer

Young Guns upset form guide at Kellett Shield

Finn Tapper, Cam Gundy, Lauren Gallaway, Emma Harrison & Eric Sparkes helmed Club Marine to victory in the 2017 Kellett Shield fleet racing regatta this past weekend, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, on what was a tricky day on Sydney Harbour.

Race 4 Frustration as Light Winds Rule Land Rover Winter Series

Race 4 of the CYCA Land Rover Winter Series was a mixed bag for competitors in the light autumn southerly wind, with the aim of avoiding the holes of no wind across the course. Hard work didn’t always pay off during the race, but a warm and sunny Sydney Harbour made it worthwhile.

Patrice makes perfect in Race 3 of the Land Rover Winter Series

After another tricky day on Sydney Harbour for Race 3 of CYCA’s Land Rover Winter Series, Tony Kirby showed just how fast his Ker 46 Patrice is, taking the win for the second week in a row.

Difficult day tests patience at the CYCA Land Rover Winter Series

The strong morning westerly winds made for a crazy day on Sydney Harbour for the Race 2 of the Land Rover Winter Series. The 96 yacht fleet started in a 13-18 knot west south-westerly wind, but the volatile conditions rapidly changed, causing mayhem and congestion around the course.

Tight at the top as The Goat claims the first win in the Land Rover Winter Series

The first pointscore race of the Land Rover Winter Series, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, was greeted with sunny skies and building south, south westerly breeze. The 95 starters on the day jostled for the final placings in each division, where just seconds separated some.

Summer Series Prize Giving

Around 160 guests attended the CYCA’s annual Summer Series Prize Giving on Friday 28 April. Vice Commodore Paul Billingham and Rear Commodore Noel Cornish officiated proceedings and congratulated all those that received prizes.

Club News

CYCA Summer 7s Series finally gets underway

After rain squalls kept the fleet ashore on Tuesday evening, the teams contesting the 2017 CYCA Summer 7s Series were finally able to get racing underway on Thursday with 4 races completed. The early leaders in the four day series is Tony Kirby and his team. With short races, lasting less than 10 minutes, starting tactics and crew work was essential to race wins. The series will continue on Tuesday before concluding on Thursday evening. Results can be found here.

Youth Sailing Academy team finishes 4th at Ficker Cup

Harry Price and his DownUnder Racing team of YSA sailors Murray Jones, Matt Stenta, Josh Marks, Harry Morton & Sam Ellis have finished 4th in the Ficker Cup over the weekend hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. It turned out to be a tricky event for the team who are using the event as vital training for this week’s World Match Racing Tour Congressional Cup event. After a slow start to the event with the team finishing Round Robin 1 in 7th out of 8, the boys bounced back to win Round Robin 2 and qualify or the semi finals. Matching up against LBYC local, Scott Dickson, the team went down fighting, eventually failing to make the finals 3-2. The team then stumbled in the petit final, going down 2-1 to Nevin Snow(USA). The Congressional Cup WMRT event will begin on Wednesday with live coverage via the website.

YSA Winter Squad applications open

Applications for 2017 CYCA Youth Sailing Academy winter squads are currently open. With under a month to the start of the winter training season left, the YSA staff urges everyone interested in participating in winter squads to complete their online application forms as positions are filling up fast. More information about each squad can be found 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 to 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.

Racing Rules of Sailing Seminars

Presented by Tony Mooney onThursday 20 April 2017 or Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 6:30pm.

Attendance at one of the above sessions is compulsory for competitors entered in or planning on entering the 2017 Land Rover Winter Series.

Register your attendance online now.

Session 1 - Thursday 20 April 2017.  Click Here. 

Session 2 - Wednesday 26 April 2017.   Click Here.  

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.


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

Tickets are $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.


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 28 March

Bistro Special

1kg of Kinkawooka Mussels in a coconut laksa broth with toasted sourdough $30


Wednesday 29 March - Twilight

Paella is back for Wednesday Night Twilight!

Squid ink paella with chicken, chorizo and seafood - available from the lower deck for $10


Sunday 2 April

Bistro Special

All pizzas on the menu available for $15 between 5pm and 9pm this Sunday.


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


11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 5

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 6

18:30 to 21:30

CYCA Information Night - Heavy Weather Sailing

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Ladies Day Race 2

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – June

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

19:00 to 22:00

20+ Years Members Dinner

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 7

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

09:00 to 16:00

Shelving Systems Regatta

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