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Onshore Edition 115 – Tuesday 18 April
2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Entry Opens

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce online entry is open and the Notice of Race available for the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, which starts at 1300 hours on Saturday 29 July, 2017. 

Last year’s fleet of 75 was led by the open race record holder, Wild Oats XI, the Oatley family’s super maxi. The canting 100 footer finished well outside her 2012 open record of 22 hours 03mins 46secs, when conditions dictated otherwise.

Despite his own problems at Hamilton Island, caused by Cyclone Debbie, Sandy Oatley today confirmed Wild Oats XI would return for the 32nd running of the 384 nautical mile race following her disappointing retirement from the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart when she suffered keel damage while leading the fleet.

Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban won the classic race in 2016, assuming control when she drew an escape card on the rest of the fleet mid-morning on Day 2. Allen, President of Australian Sailing, is in a quandary. His new TP52 will not arrive in time to compete and his current TP52, Ichi Ban, is on the market.

“If I still have the boat, I will be there,” Allen confirmed. Should conditions be conducive, he and others will be chasing Loki’s conventionally ballasted record of 26 hours 52mins 39secs, set in 2012, when the 60 footer finished third on line astern of Wild Oats XI and Peter Harburg’s Black Jack.

No such qualms for Shane Kearns, the race’s overall winner in 2015. As soon as entry opened, he signed his 35 year-old S&S 34, Komatsu Azzurro. Race regular, Ted Tooher (Chancellor) and Andy Kearnan/Peter Wrigley (Koa) soon followed suit.

Others committed to starting the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race include current and immediate past Ocean Racing Yachtsmen of the Year Paul Clitheroe (Balance) and Sam Haynes (Celestial).

Clitheroe, though, will send his 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner with trusted second in command, Mike Green, as the financial analyst and advisor celebrates his birthday in the Antarctic. Haynes, winner of a trifecta of crowns in the 2014-2015 Blue Water Pointscore said, “I will definitely be competing.”

The Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is the first race of the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore and signals the commencement of the northern circuit of races and regattas. It starts off Nielsen Park, Vaucluse and passes landmarks such as Newcastle, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Cape Byron before finishing off Main Beach, Southport.

Spectators wanting to view the start won’t miss out. COAST will again be at the start line of the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. There is no better view than from the top deck of COAST. For details and bookings go to:

Entries close at 1700 hours on 7 July, 2016. Online entry and Notice of Race are available on the official race website.

Di Pearson, CYCA media


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

Racing Rules of Sailing Seminars

Presented by Tony Mooney on Thursday 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 Summer Season Prizegiving

Date: Friday 28 April 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

RSVP: Wednesday 26 April - 12:00pm

2016-17 Summer Racing Season Entrant Boat Owner + partner no charge to attend.

Tickets - $35.00 each.  Includes canapes and drinks.

Click here to book.


CYCA Cruising Information Night

Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time: 6:30pm

RSVP: Monday 1 May - 12:00pm

No charge to attend.

A Presentation of an Extraordinary Journey by John Vallentine

Sailing Through Russia from the Arctic to the Black Sea

John left Sydney in 2005 on what was meant to be a summer cruise to the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands. Somehow this turned into an 11 year journey via the Southern Ocean to Patagonia and via Newfoundland to Spitsbergen and Norway to Northern Russia. 

John's journey down to the Volga River from the Arctic to the Black Sea became the subject of a book and won OCC and Cruising Association awards.

The evening will concentrate on the Russian section of his extended journey.

 Click here to book. 


John Vallentine Artic To The Black Sea


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.


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 Ladies Night

Date: Friday 12 May 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

RSVP: Wednesday 19 May - 12:00pm

A perfect night to introduce a new friend to the CYCA

One guest per CYCA member

Complimentary Champagne and Canapes

Lucky door prizes

Supported by Oatley Wines

Click Here to Book

Associates Ladies Night Photo For FB


CYCA Trivia Night – May

The next Trivia Night is on Wednesday 17 May, from 7:00pm.  

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. Please note that table bookings are limited to 10 people.

Menu specials will be available for purchase from the Bistro.

Click Here to RSVP and book a table.


Call for Breakfast Club Volunteers

The Breakfast Club is in need of more volunteers.  If you are available Sundays during the Land Rover Winter Series to assist the team please make yourself known.  There is no requirement to be a good cook. Basic chopping, flipping and unpacking skills are all that is needed.  If you would like to become involved, please contact Niel Burling on E:, or contact CYCA Reception.


Musto Autumn/Winter 2017 Merchandise

The brand new Musto Autumn/Winter 2017 range is now available at the CYCA.

Rug up in great quality men’s and ladies apparel including polos, shirts, knits and rugby jerseys.

Don’t forget to show your CYCA membership card at reception to obtain your 10% discount for any merchandise at the Club.

Also available for purchase through the CYCA Online Shop



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.  Click here to view.

To enter the race, Click here.


Blond Catering

Bistro last orders will be 8:00pm each day (subject to patron numbers) from 3 April now that Twilight Sailing has finished.


Tuesday 18 April - Bistro Special

1kg of Kinkawooka Mussels in a Thai green curry broth with toasted sourdough $30.

Sunday 23 April - Bistro Special

All pizzas on the menu available for $15 between 5pm and 8pm 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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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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