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Onshore Edition 127 - Monday 10 July
Message from the CEO

As this is the last full week in the lead up to the 2017 AGM, I would like to start Onshore this week by thanking the Commodore, Flag Officers and Board for their level of commitment, support and workload in the past 12 months.

With 13 committees to oversee, Board meetings and Club functions to attend and races to participate in, it’s a huge commitment, especially when everyone has a full-time job as well. A special thanks also to the partners and families of Board Members for sharing them so generously with the CYCA. 

2017 AGM Correction

Contrary to what was written in Onshore recently, and with the best intentions to be more inclusive and open, it has been pointed out that our current constitution only allows for Full Members, Life Members and Country Members who are financial to attend the AGM. This was a misunderstanding on my part. I apologise for this error and any inconvenient it may have caused and there was never any intention to disregard the constitution ( clause 2.6) as it is currently written.

Top End Victory for CYCA

Congratulations to the CYCA YSA team of Cam Gundy, Tom Grimes, Dante Olivieri and Eric Sparkes for taking out the Inaugural Australian Maid Youth Match Racing Regatta hosted by the Darwin Sailing Club. By all accounts a very successful event.

Winter is coming…to an end.

This Sunday is the closing event in the 2017 Land Rover Winter Series with Ladies Day and Sails for Kids Day. The Prize Giving for this year’s Land Rover Winter Series is on Friday 21 July - book here

Section 96 public exhibition period

We are now in the public exhibition period for the Section 96 requesting the set up on a temporary clubhouse on the hardstand during the refurbishment of the current clubhouse. This closes on 10 August.

New Website  

In additional to our annex and club refurbishment, our club website is soon to undergo its own refurbishment.

Following months of discussion and review at Technology committee meetings, which comprise representatives of all club committees, we believe we are on the right track to present Members with a new website by October.

The new site will be easier to navigate, it will be integrated with TopYacht and overall provide members and staff with an enhanced experience when visiting

More about this and the websites new features in the coming weeks.

Sponsorship opportunity

The club is looking for a sponsor for its drone coverage of the 2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. Utilising state of the art drone technology, the race start will be shown live through the race website and be available through our social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube. If you are interested please contact Ross MacDonald, CYCA Marketing and Communications Manager for further information - or 8292 7871 


Karen Grega

Chief Executive Officer

History to be made in 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has released the Notice of Race for the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – and already 8 yachts have registered to enter what is arguably the world’s toughest offshore racing challenge.

YSA Sailors to take on the US Grand Slam

For the third consecutive year, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy will be represented at the US Grand Slam, a three-event series of World Sailing Grade 2 match race events across the United States of America held in late August.

Race 4 - Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series

With sunshine returning to Sydney after last week’s big blow, the Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series fleet was once again back out in full force.

PONANT Sydney Noumea Race draws fleet of 24

Entries for the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race have closed and on Saturday June 2, following a 25-year hiatus, a multi-state Australian and New Caledonian fleet of 24 boats will bring life back to one of Australia’s oldest ocean odysseys.

Race 3 - Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series

Race 3 of the Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series brought many people back to reality in showing us that our weeks of warm sunny days which graced the start of the winter season have come to an end.

25th Season Celebration

In 2018, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy will celebrate their 25th season. The YSA has set out an ambitious sailing calendar for their anniversary year, which will include nine match racing events ranging from local Grade 5 events beginning in June through to the season finale in November with the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship.

Onshore Edition 127 - Monday 10 July



To celebrate the 2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, our race sponsor Land Rover is giving one lucky winner the chance to win the ultimate Race Day experience on 29 July. This experience includes a double pass to the VIP start boat, where you’ll get front row seats to the action as the yachts set sail. And you’ll also receive two exclusive gift packs with selected Land Rover and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia merchandise.

To enter, simply tell us here in 25 words or less what you would name your dream yacht, and where you would take it on an above and beyond adventure.


2017 Land Rover Winter Series Prize Giving

Friday 21 July 2017


Substantial Canapes and Dinner box

Beverages; Wine, Sparkling, Beer & Soft Drink

*Cash Bar from 9:30pm

DJ and Dancing

Snap Tag Photo Booth — #LRWSPrizegiving


Dress: Smart Casual

RSVP By: Wednesday 19 July 2017 – 12:00pm

Click Here to book.


RSHYR 2017 - Official Spectator Vessels

Bookings are now being taken for the 73rd edition of the race.

Click here for more details


CYCA Trivia Night - Wednesday 12 July, 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 crew members, or just come along and join in the fun. 

Menu specials will be available for purchase from the Bistro from Blond Catering.

Please note that table bookings are limited to 10 people.

Please click here to register. 


Admiral's Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta

Momentum is building for this year's regatta planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s first victory in the Admiral’s Cup.

Set to participate in the December event are Caprice of Huon, Camille, Mercedes III and IV, Fare Thee Well, Love & War, Mister Christian, Syonara, Too Impetuous, Sagacious V, Pacha, Black Magic, Vittoria, Spirit of Koomoolooo (the original Ragamuffin), and the first Wild Oats.

Read more on the CYCA website here


CYCA Builder Belmadar Confirmed as YSA Sponsor

We'd like to welcome Belmadar as a sponsor of the YSA with more details on the new partnership here


SPIRIT OF CRUISING - Tuesday 1 August 2017

CYCA Rani Room — 6.30pm

Guest Speakers; Evan Hodge and Kelly Clark of Nashira, a Bavaria Ocean 40, share their passion, preparation and anxiety as they prepared for their first cruising adventure to Tasmania.

Very new to yachting Evan, who had experience sailing dinghies and skiffs as a young boy, faced new challenges sailing as an 'above knee' amputee and Kelly having never sailed, embarked on a 6 day sailing course which ultimately changed the trajectory of their lives. They bought Nashira 3 months later.

Two and a half years after buying the boat they headed off on a 10 week adventure to Tasmania, crossing Bass Strait, sailing down the East Coast, then down and around to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour.

They will share stories and photos of their trip including the preparation around safety, communications, victualing, route and weather planning and the anxiety of the unknown.

$30.00 for Spirit of Cruising dinner and meeting in the Rani Room.

Bookings close – Monday 31 July, 12:00pm

Click Here to book


Vale Graeme 'Frizzle' Freeman 

The Board of Directors regrets to inform members of the passing of CYCA Member Graeme ‘Frizzle’ Freeman.

Passed Away – 10 July 2017

CYCA Member since 1971

Celebration of Life details:

14:00hrs, Friday 14 July 2017

Derwent Sailing Squadron

23 Marieville Esplanade

Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005


Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 Merchandise Reduced

All remaining items from the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race range have been reduced.

Merchandise includes; rugbys, knits, polos, t-shirts and caps.

Stock reduced by 30%.  No further discounts apply.

For purchase at CYCA reception and also available through the CYCA Online Shop.  To receive the discount enter– ‘RSHYR16’ at the discount code box and click ‘Apply’ at checkout.



Members Badge Draw - Steve Jarvin Motor Group

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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.


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Blond Catering

Reduced Menu 

Please note that from Monday to Friday between 3pm – 5pm we will be offering our reduced menu for Winter including fries, wedges and soup of the day

We will also have an increased selection of cakes and healthy snacks available to have with your coffee or tea

The full breakfast/lunch & dinner menu will be available outside of these times

Available Monday to Friday

Soup & Toastie Special – Soup of the day with half a toasted sandwich and a sweet treat $15

Bistro Special – available from today until sold out

Clarence River King prawn & chorizo linguini with chilli, garlic, baby spinach & lemon $30

Tuesday 11 July

Bistro Special

1kg of Kinkawooka mussels cooked in a white wine, garlic and cream sauce. Served with toasted sourdough.


Sunday 16 July

Bistro Special

Enjoy a Bacon & Egg roll with BBQ relish and a regular coffee for $10!

Available until 11.30am

Thursday 20th July

Available from the Bistro

Smoked brisket sandwich with slaw & house bbq sauce $15

Grain fed Jack’s Creek brisket.  Smoked on the deck for 14 hours over hickory wood.

Smoked beef shortrib with fries & slaw $35

Grain fed Jack’s Creek brisket.  Smoked on the deck for 12 hours over hickory wood.


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 Anna at Blond Catering via email: or phone (02) 8292 7892.


Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA

Marine Radio Licence Course July 22.

What’s on – Our Course Calendar

Fast track with our Sailing Program



12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 6

YSA Inter Club Regatta

12:00 to 16:00

Ladies Day - Race 2 - Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series

Trivia - 13th June

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series - Race 7

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series - Race 8

18:00 to 20:00

Meet the Wine Maker "The Lane"

Shelving System Match Cup

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series - Race 9

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series - Race 10

Trivia - 11th July

12:00 to 16:00

Ladies Day Race 3 (Chris Lee Trophy) Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series
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