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Onshore Edition 130 - Monday 31 July
Message from the CEO

Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2017

From the perspective of being on the start boat, when the cannon fired for the start of the race you’d be forgiven for thinking that no-one had heard it, or you were looking at a photograph of the race start, given the lack of movement.

But Wild Oats XI soon broke away, taking out Line Honours in this year’s Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, crossing the finishing line at 7.37am this morning in a time of 01:18:37:06, with Black Jack hot on their heels finishing three minutes and 31 seconds later.

If you missed the start of the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race 2017 you can see this year’s fleet up close by going to the race website here and Facebook page here.

Both sites will take you to YouTube where there is some excellent drone footage (sponsored by Noakes Boat and Shipyards) with commentary by Sean Langman and Olivia Price and hosted by CYCA Communications/Marketing Manager Ross MacDonald. Special thanks also to Dale and Crosbie Lorimer for the Bow Caddy Wrap footage.

Photographic wrap of the day is also available with a selection of photographs taken by Andrea Francolini.

A final thanks to our much-valued sponsor Land Rover for their support of this event and the Winter Series. We were fortunate to have their new Discovery on display on the hardstand in the days leading up to Saturday’s Race.  Check out the new model here.

Blonde@ CYCA finalist in catering awards

Blonde@CYCA is a finalist in the 2017 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence – Sydney Metropolitan -  in the category of Contemporary Australian Restaurant - Informal.

Held annually, these prestigious awards recognize and celebrate commitment to the high standards that have become synonymous with dining in NSW.

Winners from each category will be announced on Monday 18 September at Luna Park Sydney. Event details and a complete list of finalists for the 2017 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence - NSW, can be found by visiting the ‘Awards for Excellence’ page on the website.


2018-2019 Associates Committee

Following their AGM last Monday evening, here is the makeup of the Associates Committee for the next 12 months:

Pam Messenger - President

Cathie Mulherin - Vice President

Margaret Keelty - Treasurer

Amanda Lulham - Secretary

Justine Anson

Kaye Brooks

Pauline Christie

Jennifer Dahl

Fiona Davies

Pamela Emerson

Kendi Kellett (Life Member)

Jane Bartrum

Irenee Soemardi

Pam Neate

Fiona Marr (Full Member)


Karen Grega

Chief Executive Officer

Roger Hickman OAM Memorial Trophy welcomed to the CYCA

This Friday night’s Ocean Racer of the Year Awards will feature a special prize which will be handed out for the first time. It all stems from one of the CYCA’s most legendary figures.

Balance holds strong to take the win in the Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore

The past weekend’s Race 8 signalled the end of a thrilling Mount Gay Ocean Pointscore, with Paul Clitheroe’s TP52, Balance, reigning supreme.

Another Short Ocean win for Fifty Two Hundred

On IRC division one, Ian Short’s TP52, Fifty Two Hundred made it three wins from four in Race 8 of the Short Ocean Pointscore at the weekend, securing them the series win with one race still to go.

Strong performers from the CYCA in the 2018 Sydney Harbour Regatta

The 2018 Sydney Harbour Regatta went out with a blast as the forecast strong southerly, contrasting with Saturday's ideal nor’ easter, meant abandoning racing on some courses, while the remainder were tested to the max.

Fifty Two Hundred takes the win in Short Ocean Pointscore

At the business end of the CYCA’s Short Ocean Pointscore, Ian Short’s TP52, Fifty Two Hundred, took out the weekend’s Race 7 on IRC division 1.

Return of CYCA Winter Series: Entries open 2 March

The 2018 CYCA Winter Series is fast approaching with entries open from Friday, 2 March. The 2018 CYCA Winter Series will include ten pointscore races which are book-ended by the opening and closing Ladies day non-pointscore races.

Onshore Edition 130 - Monday 31 July

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 – August

The next Trivia Night is on Wednesday 9 August 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. 

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.


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


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.



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

Monday 31 July

Bistro Special

Teriyaki salmon poke bowl w/ brown rice, avocado, shallots, seaweed & shiso $21

Sunday 6 August

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


Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA

What’s on – Our Course Calendar

Fast track with our Sailing Program

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