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Onshore Edition 133 - Monday 21 August
Message from the CEO


Belated 50 Year Member Presentation

Last Friday night the Commodore John Markos presented a 50 year Member with his badge. Richard Hall (pictured left) was absent from the AGM in July as he now lives overseas, but during a visit back to Sydney we were able to belatedly arrange a presentation.


Sailing Talent on Show

The cream of the CYCA’s youth sailing talent also gathered last Friday night for the Annual Presentation Night. The full list of winners and photos from the event can be found at this link.


‘Roof’-urbishment Update

This week should see the completion, or near completion, of the new roof on the adjoining annex (weather permitting).  Once the building is water-tight, there will be a flurry of trade activity as the new internal layout starts to take shape.


Comanche, as well as Clippers, heading back to Sydney 

The 2015 Line Honours winner Comanche from the USA has now entered the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 becoming the third entry from the USA.

We have nine International boats including USA (3), Hong Kong (2), France, Italy, NZ and China, with 40 entries all up to date.

Yesterday in Liverpool, 247 Clipper crew Members boarded their 12 yachts and set sail from Albert Dock (pictured). Leaving behind family, friends and supporters, the fleet will now not see land for around four weeks.

We hope to see them here in Sydney from around 14 December when they gather at the CYCA to prepare for their participation in this year’s race.


Volunteer Applications for RSHYR 2017

With an even busier RSHYR 2017 with the Clippers on-site and a large contingent of international crew (26 different nationalities in 2016), we are keen to update our Volunteers’ skills register, including languages spoken by volunteers. The latter will assist in allocating ‘Liaison Officers’ to each of our visiting, international boats and assist the international crew Members on board other boats.

Following advice from our insurance broker, we now have a more comprehensive Application Form which must be completed by all volunteers to comply with work, health and safety best practice.  Please complete the form on the website to participate in this year’s event.


PONANT Cruise Information Sessions

Put 24 October in your diary when PONANT, the world leader in luxury expeditions and sponsor of the CYCA's PONANT Sydney Noumea Race 2018, is staging two information sessions (1400hrs and 1800hrs) at the CYCA for Members and guests. The events will focus on their ships L’Austral and Le Soleal which are both based in Australia from December through to March each year.

PONANT passengers cruise in luxury comfort to beautiful locations such as Darwin, the Grenadine Islands and Port Villa as well as the Antarctic, Milford Sound, Martinique and Argentina. For more information please click this link.


In closing

In what is now becoming almost a weekly occurrence somewhere in the world of senseless violence against innocent people, our thoughts and prayers are with the Cadman family and all other families impacted by this latest tragedy in Barcelona.  

We can’t live in fear of what might happen, but we can and must be vigilant.


Karen Grega

Chief Executive Officer

Onshore Edition 133 - Monday 21 August

RSHYR 2017 - Official Spectator Vessels

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

Click here for more details


2017 Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party

The concept of the Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party is for a Spring Party, to raise money for the YSA and to congratulate those who achieved “25 Hobarts” with the last race. Their names are now on the Honour Board and on the evening, each will be presented with a specially crafted Huon Pine plaque.

There are 6 to be so honoured, with a special first to a yachtswoman, Adrienne Cahalan. Along with her are: Michael Bellingham, Bruce Clark, Brad Kellett, Peter Sheldrick and Andrew TaylorWe hope their crews and friends will come along to congratulate them.

Along with the above segment in proceedings, we are particularly pleased to present plaques to those YSA alumni who sailed in their first Hobart. They will receive a bigger plaque after another 24 starts! Lauren Gallaway, Kat Stroinovsky, Ben Robinson and Charlie Gundy

The Quiet Little Drink Club sponsored one of the first YSA Elliotts in 1993. Since then has provided thousands of dollars in crew uniforms, travel, oilies and qualifying courses. Your attendance will help us to continue this most successful support.

COST: Donation $30 per head to YSA, supper, courtesy The Breakfast Club

WHEN: Friday 8 September 2017

WHERE: Freya and Morna Rooms, CYCA

RSVP: As soon as possible


CONTACT: Tony Cable 0418 640 288 or email  (With Donald Graham and David Kellett)


CYCA Youth Sailing Academy

School Holiday Course – Bookings now open!

From Tuesday 3 October to Friday 6 October, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy will run a 4 day sailing course on-board the YSA Elliott 7s. These are fast, stable and fun skiff style keel boats to sail. The course is open to students aged 13-18 whose sailing experiences range from very limited to reasonably competent and are interested in keelboat sailing. Enrolment forms can be found here.

Summer Performance Squad – Apply now

The 2017 Summer Performance Squad will take place on Thursday evenings incorporating both training exercises and race experience onboard the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s Elliott 7s. The Squad is a fun group which focuses on building each participants keelboat skills, fleet racing tactics and starting as well as match racing, an exciting discipline to develop their sailing and team skills. The program is open to all CYCA Members and will be held from October to February. More information can be found here and online application forms can be completed here

Noakes Boat and Shipyards 7s Series – Expression of Interest open

An invitation is extended to CYCA Members and their friends to enter the Noakes Boat & Shipyards Spring 7s Series. The Spring Series will be held over 4 evenings with up to 6 high adrenaline sprint races each evening in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7's.

Dates - Spring Series

    • Tuesday 17 October 2017
    • Tuesday 24 October 2017
    • Tuesday 31 October 2017
    • Tuesday 14 November 2017

Conditions of Entry:

  • Entry fee is $720, for a team of four or five.
  • The skipper and one crew member must be current CYCA members.
  • Prior sailing experience is to be declared.
  • Preference will be given to skippers who have not yet competed in a CYCA Elliott 7 Series 
  • For an additional fee a YSA coach/graduate can be on-board in an advisory capacity.

Download the Notice of Race here. Applications for invitation to the series must be submitted to the Youth Sailing Academy by  0900hrs on Monday 2 October 2017 and can be completed online here


Member Badge Draw Sponsor - nots by heckmann

Badge draw up to $4,200

nots by heckmann Australia will be present at the Member's Bar on Thursday 24 August 2017 and will introduce special jewellery for the sailing community. nots by heckmann is a versatile jewellery line with diamonds on silver with a Dyneema bracelet clasped with a sailor's knot.

Come along on Thursday night to view the brand's offers. With Fathers Day next week, nots could be what you are looking for that very special gift.

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.


Member benefits: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra New Patron Offer for Haydn, Mozart & Friends

Experience classical music as it would have been performed in the 18th century – on rare period instruments. Revel in the enlightened soundscape – one that is joyous, uplifting and heartbreakingly beautiful! Performing repertoire from two favourite composers, Mozart and Haydn, masterful artist of the baroque cello Jamie Hey, leads the orchestra with Belgium's Bart Aerbeydt, acclaimed expert of the period horn.

As part of an offer to new patrons, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is giving CYCA members 33% off the regular price of the best seats in the City Recital Hall


Reg Price


NEW Price



$        175

 $          58

 $        116



$        140

 $          46

 $          93



$        110

 $          36

 $          73

  • Wed 13 September, 7pm
  • Fri 15 September, 7pm
  • Wed 20 September, 7pm
  • Fri 22 September, 7pm
  • Sat 23 September, 7pm

Valid til 12pm on the day of the performance or 12pm Friday if the performance is on the weekend.



  • Capped at 100 seats in Sydney
  • Must quote the ABO Promo Code “NPO17S4NY1”
  • Please provide your CYCA Club Membership # (Tel / In person only)
  • Offer is only applicable to patrons who are new to the Australian Brandenburg
  • The offer is NOT available for the Saturday matinee performance at 2pm
  • Not applicable with previous purchases / any other offer


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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

Tuesday 22nd August

Bistro Specials

Roast pork knuckle with mash, jus, apple & vanilla butter & sauerkraut $45

Beer battered flathead with chips, lemon & tartare $25

Thursday 24th August

Members Special – Pay for a chicken schnitzel and receive a complimentary Parmigiana upgrade

Available from 5pm

Sunday 27th August

Bistro Special

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

Sunday 3rd September - Fathers Day

Join us for Father’s Day lunch on Sunday 3rd September and spoil Dad with a complimentary middy of beer or glass of wine for Dad!

Shared seafood platter to start:

Sydney rock oysters with mignonette, tiger prawns with cocktail sauce, smoked salmon, Balmain bugs, seaweed salad & lemon

Choice of main course:

  • Beer battered fish & chips with tartare sauce
  • CYCA beef burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, house mayo & pickles
  • Char grilled 250g Jack’s Creek MBS3+ black angus rump with chips, steamed greens & chimichurri
  • Pan fried barramundi with pumpkin, chick peas, cumin aioli & lime
  • Mushroom risotto with fresh herbs & parmesan

$60 per person

Bookings are essential. Please call the Events Office on 8292 7892 or email

Tuesday 7th November – Melbourne Cup

On Tuesday the 7th of November, the race that stops the nation is on again… so join us again for a Melbourne Cup to remember. With stunning waterfront views over Rushcutters Bay and exclusive use of the private balconies of the CYCA – home of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, there is no better place to enjoy a Melbourne Cup lunch with your friends, family or colleagues.

With canapes, a 2 course seated lunch and a decadent dessert station all provided by Australia’s Venue Caterer of the Year, Blond Catering, you and your guests are sure to dine in style! The day will be filled with entertainment by MC Wayne Shapiro and music by Kartik Kuna, sweeps, prizes and much more!

Bookings are essential. Please call the Events Office on 8292 7892 or email


Bar staff wanted

The CYCA is seeking bar attendants to assist in the club's bar areas. Applicants must possess an RSA competency card and at least 1 years experience. Valid student visas welcome.
Excellent working conditions are part of the benefits. Successful applicants will be paid wages and allowances in accordance with the Registered & Licensed Club Award. Rosters include evening and weekend work.
Email applications to


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


18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

14:00 to 16:30

CYCA Spring Series Race 3

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

14:00 to 16:30

CYCA Spring Series Race 4

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – September

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

18:30 to 22:00

2017 Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party


Marinassess Women's Match Racing Regatta

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw


SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
Members Badge Draw - Results 17 August

The Jackpot Prize for Thursday 24 August 2017 is $4,200

Members' Badge Draw, LTPS/17/11941, is conducted in the Coasters Retreat between 6pm - 7pm.


Members drawn on Thursday 17 August, 2017:



3729 - Robert Kelly



864 - Kim Messenger



5322 - Rodney Attwood



3604 - Melissa Walker

No Winner.

Members must be present at the CYCA Clubhouse at the time their number is drawn.     

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