Last week CYCA welcomed 20 students and two teachers from Eden Marine High School for a week of sailing with the Club.
The annual event was particularly special for this year’s group after the Eden community suffered not only the terrible 2019-2020 bushfire season but also endured the challenges inflicted on small-town communities by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students spent the week exploring Sydney Harbour with the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7s, making their way down and around Kangaroo Island on Tuesday before stopping off at Manly, The Spit, Watsons Bay, Balmoral and Rose Bay over the remainder of the week.
On Thursday morning the students enjoyed a demonstration from SeaBin Project which fascinated many students as they consider their careers after high school. The students also enjoyed tours of Rolex Sydney Hobart yachts, participated in the Wednesday Twilight Series (including coming away with a few podiums in each division!) and topped off the week by also taking part in the RANSA Twilight on Friday evening.
“This has undoubtedly been the highlight of the year for all of our students here this week,” commented Robyn Malcolm who accompanied the students and also assists with retirements into Eden during the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
“They have gone through so much over the past 12 months and we didn’t even think we were going to make it up to Sydney this year. To see their smiles at the end of each day, we know it means the world to them.”
CYCA would like to thank East Sail who provided accommodation for the week for the students and teachers as well as our many Members who took up the opportunity to provide space on their yachts for the twilight races.
Every year, CYCA hosts a group of students from Eden Marine High School as a thankyou for the Community’s ongoing dedication to supporting the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.