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Safety of Life at Sea Trust (SOLAS)

History of the CYCA SOLAS Trust

Following the tragic loss of six lives in the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the CYCA Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trust was established by the Club and a number of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s then Directors. Since its creation, the CYCA SOLAS Trust has raised more than $1.6m.

The Trust is managed by a company trustee with five Board Members including a Chairman.

Chairman David Kellett AM (left) at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Corporate Luncheon, which raised money for the CYCA SOLAS Trust. Photo: Andrea Francolini

The Trust’s objectives are to:

  • Assist the immediate needy family of those lost at sea during Australian Sailing sanctioned races
  • Provide assistance to search and rescue organisations
  • Foster research and training to improve procedures and equipment for use at sea.

In the lead up to the 2019 annual SOLAS Trust Dinner, Hamilton Island donated two nights at “qualia Leeward Pavillion” as a raffle prize to the SOLAS Trust, during Hamilton Island Race Week tickets were sold, raising $1,500 towards the SOLAS Trust. The lucky winner was a local, Kerry Cavanagh (Ticket #275). Congratulations Kerry and thanks to all those who supported the SOLAS Trust.

The CYCA SOLAS Trust Board Members

Chair: David Kellett

Board Members:

Paul Billingham (CYCA Past Commodore)

Matt Allen (CYCA Past Commodore)

Arthur Lane (CYCA Vice Commodore)

Leander Klohs

David Gotze

Secretary: Justine Kirkjian (CYCA CEO)

Supporting Search & Rescue organisations

Since they were established in 1999, the Trust has distributed in excess of $1.2 million to search and rescue organisations Australia wide including the following recipients:

2016

2015

Since being established in 1999, the Trust has distributed in excess of $900,000 to search and rescue organisations Australia-wide, including the following recipients:

Fundraising

The work of the CYCA SOLAS Trust is ongoing. Well in excess of $1.6 million has been donated by those participating in the sport to the CYCA SOLAS Trust since its inception, with the vast majority coming from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and its members.

The annual CYCA SOLAS Trust Fundraising Dinner attracts guests and VIPs from across the community.

Donations

To make a donation to the CYCA SOLAS Trust please download the form or contact accounts@cyca.com.au.

In recognition of the support that CYCA members give to the annual Rotary Charity Regatta, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove committed to include the CYCA SOLAS Trust as a nominated beneficiary of the Regatta.

Applying for a donation

The Trustee is continuously seeking giftable search and rescue organisations around Australia with a view to supporting their capital expenditure on search and rescue facilities. If you think your organisation meets the criteria, please email your detailed proposal seeking support from the SOLAS Trusts to the CYCA at cyca@cyca.com.au or post your submission to:

The Chairman
CYCA SOLAS Limited
c/- the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
1 New Beach Rd
Darling Point    NSW    2027

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