The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Members and key contributors have been acknowledged for their excellence and dedication over the past year at Australian Sailing’s 2019 NSW/ACT Sailing Awards.
Matt Allen, Tim Cox and the CYCA as a whole were acknowledged for their significant contributions to sailing in the sport’s key state awards evening, held at the CYCA in Rushcutters Bay on Saturday.
Allen claimed the Offshore Sailor of the Year title, having taken numerous yacht race victories over the past 12 months in his TP52, Ichi Ban, including 1st IRC and ORCi Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore and 1st IRC at Airlie Beach Race Week. Additionally, Matt and his team came 2nd IRC in Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, and jointly won the 2018 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Award with Wendy Tuck. His TP52 Ichi Ban was named ‘Yacht of the Year’ by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in the UK in November 2018, for which they received the Somerset Memorial Trophy.
Cox claimed a Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting reward following an extremely significant contribution to Australian Sailing and to the sport in NSW. Beyond volunteering for various roles in many Club Committees, Cox was the Race Committee Chairman for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race from 2002 to 2017. By extension, the role of Race Committee Chairman extended to other major offshore races in NSW, including the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and the Blue Water Pointscore series. He also performed the duties of Race Committee Chairman for the reinstated PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race and numerous other regattas.
The Club shared the Sport Promotion Award alongside other Clubs for its part in running the promotion of the 2018 Invictus Games sailing compontent. The CYCA played a significant part not only in the running of the event but in the promotion of the sport and the Invictus Games overall, with key bespoke editorial pieces planted on both its owned marketing collateral but picked up by other key editorial outlets including local papers such as the Wentworth Courier, with the event also broadcast on ABC TV. The Club additionally hosted the official Invictus Games sailing after party, which was acknowledged by many as a celebration that would be long remembered.
“The Club’s acknowledgement for its promotion of the Invictus Games is a great honour and reflective of the hard work so many people put into both staging and promoting the Invictus Games at the Club,” CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham says.
“The on-water action was first class and the off-water party was one that the participants said they’d remember forever. We should be very proud that, as a Club, we’ve left lasting memories on so many worthy recipients.
“Matt has been one of Australia’s great sailors for many years and this award further cements his place in CYCA history. Matt and Ichi Ban continue to do great things both in CYCA races and around the country – and we look forward to him continuing his fine form well into the future.
“Tim has contributed so much to the Club over an extended period, particularly around his leadership of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. We thank him once again for his tremendous effort and see this award as a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to the CYCA and to sailing overall.
“Congratulations not only to all the award winners but all the nominees too – it was a great year for sailing and one we are all hoping to build on in 2019 and beyond.”