When the boats are equal, who will be the Summer Series Champion of Champions?
The CYCA Champion of Champions Regatta began in 2003 to celebrate the purchase of the then brand-new fleet of ten identical Elliott 6.0 for use by the CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy. Club Members were invited to enter their team of “Rock Stars” to participate alongside up and coming Youth Sailing Academy Squad members to compete for the title of CYCA “Champion”.
The original perpetual trophy; a pair of framed jocks soon found their place amongst CYCA folklore. In 2020, a new trophy was commissioned for the event.
After a brief hiatus in 2008, the Champion of Champions Regatta returned in 2009 under a new format. Each year, place-getters from the CYCA Summer Series have been invited to select their crews to compete against each other for the title. Since 2013, this has been in the Elliott 7m class. With up to ten places available each year, and up to six windward-leeward races conducted, the regatta always proves to be a tough contest.
Competitors continue to rely on and use the expertise of both current and alumni of the Youth Sailing Academy, using those sailors knowledge of the Elliott 7m Keelboat to help them on their quest to be CYCA Champions. The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy remain heavily involved in the preparation and conduct of the regatta, with YSA Staff, Coaches and Athletes involved in setting up the yachts, preparing the marks, setting the race course, and providing on-water umpiring and maintenance throughout the day.
The Champion of Champions Regatta is scheduled to take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 and will consist of up to six fleet races.
The Champion of Champions Regatta is open to Summer Season Point score competitors whose primary membership is with the CYCA, however additional teams may be selected as determined by the Organising Authority.
Please note that priority will be given to entrants who have placed highly within their respective Summer Series.
Past Champion of Champions:
2020 – Not conducted (Due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2019 – JUNO – Reg Lord, Ben Lamb, Murray Jones and George Richardson
2018 – Koa – Andrew Kearnan, Eric Sparkes, Warren Miller, Byron White
2017 – Calibre – Richard Williams, Richard Arthur, Murray Jones, Peter Rose
2016 – Chinese Whisper – Rupert Henry, Michael Dunstan, David Edwards, Tom Clout, Berenice Charrez
2015 – Patrice – Tony Kirby, Peter Messenger, David Burt, Tara Blanc-Ramos
2014 – Bennie & The Jets – John Griffin, David Chapman, Daniel Nixon, Alex Salmon
2013 – About Time – Julian Farren-Price, Sam Dickson, Murray Chaffer
2012 – One More No More – Ian Guanaria, Shane Guanaria, Tim Austin
2011 – Victoire – Sean Kirkjian, Scott Francis, Kieryn Cowan
2010 – Vanguard – Ian Quartly, Adam Barnes, Jack Hubbard, James Christian
2009 – Ragamuffin – Sean Kirkjian, Scott Francis, Kieryn Cowan
2008 – Not conducted
2007 – Martin Hill, Tom King, Michael Dunstan
2006 – Martin Hill, Michael Blackburn, Malcolm Page
2005 – Steve Jarvin, Euan McNicol, Seve Jarvin
2004 – Richard Perini, Darren Jones, Michael Dunstan
2003 – Richard Perini, David Jones, Terry Wetton