Eden School sailing on Sydney Harbour

Eden Kids’ Big-Smoke Experience

The CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy recently hosted 18 students and two staff members from Eden Marine High School for an intensive week-long stay in Sydney at the Club.

Students from the South Coast, NSW, school were given a taste of life at the CYCA, with the Youth Sailing Academy (YSA) team giving the students on-water sailing lessons, off-water sailing-specific training and life skills, in addition to a taste of Sydney life… while living on the water no less!

The relationship between the CYCA and Eden Marine High is a long one, with the school heading north for a total of 26 years, operating under the tutelage of our YSA. A special thanks goes to Robyn Malcolm who has put the group together from the Eden end and accompanied them every year since the inception of the program.  On arrival in Sydney the students were shown to their accommodation on luxury yachts which were kindly supplied by East Sail.

Each day the students have a full sailing program on the YSA’s Elliott 7s, with coaches on each boat.  Eden Marine High has recently introduced sailing as a sport at the school and many of these students came to the CYCA with some sailing experience and hopefully have returned home with more confidence to share with other students in their school sailing program.

In addition to sailing, the students enjoyed a range of activities including a dinner at Phillips Foote Restaurant in the Rocks (hosted by CYCA Member, Howard Dredge), a movie night at Event Cinemas (compliments of CYCA Member, John Kirby) and sailing with CYCA Members on their yachts for Wednesday Twilights. RANSA members, too, took several students out on the Friday Twilight Race.

Eden holds a special place in the history of the CYCA, with the town acting as the last point of refuge for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race participants before crossing Bass Strait. The town provides and hosts a number of volunteers who assist in the coordination and running of Eden Marine Rescue, a crucial element of the CYCA’s biggest ocean race.

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