Life Member Peter Shipway with Commodore Paul Billingham

Life Member Peter Shipway

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Members recognised Peter Shipway’s contribution to the Club and Ocean Racing at this year’s annual general meeting when they unanimously elected him a Life Member.

Peter Shipway has been a valued member and contributor to the club for 48 years, starting when he first became a member of the Club in 1972 before moving into roles within the Club in 1978 and continuing to this current day.

Following is a brief summary of Peter Shipwayʼs valuable service to the:

  • Marina manager 1978 – 1981
  • General manager of the Club 1981 – 1984
  • Sailing committee member for eight consecutive years from 1985 through 1993
  • Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race committee member for two years in 1985 and in 1986
  • Co-founder of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy and Committee member for 6 consecutive years from 1992 through 1997
  • CYCA Club Archives Committee member since 2006
  • CYCA Premises Committee Member since 2018
  • CYCA Special Events Committee Member for the 75th RSHYR
  • CYCA RSHYR 2019 Classic Yacht Regatta Committee Member
  • Member of the selection panel for the CYCA “Hall of Fame”
  • CYCA Video Archives Project co-founder and interviewer (21 completed)
  • Proof read David Colfeldʼs “A History of the CYCA” titled “From Ratbags to Respectability”


Peter Shipway is also a distinguished yachtsman. Included in his accomplished Ocean Racing record:

  • 31 Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, crewing in two overall victories and five line honours winners
  • Eight Admiralʼs Cup series, one as the Australian Team Captain with one victory, a second and a third placing
  • The Americaʼs Cup Series as a crew member on “Australia 1” in 1980

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