We are delighted with today’s announcement that yacht racing can resume – who would have thought we would get there this quickly?
As you know, the CYCA has been planning for this eventuality since the Clubhouse closed in March and we have been working with other major clubs and Australian Sailing to that end.
Along the way, we undertook to give you two weeks’ notice of our intention to restart racing to give you time to get your boats and crews in order. As such we give notice that we will recommence racing on Sunday 7 June – almost a month earlier than we expected!
The Club will run a shortened, 12-race program comprising:
- A Women’s Winter Series comprising a race on Sunday 7 June and Sunday 23 August; and
- A Winter Series comprising 10 races from Sunday 14 June to Sunday 16 August inclusive.
More details will be provided in due course, including how to enter, however, it is important to note that while social distancing restrictions have been relaxed while racing, they will still apply at the Club. The Clubhouse will not, at this stage, be expected to be generally open and we will issue guidance on access to food, drinks, change facilities, etc. later.
This will be a non-spinnaker Series until NSW reaches Stage 3 of the Australian Government Framework for a COVID Safe Australia. Boats will, however, be allocated to appropriate divisions to allow them to transition to spinnakers when social distancing is further relaxed and maximum crew numbers (discussed below) can be increased. This type of approach has been agreed by the major Sydney and Pittwater clubs during this time of transition.
In addition, until the maximum number per boat of 10 people is relaxed, no participating yacht may carry more than this number. The 10-person rule will be fully applied by the CYCA with Members who breach it are at risk of both disqualification from the race and sanction by the Club’s disciplinary committee.
This may sound harsh, but we have been given an unexpected opportunity to return to some semblance of normality. As we have seen with other sports, the community expects us to honour both the letter and intent of these rules and we must respect this.
Finally, I wish to record my thanks for the excellent work of Australian Sailing, notably David Edwards, Carl Webster and President Daniel Belcher for delivering this great result; and the support of the Commodores of RSYS, RANSA, MHYC, RPAYC, RMYCBB, SASC, MYC and RPEYC who have collaborated weekly since the pandemic began.
If you have any questions about the above, our Sailing Office Team are here to help. Please contact interim Sailing Manager Tara Blanc-Ramos via email or phone (02) 8292 7802. Further information can also be found on Australian Sailing’s website here.
We said from the start that the Sydney clubs would all go back racing together and this is what we will do – with the relationship between our clubs as strong as ever.
See you out on the water… soon!
Paul Billingham – CYCA Commodore