Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Tuesday 24 March, the CYCA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone all Youth Sailing activities till 1 October 2020. This decision has affected all youth events, however, the CYCA is committed to minimizing the disruption and will be rescheduling as many events as possible to commence over the summer period.
Kellett shield – cancelled in 2020
The Kellett Shield was donated to the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy in 1993 by Australian Sailing Board Member, David Kellett. This fleet racing event, is the culmination of the development of crew work and communication skills for the CYCA Advanced Squad each year. The format for the event consists of a maximum of six races with crews rotating through each position.
Interclub Challenge – cancelled in 2020
Created in 2001 as a way to help identify and build youth sailors experience in fleet racing events, the Interclub Challenge is a fleet racing series contested by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron with each club hosting a stage of the series. Each stage consists of up to two teams from each club, participating in a maximum of six races per stage.
CYCA Match Cup – cancelled in 2020
The CYCA Match Cup opens the match racing season in June each year as a match racing grade 5 event. The regatta features up to ten teams, competing in a single round robin format.
Captain John Piper Regatta
Supported by CYCA member, Dean Harrigan, the Captain John Piper Regatta is a two day match racing grade 4 event hosted in July. Entries are open to teams in the youth category (Under 23) and provides the ideal training platform for teams participating in the 2019/20 youth match racing circuit which begins in August.
Club Marine NSW Youth Match Racing Championship
Since its inception in 2001, the CYCA has hosted every NSW Youth Match Racing Championship with Club Marine continuing on as the naming rights sponsor for the event since 2004. This two day, World Sailing Grade 4 event is hosted in August each year. Only two yacht clubs have ever won the trophy, with Hunter Academy Sport winning the inaugural event. Since then the CYCA has won the past 16 events.
John Messenger Women’s Match Racing Regatta
The John Messenger Women’s Match Racing Regatta has been conducted annually since 1996 and is open to female teams of 4 or 5 sailors. The World Sailing Grade 4 event will be contested over the first weekend of September in 2019. The event is supported by the Messenger Family with up to 10 teams invited to compete. In 2018, the trophy was rededicated as the John Messenger Trophy after John sadly passed away in September 2017. Request for invitations close at 0900hrs on Friday 3 July 2020.
Australian Youth Match Racing Championship – currently postponed
After successfully hosting the Australian Youth Match Racing Championship from 2016 to 2018, partnering with Sharp Australia, Australian Sailing have re-appointed the CYCA as hosts for 2019 & 2020. The World Sailing Grade 3 event will be hosted from Monday 30 September to Friday 4. Entries are open to all States and Territories. Request for invitation close at 0900hrs on Friday 26 July 2020.
Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta – 23 – 27 November
The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s premier event, the Musto International, concludes the regatta season for 2019 in November. This is the 19th year of this highly competitive youth match racing event which is now well established on the international circuit. With up to 12 teams invited, this World Sailing Grade 2 event regularly features entries from Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, Japan, France and the United States of America. Competitors will compete for the coveted perpetual trophy – ‘The Joy Ride Trophy’, which was named after Gary McPike who was an International Umpire who provided great support to the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy.