Kellett shield – 26th May 2018
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.
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. Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club will open the 2018 series on Sunday 3 June, before traveling to the CYCA, RSYS and RPAYC.
Shelving Systems Match Cup – 30 June 2018
The Shelving Systems Match Cup opens the CYCA match racing season in June each year as a youth match racing grade 5 event. Past CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre is a Director of Shelving Systems who have been the Naming Rights sponsor of this event since 2015. The regatta features up to ten teams, competing in a single round robin format.
Captain John Piper YSA Anniversary Championship – 21-22 July 2018
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 2018/19 youth match racing circuit which begins in August.
Club Marine NSW Youth Championship – 4-5 August 2018
Since its inception in 2001, the CYCA has hosted every NSW Youth Match Racing Championship with naming rights sponsor, Club Marine, joining the event in 2004. This two day, World Sailing Grade 4 event is hosted over the first weekend 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 15 events.
CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta – 1-2 September 2018
The CYCA Women’s Match Racing Regatta has been conducted annually since 1996 and is open to female teams of 5 or 6 sailors. The World Sailing Grade 4 event will be contested over the first weekend of September in 2018 and will provide ideal training for teams competing in the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship. The event is supported by the Messenger Family with up to 10 teams invited to compete. In 2018, the trophy has been rededicated as the John Messenger Trophy after John sadly passed away in September 2017.
Australian Match Racing Championships
As part of the 25th anniversary of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, the CYCA has been awarded all Australian Match Racing Championships for 2018. Each event will feature up to ten teams with a qualifying round robin stage followed by a knockout series. Each event will be a World Sailing Grade 3 with the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship starting on Sunday 16 September, followed by the Australian Open Match Racing Championship starting on Thursday 20 September, Australian Schools Match Racing Championship commencing on Saturday 6 October and finally the Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship on 8 October 2018.
Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship – 16-19 September 2018
Australian Match Racing National Championship – 20-23 September 2018
Australian Schools Match Racing Championship – 6-7 October 2018
SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship – 8-12 October 2018
Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta – 26-30 November 2018
The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s premier event, the Musto International, concludes the regatta season for 2018 in November. This is the 17th 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.