Winter Squads

The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy conducts winter training squads in conjunction with other sailing clubs to allow sailors to participate and build their skills across multiple disciplines and classes within the sport of sailing. Winter Squads are open to members and non-members of the CYCA and are tiered into three levels.

Sailors are recommended to have participated in at least two CYCA School Holiday Courses before attending winter squads. Sailors are also strongly encouraged to participate for two years in each squad, focusing on different positions across those years.

Through a New South Wales Government initiative, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy has been approved as an Active Kids Program provider which allows parents to claim and redeem a $100.00 Active Kids voucher per school enrolled child to cover registration of a CYCA Youth Sailing Academy course. To be eligible for the grant, please complete the online application form here.


COVID-19 Update: Monday 24 August 2020

On Monday 24 August, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy suspended winter squads and regattas scheduled in September after new restrictions were implemented by NSW Health and Australian Sailing regarding the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in our community. To read Australian Sailing press release, please click here.

The Greater Sydney area has been broken into several ‘regions‘ with sailors now only able to sail within their region. To keep as many sailors active during these new restrictions, which will be in place until Wednesday 30 September 2020, the YSA will offer two new programs outlined below to eligible sailors residing in ‘region B’.

September Match Racing Clinics

During September 2020, four match racing clinics will be conducted to upskill sailors as much as possible. The clinics will incorporate both online and on-water coaching by YSA Staff Jordan Reece and Harry Price. The clinics are designed to deliver coaching for participants across all skill levels and will help develop a high level of boat handling, sail trim and understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

These clinics are open to any participant who is a current member of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy, RSYS Sailing Academy, RPAYC Youth Development Program or eligible school sailing program and currently reside is ‘region B’.

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Book your spot here!

Development Match Racing Clinic: 8 – 11 October 2020

The Development Match Racing Clinic will incorporate two days of coaching and a two-day match racing event, the Captain John Piper Regatta. The clinic is open to Development Match Racing Squad 2020 members only.

Please contact the Youth Sailing Academy for more details



CYCA Winter Squads:

Talented Sailor Squad (TSS) – cancelled in 2020

Graduates from School Holiday Courses (cert 3 or higher) or sailors who have been active in dinghy sailing for 3 – 5 years are welcome to apply for this squad. Students from this course gain valuable skills in tactics and strategy of fleet racing on-board keel boats and may become involved with yacht racing. Participants are required to be over the age of 13 to attend.


Development Match Racing Squad (DMR) – cancelled in 2020

Sailors who have demonstrated a high level of fleet racing skills or graduated from other YSA squads are invited to attend. Participants from this course gain valuable skills in both match and fleet racing and are given the opportunity to represent the CYCA in regattas across both disciplines. They may also become involved with yacht racing. Participants are recommended to be over the age of 15 to attend.


Advanced Squad (AS)

This course fine-tunes the sailor in all aspects of the sport.  Racing rules, tactics, physical fitness, campaign planning, sail trim and boat maintenance are just some of the subjects covered over the course.  Participants in the Advanced Squad have the opportunity to represent the CYCA in a number of local, national and International under 25’s match racing regattas and are highly sought after as yacht crews. Participants are recommended to be over the age of 17 to attend.


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