The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s core business is sailing and as a result, the sailing committee plays the role of monitoring the sailing carried out by the club, identifying and attracting new sailing events, constantly revising the sailing calendar to suit the needs of owners, skippers and members by keeping up to date with the latest safety regulations and recommendations. 

It is the sailing committee’s role to set sailing policy for the sailing office staff and club volunteers so they can provide the best race management possible for the many regattas, charity days and offshore races the CYCA organises.

Each sailing committee member is a boat owner and represents the interests of a particular handicap division eg. IRC & PHS, and/or a class such as cruiser racers, grand prix races and one-design yachts for example.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht races are the club’s two largest offshore events in terms of stature and fleet sizes while the Land Rover Winter Series can attract up to 170 boats each Sunday and the Club Marine Wednesday twilight races, over 100 boats.

With these size fleets sailing in the club’s events, it is vital that the sailing committee provides experience and expertise to the current fleet and endeavours to provide not only challenging sailing but fun and enjoyment for the owners and their crews.

The committee has many challenges ahead - to stay abreast and informed of international trends, to continually review handicap alternatives, to build the fleet size of its offshore races and to keep the sailing calendar relevant to club members.

Chair: Noel Cornish Rear Commodore


Tony Kirby Director

Arthur Psaltis Director

Bradshaw Kellett             

John Kirkjan       

Denis Doyle        

David Burt          

Sam Haynes       

Les Goodridge