The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia was formed in 1944 and, despite its name, quickly became the leading exponent of ocean racing in Australia, at that time a little-known sport both here and elsewhere.
In 1945 a planned cruise to Hobart quickly turned into a race and the famous Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was born.
The race captured the imagination of the Australian public and it soon developed into an international yachting classic, attracting competitors from around the world.
With close to 70 years experience conducting ocean races such as the Sydney Hobart Race the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has built an expertise in race organisation and sea safety which is internationally acclaimed and widely emulated, some techniques being adapted world-wide following CYCA development.
To the surprise of the major ocean racing nations a Cruising Yacht Club of Australia team came close second at the Admiral's Cup in England in 1965 and returned in 1967 to win the Admiral's Cup.
With this result the CYCA established Australia as a force in international ocean racing.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia began when some keen sailors started meeting informally in a photographic studio in Sydney. They soon acquired a boatshed in Rushcutters Bay and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Clubhouse has been developed into a stylish and practical headquarters where races and regattas are organised and conducted.
These days, the CYCA is the 'Club of choice' for its almost 3,000 members, sailors and non-sailors, who enjoy the world-class facilities, the extensive sailing calendar and the social programme of member's nights, prize givings and just relaxing in the Sydney Hobart Bar after a hard-fought race.
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CYCA Waterfront circa July 1958