CYCA Video Archive Project

Since 2008 the Club's Archives Committee has been conducting a series of interviews with senior members of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to document their recollections of the development of the Club and the sport of ocean racing.

We hope you enjoy the series

Episode One: Richard 'Sighty' Hammond - discussion points include;

  • early memories
  • why the Halvorsens were so successful
  • 1967 Admirals Cup preparation
  • worst experience at sea
  • 1979 Fastet Race
  • favourite boats
  • ocean racing today 

Episode Two: Trygve Halvorsen - discussion points include;

  • early days at the CYCA
  • Saga, Peer Gynt, Solveig, Anitra, Norla
  • Freya 3 wins in a row
  • Halvorsen philosophy
  • 1962 Americas Cup
  • 1965 Admirals Cup
  • 2 mainsails on Freya
  • Trans Tasman Races
  • worst weather
  • sailing today

Episode Three - Don Mickleborough - discussion points include;

• early memories
• 1958 Sydney to Hobart
• great characters I have sailed with
• the worst weather
• dancing with officialdom
• the Delphine affair
• favourite boats
• thoughts on sailing today
 
  • early memories of Sea Scouts and the CYCA
  • Peter Luke
  • first race to Hobart
  • clubhouse
  • Vic Meyer and Solo
  • 1950 Sydney to Hobart
  • Caprice of Huon
  • Bill Northam

Episode 4 (Part 2) features Gordon Ingate and he discusses:

  • 1965 selection trials
  • colonials abroad
  • 1965 Admirals Cup
  • 1972 Sydney to Hobart
  • Caprice of Huon wins
  • 1972 Olympics
  • the problem with IOR

Episode 5 features Bill Psaltis and he discusses:

  • early days at the CYCA
  • first clubhouse
  • 1956 Sydney to Hobart
  • planning the 1965 Admirals Cup challenge
  • Meltemi
  • dinner with the Aga Khan
  • Huey Long and Ondine
  • 1998 Sydney to Hobart
  • ocean racing today

 Episode 6 features Jeannette York and she discusses; 

  • Early sailing memories
  • Beginning of the CYC
  • Tradewind and the 1949 Sydney to Hobart
  • Rating rule development
  • Meeting Mick York
  • Memories of Terry Hammond, Boy Messenger, Vic Meyer, the Halvorsens
  • Sailing today
  • The first women

Episode 7, Part 1 features Mick York and he discusses;

  • 1945, joining the CYCA
  • the club house in the early days
  • meeting Jeanette
  • Tui Manu, a Tasman Seabird
  • 1965, Caprice of Huon and the Admirals Cup selection trials

Episode 7, Part 2 features Mick York - Discussion points include;

  • 1965 Admirals Cup
  • Barrenjoey and the 1968 Olympic Trials
  • Kialoa II and III, Sydney to Hobart
  • James Craig and the National Maritime Museum
  • Saskia, 8metre World Championships

Episode 8 features Norman Rydge - Discussion points include;

  • Early days at the CYCA
  • Lorita Maria
  • 1963, Sydney to Hobart
  • origins of the 1965 Admirals Cup challenge
  • 1966 Bermuda Race
  • 1966 Trans Atlantic Race
  • 1971, Koomooloo in the Admirals Cup
  • ocean racing today 

 Episode 9, Part 1 features Spike Ross - Discussion points include;

  • Navy days
  • early sailing
  • 1955, Kurrewa IV and Sydney to Hobart
  • the first Winter Series
  • 1956, Samuel Pepys and Sydney to Hobart
  • hitting bottom in Constitution Dock

Episode 9, Part 2 features Spike Ross -Discussion points include;

• Don Mickleborough
• Vic Meyer
• Solo and Sydney to Hobart
• 1965, Freya and the Admirals Cup
• RDF
• Ocean racing today

Episode 10, Part 1 features Tony Cable - Discussion points include;

  • 45 Sydney Hobart races
  • the early races
  • 1987, Sovereign wins the double
  • memories of racing at the club
  • the Quiet Little Drink

Episode 10, Part 2 features Tony Cable - Discussion points include;

  • Offshore Magazine
  • Life membership
  • The best boats
  • Boy Messenger and the old time seamen

Episode 11, Part 1 features John Keelty - Discussion points include;

  • Keeping the beer cold and early memories of the CYCA
  • Merv Davies
  • The clubhouse
  • Cherana and the 1970 Sydney to Hobart
  • Setting the handicaps
  • Life Member in 1998
  • Two EGMs

Episode 11, Part 2 features John Keelty - Discussion points include;

  • setting the safety standards
  • beginning of the CYCA YSA
  • Olin Stephens and Merv Davies
  • Gordon Marshall, the navigator
  • sailing today, a step backwards
  • starting the Short Haul in 1982
  • memories of Vic Meyer and Solo
  • CYCA Medical Management for Mariners Course

Episode 12, Part 1 features David Kellett - Discussion points include;

  • early memories of the club
  • Koomooloo comaraderie
  • Gretel to Hobart
  • the Sovereign project
  • 1987 Sydney to Hobart, taking the double

Episode 12, Part 2 features David Kellett - Discussion points include;

  • Gordon Marshall and the Sailing Committee
  • joining ISAF
  • CYCA’s role in ocean racing
  • radio relay operator for the Sydney to Hobart
  • thoughts on the sailing today

Episode 13, features Nick Cassim - Discussion points include;

  • early days at the club
  • Lolita and the submarine HMS Trump
  • 1963 Sydney to Hobart
  • careening in Ulladulla
  • cruising at the Cruising Yacht Club
  • ocean racing today

Episode 14, Part 1 features Dave Lawson - Discussion points include;

  • Early sailing days
  • 1961 Sydney to Hobart on Sylph VI
  • Sailing with Tony Cable
  • The seven year cycle
  • 1970 Sydney to Hobart on Fare Thee Well
  • 1973 Sydney to Hobart, line honours on Helsal
  • Helsal and all the east coast records

Episode 14, Part 2 features Dave Lawson - Discussion points include;

  • 1972 Sydney to Hobart on Minna
  • Sailing on Freight Train
  • CYCA Safety Committee
  • Ocean racing today
  • Life Membership in 1997

Episode 15, features Ted Kaufman - Disussion points include:

  • Early days at the CYCA
  • Trade Winds and Merv Davey
  • Mercedes II
  • Mercedes III and Bob Miller
  • 1967 Admiral's Cup
  • Peter Brown
  • To be a good sailor...
  • The most satisfying sailing...

Episode 16, Part 1 features John Brooks - Disussion points include:

  • Early sailing days
  • Joining the Canadian airforce
  • The Publications Committee
  • Sailing on Pacha
  • A lucky navigator
  • Commodore
  • Flying with Qantas

Episode 16, Part 2 features John Brooks - Disussion points include:

  • 1984 Sydney to Hobart on Vengeance
  • Sailing on Ballyhoo
  • 1987 Sydney to Hobart on Sovereign
  • World Sailing Speed Record Council
  • Emergency Management at the CYCA
  • Sailing today

Episode 17, Part 1 features Rob McAuley - Disussion points include:

  • Early days at the CYCA
  • Sailing on Astor
  • 1961 to 1962 Sydney to Hobart
  • 1963 Transpac
  • Sailing through the Pacific

Episode 17, Part 2 features Rob McAuley - Disussion points include:

  • 1963 Transpac
  • 1969 sailing on Solo
  • Making films
  • Mickleborough's Corner
  • The larrikin spirit