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Onshore - Vol 46, 24 November 2014
First over the line for Cyrene 3 in the Grant Thornton Short Haul Pittwater Passage race.

A strong fleet of 20 yachts lined up on Saturday for the Grant Thornton Short Haul passage race to Pittwater. The fleet started in an east/nor-easterly of 6 knots and clear sunny skies.  

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Leveling the playing field

With the Blue Water Pointscore Series finished for 2017, it’s time to level the playing field and see who can be crowned the ‘Champion of Champions’ when the boats are equal.

Great results at Sail Port Stephens

Over the weekend and during the course of last week many of the club members headed north to make the most of the unusually warm weather at the annual Sail Port Stephens Regatta.

Great Veterans Race Re-vamped for 2018

As the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race approaches, the local offshore community, in conjunction with the organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, have come together to reinvigorate the annual “Great Veterans Race”.

New Caledonia Groupama Race: a different kind of South Pacific adventure

Entries for the long-awaited New Caledonia Groupama Race close April 17 and a cross-section of monohulls and multihull owners have signed-up for a very different kind of South Pacific adventure.

Ichi Ban and CYCA boats take multiple prizes at Brisbane to Gladstone with Black Jack smashing the record

The QantasLink 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, organised by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, was one to remember for many reasons other than just the historic landmark it reached.

Blue Water Pointscore Trophy Prize Giving

Some of Australia's finest ocean racers were recognised on Friday, 23 March at the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Trophy Presentation where Tony Kirby's Patrice were recognised for taking the win on IRC and ORCi overall, and Noel Cornish for taking PHS overall.

Club News

70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Crew Party - Saturday 20 December, 5.00pm to 11.30pm

Come and celebrate the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart.   Free to all Rolex Sydney Hobart crew and CYCA members (bring your crew pass or club membership card).  

Click here to find out more

Non-crew and non-members $20 at the door.   Happy Hour is from 5.00pm to 7.30pm (Freya & Morna Rooms only) with entertainment from the Wolverines commencing at 7.00pm.   Bistro will be open with $15 international food specials.    Come dressed in your crew shirt!!

70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Merchandise

The much anticipated official licensed 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race merchandise collection featuring t-shirts, polos, rugby jerseys, fleeces and caps for both men and women is now available for purchase.

Items are available from the Club through reception, or order online at the CYCA Shop with shipping available interstate or overseas.

The perfect Christmas gift for family, friends and crew.   We recommend that you get in early as sizes are limited.

Childrens Christmas Party - 2-4pm, Sunday 7 December 2014

Santa is coming to CYCA!!    Enjoy a fun filled Christmas party with balloons, face painting, party tricks and a present for every child. Children are welcome to come dressed up!

When: Sunday 7 December 2014

Where: The Freya Room 2-4pm

RSVP Date:  Monday 24 November 2014.   Please indicate the name, gender and age of each child when booking.  This is so Santa can select an appropriate gift for each child from his warehouse!!

The Children's Christmas Party is hosted for the children and grandchildren of CYCA members.  The highlight of the afternoon is not only hanging out with Stretch "The Magical Clown" and his friend, but a visit from SANTA who will be arriving by RIB.

Bookings are essential - Book Online today For further information please contact CYCA Reception on 02 8292 7800 or email

CYCA Video Archive Project - Latest Episode - CYCA Life Member John Keelty Part 2

As part of the CYCA 70th year Anniversary activities, the Club's Archives Committee is pleased to provide you with another instalment 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.

Episode 11, Part 2 features CYCA Life Member John Keelty - Discussions 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

Click here to view

Hurry, time is running out!!   Remind your family and friends that there is no better time to become a  full member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia – Entrance fee reduced to only 70 cents!

As part of the Club's 70th Anniversary celebrations the Board has resolved to significantly reduce the entrance fee for Full Membership from $500 to only 70 cents for all new membership applications received from now until 31 December 2014.

Furthermore, the member who introduces the most new full members wins four tickets on board the Club’s spectator vessel located inside the exclusion zone to watch the start of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day.

The challenge is out to all members eligible to propose and second new members to the Club and to encourage family, crew, business associates and friends to join our great Club during the promotional period and join in the celebrations of our 70th Anniversary year.

Applications forms can be downloaded directly from the club website at /join-the-cyca/membership-application/


Spectator Vessel Information

The team from Coast Cruises will once again run a spectator vessel for the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, Tuesday 9 December.

COAST will again be front and centre on the race course for one of the great days on Sydney Harbour, the SOLAS BIG BOAT CHALLENGE. This is a day not to be missed, no exclusion zone racing means up close and action packed viewing. COAST welcomes back all our regular sailing aficionados, sailing friends and family of the race competitors.

COAST will embark guests  at King St #9 at 1045 hrs on Tuesday Dec 9, and return approx 1530 hrs.

Tickets are $60.00 each or $50.00 for CYCA members and ticket price includes a welcome glass of sparkling and a snack on board.  Extra lunch can be ordered prior to the event.

For further information click here and to book click here

OR Call 0458888831 or e mail to secure your place on board, Capped numbers to ensure your comfort. This is the hottest sailing event on the harbour calender.

Member offer from CYCA IT Equipment Supporter - NetComm Wireless

IT equipment supporter to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Netcomm Wireless is offering CYCA members and competitors in the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race an incredible deal on a recently released to market piece of kit for your boat – the  innovative NetComm Wireless 4G WiFi M2M Router.

Load down the PDF for more information.   Click here

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 Spectator Vessels - Bookings Now Open

Bookings still available for the spectator vessel for the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Magistic II - BOOKED OUT!

John Cadman III departs from McKell Park Public Wharf, Darling Point but will not have access to the exclusion zone.  Tickets are $110 per adult, $65 per child aged 5-12 years and children under 5 are free of charge!   Ticket price includes finger food, lunch, dessert buffet and tea & coffee complete with soft drinks, beer, wine and champagne.  BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONBOARD JOHN CADMAN III TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT


Christmas Day at the CYCA

Take the stress out of cooking on Christmas Day and let our chefs do all the hard work!

The Christmas Day Buffet has all the traditional favourites including ham, turkey and pork together with some Australian seafood favourites and yummy desserts.     Cost is $96.00 per adult (excluding beverages); $50 per child (aged 5-10 years) with children under 5 free. Bookings are essential. Click here to download the menu and booking form

Bistro Hours and Theme Nights

Bistro trading hours: Effective 8 October 8am until 9pm. Click here to view the menu.

Don't forget about our Theme Nights:

  • BarraMonday- Every Monday enjoy NT Grilled  Barramundi served with chips and salad for only $15!   Available from 12pm until 8pm or until sold out.
  • Wednesday Steak Night - Enjoy a 200g Grain-fed Rump Steak served with chips, salad and gravy for only $15! Available from 5pm until 8pm.
  • Thursday Members Badge Draw Special - $12 to $15. Each week tempt yourself with the fabulous daily special available from 5pm - 8pm. Catch up with your mates after the Members' Badge Draw. Please collect your token from Bar Staff prior to placing your order at the Bistro



12:00 to 16:00

Opening Ladies Day (Jill McLay Trophy) - Ladies Race 1

19:00 to 21:00

Trivia - 25th April

11:00 to 16:00

Females in Sailing Lunch

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 1

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 2

Trivia - 9th May

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 3

18:30 to 20:30

Mumm Champagne Tasting

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 4

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 5

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 6

YSA Inter Club Regatta
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