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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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Rolex Sydney Hobart flavour to Morna Cup

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s historic Morna Cup had a distinct Rolex Sydney Hobart Race flavour about it today,  with Cup winner Ron Forster’s Ariel an entrant in the blue water classic and runner-up Minerva skippered by the Chairman of the Race Committee, Tim Cox.

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Films that highlight the history of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Episode 3

We hope you are enjoying the historical video’s we are bringing to you as we lead up to the start of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 3rd episode of the series features the 1974 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Volunteer Marine Rescue Jacobs Well QLD receives SOLAS Trusts donation

CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Volunteer Marine Rescue, Jacobs Well Queensland with $15,695 to repower their rescue vessel Beenleigh 2 with two new 150 Mercury four stoke outboard motors.

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Historical Photographic Exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum – November 2014 to March 2015

To help celebrate the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race the Australian National Maritime Museum has honoured the CYCA by creating an intimate photographic exhibition in their Tasman Light Gallery.

d’Albora Marinas renews its CYCA Youth Sailing Academy sponsorship

d’Albora Marinas has renewed its sponsorship of one of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Youth Sailing Academy Elliott 7 training vessels for twelve months.

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

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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




Musto International Youth Match Racing Regatta

18:30 to 20:00

Mount Gay Rum Twilights (Spinnaker)

18:00 to 20:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight (Non Spinnaker)

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

10:00 to 18:00

Ocean Pointscore Race - MHYC SSORC (MHYC)

18:30 to 20:00

Mount Gay Rum Twilights (Spinnaker)

18:00 to 20:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight (Non Spinnaker)

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

10:00 to 23:00

Blue Water Pointscore Race - Bird Island

12:00 to 18:00

Grant Thornton Short Ocean Race (CYCA) David Burke Memorial

14:00 to 16:00

Children's Christmas Party

18:30 to 20:00

Mount Gay Rum Twilights (Spinnaker)
Members Badge Draw - Results from 20 November 2014

The JACKPOT Prize for Thursday 27 November 2014 is $1200 Members' Badge Draw LTPS/14/01430 Coasters Retreat between 6pm - 7pm. Thanks to our sponsor ******

Members drawn on 20 November 2014 were:

  1. Gary Linacre                    #24
  2. Sebastian Bohm               #3685
  3. Emilie Myers                    #2158
  4. Timothy Atkins                 #2839

Members must be present at the CYCA clubhouse at the time their number is drawn.  The first number will be drawn at 1815, followed by 1830 and 1845 with the final number being drawn at 1900

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