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Onshore Edition 91 - Monday 24 October
Message from the CEO

Marine Safety Day –  10am, Sunday 30 October
Have you booked yet for this Sunday’s Marine Safety Day? Co-ordinating all of the participating marine safety experts requires a great deal of time and effort and the committee headed up by Cruising Committee Chair Tony Kirby with John Keelty, Denis Doyle and Yulia Shutova, with administrative support by Barbara Buttery, are to be commended. The club is also very appreciative of the support of the participating organisations who will be sharing their expertise and updating attendees on the latest safety devices and procedures, including a new safety app. The experts in attendance are from across a range of marine safety areas including:

  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
  • Kordia Communications
  • NSW Ambulance Helicopter
  • NSW Police
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW and others  

From 12.30pm watch live demonstrations of flares and life jackets, in addition to the two patrol vessels in the pond. A helicopter demonstration will take place at 2.30pm in adjoining Rushcutters Bay Park.

Book now !

CYCA SOLAS Trusts Dinner
The 2016 CYCA SOLAS Trusts Dinner last Friday raised nearly $30,000 with the hard work yet again of Kendi and David Kellett, Pam Messenger, the CYCA Associates Committee and the many others who contributed their time and donated prizes.

The very personal insight given by the guest speaker Mat Belcher (pictured) into the highs and lows of his most recent Olympic campaign, and the value he placed on the personal and professional support he received, produced both laughter and some very sombre moments for the 130 guests in attendance.

Mat Belcher and his Silver-medal winning team mate and YSA graduate, Will Ryan, are impressive young men both on and off the water and Mat’s Friday night performance was deserving of a gold medal!

SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship
Congratulations to our own CYCA team of Harry Price, Ben Robinson, Harry Morton, John Cooley and Hugo Stoner for taking out the 2016 SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship. Check out the final regatta placings here.

The off-water Youth Sailing Academy team including Pam Scrivenor and Head Coach Jordan Reece are also to be congratulated for their efforts in the staging of this event with its three-year sponsorship by SHARP.

Capturing all the on-water action in photographs and video was Member Hamish Hardy. Check out Hamish’s work on the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy Facebook page.

New On-Line Shop
The CYCA is pleased to announce an update to the on-line shop with new operating system Shopify, and launch of the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race event range. Be among the first to check out the new look shop and purchase items. Merchandise is supplied by Club sponsors Musto.
Click here to view it.

Volunteer Availability
Registered volunteers will soon receive a breakdown of roles where we require assistance with some on-site functions, in addition to the manning of the Information Marquee and the issuing of Crew Packs.

On the request of Rolex, the issuing of Crew shirts will be done at the Rolex Marquee in Hobart this year, not in Sydney as has previously occurred.  We will however need volunteer assistance to pack the crew shirts here in Sydney into the Rolex Bags in preparation for them being transported to Hobart.

Function dates to note include:  

  • 5-8 December – Sydney Race Village bump-in assistance
  • 9 December – Inaugural Corporate Luncheon
  • 22 December – Official launch and Skippers Party
  • 26 December – Family Day in the Sydney Race Village

These functions will entail role including VIP Meet and Greet – Government officials, sponsors and other dignitaries, assisting with the issuing of names badges, selling raffle tickets and assisting in showing guests around the club.   

And finally, there are only two days left to book for the Halloween 'Spooktacular' Party on Saturday 29 October. Book your tickets here!


Chief Executive Officer

Ladies Day Race 1

Even thought the weather has not been showing it, this weekend was the opener for the winter sailing season with the Audi Centre Sydney Ladies Day Race 1.

Captain Cook Cruises Top Jocks

Saturday saw the return of the Captain Cook Cruises Top Jocks Regatta for another year, bringing together Blue Water Pointscore race winners from 2017 to battle it out for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.

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.

Club News

The CYCA's new Summer Performance Squad (SPS)
The Summer Performance Squad is a new program developed off the previous women's squad. The program will take place on Thursday evenings incorporating both training exercises and racing. 

The CYCA has been successful in producing many competitive match racing sailors and is now providing this opportunity sailors above the youth age in an attempt to grow the discipline of match racing. The Summer Performance Squad is a fun group which focuses on match racing, an exciting discipline to develop their sailing and team skills.

The program will run from November to February 2017 with participants receiving weekly email briefing notes to fast track the process prior to arriving at the CYCA. Each session will commence at 5:30pm with on-water drills / racing commencing by 6:00pm till dusk. The program is open to all sailors who wish to get involved in this exciting discipline. More information can be found here ( and you can sign up here ( Places are filling up fast so hurry! 

CYCA Marine Safety Day
Don't forget that this Sunday, 30 October at 10am is Marine Safety Day. This free event is a great chance to keep yourselves up to date on marine safety. The day includes talks by Roads and Martime Services (RMS), Kordia Communications, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), NSW Ambulance Helicopter, NSW Police and Marine Rescue NSW. Click here to register your attendance today.

CYCA Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Party
There's still time to book your tickets to our Spooktacular Halloween Party, which is on Saturday 29 October 7:00pm to late. Dance the night away with Brad and the Gang! Enjoy a tasty treat - Black Widow Burger, Pumpkin Pie and a glass of Witches' Brew (served between 7:30pm & 8:30pm.) Fancy Dress Optional  - prize for the best dressed.

Book your ticket today for only $35 by clicking here.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Corporate Luncheon
Channel Seven's Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta will host the inaugural Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race luncheon, on Friday 9th December, along with Tattersalls Cup winner Paul Clitheroe the guest speaker. Mumm Champagne is a support sponsor of this event where we hope to also raise funds for our charity CYCA SOLAS.

Click here for more details and to book your seat or table today.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Spectator Vessel now available to book!
Book your ticket to avoid disappoint to the official CYCA Spectator Vessel for the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today. Click here to view all the details including how to book.

Spirit of Cruising Newcastle Cruise January 2017
The CYCA Cruising Committee invites all CYCA Members to a proposed Rendezvous Cruise to Newcastle and back in January 2017. The cruise would overnight in Pittwater and Newcastle, as well as an alternative of Lake Macquarie. For further information on the cruise, click here.


Upcoming Events
Bistro Special – Tuesday Night
1kg of Kinkawooka mussels cooked in white wine, chilli, garlic and tomato served with chips

Melbourne Cup
Believe it or not, the race that stops the nation is just around the corner! Blond@CYCA are hosting a wonderful Melbourne Cup day event, with a glass of French champagne, elegant canapés, a 2 course lunch followed by a delicious dessert station.

  • $120 Members
  • $130 Non-Members

Click here to view a flyer with more details.
Please note bookings close this Friday 28th October, so book now to ensure you don’t miss out!

Christmas Day
Bookings are now open for Christmas Day.
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch including traditional Christmas dishes and market fresh seafood.

  • $140 per adult
  • $50 per child 5-10 years

Members discount of 10% available. To check out the menu click here.
Please call or email Liz on 8292 7892 or to make your booking for Christmas Day.

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Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA


  • Internationally recognized RYA Yacht Training to Yachtmaster qualification
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
  • For beginners, the National Discover Sailing Keelboat Program.
  • Marine Radio Licence
    • VHF/DSC only (New) SRCOP
    • World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival and update courses

Members receive $100 discount for courses listed here.


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

12:00 to 16:00

Ladies Day - Race 2 - Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series
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