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Onshore Edition 92 - Monday 7 November
Message from the CEO

It’s now less than 50 days until the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and we closed registrations on 28 October with 100 boats.

Last Saturday we brought together representatives of the Race Management and Incident Management teams and NSW Police to view and provide feedback on some new software ‘Smartsheet’ which we are introducing this year for the first time. It will operate in tandem with our current systems this year.

In this edition of Onshore I’d like to focus on the many activities making up this year’s event for you to note in your diaries.

In 2016 we will once again be setting up race villages in both Sydney and Hobart. In Sydney the double sided outdoor screen to view footage leading up to race day, and then the start of the race itself, will operate until the prize giving concludes on 1 January.

The Sydney Race Village will include the Musto merchandise marquee, the Information centre, the Media centre and the JANUS et Cie VIP Lounge.

Key dates to note include:


  • 30 – Launch Media Conference for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) - Mark Beretta, Channel 7 MC - Freya Room


  • 05 - Bump-in for the 2016 Sydney Race Village commences
  • 09 - Bump-in completed
  • 09 – Inaugural RSHYR Corporate Luncheon (nearly sold out) - Guest speak Paul Clitheroe, MC Mark Beretta.  Pre-luncheon drinks in the Sydney Race Village with the luncheon in Freya Room
  • 13 - Big Boat Challenge - Sydney Harbour and CYCA
  • 17 - Crew Party - Freya Room
  • 19 - Commodore’s Peroni Beer and Prawn night - All welcome - Sydney Race Village
  • 21 - Musto Winch Grinder Challenge - media event - Sydney Race Village
  • 22 - Bureau of Meteorology Media Conference with participating skippers - Freya Room
  • 22 - Official Launch function and Skippers Party - Sydney Race Village
  • 26 - Skippers briefing, VIP events in the club pre-race, Family Day in the Race Village

There will also be daily media briefings leading up to race day.

Extreme Sailing 

Extremes Land Rover Bar

Offers for CYCA Members

Exclusive CYCA Members and YSA sailors Extreme Sailing Information Night - Tuesday, 6 December from 5.30pm the Land Rover BAR GC32 will be on display in the pond at the CYCA for Members and YSA sailors to check out as part of a Q&A panel discussion evening with the skipper of the boat and hosted by our own Olympic London Silver medal winner and YSA graduate, Olivia Price. Click Here to book your attendance at the talk and the tour.

Special discounted offer on Silver tickets to the Extreme Club for CYCA.

Extreme Sailing organisers have offered CYCA Members Silver Tickets to this year’s event @ $250, a saving of $25 on the advertised rate in the MatchPoint Brochure. The package includes access and catering/drinks throughout the day at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. All other ticket prices will remain the same. To book for this event, Click Here.


Have you checked out the CYCA online Shop recently? It’s been upgraded with better photos and includes the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race clothing line.   Check it out today -


Chief Executive Officer 

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! 

Musto Offshore Gear Information Night
Musto is holding an Offshore Gear information night on Wednesday 9 November at 4pm, where they will be showing and offering the full range of offshore sailing gear! They will give advice on utilising the gear to it's maximum performance, tips on gear maintenance, how-to on caring for Gore-Tex, safety at sea gear advice, a full gear assessment and their Offshore must haves! 

Click here for the flyer information.

CYCA Information Night - Australian Hydrographic Service

Tuesday 22 November at 6:30pm

The CYCA Cruising Committee welcomes Mike Prince, Director from the Australian Hydrographic Service.

Mike will be presenting information relating to the work of the Hydrographers Office and the production of electronic and paper charts for navigational purposes.

Free to attend.  Click Here to book.

New Sailor Sunscreen available for purchase
We are now selling the new Sailor Sunscreen at Reception, which is SPF 50+, 4 hours water resistant, non-greasy and made in Australia with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. 250mL Bottles are available at Reception for purchase at $19.95.

CYCA Marine Safety Day Wrap Up
The CYCA would like to thank everyone who participated in the CYCA Marine Safety Day, and thank those who donated, especially the AMSA, NSW Ambulance Helicopter, Westpac Surf Rescue, KORDIA Communications, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Roads and Maritime Services, GME and Club Marine. 

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.

CYCA 7's Skill Development Series Presentation
The Paella and Sangria Presentation evening on the Hard Stand was a lovely end to the 7's Series. Trophies were given to the top 3 boats in the series, presented by Commodore John Markos. It was great to see the growth and engagement of our young members in the event.

Double Bay Probus Club
The Double Bay Probus Club meets upstairs in the CYCA at 10:00am every third Monday of the month. Probus clubs generally cater to the interests of retired men and women from business and professional backgrounds.

On 18 November Conductor Brett Weymark will be presenting a session on “The Choral Experience”. He is an internationally renowned Australian conductor of the Philharmonia Choir which regularly performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras. They regularly travel overseas and have performed with Simon Rattle (the British-born conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and at the London Proms. Recently the choir performed with the SSO in Mahler’s Second Symphony, which was generally recognised as “sublime”. The Club encourages visitors and prospective members to come along and listen to an interesting address about the challenges of leading an elite choir. The address will also be accompanied by some wonderful music. Lunch follows at 12:00pm at the Bistro.

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

Join us on Tuesday evenings for a new addition to the Specials Menu:

1kg of Kinkawooka mussels cooked in white wine, chilli, garlic and tomato served with chips $28.

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.


18:30 to 21:00

Maker's Mark Monday Twilight Race 5

16:00 to 21:00

Musto Offshore Gear Information Night

18:00 to 20:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 6

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

11:00 to 16:00

Rotary Charity Regatta

10:00 to 22:00

Ocean Pointscore Port Hacking Race

18:30 to 21:00

Maker's Mark Monday Twilight Race 6

18:00 to 21:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 7

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw

10:00 to 21:00

ASX Thompson Reuter (MHYC)

18:30 to 22:00

Grant Thornton Short Haul Race 7 - Night Harbour Race


Blue Water Pointscore - Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race
Members Badge Draw - Results 3 November

The Jackpot Prize for Thursday 10 November, 2016 is $600.

Members' Badge Draw, LTPS/16/00855, is conducted in the Coasters Retreat between 6pm - 7pm.

This week's Members Badge Draw is proudly supported by  **Vicsail Sydney**

Members drawn on Thursday 3 November, 2016:



2514 Thomas Barker



1858 Robert McConchie



3771 Samantha Grant



3477 Katherine Camilleri


Congratulations to the Badge Draw winner Katherine Camilleri!!


Members must be present at the CYCA clubhouse at the time their number is drawn.


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