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Onshore Edition 94 - Monday 21 November
Message from the CEO

Another busy weekend out on the water starting on Friday afternoon with the Grant Thornton Short Haul Pointscore, and the Cabbage Tree Island Race - ‘Bravo’ Robbo Robertson on your victory.

And of course tonight is the Makers Mark Monday Twilight Race, and the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship starting tomorrow: 22-25 November with 12 teams from 4 countries - a great line-up.

Reporting Marine Incidents
With it being such a busy time of the year on the water, competitors are reminded of their obligation to report Marine Incidents that result in injury to crew (requiring hospitalisation) or vessel damage in excess of $5000.

These incidents must be reported to the CYCA Sailing Manager (Tele: 8292 7804) and RMS within 48 hours of the incident. (p71 of CYCA Sailing Program refers).

It is requested that a protest is also lodged for incidents that occur as a result of a rule breach between boats.

RSHYR paper work
With around a third of the boats participating in this year’s race owned by CYCA Members, can I make a plea on behalf of the Sailing Office to lodge your paper work ASAP. We currently are sitting at 97 boats for the race. A preview of this year’s race is available on YouTube.

Barney the Penguin
The naming competition for our 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race mascot, which drew 227 entries, was won by Tracey Johnstone.

As it’s a race between two cities, (ho-BAR-t & syd-NEY) we couldn’t go past ‘BARNEY.’

However there were some very creative entries which kept us amused in the office and here are some of the ‘celebrity’ honourable mentions - Kirk Penguilly, Sean Penn-Guin, Pen-Guin Stefani, Mr P. Enguin and Baz Straight.

Barney has been seen out and about the club from sipping Friday afternoon drinks on the deck and checking out the progress of races entries in the Sailing Office, to a range of on- water activities. Most recently he participated in the Cabbage Tree Island Race crewing for St Jude! (pictured is Barney pulling up the halyard before the start of the race.)

Welcome aboard Barney and congratulations Tracey! Replica ‘Barneys’ are available as part of the 2016 RSHYR merchandise range and can be purchased from Reception or at the Online Shop.


Chief Executive Officer


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

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 continue each Thursday evening 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 and 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 still available so sign up today!

Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship
The Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship starts tomorrow, Tuesday 22 November and finishes on Friday 25 November at the CYCA. Two CYCA teams will be competing in this year's event, skippered by Harry Price and Tom Grimes. Live results and updates will be available on the CYCA website, plus the YSA Facebook Page and CYCA Twitter account.

CYCA Information Night - Australian Hydrographic Service
This 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.

Extreme Sailing Series Information Night
Exclusive CYCA Members and YSA sailors Extreme Sailing Information Night is on 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.

Spirit of Cruising Christmas Bash
On 6 December 2016 at 6:30pm, join the Cruising Committee for the first Spirit of Cruising Christmas Bash. The evening will be an informal get together in the Rani Room, with finger food, an opportunity to meet fellow cruisers. Tickets are $30.00 per head, with drinks available at the bar. Book your ticket here.

Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night
Join CYCA Commodore, John Markos in the Sydney Race Village on December 19 at 7pm, for the Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night in the week leading up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Tickets are $45.00 each or $400 for a group of 10. Book your ticket here.

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
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

New Menu!
We have a new bistro menu, including dishes such as:

Burrata with toasted sourdough, pumpkin floss & pine nuts - $18
Classic Cheeseburger - $16
Beef Nachos - $19
Grilled Tasmanian salmon - $27

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.


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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