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Onshore Edition 97 - Monday 12 December
Message from the CEO

Last Friday the Sydney Race Village, complete with furnishings by JANUS et Cie (pictured), and the Mumm Champagne Bar, opened as the setting for pre-luncheon drinks for the Inaugural RSHYR Corporate Launch Luncheon with 180 guests from the corporate, sailing and naval fraternity.

The guest line-up, with representatives of both the Sydney and Hobart sides of the race, included a further seven Tattersall's Cup winners in addition to the guest speaker Paul Clitheroe - Dr Darryl Hodgkinson, Sandy Oatley, Bob Steel, Lindsay May, Geoff Ross, Ed Psaltis and David Kellett AM.

The Rear Admiral of the Navy Stuart Mayer, the Parliamentary Secretary, Sarah Courtney MP, representing the Premier of Tasmania, Sandy Oatley and Mark Richards, Celebrity chef Donna Hay crewing (and no doubt cooking up a storm) on Beau Geste, Tourism Tasmania, RYCT and Matt Allen - President Australian Sailing, were just some of the other guests in attendance. There was an apology from our Sport Minister, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP who was a late scratching from the luncheon.

Paul Clitheroe and Mark Beretta combined to put on a great Q&A for the guests, with Paul’s humour and inclusive manner inviting comment from the other Tattersall's Cup winners in the room.

Guests also relished being able to have their photograph taken with the trophy and in many cases, with Mark Beretta as well.

Nearly $6,000 was raised for our charity, CYCA SOLAS Trusts, along with enhancing the awareness of the work done in funding many worthwhile projects around Australia to ensure safety at sea.

My crew including CYCA staff, casuals, volunteers and Blond Catering put in very long hours to both finish the Sydney Race Village and complete the set-up of the rooms. My sincere thanks to all for a job well done. 

Looks like we have a new annual event on the calendar going by all the positive feedback!

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

For the first time in the history of the event, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge tomorrow on Sydney Harbour, takes on a new dimension with live broadcasting, incorporating tracking with 3D graphics.

The coverage will be live on the big outdoor screen in the race village from 12:15pm at the CYCA and will be replayed for the skippers and crews when the return to the club.

Read more here

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge eBay Auction

In addition to the $6,000 raised through the raffle at the Inaugural RSHYR Corporate Luncheon last Friday, a further $7,257.77 was raised online through the annual eBay auction. Positions on Wild Oats XI topped the bidding with a closing bid of $3,827.77!

RSHYR Timeline Presentation on the Big Screen

One of the video features on the screen in the race village this year will be a 71 year timeline of the race covering key points from each year, along with a photo of the winning boat when one was available.

The mammoth challenge to put this powerpoint presentation together was given to Archives Committee Member John Allan. John rose to the challenge and pulled a crew together to assist in reviewing his work - Di Pearson, Tony Cable, David Colfelt, Peter Shipway, Rob McAuley, Brad Kellett and David Champtaloup.

The hours of work involved in this project was something no-one in the office could have possibly dedicated, given how busy everyone is this time of the year.

To John and his crew, my heartfelt thanks and admiration for a job well done!

And continuing on our archival theme

In recent weeks, we’ve added interviews by Peter Shipway and David Champtaloup with a number of the CYCA’s distinguished members, to the CYCA’s website.

Episode 12, Part 1 and Part 2 feature David Kellett talking about his early memories of the club, the camaraderie on Koomooloo, racing Gretel to Hobart, the Sovereign project and taking the double in the 1987 Sydney to Hobart, Gordon Marshall and the Sailing Committee, joining ISAF, the CYCA’s role in ocean racing, the role of radio relay operator for the Sydney to Hobart and his thoughts on the sailing today.

Episode 13 features Nick Cassim discussing his early days at the club, Lolita and the submarine HMS Trump, the 1963 Sydney to Hobart, careening in Ulladulla, cruising at the Cruising Yacht Club and ocean racing today.

Episode 14, Part 1 and Part 2 feature David Lawson, who sadly passed away this year.  Fortunately he and Peter caught up before his passing and discussed his early sailing days, the 1961 Sydney to Hobart on Sylph VI, sailing with Tony Cable, what he called the seven year cycle, the 1970 Sydney to Hobart on Fare Thee Well and 1973 Sydney to Hobart, taking line honours on Helsal, as well all the east coast records. He also talked about sailing on Freight Train, the evolution of the CYCA Safety Committee, ocean racing today and receiving Life Membership in 1997.

These videos give us a great insight into the history of our Club, our Members and the changes to ocean racing over the years.

Vale Mr Donald Walker-Smith

Mr Donald Walker-Smith, CYCA Member since 1978 sadly passed away on 27 November with his service last week 6 December 2016, which was attended by a number of CYCA Members. He was  regular visitor to the CYCA on Fridays, even up to a couple of weeks prior to his passing.

I was informed during the week that Donald pioneered the ‘tracking’ of the Sydney Hobart Race. As was told to me, for many years Donald spent endless hours after every race sked was received at the CYCA, carefully plotting every yachts position very accurately on the ‘rolling map’ that stood at the club. These were then the positions the media used and the plot was shown in the daily reports on all the TV stations.

Whilst I never had the pleasure of knowing Donald, he obviously left his mark on the club through life-long friendships and his ‘tracking’ pioneer work which has developed into what we now see on the RSHYR and LRSGCYR website sites.

Congratulations to our Australian Paralympic Sailing team and Liesl Tesch.

The Australian Sailing Team were named the APC’s Paralympic Team of the Year recently at the annual Australian Paralympic Awards, with Liesl Tesch awarded the inaugural Uncle Kevin Coombs Medal for the Spirit of the Games.

Our congratulations to all from the CYCA with the Board acknowledging all our Australian Representative Sailing Team Members from 2016/2017 with honourary club Memberships.

Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night

Next Monday 19 December is the Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night in the Sydney Race Village. I look forward to seeing you there from 7pm in the lead up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Book here to get your tickets! 


Chief Executive Officer

Wendy Tuck gears up for Rolex Sydney Hobart with Clipper Race victory

CYCA member Wendy Tuck, the Australian Skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast, has claimed a hometown victory following a photo finish to the fourth race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

“Just like old times!” The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta – Sydney 2017

The CYCA and its members played a major role in the creation and staging of this unique event. David Salter reports

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge: Black Jack wins thrilling Harbour match up

Just 43 seconds separated near-sister ships Black Jack (Peter Harburg) and Wild Oats XI (the Oatley family) in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour today, when the black Queensland boat, skippered by Mark Bradford, swooped across the finish line first at Fort Denison in a fresh north-easterly breeze.

CYCA SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Trusts Big Boat Challenge this Tuesday promises to be a sight on Sydney Harbour, with two of the four maxis entered into the Rolex Sydney Hobart set to face off alongside other seasoned competitors.

CYCA Trophy Series: Black Jack first across the line as Patrice tops IRC division 1

The sun was splitting the sky for the second and final day of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Trophy Series on Sunday, light airs providing another offshore test for the fleet of 20, many of which will race in the Rolex Sydney Hobart in a few weeks.

CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 start

It was a tussle in Sydney Harbour on Saturday for Day 1 of the CYCA Trophy Series. Our thanks to Bow Caddy for sharing their wrap up of the start.

Club News

RSHYR Inaugural Corporate Luncheon
Last Friday 9 December, the CYCA hosted over 180 guests for the RSHYR Inaugural Corporate Luncheon. The number of raffle prized was abundant with what felt like everyone being a winner, and raised almost $6000 for the CYCA SOLAS Trusts. Some of the photos from the day can be seen on the website here.

CYCA Trophy-Passage Series
The CYCA Trophy Series was held over the weekend, and congratulations to Team Beau Geste and Wld1 who took out the series. The racing was great practice for the RSHYR. Photos of the event by Andrea Francolini can be found at our CYCA Facebook page.

RSHYR Crew and Members Party
On Saturday 17 December, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Crew and CYCA Members Party is from 5pm to 11:30pm in the Freya and Morna Rooms. Entry is free when producing a crew pass or CYCA membership card, otherwise is $20 for non-crew and non-members. The band One Hit Wonders will be playing, so come dressed in your crew shirt to dance into the night! Register your place 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.

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.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Spectator Vessel 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 Dinner
All yachts Cruising to Tasmania for the Wooden Boat Festival and RYCT Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation, are invited to Rendezvous for a Dinner to celebrate Cruising at the Shipwrights Arms in Historic Battery Point, Hobart on February 9, 2017. Route planning, Communications, Weather routing and use of publications, like Rob’s Passage Planner and Tasmanian Cruising Guides, will be discussed. There are no formal requirements but all those with a well found yacht, a high level of safety and a Spirit of Cruising are invited. Stay in touch on the CYCA Cruising page on or contact Denis Doyle 

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

New Years Eve Degustation Dinner @ CYCA
Our Chefs have created a sumptuous 6 course degustation for the evening, complete with a glass of Mumm Cordon Rouge on arrival, for $140 per person.
You’ll be able to watch the fireworks high over the city and harbour as well as up close on the Club’s giant screen.

Bookings are essential. Please contact the Events Office on 8292 7892 to make your booking.

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.

Serendipity Icecream
Blond Catering will have an icecream cart available on the lower deck on the weekends leading up to and after Christmas.

Flavours available include vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry jam and mango sorbet. Plus peanut butter and salted caramel dipity pops.

Make sure you don’t miss out!

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Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA


  • Modern navigation courses, includes pilotage, weather, tides and time zones,
  • Internationally recognized RYA Yacht Training to Yachtmaster qualification
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
  • For beginners, the National Discover Sailing Keelboat Program.
  • Marine Radio Licence
    • World Sailing Safety and Sea Survival and update courses

Members receive a discount for courses listed here.

Take a look at What's on for Summer Sailing qualifications here!


Christmas at the CYCA


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

11:00 to 22:00

Australia Day City of Sydney Cup

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

10:00 to 22:00

Mt Gay Ocean Pointscore - Port Hacking

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series
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