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Onshore Edition 98 - Monday 19 December
Message from the CEO

RSHYR one week to go

A week today the 72nd 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will have started, and again the culmination of months of preparation both on and off the water is handed over to Mother Nature to do as she will.

Having event-managed Bledisloe Cup's, Cricket One Day internationals and Test Matches, Rugby League Grand Finals and State of Origins and World Cup Football (soccer) matches, this event is by far the most complicated I’ve worked on and a credit to my predecessors, all staff, former Board Members, Commodores, volunteers, support sponsors and of course since 2002, Rolex, in getting it to the standard it is today.

International Race exposure

This year we are delighted to welcome Fox Asia on board. They are showing the start of the race live across their viewing audience including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines.

We will also be live streaming the race this year outside of Australia via our website given we have boats participating in the race from USA, UK, Sweden, Russia Germany, UK and NZ, as well as China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.   

Young Guns firing on all cylinders

The ‘dynamic duo’ of Emma May (left) and Tara Blanc-Ramos (right) are again ploughing through the mountain of paperwork associated with the race entries and still smiling! This is their first RSHYR in the sailing office, with Emma again taking off on race day to sail to Hobart as a member of the St Jude crew.

Our London Olympic Silver Medallist, Olivia Price (centre), is debuting as a member of this year’s media team and doing a stirling job as she gains valuable, hands-on experience.  

Vicky Huang, our first international volunteer from Taipei is assisting with a range of projects including ‘Chinese to English to Chinese’ translations in the sailing office and for media interviews, along with proving her administrative prowess across a diverse range of tasks.

In August this year we commenced a marketing internship program with UTS students Sam Kerr and Lauren Major, and Josh Scholes from ACU. Josh and Lauren have continued on as volunteers for this year’s race.  

This new blood, combined with the established CYCA volunteer base is a winning combination.

Official Launch and Skippers Party - 22 December

This Thursday, around 150 members of the sailing fraternity and other invited guests will be in attendance at the official launch of this year’s race in the Sydney Race Village. The Hon. Gabriel Upton MP, Attorney General and Member for Vaucluse, will be representing the NSW Government, with Gordon Bray our MC.

Family Day - 26 December

The Bistro will be open from 6am with a reduced menu, including a breakfast pizza!

There will be two coffee carts in operation from 6am. One will be at the entrance to the Race Village, where a BBQ station selling Bacon & Egg rolls will be operational from 7am.

The other coffee cart will be located at the Sydney Hobart Bar gate, and will have baked eggs available from our paella pan on the lower deck, also from 7am.

All stations will have a selection of muffins, pastries, fruit salads, yoghurt and muesli, which will be easy for you to take away and enjoy while you are taking in the sights, sounds and excitement of race day!

From 9am in the Race Village there will be activities for both young children and teenagers:
·         Face Painting - 9.00am-12 noon and then 12.30pm - 3.30pm
·         Popcorn machine - 9.00am-3.00pm
·         ‘Hook a Boat’ Competition run by Sailors with Disabilities (SwD) - 9.00am -3.00pm
·         RMS Photo Booth - 9am to 1pm

At the rear of the Village, in the JANUS et Cie VIP Marquee, are the Mumm Champagne and Peroni Bars which will be open from 11am.

Live coverage of the race start will be on the large outdoor screen in the Race Village.

Live coverage of the Prize Giving

There will also be live coverage of the Prize Giving from the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart from 10am on 1 January, 2017 on the large outdoor screen in the Sydney Race Village.

Charge Bars
The club is providing a new Members and guest service with the introduction of ‘Charge Bars’ for mobiles and tablets. These units are located at reception and in Sydney Hobart Bar. However from Boxing Day the reception unit will be taken to use in Hobart, but will return to reception after that for the remainder of the year.

Please note there will be no Onshore Newsletter next Monday due to Race day, but we will hopefully get one to you later in the week.

KAREN GREGA 

Chief Executive Officer



CLUB NEWS
SHARP AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MR CHAMPIONSHIP
Five States will battle it out for Australia’s Youth Match Racing Championship Trophy

For the second year, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will host the 2017 SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship with ten teams from five States set to battle it out on Sydney Harbour to be named Australia’s top youth match racing team.

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CLUB
Vale John Messenger

It was with great sadness the Board of the CYCA recently announced the passing of John “Messo” Messenger, an active member for over 30 years, a life member and former commodore who gave his heart and soul to the club.

READ MORE
CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE
Wendy Tuck claims the win in Race 1 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

CYCA Skipper Wendy Tuck claimed line honours today into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever opening leg of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges.

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BLUE WATER POINTSCORE SERIES
CYCA’s Flinders Islet race – the best of Blue Water

The superlatives were flowing freely after outstanding conditions delivered a record breaking run round Flinders Islet and back to Sydney Harbour for Race 2 of the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore this past weekend.

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BLUE WATER POINTSCORE SERIES
CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore back for Race 2 with Flinders Islet

Saturday morning will see a fleet of 23 yachts line up on Sydney Harbour for the start of Race 2 of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Blue Water Pointscore (BWPS), the Flinders Islet Race.

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MONICA GEDDES MEMORIAL TROPHY
Privateer makes it three in the Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy race

Sunday saw Race 1 of the Short Haul Pointscore welcome a solid fleet for the Monica Geddes Memorial Trophy Race, traditionally the Summer Season opening event.

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Club News

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Last Tuesday 13  December, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge was held on Sydney Harbour, with seven of the bigger yachts competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race battling it out for the title. Wild Oats XI took out the race, with Perpetual LOYAL coming in second and Scallywag in third. The race was live streamed on our Big Screen in the Sydney Race Village, and included some enhanced 3D tracking thanks to tracking sponsor Nots by Heckmann. Watch the race and analytics from the tracking 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 skipr.net or contact Denis Doyle sextant9412@bigpond.com 

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.

BLOND CATERING

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 events@blondcatering.com.au 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

Deliver:

  • 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
    • VHF/ HF/DSC  LRCOP
    • 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS
SATURDAY
23
SEPTEMBER

12:00 to 18:00

SOPS - Rubber Kellaway Plate (MHYC)
MONDAY
FRIDAY

25-29
SEPTEMBER



SHARP Australian Youth Match Racing Championship
THURSDAY
28
SEPTEMBER

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
WEDNESDAY
4
OCTOBER

17:30 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series
THURSDAY
5
OCTOBER

18:00 to 19:00

Members' Badge Draw
SATURDAY
7
OCTOBER

10:00 to 22:00

Mt Gay Ocean Pointscore - Lion Island Race
SATURDAY
7
OCTOBER

12:00 to 18:00

Short Haul Race
SUNDAY
8
OCTOBER

14:00 to 16:00

Mumm Champagne Tasting with Kaitlyn Tremblay
MONDAY
9
OCTOBER

17:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series
WEDNESDAY
11
OCTOBER

17:30 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series
THURSDAY
12
OCTOBER

18:00 to 19:00

Members' Badge Draw
FRIDAY
13
OCTOBER

18:30 to 23:00

Short Haul Race - Night Harbour Race
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