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Onshore Edition 99 - Wednesday 28 December
Message from the CEO

Postcard from Hobart

The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, my first in a year of firsts, was a breathtaking and somewhat emotional experience both at the beginning and end. I can’t remember when I last pulled an all-nighter, getting to bed at 5.30am this morning, saturated with the early morning downpour and with the odd spray of Mumm champagne.

Motoring alongside Perpetual Loyal as she made her way to  the awaiting crowd dockside at 2.30am, and then to see a beaming Brad Kellett accept his Line Honours medal whilst notching up 25 races (pictured), gave the 2016 RSHYR a very personal face for me. This is an amazing experience which I will never take for granted or forget in a hurry.

From a Club perspective, we made history this year with live coverage of the race start in Mainland China for the first time ever through the online network of Le Sport, in addition to Fox Asia taking the race start live. In fact over 196 countries viewed the race start and yacht tracker, with live streaming access for our international audiences this year.

Whilst this week’s edition of Onshore is a short one, my last few words are those of thanks to the volunteers, Club committees, event sponsors, a diverse range of contractors, my CYCA staff and the Board under the helm of Commodore John Markos.

The support of a sponsor like Rolex is also greatly appreciated. They add class and further enhance the credibility of our iconic race.

Whilst being mindful of the dangers in singling out individuals at a time like this, a very special acknowledgement must go to our CYCA Operations Manager, Michael Neumann, who was also the Production Manager of both the Sydney and Hobart Race Villages this year. Michael did an amazing job in making both of these villages come together. This was a challenging and often stressful process, but the end result has achieved many compliments for the Club in both Sydney and Hobart.

So, I’m signing off from a very wet and gloomy-looking Hobart, but we have welcomes ahead for many more boats…once the wind finally picks up and they stop going backwards! 

KAREN GREGA

Chief Executive Officer

CLUB NEWS
AUSTRALIAN SAILING
Team Beau Geste secure win fourth year in a row in IRC at 2017 Australian Yachting Championship

Team Beau Geste have secured their fourth IRC win in as many years at the 2017 Australian Yachting Championship that concluded today, Sunday 26 March. After four days of racing outside the Sydney Heads, Karl Kwok’s ‘Team Beau Geste’ took the win in Division A IRC.

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AUSTRALIAN SAILING
Short course races impact leaderboard for day three of 2017 Australian Yachting Championship

Conditions lightened off for day three of the 2017 Australian Yachting Championships when the near 200 sailors ventured out of the Heads for the second last day of racing for the regatta.

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SOCIAL
CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year awards - recipients announced

Recipients of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards were announced at an official function at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this evening.

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AUSTRALIAN SAILING
Tricky conditions continue on day two of Australian Yachting Championship

Yesterday’s breeze settled overnight leaving a confused sea state and 5 to 8 knots for day two of the Australian Yachting Championship. Similar to yesterday, today’s racing consisted of a 19nm passage race to Coogee Beach and back.

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AUSTRALIAN SAILING
Thrills and spills for day one of the 2017 Australian Yachting Championships

After a night of squalls and southerly breeze, competitors of the 2017 Australian Yachting Championships had a tough stage set for day one. With a solid 15 – 20 knots of breeze in a sea state that resembled that of a dishwasher, sailors needed to strategise how best to complete the near 30 mile passage race to Botany Bay and back.

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OCEAN POINTSCORE SERIES
Balance wins double in Lion Island Race - About Time takes Series

Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance took line honours and won the Lion Island Race by nearly 13 minutes, but lost the series on countback to perpetual Ocean Pointscore winner, About Time (Julian Farren-Price) - the two crews celebrating back at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia late on Saturday.

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Club News

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Line Honours Update
Perpetual LOYAL has taken Line Honours in thrilling style, smashing the race record set by Wild Oats XI by almost five hours! Giacomo came in second, with Scallywag less than two minutes behind them. This is the first time in the race's history that more than one yacht has broken the record in a race.  

LIVE Stream of RSHYR Trophy PresentationFrom 10am, the Trophy Presentation for this year's race will be LIVE on the big screen in the Sydney Race Village.

72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Merchandise
For those who are wanting a keepsake from this year’s record breaking race, please see reception to purchase merchandise. Items still available include rugbys, long sleeve evolution polos, fleeces, towels and belts.
Also available for purchase online. Click here to view. 

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.

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.

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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
WEDNESDAY
29
MARCH

17:30 to 20:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 22
SATURDAY
1
APRIL

12:00 to 17:00

Grant Thornton Short Haul Race 13 (MHYC)
SATURDAY
1
APRIL

12:00 to 18:00

Grant Thornton Short Ocean Race 9 (MHYC)
SATURDAY
1
APRIL

18:30 to 21:30

End of Summer Party
WEDNESDAY
12
APRIL

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – April
SATURDAY
22
APRIL

09:00 to 17:00

Top Jocks Regatta
SUNDAY
23
APRIL

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Opening Ladies Day & Great Veterans Race
FRIDAY
28
APRIL

18:00 to 21:00

Summer Season Prizegiving
SUNDAY
30
APRIL

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 1
SUNDAY
7
MAY

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 2
WEDNESDAY
10
MAY

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – May
FRIDAY
12
MAY

18:30 to 20:30

Ladies Night
BADGE DRAW

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