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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
YOUTH SAILING ACADEMY
Young Guns upset form guide at Kellett Shield

Finn Tapper, Cam Gundy, Lauren Gallaway, Emma Harrison & Eric Sparkes helmed Club Marine to victory in the 2017 Kellett Shield fleet racing regatta this past weekend, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, on what was a tricky day on Sydney Harbour.

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LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES
Race 4 Frustration as Light Winds Rule Land Rover Winter Series

Race 4 of the CYCA Land Rover Winter Series was a mixed bag for competitors in the light autumn southerly wind, with the aim of avoiding the holes of no wind across the course. Hard work didn’t always pay off during the race, but a warm and sunny Sydney Harbour made it worthwhile.

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LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES
Patrice makes perfect in Race 3 of the Land Rover Winter Series

After another tricky day on Sydney Harbour for Race 3 of CYCA’s Land Rover Winter Series, Tony Kirby showed just how fast his Ker 46 Patrice is, taking the win for the second week in a row.

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LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES
Difficult day tests patience at the CYCA Land Rover Winter Series

The strong morning westerly winds made for a crazy day on Sydney Harbour for the Race 2 of the Land Rover Winter Series. The 96 yacht fleet started in a 13-18 knot west south-westerly wind, but the volatile conditions rapidly changed, causing mayhem and congestion around the course.

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LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES
Tight at the top as The Goat claims the first win in the Land Rover Winter Series

The first pointscore race of the Land Rover Winter Series, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, was greeted with sunny skies and building south, south westerly breeze. The 95 starters on the day jostled for the final placings in each division, where just seconds separated some.

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SUMMER SERIES
Summer Series Prize Giving

Around 160 guests attended the CYCA’s annual Summer Series Prize Giving on Friday 28 April. Vice Commodore Paul Billingham and Rear Commodore Noel Cornish officiated proceedings and congratulated all those that received prizes.

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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
THURSDAY
25
MAY

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
SUNDAY
28
MAY

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 5
THURSDAY
1
JUNE

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
SUNDAY
4
JUNE

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 6
TUESDAY
6
JUNE

18:30 to 21:30

CYCA Information Night - Heavy Weather Sailing
THURSDAY
8
JUNE

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
SUNDAY
11
JUNE

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Ladies Day Race 2
WEDNESDAY
14
JUNE

19:00 to 21:00

CYCA Trivia Night – June
THURSDAY
15
JUNE

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
FRIDAY
16
JUNE

19:00 to 22:00

20+ Years Members Dinner
SUNDAY
18
JUNE

11:30 to 16:00

Land Rover Winter Series Race 7
THURSDAY
22
JUNE

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
BADGE DRAW

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