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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
AWARDS
CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards open for nomination

Nominations are now open in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s prestigious Ocean Racer of the Year Awards. The CYCA welcomes nominations from fellow offshore clubs that have suitable candidates they feel would be eligible for these awards.

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OFFSHORE RACE
The Australia Day Regatta - Botany Bay Race 2017

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will again be conducting the City of Sydney Sesquicentenary Ocean Race to Botany Bay and return, on Australia Day 2017.

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YOUTH SAILING ACADEMY
Harry Price leads the CYCA team in upcoming Warren Jones International Youth Regatta

The New Year marks possibly the most exciting period of the year for match racing, for the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy sailors. Harry Price and his team will compete in the first major event for 2017, the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta later this month.

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SOCIAL
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

On behalf of the Commodore, Board and Management of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, we wish all Members, staff and colleagues in the sailing fraternity, a very happy and safe 2017.

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CLUB NEWS
LIVE streaming of the RSHYR Trophy Presentation in the Sydney Race Village

From 10am on 1 January, Members and guests can watch the 2016 RSHYR prize giving live from the Grand Chancellor Hotel, in Hobart, at the CYCA Race Village on the Big Screen.

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SOCIAL
RSHYR Launch at the Sydney Race Village

Last night, Thursday 22 December, was the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Launch. The JANUS et Cie Sydney Race Village lit up as guests arrived at the event, with Mumm Champagne and Peroni on hand. The Tattersall's Cup was on display, and the evening ended in the annual Associates Committee Charity Hamper Raffle, raising $3,000 for Angel Flight.

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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.

B Catering 720X480

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
TUESDAY

21-24
JANUARY



Festival of Sails (RGYC)
MONDAY
23
JANUARY

18:30 to 21:00

Maker's Mark Monday Twilight Race 11
WEDNESDAY
25
JANUARY

18:00 to 21:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 13
THURSDAY
26
JANUARY

11:00 to 18:00

Grant Thornton Short Haul Race 9


26 JANUARY-
18 AUGUST




Grant Thornton Short Ocean Race 5
THURSDAY
26
JANUARY

11:00 to 17:00

Ocean Pointscore Race 5
FRIDAY
27
JANUARY

18:00 to 19:00

Members Badge Draw
MONDAY
30
JANUARY

18:30 to 21:00

Maker's Mark Monday Twilight Race 12
WEDNESDAY
1
FEBRUARY

18:00 to 21:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 14
SATURDAY
4
FEBRUARY

10:00 to 20:00

Ocean Pointscore Race 6 - Port Hacking
MONDAY
6
FEBRUARY

18:30 to 21:00

Maker's Mark Monday Twilight Race 13
WEDNESDAY
8
FEBRUARY

18:00 to 21:00

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Race 15
BADGE DRAW

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