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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
GENERAL NEWS
Leveling the playing field

With the Blue Water Pointscore Series finished for 2017, it’s time to level the playing field and see who can be crowned the ‘Champion of Champions’ when the boats are equal.

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GENERAL NEWS
Great results at Sail Port Stephens

Over the weekend and during the course of last week many of the club members headed north to make the most of the unusually warm weather at the annual Sail Port Stephens Regatta.

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GENERAL NEWS
Great Veterans Race Re-vamped for 2018

As the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race approaches, the local offshore community, in conjunction with the organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, have come together to reinvigorate the annual “Great Veterans Race”.

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GENERAL NEWS
New Caledonia Groupama Race: a different kind of South Pacific adventure

Entries for the long-awaited New Caledonia Groupama Race close April 17 and a cross-section of monohulls and multihull owners have signed-up for a very different kind of South Pacific adventure.

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GENERAL NEWS
Ichi Ban and CYCA boats take multiple prizes at Brisbane to Gladstone with Black Jack smashing the record

The QantasLink 70th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, organised by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, was one to remember for many reasons other than just the historic landmark it reached.

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BLUE WATER POINTSCORE SERIES
Blue Water Pointscore Trophy Prize Giving

Some of Australia's finest ocean racers were recognised on Friday, 23 March at the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Trophy Presentation where Tony Kirby's Patrice were recognised for taking the win on IRC and ORCi overall, and Noel Cornish for taking PHS overall.

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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
SUNDAY
22
APRIL

12:00 to 16:00

Opening Ladies Day (Jill McLay Trophy) - Ladies Race 1
WEDNESDAY
25
APRIL

19:00 to 21:00

Trivia - 25th April
SATURDAY
28
APRIL

11:00 to 16:00

Females in Sailing Lunch
SUNDAY
29
APRIL

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 1
SUNDAY
6
MAY

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 2
WEDNESDAY
9
MAY



Trivia - 9th May
SUNDAY
13
MAY

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 3
FRIDAY
18
MAY

18:30 to 20:30

Mumm Champagne Tasting
SUNDAY
20
MAY

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 4
SUNDAY
27
MAY

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 5
SUNDAY
3
JUNE

12:00 to 16:00

Audi Centre Sydney Winter Series Race 6
SUNDAY
10
JUNE



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