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Onshore Edition 100 - Wednesday 4 January
Message from the CEO

Firstly, belated Happy New Year to all Members.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is over for another year with records smashed, personal milestones achieved, over 1 million Facebook views and the most extensive live, international coverage of the race ever.  

A full list of all winners from the 1 January Prize Giving ceremony is available on the race website.

It really is a boat race with so many human interest stories - David and Goliath-style boats on the same sporting stage, families sailing together for the first time, people returning for a second attempt after retiring deflated in 2015, and sailors dedicating the race to loved ones lost since last year’s race. Many stories go unreported and are simply shared in quiet moments when you greet the boats which the Commodore, Vice-Commodore and I tried to do as each boat docked.   

One story I particularly liked took place on New Year’s Eve after all were ‘home’ safely.

Despite political and cultural differences, Chinese, South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese sailors, families and friends gathered in darkness on ARK323 with a guitar (and a broken boom) and found songs all could sing along to - a testimony to how sport is a great leveller. 

The Club has made many new international friendships with this year’s race and we look forward to increased participation in the years to come, from South-East Asia in particular.

Club refurbishment

Next up on the agenda is the club refurbishment.

We hope to commence work on the annex in April to have the administration staff relocated and settled in time for the 2017 RSHYR when the Clippers will once again be joining us.

Farewells

Next week, Friday 13 will see Jessica Barr, our Marina Administrator, leaving us to return to the Navy. I’ve received nothing but positive comments about Jess and she will be missed. Her capable replacement Max Leonard (who I’m sure is tired of hearing about the big shoes he must fill) who joined us from Hamilton Island. Max has had the benefit of shadowing Jess over the past month which as you all know is a challenging one on the Marina.

We all wish Jess the very best in her new role and will continue to see her around the club as a sailor during the twilight series which is great news. Please welcome Max, especially when he flies solo from 14 January.

Also, Duty Supervisor Jack Lehel, is leaving the Club on January 15, with Liam Kentwell stepping up into the role. 

Volunteers ‘Thank You’ function

On Tuesday 31 January, from 6:30pm-8pm, is the annual Volunteers and staff ‘Thank You’ function in the Freya Room. Invitations will be sent out to those volunteers and staff in due course. 

In closing

I’m taking some R&R myself over the next couple of weeks, so before I go I would like to thank the Commodore, the Board, staff, contractors, sponsors and volunteers for getting me through my first RSHYR. Together we produced a world class event that all of us can be proud of! 

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

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 

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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