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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
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

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
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
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