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Onshore Edition 126 - Monday 3 July
Message from the CEO


Last week we posted our Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 Notice of Race in both English and Mandarin on our race website, with the Mandarin version also on WeChat, the Chinese version of WhatsApp.  

As of 9am this morning we had 17 entrants, with the first boat to enter being ARK323 from China, with 16 others so far from Hong Kong, Italy, USA and the remaining 13 from Australia.

Entries in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race are now sitting at 54, with entries closing at 1700 hours this Friday, 7 July, 2016. Online entry and Notice of Race are available on the official race website


Refurbishment Update

The refurbishment of the annex is progressing well. Last Thursday we lodged our Section 96 to allow us to operate from a temporary, 20m x10m clubhouse on the hardstand from 1st February 2018 when our existing clubhouse closes to undergo its make-over. This fully air-conditioned marquee will include a bar, a coffee machine and in addition, an adjoining fully fitted-out kitchen container to service food preparation. This is the same marquee as the one used for the Sydney Race Village during the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, except after this year’s Hobart race it will also include a 3m awning, waterside of the marquee to accommodate some under-cover outdoor seating.

There will be indoor/outdoor seating for around 200, which mirrors what we currently have with the deck and Rani Room. The TV’s will be set up in the marquee as well as some AV equipment to make this transition phase as comfortable as possible for Members and guests.

Bathroom facilities will be on the ground floor in the adjoining refurbished annex which will be fully operational from November this year.

In the Section 96 we have also included solar panels for the clubhouse roof. The aim is to have these panels fully functional once the newly refurbished clubhouse reopens. With electricity prices constantly going up, it makes sense to utilise our free sunlight to manage our power costs.

We hope to have the Section 96 approved by early August following a 30 day public  exhibition period commencing from next week.



The 2017 AGM is on Tuesday, 18 July from 6.30pm in the Freya Room. Non-Voting Members are welcome to attend but will need to sit at the rear of the room, with voting Members in the front of the room for ease of counting if a vote is required.

A reminder that only financial full Members can vote. With the cut-off for payments 30 June, any Member who hasn’t yet paid their Membership fees is now un-financial But if you pay within the next 48 hours we will waive the $50 reinstatement fee.


4th of July

Wishing our American members and friends a very happy Independence Day for tomorrow (Tuesday). Enjoy the day with a special burger, being served in the bistro!



Chief Executive Officer

Wendy Tuck gears up for Rolex Sydney Hobart with Clipper Race victory

CYCA member Wendy Tuck, the Australian Skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast, has claimed a hometown victory following a photo finish to the fourth race of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

“Just like old times!” The Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta – Sydney 2017

The CYCA and its members played a major role in the creation and staging of this unique event. David Salter reports

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge: Black Jack wins thrilling Harbour match up

Just 43 seconds separated near-sister ships Black Jack (Peter Harburg) and Wild Oats XI (the Oatley family) in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour today, when the black Queensland boat, skippered by Mark Bradford, swooped across the finish line first at Fort Denison in a fresh north-easterly breeze.

CYCA SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2017

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s SOLAS Trusts Big Boat Challenge this Tuesday promises to be a sight on Sydney Harbour, with two of the four maxis entered into the Rolex Sydney Hobart set to face off alongside other seasoned competitors.

CYCA Trophy Series: Black Jack first across the line as Patrice tops IRC division 1

The sun was splitting the sky for the second and final day of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Trophy Series on Sunday, light airs providing another offshore test for the fleet of 20, many of which will race in the Rolex Sydney Hobart in a few weeks.

CYCA Trophy Series Day 1 start

It was a tussle in Sydney Harbour on Saturday for Day 1 of the CYCA Trophy Series. Our thanks to Bow Caddy for sharing their wrap up of the start.

Onshore Edition 126 - Monday 3 July

2017 Land Rover Winter Series Prize Giving

Friday 21 July 2017


Substantial Canapes and Dinner box

Beverages; Wine, Sparkling, Beer & Soft Drink

*Cash Bar from 9:30pm

DJ and Dancing

Snap Tag Photo Booth — #LRWSPrizegiving


Dress: Smart Casual

RSVP By: Wednesday 19 July 2017 – 12:00pm

Click Here to book.


RSHYR 2017 - Official Spectator Vessels

Bookings are now being taken for the 73rd edition of the race.

Click here for more details


CYCA Trivia Night - Wednesday 12 July, From 7:00pm  

An experienced trivia master has been arranged and there will be general knowledge questions with a few sailing trivia questions as well. This event is free to attend - so organise a group of your friends or crew members, or just come along and join in the fun. 

Menu specials will be available for purchase from the Bistro from Blond Catering.

Please note that table bookings are limited to 10 people.

Please click here to register.




TUESDAY NIGHT - Cruising Committee talk on Japanese midget sub attack on Sydney Harbour

On July 4 at 6.30pm in the Freya room we will be holding an information on the Japanese Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. You may ask how does this historical event involve the CYCA?

Well on the night this attack took place a number those involved in the harbour defence at the time later went on to became some of the foundation members of the CYCA, they were Peter Luke (Wayfarer) and Charlie Cooper (Asgard);  and that it was the ketch 'Lauriana' that was on duty at the Anti Submarine boom that night. ‘Lauriana' first spotted the submarines after which, when the depth charges were dropped in an attempt to destroy them, she was reportedly lifted out of the water by the force of the explosions.    

This will be a night full of information and will be of particular interest to anyone who is familiar with the harbour as when they hear the stories unfold they will recognise where the events happened.

It's a free event so please bring your crew and friends along as the Bistro and bars will be open, all we ask is that you let us know you are coming by registering here.


SPIRIT OF CRUISING - Tuesday 1 August 2017

CYCA Rani Room — 6.30pm

Guest Speakers; Evan Hodge and Kelly Clark of Nashira, a Bavaria Ocean 40, share their passion, preparation and anxiety as they prepared for their first cruising adventure to Tasmania.

Very new to yachting Evan, who had experience sailing dinghies and skiffs as a young boy, faced new challenges sailing as an 'above knee' amputee and Kelly having never sailed, embarked on a 6 day sailing course which ultimately changed the trajectory of their lives. They bought Nashira 3 months later.

Two and a half years after buying the boat they headed off on a 10 week adventure to Tasmania, crossing Bass Strait, sailing down the East Coast, then down and around to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour.

They will share stories and photos of their trip including the preparation around safety, communications, victualing, route and weather planning and the anxiety of the unknown.

$30.00 for Spirit of Cruising dinner and meeting in the Rani Room.

Bookings close – Monday 31 July, 12:00pm

Click Here to book


Musto Autumn/Winter 2017 Merchandise

The brand new Musto Autumn/Winter 2017 range is now available at the CYCA.

Rug up in great quality men’s and ladies apparel including polos, shirts, knits and rugby jerseys.

Don’t forget to show your CYCA membership card at reception to obtain your 10% discount for any merchandise at the Club.

Also available for purchase through the CYCA Online Shop



Members Badge Draw - Corporate Awards Australia

Corporate Awards Australia are proud to be associated with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia as their preferred supplier.

For the month of July any CYCA members will get 15% off any orders or engraving works needed. Simply show your membership card in-store.

For more on Corporate Awards Australia, visit the website


Surreal Jewellery and Nots by Heckmann

CYCA members can purchase Nots by Heckmann bracelets through the Surreal Jewellery online shop. A percentage of bracelet sales will go towards the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy. The promotion code for the CYCA is - CYCA2017

Members will need to include this code at the ‘Apply Coupon’ section on the web page of their cart in order for the sale to be tracked.


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Blond Catering

Reduced Menu 

Please note that from Monday to Friday between 3pm – 5pm we will be offering our reduced menu for Winter including fries, wedges and soup of the day

We will also have an increased selection of cakes and healthy snacks available to have with your coffee or tea

The full breakfast/lunch & dinner menu will be available outside of these times

Available Monday to Friday

Soup & Toastie Special – Soup of the day with half a toasted sandwich and a sweet treat $15

Bistro Special – available from Monday evening until sold out

Braised lamb shank with potato puree, roasted eschallots, greens beans & tomato jus  $28

Tuesday 4 July – available from Tuesday evening until sold out

Japanese Katsu Curry $18

Panko crumbed chicken schnitzel with steamed rice & Japanese curry sauce

4th of July Burger $22

Two all-beef patties, house sauce, lettuce, American cheese, pickles & onions on a sesame seed bun.  Served with chips

Sunday 9 July

Bistro Special

Enjoy a Bacon & Egg roll with BBQ relish and a regular coffee for $10!

Available until 11.30am

Thursday 6th July

Christmas in July

Join us in the Rani room to celebrate Christmas in July with a glass of mulled wine and 2 course menu for $48 per person.

Bookings are essential and close on Friday 30th June. Please call us on 8292 7892 or email


2017 Function Room Bookings

Book your next function at the CYCA! We are now taking all enquiries for 2017 bookings for our various function rooms. Whether it be a birthday party, corporate event or Christmas party, we've got the facilities to make it enjoyable.

For function information, contact Anna at Blond Catering via email: or phone (02) 8292 7892.


Pacific Sailing School at the CYCA

SSSC course on Saturdays July 8 and 15 before Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

To allow regular Winter series competitors to get their SSSC or update we are running a course over two Saturdays, July 8 and 15 and for those available for consecutive days, July 8 and 9.

$100 discount on a SSSC course on this course if booked before June 30.

Marine Radio Licence Course July 22.

What’s on – Our Course Calendar

Fast track with our Sailing Program



Christmas at the CYCA


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

11:00 to 22:00

Australia Day City of Sydney Cup

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series

18:00 to 20:30

Club Marine Wednesday Twilight Series

10:00 to 22:00

Mt Gay Ocean Pointscore - Port Hacking

18:30 to 20:30

Monday Twilight Series
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