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Onshore Edition 131 - Monday 7 August
Message from the CEO

The last seven days offered up a plethora of sailing events with local and international success for the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy.

Firstly, H.A.T.s off to our new World Champs - Harry Price, Angus Williams and Tara Blanc-Ramos (pictured) who took out the World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championships over the weekend in California. Such an amazing result and many of the social media comments and photos say it all 

It’s ALSO amazing to think of Tara, one moment working her way through the paper work for the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race in the sailing office with Olivia Price, then the next minute she's part of a team working its way through the competition on the water off Newport Beach before celebrating as a World Champion! 

Closer to home, James Hodgson, Tim Westwood and Charlie and Cam Gundy took out the honours in the Club Marine NSW Youth MR Championship yesterday. Many thanks to sponsor Club Marine for their ongoing support of this event and the club generally.

And for the marginally older age group, the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race 2017, the CYCA’s second busiest race of the year, saw Komatsu Azzurro the overall winner of this year’s event, after Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line first to narrowly take line honours after a tight tussle with Black Jack.

At the prize-giving, the ‘ever-shy and retiring’ Shane Kearns didn’t disappoint with his trophy acceptance speech. Well done to skipper and crew of Komatsu Azzurro and to our finishing partner for the event, Southport Yacht Club - their race volunteers and club staff.  

Last year I didn’t manage to get up to Southport, but this year it was great to be able to visit the radio room and meet the team and voices behind the scenes and watch a few boat cross the finish line….and of course, the club itself is quite the social hub for crew, family and friends. 

Well done also to our Sailing Office with Stephen Craig at the helm this year and CYCA race committee/volunteers for a successful event following a few curve balls in the lead up. No doubt Denis and Lynne will be dining on stories of their ‘adventures’ driving up the coast for some time.

Again we must also acknowledge our event sponsor. 

Land Rover, our Winter Series and LRSGC sponsor, has been a great off-water partner to work with and their support over the past few years is much appreciated.

Whilst there is still much sailing at this time of the year north of the border, back at the CYCA sailing continues with Race 1 of the Spring Series commencing this week. 

Our stage 1 refurbishment also continues to be on track and we aim to be ensconced in our new offices in November. This Thursday the public exhibition period concludes for the section 96 application for our temporary clubhouse on the hardstand during Stage 2 works.


Karen Grega

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 131 - Monday 7 August

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 – August

The next Trivia Night is on Wednesday 9 August 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 crewmembers, 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.


Member Badge Draw Sponsor - Tasmanian Boat Charters

Explore Southwest Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness on an all-inclusive expedition cruise, featuring tailored itineraries, expert guide and custom-built boutique vessel. 


2017 Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party

The concept of the Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party is for a Spring Party, to raise money for the YSA and to congratulate those who achieved “25 Hobarts” with the last race. Their names are now on the Honour Board and on the evening, each will be presented with a specially crafted Huon Pine plaque.

There are 6 to be so honoured, with a special first to a yachtswoman, Adrienne Cahalan. Along with her are: Michael Bellingham, Bruce Clark, Brad Kellett, Peter Sheldrick and Andrew TaylorWe hope their crews and friends will come along to congratulate them.

Along with the above segment in proceedings, we are particularly pleased to present plaques to those YSA alumni who sailed in their first Hobart. They will receive a bigger plaque after another 24 starts! Lauren Gallaway, Kat Stroinovsky, Ben Robinson and Charlie Gundy

The Quiet Little Drink Club sponsored one of the first YSA Elliotts in 1993. Since then has provided thousands of dollars in crew uniforms, travel, oilies and qualifying courses. Your attendance will help us to continue this most successful support.

COST: Donation $30 per head to YSA, supper, courtesy The Breakfast Club

WHEN: Friday 8 September 2017

WHERE: Freya and Morna Rooms, CYCA

RSVP: As soon as possible


CONTACT: Tony Cable 0418 640 288 or email  (With Donald Graham and David Kellett)

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2016 Merchandise Reduced

All remaining items from the 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race range have been reduced.

Merchandise includes; rugbys, knits, polos, t-shirts and caps.

Stock reduced by 30%.  No further discounts apply.

For purchase at CYCA reception and also available through the CYCA Online Shop.  To receive the discount enter– ‘RSHYR16’ at the discount code box and click ‘Apply’ at checkout.



CYCA Youth Sailing Academy

School Holiday Course – Bookings now open!

From Tuesday 3 October to Friday 6 October, the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy will run a 4 day sailing course on-board the YSA Elliott 7s. These are fast, stable and fun skiff style keel boats to sail. The course is open to students aged 13-18 whose sailing experiences range from very limited to reasonably competent and are interested in keelboat sailing. Enrolment forms can be found here.

Summer Performance Squad – Apply now

The 2017 Summer Performance Squad will take place on Thursday evenings incorporating both training exercises and race experience onboard the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy’s Elliott 7s. The Squad is a fun group which focuses on building each participants keelboat skills, fleet racing tactics and starting as well as match racing, an exciting discipline to develop their sailing and team skills. The program is open to all CYCA Members and will be held from October to February. More information can be found here and online application forms can be completed here

Noakes Boat and Shipyards 7s Series – Expression of Interest open

An invitation is extended to CYCA Members and their friends to enter the Noakes Boat & Shipyards Spring 7s Series. The Spring Series will be held over 4 evenings with up to 6 high adrenaline sprint races each evening in the club’s fleet of Elliott 7's.

Dates - Spring Series

    • Tuesday 17 October 2017
    • Tuesday 24 October 2017
    • Tuesday 31 October 2017
    • Tuesday 14 November 2017

Conditions of Entry:

  • Entry fee is $720, for a team of four or five.
  • The skipper and one crew member must be current CYCA members.
  • Prior sailing experience is to be declared.
  • Preference will be given to skippers who have not yet competed in a CYCA Elliott 7 Series 
  • For an additional fee a YSA coach/graduate can be on-board in an advisory capacity.

Download the Notice of Race here. Applications for invitation to the series must be submitted to the Youth Sailing Academy by  0900hrs on Monday 2 October 2017 and can be completed online here


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

Tuesday 8 August

Bistro Special for Dinner

1kg of Kinkawooka mussels cooked in a white wine, chilli and tomato broth. Served with toasted sourdough $30

Sunday 13 August

Bistro Special

All pizzas on the menu available for $15 between 5pm and 8pm this Sunday


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

What’s on – Our Course Calendar

Fast track with our Sailing Program


19:00 to 21:00

Commodore's Stella Artois Beer & Prawn Night

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
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