CYCA welcomes Eden Marine High students

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 16 Nov 2012 17:00:00
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Last week, 21 students from Eden Marine High were able to experience a week long program of learning to sail, shopping, movies and restaurants. Since 1983, the CYCA has conducted this program as one of the ways it thanks the Eden community for their support during the conduct of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

In December, the majority of the yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sail past Eden on their way to Hobart.  For a few yachts each year, Eden becomes their first stop and sometimes the end of the race and the Eden community is always on hand to assist with everything our sailors need from accommodation and car hire to a hot meal and commiserations. 

Since 1983 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has returned the favour and welcomed students from Eden Marine High for a week long program of sailing, shopping, movies and restaurants. 

Last Monday, 21 students along with their teachers, Pam and Robyn, arrived at the CYCA after a long bus and train ride from Eden via Canberra.  After dropping their suitcases in at the YSA, getting a quick tour of the yacht club and finding the important places such as hot showers and coffee shops, the team trekked off to Phillips Foote Restaurant in the Rocks for a steak dinner hosted by CYCA member, Howard Dredge. 

After dinner the students grab their sleeping bags and pillows and head down the road to spend their first night on the harbour, sleeping on board six of East Sail's luxury yachts. 

After breakfast at the YSA, Tuesday morning was an introduction to the fleet of Elliott 6s and the seven Advanced Squad sailors who were coaching the sessions each day.  An adventure tour around the islands, past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge familiarised many who had not been on the harbour before.  The day finished with a movie at Event Cinemas in George Street thanks to CYCA member, John Kirby and Village Roadshow.

Wednesday and Thursday saw more sailing to Watsons Bay and Balmoral where the stop for lunch was taken each day, picking up moorings and taking a picnic lunch ashore.  The CYCA members were all very generous with their offers to take the Eden sailors out for the Club Marine Twilight Race on Wednesday evening.

The sailing course finished with races on Friday morning and more sights of Sydney in the afternoon, sailing passed Taronga Zoo, Kirribilli House and Admiralty House.  The races saw spinnakers up on all the Elliotts and the coaches all 'hands-off' for the day.  It was great to see how much the Eden sailors had pickup up in the week both in their confidence and sailing experience.

The CYCA Youth Sailing Academy looks forward to hosting the Eden sailors again in 2013 and hope that they do not get too many visitors in Eden after Boxing Day.

By Pam Scrivenor, YSA Staff

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