CYCA Trophy - Passage Series
10-11 December 2016
In 2008, the CYCA introduced a new component of the CYCA Trophy Series. The CYCA Trophy Passage Series has IRC and ORCi rated-series, as well as a PHS division. The Passage Series will run over two days, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, and will consist of two offshore passage races - one race per day.
History of the CYCA Trophy
The CYCA Trophy, formerly known as the Rolex Trophy Series, is sailed out of Sydney in December each year. It is not only a significant lead-up event to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but a prestigious regatta in its own right.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia originally introduced a regatta to provide a competitive series in the even years between the biennial international teams racing series for the Southern Cross Cup. Unlike the Southern Cross Cup, the CYCA Trophy Series is a regatta for individual yachts and is a standalone series that does not include the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The CYCA Trophy Series is held annually, with large fleets racing in IRC, ORCi and PHS Passage racing.
The CYCA originally introduced the Southern Cross Cup, a series of races out of Sydney and including the Sydney Hobart Race, back in 1967 after an Australian team first won the famous Admiral's Cup in England.
Over the years, the Southern Cross Cup enjoyed international status, attracting teams from many overseas countries to compete in regatta racing off the New South Wales coast as an exciting prelude to the long ocean race to Tasmania. The final race was the 628 nautical mile Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
In 1996, following another Southern Cross Cup year, the CYCA agreed to requests from yacht owners to introduce an annual lead-up regatta to the Sydney Hobart. It was to be a stand-alone regatta for individual yachts.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania found in its trophy cabinets in Hobart an historic piece of silverware called the British Trophy and presented it to the CYCA as the perpetual trophy for the new annual regatta. The CYCA Trophy has also been known as the Telstra Cup and the Rolex Trophy Series. Past years have seen both Windward Leeward Rating and One Design fleets take part in the regatta.
Ocean racing yachts that have done well in this regatta have continued that form into the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Several British Trophy winners and placegetters have gone on to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, including the Victorian boat Terra Firma (1996), Beau Geste from Hong Kong-China (1997) and Sydney yacht Bumblebee 5 (2001).
Hooligan and Scarlet Runner in action during Rolex Trophy Passage Series