Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
AT THE HELM It has been a busy and successful winter for our members both interstate and overseas. Congratulations to Will Ryan, Jay Griffin, Jonothan English and Dean Souter for winning the Lenna Australian Youth Match Racing Championship at our sister club, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. It was terrific to see that CYCA teams finished third, fourth and fifth as well! Matt Allen, Commodore Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Tw o CYCA Youth Sailing Academy (YSA) crews competed in our first-ever regatta in Asia. The Selangor Gapurna International Youth Match Racing Championship, held at the Royal Selangor Yacht Club, was won by a CYCA team comprising Evan Walker, Samantha Boyd, Amanda Scrivenor, Cat Trew and Jeremy Wawn. Tom Barker and his crew came third. Well done to both crews for flying the CYCA burgee in Asia for the first time from a youth perspective. I'm sure this is just the start of our YSA crews competing and achieving success in Asia. These regattas show the depth of talent within the YSA, which is developing year by year. It is also pleasing to see more and more current YSA sailors and graduates out on CYCA yachts on Sydney Harbour, interstate and all over the world. Congratulations to Steven David and his crew on Wild Joe for winning the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race. CYCA yachts also collected many of the trophies at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week including Geoff Ross' Yendys (IRC Racing) and Laurence Freedman and his crew on board Espresso Forte for their Premier IRC division win, amongst others. Recently I visited Pambula Hospital near Eden on the NSW South Coast where I had the pleasure, on behalf of all members, of presenting a cheque to the hospital for $10,000 towards the purchase of a mobile ultrasonic machine. This machine will enable patients to be diagnosed at Pambula for internal bleeding and many other conditions rather than be transferred to another hospital. Pambula Hospital's proximity to the airport makes it an important and indeed a life saving facility for all patients, not just those Rolex Sydney Hobart competitors that require urgent medical attention. I am also happy to announce that the CYCA Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts are about to make a donation of important radio equipment to the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol in Eden. These new radios will greatly assist RVCP Eden to maintain its capability as the main SARS coordination centre responsible for the South East Coast of NSW and Bass Strait and assist the club when we conduct the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. As the CYCA's own charity, the board has decided to rename the Big Boat Challenge the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. We are aiming to increase awareness of SOLAS and its activities whilst at the same time hoping to generate some fund raising for the Trusts. I was pleased to attend the Yachting NSW Awards recently where our great race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, was awarded Event of the Year. One of our members, John Winning was presented with a Service to Yachting award for his assistance both to the CYCA and to other clubs, notably the Australian 18 Footers League at Double Bay. We were proud to nominate John for this award. The sailing committee has been extremely active in examining our various sailing activities and after receiving valuable feedback from competitors, the committee has implemented a number of improvements. They have advised members of some changes to our Ocean Pointscore (OPS), Short Ocean Pointscore (SOPS) and Short Haul Pointscore. These changes are aimed at increasing the popularity of these pointscores, which form the backbone of our offshore calendar. Details are available on our website or via the sailing office. We have had some demand from our members to run races under the IRM rule. The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) administers IRM although it differs from IRC in that it is a transparent formula and is a 'grand prix' rule. Our position is that we will calculate IRM corrected times in both the Rolex Trophy and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race if there is sufficient demand from competitors. October will see the first CYCA Medical Management for Mariners course launched in conjunction with St.Vincent's Hospital. This course is intended to enable yachtsmen and women to treat injured crew on the basis that no medical help is immediately available, therefore acting as an extension to the current Senior First Aid Course. I would like to thank Professor Don Harrison, an Anaesthetic Senior Specialist at St.Vincent's Hospital and a member of the club, for his help in designing this course. I believe that this course will become a benchmark over time, much like the CYCA initiated Sea Safety Survival Course (SSSC) has become throughout the world. As the sailing season has now begun, can I remind members that we now offer an inexpensive crew membership for those between 18 and 29 years of age. The membership cost is $195 plus a $1 joining fee. Please encourage your crew to join our club, especially those in the relevant age group. I look forward to seeing you at the club or on the water in the near future.
December January 2008